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Interior approves Haaland, making him the first Native American Cabinet member.

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Interior approves Haaland, making him the first Native American Cabinet member.
Interior approves Haaland, making him the first Native American Cabinet member.

Interior approves Haaland, making him the first Native American Cabinet member.

 

The Senate on Monday confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department and the first to lead the federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation’s tribes for nearly two centuries.

Haaland was confirmed by a 51-40 vote, the narrowest margin yet for a Cabinet nomination by President Joe Biden. Four Republicans voted yes: Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Democrats and tribal groups hailed Haaland’s confirmation as historic, saying her selection means that Indigenous people — who lived in North America before the United States was created — will for the first time see a Native American lead the powerful department where decisions on relations with the nearly 600 federally recognized tribes are made. Interior also oversees a host of other issues, including energy development on public lands and waters, national parks and endangered species.

“Rep. Haaland’s confirmation represents a gigantic step forward in creating a government that represents the full richness and diversity of this country,″ said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

“Native Americans for far too long have been neglected at the Cabinet level and in so many other places,″ Schumer said.

Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo and a 35th-generation resident of New Mexico, thanked hundreds of supporters at a virtual party hosted by Native American organizations.

Her confirmation shows that tribal members are “visible” and being taken seriously, Haaland said after the vote. “And no, it should not have taken more than 200 years for a Native person to take the helm at Interior, or even be a Cabinet secretary for that matter.”

Haaland said she was “ready to roll up my sleeves” so Interior can play its part in Biden’s plan to “build back better” and “responsibly manage our natural resources to protect them for future generations.″

Haaland’s nomination has been closely watched by tribal communities across the country, with some virtual parties drawing hundreds of people to watch her two-day confirmation hearing last month.

Supporters projected a photo of Haaland, a two-term congresswoman who represents greater Albuquerque, on the side of the Interior building in downtown Washington with text that read “Our Ancestors’ Dreams Come True.”

Many Native Americans see Haaland, 60, as someone who will elevate their voices and protect the environment and tribes’ rights. Her selection break a two-century pattern of non-Native officials, mostly male, serving as the top federal official over American Indian affairs. The federal government often worked to dispossess tribes of their land and, until recently, to assimilate them into white culture.

“It is long past time that an American Indian serve as the secretary of the Interior,” said Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, the nation’s oldest and largest tribal organization.

“The nation needs her leadership and vision to help lead our response to climate change, to steward our lands and cultural resources and to ensure that across the federal government, the United States lives up to its trust and treaty obligations to tribal nations and our citizens,″ Sharp said.

Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, called Haaland’s confirmation “an unprecedented and monumental day for all first people of this country. Words cannot express how overjoyed and proud we are to see one of our own confirmed to serve in this high-level position.″

Haaland’s confirmation “sets us on a better path to righting the wrongs of the past with the federal government and inspires hope in our people, especially our young people,″ Nez added.

Not everyone was celebrating. Some Republican senators have criticized Haaland’s views on oil drilling and other energy development as “radical” and extreme, citing her opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline and her support for the Green New Deal, a sweeping, if mostly aspirational, policy to address climate change and income inequality.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Haaland’s “extreme views” and support of “catastrophic legislation” such as the Green New Deal would make her confirmation as interior secretary disastrous, harming America’s energy supply and economy.

“American jobs are being sacrificed in the name of the Biden agenda, and Rep. Haaland couldn’t defend it,″ Barrasso said last week, referring to decisions by Biden to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and impose a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands.

Barrasso also faulted Haaland’s support for continued protection for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region of the Rocky Mountains, despite a recommendation by the Fish and Wildlife Service that about 700 bears in parts of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho no longer need protections.

“Rep. Haaland has chosen to ignore the science and the scientists of the very department that she is now nominated to lead,″ Barrasso said, calling on Interior to remove protections for the grizzly under the Endangered Species Act.

Barrasso and several other Western senators missed the vote, citing a severe winter storm that dumped 3 feet of snow on parts of Colorado and Wyoming, causing multiple flight cancellations. Fellow Wyoming Republican Cynthia Lummis and Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper of Colorado also missed the vote.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she appreciates Haaland’s leadership in the House on a range of issues, adding that Haaland’s status as a Native American “will give us an extra advantage on (tribal) issues that are so important to Indian Country overall.″

Murkowski said she had “some real misgivings” about Haaland because of her views on oil drilling and other energy issues, but said Native Alaskans, an important constituency in her rural state, had urged her to back Haaland.

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Firestarter Ending Explained

Firestarter 2022, a remake of the original movie based on Stephen King’s underrated novel has changed a lot of things.

The story revolves around a couple and her daughter Charlie (Protagonist). The couple gained their supernatural powers as college students who agreed to volunteer for a scientific test. They were unaware of the fact that a shady organization was planning to inject them with a serum named Lot Six.

The serum unlocked their inbuilt powers and allowed them to control them but with it takes a toll for their body or soul. Their daughter Charlie McGee played by Ryan Kiera Armstrong had some impeccable powers. She inherited both her parent’s powers plus she had some fearful power to produce fire and explosion by just using her mind.

Ever since she was a child, her parents have had to keep her safe from the organization as they were searching for them. They wanted to use her as a destructive weapon. As she was growing her powers were getting difficult to control. The new head of the organization captain Hollister sends a relentless assassin known as Rainbird to take captive of her.

Why Did She Come To The Organization?

After her dad was held captive by The Shop(Organization). She was tricked by Rainbird who had the powers of telepathy and manipulation by talking to her;  impersonating her dad to come and save her. She believed that and came to his rescue.

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Rainbird’s Heart Change

Rainbird was given the task to hold captive Charlie for The Shop to use her as a mass destructive weapon. Although he just wanted to live a quiet life and leave his previous life behind. But The Shop exerted pressure on him to take on the task.

But while he was fighting with her mother Vicky, she tells him, “When you see her, you’ll understand”, and during the first encounter with Charlie, she blasted him away in anger and sets her house on fire, and he went into a dilemma whether he should follow the orders or he should save them as from The Shop.

He didn’t want The Shop to use her as a weapon like him. While talking to the new head Captain Hollister he said “She will come for him, as she will come for us all” and he also explained that “She is my sister, my mother.” In the end, he accepts his fate and kneels in front of Charlie for her to pass on the judgment.

What Happened In The End?

Rainbird was kneeling in front of Charlie waiting for the judgment to be passed on him. But then Charlie looked at herself in the mirror with blood on her face and reminded herself that she is not being herself and spared rainbird.

Charlie went out of the facility and sits at the beach nearby. As Charlie was still young with fearful powers, she will need guidance to be on the right path;  despite being young she already knew that. So, when Rainbird offered her hand she held which means she has already forgiven him yet she will not forget what he did. She already realized that he was the only one who could understand her, guide her, and would fight to protect her.

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A Message From Brianna Ending Explained

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Leonard and Kathy, with their daughter of three, having developmental issues, decide to move to Leonard’s grandparents’ place, where he grew up. The story basically revolves around the creepy incidents that occurred after they settled into their new home.

Story development is rather slow as the story takes a vintage approach to horror, with the transfer and appearance of a supernatural creature who has a connection to the place. The story tries to enlighten the effects of rape on the victims in a horror movie-style way.

The movie Can Be Streamed On BET+

The response from the audience is rather low for now since the film is a low-budget horror; that might not appeal to some horror buffs. Nevertheless, the storyline, cast, and design seem unique for 2021. This film has a lot of potential, given the opportunity.

How To Stream The Movie?

The movie, ‘A message from Brianna’, can be streamed on BET+ from May 12, 2022. Bet+ is a newly developed streaming platform featuring a wide selection of movies, including ‘A message from Brianna’.

The above-mentioned movie isn’t available on Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar, etc. So, the BET+ platform streams this show which requires a subscription of $9.99 per month, with commercial-free series or movies.

A Message from Brianna (2021) - IMDb

Cast

The movie stars Vernon Davis and Asia’s Epperson as the main characters, Leonard and Kathy respectively. Davis, a retired NFL (National Football League) Tight End, is now an executive producer and actor. Starting his own production company, ‘Reel 85 Production’, Davis is now focusing on developing the entertainment industry. Epperson is an actress known primarily for her role in GreenLeaf (2016), Straight Outta Compton (2015), and American Idol (2002).

Other cast members include Adaisha Strong as Crystal (the ghost), Kevin Benton as Bernard, Stan J. Adams as Pastor Hunt, and Liana Kristina Mayer-Reinach as Brianna.

The Ending

Coming to the end of the movie, the director and writer, DeShan Hardy, seems to embrace the idea of leaving the rest of the imagination to the audience themselves. The last scene showed how Leonard (Davis) had accepted the possession of his wife Kathy’s body; by the spirit of his childhood crush; Crystal, who was using the body of Brianna as a passageway to the real world.

They have a perfect life, the dream family now. then Leonard’s grandfather’s; who used to be the abuser of Crystal, before his wife killed Crystal when she was pregnant, look-alike person gives Crystal a smile which she returns back.

This raises the question, now that they’re both dead, is there any possibility that he might try to possess Davis’s body in order to get Crystal? Or will Crystal finally be able to take her revenge?

Without expanding our ideas further, it is better to let things be and accept that they are a happy family now. And, the ending cleared one thing for the audience: Crystal wasn’t the villain in the story, at least not the only one.

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Mayans M.C. Season 4 Episode 6: May 17 Release, Time And What To Know Before Watching?

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A spin-off based on one of the characters from ‘Sons of Anarchy’, Mayans M.C. is a TV series falling under two of the most interesting genres, Crime, and Drama. The perfect combo.

Mayans M.C, standing for Mayans Motorcycle Club, sprouts from Sons of Anarchy, wherein the club used to be an enemy of the sons but turned into an ally later in the show.

The series particularly focuses on the struggles of Ezekiel ‘EZ’ Reyes, a part of the Mayans M.C.

With cartel violence coming into play and ruining Ezekiel’s dream, his need for vengeance takes over and leads him to an unintended yet inescapable life.

What to Expect?

The 5th of Episode was a pleasant one that concluded with a bang. The viewers witnessed all of the characters take the next big step in their life throughout the show. From the creation of relationships to the emergence of new problems and challenges,  various advancements were made. While the arrival of Sons of Anarchy was something many expected, fresh tensions have now arisen amid the ongoing battle.

EZ is juggling multiple responsibilities. Alvarez considers him as the Mayans’ future, and EZ must display this by keeping peace among the Mayan clans. He has also discovered a new love interest in Sofia, while still trying to figure out why JayJay approached him about his jailbreak.

EZ tries to keep the peace, but it doesn’t work out well. As a result, Alvarez decides to eliminate cancer from the gang. We’re curious if it has something to do with the “kill switch clause” that EZ suggested in the prior episode. Finally, the investigation of Marlon’s death by the PIs is most likely a fresh addition to EZ’s problems, something he is currently unaware of. So, at least for EZ, there will most likely be multiple issues to deal with, therefore making the show all the more interesting and gripping.

Now, while Angel’s narrative is still a side story on the show, let’s talk about him. Adelita now has a baby, so there is progress. Angel is already having trouble coming to terms with ever being a father because he believes his child with Adelita is dead. We’re curious how he’ll respond to this news. Finally, Sons of Anarchy is combating Mayans who aren’t on the same wavelength as them. In the upcoming episodes, we’ll see how this war will bring them together.

Mayans M.C. Season 4: Who is Threat to the Gang? - WPage

Cast

Starring big names like J. D. Pardo as Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, Clayton Cardenas as Angel Reyes, Sarah Bolger as Emily Galindo, Michael Irby as Obispo “Bishop” Losa, Carla Baratta as Luisa “Adelita” Espina, Raoul Trujillo as Che “Taza” Romero, Richard Cabral as Johnny “El Coco” Cruz, Danny Pino as Miguel Galindo, Edward James Olmos as Felipe Reyes, and Emilio Rivera as Marcus Álvarez, the cast is a fabulous mix of chemistry and acting.

Where to Stream?

Episode 6 of the 4th season is set to premiere on the 17th of May, 2022 and all four seasons of Mayans M.C. are available for streaming on Disney + Hotstar.

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