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America, Anaconda, and Asian: Justino Mora @JustinoMora 1 New is 1 of 100 undocumented students in medical school in the country. He's 1 of few #DACA students at @Harvard University. New is also an activist & a plaintiff in the federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration that helped bring a portion of DACA back to life. New emigrated from Thailand to the United States’ San Francisco Bay Area when he was nine years old and is now a recent graduate from the University of California-Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. . Recently, he delivered a powerful speech at @TEDxBerkeley available for y'all to watch here: bit.ly-new-tedx-speech . Throughout college, he funded his education with part-time jobs and private scholarships while staying involved in groups such as the Thai Student Association, Resident Hall Assembly, and the AB540 Coalition on campus. . Off-campus, he served as a first co-chair of ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) at Asian Law Caucus, where he advocated and fought for the passage of the federal and the CA DREAM Act of recent years. Most importantly, he continues to speak out as an Asian undocumented youth to increase visibility of API communities in immigration reform, re-frame the public’s perception, and create a community for other API undocumented youth. . New also co-founded Pre-Health Dreamers in hopes of alleviating the barriers he has faced for future undocumented students pursuing their dreams in the health and sciences. . As an aspiring medical doctor who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at the School of Public Policy at Harvard University, New seeks to remedy the barriers that low-income and immigrant families of America face in accessing healthcare. His time volunteering with the homeless through the Suitcase Clinic and with Oakland’s low-income communities as a Healthy Ambassador of Mentoring in Medicine & Science exposed him to the stories of different communities, but also the struggles shared by all of them. . New aims to become a physician who practices medicine through a public health lens, using primary care, research, and policy to shape health for the individual and the community. daca cleanDreamAct HereToStay immigration undocumented dreamactnow
America, Anaconda, and Asian: Justino Mora
 @JustinoMora 1
 New is 1 of 100 undocumented
 students in medical school in the
 country. He's 1 of few #DACA students
 at @Harvard University. New is
 also an activist & a plaintiff in the
 federal lawsuit against the Trump
 Administration that helped bring a
 portion of DACA back to life.
New emigrated from Thailand to the United States’ San Francisco Bay Area when he was nine years old and is now a recent graduate from the University of California-Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. . Recently, he delivered a powerful speech at @TEDxBerkeley available for y'all to watch here: bit.ly-new-tedx-speech . Throughout college, he funded his education with part-time jobs and private scholarships while staying involved in groups such as the Thai Student Association, Resident Hall Assembly, and the AB540 Coalition on campus. . Off-campus, he served as a first co-chair of ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) at Asian Law Caucus, where he advocated and fought for the passage of the federal and the CA DREAM Act of recent years. Most importantly, he continues to speak out as an Asian undocumented youth to increase visibility of API communities in immigration reform, re-frame the public’s perception, and create a community for other API undocumented youth. . New also co-founded Pre-Health Dreamers in hopes of alleviating the barriers he has faced for future undocumented students pursuing their dreams in the health and sciences. . As an aspiring medical doctor who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at the School of Public Policy at Harvard University, New seeks to remedy the barriers that low-income and immigrant families of America face in accessing healthcare. His time volunteering with the homeless through the Suitcase Clinic and with Oakland’s low-income communities as a Healthy Ambassador of Mentoring in Medicine & Science exposed him to the stories of different communities, but also the struggles shared by all of them. . New aims to become a physician who practices medicine through a public health lens, using primary care, research, and policy to shape health for the individual and the community. daca cleanDreamAct HereToStay immigration undocumented dreamactnow

New emigrated from Thailand to the United States’ San Francisco Bay Area when he was nine years old and is now a recent graduate from the Un...

America, Family, and Friends: NFL Replaces Papa John's With Pizza Hut As NFL Official Sponsor @balleralert Pizza Hhut NFL Replaces Papa John’s With Pizza Hut As NFL Official Sponsor - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just weeks after the official ending of the controversial 2017-18 NFL season, the league has officially severed business ties with its official pizza sponsor, Papa John’s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the regular season, the pizza chain faced widespread criticisms and backlash for its CEO’s comments about the longstanding protest against police brutality and social injustices, and its affect on Papa John’s pizza sales. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since then, the CEO has stepped down from his position in the wake of the criticisms. In addition, the league and the chain have announced that they have ended their business relationship. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just one day later, the organization revealed its replacement. Now, instead of the Papa John’s deal, which was expected to expire in 2020, the league has signed a deal with Pizza Hut through 2021. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "We know many of our fans enjoy pizza while watching NFL games and we are thrilled to have Pizza Hut, and industry leader and one of America’s favorite brands, as an official league sponsor,” Roger Goodell said of the new partnership. “With a focus on family, friends and fun, Pizza Hut has the creativity we are lookin for in a partner and we look forward to working together with them to make the at-home NFL experience more exciting than ever for our fans.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The new deal is expected to start April 1, with marketing focused around the NFL Draft.
America, Family, and Friends: NFL Replaces Papa John's With
 Pizza Hut As NFL Official Sponsor
 @balleralert
 Pizza Hhut
NFL Replaces Papa John’s With Pizza Hut As NFL Official Sponsor - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just weeks after the official ending of the controversial 2017-18 NFL season, the league has officially severed business ties with its official pizza sponsor, Papa John’s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the regular season, the pizza chain faced widespread criticisms and backlash for its CEO’s comments about the longstanding protest against police brutality and social injustices, and its affect on Papa John’s pizza sales. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since then, the CEO has stepped down from his position in the wake of the criticisms. In addition, the league and the chain have announced that they have ended their business relationship. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just one day later, the organization revealed its replacement. Now, instead of the Papa John’s deal, which was expected to expire in 2020, the league has signed a deal with Pizza Hut through 2021. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "We know many of our fans enjoy pizza while watching NFL games and we are thrilled to have Pizza Hut, and industry leader and one of America’s favorite brands, as an official league sponsor,” Roger Goodell said of the new partnership. “With a focus on family, friends and fun, Pizza Hut has the creativity we are lookin for in a partner and we look forward to working together with them to make the at-home NFL experience more exciting than ever for our fans.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The new deal is expected to start April 1, with marketing focused around the NFL Draft.

NFL Replaces Papa John’s With Pizza Hut As NFL Official Sponsor - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just weeks after the official ending ...

80s, Growing Up, and Memes: Pharrell-Produced Roxanne Shante Biopic Coming To Netflix In March; First Trailer Released @balleralert Pharrell-Produced Roxanne Shante Biopic Coming To Netflix In March; First Trailer Released - blogged by @lanaladonna ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It looks like music isn’t the only thing rapper, Pharrell is producing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ His newest film, “Roxanne Roxanne” made its original debut at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, and earlier today, Netflix released the official trailer to the public. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The film followed the short career of Roxanne Shanté, an 80s rap battle MC from Queens, NY. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 14-year old was well on her way to stardom, and the film captures the hardships Shanté faced during her rise to fame while battling with the hardships of growing up in the projects of Queensbridge, NYC. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Featured in the film is breakout star, ChanteéAdams who plays Roxanne, Oscar winner, MahershalaAli who plays her boyfriend, and NiaLong, who plays her mother. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The film is set to premiere in select theaters in NYC and LA, starting March 23rd, with a nationwide premiere on Netflix shortly afterward.
80s, Growing Up, and Memes: Pharrell-Produced Roxanne Shante
 Biopic Coming To Netflix In March; First
 Trailer Released @balleralert
Pharrell-Produced Roxanne Shante Biopic Coming To Netflix In March; First Trailer Released - blogged by @lanaladonna ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It looks like music isn’t the only thing rapper, Pharrell is producing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ His newest film, “Roxanne Roxanne” made its original debut at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, and earlier today, Netflix released the official trailer to the public. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The film followed the short career of Roxanne Shanté, an 80s rap battle MC from Queens, NY. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 14-year old was well on her way to stardom, and the film captures the hardships Shanté faced during her rise to fame while battling with the hardships of growing up in the projects of Queensbridge, NYC. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Featured in the film is breakout star, ChanteéAdams who plays Roxanne, Oscar winner, MahershalaAli who plays her boyfriend, and NiaLong, who plays her mother. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The film is set to premiere in select theaters in NYC and LA, starting March 23rd, with a nationwide premiere on Netflix shortly afterward.

Pharrell-Produced Roxanne Shante Biopic Coming To Netflix In March; First Trailer Released - blogged by @lanaladonna ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It look...

Anaconda, Bailey Jay, and Billboard: Remembering Legendary Singer and lcon, Whitney Houston @balleralert Remembering Legendary Singer and Icon, Whitney Houston - blogged by @lanaladonna (swipe) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s been six years since the death of legendary singer, actress, producer, and model, WhitneyHouston. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Houston died at 48 in 2012 after being found unconscious in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel. It was reported that the singer passed due to cocaine use and heart disease. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Houston’s legacy included winning six Grammys and selling 170 million albums, singles, and videos over her career. Whitney, to this day, is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 songs and is the only woman to have two number-one Billboard 200 album awards. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Houston made her acting debut in “The Bodyguard” in 1992, where she performed the lead single from the film’s soundtrack, ‘I Will Always Love You.’ The song easily became a highlight of Houston’s career, and one of her signature records. It received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1994. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Houston’s pursuit in acting didn’t stop there. Aside from her appearance in Disney’s ‘Cinderella,’ she landed leading roles in ‘Waiting to Exhale’ and ‘The Preacher’s Wife.’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Whitney’s career contributed to breaking the color barrier that so many African-American artists faced. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On this day we remember her legacy, career, angelic voice, and the contributions she made to the entertainment industry as we know it. Houston left behind her mother, two brothers, and her daughter Bobbi Kristina, who died three years later. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May Whitney Houston continue to Rest In Peace!
Anaconda, Bailey Jay, and Billboard: Remembering Legendary Singer and
 lcon, Whitney Houston
 @balleralert
Remembering Legendary Singer and Icon, Whitney Houston - blogged by @lanaladonna (swipe) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s been six years since the death of legendary singer, actress, producer, and model, WhitneyHouston. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Houston died at 48 in 2012 after being found unconscious in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel. It was reported that the singer passed due to cocaine use and heart disease. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Houston’s legacy included winning six Grammys and selling 170 million albums, singles, and videos over her career. Whitney, to this day, is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 songs and is the only woman to have two number-one Billboard 200 album awards. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Houston made her acting debut in “The Bodyguard” in 1992, where she performed the lead single from the film’s soundtrack, ‘I Will Always Love You.’ The song easily became a highlight of Houston’s career, and one of her signature records. It received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1994. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Houston’s pursuit in acting didn’t stop there. Aside from her appearance in Disney’s ‘Cinderella,’ she landed leading roles in ‘Waiting to Exhale’ and ‘The Preacher’s Wife.’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Whitney’s career contributed to breaking the color barrier that so many African-American artists faced. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On this day we remember her legacy, career, angelic voice, and the contributions she made to the entertainment industry as we know it. Houston left behind her mother, two brothers, and her daughter Bobbi Kristina, who died three years later. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May Whitney Houston continue to Rest In Peace!

Remembering Legendary Singer and Icon, Whitney Houston - blogged by @lanaladonna (swipe) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s been six years since the death...

Community, Fall, and Feminism: Cardi B Touches on Feminism in Recent Interview: "Anything a Man Can Do, I Can Do'" @balleralert Cardi B Touches on Feminism in Recent Interview: “Anything a Man Can Do, I Can Do” - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In such a superficial, male-dominated industry, CardiB doesn’t fall victim to riding the wave that she’s “expected” to ride. Instead, she has unapologetically crafted her own, with no-holds-barred. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not only a rapper but a woman, too, the Bronx native certainly has faced many challenges. However, she continues to prevail, time and time again—living loudly and proudly—despite those who consistently fight so hard to bring her to silence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When it’s all said and done, she’s just a “regular, degular, shmegular” girl, from the streets of NY, who decided to go for it… and won. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She’s simply Cardi—no more, no less—and she proved that in a recent sit-down with i-D Magazine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the candid interview, the 25-year-old opened up about her thoughts on feminism and how her stance in the culture is sometimes underestimated. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Being a feminist is such a great thing, and some people feel like someone like me can’t be as great as that,” she says. “They think feminism is great and only a woman who can speak properly, who has a degree, who is a boss, a businessperson… they think only [someone like] Michelle Obama can be a feminist.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And, at a time where even the slightest mention of the word “feminism” still acts as a touchy topic amongst the millennial community, Cardi didn’t end it there. She spoke her mind and spoke it truthfully. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “But, being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man. I’m equal to a n****. Anything a man can do, I can do,” she adds. “I can finesse, I can hustle. We have the same freedom. I was top of the charts. I’m a woman, and I did that. I do feel equal to a man.”
Community, Fall, and Feminism: Cardi B Touches on Feminism in
 Recent Interview: "Anything a Man
 Can Do, I Can Do'"
 @balleralert
Cardi B Touches on Feminism in Recent Interview: “Anything a Man Can Do, I Can Do” - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In such a superficial, male-dominated industry, CardiB doesn’t fall victim to riding the wave that she’s “expected” to ride. Instead, she has unapologetically crafted her own, with no-holds-barred. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not only a rapper but a woman, too, the Bronx native certainly has faced many challenges. However, she continues to prevail, time and time again—living loudly and proudly—despite those who consistently fight so hard to bring her to silence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When it’s all said and done, she’s just a “regular, degular, shmegular” girl, from the streets of NY, who decided to go for it… and won. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She’s simply Cardi—no more, no less—and she proved that in a recent sit-down with i-D Magazine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the candid interview, the 25-year-old opened up about her thoughts on feminism and how her stance in the culture is sometimes underestimated. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Being a feminist is such a great thing, and some people feel like someone like me can’t be as great as that,” she says. “They think feminism is great and only a woman who can speak properly, who has a degree, who is a boss, a businessperson… they think only [someone like] Michelle Obama can be a feminist.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And, at a time where even the slightest mention of the word “feminism” still acts as a touchy topic amongst the millennial community, Cardi didn’t end it there. She spoke her mind and spoke it truthfully. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “But, being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man. I’m equal to a n****. Anything a man can do, I can do,” she adds. “I can finesse, I can hustle. We have the same freedom. I was top of the charts. I’m a woman, and I did that. I do feel equal to a man.”

Cardi B Touches on Feminism in Recent Interview: “Anything a Man Can Do, I Can Do” - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In such a sup...

Africa, Black History Month, and Community: Petition Asks Marvel to Invest 25% of "Black Panther" Profits into the Black Community @balleralert Petition Asks Marvel to Invest 25% of “Black Panther” Profits into the Black Community-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ As one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, “Black Panther” is expected to break some box office records and bring in millions. But now a petition has begun to have part of the profits be invested in the Black community. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A petition on Change.org is asking Marvel to invest 25 percent of the profits into Black communities. Creator of the petition, Chaz Gormley wrote, "Through a clever, well-manufactured marketing campaign Marvel Studios and their parent company The Walt Disney Company have targeted the Black community with their advertisements for the upcoming Black Panther film, due to release on February 16, 2018. As marginalized groups have become more vocal, corporations and their savvy public relations departments have turned to catering to these groups - to turn a profit - and this film by Marvel Studios is no different." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Gormley also notes Marvel’s obvious appeals to the black community such as the film being released during Black History Month and Gil Scott-Heron's ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ playing in the film's initial trailer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The petition is asking those in the Black community to regain their power and demand that Marvel and its parent company, Disney, invest profits back into the community that is most connected with the film and have been faced with “police brutality and substandard living conditions." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "You have the ability to not only be entertained but to leave the theater in February knowing that a portion of your money will be coming back into your community" Gormley adds. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "To not only go see a film about a fictitious country in Africa with advanced technology but the opportunity to invest in programs which focus on the fields - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - that make such advancements possible, in real life.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ What do you think about this idea?
Africa, Black History Month, and Community: Petition Asks Marvel to Invest 25% of
 "Black Panther" Profits into the Black
 Community
 @balleralert
Petition Asks Marvel to Invest 25% of “Black Panther” Profits into the Black Community-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ As one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, “Black Panther” is expected to break some box office records and bring in millions. But now a petition has begun to have part of the profits be invested in the Black community. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A petition on Change.org is asking Marvel to invest 25 percent of the profits into Black communities. Creator of the petition, Chaz Gormley wrote, "Through a clever, well-manufactured marketing campaign Marvel Studios and their parent company The Walt Disney Company have targeted the Black community with their advertisements for the upcoming Black Panther film, due to release on February 16, 2018. As marginalized groups have become more vocal, corporations and their savvy public relations departments have turned to catering to these groups - to turn a profit - and this film by Marvel Studios is no different." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Gormley also notes Marvel’s obvious appeals to the black community such as the film being released during Black History Month and Gil Scott-Heron's ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ playing in the film's initial trailer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The petition is asking those in the Black community to regain their power and demand that Marvel and its parent company, Disney, invest profits back into the community that is most connected with the film and have been faced with “police brutality and substandard living conditions." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "You have the ability to not only be entertained but to leave the theater in February knowing that a portion of your money will be coming back into your community" Gormley adds. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "To not only go see a film about a fictitious country in Africa with advanced technology but the opportunity to invest in programs which focus on the fields - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - that make such advancements possible, in real life.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ What do you think about this idea?

Petition Asks Marvel to Invest 25% of “Black Panther” Profits into the Black Community-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ As one of the m...

America, cnn.com, and Community: Angela Rye Joining BET to Host and Executive Produce Primetime News Specials @balleralert Angela Rye Joining BET to Host and Executive Produce Primetime News Specials - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ AngelaRye has been widely known for passionately delivering political and worldly commentary to the people for years now, and, in just a couple of weeks, Rye will actually be bringing her captivating voice to BET. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The famed CNN political commentator is teaming with BET Networks to host and executive produce an array of forthcoming quarterly primetime news special projects that will address the unwavering issues faced on a daily by blacks in America. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Working with BET always provides a reminder of why I began to do this work. It is essential that we have platforms where we can discuss our politics, our challenges, and our culture through our respective lenses,” Rye expressed in a recent press release. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rye will be making her primetime BET debut in the tentatively titled ‘Angela Rye’s State of the Union’ special, which serves as a rebuttal to Trump’s State of the Union address and will air late night on January 31st at 12-11c, only on BET. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Additionally, BET News correspondent Marc Lamont Hill’s contract with the network has also been renewed, and he’s seemingly stoked to be returning to the family, once again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I couldn’t be happier to remain a part of the BET family. I am proud to help deliver the programming that our community needs and deserves,” Hill boasts. “I am also excited to be joined by my brilliant colleague, Angela Rye, who will make our team stronger than ever!”
America, cnn.com, and Community: Angela Rye Joining BET to
 Host and Executive Produce
 Primetime News Specials
 @balleralert
Angela Rye Joining BET to Host and Executive Produce Primetime News Specials - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ AngelaRye has been widely known for passionately delivering political and worldly commentary to the people for years now, and, in just a couple of weeks, Rye will actually be bringing her captivating voice to BET. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The famed CNN political commentator is teaming with BET Networks to host and executive produce an array of forthcoming quarterly primetime news special projects that will address the unwavering issues faced on a daily by blacks in America. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Working with BET always provides a reminder of why I began to do this work. It is essential that we have platforms where we can discuss our politics, our challenges, and our culture through our respective lenses,” Rye expressed in a recent press release. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rye will be making her primetime BET debut in the tentatively titled ‘Angela Rye’s State of the Union’ special, which serves as a rebuttal to Trump’s State of the Union address and will air late night on January 31st at 12-11c, only on BET. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Additionally, BET News correspondent Marc Lamont Hill’s contract with the network has also been renewed, and he’s seemingly stoked to be returning to the family, once again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I couldn’t be happier to remain a part of the BET family. I am proud to help deliver the programming that our community needs and deserves,” Hill boasts. “I am also excited to be joined by my brilliant colleague, Angela Rye, who will make our team stronger than ever!”

Angela Rye Joining BET to Host and Executive Produce Primetime News Specials - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ AngelaRye has been ...

Children, Memes, and Money: Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown Steals Charity Money From Impoverished Kids; Sentenced to Five Years In Prison @balleralert Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown Steals Charity Money From Impoverished Kids; Sentenced to Five Years In Prison - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Former Congresswoman CorrineBrown has just been sentenced to serve five years in prison for using charity donations for underprivileged students for personal use. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s been months since a jury convicted Brown, but today (Dec. 4.) Brown was given her sentence by a federal judge. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brown faced several allegations including fraud, lying on tax forms as well Congressional disclosures; which ended with Brown losing her seat. Amid the scandal, she also lost the primary election last year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to the Associated Press, officials accused Brown of using $800,000 of impoverished children’s charity money for her own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brown started her political career in the 1980s as a legislature and joined the House of Representatives in 1993. Brown served 25 years before her conviction in May.
Children, Memes, and Money: Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown
 Steals Charity Money From Impoverished
 Kids; Sentenced to Five Years In Prison
 @balleralert
Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown Steals Charity Money From Impoverished Kids; Sentenced to Five Years In Prison - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Former Congresswoman CorrineBrown has just been sentenced to serve five years in prison for using charity donations for underprivileged students for personal use. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s been months since a jury convicted Brown, but today (Dec. 4.) Brown was given her sentence by a federal judge. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brown faced several allegations including fraud, lying on tax forms as well Congressional disclosures; which ended with Brown losing her seat. Amid the scandal, she also lost the primary election last year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to the Associated Press, officials accused Brown of using $800,000 of impoverished children’s charity money for her own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brown started her political career in the 1980s as a legislature and joined the House of Representatives in 1993. Brown served 25 years before her conviction in May.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown Steals Charity Money From Impoverished Kids; Sentenced to Five Years In Prison - Blogged by: @RaquelHarri...

Ass, Books, and Girls: 'Girls Trip' Star Tiffany Haddish Reveals Her Goal in Life ls To Help Her Mother Through Her Mental Illness So "She Can Be My Mama Again" @balleralert Read More: www.balleralert.com ‘Girls Trip’ Star Tiffany Haddish Reveals Her Goal in Life Is To Help Her Mother Through Her Mental Illness So “She Can Be My Mama Again”– blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TiffanyHaddish is having a year for the books. After her breakout role in the hilarious comedy, “Girls Trip,” and her historic hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live,” it’s safe to say the self-proclaimed black unicorn has reached the top only after years of trial and tribulation. But, the comedian says, through it all, she’s “just super grateful.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Earlier this week, Haddish spoke with PEOPLE magazine to discuss the best year of her life and her new memoir, ‘The Last Black Unicorn,’ where she talks about growing up in foster care, child abuse, and her marriage. She explains how she followed her dreams and made it big, despite the roadblocks she faced along the way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I was told every day I’d never be nothing,” she said. “Now I look in the mirror and say, ‘Tiffany Haddish, I love and approve of you.’ It was all worth it.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In her early years, her mother, who raised her alongside her grandmother in South Central L.A., got into a car accident that changed her life forever. The accident occurred when Haddish was eight-years-old and left her mother with severe brain damage that led to schizophrenia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “After the accident, oh my God, she would say the worst things to me, like ‘You look like your ugly ass daddy, I hate him. I hate you,’” Haddish wrote in her book. “She couldn’t get all her words out, so she’d just punch me. Just full on. Because of her, I can take a punch like nobody’s business. Teachers would ask, ‘Why’s Tiffany’s lip ......to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)
Ass, Books, and Girls: 'Girls Trip' Star Tiffany Haddish Reveals Her
 Goal in Life ls To Help Her Mother Through
 Her Mental Illness So "She Can Be My Mama
 Again"
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 Read More: www.balleralert.com
‘Girls Trip’ Star Tiffany Haddish Reveals Her Goal in Life Is To Help Her Mother Through Her Mental Illness So “She Can Be My Mama Again”– blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TiffanyHaddish is having a year for the books. After her breakout role in the hilarious comedy, “Girls Trip,” and her historic hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live,” it’s safe to say the self-proclaimed black unicorn has reached the top only after years of trial and tribulation. But, the comedian says, through it all, she’s “just super grateful.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Earlier this week, Haddish spoke with PEOPLE magazine to discuss the best year of her life and her new memoir, ‘The Last Black Unicorn,’ where she talks about growing up in foster care, child abuse, and her marriage. She explains how she followed her dreams and made it big, despite the roadblocks she faced along the way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I was told every day I’d never be nothing,” she said. “Now I look in the mirror and say, ‘Tiffany Haddish, I love and approve of you.’ It was all worth it.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In her early years, her mother, who raised her alongside her grandmother in South Central L.A., got into a car accident that changed her life forever. The accident occurred when Haddish was eight-years-old and left her mother with severe brain damage that led to schizophrenia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “After the accident, oh my God, she would say the worst things to me, like ‘You look like your ugly ass daddy, I hate him. I hate you,’” Haddish wrote in her book. “She couldn’t get all her words out, so she’d just punch me. Just full on. Because of her, I can take a punch like nobody’s business. Teachers would ask, ‘Why’s Tiffany’s lip ......to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)

‘Girls Trip’ Star Tiffany Haddish Reveals Her Goal in Life Is To Help Her Mother Through Her Mental Illness So “She Can Be My Mama Again”– b...

Basketball, Energy, and Girls: Muhammad Lila @MuhammadLila Remember the Afghan Girl's robotics team that was initially denied entry to the US? They just won the biggest robotics festival in Europe KOOL ck in Yass!! ❤️💁🏽‍♀️🤖 girlpower 👏🏽 "Afghanistan’s Girl Robotics Team just won the Entrepreneur Challenge at Europe’s largest robotics festival, the Robotex festival in Tallinn, Estonia. At Robotex, the team faced off against 3700 other competitors and 1600 robots in a series of competitions, including robot basketball games, races, and mazes. The Entrepreneurial Challenge, in its inaugural year at the competition, requires competitors to build a robot, design marketing flyers, and present a sales pitch to a team of judges. The winning robot, presented by three members of the Afghan team, used solar energy to work on small-scale farms, the New York Times reported And that’s not the first international robotics award the twelve girls from Herat have bagged. In July, they took home a silver medal for courage in the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington, D.C. For any group of teenagers, those would be an impressive set of achievements, but these six girls come from a country where two-thirds of girls never make it to school at all, according to Human Rights Watch." VIA Forbes girlsintech stem tech NoMuslimBan leanin woc
Basketball, Energy, and Girls: Muhammad Lila
 @MuhammadLila
 Remember the Afghan Girl's robotics
 team that was initially denied entry to
 the US? They just won the biggest
 robotics festival in Europe
 KOOL
 ck in
Yass!! ❤️💁🏽‍♀️🤖 girlpower 👏🏽 "Afghanistan’s Girl Robotics Team just won the Entrepreneur Challenge at Europe’s largest robotics festival, the Robotex festival in Tallinn, Estonia. At Robotex, the team faced off against 3700 other competitors and 1600 robots in a series of competitions, including robot basketball games, races, and mazes. The Entrepreneurial Challenge, in its inaugural year at the competition, requires competitors to build a robot, design marketing flyers, and present a sales pitch to a team of judges. The winning robot, presented by three members of the Afghan team, used solar energy to work on small-scale farms, the New York Times reported And that’s not the first international robotics award the twelve girls from Herat have bagged. In July, they took home a silver medal for courage in the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington, D.C. For any group of teenagers, those would be an impressive set of achievements, but these six girls come from a country where two-thirds of girls never make it to school at all, according to Human Rights Watch." VIA Forbes girlsintech stem tech NoMuslimBan leanin woc

Yass!! ❤️💁🏽‍♀️🤖 girlpower 👏🏽 "Afghanistan’s Girl Robotics Team just won the Entrepreneur Challenge at Europe’s largest robotics festival, th...

Friday, God, and Love: Chrisette Michele Opens Up About Miscarriage, Suicide, and Finding Her Center Again @balleralert ON SALE NOW 20% OFF: Chrisette Michele Opens Up About Miscarriage, Suicide, and Finding Her Center Again-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Songstress ChrisetteMichele is in the process of releasing a new album and to kickstart it all, she released a single titled “Strong Black Woman.” But in the midst of her new project, Michele also opened up about some struggles she's faced that have tested her strength. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Friday the singer took to social media to announce that she was dropped from her label, Caroline-Capitol Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “I complete an entire album and my label decides to walk away from me. Capitol records. I was quiet for a few days… I go into the studio and literally poured out my heart and soul and the label decides to walk away from me?” she said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ She also mentioned how the backlash for performing at Trump’s Inaugural Ball, caused a drastic shift in her image. "I went from someone being revered and loved to facing putting out an album in the worst climate of my musical career.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “I know God. He was kind enough to soften the blow. I promise you, I felt Him cover me like a blanket,” she said. “I told Him I was out of control. I told Him I was having thoughts about leaving and not finishing all He’s called me to. He listened.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ She also revealed that she had had a miscarriage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “Something came out of me. It was my child. The one my love and I worked so hard on,” she said. “I never knew I could allow myself to be so broken that my physical body would break down. “Just because I had a negative experience didn’t mean I had to become negative and broken. When I lost my child I knew that it was time for me to become a StrongBlackWoman.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Through learning to love herself and practicing yoga, the songstress was able to find her center again. “With every asana and meditation I found my new focus. It was love,” she said. “It was understanding. It was Peace. I could be the catalyst for peace because I now have a deep understanding for what the exact opposite of peace looks like.”
Friday, God, and Love: Chrisette Michele Opens Up About
 Miscarriage, Suicide, and Finding
 Her Center Again
 @balleralert
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Chrisette Michele Opens Up About Miscarriage, Suicide, and Finding Her Center Again-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Songstress ChrisetteMichele is in the process of releasing a new album and to kickstart it all, she released a single titled “Strong Black Woman.” But in the midst of her new project, Michele also opened up about some struggles she's faced that have tested her strength. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Friday the singer took to social media to announce that she was dropped from her label, Caroline-Capitol Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “I complete an entire album and my label decides to walk away from me. Capitol records. I was quiet for a few days… I go into the studio and literally poured out my heart and soul and the label decides to walk away from me?” she said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ She also mentioned how the backlash for performing at Trump’s Inaugural Ball, caused a drastic shift in her image. "I went from someone being revered and loved to facing putting out an album in the worst climate of my musical career.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “I know God. He was kind enough to soften the blow. I promise you, I felt Him cover me like a blanket,” she said. “I told Him I was out of control. I told Him I was having thoughts about leaving and not finishing all He’s called me to. He listened.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ She also revealed that she had had a miscarriage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “Something came out of me. It was my child. The one my love and I worked so hard on,” she said. “I never knew I could allow myself to be so broken that my physical body would break down. “Just because I had a negative experience didn’t mean I had to become negative and broken. When I lost my child I knew that it was time for me to become a StrongBlackWoman.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Through learning to love herself and practicing yoga, the songstress was able to find her center again. “With every asana and meditation I found my new focus. It was love,” she said. “It was understanding. It was Peace. I could be the catalyst for peace because I now have a deep understanding for what the exact opposite of peace looks like.”

Chrisette Michele Opens Up About Miscarriage, Suicide, and Finding Her Center Again-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Songstress Chriset...