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Amazon real estate exec says Bellevue plan not affected by New York exit

Amazon’s top real estate executive said the employment growth the company had planned for New York is not slated for Bellevue. Speculation has swirled in recent weeks over Amazon’s local growth plans in the wake of its decision to abandon a major campus planned for Long Island City as part of its HQ2 expansion, and confirmation that it will not occupy a new office building under construction in downtown Seattle.The company on Valentines Day said it would not go forward with the plan to hire as many as 25,000 people in New York over the next decade, after encountering a hostile response from local politicians and labor groups opposed to some $3 billion in tax incentives offered to lure the company.Amazon last summer signed a second long-term lease in Bellevue, giving the company enough space in the city east of Seattle for about 4,500 people.While Amazon has been mum about its Bellevue plans, the Puget Sound Business Journal and GeekWire reported in February on the companys growing real estate appetite in that city. Some real estate sources have seen Bellevue as a possible spillover location for the erstwhile New York HQ2.
Asked whether he expected to see any of the planned New York City employment land in Seattle or Bellevue, John Schoettler, Amazons vice president of global real estate and facilities, said: No. The plans that we have for Bellevue and all of that was completely separate from HQ2, so its not a result of that, Schoettler said in an interview with The Seattle Times.Schoettler, who has orchestrated Amazons dramatic real estate expansion since 2001, said the job growth planned for New York will be dispersed across about 17 other cities throughout the Americas.

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Vogue Brazil fashion director resigns after ‘slave colony’ themed birthday party

The fashion director of Vogue Brazil has resigned after she was accused of racism because her birthday party appeared to resemble depictions of …
Pictures taken at Donata Meirelles’ 50th birthday show her sat on a throne, surrounded by black women in white dresses, at a party in Bahia, the state with the biggest black population.Ms Meirelles later posted a now-deleted apology before reposting Vogue Brazil’s statement and saying she wanted to learn from her mistakes.Critics claimed the party was inspired by Brazilian slave colonies, and used the black women as “photo props.
”Author Ale Santos tweeted: “Donata Meirelles is a perverse woman who wished to revive one of the biggest torments of Black people to satisfy her sordid fantasy of white hegemony.Shelby Ivey Christie said: “Vogue Brazil’s Style Director Donata Meirelles had a very disgusting 50th birthday party theme last night“There appears to be a Brazilian slave + master theme.Mucamas (house slaves), who were very clearly darker complexioned, were posed as props alongside guests #DoShow50
Critics claimed the party was inspired by “Brazil slavery colonies” (Gabriel Cappelletti/Getty Images for amfAR)“The uniform of the Mucamas, house slaves, was usually a white linen or cotton dress. “Sinhá” is a remnant from Brazilian slave language.Slaves couldn’t properly pronounce senorita so they shorted into “Sinhá” when addressing their female master.“The white dresses headwraps are not coincidental.Here are images of female Brazilian slaves smh.“Brazil did not outlaw slavery until 1888, almost the 20th century.“Brazil, not America, has the largest population of people of African decent living outside of Africa – By 1888 Brazil had 40% of the total slave population in the Americas.”In a comment on Instagram, Ms Meirelles said: “At age 50, the hour is action.I’ve heard a lot, I need to hear more. “I want to act together with the women who have to teach me and with whom else is willing to be a link in a transformation that is necessary.“My commitment is to put me in (re)construction! In action!”A statement by Vogue Brazil added: “Vogue Brasil deeply regrets what happened and hopes that the debate generated will serve as a learning experience.“We believe in affirmative and purposeful actions and also that empathy is the best alternative for the construction of a more just society, in which the historical inequalities of the Country are debated and faced.“In pursuit of the constant evolution that has always guided us, we take the reflection generated to broaden the voices within the team and create, on a permanent basis, a forum formed by activists and scholars who will help define contents and images that combat these inequalities

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