Their Son Cannot Speak. That's Why They're Helping Find His Voice.

Kids don’t come with an instruction manual. You kinda just have to jump in headfirst and figure it out as you go along. What I love most about this video is that it not only gives a glimpse into one family’s life with their autistic son and how they’re working to communicate with him, but it’s also incredibly honest about how challenging and scary the journey can be.

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11 Things To Keep In Mind Before Dating A Black Woman. The Last One Is Definitely No Joke.

A humorous — but still serious — list of things every white guy should know before dating a woman of color for the first time.

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Are You In The Majority Of Everything? Check This Handy Chart.

I suppose if you’re seeing this, you probably fall in the minority for Internet access. I was most surprised by poverty, shelter, and cellphones.

Correction: The chart’s proportions for North and South America are incorrect. North America (including Central America and the Caribbean) is more populous than South America. That ratio should be around 8 to 6.

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3 Anti-Immigration Myths That Take Seconds To Debunk For An Actual Economist

Economist Ben Powell makes short work of the three standby anti-immigration arguments, leaving me with a ringing in my ears that sounds distinctly like the immortal “They took our jobs” chant from “South Park.” They didn’t though. They really, really didn’t.

Relevant: If you haven’t seen the “South Park” episode about immigrants, go watch it. Here’s a clip:

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A Dozen Muslim Women Made A Music Video For A Jay-Z Song. Why Was It So Controversial?

The dominant narrative in American media often reduces Muslim women — particularly those who wear hijab — to voiceless subjects of oppression. So it’s refreshing to take a break from one-dimensional characterizations and see Muslim women portrayed by, you know, actual Muslim women for a change.

This music video caused quite a stir when it was first released. Can you figure out why? Go ahead and take a look, then check out the links below.

I won’t try to capture the whole discussion in my own words, but this video has elevated some important conversations. Here are a couple of pieces that are worth checking out.

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White Women May Not Think About It, But Black Women Do Every Time They Get Dressed

Let’s
just keep it real: No one feels ready to take on the world in mismatched underwear! To some extent, women of color have dealt with that their whole
lives, and it’s not by choice.

One
designer had enough. She created a fabulous product that allows women of
multiple shades to celebrate the skin they’re in.

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I've Always Dreamed Of Interrupting A Teacher During History Class. How He Did Was Just Brilliant.

No disrespect to teachers. They put up with some supreme
challenges at times, often doubling as parents, confidants, and even modern-day
soldiers.

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8 Quotes From Smart Women Who Are Paid To Be Pretty

When you only see these women on magazines, billboards, and runways, it’s easy to forget that they have voices, opinions, and dreams — often about stuff that really matters.

Whether you’re a model or not, the fashion industry can be brutal on people’s self-esteem. Kathy Ireland learned a few things about that.

So did Iman.

And no matter how you feel about the fashion industry, keep in mind that modeling is just a job. Unfortunately, like a lot of unjust workplaces, there are abuses of power by higher-ups. Sara Ziff, model and labor activist, wants to change that.

And Naomi Campbell — along with a coalition of models of color — wants to stop racially discriminatory hiring practices in the fashion industry.

Plenty of fashion models also have interests beyond their careers. Like Christie Brinkley.

Or Alek Wek, who’s working to make a future full of opportunity possible for the youth of South Sudan, her home country.

Or Cameron Russell, who recognizes the urgency of climate change and is a devoted advocate of sustainability.

Or Geena Rocero, a trans model who will not be satisfied by fulfilling just her own dreams because she knows how hard it is just to live for so many others in the trans community.

There’s a lot worth fighting for these days. We need more people fighting for it. These women are helping to make that happen by using their stage as models to be role models on issues that really matter.

In the words of model-turned-diversity-activist Bethann Hardison, “Activism has to remain active. That’s the trademark slogan and that’s the mantra, because if your foot doesn’t stay on the pedal, the car will stop.”

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Talking To Your Kids About Safe Sex? Just Shut Up And Bust A Rhyme.

When thinking of the global devastation of AIDS and the body count of millions of lives crushed and lost — there are no happy trails. So when you come across a story that actually involves children smiling and even grooving to the subject, without being smacked by statistics, it can reignite a fire of change within. (That feeling is also accompanied by rows of smiley face emojis for the future.)

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The Real Reason Why Our Kids Are Less Racist Than We Are

The age-old question: When will racism end? Some say it will die out with the people who grew up with a legally segregated America; others say that diversity will have the biggest effect. What if they’re both right?

Skip to 1:20 for the interview with a demographic researcher who explores what a changing America means for racism. (Feel free to take off at the 10:00 mark when the interview ends.)

So what does it all mean? Diversity is the key to reducing racism. Our kids have it built in, but there’s no reason we can’t give it a jump-start by increasing diversity in our boardrooms, governments, and media.

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