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    The Traumatized 17-Year-Old Who Filmed George Floyd’s Killing Is Already Being Harassed

    In the wake of mass outcry and protest over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, the person who brought his story to light is already experiencing harassment. Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old who took the video of George Floyd being suffocated and killed by police on Monday, now says that she’s facing a series of concerning messages online. Frazier took the video as proof of police brutality and the pain felt by thousands of people around the country, but is now the subject of some harassment as a result.According to her Facebook page, Frazier has been receiving numerous questions about why she didn’t fight off police for the duration of the 10 minute video depicting police kneeing Floyd in the neck. In her response, she says that she was scared as a 17-year-old to attempt to fight off any cops or help Floyd. “I don’t expect anyone who wasn’t placed in my position to understand why and how I feel the way that I do,” she wrote on Facebook. Later in the post she explained that she didn’t get involved because she didn’t want anyone else to be killed or put in the same position as George and she feared how the police would further retaliate. “If it wasn’t for me 4 cops would’ve still had their jobs, causing other problems,” she wrote. “The police most definitely would’ve swept it under the rug with a cover up story. Instead of bashing me, THANK ME! Because that could’ve been one of your loved ones and you would want to see the truth as well. Anyone with something negative to say pls block me. I’m not forcing you to watch me.”The pain and trauma that Frazier addresses in her post has resonated with so many. In addition to what she’s now going through, she returned to the scene of the killing the day after George Floyd’s death looking visibly shattered. A video was captured and posted online by NowThis, showing Frazier saying, “I watched this man die,” while crying. In the video, she hugs other members of the community protesting in that same area. “I posted the video last night and it just went viral,” she said through sobs, adding, “Everybody’s asking me how do I feel? I don’t know how to feel, ‘cause it’s so sad, bro. This man was literally right here at 8:00 pm yesterday. I was walking my cousin to the store, and I just see him on the ground and I’m like ‘What is going on?’” Ultimately, she ended her speech at the scene saying, “It is so traumatizing” while continuing to cry before putting her mask back on.Beyond the harassment she’s receiving online, concerns have amounted over how Frazier’s treatment fares against Ramsey Orta, the person who filmed Eric Garner’s murder. Orta was subjected to police harassment that eventually landed him in prison — a price he paid for revealing the police brutality inflicted on Garner. Now, advocates demand more protection for Frazier, who is a minor, and also witnessed a brutal police killing, saying that history cannot repeat.Refinery29 has reached out to Darnella Frazier for comment. We will update this story as we know more.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?CNN Reporter Omar Jimenez Arrested On Live TVYou Can Help Donate To The Minnesota Freed FundThis Is What Real Allyship Looks Like

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    The Wrap

    Whoopi Goldberg Faces Challenge From Richard Dreyfuss, Rita Wilson in Oscars’ Board of Governors Election

    Whoopi Goldberg will be facing 18 other actors who want her seat on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors, the Academy revealed to its members on Friday.The Academy posted the list of candidates for the board from all 17 of its branches, with incumbent Actors Branch governor Goldberg going up against a slate of challengers that includes past governor Ed Begley Jr., as well as Richard Dreyfuss, James and Stacy Keach, Tim Matheson, Joe Pantoliano, Lou Diamond Phillips and Rita Wilson, whose husband, Tom Hanks, served on the board for many years.Other branches whose contenders hit double digits included Cinematographers (12), Directors (13), Executives (12), Producers (16), Sound (10) and Visual Effects (10).But the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch, in which incumbent Kathryn Blondell was ineligible to run again, has only a single candidate, Linda Flowers.Also Read: Oscars Board Election Has New Rules - But Expect the Same Old ResultsBlondell, film editor David Tronick and casting director Lora Kennedy could not run for re-election because of term limits that restrict governors to three consecutive three-year terms. Tronick had served the full nine years, while Blondell and Kennedy had each served seven years, beginning with special one-year terms that began in 2013. But because a new three-year term would place them at 10 years, over the limit, they weren’t eligible to run.Of the 14 governors who were eligible for re-election, only Albert Berger from the Producers Branch declined to run. Berger, who would have been running for his third term, told TheWrap that he supports a six-year term limit for governors, which would bring the board in line with other Academy committees.A number of former governors are in the running to return to the board, including Michael Mann and Reginald Hudlin in the Directors Branch, Mark Mangini in the Sound Branch and Jon Bloom in the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch.Other contenders include cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, directors Scott Cooper, Ava DuVernay, Kasi Lemmons, Brett Ratner and Jason Reitman, documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, executives Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, Mike Medavoy and Patrick Wachsberger, songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, producers Jason Blum and Irwin Winkler and writers Gregory Nava, John Ridley and Howard A. Rodman.Voting will take place next week, beginning on June 1 and ending June 5. A single round of voting, which will use the preferential system of counting to determine each branch’s consensus favorite, will be used. In past years, the governors election had used the first round to narrow the field to four, and a second round to pick the winner. Historically, incumbents have won re-election to the AMPAS Board of Governors about 75% of the time.Also Read: Oscars' Big Rule Changes: First-Run Streaming Films Now Eligible, Sound Categories MergedHere is the complete list of candidates:Actors Michael Lee Aday Ed Begley, Jr. Robert Carradine Nicolas Coster Colman Domingo Richard Dreyfuss Spencer Garrett Bruce Glover Whoopi Goldberg – incumbent James Keach Stacy Keach Peter Wong Jodi Long Tim Matheson Joe Pantoliano Lou Diamond Phillips Andrea Riseborough Andrew Stevens Rita WilsonCasting Directors Kerry Barden Richard Hicks Margery Simkin Debra ZaneCinematographers Andrzej Bartkowiak Richard P. Crudo Svetlana Cvetko Steven Fierberg Michael Goi Janusz Kaminski Newton Thomas Sigel Eric Steelberg Kees Van Oostrum Amelia Vincent Roy Wagner Mandy Walker – incumbentCostume Designers Molly Maginnis Judianna Makovsky Isis Mussenden – incumbent Rita RyackDirectors Niki Caro Scott Cooper Ava DuVernay Reginald Hudlin Kasi Lemmons Michael Mann Philippe Mora Kimberly Peirce – incumbent Brett Ratner Peyton Reed Jason Reitman Frances-Anne Solomon Lewis TeagueDocumentary Kate Amend – incumbent Geralyn Dreyfous Karen Goodman Lauren Greenfield Tom NeffExecutives Pam Abdy Victoria Alonso Michael W. Barker Thomas Bernard Mark C. Canton Erica Huggins David Linde – incumbent Mike Medavoy James W. Morris Gianni Nunnari Stephen Strick Patrick WachsbergerFilm Editors Mark Helfrich Michael Jablow Nancy Richardson Stephen Rivkin David Rosenbloom Paul Seydor Terilyn A. ShropshireMakeup Artists and Hairstylists Linda FlowersMarketing and Public Relations Stephen D. Bruno Kevin Goetz Barry Dale Johnson Michael Kaplan Christina Kounelias – incumbent Robert A. Levine Michele RobertsonMusic Charles Bernstein – incumbent Paul Chihara George S. Clinton John C. Debney Sharon Farber William Goldstein Jan A. P. Kaczmarek Emilio Kauderer Carole Bayer SagerProducers Khadija Alami Jason Blum Lawrence David Foldes Jennifer Fox Lynette Howell Taylor Steven-Charles Jaffe Robert Lantos Lori McCreary Chris Moore Michael Peyster Michael S. Phillips Peter Samuelson Michael Shamberg Jeffrey Sharp Richard W. Stevenson Irwin WinklerProduction Design Marcia Hinds Geoffrey A. Kirkland John A. Kuri Carolyn A. Loucks John Muto Rusty Smith Melissa Stewart Wynn P. Thomas – incumbent Thomas A. WalshShort Films and Feature Animation Jon Bloom Edwin Catmull Ron Diamond Chris Donahue Raul Garcia Matthew Gross Tom Sito – incumbent Erik Smitt Chris TashimaSound Bobbi Banks Teri E. Dorman – incumbent Nicholas Eliopoulos Scott Gershin Mark Mangini F. Hudson Miller Victoria Rose Sampson Mark P. Stoeckinger Bruce Tanis Randy ThomVisual Effects Robert Blalack Rob Bredow Brooke Breton Richard Edlund – incumbent Jonathan Erland Jeffrey M. Kleiser Jeffrey A. Okun Helena Packer Joshua Pines Theresa Ellis Rygiel Rick SayreWriters Carl A. Gottlieb Larry Karaszewski – incumbent Gregory Nava John Ridley Howard A. RodmanRead original story Whoopi Goldberg Faces Challenge From Richard Dreyfuss, Rita Wilson in Oscars’ Board of Governors Election At TheWrap

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    Yahoo Life

    Strippers work to 'take back all of the power' while clubs are shuttered during the pandemic

    How strippers are banding together to change the industry while facing unique challenges as clubs are closed. Plus, what the clubs could look like upon reopening.

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