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No Pos Wow: Gomez Beaten By A Fan, Guillermo Del Toro’s Sequel And More

In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you up on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.

How well does Selena Gomez know herself? Find out in this Gomez vs fan showdown.

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It’s one thing to know a ton of trivia about your favorite celebrity, but imagine going head-to-head with that very person while they’re sitting directly across from you. Brooke, a true Selenator, found out earlier this week, the intensity is real! The trivia wasn’t easy, and even Selena couldn’t answer every question. So who won? Check out the vid.

Central America has solid gold beetles?

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For years, scientists and bug enthusiasts have been baffled by the scarab jewel beetle’s appearance, which sports a golden exoskeleton that would make this billionaire jealous. Found in Central American countries such as Costa Rica and Panama, scientists are still on the fence about the beetle’s unique appearance, which they believe is either effective in evading predators or possibly used for a mating. One thing scientists now understand is how it got its appearance. Check out the link below to get the full story.

MORE: Secret of why jewel scarab beetles look like pure gold, explained by physicists

Alex Rodriguez becomes first Latino guest to jump into the “Shark Tank.”

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A-Rod is no stranger to entrepreneurial endeavors. The 41-year-old ex-Yankees infielder has spent years developing his own brand — specifically A-Rod Corp — and now he’s all set to put his skills to good use on an upcoming episode of “Shark Tank.” Not only will he bring his own experience, but he’ll also be the first guest Latino Shark in the show’s nine seasons.

MORE: Alex Rodriguez Will Be First Hispanic Shark on Shark Tank

This $300 million chunk of emerald was just discovered in Brazil.


Weighing in at just under 800 pounds and standing 4.3 feet tall, this emerald rock probably contains enough jewels to pave a city block in Oz, if Oz were a real place. The massive stone was unearthed last month, in the Carnaiba Mine, located in the state of Bahia, in northeast Brazil. The rock’s owner is currently in hiding and says he’s moving the rock from one secure location to another in hopes of protecting the safety of his family. As the Daily Mail reported, the rock’s owner, who remains anonymous, said, “Extracting the stone was extremely difficult. It took ten of us more than a week to get it out because it was 200 meters down in the ground.”

MORE: Miner who discovered massive $300MILLION emerald weighing 800 lbs in Brazil goes into hiding because he fears thieves will kill his family to get it

Mexican director Jorge R. Gutierrez opens up about “The Book of Life 2.”

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In 2014, critics and moviegoers alike agreed that “Book of Life” was one of that year’s breakout movies. The film, produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, featured the voices of Eugenio Derbez, Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana. Fans of the first movie can rejoice, as Gutierrez just announced a sequel is in the works. As Gutierrez told Variety, “The sequel grew from that and people asking what was gonna happen with the characters, what’s gonna happen to the gods? The sequel embraces all these things and, in a weird way, is a continuation of the story with everybody you love from the first movie.”

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Currently, Brazil is one of the world’s epicenters of the coronavirus. In March 2021, Brazil saw 66,573 COVID-19-related deaths. That means 1 in every 3 COVID-related deaths worldwide are occuring in Brazil.

And it doesn’t appear that the numbers will be slowing down anytime soon. While the United States is making strides in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Brazil is lagging far behind. And things are about to get a lot more complicated.

On Tuesday, Brazil passed a bill that would allow corporations to buy up as many vaccines as they can get their hands on, and privately distribute them to their employees first.

Elected officials in Brazil are arguing that the country has become so desperate to vaccinate its citizens, that it doesn’t matter who gets the vaccines first at this point.

The country, once renowned for having one of the most robust and efficient public vaccine-distribution programs in the world, has failed to make strides towards getting their citizens vaccinated.

“We are at war,” said the leader of the chamber, Arthur Lira. “And in war, anything goes to save lives.” We don’t know about you, but usually when it comes to war, we’ve heard that soldiers prioritize the health and safety of young, the weak, and the elderly before their own? We digress…

Brazil’s plan to privatize the vaccine rollout has brought up moral and ethical questions.

From the beginning, the World Health Organization has asked countries to first prioritize essential health workers and then high-risk populations when distributing the vaccine.

Anything other than that would promote a pay-to-play schemes in which the rich could protect their lives before poor people could. And poor people are more likely to die from COVID-19 in the first place.

As Alison Buttenheim, behavioral scientist and expert on the equitable allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine said, vaccine distribution should not “exacerbate disparities and inequities in health care,” but instead address them. Brazil’s vaccine rollout plan would fail to do any of the above.

If countries begin to allow the rich to prioritize their own interests during the vaccine rollout, the consequences could be disastrous.

In a time when the world is stoked by fear and uncertainty, the worst thing that can happen is for rich companies to exacerbate inequalities by effectively choosing who lives or dies.

As the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization said at the beginning of the global vaccine rollout: “any distribution of vaccines should advance human well-being and honor global equity, national equity, reciprocity, and legitimacy.”

Poor Brazilians should not be left to fend for themselves against COVID-19 simply because they are poor.

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

After the Equality Act was recently passed in the House, Selena Gomez is now telling the Senate to pass the bill that would give added federal protections to the LGBTQ+ community. The Mexican-American pop star also talked about her history with the gay community and how they helped support her music career.

The Equality Act would extend protections from the Civil Rights Act to the LGBTQ+ community.

The Equality Act was first introduced in 2015. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend protections against discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity when it came to employment, housing, education, and other public and federal accommodations. In 2019, the Senate under President Donald Trump refused to vote on the bill.

The Equality Act recently passed through the House and now Gomez wants the Senate to pass it as well.

In February, the Equality Act was reintroduced to the House of Representatives. The bill passed through the House for a second time on Feb. 25. In a recent interview with the Recording Academy, the institution that hosts the Grammy Awards, Gomez is telling the Senate to vote on the bill this time and pass it through.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years, but we have so much further to go,” Gomez said about the progress of LGBTQ+ rights in the country. “The Senate must pass the Equality Act. It’s absurd that this is even being debated in 2021.”

Gomez says the gay community helped support her 2009 breakthrough hit “Naturally.”

While Gomez was promoting her Latin music EP Revelación, she also revisited a few of her past hits. In 2009, she launched her music career with her band The Scene. Later that year, Gomez got her first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her breakthrough smash “Naturally.” While talking about her relationship with the gay community, she says they were the first ones to show that song love.

“Earlier you mentioned my song ‘Naturally’ and I remember when it was released, it truly started getting played in the gay bars before anywhere else,” she said. “I would hear from older friends that they heard when they went out. I was so jealous that I was too young to be out and dancing to it with everyone. The LGBTQ+ community has been there for me and I don’t take them for granted.”

The Equality Act is waiting to be debated by the Senate. This is Gomez’s first time speaking in support of the bill. Last year, she launched the Black Equality Fund to support groups like the Movement for Black Lives.  In March, she also asked for the Senate to pass the People Act.

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