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After a woman asked if they had a 'permit', twin 7-year-olds' lemonade stand is back in business
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There has been a rash of incidents in the news about nosy white people summoning the powers of the state to stop Black people from doing everyday activities.

One of the most notorious was "Permit Patty," a woman who called the police on a young Black girl who was selling bottled water on a San Francisco sidewalk.

Seven-year-old twin entrepreneurs Kamari and Kamera from Savannah, Georgia had the legality of their lemonade stand questioned by a white woman on social media after a photo was posted of their new business.


Instead of celebrating two children with entrepreneurial spirit, she attempted to question the viability of their business.

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"A lady came in and was like, 'I bet they don't have a license.' And other people were like, 'how do you know that?' and she was like, 'I seriously doubt it,'" the girls' father, Quentin Lawyer said.

Lawyer believes that the woman's comment was an example of blatant racism.

"I didn't even comment back to her," he said. "What she tried to do, it caused the opposite, really. She helped us more than she hurt us."

So, instead of closing up shop, a friend of the family helped the twins apply for a business license from the city so they can sell their lemonade without facing any harassment from law enforcement or nosy white people.


Now, their business, Twin-Monade, is fully licensed in the city of Savannah and they've expanded their menu to include more flavors. "Our flavors are strawberry-kiwi, blue raspberry, cotton candy, coconut, banana," Kamari said.

Over just a few days, they made over $5,000. "That's the whole purpose of it," Lawyer said. "To create generational wealth."

On Juneteenth, they had a line down the block and it was an hour wait for the lemonade.

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"We were talking today about it being Juneteenth and ways to support Black businesses," customer Aimee Baxter told CBS News. "So we thought this was the business that we wanted to make sure we supported today."

The girls' mother, Charnise Anderson, hopes this is just the beginning of something much greater. "It's really great and we're just looking to just push it forward," Anderson said.

On a deeper level, it's a little ridiculous that young children should have to get permission from the state or city just to serve up a cold glass of lemonade to a thirsty customer. Lemonade never killed anybody and anyone who stops by to pick up a cold glass understands the risk they may be taking.

In rare circumstances, if the lemonade is too cold, you could experience momentary brain freeze.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

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Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

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Brando was a shoo-in for Best Actor at the 1973 Academy Awards, so the actor decided to use the opportunity to make an important point about Native American representation in Hollywood.

Instead of attending the ceremony, he sent Sacheen Littlefeather, a Yaqui and Apache actress and activist, dressed in traditional clothing, to talk about the injustices faced by Native Americans.

She explained that Brando "very regretfully cannot accept this generous award, the reasons for this being … the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee."

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However, for some couples, the marital bed can be a warzone. Throughout the night couples can endure snoring, sleep apnea, the ongoing battle for sheets or circadian rhythms that never seem to sync. If one person likes to fall asleep with the TV on while the other reads a book, it can be impossible to come to an agreement on a good-night routine.

Last week on TODAY, host Carson Daly reminded viewers that he and his wife Siri, a TODAY Food contributor, had a sleep divorce while she was pregnant with their fourth child.

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