Gun Rally Scheduled For MLK Day Sparking Fears After Arrests Of White Extremists Tied To Event

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is working within his power to avoid another Charlottesville. On Wednesday the Democratic leader declared a state of emergency ahead of a gun rally scheduled to take place at the State Capitol. On Thursday three white extremists with plans to attend the event were arrested by the FBI.

The three men, two of whom have military training, according to reports, were members of a white extremist group known as “The Base,” and active participants in a dark web chatroom where members discussed a white ethnostate and inflicting harm and terror on African Americans, as well as other minority communities.

CNN reports that Patrik Jordan Mathews, 27; Brian Mark Lemley Jr., 33; and William Garfield Bilbrough, 19 are being charged with multiple firearms and immigration-related offenses. This includes possessing a machine gun, over 1,000 rounds of ammunition and body armor parts, according to the Justice Department.

Northam in his declaration earlier this week that banned firearms from the State Capital, warned of stateside terrorists attending the event scheduled for the day that the nation celebrates the birth of Civil Rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gov. Ralph Northam declares a state of emergency after white extremists plan to protest gun laws in Virginia's capital.HAMPTON, VA – AUGUST 24:VA Gov. Ralph Northam (D) speaks during the 2019 African Landing Commemorative Ceremony on August 24, 2019 in Hampton, Virginia.The event marks the 400th arrival of the first African Slaves to English North America in 1619.(Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

“Available information suggests that a substantial number of these demonstrators are expected to come from outside the Commonwealth, may be armed, and have as their purpose not peaceful assembly but violence, rioting, and insurrection,” Northam’s statement read.

This intelligence suggests militia groups and hate groups, some from out of state, plan to come to the Capitol to disrupt our democratic process with acts of violence.

— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 15, 2020

Those expected to gather on Monday are protesting the Virginia Legislature’s proposed restrictions on gun control. In November the Commonwealth state elected a new, Democratic majority who promised to pass sweeping gun control measures.

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Happy Birthday Michelle Obama! Your Timeless Beauty Inspires Us

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Of course if you’re the first lady of the United States you always step out looking your best. You also have the best hairstylists, makeup artists, nail techs, and wardrobe stylists at your disposal.

But it’s clear that some first ladies just naturally have a knack for style, and pull ahead from their counterparts when it comes to beauty looks. And no first lady has had us in our feelings like Michelle Obama.

She is becoming the biggest fashion and beauty icon to ever live in the White House. Her signature style is clean skin with subtle makeup, and hair that’s always polished. She seems to love a side or middle part, and looks amazing whether her tresses are cascading into curls or cut into a chic bob or shag.

So on her 56th birthday we salute our Forever FLOTUS (again), with a few photos highlighting some of the times she made our hearts flutter. Here’s to another 56 years of her timeless beauty.

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The 2020 Women’s March Will Be More Accessible for People With Disabilities

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The fourth annual Women’s March is happening on January 18, 2020, and there are plenty of ways to participate aside from physically marching. Here’s how those with disabilities can support the efforts — and how the board is considering accessibility — to make the event more inclusive.

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Hot Showers Are Bad for Skin, Say Dermatologists

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A hot shower is one of life’s simple pleasures. But as fantastic as it feels in the moment, a hot shower could be doing more harm than good when it comes to your skin’s health. Dermatologists explain how hot water can have a negative effect on dry skin, hair, and certain skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

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How Venus Retrograde Will Affect Your Love Life and Your Money

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There’s a Venus retrograde this year from Wednesday, May 13 to Thursday, June 25, which may cause major changes in your love life and your career. Here’s how it will affect you, plus how to survive it.

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley Speaks Out About Her Alopecia

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Representative Ayanna Pressley revealed in an interview with The Root she is now entirely bald and hairless due to a condition called alopecia areata. Read about her journey and how she is adjusting to her new normal.

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Tail-Blazing

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Crown Jewels

You won’t find these glittery gems at a jewelry store. Instead head to your local craft shop for an assortment of baubles to bedazzle you locks. The hair jewelry trend took off a few seasons ago, but rings, pearls and blinged out barrettes are back to spice up coifs from the run-way to reality.

Photo: By Daniel G. Castrillon Ulla Johnson vest, and dress , modaoperandi.comTwists And Textiles

Cold weather isn’t the only reason why we’re breaking out our scarves this winter. We’re also wrapping the accessory around our hair. Threading beautiful bandannas through our tresses is a pretty way to personalize our ponytails. Fabric-infused braids are among our favorite hair trends from the Spring 2020 runway.

Photo: By Daniel G. CastrillonTory Burch shirt ($398), skirt ($498), scarves (worn as hair accessories), $128 each, neckerchief (worn as hair accessory), $78, all at toryburch.com .Suspended Strands

Ponytails don’t have to fall down your back. Sometimes they defy gravity and extend to the sky. This look is sure to stand out from the popular straight and silky styles.

Photo: By Daniel G. CastrillonTory Burch coat, $898, toryburch.com. Ariana Boussard-Reifel earrings, $325, arianaboussardreifel.com .

For this style you’ll need 20-gauge stem wires, one pack of Marley Braid hair, Shine ‘n Jam Extra Hold gel and elastic bands,” says hair guru Nicole Newland, aka Nicky B.”

Cool Ornaments

When it comes to our ponytails, there are no rules. Adorn them with eye-catching embellishments or dynamic decals for extra dimension. Our manes are our canvas.

Photo: By Daniel G. CastrillonTory Burch dress, $398, toryburch.com. Mounser earrings, $255, mounser.com . Textures And Tools

A beauty supply chain isn’t the only place to find fab hair accessories. Amazing accessories are also available at your local hardware store. Instead of securing your ponytail with a simple scrunchie, add elements that will instantly up the wow factor, such as these sleek and inexpensive metal zip ties.

Photo: By Daniel G. CastrillonRebecca Taylor dress, $595, rebeccataylor.com .

“For this look you’ll need metal zip ties, hairpins, gel and textured curly hair extensions,” says the Brooklyn-based Nicky B.”

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Watch The First ‘Cherish The Day’ Trailer

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Cecily Tyson doesn’t let up. After popping up in Tyler Perry’s new Netflix film, A Fall From Grace, premiering Friday, the 95-year-old actress’ new role is in Ava DuVernay’s new romantic drama, Cherish The Day.

The very first trailer for the OWN series, which premieres next month, was released Thursday and is getting us even more excited about a new series we’re sure to tweet about with the hashtag #BlackLove.

Cherish The Day is an anthology drama, starring Underground actor Alano Miller and The Mindy Project actress Xosha Roquemore. Each episode spans one important day in the couple’s lives, with the entire eight-episode season chronicling the Los Angeles residents’ lives over five years.

In the two-minute trailer, we learn even more about the couple, who seem to come from different sides of the tracks. While Miller’s Evan Fisher seems like he’s from an upper middle class family (as his mother judges the neck tattoo Roquemore’s Gently James sports in the trailer), his love interest appears as if she’s from a working class family. Her onscreen father, played by Soul Food star Michael Beach, says to his daughter in the teaser, “You should keep your guard up. They’re different people than us.”

When Gen complains to Tyson’s character about their relationship, the iconic actress gives practice advice we could all use in our own love lives. “That’s what life is all about,” Tyson’s character says before advising to let go “to see what wonderful things happen.”

At the Television Critics Association panel, held Thursday in California, DuVernay said working on Cherish The Day was a welcome break after her heart-wrenching miniseries, When They See Us, which centers on the illegal imprisonment of the Exonerated Five.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 16: (L-R) Ava DuVernay, Cicely Tyson, Xosha Roquemore and Alano Miller of “Cherish the Day” speak during the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 16, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

“I just needed a break from history and wanted to do something lovely and light,” the award-winning director told the audience, according to IndieWire. “I’m a big sucker for love stories, and growing up I loved West Side Story to Sleepless in Seattle and really craved the Black romantic endeavor, which I saw less of.”

“I really longed to see that kind of Black love story on television,” DuVernay added.

The series, which boasts 18 female department heads and boasts a crew that’s over 50% women, also stars In the Heat of the Night‘s Anne-Marie Johnson and Kellee Stewart.

If the trailer is a taste of what we can expect, we’ll be in front of our TV screens when Cherish the Day premieres over two nights, starting February 11 at 10 p.m. The series will continue on Wednesday, February 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Black Travel Vibes: Take A Dip In The Endless Blues Of Southern France

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In France, the city of Paris may be known by travelers as a romantic destination full of love and light, but there’s more to the beauty of the country than cafes, croissants and the Eiffel Tower.All it takes is a short trip to Southern France to sipping your way through rosé vineyards in Cassis, there’s no shortage of adventures to have in Southern France.

Recently, Abiola (@therichaunt) took a quick jaunt to the coastal paradise and lived her best luxe life. If you’re counting down the days until summer like we are, add this Southern France getaway to your bucket list because it is exactly what you’ve been missing.

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This Black Woman Attorney General Is Taking On Jeffrey Epstein’s Estate

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No man dead or alive is above the law, no matter how much money he has — or in this case, had. That’s the message Attorney General Denise N. George is sending to Jefferey Epstein’s estate. 

The top law enforcement official in the U.S. Virgin Islands announced at a press conference on Wednesday that her office was bringing a suit against the estate of a man who she says trafficked young women in the predominantly-Black U.S. territory, as recently as 2018.

“The complaint speaks for itself and lays out allegations of a pattern and practice of human trafficking, sexual abuse and forced labor of young women and female children as young as 13 years old,” George told reporters at a news conference.

The native Virgin Islander also alleges that Little Saint James and Great Saint James, the homes Epstein used to sexually exploit young women, were constructed in violation of environmental laws and exhibit a pattern of behavior that show Epstein believed the rules did not apply to him.

According to NBC News, the Epstein estate is denying some of the allegations outlined in the lawsuit, saying that the Epstein estate is “being administered in accordance with the laws of the U.S. Virgin Islands and under the supervision of the Superior Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

Photo of Jeffrey Epstein with a young woman. Epstein's estate is now being sued.NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 21: A photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Teala Davies circulates during a press conference at Lotte New York Palace on November 21, 2019 in New York City. Epstein’s estate is now being sued for his indiscretions. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Epstein, who had ties to Donald J. Trump, The Royals, and other high-profile businessmen throughout the world, was arrested last year on federal charges in connection with a sex trafficking ring in New York and Florida. While imprisoned, he allegedly committed suicide.

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