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Matt James Breaks Silence on Bachelor Nation’s “Heartbreaking” Reality


The Bachelor contestant, who is still in the running to win over Matt’s heart, raised eyebrows after photos from her college days resurfaced on Reddit. In the images, which E! News hasn’t verified, Rachael was seen attending a fraternity formal in 2018, which the Reddit user described as an “Antebellum plantation themed ball.”

She would later apologize in a statement posted on social media. “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them,” Rachael wrote on Feb. 11. “My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

Ultimately, members of Bachelor Nation have spoken out and sparked a conversation about race and diversity in the franchise. In fact, Bachelor contestants from Matt’s own season came together to release a statement. 



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Jamie Dornan Competed on Reality TV Before Becoming an Actor


What could have been! Jamie Dornan is best known for playing Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey series — but he nearly made a career out of being on reality TV.

During a recent appearance on Sirius XM’s Radio Andy, Dornan, 38, opened up about what led to him competing on a reality series in the early 2000s. “I’d been at university for a year. I used to play a lot of rugby at school. And I was very sporty and I was playing rugby at uni and drinking a lot. And I decided I was going to drop out of university ‘cause … it wasn’t the right space for me at the time,” the Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar actor said on Thursday, February 11. “And I was like, ‘F—k this. I’m going to like do something else in my life,’ but I didn’t have a plan.”

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He added, “My dad was really worrying, like, ‘What’s your plan going to be?’ And it was just one of those weird things at that time, but my whole family were sort of gunning together, trying to work out what can Jamie do next.”

The Irish actor recalled how one of his sisters came across information about an open audition for an upcoming reality TV show called Model Behavior. The British series, which ran for two seasons between 2001 and 2002, awarded the winner a one-year contract with a modeling agency.

“This was sort of almost pre-reality TV. It wasn’t even being pitched to us. We didn’t really know what it was,” he explained. “My sister says, ‘You should go.’ And I said, ‘What is it?’ And she says, ‘To be a model.’ And I was like, ‘Why would I want to be a model?’… No kid where I’m from grows up wanting to be a model, I’ll tell you that. So, I was like, ‘No, I’m not doing it.’”

Dornan eventually joined after convincing one of his male pals to compete alongside him. The actor admitted that he “didn’t even do that well on the show” but his involvement pushed him to move to London afterward. Though he “hated” modeling, the Robin Hood star believed that is was “a bit of a gateway into” acting.

The Marie-Antoinette actor last detailed his past as a model back in 2018. While appearing on The Late Late Show With James Corden, he explained why he never took his modeling talents to the runway.

“There was a few reasons. I didn’t want to do it, actually,” he said at the time. “It didn’t appeal to me at all. It seemed like quite a lot of work. But also, above all else, I did go once to Fashion Week in Milan [and] stayed at this horrendous hotel called Hotel Lucky. There’s all these other guy models. It was a disgusting scene. I went for some castings, but I have a really unfortunate walk that is very, very bouncy.”

Luckily, Dornan found his calling as an actor and has gone on to appear in several prominent projects, including the show Once Upon a Time and the animated film Trolls World Tour. He previously opened up about the way in which he chooses his acting gigs after his breakthrough role in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.

“I feel like you don’t have a f—king clue what’s right until you read it and you’re like, ‘Oh, this is it. This is what I want to do next,’” he told Variety in April 2020. “I think I have a stronger sense of what’s not right for me. And one thing with this job is to challenge myself and one thing is to keep a very large element of variety.”

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E!’s For Real Trailer Teases Reality TV Stars & Iconic Moments


On top of that, For Real teases shocking revelations from the industry executives, producers and journalists who helped catapult reality programming into the pop culture zeitgeist, along with untold stories and never-before-seen footage from all of the celebreality, dating, competition and extreme makeover series we’ve come to love over the years. 

Additional guests set to join Andy include Botched‘s Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif, The Real Housewives of New York‘s Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer and The Girls Next Door‘s Kendra Wilkinson

Expect to see Caroline Manzo, Danny Cahill, Dr. Drew, Eric Nies, Heather B. Gardner, Jazz Jennings, Julie Chen, Julie Gentry, Kelly Alemi, Kyle Richards, Melissa Rivers, Mama June, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Nev Schulman, Norman Korpi, Omarosa Newman, Rachel Zoe, Richard Hatch, Ruben Studdard, Russ and Paola Mayfield, Tami Roman, Teresa Giudice and Thom Filicia as well!



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Netflix Drops Juicy Trailer For Reality Series Bling Empire


Fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills may have just found their next binge watch.

If you thought Love is Blind was juicy, just wait until you watch Netflix’s latest reality series, Bling Empire

Netflix released the show’s trailer on Jan. 8 to introduce its stars: several wealthy friends in Los Angeles who “have the whole world at their disposal.” 

Dropping on Jan. 15, Bling Empire follows “a wildly wealthy group of Asian and Asian-American friends (and frenemies)” as they attend starry parties in Beverly Hills and check out mansions that are “only” $19,000 per month.

As the streaming site describes, “While their days and nights are filled with fabulous parties and expensive shopping sprees, don’t let the glitz and glamour fool you.” 



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Dixie D’Amelio On Her Family’s Reality Show In Euphoria Magazine


And other things we learned in her Euphoria interview.

TikTok superstar Dixie D’Amelio is ready to take center stage — starting with her very first solo magazine cover.

The 19-year-old, who boasts over 40 million followers on the app, just landed her first solo magazine cover with Euphoria mag.

But Dixie’s exponential rise to fame over the past year (which includes a hit single, TV show, merchandise, and more) almost didn’t happen when she initially shied away from joining TikTok.

Thankfully, her younger sister Charli convinced her to stick around…and it definitely worked out for the duo.

While the sisters undeniably balance each other out quite perfectly, Dixie is now stepping away from their intertwined careers.

This also includes her budding music career and her new holiday single with Liam Payne (which has racked up millions of streams in just a few days).

Dixie isn’t forgetting her family though, who just landed their first reality show and are already garnering comparisons to the Kardashians.

As for what fans can actually expect from the show? A lot of behind-the-scenes content about their hectic lives.

And as for what else the future holds for Dixie? Finding her place and making sure she can help others along the way.

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Can Questioning Our Reality Help Usher along Change?


Can Questioning Our Reality Help Usher along Change?

Can Questioning Our Reality Help Usher along Change?

Can Questioning Our Reality
Help Usher along Change?

We can contemplate the oneness of humanity and the interconnectedness of all things. We can also know we are different, honor those differences, and understand how they affect the way we treat one another. These ways of thinking, despite existing at separate poles, both represent something true. They exist together. Understanding these opposite truths is key to seeing the world clearly: Rather than weaponizing one truth against the other—an easy pattern to fall into—we have to carve out space somewhere in the middle.


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Author and meditation teacher Sebene Selassie has been studying how we understand connection and disconnection for decades. Her new book, You Belong, feels like it’s arriving at just the right time: It teaches us how to walk this middle path by getting curious about what it means to exist with one another. It’s rich with history, ancient spiritual wisdom, and Selassie’s own experiences. It spans from established theories in physics to woo-woo (and justifies both). And ultimately, it lands us at one final truth, the product of some number of paradoxes: You and every person around you, whether you love or hate them, belong to one other.

A Q&A with Sebene Selassie

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You Belong begins with a paradox: “Although we are not one, we are not separate. And although we are not separate, we are not the same.” Why is that the foundation for your discussion of belonging?
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I think a good paradox is at the heart of most truth. In Mahayana Buddhism, this is referred to as the doctrine of the two truths, which refers to the absolute truth and the relative truth. The thing about them is that they’re both true.

The absolute truth: Most spiritual traditions and philosophies that have any substance or merit recognize the paradox of our existence. Ancient wisdom and Indigenous knowledge systems tell us that we are interconnected: There’s this South African idea of ubuntu, or in North American Indigenous wisdom, “all my relations”—the idea that we are all connected and affect one another. It’s also the truth of modern science that observation itself affects the nature of reality. Things appear to function separately but exist only in relation to one another. So there are what seem like illusions or delusions to our perceptual reality. Things are energetically much more connected than our ordinary senses can tell us, and there is so much more interconnection than on just that fundamental physical level.

The relative truth: However, we can turn to absolute truth as a way to not reckon with this other truth, which is that we live in a relative reality, and we have separate bodies, and those come with separate identities and experiences. Not to mention the systems of inequality and oppression that have historically resulted from that sense of separation.


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What role does curiosity play in understanding this paradox?
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Being curious about what’s really happening is key both to our personal transformation and to our collective transformation. We often want to lean toward what’s most comfortable. This shows up just in our day-to-day lives: We crave pleasure and comfort and ease, we move away from things that are difficult, and we grasp things that are easier. On a meditative level, we tend to move away from things that are uncomfortable, and often that becomes a bypass, where we’re not really letting go of our rage or our sadness, but we’re actually just clinging to states that are more pleasant.

It’s the same when we’re talking about these two truths. We lean more toward one or the other, depending on which one we’re more comfortable with. That comfort is complicated because we might be more comfortable with the harmony of “we are all one” and “I don’t see difference.” We see this show up in people who would say, “I don’t see race.” Alternatively, we might cling to the complexity of our separation and our differences. Because we are so aware of the hurt and the pain of that truth, we may be caught in our rage. And rage is very valid. But we can stay stuck there, not recognizing the other truth—that we are connected.

I find that being curious about our own patterning and conditioning allows us to see where we tend to gravitate to one truth and helps us get interested about the other one. If we tend to cling to the harmony, we might ask: What are we avoiding? Maybe the discomfort of having to deal with this truth of separation and disconnection and oppression. Or if we cling to the righteousness of our rage, then are we dismissing the truth of our interconnection?


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How does personal identity affect how we perceive reality?
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We talk about marginalized groups as if being on the margins is a deficit in some way. That deficit model acknowledges that resource allocation and access as well as systems of harm happen because of marginalization, but there’s also an inverse to that model: We imagine that people in the center have objectivity, when in fact what they have is just a perspective of power and dominant culture.

In sociology, this is called standpoint theory. Standpoint theory says that people on the margins often have a greater view and better understanding of the reality we all live in because they can see more. If we think about the most marginalized people in our societies, they often have perspectives of the reality that they come from, but they also have the perspective of the dominant culture because that’s what is broadcast by the media. That’s what they see all around them. And often people from the margins have to physically travel to the center because society and capitalism and culture serve the needs of those in that center. You can see it in a city like in New York City. In the outer boroughs, you have more immigrants, poor people, and people of color, and all of us have to travel into Manhattan, the wealthiest and most elite part of the city, in order to go to work, get services, and take part in particular activities. Whereas the people from the center much more rarely travel to the margins. Even people at the center who have contact with some diversity in their lives need to look at how that happens: Is it people from the margins moving into your center and into your world? Do you truly have an understanding of the margins and the people from the margins? Those people have to take a look at the strength, perspective, and empowerment of having a clearer picture, which is different from how we often see it.

“We imagine that people in the center have objectivity, when in fact what they have
is just a perspective of power and dominant culture.”

This certainly doesn’t encompass the whole of reality, but it’s one way of seeing something that we usually maybe don’t see in this way.


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How do we cultivate a sense of belonging within ourselves and within our communities?
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As my friend Reverend angel Kyodo williams says, you can’t have outer change without inner change. Or as bell hooks says, if you’re fucked up and you lead the revolution, you’re going to have a fucked up revolution. If we want to see change in our communities or in the wider culture, we need to start with ourselves. We need to do the inner work, cultivating that sense of belonging within ourselves that we hope will extend outward so that there’s less polarization, less division, less inequality, and less violence.

It starts with examining that inner sense of not belonging. This is not only an intellectual exercise. Although we do some reflection and contemplation of our minds, our emotions, and our thoughts, we really have to start with the body. That’s the first place we start not belonging: feeling in some way that our bodies are wrong. Trauma is stored in the body and shows up in many ways. It could have something to do with our ideas of how our bodies should look, but it’s also rooted in disconnection from how our bodies actually feel. The tendency, especially in this culture, to intellectualize things, to go straight into the head and not actually have a sense of the body, is an issue here.

I use “embodied awareness” as a synonym for “mindfulness.” Mindfulness is a great word in many ways, but it’s not a perfect translation of the ancient tradition it’s meant to represent: sati. When this ancient Pali word “sati” was first translated into English in 1881, “mind” was put right in the beginning of the translation. Our collective understanding of mindfulness is now centered on the mind itself. But “sati” in its original meaning is really this sense of remembering our full capacity for freedom, and that doesn’t happen only in our heads. It happens initially through this capacity to be fully present. And to be fully present, you have to be present with your body, your heart, and your mind.


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Why is mindfulness such a powerful force for change?
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I have underestimated—and maybe still do—the importance of self-love. In our culture, it’s so hard to unlearn treating our spiritual growth as a personal improvement project. There’s something almost punitive about the way we approach our spiritual growth, our meditation practice, our personal development. And the more I come to it from a place of genuine self-love and self-understanding, the more freedom I can bring to myself and to others in all of my interactions.

“We have a crisis of imagination in the sense that we often build change in structures that are faulty. So to imagine something different takes a quality of creativity that comes from that embodied freedom.”

Mindfulness is a process of self-forgiveness, self-spaciousness, and self-knowing that is imbued with this love and caring. I wish that I had known that more deeply a decade ago, and my wish for myself is that I continue to deepen in that.

This is not about coming to some perfect idea of how we’ll be in the world or a perfect sense of belonging that never falters—maybe if someone is completely enlightened, but I wouldn’t know that experience. In my experience, mindfulness an ongoing process of remembering. That’s one of my favorite translations: Sati, or mindfulness, has the connotation of remembering. We forget, and then we remember, and then we forget, and we remember, and that embodied awareness is imbued with two qualities: clarity and kindness. Clarity means seeing things really how they are rather than how we are conditioned to see them or how we want to see them. Kindness means meeting what we are experiencing with compassion.

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What do we collectively need to make meaningful change in the world around us?
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In a lot of ways, we’re in a crisis of intimacy and imagination. So much of our lives is sped up, disembodied, manufactured, and distracted by all that we see and take in. Because of that, we’ve lost an intimacy with our lives. Belonging and freedom and joy, which I understand as synonymous concepts, don’t happen except in the present moment.

When I am really connected to and fully present for my experience, whether that’s eating a blueberry or swimming in the ocean or walking down the street, there isn’t a problem. I can tap into a sense of freedom. We have to become intimate with our experience to understand what freedom is—that means meeting our experience with wisdom and compassion, clarity, and kindness. With that embodied awareness, we uncover the truth of our belonging. And to me, that expression is loving. It’s hard to harm another or disregard pain in ourselves or others when we are fully present.

So many of us are focused on wanting to see change in the world right now, but we need to imagine change. We have a crisis of imagination in the sense that we often build change in structures that are faulty. So to imagine something different takes a quality of creativity that comes from that embodied freedom. We have to imagine from a place of freedom and joy and love. I don’t know what that’s going to look like, but I know that those qualities are integral to our flourishing as a species.


Sebene Selassie is the author of You Belong: A Call for Connection. Selassie studied comparative religion and women’s studies at McGill University and has a master’s in media studies from the New School. She has studied Buddhism for over thirty years, and she now teaches workshops, retreats, and courses on meditation. In addition to twenty years of service in arts-based learning nonprofits, Selassie has served on the boards of New York Insight Meditation Center, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and Sacred Mountain Sangha.


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Most Shocking Reality TV Moments of the Week


Atasiea from Lost Resort and Kaysar Ridha on Big Brother Courtesy of Atasiea/Instagram; CBS

It wouldn’t be reality TV without a bit of drama! That definitely was the case on many shows this week — and Us Weekly has rounded up some of the most shocking moments.

On TBS’ Lost Resort, sexuality healer Acqua joins the group and immediately makes some of the cast very unconformable. Although he hugs her and is respectful, Atasiea questions her intentions and admits that it “feels unsettling” to have her there. Additionally, Vairrun can’t help but notice Acqua — and Mico is not happy about that.

“Because Acqua showed up, he’s kind of being different,” she said before getting up and leaving the dinner table. “I can feel myself just getting sad. I just feel like, I don’t want to leave, but I really feel like I need to.” The story continues next Thursday on TBS at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere on TV, Big Brother: All-Stars premiered and the former players were all shocked to see each other. Even more surprising was that host Julie Chen teased a new twist — new rooms will be unveiled throughout the season, offering advantages to some houseguests. She also brought back “have-nots,” meaning some players will spend a week eating slop, taking cold showers and sleeping in a not-so-pleasant space.

Last but definitely not least, Denise Richards‘ drama continued on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as she continued to deny Brandi Glanville‘s claim that they had slept together. In doing so, Richards told the group that Glanville also claimed she hooked up with others on the cast — allegations Lisa Rinna and Kyle Richards shot down.

Come back next week for more shocking reality TV moments!

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Tamar Braxton’s new reality TV show postponed after possible overdose



Tamar Braxton’s new WeTV reality show has been postponed following the star’s recent hospitalization.

The docuseries, “Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life!,” which was scheduled to premiere on July 30, has been rescheduled to debut on Sept. 10.

Braxton was hospitalized on July 16 after being found unconscious at a Los Angeles residence.

“Tamar Braxton has been an incredibly important member of the WE tv family for more than a decade, and our first concern is for her recovery and well-being. Given the current situation, we are postponing the premiere of ‘Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life!’ until September 10. This series was conceived by Tamar and is a real portrait of a dynamic woman juggling the demands of being a single mother, a new relationship and her career. We know, when the time is right, Tamar’s fans will relate to seeing this honest portrait of her life, but – at this moment – we are joining with her fans and sending strength and healing in the hope that she is getting the support and help she needs at this difficult time,” WeTV said in a statement provided to Deadline.

We tv describes the series as “the most authentic side of Tamar Braxton ever” with a “series of shocking revelations and extreme breakthroughs.” The docuseries follows Braxton’s life with her new boyfriend David as she relaunches her music career, navigates co-parenting with her ex and battles the pressure to reconcile and reunite with her family, according to the network’s description.

Braxton also stars in WeTV’s “Braxton Family Values,” and hosts “To Catch a Beautician” on VH1.

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Military data reveals dangerous reality for black service members and veterans


But the challenges they face are huge.

A CNN review of data provided by the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs reveals the stark reality that black service members are less likely to become officers and, as a result, are more likely to be seriously injured serving their country than their white colleagues.

“While there’s been some increase in relative numbers in minority officers, it’s not been proportional to the increase that we’re serving, so therefore you do have more minority members serving in the front line jobs and therefore getting higher numbers of these injuries,” he told CNN in an interview Friday.

The data reviewed by CNN includes a mix of publicly available numbers and records kept by the Department of Defense.

CNN has reached out to the Pentagon for comment.

Veterans are becoming more diverse

While an overwhelming majority of service members are still white, the numbers reflect a steady rise in diversity within the military that coincides with the adoption of policies of integration and equal rights for black service members in the wake of World War II.

Less than 10% of World War II veterans were minorities but since then, each veteran cohort has been more diverse than the last.

Of the veterans who have served since September 11, 2001, 35% are minorities, according to the data reviewed by CNN. Black veterans make up 15% of veterans who have served since then.

America's military leaders take a stand as Trump remains silent on racial inequality

While integration policies were adopted by the Army and Navy well before many states in the South and other American institutions took similar steps, it took years before the changes were enforced, resulting in retention issues for the branches, according to the Department of Defense.

Significant support for segregation in the Army continued into the early 1950’s and the service did not complete its integration until 1954, according to the Pentagon.

Current and former service members have been quick to point out that even though today’s military is significantly more diverse than it has ever been, there are still major challenges to be met.

“As a society, we are just now, hopefully, dealing with the original sin and dealing with a lot of the underlying issues of race and inequality. So the military has not been isolated from that,” Bishop Garrison, a black West Point graduate who served two tours in Iraq, told CNN.

Black service members underrepresented in officer ranks

One of those issues is the lack of minority service members in leadership positions.

Black service members are still disproportionately under-represented among the officer ranks despite enlisting at a higher rate than other minorities and whites relative to their share of the US population, Department of Defense data shows.

Black service members represent 19% of all enlisted personnel, but just 9% of officers.

For white service members, the trend reverses. Two-thirds of all enlisted service members are white. But among officer ranks, more than three-quarters are white.

It is an issue that has been highlighted in the wake of Floyd’s death, most notably in a post from the Air Force’s top enlistee earlier this month.

Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth Wright, who’s responsible for 410,000 enlisted members, said his “greatest fear” is “not that I will be killed by a white police officer (believe me my heart starts racing like most other Black men in America when I see those blue lights behind me) … but that I will wake up to a report that one of our Black Airmen has died at the hands of a white police officer.”

He also outlined his struggle with the “Air Force’s own demons” of racial disparities in military justice and discipline and the “clear lack” of diversity in leadership.

Current and former service members have echoed that point, suggesting issues like the lack of diversity in leadership roles continues to have a direct impact on the retention and recruitment of minorities.

“The fact is that had I been afforded more direct mentorship and more examples of leaders who reflected my own life experience, I would have been more likely to remain a member of the Army. Like my father a half century before me, I decided to seek out other ways to continue serving my community and country,” Garrison, who current works as Human Rights First’s chief ambassador to the national security community, told the House Armed Services Committee in January.

Garrison also told lawmakers that some of the current administration’s policies are also having a negative impact on the recruitment and retention of minority service members.

“The fact that many major military bases are still named after Confederate leaders; the ongoing worries about white nationalism in the military’s ranks; and the fact that an individual who holds extreme views on race, continues to serve at the highest level of immigration policy-making — these factors risk causing a detrimental impact on our military’s ability to recruit and retain new and diverse talent,” he said during his testimony before the committee.

First black service member to lead a US military branch

The lack of diversity at the highest levels of the military was highlighted yet again this month when the Senate voted to confirm Gen. Charles Q. Brown as the first black service member to lead an American military branch earlier this week.

While Brown’s confirmation has been applauded as a historic moment for the military, the fact that it took place more than 70 years after President Harry S Truman’s executive order that desegregated the services underscores the incremental pace at which change has occurred.

Prior to his confirmation, Brown reflected on the impact of Floyd’s death while addressing some of the challenges and fears that he has endured as a black service member.

First black service chief in US military history confirmed by Senate

In a moving, deeply personal video, Brown said he was “full with emotion” for “the many African Americans that have suffered the same fate as George Floyd.”

He also described being one of the only African Americans at his school and often being the only African American in his platoon, and later, in leadership.

“I’m thinking about a history of racial issues and my own experiences that didn’t always sing of liberty,” Brown said. “I’m thinking about wearing the same flight suit with the same wings on my chest as my peers and then being questioned by another military member: ‘Are you a pilot?'”

“I’m thinking about the pressure I felt to perform error-free, especially for supervisors I perceived had expected less of me as an African American. I’m thinking about having to represent by working twice as hard to prove their expectations and perceptions of African Americans were invalid,” he added.

Brown said he hopes he can help address some of those issues in his new role as the first African American chief of staff for any military branch.

“I’m thinking about how my nomination provides some hope, but also comes with a heavy burden. I can’t fix centuries of racism in our country, nor can I fix decades of discrimination that may have impacted members of our Air Force. I’m thinking about how I can make improvements personally, professionally, and institutionally, so that all Airmen, both today and tomorrow, appreciate the value of diversity and can serve in an environment where they can reach their full potential,” he said.

Black veterans more likely to sustain severe injuries during service

For minority service members, and black veterans in particular, the challenges they face while in the military have had a direct impact on their long-term health.

A review of VA data shows that black veterans are more likely to sustain severe injuries during their service — a trend that is directly linked to the fact that they are disproportionately working “frontline jobs” during their time in the military, according to Shulkin.

“In the VA system you’re seeing a reflection of what has come from the Department of Defense, which is a growing proportion of minorities or serving many of them in frontline roles,” he told CNN.

The Department of Veterans Affairs assigns injured veterans a “disability rating,” which represents how much a service-related injury affects their earning ability.

The ratings determine the amount of the monthly benefit they should receive as compensation. They range from 0% to 100% — the higher the rating, the more severe a veteran’s disability.

Nearly 31% of injured black veterans have a disability rating of 70% or higher, compared with around 23% of white injured veterans,” according to the data.

“The disability rating is an indicator of the severity of the injury and the disruption to life after serving,” Shulkin said, adding that the current data is a reflection of the numbers of minorities who are serving as well as the roles and categories of job duties that they are doing in the military.

“While our minority communities are shouldering the disproportionate share of service to the country, they are not necessarily, being represented in the more senior positions to that same level,” he added.

Those numbers become even more troubling given the fact that the minority veteran population is projected to increase over the next 20 years despite the fact that the total number of veterans is expected to decrease over that same time period, according to the VA.



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Stars Fired From Reality Shows Through the Years




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