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Demi Lovato Says She Left Disney Channel Because Of Her Eating Disorder

Fans of Demi Lovato know that the former Disney Channel star has been through it in terms of mental health and body image issues. In the years since leaving her role as the titular character of the Disney Channel series “Sonny With A Chance” she has been outspoken about her struggles with eating disorders, mental health issues, and her use of drugs to cope.

Now, in a recent interview, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer is speaking out about the origins of those mental health-related issues: Disney.

Speaking to Bustle in an interview, Lovato revealed that she made the decision to leave Disney Channel after realizing the entertainment industry “terrifyingly normalized” eating disorders.

In her latest interview with Bustle, Lovato explained that after checking out of rehab in 2010 she realized that entertainment institutions like Disney perpetuated eating disorders. Lovato said that she’d struggled with an eating disorder before she became famous but it wasn’t until she broke into the industry that she realized many others were struggling as well.

“I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, ‘Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalized,'” Lovato explained. She also recalled that spending time in rehab made her eager to address eating disorders. “I came out of [rehab] with the choice of talking about my struggles or my journey with the possibility of helping people or keeping my mouth shut and going back to Disney Channel. I was like that doesn’t feel authentic to me. So I chose to tell my story.”

Demi underlined in the interview that she aims to have a career that has “nothing to do” with her body.

In an interview earlier this year, Lovato spoke out about her eating disorder while on Ellen Degeneres claiming that her old management team “controlled” her diet. Instead of letting her enjoy a birthday cake each year, they gave her a “watermelon cake.” Later, Lovato took to Instagram to share that she was no longer “stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit.” 

In her interview, Demi also shared that she’s also changing for the better when it comes to allowing herself to love herself.

“Before quarantine, it was very difficult for me to cry. I had programmed the thought into my head when I was 16 that I’m only going to cry if people pay me to,” Lovato explains. “I started doing all this work, allowing myself to feel the pains of all the losses that I’ve had or the adversities or traumas that I’ve faced. I think my ability to be vulnerable and be more intimate with people has really heightened.”

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Cardi B Debuted A Phemoninal Reebok-Themed Manicure To Coincide With Her New Shoe Launch

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Cardi B Debuted A Phemoninal Reebok-Themed Manicure To Coincide With Her New Shoe Launch

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Cardi B fans know the rapper most for her hit tunes but when it comes to her extravagant claws she also has a cult following.

The “WAP” rapper has long made the effort to complete just about every one of her killer red carpet and Instagram looks with ultra-long, ultra-fierce nail looks that could give just about anyone a run for their money. So it’s no wonder that when it came to celebrating her 28th birthday this past weekend that the big-time rapper queen did it with a bang and a nail look that could shred any other manicure to pieces.

As part of her birthday celebrations over the weekend, Cardi B unveiled some pretty big news about her upcoming collaboration with Reebok.

In a post shared with her Instagram account, Cardi appeared in an ultra-blue laundry room setting with a nail look created by artist Jenny Bui to match. Cardi B’s manicure was done in an array of blues and white with the Reebok shoe logo emblazoned on each nail.

“I’m kicking off my birthday weekend by announcing I am officially dropping my first ever Reebok x Cardi Footwear Collection on 11/13!!” she wrote in the post. “As my birthday gift to my loyal fans, I’m dropping limited pairs TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT EST on Reebok.com. #ReebokxCardiB.”

Cardi B’s new Reebok collection is set to debut Nov. 13

The star’s shoe collab with Reebok will be available for purchase on November 14 on reebok.com. The shoes, which were designed by Cardi herself, are “laced with a whole lotta attitude.” They’re also surprisingly low-key.

“Nobody does it bigger than Cardi B—so you know we had to go all the way colossal for her birthday. The new Club C Cardi is designed in collaboration with Cardi herself, the conductor of all things luxe. And the attitude’s in the details. It’s snatched to perfection with a stacked sole and juuust the right amount of that razor-sharp Cardi edge… Cardi B always brings the heat,” Rebook’s description of the shoe says. “She brings it from the beats to the streets in these signature Club C shoes for women. They take design cues from high fashion, streetwear and Cardi’s personality to create a stand-out style. High shine patent leather and an exaggerated height represent her place in the industry. A see-through midsole and outsole symbolizes Cardi’s realness and openness.”

The shoes comes in chalk, matte gold, and core black in colors.

The Grammy Award-winning artist revealed that her new line of Reebok sneakers will be $100 a pop. Cardi signed a deal with the brand two years ago in November 2018. Fashion collabs are hardly new for her, of course. The mother of one had collaborated in the past with brands like Balenciaga, Steve Madden, Tom Ford, and Fashion Nova.

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The Street Outside Of Trayvon Martin’s High School Is Being Renamed After Him

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The Street Outside Of Trayvon Martin’s High School Is Being Renamed After Him

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Eight years have passed since the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin. The Black 17-year-old was fatally shot in Sanford, Florida one evening on February 26, by George Zimmerman while walking home alone from a nearby convenience store. Martin’s death sparked nationwide rallies and protests and a month after his death hundreds of students at his high school took part in a walkout to support him.

Now, nearly a decade after his death, Martin’s legacy is set to be memorialized with a street named after him.

Earlier this week, officials in Miami-Dade County passed a resolution to rename a portion of a street outside of the murdered teen’s Miami, Florida high school after him.

Trayvon Martin Avenue will make up a portion of 16th Avenue from Ives Dairy Road to 209th Street. The street resides outside of Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School where Martin was enrolled during the time of his death. It will now be named in his honor.

Martin was murdered back in February 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman after an altercation in which details remain murky. At the time, Zimmerman claimed he shot at Martin out of self-defense after fearing for his life. Martin was found unarmed.

After being charged with second-degree murder, Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13, 2013.

The Oct. 6 memorandum calling to make the roadway name change described Martin as “beloved by his family, friends, and other members of his community.”

Government officials pointed out in the memorandum that Martin’s death was a massive catalyst in the conversation around ongoing racial injustice and the creation of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

“Although Trayvon Martin’s life was tragically cut short, his death elicited national conversations about race relations, racial profiling, gun rights, and stand your ground laws and was a catalyst that set nationwide demands for social justice reforms in motion,” the memorandum explained.

“In July 2013, in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s
killer, #BlackLivesMatter (“Black Lives Matter”), was first used as a social media hashtag and later evolved into a global political movement dedicated to protesting police brutality and racially motivated violence against Black people, as well as other social justice reforms; and WHEREAS, Trayvon Martin’s tragic demise was also the impetus for the creation of the
Trayvon Martin Foundation (“Foundation”); and… Black Lives Matter and the Foundation were both founded as a direct result of Trayvon Martin’s death and provided a means for people across the world to voice their opinions and channel their anguish as they grappled with the murder of an unarmed child who was returning home with a drink and candy that he purchased from a convenience store,” a portion of the memorandum reads.

Martin’s family and friends have worked tirelessly to advocate for racial justice and stricter gun control in the years after his death.

In 2018, Paramount Network released the Rest in Power docuseries that documented the shooting of Martin and examined the unrest that was brought about across the country as a result. Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton said at the time that she wanted the series to “show the love that two parents had for Trayvon, and this will tell people who he was… We want to make sure that other families don’t go through what we went through. We miss him every day.”

Fulton has spent the years after her son’s death advocating for stricter gun control. She started both the Trayvon Martin Foundation and Circle of Mothers which works to unite and empower parents of children whose lives have been lost to gun violence.

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