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Woman Claims She Is The Real Voice Of The iPhone's Siri

Apple isn't confirming, but a woman from suburban Atlanta claims she is the original voice of Siri, the voice-activated assistant on Apple iPhones. Her name is Susan Bennett, and she began doing voice work in the 1970s. After hearing Bennett's voice, one audio-forensics expert hired by CNN with 30 years of experience said he was "100%" certain she was Siri. Bennett has remained quiet because she wasn't sure she wanted the notoriety. However, with the release of Apple's new mobile-enhancing iOS7 last week, which offers new Siri voice options, Bennett is speaking out. "The Siri voices were recorded in 2005, in the month of July, four hours a day for the whole month," she reveals. Bennett was required to "read nonsensical phrases and sentences" and says she often got bored, which is why Siri might sound like she has an attitude. ScanSoft found Bennett through GM Voice, an agency respected for their voice talent for automated voice technologies, and she signed a contract with the software company to be the voice in a database that would be used to construct speech. Bennett claims she "had no idea" where her voiceovers would end up and first heard herself as Siri after a friend reached out to her and asked "Isn't this you?" Watch Bennett talk to herself in the video below.

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President Trump Speaks On A$AP Rocky's Detainment In Sweden

President Donald Trump spoke out in support of rapper A$AP Rocky who has been jailed in Sweden for more than two weeks after an altercation. The Harlem native is being accused of an assault that occurred on June 30.

The Hill posted a short video of Trump's stance on Twitter. "I personally don't know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country," he said. "When I say African American, I think I can really say everybody in this country because we're all one."

President Trump: "I personally don’t know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country. When I say African American, I think I can really say from everybody in this country n/c we’re all one." https://t.co/GCjjZTJ9fn pic.twitter.com/0YR4BOoiLZ

— The Hill (@thehill) July 19, 2019

What looked to be an attempt to clean his slate of the accusations of racist rhetoric, his plea looks to be questionable, according to Variety. "A$AP Rocky is a situation in Sweden, a great country, and friends of mine and the leadership," Trump continued. "And we're going to be talking to them, we've already started. Many, many members of the African-American community have called me, friends of mine, and said 'can you help?'"

On Friday (July 19), a Stockholm court approved prosecutors' request to hold Rocky for at least six more days, stating that he was a flight risk, The New York Times reports. A hearing for the rapper will be reportedly held on July 25 to determine the case's outcome, a spokesperson for the Swedish Prosecution Authority noted.

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Kumasi J. Barnett Flips Classic Comic Books To Highlight An Heroic Black Experience

Marvel and DC movies are raking in millions in the box office telling the stories of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Spiderman, Batman, The Flash, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Superman, just to name a few. These daring and striking films stem from the ever so popular classic comics, and a new spin on the tales comes from a Brooklyn-based artist Kumasi J. Barnett.

Lowell Ryan Projects presents Barnett's The Amazing Black-Man exhibit which kicked off July 13 in Los Angeles. The series features two hundred hand-painted comic books from the DC and Marvel world.

Barnett, however, has painted over these vintage covers to give a very black presence. Replacing all familiar faces with new characters including The Amazing Black-Man, The Media's Thug, Whitedevil, and Police-Man, the narrative for the comics instantaneously change.

He replaces Spider-Man's unforgettable bodysuit to a hoodie and jeans, Superman's logo with stars and bars of the Confederate flag, and turns all of the supervillains into the controversial nemesis –the police.

While flipping the Good v. Evil narrative, Barnett addresses real-world issues and works to resolve the strain of racism in American history and the justice system.

His re-creations pose the questions: What kind of superhero is The Amazing Black-Man? In a society built on systemic racism, does his brown mask hide his identity or define it? Is his costume actually a costume?

The exhibition runs through August 17.

Check out some of our favorite images from his collection below.

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Netflix Releases 'Dear White People' Season 3 Trailer

Loose ends are finally tied, while other storylines and character arcs are more defined in the third season of Netflix's Dear White People. The Justin Simien comedy released its trailer Friday (July 19).

Shadow And Act report a few scenes that season three will deliver includes Sam (Logan Browning) parting ways with her radio show, Troy (Brandon Bell) experiencing a parody or pastiche, and Lionel (DeRon Horton) continuing to live in his identity.

The campus' secret society, The Order of X, also reappears after being discovered in season 2 by Sam and Lionel. Depicting a lighter and easing going tone is a shift from the gloom and murk from previous seasons while still giving a satirical sense of style. As the series moves through its characters dealing with microaggressions and evident racism at Winchester University, the script addresses a range of controversial issues.

Yvette Nicole Brown (Avengers: Endgame), Blair Underwood (When They See Us), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), and the show's creator Simien are set to make guest appearances throughout the season, according to IndieWire. 

Season 3 will premiere on Aug. 2.

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