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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.

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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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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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There’s no doubt that SNL has been the stage of some pretty groundbreaking performances and fashion moments. This past weekend was no different. While appearing as the late-night show’s musical guest the 37-year-old rapper of Mexican-American descent wore outfits a la late Nirvana rocker, Kurt Cobain.

Kid Cudi’s made a pretty big retro fashion statement for his Saturday Night Live musical performances this weekend.

For his first performance, which featured his song “Tequila Shots,” Cudi wore a t-shirt featuring the image of a late SNL cast member Chris Farley. Farley died in 1997 at age 33 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Over the shirt, Cudi wore a green cardigan, which many Twitter users were quick to note resembled one Kurt Cobain wore.

Cobain died by suicide in 1994.

During his performance of “Sad People,” Kid Cudi changed into a floral dress, which he confirmed in a tweet was in honor of Cobain.

Cudi’s took place on the same week of the anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occured on April 5.

“Virgil [Abloh] designed the dress for me,” Kid Cudi explained about the dress. “I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man-made a masterpiece.”

Cudi also shared that he intends to collaborate with Abloh on his fashion label Off-White. The dress will be included.

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Ben Affleck & Marc Anthony Spoke Frankly About J.LO And My Nostalgic Aughts-Self Is Giving A Toast

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Ben Affleck & Marc Anthony Spoke Frankly About J.LO And My Nostalgic Aughts-Self Is Giving A Toast

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No doubt, as the Latina Queen of Hollywood, Jennifer Lopez has played the better half of quite a few relationships and not just on-screen. From Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy and P Diddy, to Casper Smart Lopez has been The Strong Woman behind some pretty well-known men.

Her exes Marc Anthony (whom J.L o shares twins Emme and Max, 13 with) and Ben Affleck know it, and in a recent interview, they opened up about what they really think of her.

For her recent May cover of InStyle magazine, Lopez’s feature story included insights from her former loves Anthony and Affleck on everything from her drive to her ageless beauty.

In honor of the singer and actor’s 30-year run in the entertainment industry, the magazine featured her and her most prolific exes. For the interview, both Anthony and Affleck commented on Lopez’s character, heart, and business savvy. “The thing about Jennifer is her ability to see and understand things before they happen,” Anthony, explained in his interview.

Anthony, a singer and actor who starred in the 2001 film In the Time of the Butterflies was married to Lopez from 2004 to 2014.

“Before she even brings an idea up, she has visualized it a thousand times. And if anyone says it might not be the greatest idea, she’ll say, ‘You just don’t see it yet.’ Nine times out of 10, she’ll nail it. She’s the first one in the room and the last to leave. The hardest worker I’ve ever met,” Anthony went onto share. “When we were together, it was quite the opposite for me. That has changed since. I learned so much from her. She’s the original!”

Affleck who dated J.LO in 2002 and starred alongside her in the films “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl” also spoke openly about Lopez.

“I thought I had a good work ethic, but I was completely humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out, the seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts,” Affleck, whose romance with Lopez earned him the other part of the nickname “Bennifer” by the media, explained.

“She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I’ve come across in this business,” he revealed, “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”

At one point Affleck commented, relatably, that he felt J.Lo appeared as if she hadn’t aged since they dated.

“Where are you keeping the fountain of youth? Why do you look the same as you did in 2003 and it kind of looks like I’m in my 40s…at best?” he joked.

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