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Tony Robbins Delivers Apology After Tarana Burke Responds To #MeToo Remarks

After a clip from one of his events went viral this past weekend, life coach and motivational speaker Tony Robbins came under heat for his March 15 remarks made about the #MeToo movement. 

After a clip from one of his events went viral this past weekend, life coach and motivational speaker Tony Robbins came under heat for his March 15 remarks about the #MeToo movement. Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo, came across the video-gone-viral and responded in a series of tweets before Robbins apologized for any misconstrued statements. In the short post, Robbins stated that he “[agrees] with the goals of the #MeToo movement and its founding message of "empowerment through empathy."

“I watch in awe as more and more women all over the world find their voice and stand up and speak out… I am committed to being part of the solution,” he continued. At one of his seminars, a professed fan and audience member, Nanine McCool, stood up to refute a statement that Robbins made about the synthesis of victimhood, significance, and the #MeToo movement.

“I think you misunderstand the #MeToo movement,” she started before Robbins interrupted her. He responded, “I’m not knocking the #MeToo movement, I’m knocking victimhood.” Before McCool could continue, Robbins stated, “I’m not suggesting you agree with me. I’m just suggesting you consider what its impact is… anger is not empowerment. What you're seeing is people making themselves significant by making someone else wrong.”

Robbins alluded to Jesus and to those who should not "throw stones," then asked his audience, “Is there any one of us that hasn’t done something that we prefer we had not or were embarrassed by it… who here has never done anything of that nature in your life? Raise your hand.” Observers reported that Robbins exhibited “intimidating behavior,” using his size and voice, and even physically backing McCool into an aisle at some point, Deadline noted.

Of the many opposed statements, two circulated more frequently than others, one before McCool had a chance to speak, and another after she did. “If you use the #MeToo movement to try to get significance by attacking and destroying someone else, you’re not growing an ounce. All you’ve done is basically use a drug called ‘significance’ to make yourself feel good.” He asked for a show of hands in concurrence.

To this, McCool said that Robbins was mischaracterizing the movement. “There are a significant number of people who are using it not to relive whatever may have happened to them but to make it safe to the young women, so they don’t have to experience it.”

Robbins then told a story about a “famous” and “powerful” man who was “stressed” about having to hire a qualified woman for a job because she was attractive and he “knew it would be too big a risk and hired someone else.”

“I’ve had a dozen men tell me this,” he said to his audience. Burke spoke out about the same moment. “His misogyny runs deep. To even repeat that story of his ‘friend’ who wouldn’t hire the ‘pretty woman’ as if it’s the MOVEMENT’s fault and not the sexist man’s fault is all you need to hear… SO many folks misunderstand this work.”

Initially uploaded to the personal account of Nanine McCool, the video gained steam on April 6 when it was reposted by NowThis News. It was further exploded by Burke’s response to Robbins. Burke said that Robbins’ team reached out for “damage control” on Saturday, according to Buzzfeed.

Jennifer Connelly, Robbins’ spokesperson, made no immediate comments, Buzzfeed reports. But she said what Robbins said in his apology when speaking to Vice last month. “He has devoted his life’s work, over 40 years, to help people end their pain and suffering and most importantly improve the quality of their lives.”

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Issa Rae Is Now Co-Owner Of A Natural Hair-Care Brand

Issa Rae is expanding into the world of natural hair care. The Insecure creator and star became the co-owner and face of Sienna Natural, a vegan product line for textured hair.

Rae partnered with Sienna Naturals CEO Hannah Diop to rebrand the company. “I think hair has always been part of my identity,” Rae told Allure. “[Even my] debut was a big chop that I did for Awkward Black Girl.”

Rae’s interest in the natural haircare industry was peaked after watching Diop’s “journey,” in products creation. “I’d been watching Hannah's journey for a while, seeing her developing these products. I got interested in the natural, organic side of hair care. I felt like this was a great opportunity to partner up — not to mention obviously loving what the products did for my own hair.”

Sienna Naturals products are made from “lightweight natural ingredients free from synthetics, harsh chemicals” and “heavy oils.”

The product line includes a Salon in a Box collection for $75, H.A.P.I. Shampoo ($18), Dew Magic leave-in conditioner, and Plant Power deep treatment ($22). Shoppers can visit the Sienna Naturals website to get on the waitlist for product restocks and updates.

 

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Allow us to reintroduce ourselves… ✨ We are Sienna Naturals and the countdown begins until we’re fully restocked in your shower, so make room! 🚿 Our products are made with lightweight natural ingredients, free of synthetics, harsh chemicals or heavy oils— formulated by women with textured hair for women with textured hair.
 We are so excited to be back with: 💫 Larger product sizes 💫 More accessible price points 💫 A whole new look and whole new face Join the waitlist to get your favorites the second we’re back! Link in bio. Also, here’s your friendly reminder to check your voter registration status.

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Mural Honoring Chadwick Boseman Unveiled At Disneyland

A new mural honoring Chadwick Boseman made its debut at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney on Thursday (Sept 24). The beautiful art work was painted by Nikkolas Smith, a former Disneyland Imagineer.

The art installation includes an inscription from Smith that reads: “As a former Disney Imagineer, I had the honor of working on a major children's hospital initiative and Avengers Campus as my final two assignments. Seeing Chadwick's heart for people in-person, and later discovering his courageous battle with cancer, I was inspired to create this tribute to honor his life and legacy. To us, he was and will always be T'Challa. Long Live The King.”

The image shows Boseman kneeling alongside a child in a hospital gown while both make the Wakanda salute. The photo is a nod to Boseman’s many hospital visits with sick children, all while he secretly battled colon cancer. The 43-year-old actor passed away from the disease in August.

 

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The piece, which will be on display until the end of the year, was Smith's final project as a Disney Imagineer, a job that he held for 11 years.

“This one is special,” he explained in an Instagram post. “My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the ‘Avengers’ Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way.” Smith added a note of gratitude to Disney for being supporting of his artistic journey.

See more photos of the mural below.

 

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This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. 🐾 It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist. @waltdisneyimagineering @disney @marvelstudios @disneyland 🐾✨ #LongLiveTheKing #KingChad #WakandaForever #Phambili #DowntownDisney #BlackPanther #ChadwickBoseman #RIPChadwick #WDI

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Breonna Taylor’s Mother Speaks Out After Cops Who Killed Her Daughter Get Off Without Charges

Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, says the system failed her daughter. Palmer posted a painting portrait of Taylor on Instagram on Wednesday (Sept. 23) which she hashtagged, #ThesystemfailedBreonna.

The Instagram post serves as her first public response to a grand jury failing to bring charges against three Louisville police officers for killing Taylor. On Thursday (Sept. 24), Palmer shared a photo of a woman carrying a sign with the Bible verse: “It’s wrong to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from getting justice.”

 

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It’s still Breonna Taylor for me💙💔💙 #ThesystemfailedBreonna

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron held a press conference on Wednesday where he announced that no charges would be brought against Louisville officers Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison for killing Taylor. Hankison was the only one among the three to be charged, but not for Taylor’s death.

In an interview with NPR last week, Palmer expressed her hope that charges would be brought against the officers. “I’m hoping to hear that there will be charges,” she said at the time. “That these people will be fired and arrested.” Hakinson is the only one of the three officers to be fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department after Taylor’s death.

Speaking to her daughter’s character, Palmer stated that the 26-year-old emergency room tech was a “beautiful person inside and out.” She pointed out that Taylor “kept saying that 2020 was her year.”

“And she was absolutely right,” said Palmer. “I hate that it came in that form, but it definitely is her year.”

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