Mexicans Who Help Build Donald Trump’s Wall Are ‘Traitors,’ Top Archdiocese Says

Mexicans who help build President Donald Trump’s planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project.

In a provocative editorial, the country’s biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on companies aiming to profit from the wall, which has strained relations between Trump and the Mexican government.

“Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland,” said the editorial in Desde la fe, the Archdiocese’s weekly publication.

On Tuesday, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo warned firms it would not be in their “interests” to participate in the wall. But the editorial accused the government of responding “tepidly” to those eyeing the project for business.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese, which centers on Mexico City and is presided over by the country’s foremost Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said the editorial represented the views of the diocese.

Trump says he wants to build the wall to stop illegal immigrants from crossing the U.S. southern border. He has pledged Mexico will pay for the wall, which the Mexican government adamantly says it will not do.

The Desde la fe editorial, which was published online, said the barrier would only feed prejudice and discrimination.

“In practice, signing up for a project that is a serious affront to dignity is shooting yourself in the foot,” it wrote. Mexican cement maker Cemex has said it is open to providing quotes to supply raw materials for the wall but will not take part in the bidding process to build it.

Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, another company specializing in construction materials, has also signaled readiness to work on the project.

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These Teachers Voted For Trump. Here’s What They Think About His Proposed Education Cuts

Rebekah McClung, a civics and economics teacher in Virginia, thinks Donald Trump is doing a pretty good job as president. He hasn’t been perfect ― if it was up to her he would tone down the tweeting ― but overall, she rates him a 4 out of 5.

Her satisfaction with the president includes his plans for schools, even though his proposed budget slashes $9 billion from federal education programs. After all, as a conservative, she doesn’t see the point in leaving children with a huge national debt, even if decreasing it comes at the expense of enrichment programs.

“Really we’re just talking about building cultural centers and sending kids on field trips,” said McClung, referring to the defunding of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which provide after-school and summer programs to more than 1.6 million children. “I don’t know – I don’t necessarily think that’s the responsibility of the federal government.”

McClung’s view stands in contrast with many of the nation’s leading education groups and teachers unions who are decrying the proposed education budget. The American Federation of Teachers said Trump’s proposal “takes a meat cleaver to public education.” The nation’s former secretary of education John King said that the cuts will hurt all students, especially low-income and minority ones. But McClung says that the cuts seem like a necessary evil, even if “cutting a budget sucks, no matter what.”

McClung isn’t alone, even if she might be in the minority of educators. Several other teachers who also voted for Trump told The Huffington Post that they are fine ― if not happy ― with the cost-cutting the president proposed for the U.S. Department of Education. While a few expressed hesitation with his pick for education secretary ― Betsy DeVos ― they said they have faith in the president’s judgment.

The proposed budget slashes funding for a number of education programs ― including ones that provide after-school programming and teacher training  ― overall decreasing Education Department spending by over 13 percent. Still, the budget also adds money to charter schools as well as a nebulous school choice program for private institutions. It does not touch funding for special education, something which pleases McClung, who works in a public school.

Her support is not without its caveats. If a private school choice program ― which could come in the form of vouchers ― ends up leading to more “miscommunication and more red tape,” then it’s not something she would support.

“As far as the voucher program is concerned I can’t say I’m for or against it because I really have no idea what they’re talking about,” said McClung, explaining that the details for such a program are still unknown. 

Kitty Sullivan has her own concerns about a private school choice program. Sullivan, who taught for 33 years in rural public schools in Florida and Georgia and now works for a university, does not see the point of increasing money for private school choice in rural areas. These areas might have only one public school system or one school for all students.

“I’m afraid they won’t get the same opportunity to go to a private school,” said Sullivan of her former students.

As far as the other budget cuts, Sullivan does not have a problem with an overall decrease in spending, although she is not specifically familiar with the programs Trump would be cutting and how it could impact students. She does have ideas, though, as to how existing money could be reallocated. More money needs to be invested in early childhood education, she said. If the budget cuts will mean any sort of redistribution of funds in this direction, then she’s for it.

Whatever comes out of the Department of Education should not be happening. It’s a state and local issue.
Dan, a history teacher who voted for Trump

But none of the priorities in Trump’s budget impact the education issue that Sullivan most wants to see fixed: The Common Core State Standards and standardized testing. Sullivan voted for Trump, in part, because of his promise to rid states of the Common Core. Since taking office, Trump has conspicuously dropped the subject. Sullivan is hopeful that he will follow through.

“If he doesn’t do this I’m going to not be happy,” Sullivan said. “I would say a lot of teachers are not going to be happy … Its gotten to the point where my teacher friends said they spend more time testing than teaching. They’re burned out on it.”

Jeanne, a public school teacher in Ohio who did not want her last name published in an effort to keep politics out of her classroom, is similarly hopeful. Jeanne detests the Common Core and is confident that Trump will get rid of the standards “because he’s a man of his word.”

While Jeanne has not studied the budget, she is supportive of the idea of general cuts. She sees a lot of wasted money in her own school and even some “lazy teachers.” Even though she cares deeply about public schools, she’s optimistic that injecting more competition into the public school system ― by way of more charter schools or voucher programs ― could help solve public school issues. 

“I do believe that there will be public schools. We have to educate kids. We have to educate America. This might just be another avenue that would be good,” said Jeanne.

But the views of Jeanne, Sullivan and McClung are nowhere close to that of Dan, a republican history teacher in Michigan. Dan doesn’t care what’s in the budget, because he doesn’t think the federal government should play any role in education.

“It’s a department that constitutionally, shouldn’t exist. Whatever comes out of the department of education should not be happening. It’s a state and local issue,” said Dan, who did not want his last name released for fear of backlash against his views. 

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Stephen Hawking Spoof Auditions Celebrities For His New Voice

Stephen Hawking is on the hunt for a new voice.

Well, not really. But that’s the premise of a hilarious spoof clip that aired Friday in the United Kingdom as part of charity Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day.

Having used the same computerized tone for three decades, the famous British physicist decides he’s ready to switch it up — and auditions celebrities for the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

When the most famous scientist in the universe is looking for a new voice, you gotta give it a go! #rednoseday pic.twitter.com/KT6uaRJ9P4

— Red Nose Day (@rednoseday) March 24, 2017

Actors including Stephen Fry, Liam Neeson, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda do battle over the role. Foul-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay puts in a curse-filled appearance. Even Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Hawking in the 2014 movie “The Theory Of Everything,” has a go.

But ultimately, there’s only one winner — as Hawking opts for one of Hollywood’s most recognizable voices.

Check out the full clip above.

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Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017

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Here Are Some Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About D.C.’s Missing Teens

WASHINGTON ― Last week, The Huffington Post and other news outlets published stories about the number of missing black and Latinx teenagers in the nation’s capital. In the time since, Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department has tried to address concerns about the rate of missing teens.

During a March 16 press conference, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the yearly rate of people reported missing in the District has remained constant since 2014, meaning the latest reports don’t constitute an uptick. She added that there’s no evidence to suggest the recent missing-person reports are somehow related to human trafficking.

Bowser’s remarks didn’t do much to reassure D.C. locals or social media users. On Wednesday, tensions between the police and the predominantly black residents of Ward 8 flared during a town hall held to further address concerns. D.C.’s interim police Chief Peter Newsham, who at times seemed slightly dismissive of residents’ concerns about trafficking, was interrupted several times by attendees who wanted more concrete answers from the department. One woman told the panel that while the current cases of missing teens may not be linked to human trafficking, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening in general.

In truth, this is a complicated issue. MPD’s stance is that more kids aren’t being reported missing, there’s no evidence of human traffickers taking these teens and police are actively doing their best to make sure all the teens come home safely. But some members of the community aren’t convinced that the police are as concerned about the missing teens as them. There are also questions about which missing kids get Amber Alerts, what the department is doing to combat the stigma surrounding runaways and why no one seems to know the precise number of missing teens.

The Huffington Post is going to answer some of these questions for you. If you have any questions not addressed here that you’d like answered, please submit them using this Google form. We’ll update this post if we can provide an answer.

How many juveniles are missing in D.C. right now?

Twenty-two as of March 22, according to MPD.

Is that number going to change?

Almost certainly ― the number fluctuates quite a bit. MPD closes 95 percent of missing-person cases, and there’s no minimum waiting period if someone wants to report a kid missing. So the department might tweet about a missing child on Tuesday, for example, but by Wednesday the child will have been located.

At least 501 out of 774 people reported missing in D.C. this year are juveniles. MPD has closed 95 percent of missing persons cases this year, Newsham said, and he assured the public that most teens reported missing are ultimately located or returned home. The department is also making an effort to publicize information about every missing person deemed “critically missing.”

MPD has faced criticism for not updating the public in a timely manner once a missing kid has been found. They have begun taking steps to change this, including launching a webpage with the most recent missing-persons information. And Bowser is expected to announce a task force to help find missing juveniles and determine what social programs runaway teens have a need for.

Why aren’t Amber Alerts issued for all of these teens?

According to federal activation criteria, in order for an Amber Alert to be issued, an abduction of a person under the age of 18 must be confirmed. Law enforcement officials have to make the case that the juvenile is at risk of serious bodily harm or injury. Sufficient descriptive information ― such as what the child was wearing or a license plate number for the abductor ― must also be available.

Most missing-person cases don’t fit these criteria. But some people argue that the criteria should be expanded to include runaways. A teen who technically left home willingly, but who was actually lured away by a trafficker, wouldn’t fall under the heading of a “confirmed abduction” ― and thus the case wouldn’t get the same police or media attention as a full-fledged Amber Alert.

“When you have a teenager who is groomed by a potential trafficker, who’s lured away, that would fall under the runaway category because they were not physically abducted,” said Mary Graw Leary, a law professor at the Catholic University of America and a co-author of Perspectives on Missing Persons Cases. “But I think we’d all agree that that has a different scenario to it than the child who doesn’t like home and runs away.”

Why do kids run away from home? And what about human trafficking?

Human trafficking remains a huge community concern. The current missing-person cases haven’t been confirmed as evidence of trafficking, but speaking generally, it does go on in the District. Confirmed sex trafficking victims are overwhelmingly female, and 40 percent of them are black, based on data from a 2013 Justice Department report. Meanwhile, Latinx people account for 56 percent of confirmed labor trafficking victims.

Juveniles are reported missing for a number of reasons. It’s typically because they failed to check in at home, work or school for innocuous reasons. But there are cases that revolve around conflicts at home. When a younger child is reported missing, they could have been taken by a relative during a custody battle. Missing teenagers are more likely to be running away from physical or sexual abuse.

Black and Latinx teens are more susceptible to the type of abuse that causes a teen to run away from home because they’re more likely to live in a high-risk environment. Risk factors that could lead to a child being trafficked for sex include parental substance abuse and physical or sexual abuse at home. Teens in the LGBTQ community and kids in foster care are at an even greater risk, Leary said.

Some kids run away because they have a behavioral or mental illness. April, a mom who spoke at Wednesday’s town hall, told the crowd that her daughter is a chronic runaway due to a mental illness. She claims she didn’t hear from MPD for 72 hours after filing a missing-person report for her daughter. April eventually found her daughter on her own in an abandoned building.

What does MPD do when a kid is returned home?

When a missing juvenile is found, MPD completes an evaluation of his or her family circumstances once he or she returns home. “If there’s any indication that the child could be in any kind of danger, then we’ll take appropriate action,” Newsham said. “If necessary, we will get social services involved.”  

What role have the stereotypes of black and Latinx girls played in the media coverage?

A huge one. This is evident in the case of Relisha Rudd, an 8-year-old who went missing in D.C. in 2014. The only major national news outlet to cover her disappearance extensively was The Washington Post. Cable news shows did not aggressively cover Relisha’s disappearance like they did for Natalee Holloway, Elizabeth Smart and Caylee Anthony. The media suffers from what is often called “missing white woman syndrome,” meaning that when a story concerns a missing person of color, most news outlets give it only a fraction of the attention they would give a story about a missing white woman.

Hillary Potter, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, says this disparity in mainstream media coverage is rooted in the idea that black and brown girls are inherently less valuable. This would explain why MPD appears to use mug shots for missing persons who have arrest records instead of using family photos. (MPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its use of mug shots.) The relative lack of coverage also helps perpetuate the myth that black and brown girls aren’t victimized. And when these cases are covered, it’s not uncommon for news outlets to incorporate one or more common stereotypes about black and Latinx girls (that they’re angry, promiscuous, lawbreaking, etc.).  

“We have to consider how, generally, blackness is devalued,” Potter said. “There doesn’t seem to be as much of a care if something happens to us.”

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41 Non-Traditional Wedding Songs To Walk Down The Aisle To

Not every couple’s wedding vision includes walking down the aisle to “Here Comes The Bride.” So what other non-traditional song options are there? Plenty. 

We asked The Huffington Post’s Facebook community for song ideas to set the scene, and more than 200 people shared their picks.

Below is a sampling of different tracks ― some are deeply romantic, others are light, upbeat and charismatic. 

1. “Sea of Love,” by Cat Power

“Come with me // My love // To the sea // The sea of love // I wanna tell you // How much // I love you.” 

2. “Lucky,” by Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Caillet

“Lucky I’m in love with my best friend // Lucky to have been where I have been // Lucky to be coming home again.”  

3. “Kissing You,” by Des’ree from the movie Romeo & Juliet

“Touch me deep // Pure and true // Gift to me forever // ‘Cause I’m kissing you, oh, I’m kissing you.” 

4. “Married Life,” by Michael Giacchino from the movie Up

5. “Look At Me,” by Carrie Underwood

“Make me feel like I’m the only girl alive for you // I don’t know what it is that makes me fall like this // First time in your arms, I knew.” 

6. “History In The Making,” by Darius Rucker

“Tonight, maybe tonight // Is the start of a beautiful ride that’ll never end.” 

7. “All This Time,” by One Republic

“All this time we were waiting for each other // All this time I was waiting for you // Got all these words, can’t waste them on another // So I’m straight in a straight line running back to you.”  

8. “Somebody,” by Depeche Mode

“I want somebody to share // Share the rest of my life // Share my innermost thoughts // Know my intimate details // Someone who’ll stand by my side // And give me support.” 

9. “Calgary,” by Bon Iver

“Sold, I’m ever // Open ears and open eyes // Wake up to your starboard bride // Who goes in and then stays inside.” 

10. “All You Need Is Love,” by The Beatles

“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done // Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung…All you need is love, love // Love is all you need.” 

11. “I Choose You,” by Sarah Bareilles

“’Cause I could live by the light in your eyes // I’ll unfold before you // Would have strung together // The very first words of a lifelong love letter.” 

12. “Baby, Would You Marry Me,” by Svavar Knutar

“And, baby, would you marry me // On a mountain top or a traffic stop // Or maybe on a boat that floats into the great unknown // That would be a day to remember our love by.”  

13. “Moon River,” by Henry Mancini from the movie “Breakfast At Tiffany’s

“Two drifters, off to see the world // There’s such a lot of world to see // We’re after that same rainbow’s end.” 

14. “Kissing,” by Bliss

“On a journey of the heart // There’s so much to see // And when the sky is dark // You’ll be right here // Right here with me.” 

15. “Come Away With Me,” by Norah Jones

“Come away with me and we’ll kiss on a mountaintop // Come away with me and I’ll never stop loving you.” 

16. “Here, There And Everywhere,” by The Beatles

“I want her everywhere and if she’s beside me // I know I need never care // But to love her is to need her everywhere // Knowing that love is to share.” 

17. “Peanuts Theme,” from “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”

18. “Here and Now,” by Luther Vandross

“I look in your eyes and there I see // What happiness really means // The love that we share makes life so sweet // Together we’ll always be // This pledge of love feels so right.” 

19. “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” by The Velvet Underground

“I’ll be your mirror // Reflect what you are, in case you don’t know // I’ll be the wind, the rain and the sunset // The light on your door to show that you’re home.”

20. “Best Day of My Life,” by American Authors

“This is gonna be the best day of my life… All the possibilities // No limits just epiphanies.” 

21. “The Water Is Wide,” version by James Taylor

“Build me a boat // That can carry two // And both shall row, my love and I.”

22. “Falling Slowly,” from the Broadway musical Once

“Falling slowly, eyes that know me // And I can’t go back.” 

23. “Like Real People Do,” by Hozier

“Honey just put your sweet lips on my lips // We should just kiss like real people do.”  

24. “Falling Slowly,” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

“Falling slowly, eyes that know me // And I can’t go back.” 

25. “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” by Roberta Flack

“And the first time ever I lay with you // I felt your heart so close to mine // And I knew our joy would fill the earth // And last ‘til the end of time, my love.”  

26. “Sweet Thing,” by Van Morrison

“And you shall take me strongly // In your arms again // And I will not remember // That I even felt the pain.” 

27. This Must Be the Place,” version by Iron & Wine and Bed Bridell
“Home, is where I want to be // But I guess I’m already there // I come home she lifted up her wings // Guess that this must be the place.” 

28. “Bron-Yr-Aur,” by Led Zeppelin

“Well if the sun shines so bright // Or on our way it’s darkest night // The road we choose is always right, so fine.” 

29. “All My Life,” by K-Ci and JoJo

“You’re all that I ever known, when you smile, on my face, all I see is a glow // You turned my life around, you picked me up when I was down.”

30. “Just Like Heaven,” by The Cure

“And threw her arms around my neck // Show me how you do it // And I promise you I promise that // I’ll run away with you // I’ll run away with you.”

31. “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes,” from the movie Cinderella

“A dream is a wish your heart makes // When you’re fast asleep… Have faith in your dreams and someday // Your rainbow will come smiling through.”   

32. “Bless the Broken Road,” by Rascal Flatts

“Every long lost dream led me to where you are // And others who broke my heart they were like northern stars // Pointing me on my way into your loving arms.”  

33. “Is This Love,” by Bob Marley

“I wanna love you every day and every night // We’ll be together with a roof right over our heads // We’ll share the shelter of my single bed.” 

34. “Plainsong,” by The Cure

“Sometimes you make me feel like I’m living at the edge of the world // Like I’m living at the edge of the world // ‘It’s just the way you smile,’ you said.” 

35. “First Day of My Life,” by Bright Eyes

“Yours is the first face that I saw // I think I was blind before I met you.” 

36. “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

“We’ve come a long way // And baby, you know I hope and I pray // That you believe me // When I say this love will never fade away // Oh, because // You are the best thing // Ever happened to me.” 

37. “How Long Will I Love You,” by Ellie Goulding

“How long will I love you? // As long as stars are above you // And longer, if I may.” 

38. “Beyond The Sea,” by Frank Sinatra

“Somewhere beyond the sea // She’s there watching for me // If I could fly like birds on high // Then straight to her arms // I’d go sailin’.” 

39. “Hearts and Bones,” by Paul Simon

“You take two bodies and you twirl them into one // Their hearts and their bones // And they won’t come undone // Hearts and bones.” 

40. “Til Kingdom Come,” by Coldplay

“For you, I’d wait ‘til kingdom come // Until my day, my day is done.” 

41. “Songbird,” by Fleetwood Mac

“And I wish you all the love in the world // But most of all, I wish it from myself.” 

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5 Skin Care Tips For Making Sure Your Melanin Flourishes This Spring

Spring has officially sprung!

And while many people are thinking about decluttering their space and breaking out sundresses and shorts, they may forget that their skin care regimen could use some spring cleaning, too.

Dermatologist Brooke A. Jackson, M.D., told The Huffington Post a few key things people of color should be doing to ensure our skin, our body’s largest organ, remains glowing and healthy through the seasonal changes. 

From sun protection to getting rid of discoloration, the North Carolina-based doctor has five necessary tips that keep your melanin on fleek this spring and summer.

1. Lighten up your routine

Just as you change your wardrobe, you should change your products. Put away the jars of heavy body butters and creams, and opt for something lighter, Jackson advises.

You start wearing shorts and T-shirts and so you should do the same with your products,” she said. “So generally we recommend in the winter time, you use a big jar of something you actually scoop. And in the spring and the summer, you can go a little bit lighter with something that has a little bit more lotion; like Vaseline Cocoa Radiant is a good choice because you still get the moisturizing effect because it’s got the micro droplets of Vaseline jelly and 100 percent pure cocoa butter in it but it’s not quite as heavy as some other jar products are.” 

 

2. Stay moisturized

We tend to do more activities that can dry out our skin in the summer, like going to the beach or taking a dip in the pool. Jackson told HuffPost that it’s important to moisturize afterward, especially after being exposed to chlorine, which is “very, very drying.”

In addition to lathering up in the morning, she said swimmers should rinse all of the saltwater or pool water off and use lotion. Jackson said this doesn’t just apply to people who swim but people with certain skin conditions as well. 

“Generally, I would say you should moisturize once to twice a day depending on what’s going on with you,” she said. “Certainly, if somebody has drier skin or if they’ve got eczema, they probably need a little bit more moisture and so two full moisturizing processes a day would be great … A lot of people during the spring and summer will probably do just fine with the once coming out of the shower in the morning.”

3. Go with your own glow

Despite the widespread myth, black people do need sunscreen. Jackson said this idea probably stemmed from people of color historically being excluded from certain medical research. 

“Historically we focused on sunburn and a direct correlation between sunburn and skin cancer and so therefore [the message was only] our fair-skinned counterparts get it,” she said. “That message has been loud and clear for many, many years but [there’s an assumption that] people who have darker skin tend not to burn.”

If you’re going to chase the sun, protect yourself, she said.

“I think it’s really important to make sure that we are all sun protecting ourselves because it is not out of the realm of possibilities that skin cancer will develop,” Jackson explained. “So going with your own glow, not actively seeking tanning at the beach or just going out for a run, just making sure that you’re sun protected.”

It also doesn’t hurt that sunscreen can help get rid of discoloration.

4. Remember less is more

One product that locks and seals moisture is better (and more practical) than a cabinet full of products that you hardly use. Jackson said people should pick a product that can do multiple things for you and stick to it. 

“Keep your regimen simple,” she said. 

5. When all else fails, see a doctor

Dermatologists have the answers specific to your skin that your favorite YouTube vlogger may not have. Jackson said many of the skin problems people of color face (discoloration, hyperpigmentation, etc.) can only be healed by getting to the root of the issue.

“I have a lot of patients who try everything under the kitchen sink and then with their girlfriends and everything on the internet and they don’t make an appointment with a dermatologist who can help them out in 10 minutes or less,” Jackson said. “Discoloration is a huge issue with skin of color and we get discoloration from any inflammatory condition, acne, eczema, etc., so again, a reason to make sure that you’re getting the treatment that you need to make sure that that is controlled is because 9 times out of 10, the number one complaint of patients with skin color is I want an even complexion and I want this discoloration to go away.”

Jackson also said since black dermatologists aren’t accessible to everyone, it’s important for people with melanin to ask if their dermatologist knows how to treat darker skin.

Now, go forth and prosper with a fresh glow to your skin.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Says So Much More Than ‘Thank You’ During His Acceptance Speeches

History has its eyes on Lin-Manuel Miranda, and he constantly delivers. 

The “Hamilton” creator is known to win things ― he nearly MacPEGOT’d at the Oscars this year (but lost Best Original Song to “City of Stars” from “La La Land”) ― and his victory speeches are nothing but net. 

Never one to shy away from making a statement, Miranda has addressed everything from love and immigration to “senseless acts of tragedy” as he rapped or sonneted his way through a moment

The lyricist, composer and playwright may take part in the Facebook telethon Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday, March 31. The event will stream live on The Huffington Post and Funny or Die Facebook pages, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. 

Check out some of his most inspiring acceptance speeches below.

 

2016 Tony Win for Best Score – “Hamilton” 

2016 Tony for Best Book of a Musical – “Hamilton” 

2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album – “Hamilton”

2008 Tony for Best Score – “In the Heights”

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Shakira’s Bachata Moves Are Fire In ‘Deja Vu’ Music Video

It seems that practice really did make perfect as Shakira hit the dance floor for her new bachata single. 

The Colombian superstar and Prince Royce released the music video to their new song “Deja Vu” on Friday afternoon. In the video, Shakira shows off some seductive bachata dance moves alongside the Bronx-born artist. 

For weeks, the Colombian singer has been sharing videos of herself practicing her bachata steps on Instagram. In one clip, Shakira danced with one of her sons.

”Deja Vu” is featured on Royce’s new album “Five.” The single’s music video has accrued nearly half a million views since its release. 

Watch the video above. 

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Shakira’s Bachata Moves Are Fire In ‘Deja Vu’ Music Video

It seems that practice really did make perfect as Shakira hit the dance floor for her new bachata single. 

The Colombian superstar and Prince Royce released the music video to their new song “Deja Vu” on Friday afternoon. In the video, Shakira shows off some seductive bachata dance moves alongside the Bronx-born artist. 

For weeks, the Colombian singer has been sharing videos of herself practicing her bachata steps on Instagram. In one clip, Shakira danced with one of her sons.

”Deja Vu” is featured on Royce’s new album “Five.” The single’s music video has accrued nearly half a million views since its release. 

Watch the video above. 

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Twitter Drags White House Over Failed Health Care Bill

Twitter exploded with commentary on Friday afternoon regarding President Donald Trump’s announcement that the House of Representatives would postpone a planned vote on the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill to repeal Obamacare.

Many responses involved jokes about Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” or the pull-out method, because… duh.

jokes to make rn:
1. No plan b
2. they pulled out
3. is the pull out method the only one they know

— Carly Ledbetter (@ledbettercarly) March 24, 2017

We’ve gathered the best of the best for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

"…and he calls himself the ultimate deal maker…" pic.twitter.com/Vre2r0sP3y

— AJ LENAR (@AJASONLENAR) March 24, 2017

RT: @AP: "BREAKING: House Republicans, short of votes, withdraw health care bill." pic.twitter.com/J7lcejsk9r

— Yasmin Yonis (@YasminYonis) March 24, 2017

Paul Ryan currently locked in his office, shrieking "HAVEN'T ANY OF THESE PEOPLE READ THE FOUNTAINHEAD"

— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) March 24, 2017

When you fail because you wrote the paper the night before and didn't read the book but your teacher says you can rewrite it but you don't https://t.co/i1CQn5dmSD

— Caro (@socarolinesays) March 24, 2017

Donald Trump right now: "WHERE IS TRUCK?!? I WANT TRUCK! I WANT TRUCK RIGHT NOW!!!! BANNON!! GET TRUCK FOR TRUMP!!!!'

— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) March 24, 2017

You're gonna need Congressional approval and you don't have the votes.

— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) March 24, 2017

Obama's White House Photographer just posted this. pic.twitter.com/12wcDfcRe0

— Yashar (@yashar) March 24, 2017

Hey Republicans, don't worry, that burn is covered under the Affordable Care Act

— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) March 24, 2017

[INT. – BARACK OBAMA'S HOUSE]

Camera pans to shot of Barack Obama and John Boehner clinking whiskey glasses and cackling.

— Lily Herman (@lkherman) March 24, 2017

"we pulled it" pic.twitter.com/B7QC4Pd41E

— BRANDON WARDELL (@BRANDONWARDELL) March 24, 2017

@cnnbrk pic.twitter.com/xnJRGmgKeQ

— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) March 24, 2017

"So get this Barry, they call for a vote at 3:30pm…and then yank the thing at 3:35pm!" pic.twitter.com/LJQBwLgRQR

— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) March 24, 2017

Today in 2 pics pic.twitter.com/kqGYrvCTLM

— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 24, 2017

the art of the deal: pic.twitter.com/g62GnKxnVD

— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) March 24, 2017

Lol when you pull out cause you don't have a plan B pic.twitter.com/vMCSahyPtr

— Jessica Samakow (@jsam1126) March 24, 2017

'Art of the Deal' pic.twitter.com/uevYbo3KSn

— Mom,Veteran,Consumer (@Nikluk) March 24, 2017

I'm gonna mammogram the shit out of tomorrow.

— Kathleen Schmidt (@Bookgirl96) March 24, 2017

men can be so emotional https://t.co/0Bk13LAcii

— Emma Gray (@emmaladyrose) March 24, 2017

Art of the Squeal: I blame Democrats for a bill Republicans couldn't pass. I blame Obama. I blame Australian Prime Minister & Meryl Streep.. pic.twitter.com/hhQj7vkZX7

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 24, 2017

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Dazzling Photos Capture The Beauty Of Afro-Latinas In Puerto Rico

When Valerie Moreno moved to Puerto Rico four years ago to be with her husband, the Canadian photographer was surprised to find an incredible amount of racial diversity on the Caribbean island.

“I didn’t know there were as many black Latinos and as much diversity as there is,” Moreno, who is of Salvadorian descent, told The Huffington Post. “Why? Partly because of my ignorance but also because every Puerto Rican I saw in movies and pop culture looked very much like J. Lo ― culturally homogeneous.”

Moreno hopes to change those types of misconceptions about Puerto Rico and the people who live there with her own set of images she shares on her Instagram account Afros in San Juan.

“In a very small way, I wanted to show people outside of Puerto Rico what I see when I walk the streets of San Juan,” she said. 

She says the goal of Afros in San Juan is to also show the world “there’s diversity, beauty, and talent in Puerto Rico that goes well beyond the narrative of a broken economy and political limitations that we’ve all been fed. While [the] limitations are real, that story is incomplete.”

The photographer began the project in August 2016 and has since filled her account with vibrant portraits of mainly Afro-Latinas on the island that showcase the subjects natural hair and the picturesque streets of San Juan. Moreno also interviews each person she meets and often includes their quotes in captions.

“This has been a creative way for me to explore and learn about Puerto Rican culture beyond popular history; lessons that one day my husband and I will have to teach our children,” she told HuffPost. “It has been a way for me to learn through personal stories about women, their hair, and for most, the stigma attached to it.” 

Every picture on the account is a result of a personalized session and interview with the subject because, not being Afro-Latina herself, Moreno doesn’t “want to assume to speak on behalf of people who’s life experience is beyond my scope and experience.” The photographer says she’s also just one of the many voices working to bring more visibility to Afro-Latinas.

“I choose to lend whatever privilege I might have, whatever voice I have, to the benefit of the beautiful people I photograph,” she said. “I simply want to document the people I’ve seen around me and their words, so that when people look back at this generation and our contributions, they remember some of the beautiful, real faces that were here at this point in time. Because, why should a black person be a hidden figure in their own country?”

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This Gorgeous Blog Fights Hate With Everyday Immigrant Stories

One group is hoping to counter intolerance with a simple approach: sharing true stories of immigrant life.  

Launched earlier this month, nonprofit community art blog Riding Up Front tells stories of immigrant cab drivers living in the U.S. and elsewhere, paired with eye-catching illustrations.

The stories, contributed from people around the world ― almost all of whom are immigrants ― relay real-life conversations they’ve had with drivers, who are also immigrants.

The idea is to push back against anti-immigrant hate and discriminatory policies in the U.S. and elsewhere by sharing immigrants’ everyday struggles and lived experiences.

“By creating art and telling stories, we can show people that we are not ‘the other,’ we are humans,” founder Wei-En Tan, who is an immigrant from Singapore living in the U.S., told The Huffington Post. “If I can change one person’s mind about all immigrants being here to take jobs away from Americans, I would view that as a win.”

By creating art and telling stories, we can show people that we are not ‘the other,’ we are humans.”
founder Wei-En Tan

The blog focuses specifically on interactions between passengers and drivers because of the “intimacy” long drives can spark between otherwise complete strangers, said Tan.  

One story relays a conversation with a Moroccan cab driver in Paris, who happens to be a Zen Buddhist.

“So how do you deal with anger? With what’s happening?” [the passenger] asked.

“Anger? No anger. I’m zen, completely zen.”

“You meditate it away?”

“No, no.” He gave me a pitying look. “You embrace it.”

At a time when hate crimes against minorities are occurring at an alarming rate in the U.S. ― and anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies are coming from the White House ― the blog is a small effort to “humanize” immigrants, said Tan.

“It’s not easy being an immigrant in this country,” Tan told HuffPost. “I’ve endured many acts of xenophobia. I was walking down the street one day in D.C., and someone yelled at me to ‘Go back to China.’ I’m not from China, so it doesn’t even make sense. For all they know I could have been American.”

Someone yelled at me to ‘Go back to China.’ I’m not from China, so it doesn’t even make sense.”
Wei-En Tan

“[After Trump’s travel ban], I started thinking: how can I do something to bring people together?” Tan added. “Talk to people who might not know immigrants.”

The website is run as a “community blog,” meaning the volunteer team at Riding Up Front ― almost all immigrants themselves ― collects submitted stories, edits them and pairs them with illustrations from artists around the world, who submit their work voluntarily but occasionally receive a nominal fee.

“It’s a labor of love,” Tan said of the writers and artists all volunteering work. “Almost all of the founding team is made up of people with experience with immigration or as refugees: Anais is Iranian-French in the U.S. Mark is American in Australia. Martha was a refugee from Cuba, who came over on a boat.”

While the blog originated in reaction to President Donald Trump’s policies, it intentionally features stories of drivers beyond the U.S.

“We know who is the current propagator of non-inclusive policies ― but these are things that existed before Trump’s presidency,” Tan said. “And look at France, at Brexit ― these xenophobic, nationalistic ideas seem to be catching fire, so it’s important to think about this internationally as well.” 

Because most of the stories so far have been written from the passenger’s perspective, centering their own experience rather than the driver’s, some of the tales stray into romanticizing the driver’s story as a lesson learned for the passenger.

“We’re going to live well, my family and me,” [the driver says.]

“How?”

“Saving. People don’t understand how to save money in this country. It’s so simple. We work hard, and I save all our money.”

“Wow. You’re an inspiration,” [the writer says.]

Notably, not all of the passengers had asked drivers for permission to share their story before they submitted it to the blog, according to Tan. But the drivers’ names are changed to protect their privacy and security.

“We look at stories, and it’s hard to check for bias or privilege, but we try our best,” Tan told HuffPost. “The only two non-immigrants [who contributed stories so far] were minorities. We want to make sure it’s not some white privilege site trying to do good with immigrants.”

The site features donation buttons for readers to support the artists, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union, the International Rescue Committee and the American Immigration Council ― groups that fight for immigrant and refugee rights.

In the week and a half since its launch, Riding Up Front has received story submissions from more than 30 people, as well as four artists.

It hasn’t yet received enough donations to funnel funds beyond the artists and to the nonprofits, but Tan is planning to do a larger donation push soon.

“The most important message is: We all have the same values, no matter how different,” Tan said. “Family, hard work ― just being human.” 

For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. Know a story from your community? Send news tips to lovetips@huffingtonpost.com.

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The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week

The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.

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imagine you met a man who was perfect in every way and then he told you, entirely seriously, that big bang theory was his favourite tv show

— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) March 20, 2017

senate judiciary committee if you DID like having your job explained to you in a condescending manner i can strongly recommend being female

— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) March 21, 2017

Yes you should apologize for walking through a spider web because it makes you a home wrecker. Next question.

— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) March 21, 2017

"Well-behaved women seldom make history," I whisper as I don't wait the full ten minutes for the oven to preheat.

— Abby Heugel (@AbbyHasIssues) March 21, 2017

Does your father know you are a feminist?!
My father: pic.twitter.com/ZfSJ2HTV4R

— Ijeoma Umebinyuo (@ijeomaumebinyuo) March 22, 2017

When you sync your period with a friend it feels like in a 90s tv show when two witches join hands, then explode something with their minds.

— Barbara Holm (@barbara_holm) March 23, 2017

I love the detente of a yellow cab. I can't rate him; he can't rate me.

— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) March 22, 2017

I made a batch of brownies and let my kids eat most of them and I just feel like I should lose weight for that

— Gloria Fallon (@GloriaFallon123) March 21, 2017

Every third Internet comment is "But what about this thing you weren't talking about?!"

— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) March 18, 2017

I tried a new natural deodorant today pic.twitter.com/LxWgIWsNNP

— Michelle Lee (@heymichellelee) March 17, 2017

Coyote ugly has a 22% on rotten tomatoes this is the greatest injustice of our time ??????

— Jessica Samakow (@jsam1126) March 19, 2017

always worried that my coworkers don't consider me mature but then claire asked me if i could help her send a fax

— Jazmine Hughes (@jazzedloon) March 22, 2017

I have a friend who thinks anyone who posts a selfie is a narcissist but she literally took half her own genetics and made a new human so.

— erin whitehead (@girlwithatail) March 22, 2017

Me: How was your day?
9yr old: Not good
Me: Wanna talk
9yr old: I just want to play piano, it will help
*pounds away mary had a little lamb*

— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) March 23, 2017

"STOP THE MADNESS!" I yell at a happy couple holding hands and kissing. "THE WORLD IS A MESS! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, ACT LIKE IT!"

— Saucy Kensington (@Book_Krazy) March 18, 2017

I either peed a little while running, or I sweated enough that it looks like I peed a little.

So the 40's are fun.

— The Eh Factor (@AngelaEhh) March 24, 2017

Delaying the health care vote today to try to figure out what a woman is. pic.twitter.com/ezu5p4r40A

— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) March 23, 2017

everyone: you need to let it go.
me: nah i'mma let this stress kill me.

— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) March 24, 2017

Feeling a lot of kinship with this kid who hung from the jungle gym for all of 3 seconds then screamed, "Look at me, Daddy! I did a sport!"

— Rachel Fershleiser (@RachelFersh) March 19, 2017

Adults that get excited about gummy vitamins have clearly never heard of drinking before noon.

— Amanda M-W (@Manda_like_wine) March 19, 2017

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