TREND REPORT: Pastels Are On Point For A Stylishly Sherbert Summer

Colors like lavender, eggshell blue, mint green and mellow yellow were prevalent all over the Spring/Summer 2018 runways. While I love a bold and bright look, pastels give off an air of feminine and ladylike appeal. They look perfect when worn monochromatically for a brunch look. Surprisingly, you can mix almost any pastel together and it looks great. Pastels also look great with neutrals. Click through our gallery to be inspired by pretty pastels and let us show you how to wear them!

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19 Of The Best Damn Reactions To Juneteenth

Today marks 153 years since the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas.  June 19, 1865,  is the true Independence Day for Black folks across the country and social media is celebrating. Check out the best reactions to Juneteetnth.

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Here’s How California Is Trying To Stop Excessive Force Killings By Police

ACalifornia state Senate bill that seeks to end the shoot-first mentality of cops in the Golden State cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday. If approved, it could become a national model.

See Also: Unarmed 26-Year-Old Black Father Killed By Police Who Possibly Fired Over 30 Shots

Members of the California Senate Public Safety Committee passed the proposed legislation in a 5-1 vote, the Sacramento Bee reported. If it clears all the hurdles to become a law, the measure would raise the standard for the use of lethal force from “reasonable” to “necessary.”

Under the current standard in California, as well as just about every other state, officers can justify shooting a suspect if they had a so-called reasonable fear for their life.

The bill seeks to solve the pervasive racial bias problem among police officers across the state that leads to the disproportionate killing of Black people.

“It always blows me away that law enforcement only fear for their life when they are facing Black and brown people,” Democratic Sen. Steve Bradford said.

When police fatally shoot Black suspects in the back, chances are there won't be any consequences, as we see in Sacramento with Stephon Clark and more recently with Maurice Granton Jr. in Chicago.

— NewsOne (@newsone) June 12, 2018

Stephon Clark was on the minds of the lawmakers who supported the bill. San Diego’s state Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a Democrat, introduced the measure in April after two Sacramento police officers gunned down an unarmed Clark, 22, killing him in a hail of 20 bullets, including some that hit his back. The officers said they believed the father of two had a gun, which actually turned out to be a cellphone.

Police officers across the nation were on pace to fatally shoot about 1,000 people in 2018—which would make this the fourth consecutive year in quadruple figures, according to the Washington Post. The shooting deaths of unarmed Black men has declined slightly since 2015, but criminologists warned not to read too much into that data.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for hearings and a possible vote. Of course, it faces strong opposition from powerful police unions, which have argued the bill w

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The Future of Student Debt For Black People Is Looking Brighter: Here’s Why

Lawmakers who have been trying to improve the bleak student debt picture for borrowers of color were urging disgraced Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos to create a task force to address racial disparities for those who owe, according to a new report.

The task force would be able to “study the challenges facing borrowers of color and to propose solutions to help them get out of debt,” 62 congressional Democrats wrote in a letter to DeVos on Monday. The Education Department could also begin collecting and reporting annual data on loan default rates, repayment rates and loan delinquency with regard to race, ethnicity and other criteria, lawmakers said, The Washington Post reported.

Under DeVos, the Education Department has revised Obama-era protections that have guarded students of color against predatory for-profit colleges. Several of these institutions have faced heavy criticism for dishonest practices to largely court and Black students who end up having to take out many loans —a process that has prompted them to drop out of school without attaining degrees and defaulting on loans. Black Democrats have spoken out against the Education Department and for-profit college abuses, including California Senator Kamala Harris and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.

Secretary Betsy DeVos’ refusal to help the more than 87,000 student loan borrowers who have requested debt relief will threaten these students’ livelihoods.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 18, 2017

The Education Department has failed to recognize the root causes of debt inequity, including the economic barriers that have historically hurt Black people. There was also a clear disparity when it came to lending money to students of color, who have found themselves stalled with hefty school debts and facing defaults. Nearly half of African-American borrowers who enrolled in college for the 2003-2004 school year defaulted on their federal loans within 12 years, a rate that was more than twice white students’ during the same time, according to Education Department data released last October.

When it comes to for-profit colleges, default rates were very high for all racial groups, the Education Department data revealed. Seventy-five percent of African-American

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Did Trump Just Desecrate The American Flag? Maybe He Thought It Was A Blonde Porn Star

As we all know, Trump feels entitled to grab anything. As he once said, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

Well, he just did “anything” to the American flag on Tuesday, when he literally wrapped his arms around the red, white and blue symbol, and hugged the flag. It was a creepy, uncomfortable hug, and if the American flag could talk, it might have said, “Someone call Michael Avenatti!”

SEE ALSO: Calls For Starbucks Boycott After The Company’s Weak Apology For A Racist Arrest

Trump was babbling at the anniversary celebration for National Federation of Independent Business (basically, he was talking to a bunch of rich business men who will profit from his insane tax cuts) and as the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” played, he grabbed the flag, squeezing its life force like he was an orange Darth Vader.

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WATCH: President Trump hugs U.S. flag after speaking at NFIB anniversary celebration.

— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 19, 2018

As we all know, conservatives worship the American flag so much that they incorrectly made Colin Kaepernick‘s peaceful protest about it. But of course they won’t say a word about the possible desecration of the flag.

If you didn’t know, there are supposedly standards of respect for the flag. According to the, “The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing” and “the flag should not be used as a drapery.” Clearly, both just happened with Trump, but where’s the outrage?

Maybe they’re giving him a pass like the lifetime pass they gave him for paying off a porn star a week before the presidential election.

Make America great again!


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