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They Were Told If They Worked Hard, They Would Earn Money With Herbalife

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Herbalife goes under the microscope in the documentary “Betting On Zero.”

Herbalife, which some have described as a pyramid scheme, or worse —  it’s officially called “multilevel marketing” — attracts hundreds of thousands of members each year. While it might seem like just any other annoying product your tía tries to sell you every time you talk to her on the phone, the company has a stormy, and well-known history with its Latino clients. Herbalife has been charged with targeting and exploiting Latinos with unlawfully deceptive practices (Latinos make up 80 percent of the company’s sales). Herbalife responded by promising to “provide meaningful opportunities” for Latinos. “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” highlighted the pride with which former CEO of Herbalife Michael Johnson described the company’s Latino clients: “The Latino — the blood if you will — it’s in this company and it feels great.”

“Betting on Zero” shines a light on the “great” relationship many Latinos have with Herbalife.

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In the short trailer for “Betting On Zero,” several men, speaking in Spanish, discuss the huge sums of money they lost to the company, which says it helps “people achieve healthy, active lives.” Several people shed tears of frustration at those who took advantage of them while trying to make money using Herbalife.

“Betting On Zero,” which has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is now available for digital download.

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Tell your friend about it. Tell a few friends about it. It’s not a pyramid scheme to spread awareness.

Or check the entire episode of “Last Week Tonight” for free, which discussed Herbalife and its “great” relationship with Latinos.

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Definitely worth a watch.

READ: John Oliver Called Out Herbalife For Targeting Latinos

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The Music Video For 'Immigrants' On The 'Hamilton Mixtape' Shows The Real Life Struggles Of Immigrants

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The Music Video For ‘Immigrants’ On The ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Shows The Real Life Struggles Of Immigrants

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On the heels of announcing his social-media fundraiser #Ham4All to raise money for the “Immigrants: We Get The Job Done Coalition,” Lin-Manuel Miranda still had more work to do. This week he dropped a powerful music video for the song from “The Hamilton Mixtape” called “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done).” Featuring international artists Residente, Snow Tha Product, K’naan and Riz MC (aka actor Riz Ahmed), the video was released during a live taping of “Today” on NBC.

On Tuesday, just one day after announcing his fundraiser to help immigrants, Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on “Today” to drop a music video for a new song.

As you can tell from the GIF above, Miranda was giddy with excitement to discuss his social media campaign #Ham4All. The effort aims to raise funds for non-profits that help immigrants by offering “Hamilton” tickets as a prize. The tickets will go to someone who donates at least $10 and posts a video of themselves singing a song from “Hamilton.”

But then it was time to get down to business and talk about the new music video, which did NOT disappoint.

The video shows powerful images of what working conditions are like for immigrants.

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The visual metaphor is heightened by the fact that these workers are working tirelessly to make U.S. flags.

Another clip goes on to show the blue collar, often thankless, jobs that immigrants end up doing.

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The video shows the hard jobs we know that immigrants take in order to achieve the American dream.

Snow Tha Product spits in a dope bilingual rap, while Riz MC brings that Grime sound from the UK.

Credit: Hamilton: An American Musical / Youtube

They speak on two important, but different experiences, one of immigrants and the other of refugees.

Much of the music video shows the harrowing experiences some immigrants have before coming to the U.S. for a better life.

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The video aims to paint the realities of the immigrant experience in all of its colors.

Residente pops up at the end, rapping from the top of a train, throwing his middle fingers up at the establishment.

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With ICE raids occurring at the rate they are in the U.S. right now, this is another reality immigrants are currently facing.

Check out the entire video below.

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And if you’re moved to do something, join the #Ham4All campaign, might be a cool way to help out and get a chance to see Hamilton when it comes to Los Angeles in August.


READ: Everyone Is Getting Involved In This New Challenge That Aims To Raise Funds For Non-Profits That Help Immigrants


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