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Weekly Round Up: January 8

January 8th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

Jaden Smith is the new face for Louis Vuitton’s latest womenswear ad campaign and Dolce & Gabbana debuted a line of Abayas and Hijabs.

Amandla Stenberg, known for laying the role of Rue in the Hunger Games and for her viral video outlining what is cultural appropriation, is the cover story for this month’s Teen Vogue. The story, written by Solange Knowles, can be read here.

Rachel Thevenard, a 22-year-old from Waterloo, Ontario, has been running from Sarnia, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec along Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline in an effort to raise awareness about the environmental dangers that come with oil pipelines.

InsideClimate News recently revealed that since the 1970s ExxonMobil, the largest oil and gas company in the world, has hidden documents and information showing how fossil fuels cause global warming.

As the trial for the death of Sandra Bland moves forward, the Texas state trooper involved with the case has been indicted for perjury. The trooper, Brian Encinia, is being charged with a misdemeanour and if convicted would have to pay a $4,000 fine and face a maximum of one year in prison. Bland’s mother has released a statement on how this charge is not justice saying: “‘There should have been much more…I’m angry, absolutely.” Bland, a 28-year-old Black woman, was pulled over by Encinia, a white officer, in July for not using a signal during a lane change, which quickly turned into a violent confrontation. Bland was found dead in a jail cell a few days after her arrest. You can watch part of Bland’s mother’s press release here:

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