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Normani And Megan Thee Stallion Just Dropped A Remake Of Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend’ And We STAN

It’s Megan Thee Stallion‘s first big single since “Hot Girl Summer,” and Normani‘s first appearance post-“Motivation” craze, the pair just released The ‘Birds of Prey’ soundtrack. The video for ‘Diamonds’ updates Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” and we STAN. 

Ahead of the upcoming DC Comics Harley Quinn spin-off film, Birds Of Prey, Megan Thee Stallion and Normani shared “Diamonds,” the song that will be featured on the soundtrack for the Margot Robbie-starring film.

After weeks of both artists teasing the single with screenshots and behind-the-scenes pics, the highly-anticipated track and music video were finally released Thursday. It immediately set the internet aflame, and for good reason. Sampling the melody of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic rendition of “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend,” “Diamonds” is a modern-day take on what has become an iconic number.

The song’s music video features exclusive footage from the Margot Robbie-led film, out February 7th alongside the soundtrack.

The soundtrack, which will accompany Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), also includes contributions from Halsey, K.Flay, Doja Cat, CYN and Charlotte Lawrence. The soundtrack features brand-new tracks from Summer Walker, Lauren Jauregui and Black Canary, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s character in the film.

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Robbie as supervillain Harley Quinn…

Alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis, the supervillains re-claim their power in an all new female empowerment super-hero film. The film was directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson based on characters from DC Comics.

The music video is full of Birds of Prey imagery

It’s set in an eerie fun house, the artists carry a mallet and baseball batt (Harley Quinn’s signature weapons), and their attire is an even darker and sexier spin on Harley’s ragtag, colorful wardrobe. Of course, footage from the film itself intercuts with scenes of Megan and Normani performing and fighting bad guys.

’Diamonds’ pulls from a number of iconic music videos.

Pulling inspiration from classic sources including Marilyn Monroe’s performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Howard Hawks’s 1953 comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as well as Madonna’s “Material Girl” video (directed by Mary Lambert)—which also directly references the Monroe’s iconic scene—Normani and Megan are updating the Marilyn moment.

For Diamonds”, Normani riffed off a scene that has been hyper-analyzed by scholars of Hollywood (and music video) history. 

And it works, because rather than present herself as a simple Marilyn Monroe simulacrum, Normani samples and remixes the original source material with the robust choreography that made her a star in the first place. And, of course, she’s reinforced by the fierceness and fearlessness of Megan Thee Stallion.

The video is all about girl power

Case in point: The “Diamonds” video from Normani and Megan Thee Stallion are full of fashion tributes to some of the industry’s most powerful women, but if you only watch the video once, you might miss them. In addition to Meg’s furious new rap verses and Normani’s husky hook delivery, the track’s flashy accompanying music video adds another layer to the song’s original meaning. Meg is furiously fighting off tuxedo-ed men, and for most of the visual the dynamic duo is seen on the run in a fabulous escape, à la Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in “Telephone.” Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but they no longer need to be gifted by a man.

Normani and Thee Stallion’s unforgettable looks, are throwback to statement-making women.

Marilyn Monroe remains an icon for her performance of “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” from 1953. Celebrities including Madonna, Nicole Scherzinger, and Kylie Minogue have recreated the scene in their own performances, but Normani gives you a 2020 take on Monroe’s dress with a leotard and matching satin pink gloves, all while being iced out from neck to toe. Plus, her dancers even got a sailor moon version of the original “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” video.

Birds of Prey is slated to arrive in theaters on February 7, 2020.

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Ecuadorian Sisters, 3 And 5, Dropped By Smugglers From 14 Ft High Mexico-US Border Wall

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Ecuadorian Sisters, 3 And 5, Dropped By Smugglers From 14 Ft High Mexico-US Border Wall

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A recent video shared by a border patrol agent highlighted a shocking moment of smugglers literally dropping two little girls over a 14-foot high fence in the New Mexico desert. Right in the dead of night.

In the disturbing video, the smugglers can be seen climbing the fence and then dropping the two 5-year-old and 3-year-old sisters to the ground.

El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez shared that the incident occurred “miles from the nearest residence.”

The two little girls (Yareli, 3, and Yasmina, 5) were rescued after agents spotted them during a virtual surveillance sweep. The two sisters are from Ecuador and were dumped by human smugglers at the border wall according to an official.

“[US Immigration officials] need to verify the identity of the parents and confirm they are the parents and make sure they are in good condition to receive the girls,” Magdalena Nunez, of the Consulate of Ecuador in Houston, explained to The New York Post on Thursday. “It’s a process … We’re working to make sure it’s an expedited process and the girls spend as minimal time as possible separated from their parents.”

“Hopefully it can happen soon, in a week or two, but  it can take up to six weeks. We are working to make sure sure it happens as quickly as possible,” she explained before noting that the two sisters are “doing very well.”

“We have been in contact with them and confirmed they are in good health,” Nunez shared. “Physically, they are perfect — emotionally, obviously, they went through a hard time, but I guarantee you right now they are in good health and they are conversing. They are very alert, very intelligent.”

In a statement about the incident, the Ecuadorian consulate confirmed that the two girls had been in touch with their parents, who live in New York City.

“The Ecuadorian Consulate in Houston had a dialogue with the minors and found that they are in good health and that they contacted their parents, who currently live in New York City,” explained the consulate.

In a statement from the girls’ parents sent to Telemundo, the girls’ parents had left their daughters behind at their home in Jaboncillo, Ecuador, to travel to the US. The parents of the two girls have been identified as Yolanda Macas Tene and Diego Vacacela Aguilar. According to the New York Post, “The girls’ grandparents have asked President Biden to reunite the children with their parents. Aguilar paid a human smuggler to take his kids to the border — though the grandparents didn’t know how much they paid.”

“[The parents] wanted to be with them, their mother suffered a lot, for that reason they decided to take them,” paternal grandfather Lauro Vacacela explained in an interview with Univision.

It is still uncertain as to whether or not the girls’ parents are in the country legally.

Photos of the girls showed them having snacks with Agent Gloria Chavez.

“When I visited with these little girls, they were so loving and so talkative, some of them were asking the names of all the agents that were there around them, and they even said they were a little hungry,” Chavez told Fox News. “So I helped them peel a banana and open a juice box and just talked to them. You know, children are just so resilient and I’m so grateful that they’re not severely injured or [have] broken limbs or anything like that.”

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

Talk about a dream fulfilled.

For ten years, Jaines Andrades harbored her desire to move up from her custodial position at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts to nurse. Now, ten years later, as an RN she’s excelled well past her drams.

Andrades worked her way through nursing school while working at Baystate Medical in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a janitor.

Ten years ago, Andrades accepted a position as a custodial staff member at Baystate Medical Center with big dreams of being a nurse. Born to Puerto Rican parents Andrades moved from her family home in Springfield, MA in 2005 when she was 14 years old. From there she and enrolled as a student at Putnam Technical-Vocational Academy with hopes of moving up the ranks as a nurse.

“As I got older and approached graduation I just didn’t see how a little girl like me could ever become a lawyer. I didn’t see it as something that was possible for me, so I got discouraged from the idea,” Andrades explained according to Masslive.com.

That all changed after she struck up a conversation with a nurse during a doctor’s visit for her mother. According to Andrades, the nurse tipped her off on the benefits of nursing. “He told me about the program to become a nurse, and, the more he talked, I just thought, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ It’s a respectable profession, and I could provide for myself financially, so the idea grew from there.”

Soon after she enrolled at Holyoke Community College, ticked off all of her pre-requisites and a handful of introductory nursing classes. Then, in 2010, she transferred to Elms College.

The same year she transferred, Andrades applied for a job in Baystate’s Environmental Services Department and became a custodian at the hospital.

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“It’s tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It’s so worth it,” Andrades explained in an interview with WBZ-TV.

In a Facebook post, Andrades wrote about her journey from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner and posted a picture of all three of her IDs.

Andrades’ story went viral after she shared her experience to Facebook.

Speaking about her journey from custodian to nurse practitioner, Andrades shared a picture of all three of her IDs.

“Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I’d be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea,” the RN explained in her interview before sharing that her favorite part of being a nurse has been her ability to provide patients with comfort. “I just really love the intimacy with people.”

“Nurses and providers, we get the credit more often but people in environmental and phlebotomy and dietary all of them have such a huge role. I couldn’t do my job without them,” she went onto explain. “I’m so appreciative and like in awe that my story can inspire people,” Andrades told WBZ-TV. “I’m so glad. If I can inspire anyone, that in itself made the journey worth it.”

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