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Wrongful Death Lawsuits Are Being Filed For The Victims Killed In The Florida Bridge Collapse

A lawsuit will be formally filed on behalf of two of the six victims who died following a collapse of a pedestrian bridge last Thursday near Florida International University. Alberto Arias, 53, and Osvaldo González, 57, were life partners and had been in a relationship for more than 20 years. Both were driving together in a white Chevy truck when the bridge collapsed on top of them, according to the Miami Herald.

The Herald reports lawyer Yesenia Collazo gave a press conference at her law office on behalf of the families of the two men, stating the wrongful death lawsuit will be filed after Arias and Gonzalez are buried together this week.

The bridge collapse claimed the lives of six victims in total, ranging from ages 18 to 60.

Alexa Duran, a student at FIU, was the youngest victim. She was driving from a doctor’s appointment while her best friend, Richard Humble, was in the passenger seat.

“Alexa, she wasn’t just my daughter. She was also my friend,” Orlando Duran, her father, told WSVN in an interview. 

Alexa was a political science major and had hopes of becoming both a writer and lawyer.

“I don’t think I’ll ever, ever be the same again, because my friend is not here anymore,” Duran told WSVN.

The three other victims are Brandon Brownfield, Navaro Brown, 37, and Rolando Fraga, 60.

The bridge was supposed to be the largest pedestrian bridge in the nation using the modular construction method, according to FIU. The main span of the bridge was assembled off-site, allowing traffic not to be disrupted during construction, Local10 reports.

Students at FIU gathered for a vigil on campus in remembrance of the victims. Members of the Alpha Xi Delta, a sorority Duran was a member of, sang in honor of Duran’s memory.

Local 10 reports the group walked to a makeshift memorial site where flowers and other items were placed in honor of the victims.


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Keke Palmer’s Facialist Dermaplaned Her Whole Dang Baby Hairs Off And I’m Screaming

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Keke Palmer’s Facialist Dermaplaned Her Whole Dang Baby Hairs Off And I’m Screaming

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Keke Palmer has suffered one of the worst styling blows.

A week after showing some appreciation and love for her natural-hair growth, the actress and BLM activist has had a pretty wild setback. All thanks to a facial gone wrong.

Over the weekend, the actress shared a selfie video of a recent mishap with her baby hairs.

Taking advantage of the current reopening of beauty business after a long stretch of months without them due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Palmer sought help for her acne from an aesthetician by dermaplaning. As Palmer explains “I just got a facial from this lady,” Keke says in the video. “My skin was acting up —it’s acting up again — and I love the facial. As you can see, the skin is glowing. I mean, whoa. I have a lot of hair on my skin that contributes to me having acne — trying to tweeze it, trying to get rid of it, whatever.”

The facialist used a dermaplaning technique, which is an exfoliation method that sloughs off dead skin cells and facial hair with a blade. The method can help remove causers of acne.

And while it’s always great to be thorough when it comes to facials, as Palmer said in the video, the aesthetician “got all up in there.”

“Removed a lot of that hair. You know, was getting in good,” Palmer said in the video. “But when she was getting the hair, getting my little fur beard lightweight, she ended up also getting my baby hairs. My baby hairs! She took ’em!”

Palmer let out a few groans as she showed the sad empty space that used to be her edges.

In a caption for the video Palmer wrote “SHE TOOK EMMMMMM.”

Of course, as Instagram goes, fans were quick to lighten up the sad news with some laughs and tips.

“Just oil it up … it’ll grow back,” one user wrote while another advised “Cut the dairy, sugar, and drink LOTS of water.”

RIP to Keke’s loved ones.

J.Lo Speaks Up About The Super Bowl Halftime Show And How She Wants Girls To Raise Their Voices

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J.Lo Speaks Up About The Super Bowl Halftime Show And How She Wants Girls To Raise Their Voices

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The J.Lo and Shakira halftime show at Super Bowl LIV was electric, powerful, empowering, and contagious. The two Latina performers gave Super Bowl viewers and audience the show of a lifetime. Latin pride was at the forefront of this year’s halftime show and there was also a strong political message because Latinos live in terrifying times.

J.Lo and Shakira used part of their halftime show to give a voice to the voiceless in the Latino and immigrant communities.

During J.Lo’s performance, her daughter Emme started “Let’s Get Loud” and the imagery struck a nerve with some viewers. Litter in front of the stage were children in orbed cages. Many have speculated that the children are a nod at the Trump administration’s immigration policies that forced children into cages and separated families.

The mother and daughter duo then covered “Born In The USA” by Bruce Springsteen and J.Lo flashed a Puerto Rican flag.

The Puerto Rican people, who are Americans, have been let down by the current administration as they try to recover from Hurricane Maria. Now, the island is recovering from devastating earthquakes. The Trump administration has actively cut funding to Medicaid in Puerto Rico as more and more people are reliant on the assistance.

J.Lo shared a video on Instagram right before the performance and included a rallying call to all Latinas and young girls around the world.

The global pop star wanted to use her performance at Super Bowl LIV performance to give people a chance to raise their voices. In a time where children are in cages, women are losing healthcare rights, and vulnerable communities are under attack around the world, these moments matter.

The Super Bowl LIV halftime show’s message is resonating far and wide.

The image of Emme “locked” in a cage while singing “Let’s Get Loud” caught everyone’s attention. Her voice, accompanied by a choir of children behind her, gave viewers a striking visual of children in cages.

Some pointed to other elements of the performance that referenced the administration’s treatment of migrants.

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There were so many elements of the half time show that people pointed to as reminiscent of the policies devastating migrant families. The lights behind the performers interlocked in the pattern of a chainlink fence we have all seen along the border.

Some people were very much bothered by the strong Latino representation at the Super Bowl.

Pobercitos. Who knew that strong Latinas on stage showing their brown bodies and Latin dancing would trigger them?

Some people are showing the double standard that exists among performers at the Super Bowl.

Women, especially Black and brown women, are often treated to this double standard. Somehow, dancing as a brown or Black woman is overly sexual when white men are not subjected to the same scrutiny.

To top it off, let’s not forget that the Super Bowl was in Miami, a Latino enclave and the halftime performance was representative of that culture.

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