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Ally Brooke Was Criticized For “Thrusting” And For Bringing Too Much “Beyonce” On DWTS

Right on time for Latinx Heritage month and on September 16 (Mexico’s Independence Day), fans tuned in to watch Ally Brooke (Hernandez) on “Dancing With The Stars Premiere.” Ally, former member of Fifth Harmony, and a Latina, Mexican-American from Texas, was paired with Sasha Farber. The duo kicked off the season by dancing the Cha-Cha to Fifth Harmony’s “Work from Home.”

Ally Brooke flowed into the evening and stunned with her moves and her look. As most of the contestants, she has no prior dance training, and yet she slayed her routine that had intricate footwork. At one point she even does a spin move while in a squatting position. Unlike some of the other dances of the evening, Ally and Sasha’s dance was fierce and had a lot of movement, it showed they weren’t just going to take the basic route.   Watching her dance, it is clear she has talent.

Which is why fans were left confused by the low score, which seemed to not match up to the level of the routine. A lot of viewers felt Brooke was robbed. With the combined judges score of 16, this placed Ally and Sasha in the bottom three.

Also under fire, were the comments made by long-time judge, Len Goodman. In his critique of Brooke, he told her there was too much having “gyrating” and “Beyoncé stuff” that he is not a fan of. Lord help Len Goodman if the beehive comes for him.

It’s interesting to note that Ally Brooke is the only Latina on this season of DWTS and yet she is the one that is told she is “gyrating” and “thrusting” too much. Goodman also referred to Brooke’s hair “being in the way” and in the end did give her credit for being a “competent dancer.”

Yes Len is known for being a harsh judge but these comments were about her person, not her technique. We are living in the era of not anymore, you can’t be an old white dude making old antiquated comments like that anymore that give nod to stereotypes against POC.

Just a few days ago similar situation happened at the Democratic Debate in Houston, Presidential candidate Julián Castro ignited a conversation on POC and old white dudes. Basically, a lot of folks feel that when it comes to POC stepping into predominantly white spaces, we are expected to behave a different level than another white person. This stemmed from a moment at the debate where Castro called out the former Vice President on an issue of healthcare and then received backlash from other candidates (and viewers) that felt Castro was being harsh, to which Castro replied that that’s what an election is for, to really talk about the issues. In the court of public opinion, on social media, a lot of other folks felt that if Castro was a white candidate he would have been applauded for these same actions.

It is a fair question to then ask, if Brooke wasn’t a Latina would “gyrating” be a problem? Would he hair still be considered “wild?”

This also lends to the deeper conversation of oversexualization of Latinas in media. Ally Brooke was wearing an outfit in the same style as so many other dancers over the years, her hair was blown out just like other dancers and her moves were not something overtly sexual that required being chastised by Len Goodman. There were other dances during the evening that actual had a lot more pelvic “thrusting” that her routine yet Ally and Sasha were the ones to get the harshest criticism.

Brooke took the criticism all in stride and as for the “too much Beyoncé” comment she disagreed and simply said “whatevs” to Len’s thoughts on Queen Bey.

Ally Brooke was part of girl group Fifth Harmony since their debut in 2012. After five years of travel and touring, Brooke decided to go solo in 2018. Since then she has been working on her new music and preparing for her solo debut.

As for the reasons why she left, she has said in different interviews, she felt it was time. She wanted to expand as an artist and push the reset button, on her life, her music, her style, etc.,

At the beginning of 2019, Brooke dropped her first single “Low Key” featuring Tyga. Since then, she has been releasing new music, including her latest hit to drop (yesterday) “Higher” featuring Norwegian DJ, Matoma.

Brooke is a bilingual artist and has also worked on Spanish language music, including her first collab, “Vámonos.” Not the only member of the girl group to go solo, all the other women of Fifth Harmony have also released solo projects. Most notably, Camila Cabello who slayed the charts with her smash hit “Havana” which paid homage to her Cuban heritage.

Ally is Mexican-American, a Texas native, from San Antonio. Like many Latinx, she grew up with Selena, Beyoncé and JLo as some of her favorite influences. Also like many Latinx, she has said that she has struggled with her Spanish speaking abilities, but that she grew up around her Mexican culture, so she doesn’t fell any less Latina. When asked before on what it means to her to be Latina, she has said “It means being strong and courageous, and the number one thing is passionate. We want people to come into our homes and feel like it’s their home. We have such beautiful culture with our music, with our dancing, with our food. I am so thankful that I am Latina.”

Part of the next chapter of Ally Brooke’s story is getting involved in the preservation of history. Brooke has partnered with, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, for their Partners in Preservation Main Streets campaign, which will preserve historical areas based on engagement and votes. “It’s really important to me to be able to encourage the next generation, my generation, to get involved and to vote.” She continues, saying, “I really think that this generation has such impact and they are the future, and to be able to instill that in my peers and in my friends, encouraging them that they can make a difference… It’s such an important message to be able to share to this generation.”

She was moved to get involved after visiting the birthplace of the Chicano movement in LA, and other Mexican sites. This is a foundation that can give money and help keep these historic places alive for the future.

 
 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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From That Picture With George W. Bush To Dakota Johnson’s Memeworthy Confrontation— A Timeline Of Ellen DeGeneres’ Downfall

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From That Picture With George W. Bush To Dakota Johnson’s Memeworthy Confrontation— A Timeline Of Ellen DeGeneres’ Downfall

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Last Thursday, American comedian, television host, and Finding Dory actress Ellen DeGeneres penned a personal memo to the employees of her talk show in an effort to address recent allegations of workplace toxicity.

“My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that,” she said while addressing recent complaints about her contributions to a toxic work environment on the show. “Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

Writing about what she has learned in recent weeks, DeGeneres vowed to push herself “to learn and grow.”

“We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention,” she went on to write. “I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so.”

DeGeneres’s letter comes at a time when serious allegations have been made about her and the executive producers on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Still, while current complaints have gone viral recently, they only seem to be part of an upset over the comedian’s behavior that has been years in the making

Check out the timeline of her downward spiral below:

December 2018 – The New York Times publishes the “Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think” headline

In a New York Times profile, reporter Jason Zinoman examined the comedian’s happy television host persona against her 2018 Netflix stand-up special, titled “Relatable”. With a headline that read “Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think,” Zinoman wrote, “In sharp contrast to her public image as everyone’s good friend, happy to listen, she presents herself — with tongue in cheek — as cartoonishly aloof and indifferent, stuck in a privileged bubble, cracking several jokes, for instance, about her fabulous wealth.”

January 2019 – Defense of Kevin Hart and dismissal of his disappointed fans as “haters”

Soon after comedian and actor, Kevin Hart was ousted from his position as an Academy Awards host due to a series of discovered homophobic tweets and jokes he’d made, DeGeneres, invited him to come on her show.

During her interview with him, DeGeneres urged Hart to ignore the backlash he’d received and dismissed his critics as “haters.” Soon after, she appealed to the academy to hire him for the Oscars once again much to her supporters’ chagrin.

October 2019 – DeGeneres takes a photo with George W. Bush

In the fall of 2019, DeGeneres was pictured with former president George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game. The photo sparked backlash and expressions of disappointment online. After all, during his presidency, Bush pushed for bans on same-sex marriage.
DeGeneres belittled negative comments about the photo writing, “People were upset. They thought, ‘Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?’ “Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different.”

November 2019 – Dakota Johnson calls DeGeneres out for lying on her own show

Known as the incident that might have first brought down Ellen, Johnson’s 2019 appearance on the comedian’s daytime show undoubtedly opened the floodgates. During an interview with the Fifty Shades Of Grey actress, DeGeneres commented about not being invited to her 30th birthday party asking “How was the party? I wasn’t invited.” Johnson was quick to defend herself in an awkward but honest moment saying “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen. You were invited.”

Oof.

March 2020 – And of course, that viral Twitter post

Months after Johnson’s appearance, a Twitter thread posted by “Gilmore Guys” podcast co-host Kevin T. Porter went viral after he petitioned for negative stories about DeGeneres’s behavior in “exchange for food bank donations.”

The tweet reeled in over 16K comments and a whole lot of horrifying stories about the actress.

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