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An Anti-Violence Muralist was Shot and Killed in Oakland and the Community Wants Answers

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Antonio Ramos was a muralist who worked with middle schoolers to promote non-violence through art.

He worked specifically in West Oakland, a community that has been plagued with senseless violent attacks.

He and his team were working on a mural titled “Boy with Power to Heal and Stop Violence.”

Ramos was working with Attitudinal Healing Connection and Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project to promote non-violence in West Oakland.

They mural was going to be big – 4,000 feet BIG.

Ramos was working on the mural when a passerby started an argument.


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The mural was the third of a six-mural project to beautify West Oakland and lower violence using art.

During the argument, the stranger shot Ramos multiple times and fled.

Ramos died of his injuries and the gunman is still at large. AHC has launched an Indiegogo campaign to pay his funeral costs.

Police are offering a $10,000 reward on information that will lead to the arrest of Ramos’ killer.

And a makeshift vigil has been erected in his memory.

Fellow artists are promising to finish the mural and dedicate it to their fallen comrade.

You can see a video of the unfinished mural below:

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No Makeup, No Lights, No Photoshop: This is Demi Lovato


No Makeup, No Lights, No Photoshop: This is Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato’s risqué COMPLEX cover had barely hit stands when she decided to bare it all for Vanity Fair. Emotionally spent after learning of her great-grandfathers death, who was an important figure in her life, Demi decided “life is too short.” In her carpe diem state, she told Vanity Fair Patrick Ecclesine, who happened to be with her and her team at the moment, she wanted to do a photo shoot in her Greenwich Hotel room stat. There were five rules: super sexy, no makeup, no fancy lighting, no retouching, and no clothing. Here are some of the images that came of one spontaneous New York night.

“When I think of confident, I think of many things, but one thing in particular is feeling comfortable in your own skin.”

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“It’s empowering…”

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“…It shows other women you can get to a place where you can overcome obstacles of body image issues.”

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“I learned after working very hard on my spirituality and my soul and my body, that you can get to a place where you love the skin you’re in.”

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Brava Demi, brava!


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