If Only You Could Photoshop A Mind Like This

No doubt about it, Cameron Russell has won the genetic lottery. But this supermodel knows more than anyone that looks aren’t everything. In a breathtaking eight minutes, watch as she critiques the fashion industry, inspires our daughters, and shows how our narrow definitions of beauty and racial profiling are two sides of the same coin.

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I Waited A While To Make Sure That This Is THE Best Nelson Mandela Tribute

I’m gonna trade you ALL of the official Nelson Mandela tributes for this one performance by 11-year-old Botlhale Boikanyo. The mini-poet blew away the judges of “SA’s Got Talent” over a year before Mandela died. Her delightful poem is way too good to stay hidden on the Internet, so press play and if you like it, share it.

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I Have Never Asked Myself This Many Questions Before Taking A Bite Of Watermelon

The Question Bridge is about creating a digital platform for black males to have a dialogue about issues that affect them most. They are then displayed for the public to expose the population to this ongoing dialogue and its discoveries. I love it because men in general have such a hard time expressing themselves, and this format might be a gateway to new ways of discussing sensitive topics.

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MAP: The 16 States Where The Latino Vote Will Decide The Elections This Fall

The Latino vote makes more of a difference now than ever. With many states so evenly split, Latino voters could easily mean the difference between a Republican and a Democrat in office.

Here’s the map without the chart for reference.

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By Looking At Her, You May Not Know What She's Hiding Underneath

Take a short glimpse into the life of Dominique, a black former track athlete who, as a way to deal with the racial microaggressions he has been subject to, chooses to mask as a white woman. How he looks and what he wears is only one part of his story … as you’ll hear him explain in this clip.

Drat. Looks like this video has been removed. Here’s a comedic look at masks and beauty, or you can read up on some of the things Dominique talked about, such as racial microaggressions, here and here.

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This Unjust War Costs Us Nearly $4 Billion Every Year. No, Not Iraq or Afghanistan. The Other One.

Behind every fact is a face, behind the data is discrimination, and behind the arrests is an issue America has yet to solve. But until the broken system is fixed, the unjust problem shown in this video will still exist.

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CNN Anchor Brilliantly Tricks Her Sexist Guest Into Accidentally Endorsing Racism On Live TV

This is a perfect example of why you should always ask where a quote comes from before you agree with it. This guy only intended to be sexist (and boy is he ever, especially at 1:34) but by underestimating Soledad O’Brien’s brilliant ability to make ignorant folks eat their words, he walks straight into her trap and accidentally endorses racism, too. 

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Watch A Drag Queen Teach Religious Protesters What The Bible Actually Says About A Cotton-Poly Blend

If I learned anything from my time in gay bars, it’s that criticizing a quick-witted drag queen is a bad idea. Here, one of Seattle’s most famous drag queens educates some ill-informed protesters at a gay pride parade. I appreciate the way she handled herself, but I have to say that the 50-second mark is the best.

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A Dangerous Disease Is On The Rise, And These Wildly Intelligent Teens Are Here To Explain Why

Did you know that Type 2 diabetes (Wait! Don’t click away yet!) is on the rise in young people? It’s an issue that’s ridiculously important but also incredibly complicated. What’s causing it? How much blame can we place on the youth themselves? What do race and class issues have to do with it? Well, let me tell you: This performance nails every part of it. Every. Part.

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