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This Children’s Cooking Show Wants To Know Why Their Grant Was Rejected

Meet Sara and Sammy, the little stars of “Sup! Kids Cooking.”

Sup! Kids Cooking and Culture Show / YouTube
CREDIT: Sup! Kids Cooking and Culture Show / YouTube

“On ‘Sup!’ dinner is the catalyst for exploring a whole universe,” the show’s co-producer Beth Baunoch told mitú. “The show’s primary aims are to foster cross-cultural understanding and empower young people. ‘Sup!’ uses cooking to educate, empower and inspire global citizens.”

Not only are they trying to show kids the fun and healthy side of cooking…

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CREDIT: Sup Kids Cooking and Culture Show / Facebook

…the show is also encouraging children to learn about different cultures.

Sup! Kids Cooking and Culture Show / YouTube
CREDIT: Sup! Kids Cooking and Culture Show / YouTube

Sara and Sammy have even traveled to cook food from places they visit.

Enter the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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CREDIT: National Endowment for the Humanities / Facebook

Bausch told mitú that they applied for a NEH Development Grant to further fund the project and make eight additional episodes. They consulted with humanities advisers and filled out the application with the backing of different local organizations and made sure they followed the NEH’s guidelines.

“The NEH grant requirements focus on the humanities, and our show uses food as a way to explore the humanities. So yes, kids are learning to cook, but the idea is that they learn about the world through cooking [like] music, theatre, art, dance, philosophy, religion, film and language,” Baunoch told mitú. “Each of these themes are explored organically as the hosts contextualize what they are cooking.  We also feel strongly that middle school kids, our target demographic, are not getting this type of information on television.”

After sending an application for funding, this is the response that Sup! received from NEH.

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According to Baunoch, everyone involved with the show was surprised and saddened by the response from NEH.

“We were frustrated that the powers that be see brown skin and the first thing they do is pigeon hole them and assume they won’t have a large audience appeal,” Baunoch told mitú. “We don’t believe most people think like this. However, the people in power do which affects everyone because they decide what we see on TV. We understood that we don’t have a lot of experience as producers, and that our show is produced right now with no budget. But we have a great show that is backed by organizations that can help raise the production value of if we have money.”

“Fulfilling NEH’s mission, our show will be aided by humanities scholars in anthropology, art, music, language, history and communication,” Baunoch told mitú.

Sup! Kids Cooking and Culture Show / YouTube
CREDIT: Sup! Kids Cooking and Culture Show / YouTube

Keep your heads up, Sara and Sammy.

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CREDIT: Sup Kids Cooking and Culture Show / Facebook

There are more people that support you than don’t.


Editor’s Note: The National Endowment of the Humanities has not responded to a request for comment, though they did tell Latino Rebels that they would never turn down a project based on someone’s ethnicity, but that they couldn’t disclose more information because their selection process was confidential.


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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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On Monday, Twitter announced that it has suspended 15 Twitter accounts of “Black Trump supporters” that they discovered were fake. The accounts were similar in nature, tweeting out nearly identical messages, like “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” and “VOTE REPUBLICAN”. The accounts quickly amassed thousands of followers and retweets.

The fake “Black Trump Supporter” accounts were discovered by social media disinformation researcher Darren Linvill, who flagged the accounts and reported them to Twitter.

The accounts violate Twitter’s rule barring users from using the platform “in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience.”

The Twitter accounts sourced their profile photos through internet image searches. One profile photo even included the search term “black man photo” at the top of the profile photo–proving that someone stole the photo from the internet and (sloppily) cropped it. Others were revealed, via reverse-image searching, to be generic stock photos of Black people.

The accounts seemed to follow a pattern: the Black Trump supporters were devout Christians, veterans, blue-collar workers, police officers…you get the picture. 

“They are impersonating Black Trump supporters, Black authoritative figures such as veterans and police officers, and various prominent individuals in order to gain rapid traction and virality,” said cybersecurity manager Lee Foster to The Washington Post.

Linvill says that the accounts don’t necessarily appear to be a coordinated campaign, although he did find traces of the Russian alphabet  in the accounts’ online records. Linvill hypothesizes that the accounts might have had monetary motives–they often tweeted out links to buy Trump merchandise. 

Another theory is that, based on the timing, whoever created the fake accounts is trying to change what appears to be the persistent narrative that President Trump is racist. The accounts became much more active in recent months, around the time when Trump refused to condemn white supremacist groups on national TV. These “Black Trump supporters” make it seem like he actually has the support of Black Americans. 

But polls and surveys prove that Trump is highly unpopular among Black Americans. The Pew Research Center shows that 81% of Black voters support Biden in the upcoming election. 

These most recent fake Twitter accounts are one of the many ways that the Republican Party has been attempting to manipulate voters this election cycle. Along with spreading disinformation, the party has set up unsanctioned ballot drop-off boxes across California. The Governor of Texas, Rick Abbott (R) also made headlines recently for restricting the amount of official ballot boxes in Texas to only one per county–a move that critics slammed as a transparent attempt to suppress the Latino vote.

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The ‘How It Started’ Memes Are Filled With The Funny And Wholesome Content We All Need In 2020

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The ‘How It Started’ Memes Are Filled With The Funny And Wholesome Content We All Need In 2020

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It is not a lie to say that 2020 has been a year of disappointment and high-stress scenarios. We’ve had to quarantine from a virus, wildfires are destroying a lot of land, and well, everything else going on has just made things worse. Fortunately, on Twitter trend is giving everyone a chance to see that things can get better.

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a tough year for everyone but one Twitter trend is making life a little better.

We’ve all seen the “How It Started” memes taking over social media in recent weeks. The memes are both funny and inspirational with some showing some amazing glow ups and others showing the crushing reality of everyday life. We have all felt like the man crying over 2020 at some point over the last 7 months. It’s like this year just doesn’t stop.

Relationships are a big part of this meme trend.

Oof. This is painful and so many of us know this to be true. 😭 Sure, we can all blame our relationship woes on the current state of the world. However, that would just be doing a disservice to ourselves and our love lives. Most of us who are single now have been single for a very long time pre-Covid. But, hey, no one knows that you’re lying if you blame Covid.

A few wonderful people highlighted their transition into their true selves.

Stunning. Show-stopping. Magnificent. We love to see it. There is nothing better to see in this world than someone living their authentic truth. Like, go and do your thing. Slay all of the hearts you see, honey, and take no prisoners. We are all better in their world to be surrounded by people living in complete honesty.

The Lil Nas X joined in on the fun and highlighted his own meteoric rise to fame.

The “Old Town Road” singer really did make a big name for himself. Not only did his song get made into a duet and remix with every artist imaginable, he beat Mariah Carey’s record. Lil Nas X went from someone that no one knew to unseating Mariah Carey for longest time spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts.

There are some very clever takes on this meme.

So, like, who else feels like they are being personally attacked by this meme? College might have been years ago but these memories linger. Tequila is just one of those things that so many of use have to learn the hard way and those lessons stick with you.

Simone Biles gave us one of the most memorable glow ups of the meme challenge.

Simone Biles is one of the most legendary women to ever walk this planet. The way she was able to make herself known around the world as the best gymnast is no short feat. She is and will always be one of the best women to represent the U.S. in the Olympics.

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