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A 13-Year-Old Student Just Became A California College’s Youngest Graduate

Thirteen-year-old Jack Rico might not be able to drive but he’s going full speed ahead when it comes to his education.

The California-based teenager has wracked up a handful of college degrees under belt including an associate’s degree from Fullerton College which he earned this week.

Rico’s latest degree makes him officially the youngest graduate student from the community college.

Rico started taking college courses at the age of eleven and has since spent his time earning different degrees. “It has been a pure joy having Jack as a son and I couldn’t be any prouder of him,” Ru Andrade told People magazine in a recent interview.

It turns out, Rico has loved learning for years now, proving himself to be, as his mother describes “not your average kid.” When Rico was just 3 years old when he took a visit to the White House for his 4th birthday. “I told him that was a big trip for a little guy, and that I would take him if he could learn all the presidents,” she explained in an interview. “A week later he said, ‘Mom, I have a confession to make. I already knew all the presidents, but I learned all the vice presidents if that will still count?'”

According to Andrade, Rico actually had a rough start to his education.

Rico started his education in public school but struggled with the work until his mother decided to have him homeschooled when he was in third grade so that he could focus on his areas of weakness.

“When he was 11, I knew he needed more of a challenge and a better teacher than me,” Andrade explained. To do so she enrolled Rico in Fullerton College’s Bridge Program. “He started out just taking one class and he absolutely loved it. He just kept requesting taking more and more classes.”

While Rico won’t be able to attend a traditional graduation ceremony to celebrate his achievements this year due to coronavirus restrictions, his family has planned a special drive-by event in La Mirada to celebrate.

Turns, out four degrees, isn’t enough for Rico.

Rico is due to attend the University of Nevada this coming fall on a full scholarship. He’ll take classes Monday through Wednesday, and will commute. He reportedly will focus his studies on history.

“Jack is not a genius, he just works really hard. We are so happy for Jack and all his academic accomplishments, however, he is an even more awesome human being. He has a sister with autism that he has just been an amazing brother too,” Andrade explained.

Check out a video about Rico and his achievements below.

Thandie Newton’s Comments About Tom Cruise’s ‘Impossible’ Zit Are Amazing But Not AS Important As The Ones About Abuse And Colorism

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Thandie Newton’s Comments About Tom Cruise’s ‘Impossible’ Zit Are Amazing But Not AS Important As The Ones About Abuse And Colorism

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As of Wednesday, a recent Vulture interview with Thandie Newton about her experiences in the entertainment industry has been trending. In the new profile, Newton opens up about everything from being a Black woman in an industry obsessed with white blondes to sexual assault. Still, despite her poignant reflections, Newton’s comments about working alongside “Mission Impossible 2” costar Tom Cruise and his emerging face pimple trending online.

Touching on an array of topics during the interview, Newton did hilariously recall a day on set in which Tom Cruise had a quickly developing pimple.

The “Westworld” actress told a story of how she and Cruise were working on a complicated scene while filming the Mission Impossible sequence. “I don’t think it was a very well-written scene. I get angry with him. We’re frustrated with each other,” she told Vulture. When they did the scene, Cruise followed up by suggesting that they read each other’s lines. “It was the most unhelpful … I can’t think of anything less revealing. It just pushed me further into a place of terror and insecurity. It was a real shame,” said Newton. “And bless him. And I really do mean bless him, because he was trying his damnedest.”

“I remember at the beginning of the night, seeing this slight red mark on his nose, and by the end of the night, I kid you not — this is how his metabolism is so fierce — he had a big whitehead where that red dot was,” she recalled. “It would take anyone else 48 hours to manifest a zit.”

The anecdote racked up thousands of comments on Twitter and we get it. It is a pretty hilarious story, especially considering that it features one of Hollywood’s most popular and talked about actors.

Still, there are bigger takeaways from Newton’s interview.

Newton speaks candidly in the interview about the racism and sexual abuse she experienced early on and throughout her career.

She touches on various moments throughout her career that are appalling including her experiences of filming a racially-charged scene in the film Crash and the mistreatment and sexual grooming she experienced at the hands of a director as a teenager on the set of the Australian film Flirting. One incident in particular that stood out was Newton’s decision to step away from the Sony Pictures Entertainment produced film Charlie’s Angels which saw executive Amy Pascal at the helm.

According to Newton, she decided to back away from Charlie’s Angels when she met Pascal and the executive made racially insensitive comments.

“The head of the studio — I had a meeting with her, and she said, ‘Look, I don’t mean to be politically incorrect, but the character as written and you playing the role, I just feel like we’ve got to make sure that it’s believable.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean? What changes would you have to make?’ She’s like, ‘Well, you know, the character, as written, she’s been to university and is educated.’ I’m like, ‘I’ve been to university. I went to Cambridge.’ She went, ‘Yeah, but you’re different.’ She’s like, ‘Maybe there could be a scene where you’re in a bar and she gets up on a table and starts shaking her booty.’ She’s basically reeling off these stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character. Everything she said, I was like, ‘Nah, I wouldn’t do that.’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, but you’re different. You’re different.’ That was Amy Pascal.”

Newton explained that she didn’t sign onto the movie as a result.

Demi Lovato Says She Left Disney Channel Because Of Her Eating Disorder

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Demi Lovato Says She Left Disney Channel Because Of Her Eating Disorder

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Fans of Demi Lovato know that the former Disney Channel star has been through it in terms of mental health and body image issues. In the years since leaving her role as the titular character of the Disney Channel series “Sonny With A Chance” she has been outspoken about her struggles with eating disorders, mental health issues, and her use of drugs to cope.

Now, in a recent interview, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer is speaking out about the origins of those mental health-related issues: Disney.

Speaking to Bustle in an interview, Lovato revealed that she made the decision to leave Disney Channel after realizing the entertainment industry “terrifyingly normalized” eating disorders.

In her latest interview with Bustle, Lovato explained that after checking out of rehab in 2010 she realized that entertainment institutions like Disney perpetuated eating disorders. Lovato said that she’d struggled with an eating disorder before she became famous but it wasn’t until she broke into the industry that she realized many others were struggling as well.

“I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, ‘Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalized,'” Lovato explained. She also recalled that spending time in rehab made her eager to address eating disorders. “I came out of [rehab] with the choice of talking about my struggles or my journey with the possibility of helping people or keeping my mouth shut and going back to Disney Channel. I was like that doesn’t feel authentic to me. So I chose to tell my story.”

Demi underlined in the interview that she aims to have a career that has “nothing to do” with her body.

In an interview earlier this year, Lovato spoke out about her eating disorder while on Ellen Degeneres claiming that her old management team “controlled” her diet. Instead of letting her enjoy a birthday cake each year, they gave her a “watermelon cake.” Later, Lovato took to Instagram to share that she was no longer “stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit.” 

In her interview, Demi also shared that she’s also changing for the better when it comes to allowing herself to love herself.

“Before quarantine, it was very difficult for me to cry. I had programmed the thought into my head when I was 16 that I’m only going to cry if people pay me to,” Lovato explains. “I started doing all this work, allowing myself to feel the pains of all the losses that I’ve had or the adversities or traumas that I’ve faced. I think my ability to be vulnerable and be more intimate with people has really heightened.”