The swell in donations comes in large part from people publicizing their donations on platforms like Twitter and Instagram and encouraging their followers to match their donations, Octavia Smith, emeritus board president of the Minnesota Freedom Fund, told the New York Times. Celebrities, including Chrissy Teigen, comedian John Mulaney and actress Stephanie Beatriz, who plays a police officer on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” have also publicized the funds and encouraged their millions of followers to donate.
Bail funds are charitable organizations that collect money to pay for the release of people who have been arrested as they await trial. Around 450,000 people who have not been convicted of a crime remain in jail each day in the U.S. because they cannot afford to pay bail, according to the ACLU.
Activists, too, are harnessing the outpouring of donations to support other causes, includingmutual aid groups, such as NYC United Against Coronavirus and NYC Mutual Aid Network. These volunteer groups provide resources and financial assistance to those in need in their communities. Donations to mutual aid groups can be used to pay for medical bills, rent and other necessities.
After hearing from a friend at a bail fund that the organization had received more donations than it could use “for the foreseeable future,” Lydia Mason, 21, started encouraging people on Twitter to donate to mutual aid groups nationwide.
“You almost forget that we’re in the middle of Covid-19 and there are so many people who need help,” Mason tells CNBC Make It. “It’s not just about combating police brutality, but making sure the communities we’re fighting for are supported beyond the next few weeks.”
Mason, who has been organizing with the Black Lives Matter movement since she was 15, has attended a protest for George Floyd. But she lives with people who are immunocompromised and has decided it is too risky to keep going out. Raising money for bail funds and other organizations on social media is her way of continuing to support the movement.
“I was feeling kind of frustrated with myself that I wasn’t able to make as much of an impact,” she says. “It’s so important to me, so I decided to pivot to helping people learn how to donate money effectively.”
On Twitter and Instagram, Mason has witnessed fellow Gen Zers post screenshots of their donations and ask followers to match; others, who don’t have as much money, have offered services or artwork to followers who can donate in their stead. The creativity people are showing is “amazing,” she says.
“It’s really refreshing to see a new generation of people being so motivated to ignite change,” she says. “There are a lot of ways to make our country better.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think few people would say getting engaged during a global pandemic is their ideal situation. Unfortunately, with so much uncertainty about when daily life will return to “normal,” deciding when to pop the question is tricky. IMO, an engagement doesn’t have to involve a beach, a photoshoot, and a message written in the sky to be considered a success. An at-home proposal is just as romantic as a public one (and has the benefit of being much more intimate). If you’re in need of ideas for quarantine engagement Instagram captions, then I’ve got some suggestions that will make your socially-distanced celebration even sweeter.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many couples to change their plans. Weddings have been postponed, engagement parties have been canceled, special occasions have been celebrated at home, and for some, proposals have been delayed. However, if you and your SO feel certain about your future together (and haven’t yet driven each other up a wall in quarantine), then why wait? After all, most people would welcome a reason to celebrate right now. There’s no wrong way to get engaged, and these clever IG captions for quarantine engagements totally deserve a double-tap.
“Just when I thought nothing could surprise me anymore, you proved me wrong.”
“We’re officially quarantine buddies for life.”
“We figured you could use some positivity on your timeline.”
“I found a new hobby: planning my wedding.”
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m ready to make a future with you.”
“Couples who quarantine together stay together.”
“Washing my hands 10 times a day won’t be so bad now that I have this ring to admire.”
“You make me feel like I’m living a quarantine dream.”
“Don’t worry — I made them sanitize the ring before I accepted it.”
“Stuck with my boyfriend/girlfriend < Stuck with my fiancé/fiancée.”
“Not even mad I couldn’t visit a nail salon before this moment.”
“Sorry, mask. I have a new favorite accessory.”
“Congratulations, 2020. You just redeemed yourself.”
“Please raise your quaran-tinis and join us in toasting our engagement.”
“We’re taking our isolationship to the next level.”
“I can’t mask my excitement — I said yes!”
“It’s official: We’re going the (social) distance.”
Song Lyric Captions
“And there’s nothing I’d rather do. I’m stuck with you, stuck with you, stuck with you.” — Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, “Stuck with U”
“Can we always be this close forever and ever? And (don’t) take me out, and (let’s stay) home. You’re my, my, my, my lover.” — Taylor Swift, “Lover”
“When I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be.” — Clean Bandit, “Rather Be”
“I was gonna cancel then I looked into the sky, knew the badness won’t prevent the sun to shine.” — Kylie Minogue, “I Was Gonna Cancel”
“Lovin’ you whether times are good or bad, happy or sad. Let’s stay together.” — Al Green, “Let’s Stay Together”
“Ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no virus wide(spread) enough, baby.” — Martin Gaye, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Getting proposed to under the Eiffel Tower rather than on your living room couch doesn’t make it any less legit. Just remember: you don’t need to have the perfect setting to have a perfect engagement (but having a really great IG caption def helps).
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have been quarantining together in Coral Gables, Florida, where they take PDA-filled walks and give Cabello’s dog, Thunder, some exercise. These two don’t often share images of their time together at home on their Instagram grids, but on Saturday, we got a look into a sweet family moment.
Cabello posted a photo of her, Shawn, and Thunder cozying up on the couch together with a couple of pups. Cabello has one arm around Thunder and the other around Mendes, who is cuddling another furry companion. “❤️,” she captioned the photo.
The couple might be taking some time to relax on the couch, but they’ve also been creating music together during this pandemic, too. In March, they gave an Instagram Live concert sponsored by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization.
“We’re gonna sing a few songs today, because social distancing doesn’t have to be boring,” Cabello said at the start of the concert. “It doesn’t. This is a crazy time, and we’re all gonna come out of this together. We’re gonna pull through, and we’re gonna try to connect and make each other smile in the meantime, and so that’s what this is for. So we will go flat and sharp. And we will miss a couple harmonies.”
Then the two proceeded to sing, joke about Mendes’s long hair (which appears to have grown even longer now!), and their Hogwarts houses. This is also when we found out that Cabello is not as much of a Harry Potter head as Mendes, but every relationship needs balance, right?
Alyssa Milano trolled on Twitter for wearing crochet face mask
By Nick Givas
Actress Alyssa Milano was criticized Saturday on Twitter after sharing a picture of herself and her family wearing coronavirus face masks and encouraging others to do the same — but hers appeared to have holes in it, as it was crocheted.
Milano posted a photo of herself in a car with her husband and two children, who were all wearing facial coverings.
“Show me your masks! Masks keep people safe and healthy. Show me yours! Ready? Go!” she tweeted.
Twitter users were quick to point out how Milano’s crocheted mask had holes in it and likely wasn’t doing anything at all.
“Your mask is exactly what this fence does to keep mosquitoes out,” one user wrote, along with a photo of a fence with many openings in it.
Instagram model Sophie Mudd shared a spicy photo that showcased her curves and gorgeous face for her latest update. She was photographed at home wearing a bucket hat and a tight-fitting dress that barely contained her assets.
The social media influencer has shared several shots in her house amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and continued the trend with her most recent post. She was photographed standing in front of a plant and next to a full-length mirror in the corner of a room. In the reflection her kitchen counters – which were littered with flowers and plants – were visible.
Mudd was shot from the midsection up and her body was turned slightly to the right as she faced the camera. She wore her long auburn-colored hair down and it was draped over her right shoulder. The model had her head tilted to the left and wore a beige fluffy bucket hat that covered her ears and went down to her eyebrows. Mudd appeared to wear a color of lipstick which complemented her reddish hair.
The 21-year-old had her voluptuous cleavage on display for the at-home pic. Mudd sported a tight cream-colored sundress that was adorned with tiny strawberries. The dress had thin straps that went over her slender shoulders, plus long ties that knotted in the middle of the top. She completed the look with a cross pendant necklace that hung near her collarbone. Mudd’s outfit offered fans a view of her ample assets, and a glimpse of her backside could be seen in the mirror’s reflection. The model added a single brown-heart emoji as her caption.
Many of the Los Angeles, California native’s 1.6 million Instagram followers noticed the snap. More than 94,000 of them found their way to the “like” button in just over 16 hours after it was posted. Mudd received over 800 comments from adoring fans, and her replies were swarmed with heart and strawberry emoji. Popular Instagram models Danielley Ayala and Kyra Santoro showed their appreciation with heart-eye emoji.
“The most beautiful girl,” one fan responded while adding three butterfly emoji.
“Love that top so cute,” a female Instagram user responded.
“Yummy strawberry,” a follower wrote along with a heart-eye emoji.
Not everybody was a fan of Mudd’s choice of head wear.
“Looks like u have a huge Yorkshire pudding on ya head,” one fan commented while adding two cry-laughing emoji.
As covered by The Inquisitr, earlier this month Mudd shared another post taken from the same room in her house. She wore tight-fitting yoga gear for those snaps, and the collage received over 62,000 likes.
Like most people, Lindsey Vonn has been stuck indoors over the last few weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. But the Olympic gold medalist is still finding ways to keep productive, and she recently started a new video series that’s bringing kids together with their heroes.
Vonn — who retired from professional skiing last year after a storied career that saw a record number of World Cup wins — has been interviewing female athletes and other notable women through her Virtual Career Dayseries on YouTube.
The episodes, which take a deep dive into the professions of her guests, was started by Vonn as an effort to keep children motivated as they wait for schools to reopen. But what is especially unique is that Vonn also invites grant recipients from the Lindsey Vonn Foundation to speak with guests, allowing them invaluable one-on-one time with their role models.
“People are doing a lot right now to try to help kids — to help everyone — through the pandemic, and I wanted to help kids focus on the future, and keep them positive and motivated,” Vonn, 35, tells PEOPLE from her home in Los Angeles, where she is currently quarantining with fiancé P.K. Subban. “I wanted to pair kids up with someone they looked up to, and try to help them keep on track.”
One of the reasons Vonn was inspired to start the video series was her own childhood run-ins with role models, such as when she met former World Cup alpine ski racer Picabo Street when she was 9-years old. The encounter would shape the rest of her life, Vonn says.
“For me, talking to my childhood idol, Picabo Street, had a huge impact on me and actually was the reason that I wanted to be an Olympian,” she recalls. “I think those moments can be very impactful and life-changing. Especially right now, it’s just really important to keep kids focused on their future.”
“I feel like it’s similar to my experience when I was a kid,” Vonn says of Miracle, who was visibly excited during the video call. “It’s obviously different because it’s virtual, but most of these kids never have the chance to talk and ask questions to their heroes, their idols, their inspirations.”
“None of these girls know who they’re going to talk to, so they’re always surprised,” she adds.
For future episodes, Vonn hopes to highlight women from various fields like aerospace and education, while also using her vast network to bring in more female athletes.
While Vonn is using Virtual Career Day to help stimulate the minds of children stuck at home, she’s also launching a new workout series through Under Armour to keep people active during the pandemic.
“It’s been hard,” Vonn says of exercising at home over the last few weeks. “We just have two stationary bikes — like Peloton bikes — in our garage, and we’ve got workout bands. I’ve been using my Kirkland, Costco, olive oil jug as weights. I’ve got a big container of bleach. I use that as a kettlebell.”
“I always find with my depression that working out helps tremendously,” she continues. “If I don’t work out, it just is a really bad downward spiral. The more I can help encourage people to work out, I think the better.”
The series, Get Strong with Lindsey Vonn, will be available through MyFitnessPal as well as Under Armour’s social channels.
“I’m just trying to be creative and find ways to work out, but obviously, it gets a bit monotonous,” says Vonn, who is also an ambassador with Dwayne Johnson’s Project Rock label.
“I’m just trying to help people be more creative and keep working out,” she says, “because I think it’s really important to stay positive.”
YouTube makeup mogul Jeffree Star is unfazed after receiving backlash for his new makeup palette. He released a new video to explain the backstory of the “Bloodlust” collection successor.
The fuss on YouTuber Jeffree Star’s new product all started with the name collection. He called it “My Cremate Palette” as it features monochromatic shades of gray and black.
It also comes with mortality and funeral-related references with the eyeshadow names such as “Grave Digger,” “The Morgue,” “Hearse” and “Casket Ready.”
It would have been like any other monochromatic makeup palette. But it sparked controversy for its death-themed imagery and shade names. And now people can’t get over it.
Not the right timing
According to reports, several followers and makeup junkies turned to social media to express their dismay over Star’s new product.
Many felt that it was gravely insensitive for Star to promote and release a death-themed product during a pandemic wherein thousands of people have died.
And to add to that, all COVID-19 deceased patients are cremated straight away to stop the spread. This led some people to share their stories of loved ones being cremated due to the virus infection.
One Twitter user addressed the controversy by sharing how his aunt fought for weeks in the ICU after contracting the virus.
“She will be buried the day this palette launches. I’m allowed to have my “feelings” about how tone-deaf this is,” @KJBennettBeauty wrote.
Another one said: “@JeffreeStar my great grandmother died of possible covid and there was no choice but to cremate her. we didn’t have a funeral, therefore, we didn’t get to say goodbye. I hope your tasteless palette makes you lots of money though!!!”
As expected, the founder and owner of Jeffree Star Cosmetics released a response video on his YouTube channel.
With more than 3 million views already, he defended the “My Cremate Palette” by informing everyone first that it takes months and even years to complete a product.
He had already started working on the palette since last year and was even due for release last April.
But he delayed it already and if he pushes it back even further, consumers might receive expired makeup. Star is also preparing to release a summer collection. That’s why he is determined to release the monochrome before launching a new one.
Moreover, he mentioned that he created it to “make people smile” and it was in no way created to be offensive ever. To him, his brand is an art and nothing ever comes from a negative place in his life.
He also shares his own personal experience with cremation. “On a real level, my own father was cremated, my two dogs that passed away last year were cremated,” Star says.
Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s record on coronavirus misinformation
Martyn Landi, PA Technology Correspondent
Mark Zuckerberg has defended Facebook’s record of combating misinformation on the social network during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Facebook founder and chief executive said the platform removed all content which “puts people in imminent risk of physical harm”.
But he argued that freedom of expression was a factor around other content, such as posts around the anti-vaccination movement, which he called a more “sensitive topic” and did not, therefore, need to be completely removed.
Social media and internet companies have come under increased scrutiny during the Covid-19 pandemic, with platforms including Facebook and WhatsApp being criticised for allowing misleading claims to spread.
“We break this (misinformation) into two categories: so there’s harmful misinformation that puts people in imminent risk of physical harm, so things like saying that something is a proven cure for the virus when in fact it isn’t, we will take that down,” Mr Zuckerberg told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“Even if something isn’t going to cause an imminent risk of physical harm, we don’t want misinformation to be the content that is broadly going viral across the networks.
“So if you’re seeing something that’s going to put people in imminent risk of harm we take that down.
“If you’re seeing something that is just wrong we don’t take that down but we stop it from spreading generally.
“That’s (anti-vax content) a much more sensitive topic because there are a lot of things in society that someone thinks is bad but other people are on the other side of that issue and think it’s good, and I think unless something is very clear, that is going to cause real damage to someone in the near term, I think you want generally to allow as wide an aperture of expression as possible across the internet.”
Instead of taking such content down, Facebook uses a warning label system which obscures a post with a label warning viewers it contains details which independent fact-checkers have found to be false.
Mr Zuckerberg cited figures released by Facebook earlier this month which said the company had placed misinformation warning labels on around 50 million posts across its services, which 95% of people did not click through when they encountered them, thus slowing the spread of misinformation, he argued.
The Facebook founder added that 5G misinformation, which he acknowledged had been “very prevalent” in the UK and has led to a number of phone masts been attacked, is considered an imminent threat and would be removed immediately.
However, a number of anti-5G groups promoting conspiracy theories about the technology remain active on the site.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, a number of online services have introduced tools to try and direct people to accurate information from official health authorities.
Facebook, Twitter and Google all show links to health organisations at the top of search results linked to the virus, which WhatsApp has launched several chatbot services which can directly provide users with up-to-date health advice.
Asked about combating misinformation ahead of the US Presidential election later this year, Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook was better prepared for attempts to influence voters than before the previous election, four years ago.
“We’ve learned a lot about how politics works online since 2016, one big area that we were behind on in 2016 but now I think are quite advanced at identifying and fighting these coordinated information campaigns that come from different state actors around the world, whether it’s Russia or Iran or in some cases China,” he said.
“Countries are going to continue to try and interfere, we’re going to see issues like that, it’s a little bit of an arms race in that way.
“But I certainly think our systems are a lot more advanced now.
“I think in many ways its more advanced than any other company or a lot of governments around the world and I feel pretty confident about our ability to help protect the integrity of the upcoming elections.”