Why Fans Should Be Hopeful After That ‘Pose’ Finale, According To Star Mj Rodriguez

Spoilers for Pose Season 2 finale ahead. Pose’s Season 2 finale was a roller-coaster ride of heartbreaking moments and triumphant revelations that hint at a hopeful future for the House of Evangelista. Angel and Papi made a leap in the fashion industry and got engaged, Damon is a house father and traveling the world and there are two new possible children who need Blanca’s Midas touch to improve their lives. Blanca’s future on Pose still feels uncertain with her career essentially ending after it led to a scary decline in her health, but actress Mj Rodriguez tells Bustle that her character has come to a new realization about motherhood that will help Blanca hold on to her trademark optimism during this new chapter in her life.

“When she was heartbroken [after Damon, Angel, and Papi leaving], she was dealing with what every mother eventually deals with her babies flying out of the nest and venturing out to find places on their own,” says Rodriguez via telephone prior to the finale’s release. “And, I think in this episode, she realized that her babies will come back and seek her help when they need it. When it comes to the younger kids, she knows that these kids don’t have the guidance that they need. These are new kids that are brimming with hope and a slew of possible talents and she sees that. She looks in these kids’ faces and sees what Damon and Angel had to go through…she sees their faces in these other kids. That entices her to push harder and fight.”

Blanca’s continued fight for both her children’s welfare and the community overall progression was what led her to stand up out of her wheelchair and triumphantly lip-synch Whitney Houston’s iconic version of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The national anthem has been a subject of discussion in recent years due to professional athletes, notably Colin Kapernick and Megan Rapinoe, acknowledging how the song’s lyrics about freedom don’t align with the social injustices faced by marginalized communities.

However, Rodriguez believes that Blanca connects with the song for several reasons, including her right to freedom and Whitney’s general influence on her community at the time.

“I think Blanca chose that song to not only stand firm in who she is within a country that was completely against her at that time, but she also wanted her community to know that they have the right to be alive and be who they are no matter what,” affirms Rodriguez. “She wanted to try her best to be a shining example of that. She’s very vocal and transparent and did that to show that she’s strong and to also pay homage to Whitney.”

Her triumphant return to the ballroom was a hopeful ending to the season, but what will happen to Blanca next. Only the writers and producers know the answer but, like most fans, Rodriguez really wants to see Blanca in better physical health, especially with underage kids under her wing, and a loving relationship. It’s not clear what happened to the sexy lifeguard from last summer’s girls’ trip, but hopefully her short-lived romance with him was just a precursor of what’s to come in Season 3. Sure, there’s always Angel and Papi, but MJ firmly believes that the more positive depictions of trans women’s romantic relationships there are on TV, the better.

“Not a lot of trans women’s love lives are seen through their own eyes,” states Rodriguez. “They are always seen through the lenses of someone else. Women like myself need to see themselves in full, actualized relationships…It’s only right to see Blanca where she has two kids, three grown kids who are almost like they are in college and doing their own thing, and a steady life with a man who is treating her right.”

Blanca’s future on Pose will certainly have its ups and downs as she navigates a world that wants to erase her existence and stigmatizes her due to her HIV positive status. But, her life is also filled with hope as she continues to provide a loving home for those who are lost and discarded and stand up for right to love, life, and liberty. She may be going through a rough patch now, but there’s no hurdle to high to keep Mother down.

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Jeffrey Epstein an ‘evil genius’ for filing will in the Virgin Islands

Jeffrey Epstein is still making trouble for his alleged victims from the grave.

By filing his will in the US Virgin Islands, the pedophile added another layer of difficulty for his sex-abuse accusers to get a piece of his estate, several lawyers told The Post on Tuesday.

“He is in some way as brilliant in death as he was in life — an evil genius,” said James Marsh, a lawyer for two Epstein accusers who added that he would either hire an associate in the Virgin Islands to help him navigate the court system there or have to pass its bar exam himself.

Scores of lawsuits have been filed against Epstein, including five in Manhattan since he hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell Aug. 10.

Nearly all of the suits will have to be refiled, since they don’t name the executors of Epstein’s will as required after his death, said a lawyer for one accuser.

The lawsuits can still continue to be filed in Manhattan, the lawyers noted — but any settlements ordered by the courts in New York would have to be doled out in the Virgin Islands, likely with the help of an attorney licensed there, they said.

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Trump HUMILIATED after sharing approval ratings from ’worst poll in the world’

The poll shared by Trump claimed his benchmark approval rating was considerably higher than almost every other poll. Trump’s approval rating was pegged at 51 percent in the poll created by the firm Zogby. Real Clear Politics compiled an average of Trump’s approval ratings working it out to be 43.1 percent, with his disproval ratings at 54.4 percent.

Trump shared a picture of the Zogby poll on Twitter in response to the results.

He Tweeted: “THANK YOU! #MAGA”

The poll is known to consistently skew results in favour of Trump and the Republicans.

FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver condemned Zogby for its online polls.

He published an article about the firm on his website in 2009 claiming it was “the worst pollster in the world”.

In the article he claims Zogby “violate the most basic precept of survey research which is that of the random sample”.

He said: “As you might infer, they obtain absolutely terrible results.

“These Internet polls, simply put, are not scientific and should not be published by any legitimate news organisation.”

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Polling experts claim the methods the polls use are often not transparent.

Rutgers University political science professor David Redlawsk claimed no attention should be paid to to the firm.

He told The Atlantic: “Any poll where they don’t provide detailed methodological information should actually be ignored.”

Fans of Trump took to Twitter to share in his celebration of the Zogby poll.

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One tweeted: “The 2020 Trump landslide is incoming. Who is with me?!”

Another said: “We love you President Trump.”

Other Twitter users were not so sure of Trumps high scoring polls.

Christopher Zullo TweetedL “Donald Trump is the fake news you seek.”

Another Twitter user said: “Zogby? Really? The only polls that Trump sees are in his imagination.”

One user, @felonrouscat, said: “Even with that poll half of the country disapproves.”

This follows Trump’s recent Twitter rant after a Fox news poll revealed his low approval rating meant he was on track to lose the 2020 election.

Trump blamed the media coverage of his repeated racism in the drop of approval ratings.

He Tweeted: “The reporting is so fake, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke.

“With all that this Administration has accomplished, think what my Poll Numbers would be if we had an honest Media, which we do not!”

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Trump refuses to meet Danish PM after plan to purchase Greenland rejected – ‘No interest!’

Last week it emerged that the US President had held serious talks with US officials concerning the potential purchase of Greenland from Denmark. When the news broke, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told reporters that Trump’s talk of purchasing the island, and the chance of Denmark selling the island, was “an absurd discussion”. In predictable style, Trump has cancelled the meeting that was supposed to take place between himself and the Danish PM next month. Using Twitter to break the news, the US President tweeted: “Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time.

“The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”

Questions have been asked of why Trump would want to buy the island in the first place, and what purpose it would serve the US.

One reason many have argued can be found in a tweet sent out by the President yesterday, in which a photo of Trump Tower can be seen photoshopped onto the shores of Greenland.

This was accompanied by the sarcastic caption: “I promise not to do this to Greenland.”

Ms Frederisken has previously told Danish broadcaster DR: “It’s an absurd discussion, and Kim Kielsen (Greenland’s premier) has of course made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That’s where the conversation ends.”

The Wall Street Journal claimed that Trump asked advisers whether the US could acquire Greenland and listened to their explanations over its geopolitical significance as well as potential natural resource accumulation.

While some supported the prospect of the US buying the island, the newspaper reported that others dismissed it as “fleeting fascination” that will never happen.

On Sunday, Trump confirmed that he had recently discussed the possibility of buying the island, though he said it was not an immediate priority.

He said: “The concept came up and… strategically it’s interesting. (Although) it is not number one on the burner – I can tell you that.”

Greenland has a population of just 56,000 and is an autonomous region of Denmark, following Danish colonisation that began in 1721.

Trump is not the first president to speculate buying Greenland – former president Harry Truman went one step further and made an offer of $100million in gold.

The president’s move mirrors that of the US Secretary of State William Seward ’s purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867 for a fee of $7.2million.

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‘Teen Mom OG’ Stars Tyler Baltierra & Catelynn Lowell Defend Being Late To Reunion With Daugh

You do NOT want to mess with the Teen Mom OG audience on social media.

Feeling the wrath this time around are Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn Lowell, currently taking heat over being “a half hour late” to a reunion with their eldest daughter Carly.

The special visit to the zoo, shown on the MTV hit’s season finale Monday night, was set up by the couple’s adoption counselor; however, they apparently didn’t get it together on time — and the couple’s tardiness left viewers VERY unimpressed!

The social media chatter took such a turn on Monday night, and into Tuesday morning, that Tyler and Catelynn both chose to speak out about the incident — and clarify what fans saw on the hit reality TV show.

At first, the reality TV star, and CEO of Tierra Reign, tried to get in front of it with a preemptive tweet sent during the show’s season finale on Monday night (below):

…And yet, the anger on social channels never quite seemed to subside. Fast forward a while — well into Tuesday — and fans were still going.

When one viewer surmised the pair had been “two hours” late to the reunion with their first daughter (who, of course, they long ago gave up for adoption), Tyler attempted to quickly rectify the situation by offering the reasoning behind their delay (below):

OK then! But he wasn’t the only one dealing with the drama all day; Catelynn addressed the issue multiple times on her own Twitter account, as well.

Noting the pair was late “by like 30-45 mins,” the young mother revealed a bit more about the scrapbook they had apparently been finishing for the girl (below):

Six hours later, though, patience had worn thin and even the typically-calm Catelynn started to bubble over with frustration.

“Get a damn grip people,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet as she once again took to social media to address the never-ending controversy (below):

Wow!!!

Now, the fans do have a point here. The reality TV duo’s tardiness was disrespectful to Carly’s adoptive parents, the little girl herself, and the adoption counselor who put it all together. And considering it was such an important (and rare!) event for Tyler and Catelynn, showing up late probably didn’t exactly prove to everybody else that they’re prioritizing this like we know they must be. So, sure, it is a bad look.

But the social media chatter is a bit overboard, too!!! So much hate for showing up late! Not condoning it or anything, but just pointing out — as Catelynn did multiple times — the lifelong memories made here probably outweigh the delay, and the big picture stuff is what really matters! Just sayin’!!!

Are we crazy for looking at the controversy this way, Perezcious readers?! Have fans blown the setback way out of proportion? Or is it really SUCH a big deal to call ’em out all day long for it???

Share your opinions about everything related to last night’s season finale of Teen Mom OG in the comments (below)!!!

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Kristin Davis Finally Explained Charlotte's Sex and the City Turtleneck Look

When Charlotte York opted to swerve from her usual wardrobe of uptown preppy staples, Sex and the City viewers took notice. But until now, fans didn't have a way of questioning the characters' outfits or getting any answers. Thanks to Instagram account Every Outfit on SATC, which works to chronicle every outfit on the hit HBO series, and the cast's love of social media engagement, everyone can get some insight. That's exactly what happened when Kristin Davis commented on a screencap of Charlotte wearing a turtleneck, a definite move from her usual wardrobe. The account proposed that the fashion moment was one chance that the character took to dig into her art gallery roots, but Davis suggested something a little different.

"IS CHARLOTTE A CLOSET MINIMALIST? Because that is the only way that we can wrap our heads around a sleek, Jil Sander-esque look that is totally incongruous with the rest of her wardrobe. Not that we're complaining, it's genuinely refreshing to see Charlotte's art world side jump out. Art world people are obsessed with a monochromatic palette and a stark silhouette, presumably because they've been exposed to so much Richard Serra. Long live Minimalist Charlotte, you are truly the woman of our dreams."

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Minimalist Charlotte may not have been a main character (and neither was fan favorite Atlantic City Charlotte), but her mood definitely stuck with fans. Davis explained that the look made her feel more like she was on a court procedural, not Sex and the City.

"My thoughts are either I was trying to pretend I was on Law + Order," Davis wrote on the post. She also offered up an alternative explanation for the uncharacteristically somber ensemble. "Or else Pat Field was sick that episode and just said 'wear whatever you want!'"

Sarah Jessica Parker has also used the account to explain some of the show's more out-there outfits. When Every Outfit on SATC posted a still featuring Carrie Bradshaw's mismatched Louboutins, she chimed in, writing, "We had 2 pairs of what I believe are @louboutinworld scrappy [sic] sandals. Pat and I chose to do 1 of each. Perhaps because both were so delicious in color and seemed in harmony with the dress but also because we simply loved doing 1 of each. Sending my best. And hope this is a satisfactory answer. Xxx."

Rest easy, SATC fans. Eventually, every burning question will be answered, including why none of the main characters noticed Justin Theroux playing two different characters.

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Capital One data breach suspect seeks release from jail

Lawyers for a transgender woman charged in a massive data breach at Capital One asked a judge Tuesday to release her from federal custody, saying that for her to remain jailed with men is a serious threat to her mental health.

Paige Thompson, a talented computer programmer from Seattle who goes by the online handle “erratic,” was arrested last month after the FBI said she obtained personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications. There is no indication she sold or distributed the data.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday before Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson on whether Thompson will remain at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac pending trial. Prosecutors say she should because she presents a flight risk and is a danger to herself and others. They said she has “a long history of threatening behaviour that includes repeated threats to kill others, to kill herself, and to commit suicide by cop,” and that in May police investigated after she made threats to shoot up a California social media company.

In a response filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, her attorneys, federal public defenders Mohammad Hamoudi and Christopher Sanders, asked for her to be released to a halfway house where she would have better access to mental health care.

They cited the other suicides and suicide attempts in federal pretrial detention _ including the recent death of Jeffrey Epstein _ as evidence that such facilities are ill-equipped to support defendants suffering from serious mental health issues. And, they said, a psychiatric evaluation of Thompson performed by Dr. Matt Goldenberg noted that feminizing hormones had created permanent changes in Thompson, including breast growth, that could put her at higher risk of abuse.

“The risk of being continuously misgendered and becoming a target for intimidation by other inmates is likely increased in a male facility,” Goldenberg wrote. “Longterm placement in a men’s facility will likely increase Paige’s gender dysphoria, depression, and risk of suicide.”

Thompson’s lawyers also filed a letter of support from the American Civil Liberties Union urging her release.

“The conditions that many transgender women face in prison result in lifelong trauma, adverse health consequences, and at times, death,” ACLU attorney Chase Strangio wrote to the court. “Too many end up being abused or engaging in self-harm in the midst of trauma and emotional crisis.”

The defence lawyers argued that there is no evidence to support the government’s argument Thompson might flee, and that in fact she has always co-operated when contacted by law enforcement before. Following the threat to the social media company, a Seattle police officer wrote in a report, “I am familiar with Paige Thompson and my unit has a response plan for her,” and found she had no means or money to travel to California.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Andrew Friedman and Steven Masada anticipated that Thompson’s lawyers would seek her release on mental health grounds in a memorandum filed earlier this month.

“Thompson’s mental-health conditions are long-standing and well-known to Thompson,” they wrote. “And Thompson made the threats and committed the crimes that counsel against her release, even while apparently receiving mental-health treatment. There is no reason to believe that any mental-health treatment that Thompson might receive while on release would be any more effective in reducing the danger that Thompson would pose than her prior treatment.”

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Sao Paulo shrouded in darkness as Amazon rainforest continues to burn

In the middle of the afternoon on Monday, the Brazillian city of Sao Paulo suddenly descended into darkness.

“It was as if day had turned into night,” Sao Paulo resident Gianvitor Dias told the BBC.

“Everyone here commented because even on rainy days it doesn’t usually get that dark,” Dias said. “It was very impressive.”

Several shared photos of the city on social media, saying it looked “apocalyptic.”

The darkness lasted just over an hour.

What caused the darkness?

According to Global News meteorologist Ross Hull, a few factors came together at “just the right moment” to place Sao Paulo under a shroud of darkness.

“A frontal boundary which helps to create lift and condensation was the catalyst for thunderstorms to move in,” he said. “Lightning and thunderstorms were actually reported at the airport in Sao Paulo on Monday, and you can see lightning flashes in some of the images from the event.”

Hull says this would have contributed to the darkened skies.

“Add to that the fact that the upper level winds, as well as the front, helped to steer smoke from fires burning northwest of the city in a more remote parts of Brazil,” he said.

“These factors all came together to reduce visibility and enveloped this part of Brazil in an eerie, dark haze.”

According to Copernicus EU — The European Union’s Earth Observation Programme — smoke from wildfires burning in Amazonia had reached the Atlantic coast and Sao Paulo on Monday.

According to Copernicus EU, there has been increased fire activity in the states of Amazonas and Rondonia since August 1.

Wildfires on the rise

Earlier this month, the state of Amazonas declared a state of emergency due to the rising number of forest fires in the area.

Last week, NASA released satellite images which depicted large swathes of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia affected by the fires and smoke.

And, according to data released by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) earlier this week, forest fires in Brazil have risen by more than 80 per cent this year.

Since Thursday, INPE said satellite images spotted 9,507 new forest fires in Brazil, mostly in the Amazon basin, home to the world’s largest tropical forest which is seen as vital to countering climate change.

What is causing the fires?

Scientists from Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE) have said the Amazon has suffered losses in the Amazon at an “accelerated rate” since President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January.

However, speaking at a press conference last month, Bolsonaro said the data “doesn’t relate to the reality.”

Shortly after, Bolsonaro fired the director of INPE.

When asked about the spread of uncontrolled fires, Bolsonaro brushed off criticism, saying it was the time of the year of the “queimada” or burn, when farmers use fire to clear land.

“I used to be called Captain Chainsaw. Now I am Nero, setting the Amazon aflame,” he told reporters. “But it is the season of the queimada.”

INPE said the large number of wildfires could not be attributed to the dry season or natural phenomena alone.

While wildfires are common in the dry season, they are also deliberately set by farmers illegally deforesting land for cattle ranching.

INPE researcher Alberto Setzer told Reuters that there is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is “just a little below average.”

“The dry season creates the favorable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident,” Setzer said.

By Tuesday afternoon #prayforamazonia was trending on Twitter globally.

“I really can’t express how sad I am,” one Twitter user wrote. “Someone save [the] Amazon.”

“This is bad,” another user wrote. “Earth’s lungs are in flames.”

— With files from Reuters.

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See Every Piece From Taylor Swift, Stella McCartney's Lover Collection

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Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney have teamed up for a dreamy new clothing collection.

The Grammy winner and the fashion designer joined forces on a limited-edition line, inspired by T.Swift’s new album, Lover. On Tuesday, the duo unveiled the lookbook for the line, giving fans a preview of the pieces in the collection.

“#StellaxTaylorSwift is coming soon,” Swift wrote on social media Tuesday. “It’s been SO much fun to work/dream up cute stuff with my friend @stellamccartney to create a line inspired by my new album Lover.”

Swift added that fans can sign up to receive more info at TaylorSwift.com and StellaMcCartney.com.

The album merchandise line includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, bags and a reusable water bottle, with many items featuring T.Swift lyrics.

For a more exclusive option, two Stella McCartney pieces, a bomber jacket and handbag, have also been created. The two limited-edition pieces will be available for exclusive order on StellaMcCartney.com from the evening of Aug. 22 and will be available for purchase exclusively at Stella McCartney standalone stores in London, New York from Aug. 23.

They exclusive items will also be available, along with the core merchandise line, at The Lover Experience Taylor Swift Pop Up Shop sponsored by Capital One in New York City from Aug. 23 to 25. The bomber is $1995 and the handbag is $795.

Let’s take a look at pieces from the Stella x Taylor Swift collection below!

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The limited-edition line, designed by McCartney and Swift, was inspired by the superstar singer’s Lover album.

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Woman finds 3.72-carat yellow diamond at state park

A 27-year-old woman struck gold when she found a 3.72-carat yellow diamond while exploring an Arkansas state park last week.

Miranda Hollingshead had known about the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Pike County, Arkansas, for years before she finally decided to explore the landscape on Friday with her mother and siblings, she told ABC Little Rock affiliate KATV.

Hollingshead, who is originally from Texas, found the diamond at the base of a hill on the northeast side of the park, she said.

She spotted it as she was sitting in the shade and watching a YouTube video on how to find diamonds.

“I looked over at my kid for a second, and when I looked down, I saw it mixed in with other rocks,” Hollingshead said.

Hollingshead then took her treasure to the Diamond Discovery Center, where park staff registered it, telling her that recent rainfall likely unearth the diamond to the surface.

Per tradition, Hollingshead and her son named the diamond. They came up with the name “Caro Avenger,” the first half a choice of her son’s, and the second as a testament to Hollingshead’s love for superheroes.

It appears the find was a twist of fate, as going to the park was not part of Hollingshead’s original plan for the day, according to a Facebook post from The State Parks of Arkansas.

Hollingshead plans to either sell the gem or mount it as a ring, she said.

Anyone can try their hand at diamond digging at the Crater of Diamonds State Park for a $10 admission fee, according to the park’s website.

Hollingshead’s find is the largest to come out of the state park since 2017, when a teenager found a 7.44-carat brown diamond, according to KATV. It is also the largest yellow diamond found since a Oklahoma City resident found a 3.85-carat one in 2013.

More than 33,100 diamonds have been found by park visitors since it became a state park in 1972, including the 40.23-carat “Uncle Sam,” the largest diamond ever found in the U.S., according to the park’s website.

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