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Teen Turned Away From Summer Job for Hair Picked Up By Modeling Agency

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A Fort Worth teen who says he was turned away from a summer job at Six Flags Over Texas because of his “extreme hairstyle” is finding new opportunities as a model.

Kerion Washington at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Photo credit: Karis Washington

Kerion Washington’s story went viral, gaining national attention after his mother, Karis Washington, posted to Facebook about her 17-year-old son’s experience.

Now, Washington thinks being turned away from that job was the best thing that could have ever happened to him.

“When one door closes, another one will open,” Washington told NBC 5 in March. Now, he says the saying holds true.

“No I never thought that [this would happen.] It was just crazy that it happened,” Washington said.

Washington’s luck turned around when Corrie Caster, head of development of IMG Models in Los Angeles and scouting for IMG Worldwide, discovered Washington’s story. It’s the same modeling agency that represents some of the world’s biggest names in fashion.

“For Corrie to reach out to us, that was a blessing,” said Washington’s mother.

Caster then reached out to Austin-based Jones Model Management. Caster asked the talent agency to work with Washington, get a portfolio together and send it her way because she thinks he has what it takes.

“We got him here and he was a natural,” said Leslie Jones with Jones Model Management. “We are just helping him learn how to pose and how to walk. He was just so good for it being his first time.”

Washington said this is all like a dream.

“I just thought it would be another job offer for just a regular job for the summer, but when I heard about modeling, I had to take it,” Washington said.

The high school junior is now something of a celebrity among friends and family.

Kerion Washington Photo credit: Adam Moroz Photography

“I had a lot of people on Instagram telling me, ‘Congratulations! Keep doing better. Keep rising,'” he said. “I like the support. It keeps me going. It’s really cool. I even had people from school saying, ‘Oh yea…you famous!'”

To think, it all happened because Washington was turned down.

“I don’t know what the next step is going to be going forward, but I am ready for it,” Washington said.

He also said he has learned a valuable lesson and hopes others learn the same from his story.

“You should never listen to what people have to tell you. You should always be you,” Washington said.

Six Flags Over Texas has since changed their policy on “extreme hairstyles” and now allow employees to wear dreadlocks.

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R. Kelly Is Charged With Bribing official in Illinois to Marry 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994

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According to New York Times On Thursday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn accused Mr. Kelly of bribing an Illinois government employee in 1994 in order to obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah, according to the indictment and a person familiar with the matter.

The fake ID was to be used to obtain a marriage license that listed her age as 18, the person familiar said.

The new allegation expands on an existing racketeering indictment filed in New York against Mr. Kelly that accuses him of sexually exploiting underage girls and coercing them into illegal sexual activity. This year, Mr. Kelly has been criminally charged in several jurisdictions over sex abuse of minors.

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Billy Dee Williams Comes Out As Gender Fluid At 82

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With the new #StarWars movie on the way (I know y’all see those baby Yoda memes everywhere), fans are looking forward to surprises and recently, they received one about one of the film’s stars off-screen. In an interview with Esquire, actor Billy Dee Williams, most known for playing the beloved Star Wars character Lando Calrissian, revealed his gender fluidity at the age of 82.

Billy, who also starred in “Lady Sings the Blues” and “Batman,” described his legacy as a “colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.

“I never tried to be anything except myself,” Billy told Esquire. “And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine…I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”

It also appears Billy saw his Lando character in that same light. In his interview with Billy, Esquire’s Matt Miller pointed out how Donald Glover, who played a young Calrissian in last year’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” described the character as pansexual. 

“Yeah, he’s coming on to everybody,” Glover said of Calrissian during an interview last year with SiriusXM after “Solo” writers confirmed the character’s pansexuality, according to the Huffington Post.

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Dwyane Wade Defended His Son For Wearing A Crop Top And Fake Nails

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Well, those types of people — aka trolls — came for Dwyane and wife Gabrielle Union, who posted this Thanksgiving photo.

In the photo, Dwyane 12-year-old son, Zion, is rocking fake nails and a crop top.

Anyway, people decided to leave negative comments like these on Gabrielle’s photo, regarding Zion’s outfit.

He answered another person, saying, “As a parent, my only goal is that my kids feel that I see them, love them, and support them.”

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