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Miami-Dade County Public Schools join legal fight to stop DeSantis, Florida mask mandate prohibition

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools are cutting right to the chase — filing suit against state Department of Health rules banning required student masks even before its state aid is reduced for disobeying Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order.

The suit, filed Tuesday, asks an administrative law judge to invalidate the emergency rule made after DeSantis forbade school districts from mandating that students wear masks.

The 30-page filing calls the state’s requirement that school districts allow parents to opt out of mask mandates illogical and unsupported by fact, and says it promotes the spread of COVID-19.

“The Parental Opt-Out Provisions are directly contrary to the ostensible purpose of the DOH Rule, in that they facilitate, rather than control, the spread of a communicable disease,” reads the suit, signed by Jamie Cole and Edward Guedes, of the law firm Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman. “It was thoughtless, irrational, and without reason for the DOH to adopt such disease-facilitating provisions as an ostensible measure to control COVID-19.”

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Donna Brazile: Biden ‘Has A Lot to Brag About’ — ‘I Give Him High Marks for the First Year’

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Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that President Joe Biden had “a lot to brag about” after his first year in office.

Partial transcript as follows:

RADDATZ: Donna, I want to — I want to start with you: unity, unity, unity. That is what Joe Biden talked about in his inaugural address just over a year ago. That is not what he has gotten. And this week it’s clear he’s changing course.

DONNA BRAZILE, ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: There’s no question that what the president called for last year is something that we should all aspire to. We want to be a united country, especially now, given the threats that we see abroad. He also said that he wanted to reach out. He has tried and, of course, we got — the result is the bipartisan infrastructure bill. But this is an opportunity for all Americans to really rally behind the president as we try to get this virus under control, keep this economy growing, keep our schools re-opened.

Look, I think the president has a lot to brag about. And, yes, I say ‘brag,’ because for the first time in my lifetime, we have a president who is going to eliminate lead pipes, a president that is going to ensure that every child gets a head start and a healthy start. But while we’re not celebrating all of his successes, we are basically focused on the next election. And we know that that’s 289 days away. So I give him high marks for the first year. He hasn’t accomplished everything he wanted to, but by the way he’s only in the first year of a four-year term. So this is going to be a key year for President Biden.

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Singer Chris Daughtry Reveals Daughter Committed Suicide Months After Criminal Shot Her in the Face

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Singer Chris Daughtry and his wife Deanna Daughtry shared the cause of daughter Hannah Price’s sudden death late last year, stating that after a full investigation, officials have determined that the 25-year-old died by suicide November 12.

“After a thorough investigation by Fentress County DA, Fentress County Sheriff Office and the Knoxville Medical Examiners Office, they have determined her official cause of death as suicide by hanging while under the influence of Narcotics,” the Daughtrys said in a joint statement shared with E! News.

“It has been determined that there is no evidence of foul play,” they added.

The Daughtrys went on to say that Price had told her family members the morning of her death that she was in “fear for her life.”

“She needed help after her current boyfriend allegedly physically abused her and had taken her car,” they said, adding that police were called to perform a wellness check at Price’s Tennessee home, but that officers had determined she “was OK” and left without incident.

“From a young age, Hannah struggled with mental illness and was in and out of therapy and treatment centers,” the statement continued. “As Hannah got older, she struggled to find her footing and began using drugs and often found herself abusive relationships.”

The Daughtrys went on to say that Price had also been “the victim of a crime and was shot in the face” just months after losing her biological father to suicide.

“Just months after losing her biological father to suicide, Hannah was the victim of a crime and was shot in the face,” the statement said. “We did everything we could to support her and get her the help she needed to recover from these tragedies and get her life back on track.”

“We had just recently made plans with Hannah for her to seek further treatment and move closer to the family,” they added.

Price’s body was found hanging by her boyfriend, who called 911, according to the statement, which added that she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The day after Price’s death, Chris Daughtry shared an image of his step-daughter to Instagram, writing, “I am absolutely devastated and heartbroken.”

“I just recently lost my mother to cancer but I was blessed with the chance to say goodbye and I was processing it privately,” he added at the time. “We never got to say goodbye to our precious Hannah and it’s another huge hit to our family.”

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Vogue Slammed for Cover Imposing Unnatural Style on African Models: ‘This Is an Insult’

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The February 2022 cover of British Vogue featuring nine African models is being slammed by critics who say the issue’s photo makes the women appear unnatural.

British Vogue‘s Twitter account posted the cover of the magazine, which featured models Adut Akech, Anok Yai, Majesty Amare, Amar Akway, Janet Jumbo, Maty Fall, Nyagua Ruea, Abény Nhial, and Akon Changkou.

With a new generation of African models in the spotlight, fashion is at last embracing what it is to be truly global. With British Vogue’s momentous all African February cover, meet the young women redefining what it is to be a model: https://t.co/I5J2Yps09I pic.twitter.com/WAPV2feNob

— British Vogue (@BritishVogue) January 13, 2022

But when social media users saw the magazine cover, many took to the comment section of Vogue‘s post to express their dismay with the imagery.

“The only thing this picture celebrates is VERY BAD PHOTOGRAPHY. Vogue, once again, fails epically with this cover,” another Twitter user wrote.

“No. The beauty of black women would show their natural features, not an exaggerated version of blackness,” another reacted.

“Not impressed. U should’ve done this years ago…. with better lighting and no fake hair,” a third said.

“Outright mockery,” another tweeted.

The women are stunning and amazing to see representing in vogue.I have two minor gripes – the shot could have been better lit, and the models could have used their natural afro hair instead of straight hair wigs.

— BK Titanji #ILookLikeAScientist (@Boghuma) January 17, 2022

“The photo is too dark. You can’t see the models’ facial features — just blackness. Any good photographer knows that lighting faces can be challenging,” another critiqued. “In this case they decided on NO lighting. Even their black clothes show no texture b/c of no lighting.”

“Please find photographers who know how to light and photograph black people…the injustice!” another Twitter user lamented.

“It’s bloody awful. The styling and aesthetic is entirely wrong. We, as usual, have been erased. This isn’t #BlackGirlMagic, it’s Black Girls Tragic. Sack the damn stylist and photographers. In fact, sack the entire team,” another commented.

“They put these models in terrible lighting, they dressed them all in black like a funeral and they have them all in terrible 60’s style wigs,” another Twitter user added.

Why would you think this is appropriate? pic.twitter.com/OWrYO64IEZ

— As soon as possible (@her_khumalo) January 16, 2022

“This is an insult,” another reacted. “Why make them wear wigs with such terrible lighting and make them wear black? Why dim out their features and put this picture which is not what they really look like?”

Vogue also posted a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot, which social media users say is more evidence that the magazine cover does not showcase the true beauty of the models.

Rows of rails laden with the season’s most sought-after looks, more jewellery than a jewellery store, and a year’s supply of hairspray. Just a flavour of what you can expect on a British Vogue shoot. Watch as the cover stars prepare for their moment: https://t.co/Ytc453EcnW pic.twitter.com/f0XKDvy7uH

— British Vogue (@BritishVogue) January 13, 2022

“So you darkened their skin? For what purpose?” one Twitter user asked.

“How is this a celebration of natural black beauty if you darkened their skin, put wigs on everyone, and made them wear black and the whole photo is all dark,” another wrote. “It doesn’t look like a celebration but a strange funeral.”

“Why did you cover their natural hair with wigs?” a third inquired.

“This video is better than the actual shoot and cover…” another Twitter user commented.

“These women are beautiful. I wish we were able to see their natural beauty more in the edits,” another said.

You can follow Alana Mastrangelo on Facebook and Twitter at @ARmastrangelo, and on Instagram.

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