J. Crew apologizes after photo of black model with messy hair sparks controversy

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:13 AM

J. Crew Criticized For Photo Of Model With Unkempt Hair

J. Crew is facing criticism after a photo of one of its models and her seemingly unkempt hair surfaced online.

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The black woman, dressed in a Madewell dress, was photographed with her natural hair messily pulled back in a ponytail. But everyone wasn’t impressed with the look.

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One Twitter user took to the platform to express her disapproval. She uploaded the picture of the model with the caption, “J. Crew..... girl.... y’all wrong.”

Many seemed to agree with her sentiment, because the post soon went viral, racking up more than 11,000 retweets and 20,000 likes. 

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Several chimed in, accusing the fashion brand of prepping the model for the shoot without using the proper practices needed to style African-American hair. 

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Others, including the model, Marihenny Pasible, thought the look was in line with J. Crew’s relaxed and natural campaign.

Some challenged the critics, asking them to embrace the care-free look for all cultures.

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After the barrage of comments, J. Crew released a statement on Twitter.

“J.Crew strives to represent every race, gender, and background. We sincerely apologize for the styling of this model and the offense that was caused,” the company wrote. 

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Scene75 holding company buys shuttered Columbus department store

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Stevie Baia, general manager, left, and Jonah Sandler, chief executive of Scene75 Entertainment Center, in a 2014 photo. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Stevie Baia, general manager, left, and Jonah Sandler, chief executive of Scene75 Entertainment Center, in a 2014 photo. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Could the crew behind Scene75 — already planning a Pittsburgh, Pa.-area location this summer — be eyeing a new Columbus location?

A limited liability company tied to Scene75 bought a shuttered 225,000-square-foot department store at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Franklin County property records show.

The purchase price was $3 million. County records identify the buyer as “Scene75 Tuttle LLC,” with a West Carrollton mailing address.

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Scene 75 appears to be in acquisition mode of late.

Last fall, a holding company run by the chief executive of Scene75 Entertainment bought the former ITT Tech school property on Stop Eight Road.

JDS Commercial Holdings LLC — of which Jonah Sandler is the principal — bought the former school property at 3325 Stop Eight Road for $740,000, Montgomery County property records showed then.

In 2012, Sandler opened Scene75 at a former warehouse at 6196 Poe Ave., near the former ITT property.

Since then, he has opened a third entertainment location 30 miles south of Cleveland in Brunswick, Ohio. Besides the Dayton center, the company also has a 84,000-square-foot Cincinnati-area venue in Milford.

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The Columbus building most recently served as a Macy’s location at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

A message seeking comment was left for Sandler, who founded the Scene75 chain of indoor entertainment venues with his father.

The Dispatch said Alex Zorniger, vice president of operations for Scene75, said in an email: “I can’t say much right now, but we’ll be able to give more information after some legal items are squared away next week.”

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CareSource seeks to hire 100 in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:20 PM


CareSource is holding a hiring event to fill 100 open positions.

The nonprofit insurer, which primarily manages Medicaid plans, will be hiring for positions including:

  • Claims Analyst
  • Call Center Customer Care Advocate
  • Prior Authorization Specialist
  • Provider Resolution Specialist
  • Credentialing Onboarding Specialist

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Other positions are also available. The openings are for positions based at the company’s downtown Dayton offices.

The career fair is open to the public.

When: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. May 2

Where: Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd

CareSource has about 2,800 employees in Dayton. It has nearly 2 million policy holders in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Georgia.

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WOW air offering $69 flights to Iceland from Cincinnati this summer

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

How to find the best deal for your next flight? Zig when others zag.

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air is offering $69 one-way fares from Cincinnati and 12 other cities to Iceland during the summer and the fall.

The first introduced $69 one-way fares in 2017 and is excited to bring them back in time for summer and fall vacation planning.

The discounted flights will be available from Baltimore/ Washington, D.C. (BWI), Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Cincinnati (CVG), Detroit (DTW), New York (EWR & JFK), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), St. Louis (STL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Boston(BOS), San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Iceland (KEF).

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Fares go on sale today and will be offered for flights May 1, 2018 to June 20 and Sept.1 to Oct. 27.

“We want to kick-off the summer travel season by giving our customers some of the lowest prices available,” said Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air. “Over the past year we have seen a continued growth and a strong demand for affordable transatlantic airfare. We are confident we can further build upon this success in the future.”

Launched in November 2011, WOW air now connects 39 destinations across the U.S. and Europe with the Icelandic capital. WOW air transported 2.8 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 69 percent on the previous year.

WOW air will start serving the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport next month.


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Women leadership program launched in Dayton area

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

            Keynote speaker Beth Mooney, KeyCorp CEO, addressed the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF
Keynote speaker Beth Mooney, KeyCorp CEO, addressed the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF

A new program in the Dayton area is designed to empower the next generation of women in executive leadership.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is working with Aileron to launch a new program called Empower to help women in management grow their careers.

The new program was presented Tuesday morning at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, held at Sinclair Community College.

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Empower will be a 10-month intensive cohort, said Kevin Weckesser, board president of the chamber.

“Created for women in mid to to upper management, Empower will guide participates as they identify their own leadership strengths, values and goals while empowering them to eliminate barriers to advancement,” Weckesser said.

Participants will attend in-depth leadership workshops, day-sessions and business coaching.

Weckesser said those in the cohort will get hands on business coaching to develop “their own personal brand” and build a support system to help them build their career.

“Our goal is to change the culture in the business community and pave the way to the top for all motivated business leaders,” he said.

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The goal of the program is to eliminate barriers that keep women from advancing their careers, encourage authentic self reflection, connect women with peer leaders and change the culture within organizations in the Dayton area.

Candidates for Empower should be someone who is already in a manager or leadership role and has been identified as a candidate for future growth opportunities or wants to take their leadership to the next level.

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Applications will be accepted for the inaugural 2018 Empower program year through May 31. Participants will be selected in July, and the program will begin in September.

Program pricing is $3,000 for Dayton Area Chamber members and $4,800 for non-chamber members.

Aileron is a Tipp City-area campus that supports businesses and entrepreneurs and was founded by Clay Mathile, former CEO of Iams Co.

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