Botham Jean's brother asked to hug Amber Guyger after her sentencing

Amber Guyger's trial was an incredibly divisive moment in our culture. A police officer who shot and killed a black man after accidentally entering his home is a recipe for culture war across social media. And sure enough, millions of Americans found themselves unable to look away from her trial and eventual sentencing of 10 years.

First, there was the controversy over whether or not Guyger should be found guilty. Then, many people were split over whether the sentence of 10 years was just.


It was a moment of intellectual honesty running into feelings of rage, sadness and hopelessness and those who advocate for social justice and leniency rooted for someone to put away in prison for as long as possible. The lives of those already lost and those on the line were pawns in a political chess match across the spectrum.

And then the brother of Botham Jean reminded us all that these are human beings. As Guyger was sentenced, Brandt asked the judge if he could hug Guyger. He approached her in the courtroom where he offered his forgiveness and the two embraced. It's a photograph that will be impossible to forget for almost anyone who sees it:





Of course, the moment also spurred a negative reaction from some who say the narrative of expected forgiveness is one too often thrust upon black Americans:


Others argued that mercy is a sign of strength, not systemic racism or individual weakness:


What do you think? Was Brandt's gesture an opportunity for healing and compassion in the face of tragedy? Or, was it little more than an honest display from a grieving man that will be manipulated by those who opposed Guyger's conviction?

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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