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Arizona sheriff calls Trump’s wall a ‘medieval solution to a modern problem’

A Republican sheriff from a county on the US-Mexico border said President Donald Trump’s approach to dealing with immigration isn’t feasible, or morally right.

Mark Napier, a sheriff in Pima County, Arizona, told The New York Times’ “The Daily” podcast that he doesn’t believe Trump’s plans to build a wall on the Mexican border is a “feasible solution.”

As a large county in southern Arizona, Pima shares 125 miles of border with Mexico and would be one of the sites for Trump’s proposed wall. Earlier this year, Napier told the Times that his team doesn’t “have excess capacity to engage in proactive federal immigration enforcement.”

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After Trump’s recent attempts to crack down on undocumented immigrants, Napier said he’s seen a decline in people crossing the border legally, due to “a climate of uncertainty about how they will be treated” — which has a detrimental effect on the state’s economy. He said trade with Mexico is a $9 billion industry in Arizona.

Napier also argued that he’d be able to keep his county safer with a fraction of what it costs to build the wall, if Trump and Congress simply decided to allocate any wall funds to law enforcement instead.

“You’d have to argue that it’s a feasible proposition to begin with, and I’m not sure that I subscribe to that,” he said. “I think it’s kind of a medieval solution to a modern problem. I mean, 10,000 years ago we were building walls around things, and here we are in 2017, and this is the best idea we can come up with?”

Listen to the full podcast from the Times here »

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See why "Barefoot Blonde" founder Amber Fillerup Clark is winning in the world of blogging

A regram from a post I did on @barefootblondehair 🦋 also shout to my eye lashes for actually growing 🤗 I stopped wearing lash extensions because it was too much maintenance and started using latisse again (#notsponsored) and look!!!! I have lashes 🙌🏻 also I’m obsessed with every pair of @mercedessalazar earrings 😍

A post shared by AMBER FILLERUP CLARK (@amberfillerup) on Apr 19, 2017 at 2:26pm PDT

In the world of blogging, Amber Fillerup Clark is one to watch out for.

This hair-braiding, beach-going blonde has taken blogging fame to the next level. Clark started her blog as more of a travel journal when she was about 20 years old. She loved the hobby so much that she continued to post even after her trip had ended, expanding into posting photos of her hairstyles, which caught the attention of many (and for good reason!).

Not long after, her “Barefoot Blonde” blog was born. Clark has over 1M followers on Instagram alone, not to mention another 230K on YouTube. She is known by many for her amazing hair tutorials and photos, and her travel moments that she captures with her adorable family.

It’s not hard to see why so many have fallen for Clark’s posts. Her eye for aesthetics and range of topic coverage is what keeps many coming back for more. She’s also turned her love for hair into a business with her very own hair extension line, Barefoot Blonde Hair.

We had the chance to chat with Clark about her blog’s success, what it takes to run the site, and more. Check out part one of our interview with her below.

#YouShouldKnow is a feature that showcases rising talents. To see more past interviews, including more features on Amber Fillerup Clark, click here.

How did you really first get your start with your blog, what was it like for you to begin and build this from the ground up?

I went on a summer service trip to Fiji when I was 20, and I wanted to share my pictures with my family. I started my blog to share pictures from Fiji and give everyone travel updates. When I got back from the trip I realized I had fun sharing and writing my thoughts, so I kept it going. It was more of a journal at first, and then I slowly started taking hair selfies and posting those, and then people would ask how I did it, so I filmed a couple of hair tutorials in my apartment. Then it just kind of happened, because people would ask what I was wearing, and what my skin regimen was, and I just kind of started posting these things because people started to ask.

Was there a moment that you had where you realized this was going to be what you wanted to do full-time?

I was lucky because Pinterest launched right around the time I launched my blog, or rather that’s when it started to gain popularity. Some of the hair pictures on my blog, that were just selfies because they were from my phone, ended up going viral. One day, I had four thousand views, and then the next day I had like 16 thousand, which was a lot for me at the time. I only had like twenty posts on Pinterest, and most of them didn’t even have images. That’s when I started to realize that it was growing faster than I expected it to. Then my photography started getting better because I got married, and my husband started helping me take pictures so I didn’t have to rely on a tripod anymore. When I start getting paid from companies, that was when I realized that this could actually be a job. I really enjoyed it up until then, so I didn’t care if I got paid or not, but then once I realized that I could also get paid I was really excited. There wasn’t one really one specific point, but I did get this TRESemmé job, and they set this pay rate, and I had no idea that I was worth that much. At that point, I was just so shocked that they threw out that number.

My go to braid! Go to @barefootblondehair to see a tutorial for this look and how I clip in my extensions for this style ❤️ it’s a good one because the messier it is the better – so you can do it without a mirror at the beach or on the go. 💁🏼 #barefootblondehair

A post shared by AMBER FILLERUP CLARK (@amberfillerup) on Feb 22, 2017 at 6:13pm PST

What does it take to run your blog on a daily basis? What goes into making posts and distributing everything on social media?

I’m sure it’s different for every blogger, but for me, even when I was in junior high and high school I would put together little photo shoots and make my sisters do them with me. We’d get all ready and braid our hair. I always loved getting ready — I know that so silly — but I love photography, and I love all that goes into a photo shoot. I’ve always loved Vogue editorials, and the sets, and everything. For outfit posts, it’s fun for me to go location scouting, and pick out a location and then think of what I’m going to wear, and how I’m going to do my hair for that post. Now, it’s is a little different, because I have my kids. Like, right now we’re headed to the beach, and we have little dinosaur bones we’re gonna have Atticus dig up. So, we just have activities that we go to do every day. David is a photographer, so we bring the camera and kind of just take pictures if something cool happens.

It’s kind of hard to pinpoint because it’s different for each thing right. Like for instance, we have a whole day planned to get outfit content. So, I’ll put together outfits and we’ll drive to Honolulu and just do outfit posts. Wednesday, we’re going to shoot 8 different beauty posts — I have homemade lip scrub and different things like that. We try to plan those out all at once, and then get the lifestyle content as it happens.

When you are doing a photoshoot on let’s say, Wednesday, when would that blog post make it up on your site?

Sometimes it’ll go up the next day. For instance, this week I put up a post of something I shot the day before because I was wearing a J. Crew new arrival and girls jump on those items. I would rather be one of the first to wear it, so I’m not behind. Sometimes there’s strategy to when I post it, but there are also times where we’ll sit on posts for like three months, and then I’ll remember that I have this old tutorial, or whatever, that I can post. It’s nice to have a bank of old posts for when you need them. We have a vacation planned for later this month, and so then I can just have posts ready and just enjoy the vacation a bit.

I could really eat this for every meal. New pics on my blog 🍓🍍

A post shared by AMBER FILLERUP CLARK (@amberfillerup) on Jan 23, 2017 at 3:22pm PST

What would you say isyour favorite thing about being a blogger, and what would you say isthe most challenging thing?

The best thing is that I have the flexibility. I never did well working for someone and showing up at work and all that. I like being able to work for myself, and kind of on my own time, which can also be a bad thing because it’s hard to work for yourself sometimes. But I get to be a stay-at-home mom, and be with my kids, and get work done when they’re napping. It’s nice to be with them throughout the day because that was always my main goal in life — to be a mom. I like that I can do both, and I do feel really lucky that my husband and I can both be with the kids, and support our family. For the downside, not that I don’t value privacy, but I’ve always liked to share things. But I just don’t like how negative people can be about everything. People will say lots of things, like if we don’t post it, and they don’t see it they assume it didn’t happen. For example, I’ll post a picture of us at the beach, and people will ask why the kids aren’t wearing sunscreen or something. Just because the caption didn’t specifically say that I put sunscreen on the kids, they assume I didn’t. So, it’s little things like that, the things that are really nitpicky. I get nitpicked the most about being a mom, and mom things.

I think the other hard part is that there have been so many articles posted, and bloggers who have come out and said that they were actually miserable the whole time they were blogging, and they were putting up this front and pretending to be happy. I think people relate that to all bloggers. They think that we’re all just miserable inside, and posting only the happy moments, so we do post about the crazy moments on the blog when we can. But people do like to assume that we’re secretly dying inside while putting up a front. People are quick to assume and put a label on everyone that’s in the public eye.

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‘The Voice’ pays tribute to Christina Grimmie as Top 11 is revealed: Watch

One artist was eliminated on The Voice on Tuesday night (April 24). After Monday night’s voting and iTunes tallies, the bottom two artists had to sing live for the instant save. Coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine performed with their teams, and Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani will perform next week.

Carson Daly started the night by bringing back the top 12 artists and announcing the first of the results. Viewers voted to save Team Gwen’s Brennley Brown, Team Adam’s Jesse Larson and Team Blake’s Lauren Duski. Brown’s advancement in particular was not a surprise, since her song from last night broke into the top 10 on iTunes.

Daly also announced the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, which will help victims of gun violence and breast cancer. A former contestant on The Voice, Grimmie was fatally shot at a concert last year. Levine, her former coach, dedicated his team’s performance of “Hey Jude” to Grimmie, and her family was in the audience.

The remaining nine artists were brought back to the stage. Viewers voted to save Team Alicia’s Vanessa Ferguson and Team Blake’s Aliyah Moulden, the youngest artist left in the competition.

Performing “Good Life” from The Fate of the Furious, G-Eazy took the stage next.

The next two artists to advance to the top 11 were Team Adam’s Lilli Passero and Team Alicia’s Chris Blue.


Team Blake gave a country performance of “Crippled Inside” by John Lennon, and then it was time for Daly to announce the last two artists who were automatically voted through. Viewers voted to save Team Gwen’s Hunter Plake and Team Blake’s TSoul, leaving Shelton’s team intact. America also saved Team Alicia’s Stephanie Rice, leaving Alicia Keys’ team intact as well.

That left Team Gwen’s Troy Ramey and Team Adam’s Mark Isaiah to sing for the instant save. Ramey went first, singing “Drift Away.” It was a smooth and soulful performance, but artists should always go with something more upbeat and exciting when singing for the instant save. This felt more like a casual jam session than a performance, and Ramey’s nerves seemed to be getting to him a little bit. Shelton said he has a classic sounding voice and also encouraged Ramey to show more of his personality on the show if he advances to next week. “You’re so easy with the way you sing,” Stefani said, describing him as natural and intuitive.

THE VOICE — ‘Live Top 12’ Episode: 1215A — Pictured: (l-r) Aliyah Moulden, Lauren Duski, Lilli Passero, Vanessa Ferguson, Brennley Brown, Troy Ramey, Hunter Plake, Stephanie Rice, Chris Blue, TSoul, Mark Isaiah, Jesse Larson — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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Isaiah followed with a performance of “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. And even though it also was on the slower side, it was a strong example of the kind of music that Isaiah sings very well. Given Isaiah’s easy charm, it’s surprising he hasn’t connected with viewers more. Levine thought it was a perfect song choice. “You’re getting better every day,” Levine said, urging viewers to vote him through so they can see his full potential.

Live votes were cast on Twitter, and Daly announced the results. Isaiah secured the instant save and advanced to the top 11, and Ramey went home.

The top 11 will sing live next week on The Voice. What did you think of tonight’s results?

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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