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This Happened—December 8: The Day The Music Died

A deranged fan shot and killed former Beatles member John Lennon outside of his apartment on the upper West Side of New York City. Lennon's death shocked the world, and seemed to put a definitive end to the 1960s and 1970s idealist dreams of peace and love.

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How was John Lennon murdered?

While returning home with his wife Yoko Ono, Lennon was shot four times in the back by Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota apartment building in New York City. For months prior to the murder, Chapman had been stalking Lennon and had even tried to get an autograph from him earlier on the day of the murder. The singer was pronounced dead on arrival at the nearby Roosevelt Hospital. He was 40 years old.

What is John Lennon’s legacy?

It is said that the influence of John Lennon and the Beatles on the sound, style, and attitude of popular music was a veritable "revolution," more than just the lead wave of the so-called British invasion. But Lennon's legacy goes beyond just the music: he was a passionate activist, advocating for world peace, in particular in his speaking out against the Vietnam War. He used his fame and platform to bring attention to important causes, inspiring people to stand up against injustice. He was also an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and people of color.

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"Splendid" Colonialism? Time To Change How We Talk About Fashion And Culture

A lavish book to celebrate Cartagena, Colombia's most prized travel destination, will perpetuate clichéd views of a city inextricably linked with European exploitation.

Photo of women in traditional clothes at a market in Cartagena, Colombia

At a market iIn Cartagena, Colombia

Vanessa Rosales

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BOGOTÁ — The Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz is celebrating the historic port of Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia, in a new book, Cartagena Grace, published by Assouline. The European publisher specializes in luxury art and travel books, or those weighty, costly coffee table books filled with dreamy pictures. If you never opened the book, you could still admire it as a beautiful object in a lobby or on a center table.

Ortiz produced the book in collaboration with Lauren Santo Domingo, an American model (née Davis, in Connecticut) who married into one of Colombia's wealthiest families. Assouline is promoting it as a celebration of the city's "colonial splendor, Caribbean soul and unfaltering pride," while the Bogotá weekly Semana has welcomed an international publisher's focus on one of the country's emblematic cities and tourist spots.

And yet, use of terms like colonial "splendor" is not just inappropriate, but unacceptable.

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