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UCLA Students Snapchat During School Lockdown

Credit: Bernardette Pinetta / Snapchat / @brittny_mejia / Twitter

On Wednesday, June 1st, a murder-suicide took place at the UCLA campus. While news of the crime was still developing, students had little details as to what exactly was happening. This lead many to assume the worst and enter a state of panic as they faced something no one is ever prepared for. These UCLA students documented what it was like for them to live during this tragedy.

Bernardette Pinetta, 21, had no idea what was happening outside her dorm until she received a Bruin Alert.

The Bruin Alert is a system only available to UCLA students. UCLA’s Twitter accounts also kept students updated with information on the lockdown status.


Martin Quiroz, 21, was much closer to the crime scene.

Students who were on their way to campus, like Martin, were immediately turned away and directed to a safe area.


Artemis Chavez, 20, was headed to work near the engineering building. She didn’t think anything abnormal was happening until she started receiving orders from police.

She explains what scared her most was when cops started yelling “get down, get down!”


She was immediately taken to a safer space.

Students had to make sure no one got through the doors.


Students naturally couldn’t help but imagine the worst.

In May 2015, a shooting near the UC Santa Barbara campus occurred where four people, including two students, were injured.


Like “what if they come to the dorms?”

Bernardette is a resident advisor for her dorm. Her biggest concern was making sure all her residents were safe. She reached out through various platforms like Facebook and texts.


Martin, who is also an RA, started messaging friends to let them know this was a serious threat, and they needed to take precautions.

He made it a point to tell friends and tenants there was an “active shooter.”


On the other hand, Bernardette made sure she talked to her mom to keep her from freaking out.

Out-of-state relatives were more worried than her parents, who live in LA, because they weren’t receiving immediate updates.


Because after watching the news, UCLA moms and family members had a million questions.

“The first thing [my mom] told me was how close are you to this Boelter thing?”


Others chose not to reach out to parents…

To keep them from worrying in case they hadn’t heard the news.


Fear really started setting in when they realized their doors don’t lock.

“Oh my goodness, we’re in a room that can’t be locked.”


Most doors in classrooms don’t lock and they open out, so they can easily be opened from the outside.

Students started improvising to keep any intruders out.


Students started piling desks against the wall and tying the handles with belts to try to prevent doors from opening.

Martin also told us people were tying belts around doorhandles to keep doors shut.


Fortunately, Bernardette, Martin and Artemis are safe.

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UCLA will hold a vigil to commemorate the victims of this shooting.


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The Music Video For New Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello Hit ‘Senorita’ Is Pure Fire And No Wonder Fans Think Theyre A Couple Like OMG

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The Music Video For New Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello Hit ‘Senorita’ Is Pure Fire And No Wonder Fans Think Theyre A Couple Like OMG

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There is one thing in music that is not up for debate: the Camilizer fandom is one of the strongest. No matter what the pop star is doing, her fans will always show up with full support on social media and irl. That fandom is making power moves again now that Cabello’s new collab “Señorita” with Shawn Mendes is out. In less than 24 hours, the video already had 14 million views.

Camila Cabello got her fandom ready with one tweet and it worked.

Credit: @Camila_Cabello / Twitter

Cabello’s Twitter is a powerful tool. When she tweets, her millions of followers listen. It is clear that she has learned how to harness social media for the betterment of her career and it is paying off. Tbh, she kind of deserves the success she has garnered so far. Like, she skipped her quinces so she could audition for the X Factor and the rest is music history.

Cabello stans are here to tell you that “Señorita” is a song that is here to stay.

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No one is surprised to hear that Cabello was able to put out a hit. She is proving herself as a powerful musician. We still can’t get “Havana” out of our heads and it has been out for two years.

Like, this is what the Camilizer fandom is doing the rest of the weekend with this song in the background.

Low key, a lot of people will be giving this song all of their streams this weekend. Who wouldn’t want to spend the next couple days bouncing to this song?

People are crying over the new song because they have been waiting for new music.

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Take some deep breaths and relax. You don’t want to miss any of the music or video because you can’t see or hear over your own sobs. Is it even worth listening if you are crying so intensely?

Fans had theories about how the singers prepared for their intimate moments on screen.

Credit: @ShawnMendes / Twitter

Obviously, you wouldn’t want to have bad breath when you have to kiss someone over and over again. It is also kind of cute that Mendes was so concerned that he ate mints to make sure he had good breath for Cabello.

The video and the passion between the singers is reigniting speculation that they are secretly more than friends.

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Some people might call it good acting and on-screen chemistry. Camilizers call it them sharing their truth while hiding behind the facade of music and the arts. Whichever it is, they know how to make a convincing couple on the screen.

Here is the full video for Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’s “Señorita.”

Congrats, you two. Seems like you really did the thing with this video.

Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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It’s always really cool to see a big name brand embrace the art of our Latinidad. It’s like a nod to all of the great Latinx artisans who add beauty and color to our culture. In fact, seeing consumers enthusiastically welcome these goods feels like further validation. With this in mind, it makes this new collaboration all the sweeter for us art and fashion lovers.

Keds is collaborating with designers Thelma Dávila and Lolita Mia on a line inspired by the Latina-created brands.

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In what the shoe company is calling a “collaboration fiesta,” Keds released three fun and vibrant new designs.

Some of the shoes borrow inspiration from Thelma Dávila’s colorful Guatemalan textiles. Alternatively, other pairs utilize Lolita Mia’s festive fringe as embellishments. These touches combine with Keds’ original platform shoes to make a unique product.

Of the partnership with these new brands, Keds’ website says:

“It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of the professional and personal growth of women who decided to follow their dreams. Entrepreneurs (especially female ones) are always brave, they’re risk-takers that believe strongly in themselves. And we believe in them too. We’re so excited to introduce you to our latest for-women-by-women collaborations.”

The Thelma Dávila brand is named after its Guatemalan founder.

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The company specializes in designing and crafting unique pieces by hand. Furthermore, their products utilize Guatemalan textiles, leathers and non-leather materials. Obviously, this collaboration is built on a solid relationship between the two brands. Since last year, Keds retail locations have carried Thelma Dávila bags and products in stores.

On their website, Keds said the design collaborations were intent on “taking geometric design and color cues from [Dávila’s] native culture, our classic Triple Kick gets transformed into a fiesta-ready standout.”

Founded by jewelry artisan and entrepreneur, Elena Gil, Lolita Mia is a Costa Rican accessory brand.

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While studying abroad in Italy, Gil made a significant personal discovery. She realized that ethnic crafts and traditions were very alike across regions. Specifically, they were similar in cultural importance. In light of this, she decided to start her own brand. Lolita Mia’s handmade products embrace what Gil has coined a “Universal Ethnic Luxury.”

Of the collaboration with Lolita Mia, Keds’ website reads:

“[The] aesthetic shines through in these playful renditions of our platforms in the form of fun, festive fringe and punchy tropical shades.”

The Ked × Lolita Mia collaboration has two designs while the Ked x Thelma Dávila collab is made up of one.

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“Triple Tassel” is a multicolored platform with purple, pink, orange and white tassels attached to the laces. “Triple Decker Fringe” is an off-white platform slip-on with multi-colored fringe and golden embellishments on top. The “Triple Kick” features a neutral platform with Guatemalan textile accents around the bottom.

Each design is priced at $70 a pair. Moreover, they are available exclusively on Keds’ website. Be sure to order yours today and add a little extra Latinx flare to your summer looks.

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