Georgia has been in the news for some not so good legislation, much like Alabama. However, the recent news from an Atlanta all-girls STEM school is touching hearts and making people cry. Lupita Nyong’o used her fame and her money to give young girls of color hope for their future.
The “Us” star stopped by at the all-girl Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership school in Atlanta to show support for the girls and their studies in science and technology.
“Good Morning America” voted the students “Most Likely To Succeed” for their quail-raising program.
“I feel like I’m looking into the faces of the future and it gives me deep hope to see how open, how alive and how positive that future could be,” Nyong’ o said, according to ABC. “When I look into this room I see problem solvers. I see creative thinkers. I see activists. But most importantly I see women who are learning how to learn and learners change the world.”
The money will go toward school supplies, classroom projects, and more.
The girls have been nurturing quail and selling the quail eggs to people in their community. It’s a way for them to provide fresh food and also raise money for their program.
“Being a quail guardian has taught me respect and responsibility and just how to be a better person in general,” student McKynzie Spearman said, according to ABC.
Check out the moment that Nyong’o walked to surprise the students.
Her words will remain with them forever. You can see in the faces of the girls that their life changed by being praised by someone they have immense respect for.
Even since 2008, search engine Google has dedicated a contest to aspiring young artists around the world. With a yearly theme, the company challenges these young people with the task of creating a specialized Google Doodle. This year’s theme was announced to be “When I grow up, I hope… ;” a hopeful look at the future of our society. Each year, thousands of entries are submitted and one is selected as a winner for each age group. Of those winners, only one is declared the overall winner of the Doodle for Google contest.
This year’s winner is Georgia teen, Arantza Peña Popo.
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Entitled “Once you get it, give it back,” the doodle depicts a representation of a real picture of Peña Popo and her mother when the artist was a baby. In front of this display is the artist and her mother imagined in the future when Peña Popo will repay her mother’s devotion and care for her in her old age.
According to a press release from Google, Peña Popo describes her mother, who is from Colombia, as a person who lights up any room she’s in. Also, the teen hopes to one day be able to help her mother to travel around the world and do all the other things in life that she hopes to do.
Peña Popo’s win was announced Monday night by Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” where she appeared as a guest. Her doodle was picked as the winner out of over 200,000 entries.
“I wanted to make it more personal to me,” the teen artist said in her interview with Fallon. “So, I decided to make it about my mother. You know, she’s made so many sacrifices for me so I kind of wanted to show me paying it back in the future”
According to Peña Popo, she has been interested in art since she was three but was suffering from a major artist block while working on this piece.
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“I came up with the idea at the last minute, actually the day of the deadline,” she shared. “I looked at the photograph of my mother [the real version that inspired the drawing] and thought, ‘Hey, why don’t I reverse it?’ I wanted to focus more on a message of helping out my awesome mother more than anything else.”
This is just the start of Peña Popo’s promising art career. Last Spring, the Colombiana graduated valedictorian of Arabia Mountain High School. In the Fall, she plans to attend the University of Southern California and wants to publish alternative graphic novels and comics in the future.
The win also comes with some amazing perks for the artistic teen.
As an aspiring artist, Peña Popo will get some of the best exposure in the world. Google.com will display her winning doodle for the entire day and it will appear whenever the search engine is used. The teen artist will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship to help with her as she attends the University of Southern California. Finally, Peña Popo will go on a trip to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Reactions to Peña Popo’s beautiful illustration and the story behind it have been incredibly supportive.
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Most people can relate to the story of sacrifice and love told by Peña Popo’s Google Doodle. Basically, it makes us all think about our own mothers. No wonder her entry won; it tugs at all of our heartstrings. We can’t help but want to support this young artist.
This tweet credits Peña Popo’s win to #BlackGirlMagic and we have to agree with this based on her undeniable excellence.
We always love to see a woman of color succeed but we are especially proud of this Afro-Latina and her accomplishments. It just goes to show that brilliance and talent can’t be contained by bigotry, bias or colorism. We have to label this win with #AfroLatinaExcellence.
Natalia Pepe of Connecticut won the K-3 grade group with a doodle that honors the farmers of America. Amadys López Velásquez of Puerto Rico won the 4-5 grade group with a doodle that celebrates the power of imagination. Texas student Christelle Matildo won first place in the 6-7 grade group with an entry that hopes for a better tomorrow. New Jersey native Jeremy Henskens won the 8-9 grade group with a comic book-inspired doodle.
Congrats to Peño Popo and all the other winners. We hope the real future is half as beautiful as the one they’ve doodled.
Sometimes, cops pull you over for the craziest reasons. A veces, it’s a simple misunderstanding, but how are you going to put up a fight when you’re being confronted by authority?
In Georgia, Shia Werts, a college quarterback, was pulled over for speeding but was arrested for something completely different.
In the 33 minute video, you can see the police officers pull Werts’ car over for allegedly speeding. They make Werts get out of his vehicle to talk to the cop that stopped him. As the conversation carries on, it ultimately leads to Werts getting handcuffed and taken away from his car.
In the video, you can hear Werts say, “Can I call my mom?”
The officer responds, “No. You can’t call anyone until we get to the jail.”
The video continues and you can hear Werts let out a deep sigh in the background as the 3 police officers surround the outside of his car to examine it.
For minutes, you see the three men search the car inside and out, trying to find a way to incriminate Werts. They take out his personal belongings out of the car and look through them as well. One officer can be seen taking out pieces of clothing, one by one, as he looks through a backpack. He disregards Werts’ clothes completely, which is incredibly frustrating to watch because all of this happened because he was supposedly speeding.
After searching, they come up empty-handed, except for the white substance they discover on the hood of his car.
At 15:14, you can hear the cop ask Werts “What’s the white stuff on the front of your hood?”
Wert responds, “Bird shit.”
The police officer is not ready to let Werts go and replies, “That ain’t bird shit.”
The two keep going back and forth about the white substance being bird poop.
“I promise you that’s bird shit.”
“I promise you it’s not though.”
“I swear to God…”
“I swear to God it’s not because I just tested it and it turned pink.”
Both the cop and Werts continue disputing as Werts’ voice rises, clearly upset by the situation. The man then leaves to make a phone call and Werts is left in the car alone again.
Yup, you read that right. Cocaine.
In a video that shows close-up bodycam footage of the situation, viewers can see one of the cops be visibly astonished by what they find on the hood of Wert’s car. It looks as if he just hit the jackpot since the car is covered in bird poop, oops, I mean cocaine.
Even after the cop tells Werts that the droppings came back positive for cocaine, the rest of the officers continue to search the car again. One of the men goes into a deep search of Werts’ car trunk. In the background, you can hear Werts sighing and becoming more frustrated because he has nothing to hide.
They keep Werts waiting in the car without a clear answer to what is going to happen to him. They search his car, stop to talk with one another, and then each of the three men continues doing their own thing before going to talk to Werts again.
The police officer repeatedly emphasizes the fact that the test came back positive for cocaine even though Werts claims that it is bird droppings.
When Werts is left alone again he says to himself, “This man talking about cocaine…” as if he can’t wrap his head around the situation either.
After 30 minutes, Werts’ Miranda rights are finally read.
Although Werts’ Miranda’s right were read, Werts keeps discussing how it doesn’t make sense for the white substance on his hood to be cocaine. Even the officer agrees with him that it’s not clear how it came positive, but continues to cling to the field test that came back pink.
Werts was charged with speeding and given a misdemeanor for possessing cocaine, which suspended him from participating in sports activities with teammates.
However, those charges were ultimately dismissed because once the supposed cocaine was tested at a lab, the results came back as 100% bird poop
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