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This Afro-Latina Has Gone Viral After Dedicating This Over-The-Top Graduation Photoshoot To Her Culture

We love graduation season. It gives us a chance to applaud the next generation of high school and college graduates, and also be amazed at how they honor their family and Latino heritage. There is nothing better than giving your own culture a chance to shine on such a special day. That’s exactly what Samantha Sheppard did with a beautiful and culturally relevant graduation photo shoot.

Samantha Sheppard, 21, is the first to graduate from college in her family and celebrated by having a gorgeous photoshoot.

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“First one in my family with a degree,” she tweeted on April 20. “Finally telling my parents that everything they did is paying off…had to show out for the first gens for my grad shoot. 100% Panameña, living the American dream.”

Her tweet went viral and has been liked almost 40,000 times.

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“I love the fact that my culture is being spread everywhere because we deserve it!! as a biracial female at a PWI, it means sooooo much,” she tweeted.

PWI is an acronym for predominately white institution.

Sheppard said she was happy her tweet went viral so people could learn more about Panamanian culture.

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“Holy sh*t this sh*t really went f*cking viral… like whatttttt. not too many people know about Panamanian culture or how hard we really work so out of all the things that could’ve gotten this big, I’m glad it’s this.”

Here’s more about Sheppard, her family, and how she helps them any way she can.

Sheppard graduated with a degree in psychology and philosophy. She said that she is also currently working at a center for autism and related disorders.

“I have a very knowledgeable background in behavioral therapy and ABA and I’ve done extensive cognitive and neuropsych and neuroscience research with two profs at LSU,” Samantha tweeted.

People on social media were so moved by her incredible photoshoot.

Her dress was definitely a showstopper. Her headdress is worth another photoshoot on its own.

Panama is getting so much love, thanks to Sheppard’s tweet.

We wonder if her family back home found out about her viral tweet. It must be a really nice feeling to know that you are helping people learn about your culture and your people.

Her parents must be beyond proud of their daughter.

We can’t wait to see what is next for this inspiring young woman.

Congrats, Samantha!

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Louisiana Man Gets Arrested For Driving a Walmart Cart Under the Influencer

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Louisiana Man Gets Arrested For Driving a Walmart Cart Under the Influencer

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It’s a common occurrence: you go out with your girlfriends to wind down, have a few drinks, and the next thing you know, you’re very aware you’re in no shape to be driving. Luckily, the majority of us make the decision to call an Uber or recruit a sober friend as a designated driver. But not everyone acts so responsibly.

You needn’t look far to find stories of intoxicated people using any means necessary to get from point A to point B when they’re under the influence. There’s the story of the man who drove a lawn-mower to the liquor store, the man who got his fourth DUI from riding around his bike while drunk, and of course, the college junior who was charged with a DUI after being caught driving her toy Barbie Jeep around campus while trashed. Make no mistake: just because you’re not driving a car when you’re drunk, doesn’t mean you still aren’t endangering your own life and the lives of others.

On November 3rd, a man in  Denham Springs, Louisiana was arrested for stealing a motorized car from Walmart and driving it to the local bar so he could continue drinking. 

The arrest was reported on the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, a platform that chronicles some of the most outrageous and insane crimes that the Terrebonne parish’s locals have committed. But this post has struck a chord with the page’s followers, racking up 154 comments, 273 shares, and a feature in Vice magazine. According to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department, the deputy on duty arrived at a local bar in response to a phone call he received that an “individual had arrived there driving the cart”. 

When the deputy arrived on the scene,  he observed a motorized Walmart cart parked between two cars in the bar’s parking lot. The man, named Brice Kendell Williams, claimed he took the motorized cart from the local Walmart and drove it over half a mile to the local bar because he believed he would be “charged with DWI if he drove his own vehicle” to the bar. The deputy arrested Williams, under the felony charge of “unauthorized use of a moveable”. William’s bond was set at $2500.00. 

It’s possible the Williams’ story is gaining traction because of how ironic it is. 

Simply by trying to avoid breaking the law (driving while under the influence), Williams ended up breaking the law anyway–this time, committing a felony. Not only did Williams put his own life in danger as well as endanger the lives of the other people on the road, but he also was charged with theft. Believe it or not, those carts are meant to stay on the Walmart premises. 

It’s also worth noting that Williams could have avoided this entire disaster if he’d just called a ride share service. According to a study conducted by the University of California at Davis and Moll Law Group, in the two years after ride-sharing services began in certain California cities, drunk-driving arrests “declined by 32 percent in San Diego, 28 percent in San Jose, 26 percent in Sacramento and 14 percent in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco-Oakland area”. Ride-share services aren’t just for people who don’t have access to reliable transportation–they’re changing people’s habits with drinking responsibly. 

Of course, there were a few Twitter users who couldn’t help but comment on the absurdity of this entire situation:

Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, someone drives a motorized Walmart cart to the nearest bar while drunk. If this isn’t concrete evidence that the world is coming to an end, we don’t know what is!

Some sympathetic Twitter users are calling this man a hero.

If by “hero” you mean the next winner of the annual Darwin Award, then yes. Yes, he is a hero.

This person feels that the man who was arrested should at least get an A for effort:

For some reason, we doubt the police were viewing the situation in the same way.

This man made the observation that this story seemed even stranger than fiction:

Really–you can’t make this stuff up! Especially since most motorized carts in shopping centers only have their batteries charged enough for a few rounds around their stores.

This man pointed out the irony of Wiliams’ situation: 

With the advent of smartphones, technology has made it possible for convenience to be right at our fingertips. There are no excuses anymore.

Racist Road Rage Incident In Louisiana caught On Camera And People Are Asking For Justice

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Racist Road Rage Incident In Louisiana caught On Camera And People Are Asking For Justice

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A middle-aged white man was caught on camera verbally assaulting a young black woman, repeatedly calling her a ‘stupid, f***ing n*****’ in Louisiana this weekend. The victim, Jessica Fontenot, recorded the entire assault on her phone, and later posted it to Twitter, where it’s reached 3 million views, and nearly 30k retweets at the time of publication. “So this is how my Sunday is going,” Jessica tweeted. “Never called this man out his name never got angry with this man at all! This is what we are living in. I will definitely pray for this man!”

Twitter users have identified the man as Seth Broussard, and are actively ensuring his employer knows how he treats black women on the road.

Jessica Fontenot started recording after the first time Broussard used the racist slur.

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Broussard rolled down the window of his pickup truck, and seemed to slowly repeat himself, saying “I said you were talking crazy, you stupid, f****** n*****.” In a sarcastically friendly tone, he asked, “Did you get it that time?” He seemed to stop in the middle of the street, and shouted, “I said n*****,” as he sped off. 

Jessica continued to record as she followed him. “Okay, cool. This n***** right here. Wow, y’all. I didn’t even do anything. Didn’t even do anything, y’all,” she told the camera in obvious shock. Then, the man tried to brake check her, suddenly braking, forcing her to swerve out of the way to avoid a collision. “This man right here. Yup. This man right here called me a ‘fucking n*****’. Oh my gosh,” she told the camera as she skillfully evaded a car accident with a road rager, all while attempting to record the assault.

“This is the world we are living in today,” Fontenot calmly tells the camera.

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As he sped up to the red light, Jessica tells us, “This is what we are living in today. I’m going to record this whole thing. Never called this man out his name or anything.” You can hear Broussard’s screech again as he attempts to cause a collision, braking suddenly. He rolls down his window and sticks his arm out to facetiously, dramatically wave at Jessica. “Wow. That shows you,” Fontenot comments as the light turns green. “You know what? I’m not going to let this man mess up my Sunday. He’s not going to get to me, but it just shows you that we’re still living in this time period, y’all. We’re still going through racism. Shit’s crazy. Old ass man talking to a young black female like that. It’s sad.”

Twitter heard Fontenot when she told us, “I got his license plate. I got his truck. Wow.”

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Yup. Twitter followed through and identified the man as Seth Broussard. While Broussard has made his social media accounts invisible, Twitter took screenshots. A tweet that listed the email address for HydroChemPSC, the employer Broussard listed on LinkedIn, has been retweeted 1.3k times. The emails and Facebook comments on the company page were so overwhelming, the company spoke out. 

Early Monday morning, HydroChemPSC stated, “HydroChemPSC has been made aware of the video taken on Sunday, November 10 in the Lake Charles area. The individual was not employed with our company when this incident occurred. We understand the concern many of you have expressed and we share that concern. Thank you.” Even though Broussard does not work for the company any longer, HydroChemPSC employees have acknowledged that they know Broussard, effectively corroborating Twitter’s identification of the man.

Justice for Fontenot now lies in the hands of the Lake Charles Police Department.

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While HydroChemPSC was an aim and a miss, Twitter has now taken to the Lake Charles Police Department Facebook page to utilize public pressure for results. “Any comment on this guy Seth Broussard?” one Facebook user commented on an unrelated post. So far, the police department has not released a comment.

“I hear the hurt in your voice. And I’m so sorry you went through that sister,” one Twitter user commented. “Press charges because he was tryna make y’all wreck into the back of him which is endangering y’all. He’s not gonna have a job pretty soon.” A young black man tweeted, “He would never pull this with a black MAN. Ever. Be careful out here…” Meanwhile, another young black woman tweeted to Jessica, “Don’t pray for him.”

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