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Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis Forces School Closings On The Island

To help alieviate Puerto Rico's financial crisis, the government is shutting down some of their schools.

Due to Puerto Rico’s growing financial crisis, now schools all over the island are being forced to shut down by the end of the school year, The New York Times reports.

In efforts to help overcome Puerto Rico’s estimated $123 billion in debt, approximately 178 schools are set to close. The decision came after Julia Keleher, a Washington based consultant was appointed as PR’s secretary of education in January. This came shortly after the island’s affairs were taken over by a governing board in New York.

Keleher’s plan is based on enhancing the performances of students, and making local officials held accountable for what happens at the schools they lead—instead of saving money, which seems like the popular belief among locals. While most Boricuas are opposed to the school closings, Keleher is still cemented on her proposal. “We have to close schools,” Keleher said in an interview on Monday, according to The Times. “We are going to close schools.”

She also noted that schools made to house 800 students only have 300 enrolled. Not to mention, the district reportedly still has to pay the water and power bills for abandoned school buildings. “It has been a nearly impossible conversation,” she continued. “This is not about closing schools. This is about creating these kinds of opportunities with this savings in budget.”

Still, Keleher isn’t going out with some resistance from local officials. The president of a teacher’s union on the island, Aida Diaz says the secretary’s plan can be inefficient for the children and their parents because logistically, it doesn’t accommodate them.

For instance, Diaz noticed that two schools whose communities were at odds are being joined together, which can then cause future conflicts. Another school, near a public housing project, is being merged with one that is 10 minutes away by highway. So, for those families who don’t have a car, this creates an issue.

Emilio Nieves Torres leads another teacher’s union, and is concerned on how these changes will affect teachers, and with the quality of education.“Our biggest preoccupation is that all of this will be in the hands of a judge, named by the Supreme Court of the United States, and we don’t know if she’s going to take into account basic essentials of safety, health and education,” Nieves said. “Right now, that board has proposed cutting school two days a month. That’s a month of classes. That impacts education.”

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Jennifer Lopez's Iconic Versace Dress To Be Transformed Into Swanky Watch

The iconic Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez that sparked the creation of Google Images is now a luxurious watch.

To mark the brand's Spring-Summer 2020 collection, the brand has decided to reprise the Medusa Frame jungle print by way of a sleek timepiece. In addition to the new collection, this also marks the 20th anniversary of Donatella Versace's legendary jungle print. Roman numbers are found in the dial along with an interchangeable black leather strap for additional styling. The piece will cause Versace and J.Lo fans a pretty penny at $1,495.00 when it hits retailers in May.

Since her jaw-dropping fashion moment, the actress-singer has rocked the print a few times. A jumpsuit version was worn in the visuals for "I Luv Ya Papi" back in 2014 with a revamped version of the gown making its way to Milan Fashion Week in 2019.

But the jungle print wristwatch isn't the only second coming of the print. The brand will also release shirts, heart-shaped necklaces, Squalo sneakers and beaded as a three-dimensional décor on Virtus handbags.

Originally worn to the Grammys in 2000, Lopez's take on the dress was both a music and fashion moment. Although the dress was worn by Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, Donatella Versace and Sandra Bullock (in another color), Lopez's daring look cemented her spot in pop culture.

“I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t think it was all that risqué, to be honest,” Lopez told Vogue in 2019. “I was more excited it was the Grammys. I wasn’t even thinking about the dress all that much. I was just glad I had something to wear.”

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'Hustlers' Inspiration Sues Jennifer Lopez's Production Company For $40 Million

Samantha Barbash has filed a federal lawsuit against Jennifer Lopez's production company and others apart of the megahit Hustlers, with claims that her likeness was exploited in the film.

According to PEOPLE, Barbash's suit includes Lopez's production company Nuyorican Productions, STX Entertainment, Gloria Sanchez Productions and Pole Sisters LLC. Lawyer Bruno V. Gioffre Jr. claims filmmakers tried to “obtain a consent and waiver from Ms. Barbash for the production of the film and their ultimate portrayal” of her and failed after Barbash refused to sign over her life rights. The film was still made as it was based on a 2015 New York Magazine article titled, “The Hustlers at Scores,” about Barbash and several co-workers who drugged wealthy clients for their money.

Released in 2018, critics and fans fawned over Lopez's strong performance but Barbash shared in several interviews she wasn't impressed. She is now seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages. Barbash and her lawyer pointed towards specific scenes in the film that weren't accurate like Lopez’s character “using and manufacturing illegal substances in her home where she lived with her child.”

“I’m a businesswoman. J. Lo doesn’t work for free. Why would I? At the end of the day, I have bags that are worth more than what they wanted to pay me," Barbash told TMZ in September 2018. "She had my birthmark that I have. I used to have a piercing on the top of my lip. She had it on the bottom. She had a tattoo on her finger. I had it on my wrist. But her mannerisms? No. I am nothing like that in person.”

Hustlers proved to be a hit at the box office, grossing over $33 million in its opening weekend. Lopez has also received critical praise for her performance and earned a Golden Globe nomination.

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Camila Cabello attends the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 11, 2018 in Inglewood, California.
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Camila Cabello Issues Apology For Resurfaced Racist Tumblr Posts

Camila Cabello has released another apology about disturbing racist posts she shared on her Tumblr page in her teens. Her Tumblr account, which went by the name "vous-etess-belle," shared various posts that mocked African-Americans and Asian people. The posts were pretty corny as they used stereotypes like chicken and watermelon to mock black people. One post also made fun of hip-hop music with a meme of Lil Wayne.

exposing camila cabello‘s racist and downright disturbing tumblr reblogs: a thread

— 🌉 || fan account (@motivatefenty) December 17, 2019

The posts from the Tumblr page were circulated on Twitter by way of user @motivatefenty. While the posts were ultimately taken down, Cabello now 22, posted a lengthy apology on Twitter.

"When I was younger, I used language that I'm deeply ashamed of and will regret forever," she wrote. "I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it. I apologized then and I apologize again now."

I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. pic.twitter.com/iZrnUawUAb

— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 18, 2019

The singer has apologized in the past for her behavior and went through a revamp of sorts in 2016 by showing love to the Black Lives Matter movement, supporting Dreamers and donating money to various charities.

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— ًash (@mexicubans) August 28, 2018

"I'm 22 now, I'm an adult and I've grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain [this] carries in a way I wasn't before," the post continued. "Those mistakes don't represent the person I am or a person I've ever been. I only stand and have ever stood for love and inclusivity, and my heart has never, even then, had any ounce of hate or divisiveness. The truth is I was embarrassingly ignorant and unaware. I use my platform to speak out about injustice and inequality and I'll continue doing that. I can't say enough how deeply sorry and ashamed I feel, and I apologize again from the bottom of my heart."

As previously mentioned, Cabello's past behavior has been highlighted in the past. The former Fifth Harmony singer operated a mock Twitter account called "Ratchet and Sassy" to use the n-word and also used the word to describe former bandmate Normani. She apologized in 2013, calling them immature.

Despite their past, Normani and Cabello are on good terms. In an interview with The Fader, the "Motivation" singer recalled the moment where she was bullied with racial slurs by the group's fans after they misinterpreted the singer's reaction to a question about Cabello.

"[The girls] offered support, but I'm not sure they could be there in the way that I needed because it's not their experience," Normani explained. "They don't have to face on a day-to-day basis the things that I have to. I definitely learned after that that I had to walk a different way. I can't look like everybody else. We're all on good terms. Conversations have obviously been had. I spoke to [Camila] at Billboard Music Awards. I saw her again at the VMAs, and no bad blood at all."

Meanwhile, Cabello's boyfriend, fellow pop star Shawn Mendes has also apologized for "racially insensitive" social posts he's used in the past. "I apologize wholeheartedly for what was said & understand how offensive those posts were," he said in August, according to CBS News. "There is no place for comments like that, and those words do not represent who I am. I stand for complete inclusivity, equality, & love."

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