Slay for a Change Uses Fashion To Spread Police Brutality, Cultural Appropriation Awareness

Shayla Janel is an entrepreneur, fashion activist and creator of “Slay for a Change” a bold initiative using fashion to spread awareness about police brutality as well as cultural appropriation. “After the untimely and unjustly death of Sandra Bland I felt sadness and frustration, so I conceived the idea for Slay For A Change,” said Shayla Janel. “Then it was the horrendous murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile that gave birth to my vision. At the time, the whole world seemed to be in shock and in mourning. As a fashion lover, I was following most of the major fashion designers, publications, and influencers on social media and I noticed an eerie silence from the fashion community. I thought to myself, “wow…this is an industry that profits so much from the culture but can’t even acknowledge this tragedy. “In music, sports, television, and etc., people were seemingly taking a stand, she said. But the fashion industry seemed to care less. So, I took our police brutality issues to their front door—Fashion Week. It was a very passive aggressive way of being an activist.”

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Shayla Janel, along with her team of fashion industry disruptors, has also hit the streets of Houston, New York City, Paris, and a few more places in between. Donning a variety of strong statement-making pieces such as a sequin dress, a hoody, a bomber style jacket and penguin-slim-fitted blazer, the team has been featured in MSN China, Elle Brasil, Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Bomb Daily, and more.

“For the past four years, I’ve attended Fashion Week. While I never made it into the major shows, I learned quickly by just loitering around the streets that you could potentially capture the attention of the press from all over the world, she said. We were silent but the clothes made a very boisterous statement. The first reaction from people was “Are y’all a singing group?” Then we would turn around and we were greeted with “Yaasssss” left and right—especially from people of color. We were also bombarded by photographers and it was insane for a second. There were a few Caucasian photographers who mocked us and condescendingly shouted out “Black Lives Matter” but overall it was all love!

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Slay for a Change launched on 9/11. I wanted to let people know that I will never forget the victims of 9/11. I will also never forget about the deaths of the ones who were killed unjustly. Using #SlayForAChange fashion pieces to amplify her voice, she documented her journey from Texas to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and produced her very first documentary Fashion Weak with a budget of less than a $ 1,000. “During filming, we ran into my icon, June Ambrose, who makes an appearance in our documentary. Because June reposted our photo on her Instagram account, Slay For a Change went viral.

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“I chose to use the names of victims of police brutality and injustices because I noticed after the death of Sandra Bland, everyone was up in arms but a month later people moved on, including myself, which is why I didn’t go through with my vision the first time I came up with it,” she said. It’s also important for me to note that Sandra Bland and I are both alumni from Prairie View A&M University. Her death was my official wake up call. Initially, I thought if I could get some pictures taken with Sandra Bland’s name during NYFW,  the media would photograph me and continue to spread awareness.

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Two years later, the fashion activist has no plans of slowing down. “I’m most proud of my first documentary, Fashion Weak, which was directed by my sister, April Joi. She is also part of the SFAC team. It’s raw and imperfect with a very small budget, but the story is so powerful. It not only follows us throughout NYFW, it tracks my journey through fashion and brings the issue of racism within the Industry to the forefront. With the help of my dream team—Sr. Fashion Editor Kaye Washington; Web Director Chloe Moore, and Senior Editor Gabriella Layne; SlayforaChange.com is a digital safe space where African American millennial women can share their voice through articles and uplift people from all over the world. I’m also proud of my ever-growing business which is an online vintage store called Randomandchic.com.

 

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Miranda Kerr uses crystals in her beauty routine

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In an interview with Australian Vogue, she said: “I find that my face, especially in the morning, is really puffy so massaging it is really such a good way to stimulate circulation.
I notice a big difference with my skin when I use this crystal because I just feel that it wakes up my skin and it reduces the puffiness. It improves circulation and the way that it curves, you can really get into the jawline and you can get into the eye area and you can just wake up those certain areas and you can really promote that lymphatic drainage that eliminates the toxins.”
The 35-year-old star – who has seven-year-old son Flynn Christopher Bloom from a previous relationship with actor Orlando Bloom, and four-month-old son Hart Spiegel with her husband, Evan Spiegel – has admitted that her routine has somewhat changed since becoming a mother.
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Twenty-four hours after an accused murderer led police to the body of a slain college student Mollie Tibbetts in an Iowa cornfield, the Trump administration is using her death to whip up anti-immigrant sentiment—even saying her family has been “permanently separated.”

The White House claimed its hardline immigration policies would have prevented the murder, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders calling Tibbetts’ death “an unfortunate reminder of why we need to strengthen our immigration laws.” The alleged killer’s lawyer that his client was working in the United States legally.

But regardless of the actual legal status of Tibbetts’ accused killer, advocates for Iowa’s 150,000 immigrants are concerned about the White House’s rhetoric.

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Apple and Google Have Ditched Their Realistic Gun Emojis. Only 1 Company Still Uses It

There’s only one major company that is still using a gun emoji after Google and Facebook both followed the lead of Apple and other tech companies that switched from a traditional firearm to a toy water gun emoji.

Microsoft is now the lone platform that still uses a standard pistol emoji following Facebook’s switch and the release of new water gun emojis on Android systems this week. Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fortune asking if the company had plans to make the update as well.

Interestingly, Microsoft had originally been the first of the companies to use a toy gun emoji resembling an alien ray-gun of sorts, dating back to 2013. But the company opted to switch to a realistic-looking revolver in 2016 as part of a redesign.

So what happened to the gun emoji? Many companies began ditching the handgun symbol following a wave of mass shootings and terror attacks. Calls for gun safety and reform have only intensified as part of the national conversation following the Parkland, Fla. school shooting in February, which consequently birthed the #NeverAgain movement.

In 2016, Apple led the pack and was the first company to switch its gun emoji to a water gun, which has since been replicated by the other big tech players.

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Michigan Auto Executive Uses His Jeep to Save Two People Trapped by Burning Car

A quick-thinking auto executive plowed his jeep into a burning SUV to free passengers stuck in another vehicle in a horrific scene caused by a drunk driver that left one person dead.

Ralph Gilles, the head of design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, was driving with his wife, Doris, when he came across a two-car accident in Addison Township, Michigan, during the early morning hours on February 18. Just before Gilles arrived, a 2013 Ford Fiesta collided head-on with a 2013 Ford Edge SUV that crossed the road’s center line, according to the Oxford Leader.

When the couple came across the accident, Gilles got out of his Jeep Wrangler to help the two occupants stuck inside the SUV. As much as they tried to pry the doors open, they wouldn’t budge.

As the vehicles remained on the road, a Buick sedan—driven by a 26-year-old driver—struck the Fiesta and pushed it into the SUV, causing its engine to ignite. While the driver of the Edge escaped, the driver and passenger of the Fiesta remained trapped with the flames rising. Gilles surmised that if they were going to find a way out for the passengers, they were going to have to do it quickly.

“I figured the fire department would take a while to get there . . . at that time of day,” Gilles told the newspaper. “I had to do something fast.”

He returned to his Jeep Wrangler, put it into four-wheel drive and used it to push the burning Edge away from the passengers.

“I still have no idea where that (thought) came from,” he told the Oxford Leader. “The only thing I can remember thinking (is) I’ve got a Jeep, it’s got a bumper on it, I think I can do this. All I could think about were the two people still inside the other car.”

Thanks to Gilles removing the SUV away from the vehicle, he gave firefighters enough time to arrive and retrieve both of the passengers—who were husband and wife—from the trapped Fiesta.

Gilles said he was fortunate he didn’t grab his other car that morning—a Dodge Charger—because it wouldn’t have been able to muster the traction needed to push another vehicle from the road.

While the husband from the Fiesta is listed as being in stable condition at McLaren Oakland hospital, his 57-year-old wife died of her injuries hours later.

The driver of the Ford Edge—who caused the initial accident—was a 36-year-old man who admitted to drinking while at the scene, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

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About a week after the accident, Gilles responded on social media to all those who have sent him praise for his actions on that Sunday morning. But the auto executive was quick to point out that he didn’t consider himself a hero.

“Just saw all the kind words about last weekends sad events. I am no hero just was there at a critical time,” he wrote. “Thank you all for the kind words. Respect to all the true daily heroes our first responders!”


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How Gregg Popovich Uses ‘Magical Feedback’ to Inspire the San Antonio Spurs

Down deep, every organization faces the same thorny problem: How do you get a bunch of individuals to combine into a single, selfless entity? How do you create buy-in, trust and cooperation?

Few organizations on the planet have solved that problem better than the San Antonio Spurs. Over the past two decades they have achieved at a celestial level: five championships, .713 winning percentage and 20 consecutive winning seasons. Which makes the Spurs (sorry, Patriots fans) America’s most successful sports franchise.

It also raises a question: What’s the secret to their winning culture? To find the answer, you have to go inside their practice.

On the day I visited, the mood was tense. The night before, the Spurs had lost to their archrival Oklahoma City Thunder. There was a tightness in the air, a quiet tension. Then coach Gregg Popovich walked into the gym.

In an age when many coaches favor a softer, gentler approach to leadership, Popovich is famous for his blunt, intense style. Some of his more memorable tirades are collected on YouTube, under titles such as “Popovich Yells and Destroys Thiago Splitter,” “Popovich Tells Danny Green to Shut the F— Up” and “Popovich Furious at Tony Parker.”

But Popovich wasn’t yelling now. He was walking around, wearing a misshapen T-shirt from Jordan’s Snack Bar in Ellsworth, Maine, and shorts a couple sizes too big. His hair was spare and frizzy, and he was carrying a paper plate with fruit and a plastic fork, his face set in a lopsided grin. He looked less like a commanding general than a friendly uncle at a picnic. Then he set down his plate and began to move around the gym, talking to players. He touched them on the elbow, the shoulder, the arm. He chatted in several languages. (The Spurs include players from five countries.) He laughed. His eyes were bright, knowing, active.

When Popovich wanted to connect with a player, he moved in tight enough that their noses nearly touched. As warm-ups continued, he kept roving, connecting. A former player walked up, and Popovich beamed, his face lighting up in a toothy grin. They talked for five minutes, catching up on life, kids and teammates. “Love you, brother,” Popovich said as they parted.

“A lot of coaches can yell or be nice, but what Pop does is different,” said assistant coach Chip Engelland. “He delivers two things over and over: he’ll tell you the truth, with no BS, and then he’ll love you to death.”

A few minutes earlier, Popovich had delivered another signal. It happened when the team gathered in the video room, expecting to review the Oklahoma City loss. But when the lights dimmed, the screen flickered with a CNN documentary on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The team watched in silence as the story unfolded: Martin Luther King, Jr., Lyndon Johnson and the Selma marches. When it was over, Popovich asked questions. He always asks questions, and those questions are always the same: personal, direct, focused on drawing a connection between the historical moment and the individual players. What did you think of it? What would you have done in that situation?

“It’s so easy to be insulated when you’re a professional athlete,” said general manager R.C. Buford. “Pop uses these moments to connect us. He loves that we come from so many different places. That could pull us apart, but he makes sure that it makes us feel connected and engaged to something bigger.”

The other form of connection on the Spurs happens around meals. Popovich is obsessed with food and wine. His obsession can be measured in a number of ways: the size of his home wine cellar, his part ownership of an Oregon vineyard and the constant presence of the Food Network on his office television. But most of all it can be measured in the way he uses food and wine as a bridge to build relationships.

“Food and wine aren’t just food and wine,” Buford said. “They’re his vehicle to make and sustain a connection, and Pop is really intentional about making that connection happen.”

The Spurs eat together approximately as often as they play basketball together. First there are the team dinners, regular gatherings of all the players. Then there are smaller group dinners, handfuls of players getting together. Then there are the coaches’ dinners, which happen every night on the road before a game. Popovich plans them, picking the restaurants, sometimes two a night, to explore. These are not meals to be eaten and forgotten. At the end of the season, each coach gets a leather-bound keepsake book containing the menus and wine labels from every dinner.

“You’ll be sitting on the plane, and all of a sudden a magazine lands on your lap, and you look up and it’s Pop,” says Sean Marks, a former Spurs assistant coach who’s now general manager of the Brooklyn Nets. “He’s circled some article about your hometown and wants to know if it’s accurate, and where you like eat, and what kind of wine you like to drink. And pretty soon he’s suggesting places where you ought to eat, and he’s making reservations for you and your wife or girlfriend. Then you go, and he wants to know all about it, what wine you had, what you ordered and then there’s another place to go. That’s how it starts. And it never ends.”

“Hug ’em and hold ’em” is the way Popovich often puts it to his assistant coaches. “We gotta hug ’em and hold ’em.”

A few years back a team of psychologists from Stanford, Yale and Columbia discovered that one particular form of teacher feedback boosted student effort and performance so immensely that they deemed it “magical feedback.” The feedback was not complicated. In fact, it consisted of one simple phrase.

I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them.

That’s it. Just 19 words. None of these words contain any information on how to improve. Yet they are powerful because they deliver a cultural signal:

  1. You are part of this group.
  2. This group is special; we have high standards here.
  3. I believe you can reach those standards.

Alone, each of these signals would have a limited effect. But together they create a steady stream of magical feedback. For the Spurs, every dinner, every elbow touch, every impromptu seminar on politics and history adds up to build and reinforce a narrative: You are part of this group. This group is special. I believe you can meet our high standards.

In other words, the Spurs don’t succeed because they are good at basketball. They succeed because they are skilled at a far more important sport: building strong relationships.

From the book The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle. Copyright © 2018 by Daniel Coyle. Published by arrangement with Bantam Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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5 unconventional uses for muslin swaddle blankets

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If you think muslin swaddle blankets are for swaddling little newborns only, you are sorely mistaken. I tell all my new mom friends that muslin swaddle blankets are one of the most important purchases they will make! You will use them for so many things besides keeping a baby cozy. I never leave home without a muslin swaddle blanket when I have a little one, and I’m going to tell you why.

Follow along to learn 5 unconventional uses for muslin swaddle blankets that you’ll absolutely love and use!

5 unconventional uses for muslin swaddle blankets

1. Impromptu changing pad

Have you find yourself at the park with no changing pad? Are you at the doctor’s office waiting for your child’s appointment when diaper duty calls? Simply lay down a muslin swaddle blanket for a clean space to change baby.

2. Burp cloth

I hated having to remember to pack a burp cloth when I went out with baby. I always have a muslin swaddle blanket though, so I used those as a burp cloth most days. Throw it over your shoulder and poof! You’ve got a burp cloth.

3. Nursing cover

If you aren’t comfortable nursing in public but need to do it anyway, you can simply use a muslin swaddle blanket as a nursing cover. I tuck the muslin under my nursing bra strap and then gently drape the rest of the blanket over baby. Perfect!

4. Sun shade for stroller walks

In the summer I love going for stroller walks with my littles, but I have a hard time protecting my baby’s skin without worrying about her overheating. So I dress my baby lightly and use a muslin swaddle blanket over her little legs to protect her skin from the sun.

5. Picnic blanket

Visits to the park often end with my kids wanting a little snack. I don’t often pack a picnic blanket but want a soft, clean space for baby to relax while we enjoy our food. Lay down a muslin swaddle blanket and baby will be comfy as can be.

A muslin swaddle blanket is the one item I am always sure to pack for outings with my little ones for all the reasons I just shared. My favorite brand is aden + anais, who not only carries muslin swaddle blankets but lots of other great products as well. If you’re having a new baby it’s worth having a few on hand at all times.

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The Many Uses of Senu in ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’

We go through all the ways your eagle Senu can help you in Assassin’s Creed Origins. From scouting, to hunting to outright combat, this is a massive map jam-packed with icons and it helps to have a birds-eye view of all of it.

As we’ve talked about before, the quest structure in Origins is designed to take you criss-crossing paths across the map. This makes you encounter side quests and hunting opportunities. The strategy here is to naturally give you enough materials to upgrade your gear, and give you ample opportunity to sample the fringe quests. Of course, the best laid plans will only make Ra laugh.

Eventually, you’ll have to start seeking out exactly the kinds of resources you need to upgrade your gear. As your gear gets better and better, this might involve rarer components. That’s where Senu can help. Don’t ride around on your camel just hoping to stumble on rare metals like a chump.

It’s worth noting that there are options to upgrade Senu in your talent tree. This allows abilities like harassing guards mid-fight. Assassin’s Creed Origins‘ combat is tougher now, so having an enemy occupied with a flying, feathery foe could really help when you’re outnumbered.

Not to mention… It’s just cool, right?

 

 

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Publicist Kiki Ayers

When looking at publicist Kiki Ayers, the last thing you would suspect is that she overcame homelessness, not once, but twice. This first generation college graduate of Howard University is a force to be reckoned with.

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Her hard work and determination earned her a career in Hollywood as an entertainment reporter. She has interviewed the likes of Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell, Ben Affleck, Nas, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, and more.

While this accomplishment seems like the definition of ultimate success, she is not stopping there. With her connections in media, she was inspired to take a chance and start her very own public relations firm, Ayers Publicity.

She started the company a little over a year ago after Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital brought her on board to lead PR for their first movie, Major Deal. She officially got her L.L.C. and signed clients—including All Def Digital, Ellae Lisque, Haha Davis, DJ Duffey from Basketball Wives, Cash Money artist Sy Ari Da Kid, YouTube star “Megz,” and comedic actor Juhahn Jones—this February.

Black Enterprise caught up with Ayers to learn more about her career journey to becoming a publicist and her most recent chapter involving business ownership.

What education and experience did you need to prepare you for your public relations career?

I didn’t go to school for PR; I went for journalism. I’m a self-taught PR professional. I learned everything 100% hands-on.

As a journalist, the main people I work with are publicists so I learned by watching them. I learned how to draft a press release by reading over the 1,000 that have come through my email inbox. I learned how to get press on red carpets by reporting on hundreds of red carpets.

Being a journalist in addition to a publicist gives me a huge advantage because I don’t have to work hard to build “connections” with media. My best friends are all also journalists and reporters. It wasn’t until I started utilizing the people closest to me that I realized how much support I have. The range of publications is amazing too. I have friends at publications like The Shade Room and Complex and then I have friends at Forbes and Entertainment Tonight.

Were public relations always a part of your career plan?

Not intentionally. I recently realized for years I’ve been doing PR for friends but I wasn’t thinking of it as PR. I was thinking of it as genuinely helping my friends.

2016 was the hardest year for me because it’s when I made the transition from corporate to independent. Everything I feared happened. I told myself I would never be homeless again and in 2016 that happened. I told myself I would never be broke again and through all of 2016 that happened.

If you were to ask me a year ago if I planned on starting a PR company, I would have definitely said no only because it wasn’t in the vision and it wasn’t something I thought I could do.

How do you set yourself apart in such a competitive industry?

By focusing on quality, not quantity. I get literally hundreds of client requests every day but I don’t want to work with just anyone. I care about character and work ethic. Followers, fame, and money can go just as easily as it came. I look for people with star quality and help them get into publications on their wish list all in the first month.

I take the time to pitch everyone differently, and each pitch is catered to the publication I’m pitching to. A huge part of that is taking time to research the publication you’re pitching to. I spend hours on hours pitching clients. I really put in the work to take them to new levels.

I never want to take someone’s money unless I know I can do something for them. A lot of people tell me horror stories about PR all the time. I want every client to feel secure about having a publicist.

What advice would you give to others who are interested in a career in the public relations industry?

The best advice I can give is just to start. A lot of people won’t take that first step because of fear. There [are] so many days I want to quit but then something amazing happens. It’s definitely an industry that doesn’t work unless you do.

The biggest misconception is that you can only learn in a classroom. You can learn through Google, by being hands-on, and by researching but you can’t learn until you start.

What’s next for Kiki Ayers and Ayers Publicity?

More speaking engagements, bigger clients, and making dreams come true for current clients. I’m trying to spread the word as much as possible about my entrepreneurial journey. I’m on my way to making my first million by 2020.

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Republican Rep Uses Same Awful Wife-Beating Joke At 2 Town Halls

Last night, Republican Rep. Tim Walberg held two town hall events for his constituents in Michigan’s 7th District. At both town halls, he used the same joke about beating his wife.

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8 surprising uses for old T-shirts

Do you have a few T-shirts in your closet that have seen better days? There are some pretty creative ways to re-purpose your old shirts to avoid throwing them in the trash can.

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All the things you can make with old T-shirts

If your T-shirts are ripped and torn, 5-Minute Crafts has put together a video with some quick and easy tips to turn your worn out clothes into something new.

Watch the video below to learn how to make these things:

  1. Blanket
  2. Mop
  3. Hiding place for cat
  4. Headband
  5. Ponytail holder
  6. Scarf
  7. Pillowcase
  8. Plant holder

If the problem is yellow sweat stains in the underarm area, you may be able to save your shirts using hydrogen peroxide, dish soap and baking soda. Here’s our step-by-step guide.

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Pirelli calendar uses black actors for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme

It’s the Drag-erwocky! The 2018 Pirelli Calendar is still months away from being released, but new photos obtained by The Post reveal an “Alice in Wonderland” theme featuring only black models. Among this year’s docket of decked-out celebs is “Drag Race” host RuPaul as the loud-and-proud Queen of Hearts, and Sean “Diddy” Combs as the…
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There has been some discussion around the slurs used on “Empire.” At a panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, Saturday, the TV drama’s co-creator Danny Strong talked about forbidden language on network TV, explaining why writers avoided a racial epithet for black people but used one for gay men.

Terrence Howard, the show’s star, had come out saying using the former is needed to make the show more authentic. “I’m mad that we don’t say n– in the show,” he told Entertainment Weekly in February. “Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use n– every day. It’s become part of a conversation—why aren’t we using it in the show?”

Strong insisted that was not necessary. “It’s not a documentary about hip-hop,” he said Saturday, addressing Howard’s comments. “It’s a soap opera that takes place in the hip-hop world.”

Toward the end of the panel, an audience member asked Strong why he felt comfortable using a particular gay slur, if the N-word was off-limits in the writer’s room. In the scene in question, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) shouts at Lucious (Terrence Howard). “I want to show you a f– really can run this company,” she says, referencing their gay son Jamal (Jussie Smollett) taking control of the company.

“That was really important to [co-creator] Lee [Daniels], in particular, who is gay,” Strong said. “The idea is that she is throwing his homophobia back in his face… So to use one of the most offensive slurs is a powerful way to do that.”

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