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The Latest Picture Of Sammy Sosa Has Even More People Concerned About His Well-Being

Earlier this year, retired baseball star Sammy Sosa caused a stir on social media when he appeared in an interview ahead of the MLB All-Star game.

His lighter-than-ever complexion caused a lot of concern and sparked speculation about the motives behind his look.

Well, Sosa has managed to get the Twitterverse talking once again. People cannot believe that new photos circulating of the baseball legend on vacation feature the same Sammy Sosa they grew up loving and admiring.

These are the photos of Sammy Sosa that have created a whole new uproar on social media.

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In 2009, Sosa told “Primer Impacto” that he uses a skin-softening cream that also happens to bleach his skin. According to ESPN, Sosa claims that he needs the cream to make his skin soft after all the time he has spent in the sun playing baseball.

“It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily,” Sosa said in the interview according to ESPN.

Some fans couldn’t believe it was actually Sosa.

The increased lightening of his skin tone has led many to express concern about his mental health.

And the social media jokes about his situation have made many people uncomfortable.

There have been jokes made about the progression of his skin tone changing and they are pretty cringe-worthy. While the jokes are frequent on social media, there are also people who seem legitimately concerned with Sosa’s overall well-being.

The discussion of Sosa’s skin has inevitably circled back to the discussion of colorism in the Dominican community.

Miami Herald reporter Francis Robles, who has covered the Dominican Republic at length, explained to NPR that many people in the Dominican Republic who are black don’t realize they are black until they go to the U.S.

Robles says part of the colorism in the Dominican Republic influenced by Haiti’s 22-year rule over the Dominican Republic:

“The Dominican Republic is the only country in Latin America that got its freedom – not from Spain – but from Haiti, from a black country. In the 1800s, Haiti gets independence, and then a few years later it takes over the entire of island of Hispaniola. So for 22 years, the Dominicans were under the rule of the Haitians. And for many years after that, even after they were freed, you have presidents in the Dominican Republic who really instigated a sense that anything Haitian was bad, anything black was bad.”

While many fans remain sad that Sosa has changed his appearance so drastically…

… Others are trying to remember the baseball legend as he was in the past.


READ: The World Got To See Sammy Sosa’s New Look And People Are Genuinely Concerned About Him

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Black-Owned Occult Shops That Every Bruja

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Black-Owned Occult Shops That Every Bruja

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Buy Black.

It might be something you’ve only caught onto amidst the most recent massive protests brought about by the death of Black people at the hands of police. Yet, buying Black has been a center point of the fight for civil rights since the Reconstruction era. Despite the fact that our government never gave Black Americans their promised 40 acres and a mule, Black people in the U.S. were able to build thriving businesses across the country.

Even Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged people to buy Black. In his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech he said “We’ve got to strengthen black institutions. You have six or seven black insurance companies here in the city of Memphis. Take out your insurance there.”

To promote buying Black, we’ll be highlighting Black businesses to buy from. Not just this month, but moving forward.

For brujas, here’s one you’ll be sure to appreciate it.

1. Skin Rituals Shop 

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This Houston- based brand offers vegan soaps, meditation, and intention candles. The brand has five stars with reviewers raving about its soaps and their smells. As of June 10, most of the items are not in stock but are said to be restocked by June 24th.

2. Piscean Spirituality 

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PisceanSpirituality offers tarot readings rituals and twinflame journies. All for purchase on Etsy.com. The most popular service they offer provides full readings covering topics on love and relationships, career, and spiritual journey. Full readings offer buyers a chance to receive answers for up to three questions. As well as three follow up questions once their reading has been delivered.

3. Heritage Apothecary 

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Heritage Apothecary creates crystal-encrusted smudging vials as well as resin-infused smudge sticks. Plus way more. What’s more, the brand creates its products with sustainability in mind.

4. Chakra Zulu

Chakra Zulu is a brand on a mission to share crystals with the world. The brand creates beautiful chakra sets and promises “one of a kind crystal specimens like wands, palm stones, and hearts.” The brand promotes crystal healing and is located in Florida but ships worldwide.

5. Just Kweenin 

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This brand is based out of San Bernadino and it creates jewelry and hand-poured soy wax candles. The “Issa Moon Thang” Manifestation Candle is made with “powerful magickal herbs and spices, a mix of essential oils and 2 crystals.” The candles include a money spell candle, a road opener candle, and a Silver Queen Nefertiti necklace.

6. Conjuria 


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Get ahold of these spiritual supplies directly from this store based out of New Orleans. The brand’s Hoodoo and Conjure oils come in over 30 different scents. According to Conjuria the oils have both essential and fragrance oils blended and its benches are hand-poured into amber bottles that protect the oil from the sun. Conjuria says that the recipes “are authentic and unique.”

7. Scrubtious Inc. 

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This natural urban skin and hair care apothecary sells 100% natural and organic that are completely handmade. Items from the store like the Banana Milkshake Hair Mask which is also a banana deep conditioner made with coconut milk and the unrefined Haitian black castor oil are among its highly-rated products.

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Staying Cute In The Time Of Coronavirus– Are ManiPedis And Brazilians Out?

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Staying Cute In The Time Of Coronavirus– Are ManiPedis And Brazilians Out?

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As we continue to face so much uncertainty in our daily lives, there’s no doubt that keeping up a healthy at-home beauty routine can help. Not only can doing some kind things for yourself like an at-home manicure or a good facial do great good for your pores it can also be a mental health saving grace.

Still, for every beauty routine that some of us might have mastered already, there are plenty that some of us have not. Whether it’s knowing how to wash your hair on your own, do a facemask, tweeze your brows or even give your lower Latin America region a good grooming, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up the best tips and items from the internet to help you keep up your salon beauty routine at home.

Doing the Brazilian.

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No one who has ever had hair ripped from their crotch has called getting a bikini wax easy. Still, if you’re staying at home all day to combat Coronavirus and you’re feeling like you need a wax, experts say it is doable.

According to an interview with Harper’s Bazaar and Natalie Ismiel, a brand ambassador for the hair-removal brand Nad’s it’s important to “be sure to look for a product that specifically says Brazilian on the packaging, as not all formulas are suitable for this sensitive area. For a first timer, it might be easiest to use a hard wax, as strip waxes are a little bit more difficult to do on your own and take practice.”

Going full-on mani-pedi.

A good mani-pedi will require some tools you might not have at home but plenty you already will have available. To start, you’ll want to soak your feet and hands in bathwater. You can buy cheap epsom salt to soak and soften your skin. Use a hard foot brush to slough off any skin, and then apply a cuticle serum to your toenails before you polish your nails. Don’t forget this last part! It will do wonders for ensuring the longevity of your paint job.

How to give yourself the ultimate facial.

Not all of us have the resources to invest in professional skin treatment. Still, gifting your skin regular facial care is a long-proven way of ensuring the health of your skin and you can give yourself an at-home facial that have the same results as a spa session.
Start your facial by creating a clean canvas to start on by cleaning your skin with a cleansing lotion or gel. Then apply a thin coat of an exfoliating peel with exfoliating acids like lactic, glycolic, or salicylic. Leave on for 5 minutes and then wash off thoroughly. Once the peel has been removed go in with a second exfoliator by applying a facial scrub to your skin. When you’re done be sure to apply a moisturizer!

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