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Irina Dvalidze
Video Producer, The Huffington Post

Entries by Irina Dvalidze

How The Fashion Industry Is Failing Black Models

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 9:37 AM

Getting cast in runway shows isn't the only challenge black models deal with during Fashion Week. If...

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Fashion Has A Diversity Problem. We're Doing Something About It.

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 4:24 PM

This season, HuffPost Lifestyle will disrupt New York Fashion Week to ensure that it is an inclusive event...
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The Home Decor Terms You Had No Idea You're Pronouncing Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Decorating your home seems simple enough. And then you find yourself in the aisles of Ikea, on the...

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50 Years After The Voting Rights Act, Here's How Far We Still Have To Go

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:01 AM

On this day in 1965, people rejoiced as civil rights activists helped to pass the Voting Rights Act. The bill promised to protect the rights of minority voters throughout the country.

It was a significant moment that is recognized as one of the greatest accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement. It's been 50 years since that historical day, and that sense of triumph has dwindled as those protections have been challenged.  

In recent years, laws have been introduced around the country that have placed stricter requirements on voters -- most notably in North Carolina. Those states have effectively lessened voter participation by making it much harder for disenfranchised communities, many of them minorities, to participate in the process.

Those hindrances are what fuel organizations like Black & Brown People Vote, an initiative that strives to improve voter participation within communities of color. This week, which marks one year since the organization’s inception, BPBV has launched a campaign called Vision 2020 that addresses the voting challenges people in these communities face.

Here at HuffPost Black Voices, we are working with BPBV to get the word out. The video you see above is part of our new collaboration to raise awareness around the significance of voting.

“Vision 2020 [is] a a civic engagement project aimed at inviting future and disenfranchised voters to articulate what an equitable democracy would look like, and empower them to effectuate those visions through policy and activism,” Ifeoma Ike, co-founder of BPBV told HuffPost.

In working with BPBV, we hope to provide a platform that will not only encourage higher minority voter participation but also share the issues most important to them. To help us, we invited a series of civil rights advocates including Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, Rosa Clemente, a 2008 Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate and Ike to share their thoughts on the future of voting rights in America.

“This anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in 2015 needs to be more than just about the right to vote, but the right to voice and right to be valued,” Ike said. “We are less interested in talking points, and more in policies that prioritizes our lives, families and environments.”

It is important we recognize the historical impact of the VRA, but as we enter another presidential cycle and continue to push forward in our fight for equality, it's time to look ahead. We want to encourage candidates to adopt issues that matter to minority communities and listen to the constituents who often go unheard. While some are trying to silence these voices, HuffPost Black Voices and BPBV are working twice as hard to amplify them.

Black voter turnouts have boomed over the years, with 2012 marking the highest among Southern blacks (as shown in the graphic below). Also, there has been a significant increase in the number of black representation in both national and local offices. Still, these shouldn’t be the only markers for success -- and with the introduction of limitations to voting laws, it’s crucial we recognize the Voting Rights Act is now on life support.

To receive a more broad and accurate view on voting issues today, we encourage you watch the video above and check out the graphic below. There will be more coming as the 2016 election cycle continues… stay tuned.  

Graphic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington...

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Poet Shira Erlichman Beautifully Destigmatizes Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 5:15 PM


"I’ve been guinea ­pigged with literally dozens of drugs, some of which knocked me out so flat...

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What Happens When An Art Museum Transforms Into A Giant Arcade

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:40 PM

We took a 9-year-old girl genius obsessed with video games to interview the masterminds behind a psychedelic new Brooklyn show.

Meet Faile, a collective of two artists named Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller who together have a penchant for turning the halls of art galleries...

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近藤麻理恵さん、「こんまり流」片づけ術をアメリカで実演 洋服をたたむコツは?(動画)

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 5:16 AM


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The Summer Jewelry You Won't Have To Take Off Until September

(12) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Summer is all about easy, breezy style -- effortless sundresses, go-with-everything sandals and glowing skin.

The last thing you want to do is fuss with your jewelry. The simplest pieces to wear are the ones you don't have to put on and take...

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Marie Kondo, Queen Of Organization, Shows Us The Perfect Way To Fold A T-Shirt

(29) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Marie Kondo, clutter-free lifestyle guru and bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, took the world by storm earlier this year with her "KonMari Method" of organization.

Kondo's approach to decluttering was unlike anything we had ever heard. Instead...

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A Cat-Eye Tutorial So You Can Wing It With Ease

(316) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Can't get your lipstick to last all day? Need help nailing a French braid? The Huffington Post's new "How-To" beauty tutorial series will show you exactly how to master these looks and more. In our latest video, we show you a liner trick straight from the runway. Don't blink or...

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How To Finally Get Your Lipstick To Last Longer

(60) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 7:00 AM

Struggle with creating the perfect cat-eye? Need help nailing a French braid? The Huffington Post's new "How-To" beauty tutorial series will show you exactly how to master these looks and more. In our latest video, we're spilling the secrets to long-lasting lipstick. Pay close attention!

After sipping on too many...

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How To Do Your Own Damn Eyebrows

(12) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 9:15 AM

Struggle with creating the perfect cat-eye? Need help nailing a French braid? The Huffington Post's new "How-To" beauty tutorial series will show you exactly how to master these looks and more. In our debut video, we're tackling the basics of eyebrow grooming. Grab your tweezers and follow along!

Every time...

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Poet Aja Monet Confronts Police Brutality Against Black Women With #SayHerName

(31) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 3:31 PM

"Melissa Williams,” Aja Monet reads, “Darnisha Harris.” Her voice is strong; it marches along, but it shakes a little, although not from nerves. She’s performing a poem that includes the forgotten names of girls and women who’ve been injured or killed by the police. She...

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Linda Rodin On Timeless Beauty And What She Learned From Her Mother

(241) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 2:52 PM

Aside from the bright coral lipstick, Linda Rodin woke up like this.

The 67-year-old fashion stylist, model and face oil guru has a surprisingly simple morning routine, something her cult of style devotees has been trying to emulate with the help of her

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A Day In The Life Of A New York City Delivery Guy

(18) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 11:50 AM

For you, the process is pretty seamless. On a dreary evening, you scroll through a menu online, tap a couple of buttons and voila: Hot food is delivered to your door within the hour. The only energy you have to exert is to get off the couch to open your...

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Poet Monica McClure Boldly Confronts The Problem With How We Discuss Abortion

(64) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 9:21 AM

"I was inconsolable when I missed prom and had to pay a woman to pretend to be my mother so I could gain parental consent," Monica McClure writes in her poem, "Dead Souls." The poem is about an abortion, and addresses the topic matter-of-factly, rather than in sentimental or political...

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Meet Mike Perry, The Artist Behind Those Trippy 'Broad City' Graphics

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:51 AM

If you've watched Comedy Central's "Broad City" -- side note, if you haven't seen it, stop everything and get on Hulu right now -- you've likely been hypnotized by the trippy animations that ring in each episode.

Like the show itself, the hand-drawn intros are colorful, weird, and...

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Why It Should Bother Everyone That The Oscars Are So White

(1423) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 1:07 PM

#OscarsSoWhite that if Common and John Legend win an Academy Award for Best Original Song...

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'나 홀로 집에'의 부비트랩 장면만 모았다(동영상)

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 8:28 PM

우리 모두 케빈 맥칼리스터가 매우 가학적인 꼬맹이라는 것에 동의할 것이다. 물론 그게 다 책임감 없는 부모 때문이다. 애를 한 번도 아니고 두 번이나 잃어버리다니! 누군가는 아동보호소에 신고를 해야 마땅하다.

하지만 케빈 부모의 무책임이 우리에게 준 좋은 영향도 있다. 덕분에 지난 이십몇 년간 우리는 케빈의 악몽 같은 부비트랩을 즐길...

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