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Twitter's Biggest Celebrity WAR
"Gun in my purse, b*tch I came dressed to kill...." On July 21st, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to release her frustrations with the MTV VMAs nominations. Minaj is largely upset that her music video "Anaconda" was not nominated for Best Choreography and Best Video of the Year when it definitely should have been. Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" hit 19.6 million views in the first 24 hours breaking all previous VEVO records. The next to break Minaj's VEVO records was Taylor Swift which is why when Minaj refers to "girls" in her tweets, it's why many think is ultimately a poke at Swift. The "Anaconda" video caused a media storm filled with men sexualizing Minaj, women critiquing, thousands of memes, celebrity mockery, and Minaj risking her self image. Everyone who was anyone talked about that video and was OBSESSED. However, MTV Video Music Awards still didn't nominate her video. Ridiculous. This isn't the first time a video that deserved a nomination was snubbed. Katy Perry's "Roar" was not nominated last year when the view count for her video broke multiple records. She took to Twitter last year prior to the awards upset over the nominations. It has now opened the gates for all artists to feel comfortable to use their voice to call out the award show when they know they deserved a nomination. Minaj called out the award show saying that she has done everything the other nominees have done in her series of tweets but because she is black, she's been discriminated against and everyone knows it : It all started out with Minaj pointing out the flaws in how nominees are selected... Then Taylor Swift swooped in and reprimanded Minaj's tweets in the stance of faux-feminism. Minaj responded proving that Swift was in the wrong. Swift tried to make it about herself completely missing Minaj's point. And yet in all of the chaos, Kim Kardashian still managed to get involved... Ryan Seacrest jumped in siding with Swift which led to a swarm of attacks at Seacrest. He eventually deleted his tweet that victimized Swift and made Minaj look like she was attacking and weak. Yikes. And then Meek Mill thought it'd also be appropriate to throw shade at Drake. Horrible timing. Of course Bruno Mars tried to lighten the situation by launching a fake Twitter fight against Ed Sheeran. Aaron Paul invited the girls to pancakes. Indirectly, they were all mocking the girls and their behavior. They got to sit back and watch the show unfold... Katy Perry favorited Bruno Mar's tweet amidst the criticism of Taylor Swift. SHOCKER. "Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it." Fans are NOT HAPPY with the nominations or Taylor Swift. In the past, Best Music Video of the Year is the top award for genre-defining videos. It's been given to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", Katy Perry's "Firework", Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", and Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U" in the past. Minaj is simply pointing out that nominations should be given and awarded to artists who are getting it based off of achievement. That's what an award show is for. Do you think Minaj is in the right? I think so.
How to Improve Your Health with 3 Simple Steps
The number of people fighting overweight and obesity has been higher than ever from the very beginning of the 21st century. Lazy lifestyle, junk food habits, and unscheduled working hours are the main reasons behind excessive weight as it is said that nearly half of Americans are considered obese. Also consider that stress, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, lack of exercise, and poor sleep can be the factors that may affect your body’s overall health and immunity. So the need for additional all-natural supplementation becomes one of the best, safest, and most practical approaches to optimizing personal wellness proactively. What is Exipure? Exipure is an all-natural freshly launched proprietary blend of weight loss capsules that work to burn more calories by balancing brown adipose tissue levels in our bodies. Exipure manufacturers believe that the root cause behind excessive weight gain is low brown adipose tissue(BAT) levels. The aim of these natural pills is to target low brown adipose tissue(BAT) levels to dissolve stored fat and help you lose weight healthily. How Does Exipure Work? You can only lose weight by maintaining a caloric intake and deficit until you find a weight loss magic wand (In your fantasies). It is true that there’s no quick fix or easy way to lose weight. You are required to burn more calories than you consume for healthy weight loss outcomes. Epicore does the same thing. It boosts your brown adipose tissues as they burn more 300 times more calories to give you somehow fast results. However, Epicore makers are not pretty much transparent about how their blend can improve brown adipose tissue, but these ingredients are really backed by science. What Are The Ingredients Of Exipure? From the perilla leaf extract, kudzu root, propolis, holy basil, white Korean ginseng, amur cork bark, quercetin and oleuropein; Exipure ingredients are derived from Cat Ba Island (a tiny tropical island off the coast of Vietnam with a very biodiverse ecosystem) in a one of a kind, never seen before formula. What do Exipure Users say? The Exipure reviews section has some real life-changing results mentioned by the Exipure users; let us take a look at what customers think about Exipure: The very first review is by Lauren, a lady who has lost 35 lbs so far with the help of Exipure. She writes that she was scared to leave her house, thinking if she could fit in chairs or travel in public transport. But now, she is 35 lbs down with more attractive looks and confidence. She feels more energetic now. Cassie started taking Exipure every day and dissolved 40 lbs while eating her favorite foods. She is down 4 dresses and feels so pretty in herself. Now she is no more worried about how her friends or people in her surroundings think about her. Exipure Price and Availability The pricing of Exipure starts from $59, which you can buy on www.Exipure.com. Here is how the pricing packages of Exipure look like: $59 for one bottle of Exipure (30 day supply) $147 for three bottles of Exipure (90 day supply) $234 for six bottles of Exipure (180 day supply) Is Exipure diet pill safe? Exipure is made with all-natural exotic nutrients and plants in the USA with an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) registered and GMP certified facility. Exipure formula is no-GMO, soy-free, and dairy free to ensure quality standards. Although this weight loss formula is safe, people with pre-medical conditions must take a recommendation with a professional physician before taking it. High Rating on the Trustpilot: https://bit.ly/3CWSpZA
I Said No to a Religious Friend as She Lay Dying. Was I Right?
Religion is nothing but a crock used by people to fortify themselves against the frightening prospect of death, that chillingly inevitable end of life.  And when death impends, be that at war, in hospital, or on death row, people cling more desperately to that delusion.  Even nonbelievers walk on eggshells when faced with a dying person. We wonder: Is this really a good time to tread on their sensibilities and disabuse them of their crock? Not long ago I found myself in that quandary.  Someone I knew was dying, and I went to her deathbed to pay my respects. She was a woman who respected me as an elder of the Nigerian community in Cleveland.  She was also something of a protégé, having sought my advice repeatedly as she considered the proper advanced-degree path to pursue.  In my days as a scientific educator—when, also, two of my sons were in the university—I had become something of an information resource for my fellow Nigerians on matters like the choice of college to attend and the discipline of study, and especially how to tap into financial assistance programs available to good students and their parents in the U.S.  I chose to visit her when most of her friends and well-wishers would be at work. I was wary of the perplexed reactions of my fellow Nigerians when it became known that I am an atheist.  My friends told me I would come across much better as an agnostic or a pagan than an out-and-out atheist, for Nigerians are often ranked alongside Americans in sheer religiosity—of the pushy and loud sort.  It’s amazing that the very people whom religion has historically oppressed and denigrated the most (i.e. women, Blacks, colonized people) are the ones who cling to it most tenaciously!  The Nigerian media go so far as to estimate that one in three houses in the cities and townships of the Christian south of the country are used nowadays as churches, chapels, temples, tabernacles, or other places of worship.  “Nigerian atheist” is considered an oxymoron. Those who know I was raised a Catholic—and, to boot, an altar boy able to recite the entire Eucharist liturgy in Latin and English—profess themselves baffled by my apostasy.  Read the full article: https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/11/I-said-no.html
April Fools Birthday?
I love the classics, whether it be music, movies, or in this case tv. I Dream of Jeannie was a fantastic show that ran from 1965-1970. In Season 2 episode 10, we learn that Jeannie doesn't know her own birthday. Toby tells her to visit her family to find out what it is only for her to return with more questions. Turns out her mother says February, her father says December, her sister says June, and her neighbors say October. So Jeannie tasks Tony in finding it when her birthday is...and he does using ERIK, a supercomputer at NASA. Unfortunately, Tony is unable to read the result due to Dr. Bellows's suspicions and interruption. Luckily, Rodger gets the date....but is sent over to Alaska leading to a cliffhanger. Finally, 2 episodes later, we get an answer. As much as I'd love to upload a clip that I managed to get, vingle won't let me upload it nor will it let me upload the link, so I did the best I could via photos. Jeannie is born on April 1st! Quite fitting if you ask me. Let's all wish her a very happy birthday to make up for 2,000 years of no birthday parties. Come on, look at that happy grin. @shannonl5 @RyanOgg @MichaelOgg @amobigbang @LAVONYORK @ShinigamiSan @buddyesd @dominika @Lescobedo @MyAffairWith @Marichel @MarvelTrashCan @CandaceJordan @mellyortiz @BecasFlowers @Chocomayne @AshCrimson @OctoberHymns @jazziejazz @ThePervySage @MikeCro @arnelli @Krystalstar22 @gatorchick96 @GossamoKewen95 @ChildOfSparda13 @JustinMims21 @kuzuri96 @Captpeter @kneelb4zod @MoisEsGaray @sammsosa @InPlainSight @anonymousbean @BrunoDutch @RaulGamboa @PrinceCampbell @CreeTheOtaku @VioLence @JonPatrickHyde @DerrickAldana @Silver925 @nenegrint14 @GrowingArt @Lushisushi @LenaBlackRose @sarahpjane @Danse @CalebOrr @CadoAngelus @Jelloston @BelleofRay @DaiGakuSei @EasternShell @Awesomeperson @SamTheMallow @DarthRevan @MichelleHolly @LadyLuna @KennethKalgren @zwdodds @AdekolaOmole @DustinAtkinson @Boggleman @AshelyJewell @TonyjJohnson771 @NickDiaz @TensaZangetsu98 @ellias777 @Raavaan @trickyfinger @EstefanOlivares @JimTurpen @Danse @BeannachtOraibh @AkashBhojraj @ComicGeek94 @wolpht @SparkRIDE @shelbiisonfire @HaleValkyrie @AllieGrabowski @AleciaReedy @gabrielpgalindo @TwiztidSpider @RaquelArredondo @TiffanyPerez @DavidPap @ItsMeSlim @culversyanne @JonPatrickHyde @nenegrint14 @TiffanyWallace @Lushisushi @nberry1620 @humairaa @Thatperson512 @RositaGamboa @Ensuno @ButterflyBlu @ReadAnimateSwim @jennygirl @ChosenKnight @CloeySuess @bluerose101 @LadyExperiment @GinTenma @LilMcGriddle18 @CristelaLoz @Starbell808 @shantalcamara @GinnaL13 @Beeplzzz @Jak91 @DianaBell @ALEXCAMACHO @KathyGarcia @MelissaGarza @AlexAckerman @Melodicballoon @TravisCobbs @RogueLeigh @cardboardart @KaiTakashima @jevonlowery @DanRodriguez @JJthealphamale @NobleKnight151 @KingGummy @jeffpeterrutan @Bakuman247 @AnnaDodd @GeraldIngraham @ArcticFox95 @ScriptedSoldier @SydneyHogg @OrionMasters @twistedreaper6 @bud113 @SamSpangler @ChaoticJae @FannyWard @SamratGolhar @MarshallLeeXD @AlidaGarman @Chrisingularis @RobynHope @ChristopherKenn @AlexMoreno @ChrisTheMage @AlanOakley @Ticasensei @Nicco15 @JacobLollar @AliciaScherrer @SeintoSeiya @DaltonColeman @merryjayne13 @JakeErter @AcaciaNguyen @TehDL @VeronicaArtino @mcbubbles @aabxo @MajahnNelson @TessStevens @Sara3 @Melodicballoon @zwdodds
Wreath of the River Girl (unfinished)
In the north of Brazil, in the depth and murks of the Amazon rainforest, there are creatures and people who live unseen and unchecked by the rest of the world. It is the last place where magic exists in our world, though with every passing year, the magic wanes with the felling of the forest. Deep within the center of the forest, at a broad channel where the river bends, under the surface of the dark waters exists one of the last vesitges of the world's river fairies, arguably the most potent of magical beings in the known (and unknown) world. The fairies are a fickle people, prone to highly-charged emotional outburts, those these are short-lived. They have little time for dwelling on things. Mostly they frolic in the forest, collecting raindrops and pulling micheivous pranks on one another. The raindrops they make into precious jewels, which they then hoard in their dwelling. For fairies are succumb to avarice more than any other being on this green Earth. One bright, sunny day, where the water in the air felt as thick as the river herself, the fairies rested on broad leaves in the shade, resting their wings and seeking comfort from the relentless, drowsy heat. They were chittering betwixt themselves happily, if tiredly, when a great raucous broke their idle reverie. Something was crashing gracelessly through the trees. Instantly, the fairies were alert, and scattered into high branches and leafy bushes, hiding from the intruder. It wasn't often that strangers came upon this particular stretch of land. In fact, powerful magics were cast around a wide radius to prevent such a thing from happening. You can understand why the fairies were so perplexed. It is not in their nature to feel fear - instead, they experience a tentative curiosity about the unknown. As they watched the crashing leaves and heard an arrhythmic crunching of fallen branches and leaves, the fairies' curiosity only grew. Just before it was too much to bear, a young, earthy-colored girl burst forth from the breach of bushes and stumbled down to the riverbank. The fairies were almost bursting with the desire to find out what brought the girl into their midst, and how it had come to pass. They all snuck closer so as to better determine these issues. The girl, for her part, was quite distraught. She was scratched up on every side, and there was a burning pain in her left foot. She was scared, more scared than she had yet been in her short life. She had not wound up in this strange part of the rainforest intentionally, no. She had only chanced upon it in her desperate flight from her village. Men had come to it under the guise of missionairies, deceiving the village leaders and requesting an initial tribute of their youngest daughters as payment for their blessings. She had barely escaped the clutches of one older man's gnarled, pale, clawing grasp. Now she was lost, and alone, and sure that her village was faring no better. So she wept. She wept until she was too tired to do anything more than sleep, so she tucked herself away under the shade of a tall tree and fell quickly into a deep, dreamless slumber. As the young girl fell asleep, the fairies were just about overcome with curiosity, and deemed that it was beyond time that they satisfied their need to know about this strange new creature in their midst. Flitting out from their hiding places, the fairies congregated, hovering over the girl's sleeping body. They started excitedly talking amongst themselves. "What do you think it is?" chirped Zuzu. She was a young fairy yet, only 76 years old, and not much learned in the ways of the world. She was the color of the middle-water, where the light still penetrated before the deeper parts. Not quite yellow, but not as green as some of the others. "I don't know, but it's really smelly," said Ki, taking in a big whiff of the air. Ki was in the adolesence of her life at 210 years old. She was the color of the Monkey Brushes scattered around the forest, and shone with the paling of the sky at dawn and dusk. "We should probably go ask Thula," said Passi, the eldest of these four fairies at 297, though only by a minute in the case of her twin Aya. The two of them were colored like the passion plants, and they were hard to find in their hiding games when they lay amongst these flowers. "Yeah! Thula will know. We should bring her some of the water the creature dropped!" Aya said, agreeing with her sister.