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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Nailed A Vogue Feature And We’ve Been Waiting For This Kind Of Chingona Mood For Too Long

A lot has happened in the past year. The revolution against President Donald Trump began during the primary elections — when an overwhelmingly amount of minority women ran for office, many for the very first time. The change might not be drastically different (Trump is still in office), but a revolution never happens overnight, even though it sort of did with just one candidate.

Recently, the congresswoman was spotlighted in a piece by Vogue “36 Hours With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” wherein she was called “America’s freshman class president.” The piece took readers on a ride, detailing the politician’s daily schedule and what her life has been like in the year since her election.

One year ago, voters in the Bronx and Queens voted to elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the youngest Latina to ever serve in Congress.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez changed the game. She was able to oust a ten-term incumbent Congressman, Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley. With that historic win, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, AOC as so many of her fans call her, became a household name.

In a year, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has done more on Capitol Hill than many veterans in the House. Why is that you ask? She’s fearless, plain and simple.

Her very vocal nature has gotten Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a lot of flack from her Republican counterparts and also from some Dems, but that’s mainly because they’re not used to hearing a brown woman speak her mind and create change with a couple of tweets.

Here’s a quick list of things she’s taking on in the months since her election:

  1. Bring the Green New Deal to the forefront of our climate change concerns.
  2. Hasn’t backed down from her #AbolishIce stance
  3. Pays her staff equal pay and implemented paternity leave as well.
  4. Kicked out Amazon out of New York City because it would be devastating to the local community.
  5. Showed her millions of followers what being a congresswoman is all about thanks to her incredible Insta-stories.
  6. Continues to fight for the welfare of Puerto Ricans who still haven’t gotten their relief funds.
  7. Put the spotlight on another young Latina trying to make a difference in the community as the first Queer Latina to run for Queens District Attorney.
  8. Her presence alone has shown the rich white politicians that Latinx need to be recognized and that they’re capable of creating positive change.
  9. She doesn’t back down to those trying to intimidate her.
  10. She’s also fighting vigorously for the rights of minorities, women, and the LGTBQ community.

We can go on and on.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez attributes her staying power to her bold demeanor.

I do think that when I first got here, almost everyone thought I was a lightweight,” she said in an interview with Vogue. “Republicans really tried to fuck with me, for lack of a better term.”

“I let them have it, then it probably happened three or four times before they stopped interrupting me ever again,” she added. “Polling shows that affluent women don’t like that. I need to be a gentlelady, and, I mean, I can if I want to be. But I don’t want to be.”

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Florida’s Latino vote is a crucial part of a winning strategy in the Sunshine State. The demographic shifts in recent years because of natural, financial, and governmental disasters has led to a big Puerto Rican diaspora in Florida. President Trump’s handling of the Hurricane Maria recovery has left Puerto Ricans upset with the administration.

Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are battling for Florida’s Latino voters.

Both the Democratic and Republican nominees are making concerted efforts to shore up Latino support in Florida. There are 3.1 million eligible Latino voters in the swing state and make up a crucial voting bloc. While a large number are conservative Cubans and Cuban-Americans, there are also other Latino communities representing different parts of Latin America.

The polling tells a story of two candidates locked in a heated race for the Latino vote in Florida.

Polls, like The Washington Post-ABC News poll, show Biden taking the lead with Latino voters in Florida. According to that poll, Biden is leading Trump 52 percent to 39 percent. However, Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in Florida 62 percent to 35 percent in 2016. Clinton’s success with the Latino community of Florida shows that the Latino vote is not the only way to clinch the electoral college votes.

On the other hand, President Trump wants everyone to pay attention to one poll. President Trump is sharing a poll by The Washington Post and ABC News that shows him leading in Florida. According to the poll, Trump leads in Florida by 4 points.

The Latino community in southern Florida is being bombarded by a disinformation campaign.

The disinformation is aimed at Florida’s Latino voters and is peddling conspiracy theories against Biden. One of the most prominent examples of this disinformation was the racist and anti-Semitic insert published in a recent edition of the Miami Herald. The insert compared BLM protesters to Nazis but argued that Nazis were nicer since they didn’t steal anything.

Both candidates are pouring money into their campaign efforts in Florida. Both are spending time and money trying to court the Latino vote in an effort to win the key state.

Critics of the president are pointing to the sudden relief package to Puerto Rico is a grab for votes.

President Trump was harshly and fairly criticized after he didn’t respond to the natural disaster in Puerto Rico. The 2017 hurricane devastated the island and left millions without power for weeks. One of the most memorable moments of that time was President Trump throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans recovering from the disaster.

President Trump, during an election, approved $13 billion in relief funds for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican voters have not forgotten the three years it took for the president to approve relief funds to help rebuild the island after a devastating storm.

READ: The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

Ever notice how on some social platforms like Twitter or Instagram that you yourself are mysteriously unable to crop your display images on your own? That’s because Twitter prefers to let their algorithms make the decision. Over the weekend users on Twitter discovered the surprising dangers of letting algorithms crop your own images.

Education tech researcher Colin Madland drew attention to the issue while speaking out about how the video-calling program Zoom, often crops the head out of his black person coworker while on calls.

It didn’t take long for Madland and other users to discover that Twitter’s AIs use discriminatory equations to prioritize certain faces as well. In short, the social platform’s AIs prefer white faces over Black ones.

In response to the discoveries, a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged that the company was looking into the issue “Our team did test for bias before shipping the model and did not find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing. But it’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do. We’re looking into this and will continue to share what we learn and what actions we take,” they stated.

Of course, Madland’s discovery is nothing new. In 2019, test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology revealed that some of the strongest algorithms online were much more likely to confuse the faces of Black women than those of white women, or Black or white men. “The NIST test challenged algorithms to verify that two photos showed the same face, similar to how a border agent would check passports,” Wired points out. “At sensitivity settings where Idemia’s algorithms falsely matched different white women’s faces at a rate of one in 10,000, it falsely matched black women’s faces about once in 1,000—10 times more frequently. A one in 10,000 false match rate is often used to evaluate facial recognition systems.”

Still, it didn’t take long for users on the platform to ask what other physical preferences Twitter has.

Turns out the AIs prefer Ted Cruz with large anime breasts over a normal-looking Ted Cruz.

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The user who tested the image of Cruz, found that Twitter’s algorithm on the back end selected what part of the picture it would showcase in the preview and ultimately chose both images of Cruz with a large anime chest.

It’s nothing new that Twitter has its massive problems.

For a platform that so controls and oversees so much of what we consume and how we now operate, it’s scary to know how Twitter chooses to display people with different skin tones. The round of jokes and Twitter experiments by users has only revived concerns on how “learning” computer algorithms fuel real-world biases like racism and sexism.

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