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Does Nelly Think ‘DWTS’ Judges Are Fair? / WATCH

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*“Dancing with the Stars” contestant Nelly and his pro partner Daniella Karagach chat with Access Hollywood’s Zuri Hall about their performance to “Ride Wit Me,” how hard he work since joining the show and if thinks the judging on the show is fair.

“I guess they are who they are, and I guess, you know, I’m a newcomer to this and everything, but I definitely think that circumstance should play a little bit more of a role in scoring when you think of some of the people such as myself, Carole Baskin, Charles Oakley, some of these people – this is so far from what we do,” he tells Zuri. “And here you have to learn these routines in a small amount of time and I just think circumstances are not being played into this. I’m from the hood in St. Louis. Ain’t no ballrooms where I’m from!”

“DWTS” airs Mondays at 8PM on ABC.

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Wearing Masks, Dance Theatre of Harlem Lifts Spirits With Video ‘Dancing Through Harlem’ (Watch)

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DTH: Dancing Through Harlem

*Despite a worldwide pandemic keeping them from the stage, the famed Dance Theatre of Harlem found a way to do what they do best anyway – uplift and inspire through movement.

For “Harlem Week” in August, which was virtual this year, the troupe released a video called “Dancing Through Harlem,” which showed the members dancing and leaping through Harlem landmarks, including the Harriet Tubman sculpture, the Apollo Theater, and the Frederick Douglass Statue in the opening credits.

The video then opens with two dancers wearing masks inside the 145th Street subway station (A/B/C/D lines) choreographed to the music of J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor 3rd movement. It cuts to four female dancers in front of Shepard Hall at City College of New York, then to four male dancers at Riverbank State Park, and then to the full eight dancers at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.

Since the video was tweeted by @balletarchive on October 12th, it has received over 7.6 million views and counting.

“Dancing Through Harlem” was produced by Derek Brockington and Alexandra Hutchinson, with choreography by Robert Garland and filmed by Heather Olcott and Joe Samala.

Watch below:

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Four Historically Black Sororities Join Forces for Atlanta ‘Stroll to the Polls’ Video (Watch)

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Stroll to the Polls

*In a rare move that should tell you the importance of this election, members of the four historically Black sororities set aside their friendly competition to come together for an online campaign that encourages folks to vote.

It all stared when Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris shouted out her AKA membership during her acceptance speech, as well as other historically Black Greek organizations, known as the Divine Nine.

Maisha Land, a member of AKA, wanted to build on that historic moment, with the organization’s tradition of strolling, when members of a Divine Nine organization form a line and move forward using the same dance or motions, hence “Stroll to the Polls.”

“It was only supposed to be four of us, four or five. It grew into over 20 women because people were just so excited,” Land told 13WMAZ.

She owns the Gems of Georgia Dance Studio in Southwest Atlanta and united her own sorority sisters with members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., for weeks of practices to put together what became a series of images and videos that went viral.

Watch the video here on Facebook, or a report about the video below:

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‘Ain’t S**t Gonna Stop Me’: Houston Woman Goes Viral with her Tips on Waiting in Line to Vote (Watch)

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*A Houston mother filmed a video for Tik Tok showing off her tips for folks forced to stand on long lines to vote.

Belinda Varnado said neither heat, hunger nor illness was going to stop her from voting. “I’m going to vote and ain’t s**t gonna stop me, she said.”

In the now-viral TikTok video shared more than 9,400 times, Varnado begins, “I got my grown folks hair on. I got my savage clothes on, I’m ready for this heat, and I’m ready for these people.”

Showing off her wares, she continued, “I’m ready. They can stand out there for 15 hours, I got my chair. They can stand out there for 24 hours, I got my snacks. I’m going to vote, and I suggest you go vote too.”

Watch her viral TikTok video below:

Varnado said she waited for an hour and a half to vote, which she felt wasn’t too bad. In Harris County alone, the clerk’s office said that when polls closed on Monday, the number of in-person votes and mail-in ballots surpassed 700,000 voters.

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