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The One Instance Where Discrimination Didn’t Win

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It’s time for the city of Los Angeles to pay up for setting illegal curfews on its residents…and it’s going to pay BIG money.

As much as $30 million will settle the class-action lawsuit that blames the LAPD for setting curfews on residents as part of gang injunctions that were previously deemed unconstitutional as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Most of the money will go towards job training of former gang members and those who felt they had been illegally stripped of their freedom by the LAPD.

“This is taking an injustice that never should have happened and turning it into an opportunity to start over,” attorney Anne Richardson told the newspaper.

The 2011 lawsuit was filed after Christian Rodriguez was arrested while living in the Mar Vista Gardens housing projects, within the territory of the Culver City Gang Boys. Here’s the thing, Rodriguez is not a gang member and does not associate with any gangs. Yet, he was still arrested for violating the 10 p.m. curfew in 2009, two years after these types of curfews were said to be illegal.

“Because I was wrongly labeled as a gang member, I couldn’t even be outside helping my mom with the groceries at night,” Rodriguez stated. “I got involved in this case to help others who like me,  did nothing wrong but unjustly live in constant fear of doing something that might be perceived by a member of LAPD as a violation. I want my 2-year-old daughter to grow up without that fear.”

READ: This Ex-Gang Member Used To Run The Streets Of L.A., Now He’s An Emmy-Nominated Actor

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President Obama Got Very Close With An Argentinian Tango Dancer


President Obama Got Very Close With An Argentinian Tango Dancer

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President and First Lady Obama, who recently visited Argentina, took to the dance floor during a state dinner in Buenos Aires. After tango dancers Mora Godoy and José Lugones showed off their exceptional dancing chops, they invited a reluctant President Obama and First Lady to dance. You have to see this.

Mora Godoy and José Lugones totally killed it on the dance floor.

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Like, whose legs even naturally move that fast?

The two of them in unison is a work of art.


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The dancing stopped when Godoy decided that Obama should get a chance to show off his moves.

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And, for obvious reasons, he was a little hesitant.

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But we all know you can never say no to a Latina.

So, the president got out of his seat and tangoed like he had never tangoed before.

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And by the end of the dance, Obama was definitely getting the hang of it.

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Don’t worry. Michelle got hers as she glided around the dance floor with José.

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And Godoy had a quick chat with Michelle afterward.

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Maybe she was letting Michelle know that her dance with the president was just a dance.

Because we all know that Michelle don’t play that.

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Check out the full video below to see all the performances from the night.


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READ: This Officer Interrupted a Dominican Day Parade… So He Could Dance a Little Salsa

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