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Leyna Bloom just made history in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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“This is what it looks like to be in full bloom.”

The above was the caption Black-Asian transgender model Leyna Bloom used to announce her historic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This is the first time the coveted magazine has featured a Black transgender model in its 60-year history.

Bloom told GMA that she never for once thought she would be “born in a time when something like this would happen to someone with (her) skin tone” and she is living out her dreams.

She is the second transgender model to be featured in the magazine with the first being Brazilian model, Valentina Sampaio.

The Black and Filipino model said being featured is an incredible feeling, however, there is still more to be done to balance the scales because representation is key. “This moment is bigger than my wildest infinite dreams,” wrote Bloom. “At this moment, I am a representation of all the communities I grew from, and all the communities I’m planting seeds in.”

This is not the first time Bloom is making history in the fashion industry — 2017 was her year, literally. Aside from being one of the first openly transgender models at New York Fashion Week in September 2017, she also was the first transgender woman of color to appear in Vogue India in October 2017, according to USA Today.

Two years later, Bloom became the first trans woman of color to have a movie, “Port Authority”, premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Bloom making it to the cover of Sports Illustrated was purely based on merit, her commitment, beauty, and desire to make the world a better place for everyone, said MJ Day, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s Editor In Chief.

“Her presence as the first trans woman of color to be in our issue is a result of her lifetime dedication to forging her path that has led to acceptance, love, and change,” Day said. “She represents every person’s right to love themselves and be who they want to be. We are honored to have her in this year’s issue and understand the effect it will have on so many others.”

Glamour also recognized Bloom’s works in the fashion game and named her as one of “6 Women Who Are Shaping The Future of Fashion.” Bloom is living her American dream and using her platform to pave way for others.

“It’s not just in the trans community,” Bloom told Glamour. “It’s in my Black community. It’s in my Asian community. I’m the product of deportation and immigration so I’m a product of many different things in our society that I have to use my voice to stand up (for).”

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World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Ghana To Miss Jordan Ayew And Amartey Against South Africa

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World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Ghana To Miss Jordan Ayew And Amartey Against South Africa

The Black Stars are set to do without some first team players for their upcoming back-to-back games against Ethiopia and South Africa.

Premier League clubs have decided against releasing players for September’s round of World Cup qualifiers which are due to take place in Covid-19 red-listed countries, ruling Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew, Leicester City centre-back Daniel Amartey and Brentford winger Tariqe Fosu out of Ghana’s showdown away against South Africa.

 

According to a statement by the FA, nearly 60 players from 19 clubs have been affected by the decision.

 

South Africa, who are on the UK’s coronavirus red list, are set to host Ghana for a Group G matchday two fixture in Johannesburg on September 6.

“Premier League clubs have today reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month,” the FA announced on their official website on Tuesday.

“The clubs’ decision, which is strongly supported by the Premier League, will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries in the September international window.

“This follows Fifa’s current position not to extend its temporary release exception for players required to quarantine on their return from international duty.

“Extensive discussions have taken place with both The FA and the Government to find a solution, but due to ongoing public health concerns relating to incoming travellers from red-list countries, no exemption has been granted

Ghana are set to open their World Cup qualifiers with a home clash with Ethiopia on September 3 before making the trip to South Africa.
Earlier this month, Black Stars coach CK Akonnor unveiled a provisional list of 30 players for the uncoming double-header, the roster including Ayew, Amartey and Fosu.

 

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UTAG is Setting A Bad Precedent For Disobeying Court Injunction – Kabila

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UTAG is Setting A Bad Precedent For Disobeying Court Injunction – Kabila

Former Acting General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bomfeh, has slammed the UTAG executives for not obeying the injunction order by a High Court regarding their industrial action.

UTAG has refused to call off their strike despite calls on them to return to work.

The National Labour Commission, in an attempt to compel them to resume work, secured an injunction from an Accra High Court but the University lecturers Association has defied the court ruling.

According to UTAG President, Prof. Charles Marfo, the injunction has rather worsened the case for the Labour Commission.

“We were almost reaching a consensus until the government’s court issue arose. Now, a whole new ballgame has started because we’re also asking our lawyers to go to court . . . We were getting there. We were pushing; now this argument I’m making is lost,” he said.

Addressing the issue during Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, James Kwabena Bomfeh, popularly called Kabila, bemoaned the UTAG response to the Labour Commission’s injunction.

According to him, UTAG somehow disrespecting the injunction must be condemned in no uncertain terms stressing ”if care is not taken and we allow for positive defiance against a court ruling, we will be setting a certain bad precedent”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vote: KOTOKO vs HEARTS, Which Team Wins Today?

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Press on the Faint Circle before your preferred Team, then Press Vote to submit. Good luck!

 

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