When Hanging Out With A 9-Year-Old Tanzanian Boy Doesn’t Look Like A Feed The Children Campaign

For years, we’ve been guilted into opening our wallets. Finally, something different.

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How Do You Know Someone Is Doing Something Awful? If They Call You A Terrorist For Photographing It.

I don’t know what to find more horrifying — the idea that people still habitually abuse helpless animals, or that this is how parts of our country want to treat the people who try to stop it.

WARNING: This video contains some disturbing footage. But most of it is just Bill Moyers talking about something you really should know about. So you can just do what I do and close your eyes during the worst parts, OK?

If this video made you angry, you might want to share it. (I don’t think that would make you a terrorist.) Especially if you live in Utah, Arkansas, South Carolina, Missouri, or Iowa (or Pennsylvania or North Carolina, where ag-gag laws are pending). Or eat meat from there. Or like animals.

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HIV-Positive, Homeless, And Gay In New York At The Age Of 16? Give This Story A Listen.

This is a doozy of a listen. Although I haven’t been through any of the hardships that Jahlove Serrano has had to deal with, something about his life story is really accessible. Give it a spin.

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A Man Steps In To 'Rob Them,' And They Applaud And Join In. But It's Safe, I Swear.

“Rob” them?! What! No, for real, it’s not what you think. This community in Sao Paulo says what they’re a part of helps carve out their identity and helps them start *living* again. You’ll probably want to join when you see it, too.

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You Know How You’re Supposed To Always Want To Be Younger? Well, Screw That.

From teenage runway models to wrinkle cream ads to the weird disappearance of older women from our media, there are messages everywhere that women are at their best when they’re at their youngest.

Check out these women who are defying that sexist baloney. Then share this if you agree that women get more wonderful with each year.

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The World's Most Belovedly Annoying Song Gets Remixed By Kids In Cambodia

Enjoy the fun of this video, but stick around after the song and learn about the kids of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and why this video was made. If you really want it to pay off, it’s almost worth starting it at 3:57, meeting these kids, then going back and watching the music video. Once you know why they made it, it’s 100 times better.

To get more info and support this cause, visit Taramana.

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A Great Case For Why You Should Smile Back When Someone Smiles At You

Even if your dad only tells three jokes, you should laugh at them.

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A Comedian Silences A Room For 9 Minutes. It's Not An Awkward Silence.

Comedians spend years honing their stage persona, but when all-star comic Anthony Griffith tells the story of his life as a comedian and as a father, not even he can keep it together. To be honest, I couldn’t either when I watched this video. It’s so important to remember that the people we idolize aren’t the two-dimensional, easily digestible caricatures that we see of them in the media. I’ve seen some breakdowns before, and this was the first one that felt real.

At 0:56, he receives a phone call that will change his life forever. 
At 2:12, Griffith takes the stage and blacks out. 
At 3:04, he starts to tear up.

At 4:41, he describes the most bleak situation I’ve ever heard.

At 6:26, the doctors drops a serious bomb.

At 7:31, Griffith has his ‘Denzel Washington from Training Day’ moment.

At 8:33, the real truth comes out.

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A Unique And Trendy Business Model That's Changing The Way People Shop

No business is perfect, but I really admire the ones that are constantly trying to be better. It can’t be easy to avoid the “anything to profit!” mindset in favor of “How can I leave the world a better, more sustainable place?”

Here’s how one CEO is shooting for the latter.

I promise I don’t live in a hole! I know there have been criticisms of TOMS Shoes and companies like it. But it looks like TOMS, at least, has been listening to them. Check out the CEO’s response to critics and his plan to have one-third of all shoes produced in the countries to which the company donates by the end of 2015. Jobs! Let’s hope it happens.

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Sick Of New Year's Just Being About Sparkles And Confetti? Here's A Story Worth Listening To.

Ever notice that we tend to focus New Year’s Eve on throwing confetti, getting schwasted, and yelling “woooo!” at crowded parties? What d’ya say we emphasize starting fresh instead? I, for one, can’t imagine anything that embodies the spirit of second chances more than this story.

If you’d like to watch with captions, click “CC” and set to “on”.

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