Hearings have begun in Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s defamation suit against a blogger who shared an article about him on Facebook.

Lee sued Leong Sze Hian for posting a link to a Malaysian news site that alleged the Prime Minister had helped launder 1Malaysia Development Bhd. funds. The Singaporean leader, who has sued other people for defamation while in office, arrived in court on Tuesday to give evidence and undergo cross-examination. Lees lawyers have said the accusations are false and baseless.

“The offending words in the post meant and were understood to mean that the plaintiff was complicit in criminal activity relating to 1MDB,” according to Lee’s opening statement to the court. “They meant and were understood to mean that the plaintiff corruptly used his position as Prime Minister to help Najib launder 1MDB’s billions,” the statement said, referring to former Malaysian premier Najib Razak.

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Ada Rojas is the powerhouse voice behind the lifestyle blog Allthingsada.com. She is also is the owner and founder of haircare brand Botanika Beauty.

If you look at pictures of me when I was a toddler, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between my brother and I since we had the same tapered haircut. The reason for that was that I had a head full of curly hair that my Dominican mother with straight hair did not know what to do with, so her remedy was to keep my hair as short as possible because it was low maintenance.

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Sadly, this is a story most Afro-Latinas are familiar with. We all had a short curly cut at one point in our youth and have the pictures to prove it.

PHOTO: Blogger and business owner Ada Rojas highlights her transformational hair journey and how she is empowering other Latinx women to embrace their curls. (Courtesy of Ada Rojas)
PHOTO: Blogger and business owner Ada Rojas
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