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Black Athlete Taunted With George Floyd Chants

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An Iowa school district said that it’s “unacceptable” that the only Black baseball player for Charles City High School heard “several bigoted comments yelled from the crowd” at an away game on June 27, a statement from the Charles City Community School District said.

According to the statement, the racial insults included, “Get back to the fields!”

“Sadly, this has been a pattern of behavior that our students of color have had to endure in many different places and contexts and is part of their daily experience,” the statement continued.

Jeremiah Chapman, the Black ballplayer, told CNN that he heard someone yell “You should have been George Floyd” and he was called “Colin,” a reference to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who set off a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence against Black people.

“I try my hardest to have everyone like me because that’s just my personality,” Chapman told CNN. “And it’s just hard seeing that no matter how hard I try, people can’t accept me because of my skin color.”

RELATED: NFL Teams ‘Interested’ In Signing Colin Kaepernick After Almost Four Years Away From Football

At the game, Jeremiah stood his ground and refused to let the racists win.

The umpire asked the teenager if he wanted to pause the game. Chapman declined because his teammates were depending on him.

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Sherri Shepherd Was Reportedly Blacklisted From 'Friends'

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The lack of diversity on the classic 1990s sitcom Friends has been called out many times now, but when Sherri Shepherd did it back in the day, it may have cost her a job. Shepherd’s friend Jawn Murray claims the actress, who was on one episode of the hit show, wasn’t invited back because she spoke up about the whitewashed cast.

“Sherri was one of the few Black faces that was on Friends. Her, Aisha Tyler and Gabrielle Union,” Murray told ABC News’ Linsey Davis during a recent interview. “And Sherri was on Friends at a time that you sent out postcards to let people know, ‘Hey, I’m going to be on TV.’ ”

According to Murray, Shepherd sent out a postcard that included a photo of herself, along with the caption, “ Friends get a little color.” The postcards went out to people in Hollywood.

Murray continued, “Well, [Shepherd] also sent that postcard to [Friends co-creator] Marta [Kauffman], and she got the postcard and [Shepherd] was never asked back on the show.”

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Only White Prison Staff Are Allowed To Guard Derek Chauvin

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Eight correctional officers in Minnesota filed a lawsuit on Friday (June 19) that says officials barred them from guarding Derek Chauvin, the White former Minneapolis police officers charged with murder for choking George Floyd to death, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

“I understood that the decision to segregate us had been made because we could not be trusted to carry out our work responsibilities professionally around the high-profile inmate — solely because of the color of our skin,” an acting sergeant who is Black stated.

The statement continued: “I am not aware of a similar situation where White officers were segregated from an inmate.”

Eight minority Ramsey County corrections officers have filed discrimination charges with the state’s Department of Human Rights after they were barred from guarding or having any contact with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last month. https://t.co/ILJJ6keycm

— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) June 21, 2020

The complaint, filed with the state’s Department of Human Rights, says all officers of color were sent off the floor where Chauvin was housed when he arrived. 

Ramsey County Jail superintendent Steve Lydon reportedly said during an internal investigation that he made that decision “to limit exposure to employees of color to a murder suspect who could potentially aggravate” the racial trauma they might feel over the killing of Floyd.

RELATED: 5 Things To Know About The Case Against Derek Chauvin

“I think they deserve to have employment decisions made based on performance and behavior,” said Bonnie Smith, the attorney representing the eight guards. 

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BET Awards ‘20: A List Of All Of The Year's Nominees

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Written by Demetria Irwin

The nominations are in for the 2020 BET Awards and many of your faves are in the running. From music to movies to sports, the best of the best in Black excellence will be front and center on June 28 at 8 p.m. EST.

RELATED: BET Awards ‘20: BET Her Award Nominees

Find out more about who is nominated for what projects and in what categories as you pick your favorites to win before the big show. Then enjoy the full list of nominations below.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

(“Cuz I Love You,” Lizzo; “Fever,” Megan Thee Stallion; “Homecoming: The Live Album,” Beyoncé; “I Used to Know Her,” H.E.R.; “Kirk, “DaBaby; “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial,” Roddy Ricch)

The Album of the Year Award is one of the most coveted prizes at the BET Awards. The ladies outnumber the men this year, with Beyoncé (who holds the title of most BET Awards ever), Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, and H.E.R. squaring up against rappers Da Baby and Roddy Ricch. Beyoncé had everyone reliving her epic Coachella performance with her Homecoming album, but will that be enough to fend off her stiff competition?

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Rapper Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/WireImage)

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VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD

(Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”; DaBaby, “Bop”; Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”; Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj, “Hot Girl Summer”; Roddy Ricch, “The Box”; The Weeknd, “Heartless”)

The Viewer’s Choice Award nominees show that it’s not always a rivalry in music. A few years ago, a Chris Brown/Drake collaboration would have been unthinkable, but now their smooth  “No Guidance” track has been on repeat since last summer.

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Black Business Owner Evicted For Participating In Protests

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A Black business owner in Des Moines, Iowa says he received an eviction notice for participating in a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest.

Liberian-born Jeremiah Johnson owns the fashion/retail store Stylent Brands and used to rent an office space, however his landlord saw Johnson and his associates protesting while watching the news and rescinded his lease. The landlord, according to Johnson, assumed that he and his friends were looting or involved in “illegal activity” and decided to terminate his lease.

RELATED: Philadelphia Couple Celebrates Marriage During Black Lives Matter Protest

In footage uploaded to Twitter, Johnson attempts to explain to his landlord that there were two groups of protesters and that he and his friends were part of a peaceful demonstration distancing themselves from rioters.

These were the pictures he saw on the news that made him think we were doing criminal acts. I’ll never support looting because I own small businesses in the U.S and back home in my country Liberia. I’ll always stand up for what’s right regardless of what a rich guy thinks pic.twitter.com/AqlaO4zYp7

— Jeremiah Johnson (@jeremiah_miah11) June 7, 2020

The storefront owner says he wasn’t convinced and went as far as to send Johnson an email from his lawyer claiming that he and other protesters were seeking rights they haven’t “earned.”

In response, according to TMZ, Johnson plans to take his landlord to court. He says that he’ll tell the judge that his First Amendment rights were violated and he was discriminated against based on his race.

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Bar Owner Who Killed Black Protestor Won't Face Charges

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The white bar owner who shot and killed a 22-year-old Black Omaha man on Saturday night won’t face charges, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Monday. Kline says Jake Gardner, owner of the bar The Hive, acted in self defense when he killed James Scurlock.

According to the Omaha World-Herald:

Gardner could be seen talking with a group of young men, including Scurlock, and backing up. In one video circulating online, a cellphone user says, “That (expletive) got a gun.”

Words were exchanged, and Gardner ended up on his back in the middle of Harney Street. He fired two warning shots. The skirmish continued, and Gardner remained on his back, with Scurlock getting Gardner in a chokehold. Gardner fired again. That shot hit Scurlock in the neck, killing him.

In one of the videos circulating online, another young man — a tall white man — can be seen waving away Gardner. Then a confrontation among a handful of people, including Scurlock, and Gardner. A cellphone user can be heard yelling about Gardner: “That (expletive) got a gun … It’s not worth it (expletive) you stu-”

Less than 10 seconds later, shots rang out.

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Bands Interviewing Bands: Shadow of Whales & Vaeda Black

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With a passion for creating music and spreading hope through friendships comes Austin five-piece, Shadow of Whales. They are all songwriters, they all love music, and more importantly, they all love people. The band made their debut appearance at the Austin Convention Center in front of thousands of people for DellWorld; this act brought them to appear on TV only weeks later on KTBC – FOX 7. Less than a year later, SoW released their debut self-titled EP and saw an explosion of support from their quickly growing fan base and the web. The debut EP charted on CMJ’s Top 200 and has seen regular rotation at Starbucks Coffee and Hollister stores across the United States and Canada.

 

We decided to pair up these experienced bandmates with emerging alt-pop artist, Vaeda Black, who has just released her debut single, “Face Down.” Just 16-years-old, this native New Yorker has a powerful stirring voice, reminiscent of early soul, with comparisons to Lorde and Lana Del Rey, with lyrics that are profound and poignant beyond her years. The best songs are a mirror image allowing the listeners to reveal themselves in the music. Her music accomplishes this and much more. Vaeda Black’s songwriting and delivery is the wizardry that conjures the soul.

Check out the interview below.


Shadow of Whales: I imagine being surrounded by thousands of talented and ambitious people in New York would be a surreal experience for any young musician. Do you think living in New York has done more to hinder or foster your creativity?

Vaeda Black: Though New York is so big, and can be even overwhelming at times, I feel like it’s inspired me musically. New York is filled with opportunities to get out there and share your art.

Vaeda Black: What is your writing process?

Shadow of Whales: Very collaborative. None of our songs are made by just one person. Even if someone has a major hand in a large portion of the song, every one of the band members usually has their take and revisions that may or may not get made. One of our favorite things we do every year is rent out a cabin on AirBnB (or find a friend with property) for a weekend where we go through all the demos and partially written songs that each of us has made and just start writing and collaborating together.

Shadow of Whales: What inspired you to make your music the way it is? And where do you see yourself going from here as a musician?

Vaeda Black: My music is something that has been, and always will be, a part of who I am. Music is a feeling and that’s what’s driven me to make my music honest and a reflection of myself. So I guess you could say the experiences I’ve had, the music I listen to, and everything in between has inspired my music. As a musician, I know I’m going to be constantly growing, and since I’ve begun writing, I’ve already seen growth in myself and growth in the passion behind everything I do. I just see my music evolving into something beautiful and relatable.

Vaeda Black: For each of you, what is your favorite song you’ve created?

Shadow of Whales:

Josh: “Forever” off of our first EP because of the rhythm line and verse progression. I was proud of our use of standard tuning for that song. [Laughs] Lyrically, my favorite song we’ve created would be “Pretenders.” Collaboratively, I’d pick “Runaway.”

Jeremy: Musically, “Roots” is the most fun for me to play as the bass player, but lyrically, “Runaway” for sure. It’s hard to not be affected by the emotions put in and expressed by that song.

JD: “Runaway.” I remember driving up to the rehearsal space two years ago and hearing the seeds of that song for the first time. I rushed in and knew it was something special. It’s one of those songs where the personal meaning continues to evolve and grow with the band as we grow.

Shadow of Whales: We’re told you have a background in Musical Theater. How do you feel this affects your performance on stage?

Vaeda Black: It’s definitely helped me with my stage presence and performance. It helps me get my message across more clearly. Through acting, I’m able to bring myself to the emotional place I was in when I was writing the song, which I can channel into the performance. Musical theater has taught me a lot about the ins and outs of putting on a show and how to connect with an audience. I’m not always conscious of it, but I think it has helped me in that way.

Vaeda Black: I listened to the song “Animals” and I really liked it. What was the inspiration for that song?

Shadow of Whales: That’s a tough one to explain. [Laughs] The concept I think is simple enough though and could help bridge the gap. Essentially, we are of the belief that everyone has a dream, or at least what one would consider the best version of themselves. The world and society often has a lot of rules and regulations that state how each person should be. While those rules fit for some people, others lie outside the box that they are forced to fit into.

Much in the same way that animals have a basic instinct and personality that is inside them regardless of their training, humans have dreams, aspirations and livelihoods that reside within them. These dreams and personalities can sometimes be suppressed by the box that society tries to fit everyone into. “Animals” is a call to action to be the animal that lives inside of them and no longer allow themselves to be chained to the wall of society.

In other words, follow your dreams and live your best life. It might not fit inside society’s box and that’s not always a bad thing. The inspiration came from talking to our fans every day and reading about their dreams and who they want to be but also how they felt they would never be able to do that; be it because other people in their lives told them they couldn’t or because they had more complicated issues beyond that holding them back. So short story long, our fans inspired that song.

Shadow of Whales: What’s your take on the recent news that iTunes Music Downloads might be going away in 2019? What’s your thoughts on a potential ‘stream-only’ world?

Vaeda Black: It’s making me sad. What ever happened to downloading music or burning a CD? It almost seems like a joke now. But in all seriousness, I think a streaming is great for the listener, but a con for the artist. It makes it harder for new artists to get their music noticed. I’ve always preferred buying music because I know that there’s someone out there working their butt off to make a career out of their passion and I want to support them! But of course, the stream-only world is inevitable so we have to roll with the punches.

Vaeda Black: What has been the most memorable moment between the band and why?

Shadow of Whales: Warped Tour, definitely. Growing up listening to all the bands on Warped Tour and then actually being able to play on the Ernie Ball stage in San Antonio a year or so ago was a dream come true. South by So What is close to that. Being told that our music is streaming inside Hollister is also definitely a big one for us.

Shadow of Whales: “Face Down” is ‘hands down’ an amazing track! Could you peel the layers and explain the meaning behind the line “I’ll call for your submission and you’ll pay the price with your face down”?

Vaeda Black: Everyone wants something they know they shouldn’t or can’t have, even if they’re struggling to admit it. The message I was trying to send with “Face Down” is that it’s okay to have deep dark desires because you’re simply not alone in them. So in that particular line, it’s almost like the line of acceptance. You may hang your head lowly not wanting to admit that you want this thing, but by submitting to your desires you’re freeing yourself. When I use the word “I,” I’m not  so much referring to Vaeda Black, but to the mind and inner thoughts of the listener. “Paying the price” may be different for everyone, but it’s about admitting the desires you have to yourself.

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Bands Interviewing Bands: Shadow of Whales (top) photo credit: Fox & Florals Media. Vaeda Black (bottom) photo credit: Tracey Spero 

New TV Premieres to Look Forward to This Spring

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Spring is gradually returning and with a combination of beautiful days of flowers, warm and cool breezy nights, and various amounts of new television premieres. These premieres of old and new television shows are packed with a mixture of celebrity drama, martial arts action, sociopolitical issues, and deep revenge. Here are the top new television premieres to watch out for this spring.

 

Feud: Bette and Joan
Release Date: March 5, 2017 on FX
 
American Horror Story creator, Ryan Murphy, has a new American anthology drama series and its first season will be based on the well-known celebrity rivalry between actresses, Bette Davis (Jessica Lange) and Joan Crawford (Susan Sarandon), in the early 1960s during their time together on the set of the thriller, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Murphy’s new series will have an eight-episode season that delves into how the two women dealt with the sexist and ageist issues and how far they go to maintain their fading careers. Murphy might have yet another hit anthology series on his hands based on early critic reviews.
 

Marvel’s Iron Fist
Release Date: March 17, 2017 on Netflix
The newest series in the Marvel Netflix universe centers on Danny Rand (Finn Jones), a young man who returns to New York City after being missing for 15 years and tries to reconnect with his family company, Rand Enterprises and past family friends, Joy (Jessica Stroup) and Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey). After discovering a criminal force inside the company, Danny must use his masterful knowledge of kung-fu and his ability to summon the mystical power of the Iron Fist to save his company and New York. For all Netflix bingers, this seems like an option to look out for.
 

The Handmaid’s Tale
Release Date: April 26, 2017 on Hulu
Based on the 1985 dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, the new Hulu sci-fi drama series, The Handmaid’s Tale, tells the story of a totalitarian theocracy that takes over the United States in the nearby future and eliminates the entirety of women’s rights through a strict religious movement. The story focuses on the women that are forced to live in a concubine in this dictatorship and the obstacles they must endure. This intriguing series has an accomplished cast list, such as Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel, and Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley. For Hulu viewers, this might be Hulu’s new hit drama.
 

13 Reasons Why
Release date: March 31, 2017 on Netflix
An adaption of the best-selling novel by Jay Asher, the new Netflix mystery drama tells the story of Clay Jensen (Dylan Minette) a seemingly normal teenager that comes home from school to discover a strange box with his name on his porch. Inside the box, he finds various cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), Clay’s former classmate and crush who suddenly committed suicide two weeks before. Through the series of tapes, Clay learns the thirteen reasons why Hannah decided to end her life. Viewers will go on an emotional journey of pain, confusion, and loss as they find out who and what led Hannah to her tragic end. Pop singer and actress, Selena Gomez, will be an executive producer and this seems like a new teenage drama that will tug at viewers’ heartstrings.

American Gods
Release Date: April 2017 on Starz
Initially, a series set for HBO, Starz’s new series based on the award-winning fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman focuses on a mysterious convict with a dark past named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle). After spending three years in prison for assault and with only days left on his sentence, Shadow is given an abrupt release after he receives the news that his caring wife was killed in a horrible car accident. During his flight home from the funeral, Shadow is suddenly welcomed by a strange man named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) who is an old god that offers Shadow a job as he gathers other old and new gods that have hidden in American lifestyles. The series is adapted by the creator of Hannibal, Bryan Fuller and the creator of King, Michael Green and looked to be a long-awaited television series with a cult following. If you were and/or still are a lover of mythology and avid reader of Percy Jackson books, this might be a more adult series about mythology for you.
 

Dear White People  
Release Date: April 28, 2017 on Netflix
Based on the 2014 satirical dramedy film of the same name, the series follows the story of diverse students at a white Ivy League college as they navigate through the challenge of multiple forms of discrimination. It so happens that the first trailer of the series has been treated with racial controversy with some viewers boycotting against Netflix to remove the series for being as anti-white. Creator of the TV version of Dear White People, Justin Simien has commented positively to the boycott and says that it has brought more attention of the show. The TV show seems to be trying to match the same comedic and emotional level of the film and it seems to be a definite Netflix option for this April.  
 
This various set of spring TV premieres for regular TV and streaming sites looks to make quite a splash. Hopefully, these shows can match up to big contenders such as The Americans, Fargo, and Silicon Valley and get  promising responses from viewers.
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SAG Awards 2016: Sorry Oscars, Diversity Wins

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Diversity was the theme of last night’s SAG Awards 2016. It was evident throughout the room that everyone was feeling some type of way towards award shows. We can all thank #OscarsSoWhite for that, and it seems like this year’s SAG Awards was a subtle diss to the upcoming Oscars.
With small jabs from Laura Prepon when she accepted the award on behalf of the cast of Orange is the New Black, “Look at this stage! This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity!” to Idris Elba commenting, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV,” just before he presented his film Beasts of No Nation, it was clear that the actors were unhappy with the latest trending topic in Hollywood. However, since this award comes straight from their fellow actors, the win means a lot more knowing they are appreciated by their fellow colleagues.

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Image Credit: Screen Actors Guild Awards


There weren’t so many OMG moments throughout the night that left the Twitterverse buzzing. Why? Because the SAG Awards has to be the smoothest and fast-paced award show ever. There are no hosts, thirteen categories (other than two that weren’t presented during the awards ceremony), an in memoriam segment, and of course, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, which was given to legendary Carol Burnett.
Sure, we can mention the Keith Urban moment during Alicia Vikander’s speech as she was accepting the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in The Danish Girl or Jason Bateman’s nod to the Arrested Development days when he presented his “dad” Jeffrey Tambor his award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in Transparent, or how we all think Jacob Tremblay is the cutest thing ever, but other than that, everything went through flawlessly.
Some of the key and memorable speeches go to Bessie’s Queen Latifah and How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis. From the beginning intro when the camera closes up on certain actors in the crowd as they tell their story to when she accepted her award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, Queen Latifah continued to inspire viewers to follow their dreams. “Build your own boxes. Not people. Knock that thing away and do you,” she said during her acceptance speech.
Viola Davis started off her speech saying, “There’s a famous saying that I am not who you think I am. You are who you think I am… People are always saying, ‘Annalise is an antihero. Don’t you worry she’s not likable?’” It was a powerful point being made that lead women are always shown to be the kind of women viewers need or want to be like. It’s not always like that, people! Women actors shouldn’t be put under any pressure that they have to be someone you need to like for the purpose of being desired by every viewer. It’s just not like that anymore. Do you think we do that for every male actor? 
Lastly, I think the craziest thing that shocked me was that this was Leonardo DiCaprio’s very first SAG Award. FIRST, I repeat. Let’s just not forget all the other remarkable films he did before The Revenant, but I digress. The man is doing quite well this awards season. I’m pretty sure the whole world is already ready to bust out their celebratory champagne for him once the Oscars roll around. WE’RE ROOTING FOR YOU, LEO.
And there you have it. Another year, another awards ceremony over. Come back next month when we recap on the Grammys and the Oscars!
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Jenny’s Jewelry Box Giveaway

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Cliché Magazine is teaming up with Cate & Chloe for a Jenny’s Jewelry Box giveaway you won’t want to miss!
One (1) lucky winner will receive the following:
– 1 Jenny’s Box from Cate & Chloe, which contains two stylish jewelry pieces handpicked by Jenny McCarthy
*Prizing courtesy of Cate & Chloe, worth $39.99
JENNY’S BOX INCLUDES:
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Ashlyn Nature Double Strand Leaf Necklace – Two long gold chains are always better than one. Your neckline will be tantalizing and mesmerizing with the addition of a small leaf design, topped off with a cultured pearl. $89 value.
Elise Dignified Rose Gold Bracelet – This 14k Rose Gold plated bracelet includes a beautiful row of black stones that create a chic, modern and memorable piece. The clear stones add a perfect balance to a dainty yet dignified look. $125 value.
How to Enter:
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The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter.com and will be contacted within 48 hours after the giveaway has ended. The winner will be given 72 hours to claim his or her prize before he or she must forfeit it to another winner.

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image4 (2)ABOUT JENNY’S BOX:
The Cate & Chloe jewelry box curated by Jenny herself will impact the lives of others, with 10% of sales benefiting Generation Rescue, Jenny’s autism organization. You’ll even get a personalized note from Jenny – inspirational, funny or charity-focused! Perfect for every girl’s wish list this holiday season!
ABOUT CATE & CHLOE
This company started with a simple idea – stylish, affordable jewelry for women. The visionaries of Cate & Chloe have set standards extremely high. They take extra pride in finding elegant, versatile and timeless pieces to complement every woman’s personal desires. Life in the working world allows little time for each individual’s inner creativity and fashion sense to shine. C&C will add the glamour into a lady’s life with high quality designs, from the office to the red carpet. And, for $39.99 + Free Shipping, women around the world anxiously await to receive special pieces inside their Cate & Chloe VIP subscription box (http://vip.cateandchloe.com) every month.
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Orphan Black is Back

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The wait is over. Orphan Black season 3 premiered on April 18, 2015 at 9pm on BBC America.  The season three premiere was full of twists and turns and all things clone-related, and it did not disappoint.
The show begins with clone favorite, Helena, played by Tatiana Maslany, opening a box full of gifts at her baby shower. She is wearing a frilly pink dress and sitting next to her sister Sarah, who is clad in leather from head to toe and wearing sunglasses. Sarah is a stark contrast to Helena in this scene, which feels intentional. Shortly thereafter, they are joined by Allison and Cosima. They are both fellow clones played by Maslany, who shower Helena with compliments as they place cupcakes and macaroons on the dessert table. The equally perfect and ridiculously funny scene is short lived as the viewers are quickly transported back to reality, where Helena is trapped in a box with a scorpion who speaks to her as she hallucinates.
The show shifts to Sarah Manning also played by Maslany, Helena’s maternal sister and fellow clone and Dr. Delphine Cormier played by Evelyne Brochu at the Dyad Institute where Sarah meets one of the first Castor clones, who we learned last season was the male answer to the Leda clones, also known as Sarah and her sisters. Sarah and the male clone exchange tense words and he tells her to “count her sisters.” After checking in with Cosima and Allison,  she realizes that Helena is the sister who is missing.

Once Sarah discovers that Helena is missing, she asks her adopted brother and honorary clone Felix Dawkins, played by Jordan Gavaris, to meet her at their adopted mother’s house. Mrs. S, played by Maria Doyle Kennedy, is a tough-loving mother who strives to keep everyone safe, even if it is at the expense of someone else.  Sarah and Felix learn that Kennedy was attacked by another male clone looking for Dr. Leekie, who was the head of the Dyad Institute until last season when Allison’s husband Donnie shot him. While at Mrs. S’s house, Sarah and Felix learn that Mrs. S gave the military and the castor clones that they created permission to kidnap Helena. Mrs. S did so in an effort to try and protect Sarah and her daughter Kira. Sarah and Mrs. S argue about the decision she made to give away one of her sisters without Sarah’s consent.
One of the lighter moments in the premiere happens in a scene with Cosima, who is with Sarah’s daughter Kira, played by Skyler Wexler. Cosima asks Kira if she knows why Cosima came back from her outer body/near death experience. Kira replies that she came back so that she could use Kira’s stem cells. Later on in the episode, Kira seems to sense when Cosima needs her oxygen tank. This scene is brief, but it is also important because it hints at the special qualities and possible powers that Kira may have as the only child of a clone. These unexplored special qualities could prove to be useful in the fight to save Helena and the rest of the clones from elimination.
The premiere was full of action with an emphasis of family at its core. Like the show’s premise, the premiere raised the question of how far somebody would go to protect their family. While it was one of the more jam-packed premieres, everything seemed to be important for the clones and the story going forward. Specifically, the new Castor clones are sure to cause trouble for Sarah and her sisters. One thing is true: Orphan Black is back and ready for war, one “Seestra” at a time.
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Reggae Legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Dead At 85

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UPDATED ON : AUGUST 29, 2021 / 09:25 PM

Written by Written By Nigel Roberts

Reggae icon Lee “Scratch” Perry died Sunday (Aug. 29) at the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Jamaica, the Jamaica Observer reported. He was 85 years old.

Perry, who worked with reggae giant Bob Marley, is credited with pioneering dub, which impacted a range of music genres.

Lee came into prominence in the late 1960s as a producer of “cutting-edge music by revolutionary artists,” the newspaper said.

He was nominated five times for a Grammy, winning the coveted award in 2002 for the Best Reggae Album, Jamaican E.T.

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Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness sent his condolences to Perry’s family, friends, and fans, as he paid tribute to the musician’s accomplishments.

Undoubtedly, Lee Scratch Perry will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music fraternity. May his soul Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/k1QnyzfLoo

— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) August 29, 2021

Beastie Boys’ Mike D was among those who honored Perry for his influence on their music.

“We are truly grateful to have been inspired by, worked with and collaborated with this true legend. Let us all listen to his deep catalog in tribute,” his message read in part.

Questlove wrote, “Pure Innovation. Pure Imagination. This Man Was Plug Ins long before you studio cats today can simply press one button and instantly created sound chaos.”

(Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)

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