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Drag Queen Shuga Cain Is Answering AOC’s Cry For Help On Her Journey To Glow Up

If Jesus Martinez didn’t quit his six-figure corporate job to become a full-time drag queen, we may have never known Shuga Cain, as seen on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Shuga Cain and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have a lot more in common than Latinidad. They both have risked the only life they’ve ever known to achieve their dreams. They both share the same political ideologies, and Shuga Cain has rooted AOC’s rise to influence within Congress.

That said, AOC said it first: she doesn’t know mierda about glam. Now, Shuga Cain is offering to teach her some of her tricks, and the Internet is stanning the collaboration we never knew we needed.

Once AOC took to her Instagram story to announce to the world she was on “the struggle bus big time,” trying to “glow up,” Shuga Cain came to the rescue.

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Over Labor Day weekend, AOC seemed to take the opportunity to play around with some false lashes. We didn’t get a glimpse at the lashes in action, but rather a photo of the lashes retired to their box, to be glued on another day. The freshman Congresswoman joked, “I am trying to practice my glow up skills and am on the struggle bus big time.” It seems she’s definitely having a sense of humor about it. 😂

Miss Shuga Cain heard the cry for help and offered her help.

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The drag queen, who starred in Season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” shared the image of the sad lashes to her Twitter account with a question we all didn’t even know we needed to hear: “@AOC, how about we do a glam session together?” Miss Shuga Cain offered, “I’ll teach you some of my tricks! 😉” While we can’t quite price the worth of that glam session, we know it’s probably far out of the Congresswoman’s budget, and a generous gift from Miss Cain.

Claro, AOC is a logical woman and accepted the offer.

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“I’d love that!” AOC replied, along with emojis signifying her signature Puerto Rican red lip look. “YAASS! Let do it!! Messaging you!” Shuga Cain replied. While their first ever online exchange seems to be ongoing within private messages, Twitter is speculating on all the ways we wish to see this collaboration meet the public eye.

Fans are asking that AOC join “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge on the next season.

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Imagine the BTS the American public deserves–to see Shuga Cain doing AOC’s makeup before the show. Imagine forever being able to watch AOC apply those lashes and red lip on her Instagram story while she talks about the origin story of Taki’s and Trader Joe’s rip off of Latin culture? Imagine the possibilities.

Others are calling out AOC for already being a perfect angel.

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“Miss Ocasio-Cortez is already the most glowingly glown-up EVERRR!” tweeted one major AOC fan. It’s a hard tug-of-war between needing the collaboration video of AOC and Miss Shuga Cain interacting and knowing that beauty procedures as small as gluing eyelashes onto your lids is just enablement of patriarchal beauty standards that ultimately cost women their money and time. We get it. 

Shuga Cain has publicly supported AOC’s politics time and time again.

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Earlier this year, Shuga Cain retweeted a viral video of AOC telling seven big bank CEOs. She said, “In my district, I represent Riker’s island. I represent kids that go to jail for jumping a turnstile because they can’t afford a MetroCard.” She’s demanding answers for why the wealthy law-breakers responsible for the 2008 financial crisis aren’t being held to account. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!” Shuga Cain tweeted, thanking AOC for “standing up for all of us!! We all, including myself, need to learn from her example and stand up for each other and hold these crooks accountable!” Just a couple months later, Shuga Cain shared a video of AOC condemning the notion of a war with Iran, being sure to applaud AOC with a “COME THRUUUU @AOC!!!!”

All we know is that AOC is glowing up the American government, and Shuga Cain is more than capable of offering AOC the glow up she’s asking for.

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Yeah, we think Shuga Cain can handle a pair of false lashes, top and bottom. We’re with the stans: live stream this makeover or bust.

READ: Fans Are Living For This Miss Vanjie Cake Brought To Us By Fierce Latina Queen Shuga Cain From ‘Drag Race’ Season 11

AOC’s Average Priced Haircut Has Set Off A Twitter Storm On The Right But She’s Clapping Back

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AOC’s Average Priced Haircut Has Set Off A Twitter Storm On The Right But She’s Clapping Back

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There is a lot that offends people about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: her Green New Deal, her socialism, her dancing, her previous employment as a bar-tender, and now, apparently, her hair.

On Wednesday, a story from a conservative news outlet that shall not be named—nor linked to—attempted to manufacture outrage over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s hair salon bill: There was a reported $80 cut, $180 for lowlights, and pure speculation about a $52 tip, for a grand total of approximately $312. The message? How dare a democratic socialist—and someone in the public eye whose appearance very much matters, for better or for worse—get a haircut at market price for a major metropolis?

Other publications have subsequently seized on the invented “controversy,” even if no one seems truly mad about it except for conservative talking heads. On the contrary, much of the outrage online seems to be on AOC’s behalf—that harping on her haircut is typical sexism and hypocrisy. How quickly the right is quick to ignore Mitt Romeny’s comparably priced $70 cut back in 2011, or John Edward’s $1,250 hair bills from 2007.

But as usual there isn’t much need to come to AOC’s defense when, in fact, no one is better at crafting the perfect response to hypocrisy and nonsense than AOC herself.

According to the paper, a self-described Democratic-Socialist shouldn’t be paying fair market price for a haircut.

“The self-declared socialist, who regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway, spent nearly $300 on her hairdo at a pricey salon she frequents in downtown Washington…” the article began.

Many on the right were incensed that the congresswoman hadn’t paid a visit to the subsidized Capital Hill barbershop.

Others drew attention to the article’s assertion that Ocasio-Cortez “could have saved roughly $100 for the same hairstyle at the government-subsidized Capitol Hill barbershop”.

“Her high-dollar hairdo stands in stark contrast to that of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former senator from Alabama who is a regular customer at Senate Hair Care Services,” the article said.

“At that place, open to members of Congress and the public, a men’s cut runs about $20, though men’s haircuts there and everywhere else are cheaper than women’s,” the article acknowledges.

Many questioned the choice of Jeff Sessions as a model. “Damn, why didn’t AOC ask for a rec from hair icon *checks notes* Jeff Sessions?” wrote one person.

Of course, AOC had the perfect response to all this BS.

The New York congresswoman noted that if you’re mad about her $80 haircut, which, by the way, she paid for herself, you’re bound to hate vice president Mike Pence’s $600,000 limo bill from his official visit to Ireland last month, which, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Pence billed to taxpayers.

Citing State Department contracts, CREW writes that Pence racked up the steep bill because, despite meetings in Dublin, the VP elected to drive four hours away in order to stay at…you guessed it…President Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg.

So why is AOC’s private salon bill up for debate while Pence’s public limo tab flies under the radar? Sexism. Pure and simple.

And women on Twitter defended the Congresswoman, saying the ones who should be checking their privilege in the haircare wars were men.

It’s obvious men clearly have no idea how much women were routinely charged for haircuts and colour treatments.

“Sorry, you don’t get to create beauty standards that require women to spend hundreds or thousands a year to be considered presentable and then hate us for it,” tweeted the writer Jessica Valenti.

Right now it’s her hair, but the right has come for AOC for so many different things it’s hard to keep track.

And let’s be real. Even if AOC had followed the ‘advice’ and got a $20 bowl cut, she’d still drive them crazy because she is both effective and polished – a fact that makes her feel all that more threatening to her critics.

In the past, her clothes were the “controversy,” from that from-behind photo taken without her consent and tweeted (and later deleted) to the manufactured “outrage” over the borrowed $3,000 Gabriela Hearst suit she wore, fleetingly, for a photo shoot in Interview magazine. It’s almost as if people don’t think AOC deserves to dress, and look, the part of congresswoman.

Reliably, AOC had the sharpest reply to the latest wave of attention around her appearance. “Our policies, like Medicare for All, advance prosperity for working people,” she tweeted on Thursday of Democratic socialism. As for her critics: “They’re just mad we look good doing it.” Now that’s a hair flip.

A Twenty-One Year Old Man Overslept On His First Day Of Jury Duty And Now He’s Being Sentenced To Jail And Has A Record

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A Twenty-One Year Old Man Overslept On His First Day Of Jury Duty And Now He’s Being Sentenced To Jail And Has A Record

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These days, it doesn’t take much poking around to know that our country’s judicial system is problematic, troublesome and inherently racist. A few months ago, when news broke out about the college admissions scandals, those following the news knew well that the wealthy parents who took part in the scam would walk away essentially scot-free. They weren’t wrong. 

Earlier last month, on September 13th, actress Felicity Huffman, one of the most recognizable names caught up in the admissions scandal, was sentenced to just 14 days in federal prison for her involvement in a case that saw her charged for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Huffman’s case highlighted questions of inequity in our judicial system. Many were quick to point out that Huffman, like the other three dozen parents involved, were from extreme wealth and would undoubtedly be treated differently from poor or nonwhite defendants accused of admission and education fraud. For severe charges that were lobbed at white-collar crime convicts like former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling and took education opportunities away from students far less privileged than her own kids, Huffman received 14 days in jail. 

Twenty-one-year-old Deandre Somerville should have been so lucky. 

The Florida man from West Palm Beach was sentenced to 10 days in jail this past week after a judge found him in criminal contempt of court after he overslept and missed the start of a trial he had been selected to serve jury duty for. At the time, Somerville looked up the repercussions online and according to NBC News said that he “didn’t really see too much there. … [It looked like] nobody actually ever really went to jail for it.”  Because of this, he did not notify the court or its jury office.

Deandre Somerville was sentenced to 10 days in jail, one year of probation and 150 hours of community service for failing to show up for jury duty.

The 21-year-old was also told to write a letter of apology to the court and pay $223 to cover court costs. Speaking about his own sentence, Somerville told NBC that he felt as if he “didn’t need any rehabilitation… I just made a mistake.”

According to Somerville, his 10 days in jail were “traumatic.” Sommerville who recently moved in with his grandparents to help care for them had never been arrested before now has a criminal record for contempt and spent his 10 days in jail amongst hardened criminals and in fear. 

The judge who gave Somerville his sentencing stemmed from his duty to represent his Black community.

Speaking at Somerville’s formal apology in court, Judge John Kastrenakes, of Fort Lauderdale Florida, said that he wanted to “make an example” out of Somerville to ensure more people do not fail to show up to jury duty. “Mr. Somerville was the only African American on our jury and represented a very important cross-section of our community.”

But people of color have long been used to “make an example,” when privileged nonpeople of color have caused greater harm and damage and gotten off easy. 

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was quick to underline this point in a recent tweet shared with her profile. 

“Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery. To end it, we have to change. That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country,” she wrote in a retweet of a post shared by comedian Chelsea Handler who also lambasted the judge for his decision. 

AOC’s retweet went onto highlight in a thread the flaws of our judicial system citing a recent experience she had meeting a woman who had been sent to Rikers as a teen.” Yesterday morning I spoke with a woman who was thrown in Rikers as a teenager. Put in solitary confinement for MONTHS, aka torture. Force-fed pills. The conditions were so bad, she too had drank out of toilets. A cage is a cage is a cage. And humans don’t belong in them,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

The young Congresswoman’s thread highlights the severe punishments people of color have and continued to endure at the cost of our country’s broken prison and judicial system. Her message is a reminder that the actual point of the prison system is to rehabilitate, not punish those who are incarcerated and sent to jail or prison.