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A Member Of The Lambily Lost In The Manchester Attack Is Being Honored And Mourned By Mariah Carey

The world is still reeling from the attack that left 22 people dead and 119 injured after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Several musicians have been sharing their grief and condolences following the bombing of the Manchester Arena. Mariah Carey recently posted a heartfelt message to a fan who was one of the victims in the attack.

Mariah Carey posted this message to fan and bombing victim Martyn Hett.

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“Devastated to learn that one of the victims in Manchester was part of the #Lambily. RIP Martin Hett. We will cherish your memory forever,” Carey wrote on Instagram. “His family and all the families affected are in my thoughts and prayers. MC ?❤.”

Fans have joined Carey in mourning the loss of Hett.

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Hett was a PR manager who was getting ready to embark on a two-month trip to the U.S., according to Metro.

Other fans were dedicated Carey songs to the late fan.

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Songs like, “Bye Bye” have been quoted in the comments in tribute to Hett and the tragic loss of life.

Those who knew Hett joined the conversation to share their love for their friend.

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RIP to all the victims of this tragic and terrifying attack. Us at mitú send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to all of those impacted during this trying time for so many innocent friends, families, and victims.

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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In a move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration, Trump has moved to put Cuba back on the list of nations that allegedly sponsor terrorism.

Obama had taken Cuba off of that list in 2015 and with four years to Cuba back on the list, many agree that Trump has simply put Cuba back on the list to make life difficult for President Biden.

The Trump administration has put Cuba back on the list of countries that “sponsor terrorism.”

With just days left in office, Trump has moved to label Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism” in a last-minute move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo justified the controversial move which reverses Barack Obama’s 2015 decision to remove Cuba from the list after more than three decades – by accusing Havana of “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists”.

Pompeo also alleged Cuba was engaging “in a range of malign behavior across the region”, highlighting its support for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro who Trump has unsuccessfully tried to overthrow.

The controversial step places Cuba alongside Iran, North Korea and Syria as state sponsors of terror.

However, most officials agree that Trump’s claims about Cuba are bogus.

Many international observers – including U.S. allies – aren’t impressed by the administration’s claims that Cuba is sponsoring terrorism.

In an interview with The Guardian, Christopher Sabatini, a senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House, said “These are trumped up charges. Terrorism as an international definition is committing acts of violence against unarmed civilians intended to frighten the population. Cuba doesn’t do that. Yes, it represses its own people – but so does Saudi Arabia.”

Groups that favor greater U.S. engagement with Cuba criticized the announcement.

“There is no compelling, factual basis to merit the designation,” according to Ric Herrero, executive director of the Cuba Study Group, a Washington DC-based organization that supports engagement with the island. “Instead it appears to be another shameless, last-ditch effort to hamstring the foreign policy of the incoming Biden administration and set the stage for the next election in Florida, all at the expense of the Cuban people and relations between our countries.”

Many observers agree that Trump’s move is simply a gift to party hardliners in Florida, and likely a deliberate attempt to make life difficult for the incoming Biden administration who may wish to end deténte with Cuba.

Of course, Cuban officials reacted angrily to the announcement.

After the announcement, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez tweeted: “We condemn the US announced hypocritical and cynical designation of #Cuba as a State sponsoring terrorism. The US political opportunism is recognized by those who are honestly concerned about the scourge of terrorism and its victims.”

Reversing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s action would require the Biden administration to certify to Congress that there has been a fundamental change in leadership in Cuba and that the government is not supporting acts of international terrorism, has not for the previous six months and will not do so in the future.

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Mariah Carey And Ariana Grande Harmonized Their Whistle Tones On ‘Oh Santa!’ And 2020 Is Saved


Mariah Carey And Ariana Grande Harmonized Their Whistle Tones On ‘Oh Santa!’ And 2020 Is Saved

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Mariah Carey is the queen of Christmas and Christmas music. Well, she is at it again with her new Christmas boop “Oh Santa!” The Queen of Christmas is joined by Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande to bring a little ray of light this holiday season after a crazy 2020.

First of all, Mariah Carey has heard your 2020 woes and has gifted you all a new Christmas anthem with “Oh Santa!”

“Oh Santa!” is an upbeat and exciting new Christmas tune that is here to save us from the depressive 2020 we have been experiencing. The music video is filled with lights, red and green outfits, three unstoppable divas, dancing elf, and a partridge in a pear tree. It is the second most exciting thing to happen in 2020, just behind the vaccine news for Covid-19.

The girl group for Santa is clearly an exciting achievement for Carey.

There is something so magical about these amazing ladies takin the stage in the music video and making our Christmas wishes come true. If you didn’t know you needed this festive mega-collab, give “Oh Santa!” listen. You quarantine 2020 Christmas is about to get so much better thanks to these three unstoppable divas.

Fans are living for the moment where Grande and Carey harmonized.

Not just a normal harmonization. Puh-lease. As if these women would do anything normal and expected. The two singers made it a point to harmonize their whistle tones and it was clearly the work of Christmas magic. Carey is basically Christmas personified so it just makes sense that she would be able to create this magically music Christmas moment.

The musical icons have such similar voices that this moment needs to be experienced by everyone.

It is truly a magical moment. Something to behold, tbh. There are few things in this world that can spark a lot of joy in people given the spectacularly terrible year 2020 has been but “Oh Santa!” does just that. We are literally here for any and all special moments to make the rest of this year even halfway better.

Thank you, Mariah. You have blessed us with something great and we can never repay you.

She has taken an otherwise disastrous year and given us something that will keep us moving forward. It gives you another song to play while FaceTiming your mami and papi this year so you can enjoy a spectacularly safe Christmas.

READ: Mariah Carey Says Her Love Of Christmas Was Actually Sparked By Her ‘Dysfunctional’ Upbringing—”I created the Christmases that I wanted to have”

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