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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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This Beautiful Model’s Experience With Vitiligo Is a Lesson To All Of Us

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This Beautiful Model’s Experience With Vitiligo Is a Lesson To All Of Us

Those who are familiar with the long-term skin condition called vitiligo know that it can deeply affect a person mentally. Characterized by the loss of pigment in skin, vitiligo can often cause psychological stress for those who experience stigma brought on by the condition.

One model, who is based out of Rio de JanMeiro, Brazil know’s the stress such a condition can cause because he has it.

Roger Monte is a 37-year-old model with vitiligo.

Speaking to mitú, about his experience with vitiligo, Monte says “I really feel super comfortable being who I am.  My spots differ from people and make me unique.” It’s a change from his first reactions to the skin condition that affects 0.5 percent and 1 percent of people worldwide.

Soon after noticing the first white patch that had appeared on his skin at the age of 23, Roger has said that his world completely changed. “Seeing my skin losing pigmentation was terrifying for me. I thought my life, which had barely even started yet, was over at that moment. When I found out that vitiligo can develop because of emotional stress, I blamed myself for it every single day,” he explained according to Daily Mail. “I had a really dark few years and I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. I didn’t accept my condition at all and started using makeup to camouflage my spots.”

When he soon came to learn that vitiligo can be exacerbated by stress, Roger found himself even more distressed.

“I had a really dark few years and I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. I didn’t accept my condition at all and started using makeup to camouflage my spots,” he explained. “I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and I wore makeup to cover my vitiligo for ten long years. It felt like I was being held, hostage. I didn’t like going to the beach or the gym or anything that made me sweat. I was terrified that someone would notice my spots even though looking back, it must’ve been quite obvious to anyone who looked closely.”

It took Roger a decade to ultimately come to terms with his condition and, eventually, he learned to stop hiding behind makeup.

Eventually, Roger found himself embraced by friends he met at a gym and discovered the full support of those around him.

“In 2016, I met some incredible new friends who started to make me see my spots as something unique and beautiful. One day, I just woke up, took out my cell phone, took a picture and posted it to Instagram,” he explained. “I had never had a photo of me get so many comments and likes. People I hadn’t seen in years were praising my skin and saying that they had never noticed that I had the disease. I even had a boy who had also been hiding his own vitiligo with makeup contact me to say that my posts had inspired him to stop hiding his skin. Another girl even got in touch to say that my story had helped cure her depression.”

The power of Roger’s influence on social media is clear in the 34.5k followers he has amassed in the past few years. When it comes to giving advice to little boys and girls with vitiligo Monte told us at mitú he hopes they learn to “Take on your colors. The world is already full of more of the same and needs colorful and empowered people like us!  Love yourself!

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Black-Owned Occult Shops That Every Bruja

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Black-Owned Occult Shops That Every Bruja

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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