Barbados PM Mia Mottley Proposes Museum To Honor Rihanna, The Nation's Famous Daughter

Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley is one shrewd woman. Rihanna supported her candidacy to become Prime Minister in 2018, then joining forces with Motley as Cultural Ambassador for Barbados in September 2018.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley at United Nations September 2018.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley at United Nations September 2018.

PM Motley has raised her own international profile significantly since becoming leader of her country. AOC featured yesterday her role in activating a deliberate, fast-track move towards 100% renewable fuels by 2030. Barbados is joined by Jamaica in the lead and also Dominica in a major drive towards sustainability, now fueled with the activism, money and connections of Richard Branson, who has launched a program throughout the Caribbean post Hurricane Maria.

Now Barbados Prime Minister wants to open a museum celebrating Rihanna and her Work, Work, Work, Work, Work.

Mottley revealed in London that conversations are already underway between Rihanna’s manager brother and the Barbados government on honoring the Caribbean island’s most famous daughter born Robyn Rihanna Fenty , according to The Voice.

Anybody who could go from Rihanna’s humble beginnings to become “the most successful woman entertainer in the entire globe, in my view deserves to be recognized in her life as a living legend of Barbados as well,” Mottley said.

Rihanna is everywhere right now, becoming the first woman of color to launch a brand with luxury group LVMH with the debut of her fashion label FENTY in May.  Her song about Work, Work, Work, Work is the reference for the opening paragraph of her interview.

The backdrop of Rihanna’s global success across so many fields seems enhanced by the history of her own country of Barbados. AOC published last night an article from The Conversation J.M. Opal, Associate Professor of History and Chair, History and Classical Studies, McGill University in Toronto.

Professor Opal reminds us that instead of exploding into violent retribution when the British Empire abolished slavery in the 1830s, Barbados — “Ground Zero for American slavery and racism, a Caribbean concentration camp in which hundreds of thousands of people of African descent were tortured to make white planters very rich” — became one of the most stable, hard-working democracies in the Caribbean.

That success has continued after gaining freedom from British rule in 1967. And it’s clearly in the DNA of Barbados’ most famous daughter Rihanna and its still young in tenure Prime Minister Mia Mottley. This is a duo to watch!

Major Film Studios Follow Netflix In Putting Georgia On Notice Over Illegal Abortion Law

Young women protest against quack-science “Heartbeat Bill” in Georgia.

Young women protest against quack-science “Heartbeat Bill” in Georgia.

It was a slow start on whether or not America’s film industry would become involved in Georgia politics, threatening to abandon existing projects and future expansion of filming major projects like the revolutionary, Oscar-winning ‘Black Panther’ movie.

Netflix was the first major studio to take a stand against the medical-quackery ‘heartbeat bill banning abortion at about six weeks, joining the ACLU lawsuit in fighting the law not only as an infringement of Roe v. Wade, but as pseudo-science that has no basis in medical facts.

Today, an onslaught of new studios including Viacom, CBS, Sony, AMC, NBC Universal and Warner Media raises their collective business voices against the new law.

"We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time, and while that doesn't mean we agree with every position taken by a state or country and their leaders, we do respect due process," WarnerMedia said in a statement on Thursday. "We will watch the situation closely, and if the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions. As is always the case, we will work closely with our production partners and talent to determine how and where to shoot any given project."

Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams' show ‘Lovecraft County ‘ is currently in production in Georgia and both stars have said that they will donate their their episodic fees for the first season to the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia. Producer Jason Bateman, of ’Lovecraft County’ and ‘The Outsider’ says he will no longer work in Georgia if the law remains in place.

Georgia Handmaids promise a fight at the Georgia ballot box. Given the intense activism generated by Stacey Abrams’ governor’s race among women of color and white suburban women both, the Handmaid threats may bring ballot box results.

Georgia Handmaids promise a fight at the Georgia ballot box. Given the intense activism generated by Stacey Abrams’ governor’s race among women of color and white suburban women both, the Handmaid threats may bring ballot box results.

Virtually all of the players believe that the bills will lose in the federal court system. Still, every studio head speaking on this issue said they will leave Georgia if somehow the bill is upheld. Given the proliferation of ‘Heartbeat Law’ around the country, it’s entirely feasible that the film industry will only exist in blue states.

CBS, which films MacGyver in the state, chimed in. "Creative voices across our industry have expressed strong concern about the recently signed bill in Georgia. The ability to attract the best talent is the first step in producing great entertainment content and is always an important consideration in where we film any series," said a rep for the company. "We are monitoring the legislative and legal developments in Georgia with the full expectation that the process in the courts will play out for some time. For now, we will continue producing our series based there that have production orders for next season. If the law takes effect in Georgia or elsewhere, these may not be viable locations for our future production."

The Atlanta Constitution reports that Netflix’s position right now is that if producers and actors don’t want to work in Georgia, they have Netflix’s support. At least one Netflix movie has already relocated, in spite of Georgia’s generous tax credits that have helped the film industry generate $2.7 billion in state spending for the period ending June 30, 2018. Only California and New York generate more dollars in the business sector.

Gov. Brian Kemp, who narrowly beat popular Democrat Stacey Adams last November has declined to comment on the standoff since Netflix’s statement on Tuesday. On a separate note, on Thursday US District Judge Steve Jones rejected Georgia election officials’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit, filed by allies of Democrat Stacey Abrams after her 2018 loss to Kemp.

The lawsuit is seeking court intervention to stop voter registration purges, absentee ballot cancellations, precinct closures and potential voting machine tampering. The lawsuit alleges that racial minorities have suffered particular disenfranchisement under the Republican purges.

Kim Kardashian West Helps Free 17 Federal Prisoners in Last Three Months

Kim Kardashian West Drops Bombshell About Becoming A Lawyer In Vogue US May 2019

We know about Kim Kardashian’s role in the 2018 summer release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old Alabama woman in prison since 1996 on a nonviolent drug charge. Kim learned about her case through social media and met with President Trump, seeking Johnson’s clemency.

What has been relatively low-profile news is that Kim has been working with CNN commentator and activist Van Jones and the attorney Jessica Jackson, cofounders of #cut50, a national bipartisan advocacy group on criminal-justice reform for months. After visiting prisons, petitioning governors, and attending meetings at the White House, Kim Kardashian made a major decision about her forward life direction.

The powerhouse mogul is studying 18 hrs. a week to become a lawyer and will take the bar exam in California, one of four states where Kim can apprentice herself to a qualified lawyer while studying and preparing for the exam, as early as 2022. .

Buzzfeed wrote on Tuesday that Kim Kardashian West has helped free 17 federal prisoners in the last three months.

Lawyers Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody confirmed Kardashian’s involvement in funding the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign, an entity born from President Trump’s signing of the First Step Act, designed to see sentence reductions for those serving life terms on drug offences.

“She’s using her platform to shine a light on this issue,” said Barnett, who is Kardashian West's personal lawyer and one of the co-creators of the Buried Alive Project. “She really helped us with the work we’ve already been doing, and she’s helping us amplify the voices of the people who are buried alive.”

Kim Kardashian West  and her personal attorney, co-founder of  Buried Alive Project,   Brittany K. Barnett  entering the White House to meet with Jared Kushner and President Trump on prison reform issues.  via  THR

Kim Kardashian West and her personal attorney, co-founder of Buried Alive Project, Brittany K. Barnett entering the White House to meet with Jared Kushner and President Trump on prison reform issues. via THR

“People get out of prison when powerful women link arms. Brittany and I linked arms years ago, and Kim has come and linked arms, too," Cody, Barnett’s co-counsel on the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign, said. “It’s about using what resources you have to shine a light on the underbelly of American injustice."

The two lawyers are launching the Third Strike Project, which will look more broadly at the hundreds of men and women serving life sentences under three-strikes laws that were implemented in the early ’90s, but who aren't covered by the First Step Act.

We have hundreds of people that we need to bring to the forefront and help free that are serving life sentences under a law that has changed, but just did not reach back to help them,” Cody said.

It seems safe to assert that Kim Kardashian West will be front and center in the battle. It seems safe to assert that Kim Kardashian West will be front and center in the battle. In fact, she just announced Wednesday ‘Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project’, a new two-hour documentary for Oxygen.

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