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Kamala Harris Makes History As Second Black Woman Elected To U.S. Senate

The Cali native has championed for the rights of children and more as the state's Attorney General. 

Amidst the controversial presidential election of Donald Trump, there were many pockets of hope. One being the first Dominican elected to Congress and the California Senate seat going to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

NBC News reports Harris won over voters on Tuesday (Nov. 8) after a well-received campaign. Harris is now the second African-American woman to hold a U.S. Senate seat after Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois served one term from 1993 to 1999. She is also now the first Indian-American senator. 20 African-American women currently hold positions in the House of Representatives.

As AG of the state, Harris championed the rights of children and putting criminals behind bars. Her latest win was the arrest of Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage on sex-trafficking charges last month. “Raking in millions of dollars from the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable victims is outrageous, despicable and illegal,” Harris said at the time. Speaking in Los Angeles shortly after her win, she encouraged those who were feeling overwhelmed over Trump's win to stay strong.

“Our ideals are at stake right now, and we all have to fight for who we are,” she said. “I believe this is that moment in time for our country, where we are collectively being required to look in the mirror, and with furrowed brow, we are asking a question: Who are we? In California, I believe the answer is a good one: We are a great country.”

The Howard graduate and her family have always been about serving love and hope. Her sister, Maya Harris, is an attorney and senior policy advisor for Hillary Clinton's campaign while her parents were active in the civil rights movement.

"I was blessed to have a really great childhood. In my family and extended family, children were nurtured and loved," said Harris earlier this year. "When I started my career as a prosecutor, I specialized in child abuse, and I met so many children who were the victims of circumstances beyond their control.  I've developed this strong feeling that, as a community, we have a responsibility to make sure that every child is safe, is healthy and has access to a high-quality education. We not only owe it to those children, but we owe it to the entire community."

“It is the very nature of this fight for civil rights and justice and equality that whatever gains we make, they will not be permanent. So we must be vigilant,” Harris continued in her speech. “Do not despair. Do not be overwhelmed. Do not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are.”

Check out her full speech below.

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The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

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“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

Watch the video below.

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