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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.

Transcripts Of George Floyd’s Death Find He Told Cops He Couldn’t Breathe More Than 20 Times: “Tell my kids I love them”

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Transcripts Of George Floyd’s Death Find He Told Cops He Couldn’t Breathe More Than 20 Times: “Tell my kids I love them”

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Over a month has passed since the death of George Floyd and while the aftermath of it seemed to spark a reaction that rattled those of us left behind to our cores, outrage over his death has slowed down. Likely you’re hearing less calls to end police brutality, seeing fewer signs that Black Lives Matter and most of your friends’ Instagram pages have likely returned to their usual blissfully ignorant states. Still, the fight for justice for George Floyd carries on and newly released transcripts of body camera footage show that Floyd had pled for his life and told officers at least 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before his death.

New transcripts from body camera footage of Floyd’s death have been filed in court.

Floyd (a truck driver, security guard, and father of five) told Minneapolis police officers over 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before he died. “I’m scared as fuck, man,” Floyd told the officers while they restrained them. “Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead.”

Transcripts of body camera footage show that Floyd told officers at least 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before passing out and dying.

“I can’t breathe for nothing, man,” Floyd told officers. “This is cold-blooded, man.” Ignoring Floyd’s cry for help, officer Derek Chauvin continued to pin Floyd down with his knee on his neck.

In the transcript, Chauvin can be heard saying to Floyd “Then stop talking. Stop yelling. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”

“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,” Floyd continued. “I’ll probably just die this way.”

The transcripts were filed by former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane in a move to have charges against him dropped.

Lane is one of four former police officers to be charged in Floyd’s death. Chauvin, Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao are also being charged. Lane, Kueng, and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin in Floyd’s death. Meanwhile, Chauvin faces second-degree murder charges.

According to BuzzFeed, “In the motion looking to have charges against Lane dropped, attorneys argue he was a new officer on the force and following the cues from Chauvin.” At the time of Floyd’s death, Chauvin was not Lane’s field training officer. He had however been one in Lane’s precinct and had provided the Chauvin with instructions on how to deal with calls. Attorneys have pointed out that in the transcripts Lane called paramedics to the scene and asked if they should roll Floyd on his side while he was holding onto his legs.

In the transcript, Chauvin says “No, he’s staying put where we got him.”

According to transcripts, after Chauvin passed out bystanders pointed out Floyd was unresponsive. Still, Chauvin pinned him to the ground.

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.