Sunday, April 30, 2017
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Morris, a senior player for the Cardinal Newman High School varsity squad, wore a black backless gown with lace sleeves and a large photo of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot to death in 2012, on the dress’s skirt. The flowing piece also featured black-and-white photos of Sandra Bland and other individuals who were killed during police interactions on the dress’s train.
Bolden-Morris shared images with her date on Instagram Friday, where it was immediately met with likes (more than 14,000 of them) and praise. “Beautiful concept and great all around message,” one commenter wrote. “This is amazing. So much emotion and power worn by a goddess,” Mariesha Desiray wrote. Another added, “Absolutely poignant, timely and … oh yes … Beautiful.”
However, while many are commending Bolden-Morris, she hardly takes any credit. “Honestly just the model for the dress. It was all my designer’s idea, Terrence Torrence, to convey this message and he asked if I wanted to help and of course I did,” she tells Yahoo Style. “The sole purpose was to convey his message, it was never about me or how I look in it, just the message.”
And although Bolden-Morris has received mostly positive feedback, she has still endured criticism for her statement. Still, she says, she doesn’t hold any ill will toward those who don’t approve of her fashion choice. “Many people have their opinions on the motives behind the dress, but all I can do is pray for them and know that our intentions were well,” she says.
She also adds that while the dress clearly depicts the images of fallen African-Americans, “all lives matter” and that the loss of life is especially tragic when it’s unnecessary.
The high school student, who accepted a full ride scholarship to play hoops for the Division 1 squad, hopes to continue being an inspiration to others. “I hope to inspire others and help others to be courageous and strong in the things that they believe in,” she says. Bolden-Morris credits her strong faith in God as the reason she’s been empowered and blessed to achieve over the years.
Torrence, who works between West Palm Beach and Atlanta, told Essencethat it took him four days to design the outfit and was pleased with the outcome. “It was powerful,” he said of his work. “It was art. It was surreal. It spoke volumes.”
Saturday, April 22, 2017
What would you do for a free car? Would you kiss one for 48 hours?!
People are engaged in a bizarre kissing contest in Texas that will reward the last person slobbering on the vehicles with a free Kia.
Since 7 a.m. on Monday, contestants have been pressing their lips to two different cars inside of an Austin dealership as their marathon is broadcast to
The “Kiss a Kia” contest started with 20 people. By Tuesday afternoon that number was down to 11.
Different candidates left for “different reasons,” a representative for iHeart radio station 96.7 KISS FM, which is hosting the event, told The Huffington Post.
“Some left voluntarily, some were called out for their lips coming off the car,” said iHeart Media Director Zachary Wellsandt. “Everyone has been in great spirits, even those called out have taken it well and talked to us on their way home to some well-earned sleep.”
Fortunately, there are 10-minute breaks each hour — not that it makes idly standing, bending or kneeling next to a car for hours on end a cake walk, especially when you consider they’re also fighting a lack of sleep.
After each break, the participants must rotate places ― requiring a little wipedown of the car by their place taker. Those who were standing before the break will also have to sit in the next hour, and vice versa.
If after 50 hours there are people still hanging on, one of their names will be drawn at random to determine the winner, Wellsandt said.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Ever crave something so badly you’ll do anything to get it?
An 8-year-old Ohio boy who learned to drive a car in minutes just so he could go to McDonald’s for a cheeseburger, the Weirton Daily Times reports.
Police in East Palestine said the unidentified boy got a sudden urge for a Mickey D’s cheeseburger Sunday night around 8 p.m., but both of his parents had fallen asleep after a busy day.
The boy had eaten dinner, but he was still jonesing for that cheeseburger.
The kid apparently didn’t want to wake his parents in hopes they’d spring for a burger. Instead, he watched driving instruction videos on YouTube for a few minutes before putting his 4-year-old sister in his dad’s van so they could get their fix.
The young driver managed to safely get through four intersections before getting to a McDonald’s drive-through about 1.5 miles from the house.
Then it came time to order the food.
Once the employees figured out the kids were on a joy ride by themselves, the police were called to the restaurant.
Koehler spoke to the boy, who admitted he had never driven before, but learned by watching YouTube. He told Koehler he got the keys to his dad’s van by standing on his tip-toes, according to the paper.
When the child suddenly realized that taking car keys in order to illegally drive was wrong, he burst into tears. However, he and his sis did get to eat their cheeseburgers while waiting for their grandparents to pick them up.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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A high school student in Tennessee says she served an in-school suspension after she said "bless you" when a classmate sneezed, according to news reports.
Kendra Turner, 17, a senior at Dyer County High School, says she was standing up for her religious beliefs when she broke the classroom's no-speaking rule by saying "bless you".
Turner said on a friend's she was acting on authority of her faith and her church pastor's interpretation of the Constitution when she offered what she viewed as a "courtesy."
The teacher of the class asked Turner why she spoke out, and Turner said, "Because it's a courtesy." More from OpposingViews.com:
When the teacher continued pushing the matter and asked who exactly considers it a courtesy, Turner reportedly shot back, "My pastor." Turner posted about the incident on Facebook, explaining that her teacher "yelled at me and said, 'we do not do Godly speaking in my class!' That is when I stood up and said, 'My pastor said I have a constitutional right - 1st amendment freedom of speech.'" In response, the teacher allegedly said, "Not in my class you don't."
The teacher sent Turner to see a school administrator and Turner says she spent the rest of the period at in-school suspension, according to reports. UPI.com reports Turner's classmates cheered her actions, to the point that assistant principal Lynn Garner had to be called in to control them.
Garner says that the issue had nothing to do with the religious persecution claimed by Turner. Turner's family met with school leaders Tuesday. They say the teacher claimed Turner was being disruptive and aggressive and shouted "bless you" from across the room.
Some classmates showed support by wearing hand made bless you shirts, according to local media reports.
Turner said she doesn't want trouble for her teacher but says she'll stand up for her faith.
"It's alright to defend God and it's our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech," said Turner.
Atlanta couple Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk named their daughter “ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah” but have been unable to get a birth certificate for her. The child will be two next month but doesn’t have a legal name.
The reason? It appears that the Georgia Department of Public Health believes that young ZalyKha’s last name of “Allah” doesn’t fit the state’s naming conventions. The state says that the child’s name should either be “Handy,” “Walk,” or some combination instead of “Allah.” The thing here is that the couple has a child name Masterful Allah........, just let that sink in for a minute, with a birth certificate.
The situation has resulted in the couple being unable to get a birth certificate. This means things such as getting insurance and assistance will be a hassle if not impossible.
Enter the ACLU’s Georgia branch. Executive Director Andrea Young says that the Department of Health is overreaching in its refusal to give the couple a birth certificate for ZalyKha. Handy and Walk reached out to the ACLU to help them exercise their rights in this case.
“We don’t want to go through that process again,” Handy says. She is six months along with their third child.
So maybe they should try naming their next child something that might help them get a job like like, Sarah, Michael, or Jennifer....
The lawsuit lists the department’s commissioner, Brenda Fitzgerald, and the state registrar and director of vital records Donna L. Moore. The department’s general counsel Sidney Barrett says that the couple could put in a “valid” birth certificate and change the name via a superior court petition.
This means more time and money put into a legal exercise that could be avoided if the couple were allowed to name their daughter as they pleased in the first place.
Bilal Walk says that the couple has a process they go into when naming their children. “It is nothing that we want to go into detail about because it is not important,” he says. “What is important is the language of the statute and our rights as parents.”
Elizabeth Handy says they are still thinking of a name for their third child. “We are still in the process of coming up with a name, and we don’t even know if it will be a girl or a boy,” she says. “But the child will definitely have a noble title. Something to live up to.”
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