By Leanne Italie The Associated Press Tues., Jan. 15, 2019 NEW YORK—Kheris Rogers was in the first grade in a predominantly white private school in Los Angeles when she felt the bite of racism among her peers — she was being bullied because of her dark skin. She tearfully kept it to herself, eventually turning to her older sister, Taylor Pollard, and switching to a more diverse school, where colourism among fellow African-American students surprised and confused her. With her young sister’s self-esteem bruised, Pollard inadvertently launched Kheris to social media fame in 2017 when she posted a photo of the girl on Twitter dressed up for a fashion show, using their love grandmother’s down-home words for a hashtag: #Flexininhercomplexion. Soon, Kheris had her own Twitter and Instagram accounts (@KherisPoppin) and was posting photo shoots of herself that she and Pollard created. Her own fashion line followed, with T-shirts sporting her tagline, … [Read more...] about Flexin’ in her Complexion: How Kheris Rogers went from bullied girl to a messenger of hope
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Discovery Shores elevates Boracay 2.0 with its new Signature Suites — luxurious spaces with their own living and dining rooms and pool — for that perfect stay in paradise. I’ve never unloved Boracay. Even when it was crowded and the beach’s edge was lined with green algae, even when I got caught in knee-deep floodwaters on a birthday weekend I spent there with friends, I was never sorry to be there. Even when people called it a “cesspool,” I thought it was still paradise — but yes, it could use a cleanup. Then it closed for six months on April 26 for rehabilitation with no one except residents allowed to come on the island. I would see occasional pictures during the rehabilitation —White Beach was deserted, as if the parties whose music could be heard all the way to Caticlan never happened; the clear waters fringed by coconut trees looking so lovely like they were secret Christmas trees. I missed Boracay even more. Designed by Manny … [Read more...] about The New Boracay is Love!
By Scott Shane Mark Mazzetti The New York Times Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 On an October afternoon before the 2016 election, a huge banner was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge in New York: Vladimir Putin against a Russian-flag background, and the unlikely word “Peacemaker” below. It was a daredevil happy birthday to the Russian president, who was turning 64. In November, shortly after Donald Trump eked out a victory that Moscow had worked to assist, an even bigger banner appeared, this time on the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington: the face of U.S. President Barack Obama and “Goodbye Murderer” in big red letters. Police never identified who had hung the banners, but there were clues. The earliest promoters of the images on Twitter were American-sounding accounts, including @LeroyLovesUSA, later exposed as Russian fakes operated from St. Petersburg to influence American voters. The Kremlin, it appeared, had reached onto U.S. soil in New York … [Read more...] about The plot to subvert an election: Unravelling the Russia story so far
By Allan Woods Quebec Bureau Tamar Harris Staff Reporter Victoria Gibson Staff Reporter David Rider City Hall Bureau Chief Brendan Kennedy Investigative Reporter May Warren StarMetro Toronto Gilbert Ndikubwayezu StarMetro Sat., April 28, 2018 For every life taken, for every body broken, for every spirit forever altered by a collision with the white rental van that left a trail of destruction on Yonge St. Monday afternoon, there was a flash of goodwill. A hand held as life drained away, a police officer protecting and serving a shaken bystander, strangers giving blood, or bottled water and granola bars, a faraway community feeling Toronto’s pain and raising funds to help. These 26 tales from Toronto the Good won’t bring back the dead, nor will they heal the physical hurt. But shining a light on those who responded to the chaos with courage and compassion may serve as an … [Read more...] about 26 tales of courage and compassion amid the chaos of the Toronto van rampage
caption Donald Trump speaks at the NRA. source Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The National Rifle Association is fielding a growing number of questions about its ties to Alexander Torshin, a prominent Kremlin-allied Russian banker, politician, and gun-rights activist. Torshin, who has been described as “President Putin’s emissary” in the US, said in 2015 that he knew President Donald Trump through the NRA. The FBI is currently investigating whether Torshin illegally funneled money through the NRA to help sway the 2016 US election in Trump’s favor. He was also touted as the main point of contact from Russia’s side when his longtime assistant and a Republican strategist tried to set up a backdoor meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during an NRA convention at the height of the election. Sign up for the latest … [Read more...] about The NRA is at the center of a brewing controversy over its ties to conservatives’ ‘favorite Russian’