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Raissa Santana Just Became The Second Black Ms. Brazil

Raissa Santana recently made history becoming the second Black woman to be crowned Ms. Brazil — an achievement that’s been 30 years in the making

The 21-year-old, who is from the Southern state of Paraná, won the title on October 1. Afterward, Santana spoke about what this title means to her and those who look like her, Vibe wrote.

“I’m very emotional. This here is a mixture of great emotions,” she shared.

“I didn’t expect to win this title, but I am very happy to have won this title and to represent Black beauty and encourage girls who have the dream of having something, to conquer, to be a model, to be a Miss… Now I want to encourage these girls and show them that they can,” she added.

The last time a Black woman won this recognition was in 1986, when Deise Nunes was crowned the winner. In addition, speaking of record-breaking, this year’s competition boasted the most Black contestants in its 61-year history, with six out of the 27 contestants being of African descent.

Congrats Raissa!

Alabama Prison Guards Went on Strike In Solidarity with Inmates

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A group of guards at an Alabama prison went on strike this past weekend, out of solidarity with inmates protesting overcrowding and unjust labor practices, Jezebel reported.

According to the Alabama Department of Corrections on Saturday “some correctional officers” assigned to the third shift at the prison did not report to work.

 “It’s official,” Kinetik Justice, an incarcerated organizer who has spent over two years in solitary confinement at Holman, said in an audio recording released by IWW-IWOC. “At 6:00, no officers came to work. None came to work. None of the officers came to work. Deputy Commissioner Culliver passed me my tray. Every cell, he’s passing out the tray. No officers came to work. They completely bucked on the administration. No more will they be pawns in the game. Nighttime is going down.”


Say What? A Hospital Charged a Couple $40 to Hold Their Baby After His Birth

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Sigh… a hospital had the nerve to charge a new mother $39.35 for holding her own baby after delivery.

According to Vox, the widely shared bill on Reddit shows a charge for “skin to skin after c sec.” The Reddit user who posted it wasn’t complaining about the hospital per se, but about the ridiculousness of the American health care system.

“During the C-section the nurse asked my wife if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born. Which of course anyone would say yes too. We just noticed it in the bill today. The nurse let me hold the baby on my wife’s neck/chest. Even borrowed my camera to take a few pictures for us. Everyone involved in the process was great, and we had a positive experience. We just got a chuckle out of seeing that on the bill, he wrote.

But why isn’t that included? Like for real?

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