Sikh Vs. Sheik — Do You Know The Difference?

Today I give everyone in the world an amnesty pass. Maybe you weren’t sure what a sheik was or where Sikhs come from. Now you’ll know. And you can confidently, articulately condemn evil idiot white supremacists. Knowledge is power!

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This Guy Is Going To Show You One Of The Most Important Things You Can Teach Your Kids

His mom and dad didn’t focus on his disability. They saw their child who was full of potential. They helped him reach it by parenting him in the best way possible — the way we should all parent. I adore what his mom says about making it work at 3:36.

He took that support and encouragement and used it to face life with strength and positivity. And while his parents set the foundation, he created an awe-inspiring life where the sky’s the limit. Listen carefully to what he says at 6:31. This is what fulfilling your potential looks like to me.

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Academy announces steps ‘to immediately increase diversity’

The Motion Picture Academy, “heartbroken”as more and more celebrities threaten toboycott this year’s awards ceremony to protest the unbearable whiteness of the nominees, is moving quickly to silence its critics. And by quickly, we mean really quickly. The Academy’s board of directors met Thursday night and voted on several new initiatives it hopes will double the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.

First, the Academy realized its policy of “voting membership for life” left it with a lot of old, white fat that couldn’t be trimmed. Newly inducted members will be given a 10-year term, which is renewable if considerations are met. The board also addedthree new term-limited governor seats“in order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors.”

The Academy has alsolaunched a mysterious but“ambitious global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.”

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2016/01/23/oscarslesswhite-motion-picture-academy-announces-steps-to-immediately-increase-diversity/

They Are Hating On This Little Girl’s Family. It’s Time To Get Mad, Internet.

The family in this commercial looks a lot like my family, and that makes me happy.

Know what doesn’t make me happy? The fact that Cheerios had to disable the comments on this YouTube video because there was so much outrage that they’d dare show an interracial family in their commercial. C’mon, Internets! It’s 2013 and we’re better than that.

Know what makes me happy again? That Cheerios is standing behind this commercial. They told Gawker, “At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all.”

I’m suddenly craving a bowl of cereal.

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Everyone Who Bullied This Girl For Her Looks Is Blown Away By What She’s Doing Now

Chantelle Winnie Young-Brown, better known as Winnie Harlow, was diagnosed with a skin condition called vitiligo when she was just four years old.

Vitiligo causes melanin-producing cells to malfunction, and the result is typically a patchy appearance that’s more noticeable on darker skin tones. It isn’t contagious or deadly, but the most devastating side effects of the disease are psychological, since those who suffer from vitiligo are often bullied for things that are beyond their control.

And that was certainly the case for Harlow, who was constantly taunted by her peers for the way she looked. You can imagine their surprise when the gorgeous, talented woman effectively took over the modeling industry.

Before we get into the life of this truly one-of-a-kind woman, let’s just take a moment to appreciate her slayage.

Okay, now we can dive in. Winnie Harlow stunned judges and viewers alike when she auditioned for “America’s Next Top Model.” What she had to say when she stepped in front of the camera set the tone for her history-making rise to supermodel stardom.

Her goal is to celebrate the beauty of difference — the quirks that set us apart and help us become the most authentic versions of ourselves.

Her message resonates with fans who feel isolated by things that they’ve been conditioned to associate with shame.

Harlow’s story makes it clear that what other people see as physical imperfections should never hold us back from being true to who we are.

And that’s where she really shines. Although it’s easy to see that the camera loves her, she’s more interested in the fact that her story brings diversity to an industry that’s famous for flying in the face of inclusivity.

She heard the word “no” so many times before she finally broke through the glass ceiling that tried to hold her down as both a woman of color and as someone who suffers from a condition that few people understand.

If you want to learn more about Winnie Harlow’s life and career, check this out!

To keep up with all of the model’s adventures, be sure to follow her on Instagram. And just remember, ladies and gents…

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A History Lesson That Might Make You Think Twice About A Word Some People STILL Use Incorrectly

Comedian Louis CK shares a thought in this hilarious animated short that has come up a few times in my brain as well. Leave it to him to put it in a super succinct way, though!

NSFW: Louis drops an F-bomb.

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If They Can Make A Horse … Umm, 'Do Things' In Video Games, Why Can’t They Make Games Accessible?

54 million people have some sort of physical handicap. These can range from color blindness to deafness, muscular dystrophy, and more. But most video games are not designed to accommodate folks that could really benefit from being able to do what gamers do.

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Think Racism Isn’t An Issue Anymore? Oh, Have I Got An Infographic For You.

In 1963, the marchers on Washington demanded jobs and freedom. Fifty years later, do they have them?

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