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These Celebrites’ 2019 Accomplishments Make Us Want To Step Up Our 2020s

Since we’re so constantly bombarded with news and information on the daily, it’s easy to get bogged down in the negative. Especially this time of the year when the weather might already have us feeling down in the dumps and the looming holiday season might have us stressed out. Also, it’s not unusual to be feeling a little dissatisfaction with what we’ve managed to do or not do with the past year. Unfortunately, this regret and guilt is pretty normal.

Still, with each new year comes a fresh start and there’s inspiration and motivation to be found when we look at our idols who have accomplished so many amazing things. They may not be our own accomplishments, but we can definitely take pride in the success of the famous Latinas who have dominated this year with their many achievements. Get hyped up for these great 2019 accomplishments and maybe they’ll get you ready for a prosperous 2020 of your own.

1. Jennifer Lopez

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Many considered Jennifer Lopez’s movie “Hustlers” her big screen comeback after years away from acting in major movies. While the initial reviews were promising, no one really expected it to be a huge success but JLo believed. The movie actually received critical acclaim and was called the best performance of Lopez’s career. It also gave the actress her highest opening weekend for a live action film ($33.2 million). For her performance in this film, JLo has earned nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Not a bad year at all. 

2. Shakira 

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Speaking of JLo, she shares another accomplishment with the second Latina on this list. Earlier this year, it was announced that Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira would headline the Pepsi Halftime Show during Superbowl LIV alongside fellow Latina artist Jennifer Lopez. The performance will be a history making one because this is the first time that two Latinas have ever headlined the Super Bowl halftime show. We’re sure the pair are going to bring some Latina excellence to their performance.

3. Selena Gomez

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The first part of Selena Gomez’s year was spent working on a project that focuses the narrative onto a topic that majorly impacts the Latinx community. Called “Living Undocumented,” Gomez worked on the 6-episode Netflix docu-series as executive producer. The series exposes the hardships of being undocumented in America an issue more relevant than ever. The Latina also focused on music in 2019 and her “Lose You To Love Me” became her first chart topping single in the United States. Her album is set for a January 2020 release so the new year is looking good for Gomez.  

4. Lupita Nyong’o

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It’s hard to believe that the phenomenon that is “Us” happened earlier this year but it did, in fact, come out in February of 2019. In the Jordan Peele horror film, actress Lupita Nyong’o plays not one, but two complex and fully fleshed out characters. As the movie’s main character and her doppelganger, Nyong’o gets a lot of time with the camera and audience so her performance was especially important. The astonishing portrayal has earned her a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. This award is voted on by her fellow actors so the recognition of her acting skills by her peers has to make this the highlight of her 2019.

5. Becky G

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Becky G started her 2019 with a return back to making English music after focusing on Spanish-language releases the previous year. The beginning of the year brought collaborations with artists like Maluma and Zayn but the musician broke K-Pop stan Twitter with her collab with  J-Hope on his remake of “Chicken Noodle Soup.” She also released her long awaited album “Mala Santa.” Music isn’t the only thing to have gotten her love; Becky also released a new palette with ColourPop Cosmetics that joined her existing makeup line. 

6. Cardi B

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What has Cardi NOT done this past year? That would be a shorter list. To cover her many accomplishments, let’s start from the top. In February, she won 6 Billboard Music Awards, setting the record for the most of any female rapper in history. She made her film debut in “Hustlers” alongside Jennifer Lopez and became a judge for the Netflix series Rhythm + Flow — a hip-hop talent search alongside Chance the Rapper and T.I. Later in the year, she became the highest-certified female rapper of all time, was included by “Time” on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world and was recognized by “Forbes” as one of the most influential female rappers of all time. Needless to say, 2019 belonged to Cardi. 

With all this inspiration, what will 2020 bring you?

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Transcripts Of George Floyd’s Death Find He Told Cops He Couldn’t Breathe More Than 20 Times: “Tell my kids I love them”

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Transcripts Of George Floyd’s Death Find He Told Cops He Couldn’t Breathe More Than 20 Times: “Tell my kids I love them”

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Over a month has passed since the death of George Floyd and while the aftermath of it seemed to spark a reaction that rattled those of us left behind to our cores, outrage over his death has slowed down. Likely you’re hearing less calls to end police brutality, seeing fewer signs that Black Lives Matter and most of your friends’ Instagram pages have likely returned to their usual blissfully ignorant states. Still, the fight for justice for George Floyd carries on and newly released transcripts of body camera footage show that Floyd had pled for his life and told officers at least 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before his death.

New transcripts from body camera footage of Floyd’s death have been filed in court.

Floyd (a truck driver, security guard, and father of five) told Minneapolis police officers over 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before he died. “I’m scared as fuck, man,” Floyd told the officers while they restrained them. “Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead.”

Transcripts of body camera footage show that Floyd told officers at least 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before passing out and dying.

“I can’t breathe for nothing, man,” Floyd told officers. “This is cold-blooded, man.” Ignoring Floyd’s cry for help, officer Derek Chauvin continued to pin Floyd down with his knee on his neck.

In the transcript, Chauvin can be heard saying to Floyd “Then stop talking. Stop yelling. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”

“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,” Floyd continued. “I’ll probably just die this way.”

The transcripts were filed by former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane in a move to have charges against him dropped.

Lane is one of four former police officers to be charged in Floyd’s death. Chauvin, Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao are also being charged. Lane, Kueng, and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin in Floyd’s death. Meanwhile, Chauvin faces second-degree murder charges.

According to BuzzFeed, “In the motion looking to have charges against Lane dropped, attorneys argue he was a new officer on the force and following the cues from Chauvin.” At the time of Floyd’s death, Chauvin was not Lane’s field training officer. He had however been one in Lane’s precinct and had provided the Chauvin with instructions on how to deal with calls. Attorneys have pointed out that in the transcripts Lane called paramedics to the scene and asked if they should roll Floyd on his side while he was holding onto his legs.

In the transcript, Chauvin says “No, he’s staying put where we got him.”

According to transcripts, after Chauvin passed out bystanders pointed out Floyd was unresponsive. Still, Chauvin pinned him to the ground.

The Band Lady A Filed A Lawsuit Against Black Singer Who Used ‘Lady A’ Before Them After They Realized ‘Antebellum’ Was Racist

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The Band Lady A Filed A Lawsuit Against Black Singer Who Used ‘Lady A’ Before Them After They Realized ‘Antebellum’ Was Racist

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In early July, the American country music group formerly known as Lady Antebellum announced that they would be dropping the name Antebellum as a response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. They said the change was meant to also be a step towards bringing about inclusivity.

Now they’re being ridiculed for disrupting another Black woman’s art.

Now, as Lady A, the country music band has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years.

On Wednesday, the Grammy-winning group raised the brows of many after expressing these sentiments when it was revealed that they had filed a lawsuit in federal court after negotiations with Anita White broke down. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “the band is seeking a ruling that their use of the trademark ‘Lady A’ does not infringe on White’s alleged trademark rights of the same name. The band is not seeking monetary damages.”

The group whose line up includes Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood said last month that they regretted not having taken into consideration how the word antebellum relates to slavery.

White, who has performed as Lady A, complained publicly that the band never reached out to her before making the name change. White is a singer of blues and soul music for years.

The day after the band’s announcement, White who lives in Seattle, told Rolling Stone that she felt blindsided by the news. “This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done… They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time… It shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it.”

According to the lawsuit, the band applied for trademarks for the name “Lady A” back in 2010.

The lawsuits says that the trademark, had been submitted for the use of entertainment services and for use on clothing and no oppositions were filed by any person or entity.

“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” the group said in a statement. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”

According to Billboard, the band isn’t asking for money in the suit, only a court declaration that they can lawfully use the Lady A trademark as well as that its use of the trademark does not infringe on any rights White may have under state or federal law.