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After Being Homeless, The Woman In The ‘Lose Yo Job’ Video Says BLM Support Has Turned Her Life Around

You might have noticed the viral hashtag #LoseYoJob last week on Twitter. At the time, supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement used it to support Black people speaking out against the racists and harassers that negatively impacted their lives. At the time, many using the hashtag aimed to highlight reasons why certain people ought to be removed from their positions of power. Among the people who lost their jobs while the hashtag trended with their name was “Glee” actress Lea Michelle and television personality Stassi Schroeder.

The hashtag #LoseYoJob was sparked by the chant of Johnniqua Charles (27-years-old), a woman who was homeless at the time and demanded to know why a security guard was attempting to detaining her.

In the video that inspired the hashtag, Charles can be seeing protesting her arrests and ultimately turns it into an ad-libbed song and dance.

In the video, Charles questions a security guard as to why he is detaining her, and when he doesn’t give her a reason she begins to sing “Get this dance! You about to lose yo job, you about to lose yo job because you are detaining me for nothing. You about to lose yo job.

At the time, according to BuzzFeed News, Charles was homeless, battling an addiction, and estranged from her family. Thanks to the video going viral, her life-changing for the better.

“I’m just overwhelmed, and I’m such a humble person [that] to see that, it’s just amazing to me,” Charles told BuzzFeed News. “I’m just glad that it’s something so positive.”

Charles’s sister Andrea told BuzzFeed that she set up an Instagram for her sister, started selling T-shirts, and created a GoFundMe on her sister’s behalf. So far they’ve all obtained over $30,000.

“At first I didn’t think much of [the video], but then I got on Instagram and I saw even more people saying, ‘Who is this woman?’” said Andrea told Buzzfeed. “So I was like, OK, this is an opportunity for my sister to be known. If the world wants to know who she is, why not let the world know who she is? The only reason that the GoFundMe and those platforms were created were people were begging to donate to her,” Andrea said. “Once I made her Instagram, people were flooding in, saying, ‘How can I bless her? She just blessed my day so much. She just made my day.’ So the only reason it was created was so people could bless her life.”

Charles’s song has gone viral at a time when protests against police brutality have erupted in every US state.

While Charles’s tune has provided a bit of laughter during a time that’s so hard, many have used the song to sing and display on signs at protests.

The video of Charles was posted on Facebook by the guard, Julius Locklear, in February.

Okay “IM NOT POSTING THIS TO BE FUNNY TOWARDS THIS SUBJECT””!!!!I’m posting it cause that rap was lit 😂😂😂😂😂 like I…

Posted by Julius Locklear on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

“Okay IM NOT POSTING THIS TO BE FUNNY TOWARDS THIS SUBJECT!!!!” Locklear wrote in a post to his Facebook page. “I’m posting it cause that rap was lit like I wish I could put a beat to it lol.”

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Locklear said he’d had a colleague film the incident because he didn’t have his body camera on. Locklear said that he detained Charles for trespassing after she tried to enter the club she had been detained outside of after hours. According to Locklear, Charles claimed she accidentally left her purse inside.

“I guess he thought I was going back in just to go back inside the club, but he wouldn’t allow me, and that’s how the argument between me and him started,” Charles told BuzzFeed. “I told him to suck my dick, and that is the moment he basically put the handcuffs on me and tussled with me a little bit.”

Locklear told Buzzfeed that he “just let her vent and exercise her freedom of speech. The situation had nothing to do with race or discrimination. You can see me handling it professionally and trying to keep a straight face, but I couldn’t.”

Locklear told Buzzfeed he called sheriff’s deputies to the scene, but Charles was ultimately not arrested.

“He didn’t have a reason. He didn’t have anything to charge me with,” she Charles said. “Because what would be the charge?”

Locklear has not lost his job over the incident.

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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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In a world with so much rising intersectionality and access to language tools, many still feel that passing along the traditions of their languages is necessary. Studies have shown for decades that children who grow up in an environment where they’re exposed to different languages have a pathway ahead of them that is full of promise. Particularly when it comes to education and career opportunities.

But why else do some parents find it essential to teach their children their family’s native languages?

Recently, we asked Latinas why learning their native language is important to them.

Check out the answer below!

“So they can be a voice for others in their community .” –_saryna_


“Besides the fact that bilingual kids use more of their brains. I’d like to teach my baby my native language so they can feel closer to our roots and be able to communicate/connect with our community not just in the US, but in Latin America too.” –shidume

“So that when the opportunity arises they can pursue their endeavors with nothing holding them back!” –candymtz13


“It not only helps them be multilingual, but also reminded them of their ancestry. Their roots. It builds a certain connection that cannot be broken.”-yeimi_herc


“So they can communicate with their grandparents, so they have double the opportunities growing up so they know their roots. So many reasons.”
elizabethm_herrera

“Know where you came from, being bilingual for more job opportunities later, being able to communicate with family members.”- panabori25

“I don’t have children but I think a language is tied to the culture. For me Spanish is a direct representation of how romantic and dramatic and over the top in the most beautiful way latin culture is. Also I’m Dominican and we just blend and make up words which really represents how crazy my family is.” –karenmarie15


“If I don’t and they lose ties to their people meaning my family who only speaks Spanish and Italian than I myself am harming them. As a preschool teacher I always tell parents English will happen eventually that’s the universal language but teach them their home home language the one that grandma/pa and the rest of the family speaks. They lose their identity. Sure they make up their own eventually but they must never forget where they come from.” –ta_ta1009


“So he doesn’t lose the connection to his grandmother and great grandfather who only speak spanish. So if he ever hears someone struggling to communicate he can help and feel a sense of pride in his roots/culture. 🇸🇻 plus 🤞🤞 I want him to pick up a 3rd language too!” –cardcrafted

“To give them more opportunities in life. I feel that some stories can only be told with authenticity when they’re in their native language. If you have the opportunity to do so, please do.” –titanyashigh

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Michelle Obama Recalled A Moment When Chicago Cops Accused Her Brother Of Stealing His Own Bike When He Was Just 10

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Michelle Obama Recalled A Moment When Chicago Cops Accused Her Brother Of Stealing His Own Bike When He Was Just 10

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As most Black families in the United States know, growing up as a Black person is seen as a great threat in and of itself.

In a country where the rate of fatal police shootings among Black Americans is higher than that for any other ethnicity, it’s no wonder that this is true. Or, why learning to handle the police while Black is a lesson taught so prominently beneath the roofs of Black households.

In a recent episode of her podcast, Michelle Obama revealed that she and her brother Craig Robinson learned this lesson years ago in a confrontation with the police.

Speaking with her brother in her podcast, Obama recalled the day Robinson was accused of stealing his own bike.

Speaking with her brother, a former basketball coach, and her mother Marian Robinson about childhood and parenting, Obama brought up a moment in which Craig was stopped by a couple of police officers while riding his bike.

At the time, Robinson was about 10 or 11 years old and had been gifted the yellow ten-speed Goldblatt by his parents. While riding the bike, a police officer grabbed hold of it and refused to let go despite Craig’s pleas and protests that the bike was his.

“I was like ‘Oh, you got this all wrong, this is my bike. Don’t worry, this isn’t a stolen bike,’ and [the cop] would not believe me, and I was absolutely heartbroken. And I finally said to him, ‘Listen, you can take me to my house, and I will prove to you, this is my bike,” Robinson recalled.

Fortunately, Obama’s mother was home at the time and ushered Craig inside of the house, while she dealt with the police. As her son recalls, “she had that tight lip” as she confronted the officers who had accused her son of stealing his own bike.

Robinson revealed that she discovered the officers were friends with the people who had made the complaint about Craig stealing the bicycle and demanded they come to her house so that they could “admit [they] made a serious mistake.”

Robinson described the experience as a “heartbreaking” one at various times throughout the interview.

“I could tell [the cops] were trying to ask me questions that would trip me up,” he recalled. “If I wasn’t so sure that that bike was mine and showed any kind of reticence, I could see them taking me off to the police station, not calling mom until after I’ve been, you know, booked or whatever they do.”

At one point, Obama remarked that the story is particularly familiar with ones being experienced across the country, even today. “Nobody thinks about, you know, the fact that we all come from good families that are trying to teach values, but when you leave the safety of your home and go out into the street, where being Black is, is a crime in and of itself, we have all had to learn how to operate outside of our homes with a level of caution, and fear, because you never know,” she recalled

Obama’s mother also described the experience as being “part of a culture” among police.

“Because those two policemen were Black. And they were acting exactly the same as any other policeman,” her mother remarked. “It’s almost like, this is what they thought they were, how they were thought they were supposed to act.”

All three family members noted how the incident is so familiar today. Despite the fact that decades have passed. “That’s the perfect example of what all of these young, Black people are dealing with now, because this was, almost fifty years ago?” Craig Robinson said.

Listen to the clip from the podcast here.

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