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Women Are Sharing Their “I’m Speaking” Stories After Kamala Harris’s Iconic Quote Took Center VP Debate Stage

In last night’s first Vice Presidential debate of the 2020 election, Kamala Harris added to her historical firsts as being the first woman of color in a presidential debate. Unfortunately, this moment that’s a cause for celebration also came with common stereotypes women are all too familiar with.

When Joe Biden chose Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate, the social significance for women of color across America was undeniable as Harris became the first woman of color to be nominated for national office by a major political party.

Harris, 55, is the first Black woman and first person of Asian and Indian descent to be nominated for vice president and national office altogether. She is only the fourth woman in United States history to be chosen to be on a presidential ticket.

The VP candidate, whose record as a prosecutor, can be found problematic by many is nowhere near perfect, but the historical significance of her name on the ballot is undeniable.

Harris’s presence on the debate stage was a huge symbol of representation for women of color.

“Black women are sick and tired of being considered the backbone of the Democratic Party,” Karen Finney, a Democratic strategist stated. “We want to be recognized as leaders.”

While Harris removed herself from the presidential running bid earlier in the year, her presence on the Biden-Harris ticket is a timely representation of what this country converses about wanting to see in light of injustices of systemic racism and underrepresentation of people of color across the board.

Twitter reacted wildly to Harris’s facial expressions by either applauding her, criticizing her, or making memes.

Harris had multiple facial expressions while listening to Vice President Pence speak.

Many women across the United States found Harris’s expressions super relatable.

Women were connecting with Harris and sharing anecdotes of times they made those same faces.

On the other hand, other tweets were a clear example of utilizing the damaging stereotype of the angry Black woman.

What’s also not a good look is continuing to perpetuate these toxic stereotypes that only seem to apply to women of color, more specifically Black women.

Kamala Harris’s famous “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking,” was a phrase overwhelmingly trending and echoed by women.

Thousands of women took to Twitter and other social media platforms to discuss how they know all too well what it is like to be mansplained, talked over, or not given as much agency as men in meetings.

The relatability to this moment was abundant.

The debate was, for the most part, quieter and with less interruptions or talking over eachother than last week’s debate. However, Pence did interrupt or speak over Harris, almost twice as much as she did.

Despite countless interruptions, Harris asserted she wouldn’t stand for this lack of respect.

It was important to see Kamala Harris tell Moderator Susan Page “He interrupted me and I’d like to just finish please,” and demand “equal time.” This was a clear Calladita No More moment for the vice-presidential candidate.

Experts noted the pressure that fell on Harris to carry herself differently than Trump, Biden, or Pence would so to not fuel the “emotional woman” stereotype.

Bipartisan-wise, different people across the board shared their opinion on who was winning the debate as it was going on.

Yet, some comments undeniably pose the question if certain comments were an attack on her as a debater or her as a woman and woman of color.

While Vice President Pence didn’t interrupt Harris nearly as much as Trump interrupted Biden in last week’s debate, Pence’s ability to cut off Harris and the female moderator, Susan Page, is an indication of a commonly accepted norm, something that several people from all ethnicities commented on.

The gesture is all too common among women across all backgrounds.

But viewers cheered on Kamala for not taking a back seat and fighting the macho behavior.

Kamala is not one to stand for a mainsplainer. When Pence tried to lecture her about law and order, Harris responded with a reminder to her days as a prosecutor and attorney general. “I will not sit here and be lectured by the Vice President on what it means to enforce the laws of our country.” The irony of Pence bringing up her record as attorney general is that she was actually tougher as a prosecutor, something that some young voters criticize hurt many in the Black community and on the other hand you’d think both Trump and Pence would find favorable.

She also said she was insulted by both Trump and Pence pinning her and Biden as people who would attack someone’s Christian faith when discussing Judge Amy Barrett. “Joe Biden and I are both people of faith, and it’s insulting to suggest that we would knock anyone for their faith,” Harris said. She wanted to set the record straight.

Kamala’s little anecdote on her mother immigrating to this country hits close to home for many women of color and their immigrant mothers. If you missed it, check it out below:

Kamala Harris’s mother Shyamala immigrated here from India.

“I thought about my mother who came to the states at the age of 19, gave birth to me at age 25 in Kaiser of Oakland, California. The thought that I’d be sitting her right now, would make her proud,” said Harris. She added she feels her mother, who died of colon cancer in 2009, is looking down on her.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited


The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The World Series is still happening despite Covid because baseball just can’t be held down. The Dodgers are playing their first World Series game today and fans are so excited to finally get some more baseball in their lives.

The World Series is here and Los Dodgers are playing their first game.

Baseball is America’s pastime and few teams have a fanbase as energized as The Dodgers. Ask any Dodgers fans about how difficult it is to get to the stadium and their commitment to the team is clear. It is not anywhere accessible by public transportation so you really have to want it.

People are super energized to celebrate and support their team.

The Dodgers made it to the championship game against the Houston Astros in 2017. The Dodgers lost to the Astros that year but three years later the Astros had the title stripped because of a cheating scandal. Now, The Dodgers have a chance to make win a title and Dodgers fans are excited to see it happen.

Even the furry fans are getting excited about the games.

It’s a fact that if a team has furry fans then they have the best fanbase. Who doesn’t want to end up at a stadium or party with these cute fluffers walking around in their Dodgers’ gear? These four-legged fans are better than child fans because they are going to get everyone’s spirits up.

The team has a lot of big names behind them cheering them on.

Los Angeles is home to some of the top celebrities and athletes. It must be nice to know that some of the most influential people are out there pushing for you to make it all the way. Bonus points if they are other athletes who know just how exciting and hard it is to compete at the elite level.

Let’s go, Dodgers!

The Dodgers play the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 5:11 PST. Be sure to tune in and cheer for your favorite baseball team as they try for the championship again.

READ: From Serving Tacos To Being Signed With The LA Dodgers, Here’s What We Know Of The LA Dodger’s Pitcher

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Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait


Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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One of the most popular and cathartic things to do in the time of Covid is to binge watch shows on streaming platforms. Why drag something out when you can watch an entire season in a day? Well, Selena fans now have one more thing to binge after Netflix announced the release date for “Selena: The Series.”

The world will forever change after Dec. 4.

Netflix is finally releasing the highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series” and we are so stoked to finally see it. The show has been on the radar of Selena fans everywhere since it was announced in 2018. We have all patiently waited for two years to finally see this show.

This is not a drill. This is not a prank. This is a gift from the entertainment deities who want to make sure that we all have something to make these hard times better. All you need is access to a Netflix account, doesn’t matter whose, and the enduring love for Selena that most of us have.

People are marking their calendars for a big day in entertainment.

That’s right. Netflix is releasing “Selena: The Series” and Disney+ is releasing “Mulan” for Disney+ subscribers at no extra charge after trying to rent it for $30 through the app. Dec. 4 is gearing up to be one of the most exciting days for people who just don’t want to leave the house during the current Covid pandemic. What a time to be a live, huh?

Netflix knows exactly what they are doing by releasing this show.

This show is approved by the Quintanilla family so there is that. This show was announced at the same time that Telemundo announced that the Spanish-language network was releasing their own series “El Secreto De Selena.”

The Telemundo show was based on the book written by journalist María Celeste Arrarás. The family has vehemently denied the accusations made in the book multiple times and Telemundo’s decision to make the series, which aired in 2018, angered viewers.

We have been promised a story about Selena that we have not seen in the past.

The Netflix series will not be rehashing what we have already seen. We know the story of Selena’s musical rise and tragic death thanks to “Selena” with J.Lo.

“Selena: The Series” is going to be showing us the life of a young Selena before the fame and musical career. It is truly amazing that after all of these years, there are still new stories to be told about Selena and her important place in American Latino history.

“Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice,” reads the description of the show. “The two-part coming-of-age drama ‘Selena: The Series’ explores the once-in-a-generation performer’s journey as a young artist, from singing small gigs in Corpus Christi with her family to becoming one of the most successful Latin artists of all time — and the years of grit and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together before Selena’s meteoric rise to fame.”

So, mark your calendars and gather your loved ones.

This day should be a holiday as we all know that Selena is one of the greatest unifiers in the Latino community. We still sing her songs to this day and her legacy is being passed down to younger Latinos. Selena gave us representations before we knew we wanted and needed it.

It’s like we can already hear those old-school Selena y Los Dinos songs playing in our heads. Dec. 4 can’t get here fast enough and that’s a fact.

READ: Chris Perez Says He’s In the Dark When It Comes To Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’

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