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Camila Cabello Donated $10,000 To Help Homeless Chess Champion And Family

Camila Cabello is sone artist that tries to stay connected with fans and give back to her community when she can. Most recently, Cabello heard about the story of 8-year-old homeless refugee Tanitoluwa Adewumi. Adewumi and his family are refugees from Nigeria and were living in a homeless shelter in New York City trying to get on their feet. Now, things are looking up for the refugee family as people came together to crowdfund to help them out.

Camila Cabello stepped up to help Nigerian refugee Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family.

Adewumi is only 8 years old and because the New York State Chess Champion. The competition was for children from kindergarten to third grade and, according to the New York Times, he made it through the competition undefeated.

The family is in the middle of their asylum process having fled Nigeria in 2017 for fear of their safety. Terrorist group Boko Haram has been targeting Christian families, like the Adewumi family.

Adewumi and his family have been in a homeless shelter in New York City since arriving from Nigeria.

According to the New York Times, the family arrived from Nigeria a little over a year ago and a pastor was the one who helped them seek out the shelter. Adewumi is currently a student at P.S. 116 and the principal has nothing but glowing words for the child.

“It’s an inspiring example of how life’s challenges do not define a person,” Jane Hsu, the principal of P.S. 116, told the New York Times.

A GoFundMe was started to help the Adewumi family after the child’s win and the outpour of support was incredible, including from Cabello.

“‘Talent is universal but opportunity is not.’ Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a homeless 8-year-old refugee, who won the New York State Chess Championship. Tani, you make all of us proud. Keep smiling and keep winning ps guys let’s spread the word and help him out,” Cabello wrote on Twitter. The singer included a link tot he GoFundMe page and directed her fans to help the young boy and his family out.

At the time of this writing, people have raised more than $200,000 to help the refugee family.

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“WORDS OF APPRECIATION!!!
We the Family of TANITOLUWA ADEWUMI (#TANI#) first of all we give God the Glory for being crowned as FIRST PLACE CHAMPION in his first New York State Tournament (k-3) Primary Championship held in Saratoga Spring New York on the 9th and 10th March, 2019,” reads an update on the GoFundMe page.

“We say a big thank you to the coaches- coach Russell Makosfy, coach Shawn Martinez, coach Angel Lopez, the officers in the team for their support and words of encouragement. God bless you all.
Our appreciation goes to his school (PS116, Manhattan), the Principal, Teachers, Students and every other staff. God bless you all.”

“Our big thanks to Mr. Nicholas Kristof ( The New York Times Paper and their staff), The CBS news, BBC World news, NBC news, social media, those that share the good news and others service stations for your support. God bless you all.”

“Our big shout out to the whole WORLD for all your support Financially, Morally, Spiritually and many more can’t mentioned. You are all Awesome. God bless you all.”

“We will like the WORLD to know that all the proceeds/donations go to TANITOLUWA ADEWUMI FOUNDATION.
We are working with counsel to make sure this is possible. In the meanwhile, all funds stay with GoFundMe.”

“TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!!!”

“GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
GOD BLESS THE WORLD!!!”

“THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!”

Fans are showering the singer with love and appreciation.

It is a sweet reminder that some stars are willing to use their fame, money, and name to help those in need. The family that is being helped has already had to flee their home and relocate on the other side of the world. It is refreshing to see people that are willing to step up and help their fellow man.

READ: Camila Cabello Honors Selena Quintanilla At Houston Rodeo By Singing “Dreaming Of You”

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The New ‘In The Heights’ Trailer Is Out And You’ll Wish You Were In This Latino Fairytale

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The New ‘In The Heights’ Trailer Is Out And You’ll Wish You Were In This Latino Fairytale

There is a new “In The Heights” trailer and release date and fans are getting excited (again)! This is the second time that Warner Bros. has released a trailer to tease the release of “In The Heights” but Covid derailed its first release. Here’s to summer of 2021!

Here’s the new trailer for “In The Heights.”

“In The Heights” is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first wildly successful musical before “Hamilton. The show is based in Washington Heights, a Latino and immigrant enclave in New York City where music runs through the streets and the residents.

Usnavi, portrayed by Anthony Ramos, is the protagonist who is central to the community. He runs a bodega that everyone visits and it isn’t long until he and his large community fight back to protect their friends and family.

The story has it all from love to despair to triumph.

Usnavi is in love with Vanessa, portrayed by Melissa Barrera, and their love story grows alongside the community through the summer. At the same time, it seems that Abuela Claudia, portrayed by Olga Merediz, is facing deportation and the community comes to her defense to keep her here.

Miranda and Jon M. Cho, the director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” beautifully captured the resilience and diversity of our neighborhoods. Actors Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Leslie Grace bring the play to life on the big screen in a big way.

Fans cannot wait to see the new movie offering Latinos so much representation.

People have been anxiously waiting for this moment since 2008. That was the year that Universal Pictures announced their plans to make the movie adaptation of the play. It was supposed to be released in 2011 until Universals Pictures dropped the project. Then The Weinstein Company acquired the rights, however, Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct came to light and Miranda pulled the rights in response. Warner Bros. then got the rights in 2018 and we had our first trailer in 2019. It was slated to be released in June 2020 and the Covid caused the company to cancel the movie’s release. Now, with a deal with HBOMax, Warner Bros. will finally release “In The Heights” more than 10 years after fans were promised a movie.

“In The Heights” will be on HBOMax on June 18, 2021.

READ: The Trailer For ‘In The Heights’ Is Finally Here And It Looks Like A Latino Fairytale

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Camila Cabello Says That She Has Been Going To Weekly Racial Healing Sessions After Her ‘N-Word’ Scandal

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Camila Cabello Says That She Has Been Going To Weekly Racial Healing Sessions After Her ‘N-Word’ Scandal

Over a year has passed since Camila Cabello’s old and racist Tumblr posts resurfaced in order to haunt her. Now, after having issued an apology months ago, and spending some time in quarantine, it seems she’s eager to ask once again for our forgiveness.

Cabello recently shared that she’s been attending weekly racial healing sessions after it came out that she used racist and offensive language in social media posts.

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In a recent interview with People magazine, Camila revealed that she had joined the National Compadres Network’s racial healing program soon after she had issued a public apology for her actions in December 2019. “It created a space where I was held accountable,” Camila explained in her interview. “You get corrected, you have homework, and you learn. That’s how you move forward. Now I know better so I can do better.”

Cabello went onto explain that the sessions encouraged her to hold herself accountable.

“As I learned more about other people’s experiences in the world, I was like, ‘How do I help the people who are on the frontlines of dismantling systems that create oppression? And how do I bridge that with my own personal journey with mental health and healing?” she explained before realizing that her experience encouraged her to financially support Movement Voter Fund to help create the Healing Justice Project. Cabello says that she has donated $250,000 to ten different organizations that have set out to fight for racial justice.

“What all the organizations have in common is that they are helping their communities, especially marginalized groups in their communities,” Camila Cabello explained. “They all also expressed a need for these mental wellness resources.”

In December 2019, Camila was forced to acknowledge the offensive and hurtful nature of her old posts and texts some of which targeted her fellow Fifth Harmony group member Normani.

“I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it. I apologize then and I apologize again now. I’m 22 now,” she underlined at the time. “I’m an adult and I’ve grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain it carries in a way I wasn’t before.”

At the time, Normani expressed her disappointment in the resurfaced posts in a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone.

“I struggled with talking about this because I didn’t want it to be a part of my narrative, but I am a Black woman, who is a part of an entire generation that has a similar story. I face senseless attacks daily, as does the rest of my community,” Normani explained at the time. “This represents a day in the life for us. I have been tolerating discrimination far before I could even comprehend what exactly was happening. Direct and subliminal hatred has been geared towards me for many years solely because of the color of my skin.”

Normani went on to point out that Camila Cabello remained quiet when she endured racist attacks online explaining “It took days for her to acknowledge what I was dealing with online and then years for her to take responsibility for the offensive tweets that recently resurfaced. Whether or not it was her intention, this made me feel like I was second to the relationship that she had with her fans.”

Normani eventually expressed a wish to see Camila learn. “There is genuine understanding about why this was absolutely unacceptable,” she added. “I don’t want to say that this situation leaves me hopeless because I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity for personal growth.”

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