Learn English with the News – Supermodel Joan Smalls pledges half her wages to Black Lives Matter

Super model Joan Smalls is putting money where her mouth is after criticizing the fashion industry for not doing enough to counteract the social and political controversy that it taking America by storm. In order to back her views, she’s pledging to donate half of her wages to Black Lives Matter movements. Watch the video and do the accompanying exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Supermodel Joan Smalls pledges half her wages to Black Lives Matter | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Supermodel Joan Smalls pledges half her wages to Black Lives Matter | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Supermodel Joan Smalls pledges half her wages to Black Lives Matter | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.


Full Text:

” While anti-racist protests continue daily around the world and online, the fashion industry finds itself in controversies about offensive business and creative practices. Brands and publications have been ridiculed by former employees for discrimination, and statements of solidarity, including the popular use of black squares on social media in support of Black Lives Matter, have been seen as empty gestures when compared to systemic racism in the industry. In response to this current climate, supermodel Joan Smalls has decided to take action — and she is asking others to follow suit.
Pledging half of her wages for the rest of 2020 to Black Lives Matter organizations, Smalls has launched DonateMyWage.org to encourage those in the fashion and entertainment industries in particular to donate a percentage of their wages — from hourly to yearly — to the organizations of their choice. In a film posted on Donatemywage.org, the 31-year-old Puerto Rico-born Smalls speaks directly to the issue of racial discrimination in the fashion industry. “I see all the agencies, magazines, brands posting black screens on their Instagram accounts. But what does that really mean? What is the fashion industry actually going to do about it? Is it just another trend?” Smalls says. Smalls is urging people in the industry to stand together and fight this cause, which she believes is relevant to everyone. “


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