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Controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Signaled That He Might Have Skin Cancer

Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, made worldwide headlines this year and not so much for his politics, but because of his stubborn views on climate change. His perspective and words could have severe global ramifications. It all started this fall when the world was in awe over the massive fires in the Amazon Rainforest. Everyone seemed to be up in arms, except for Bolsonaro, who said they didn’t have enough resources to put the flames out. Bolsonaro seems to be facing a new kind of problem, but this time it’s personal. 

The president of Brazil announced that he might have skin cancer, but his office is saying something different.

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According to Reuters, Jair Bolsonaro said that doctors removed a mole from his ear. Later, his office told the publication that there wasn’t any concern in regards to his cancer probability. 

“The president is in good health, without any indication of skin cancer, and is keeping his appointments for this week,” his office said in a statement. 

Those two statements are somewhat confusing, primarily because the publication also reports that Bolsonaro initially canceled a visit to Salvador because he was suffering from exhaustion. However, his office later said that he did make his appointments. Who can we believe?

The president didn’t elaborate further about his health, but to be honest, he has more serious concerns that he should be worried about. His announcement about cancer could be a way to distract the media and the public. 

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As we mentioned earlier, Bolsonaro has been under fire over his handling of the Amazon rainforest blaze. He’s also in a feud with actor Leo DiCaprio. The Hollywood A-Lister donated funds this fall in response to the Amazon fires to a nongovernmental organization (NGOs). Still, Bolsonaro said that DiCaprio’s contribution actually went toward the people who started the fires in the first place. 

“The NGO people, what did they do? What’s easier? Set fire to the bush,” Bolsonaro said, according to CNN. “Take photo, film, send it to an NGO, the NGO spreads it out, does a campaign against Brazil, gets in touch with Leonardo DiCaprio, and Leonardo DiCaprio donates $500,000 to this NGO. One part went to the people who were setting the fire, right?” He added, “Leonardo DiCaprio, you are assisting with the burning of the Amazon, that can’t be.” 

Yet the president hasn’t provided any proof to back up his allegations. If that weren’t enough, officials are also investigating people on his staff. 

There’s an investigation underway that involves Bolsonaro’s associates, one of them being his son. Just this week, investigators raided their homes and confiscated some of their belongings in connection with possible corruption. 

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According to several reports, Bolsonaro’s son, Flávio, who is also a Senator and his ex-wife, along with another associate, had their homes raided as investigators inquire about a very serious and illegal operation that involves fraud and money laundering. 

One of those involved in the allegations is Fabrício Queiroz, a good friend of Bolsonaro, who also worked for him as his security chief and aide. Some people are speculating that the raids, which have been part of an investigation for quite some time, occurred too late. They’re saying that Bolsonaro’s family members and friend had plenty of time to get rid of implicating evidence. Others, however, especially critics of Bolsonaro, welcome this part of the investigation and want Queiroz to spill the beans. 

Guilherme Boulos, a well-known leftist leader in Argentina, tweeted, “With a 1-year delay, MP performs an operation against Queiroz. He had complained about recent audio of being abandoned. If Queiroz speaks what he knows about the Bolsonaro family, he can overthrow the government.”

If Queiroz goes against Bolsonaro and, as a result, brings down his administration, well, Bolsonaro will have more on his plate than he can handle. While Bolsonaro or his office did not comment about the raids that took place his week, the attorney representing Bolsonaro’s son said, according to The Guardianyet another attempt to destabilize Jair’s government.”

While hope Bolsonaro doesn’t have skin cancer, that worry will be the least of his issues now that investigators are looking into people in his circle and in his family. 

READ: Brazil’s Bolsonaro Blamed Leonardo DiCaprio For The Amazon Fires, Now The Actor Claps Back

Latinas talk “Imposter Syndrome”

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Latinas talk “Imposter Syndrome”

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Imposter syndrome. It may happen when you finally got accepted to college and have found yourself overwhelmed by the student body, or when you accepted that dream job, or even while doing your job. It can happen in relationships, in friendships. Basically anywhere and amongst us Latinas too. Even despite our hard work and much-earned credentials.

We wanted to talk about Imposter’s Syndrome and how to deal with it, so we reached out to our FIERCE audience on Instagram for their thoughts.

Latinas got real with their responses about feeling as if they were undeserving.

Check them out below!

Remind yourself that you’ve worked hard and are deserving.

“Thank you for posting this! I actually just got hired on as a school counselor and I’m feeling this intensely right now. I have to keep reminding myself that I worked so hard for this and that I AM WORTH IT!” – adelitafamania

Understand that anything can trigger it.

“It happens to me every single day on so many levels. It’s been holding me back my whole life and I keep pushing against it, some days it gets the better of me but I won’t give up on myself even when I really feel I’m not capable. I get so stressed all the time thinking someone is going to discover that I’m not smart, or fun, or whatever it is at that moment that I shut down. It’s so good to openly discuss it with friends or even professional help.” – pinatapink

And it can lead to social anxiety.

“This is so hard, I feel like this nearly every day. Lately, it’s been getting in the way of my entire purpose and whether or not I want to work hard at all. I tend to think, “Like for what? I don’t deserve to have the things I want because I didn’t work hard enough.” Yet, I did. Probably more than anyone else in my programs, jobs, teams, even my friend group. This is so tough and often it leads to my social anxiety which affects a whole multitude of behavioral patterns like procrastination and chronic lateness.” –curlsofroses

But you can battle it by not shrugging off your achievements.

“Happens to me all the time. And when people give me praise I tend to say “oh it’s not a big deal.” But I’m trying to remember that I’m enough and hell yeah I’m a big deal.” – erika_kiks18

Because it can happen to brain surgeons and Fortune 500 CEOs too.

“Our country and our community has been through a lot since the middle of March. Now more than ever is the time to nourish our goals and inspirations. In my podcast, I bring together some of the highest achieving Latinos that our country has to offer: Dr. Quinoñes-Hinojosa: who went from migrant farm worker to a world-renowned brain surgeon
Hector Ruiz: one of the very few Latinos to be a Fortune 500 CEO of an American Company Louis Barajas: the #1 financial Latino expert in the USA. (He is most likely your favorite Reggaeton artist’s to-go financial guy.)
Cesar Garcia: an actor who has seen. dozens of times in music videos, shows, and movies. He’s known for his roles in Fast and Furious and Breaking Bad. Chef Aarón Sánchez: The most well-known Latin Chef in the country. Find an episode that catches your attention or share an episode to a friend of loved one that would like to hear from other Latinos on how they achieved their dreams and goals.” – trailblazinglatinospodcast

And you can cure it by not reminding yourself to not give weight to other people’s thoughts.

“I cured mine by not giving a fck! The enemy is a LIEEEE.” –stephaniesaraii

And last but not least, know that it can be hard to defeat but you ARE worthy.

“This was me on the first day after I transferred to University. The feeling still follows me sometimes. It hard to defeat.” – dianalajandre

Organizations Advocating For Black Women’s Health To Support

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Organizations Advocating For Black Women’s Health To Support

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As our country faces a reckoning for the various forms of systematic oppression that Black people face in our country, it’s important to note that it affects Black women at a very unbalanced rate. To ensure Black women are given the proper support they need, we’ve rounded up organizations that have been actively fighting to support their health.

Check them out below!

Black Mamas Matter Alliance

When it comes to maternal mortality rates, Black women historically have the highest rates. According to the CDC, Black women are almost four times more likely than white women to experience pregnancy-related death. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance strives to change policy, encourage research, and fight for Black maternal health and justice.

Check out the Black Mamas Matter Alliance here.

Homeless Black Trans Woman Fund

The Homeless Black Trans Woman Fund provides support and funds to Black trans women in Atlanta who are sex workers and homeless. The fund works to give women cell phones, housing, food, and other necessities. According to the fund’s founder, Jesse Pratt López, “Atlanta has almost no resources for Transgender women, so I took matters into my own hands.”

Check out the Homeless Black Trans Woman Fund here.

Sisters Network (A National African American Breast Cancer Survivorship Organization)

Compared to white women and breast cancer-related death, Black women are more than 40% more likely to die. The Sisters Network aims to increase awareness of the ways in which breast cancer affects the Black community in the United States.

Check out the Sisters Network here.

Mamatoto Village

Mamatoto Village is a nonprofit that works to empower Black women to achieve self- care, good mental health, and financial health support.

Check out the Mamatoto Village here

The Okra Project

The Okra Project is a collective bringing healthy and home-cooked meals to Black trans people across the country. The project organizes and pays for Black trans chefs to go into the homes of other Black transgender people and cook them a free meal.

Check out the Okra Project here.

The Loveland Foundation

According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, “African Americans are 10% more likely to experience serious psychological distress.” The Loveland Foundation works to give Black women financial assistance so that they can seek therapy.

Check out The Loveland Foundation here.

Black Women for Wellness

Black Women for Wellness is a California- based organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of Black women and girls. The organization works to achieve this by providing education programs, civic engagement, and policy work. Their workshops include sex education and healthy cooking.

Check out the Black Women for Wellness here.

Black Women’s Health Imperative

The Black Women’s Health Imperative has been around for 35 years and works to fight against the health disparities endured by Black women.

Check out the Black Women’s Health Imperative here.