No kids, Donald Trump isn't George Clooney.
Here’s a clip from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live where Jimmy Kimmel leads a focus group of kids to find out what they think about some of the presidential candidates. “Is it Martha Washington?” guessed one child of Hillary Clinton, after the hint that her husband used to be president. One kid also thought that Donald Trump was George Clooney. Oh, and what do they think of Bernie Sanders? “I don’t want him to be president because he looks very old and he looks like this year he’s gonna die.” Watch the clip above and prepare to laugh.
"In school I learned to apply cultural and historical context"
Last night at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, Beyoncé introduced First Lady Michelle Obama, who went on to speak about an important new campaign aimed at changing the educational opportunities (or lack thereof) for millions of young girls around the world. I’m really excited about the campaign because some of my favorite people are getting involved, including Kerry Washington, Mindy Kaling and Malala Yousafzai. Click inside for more!
Tonight on Sick, Sad World
The other day I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who used to live in the south of France with his two children. A word of advice to all of you parents out there: don’t EVER have a conversation with anyone who used to live in the south of France with their two children. I knew that daycare was cheap (AKA affordable for everyone) in France, but did you know that in some places it’s 100% free for everyone with children under Kindergarten age? Did you also know that children in elementary school enjoy four different recesses throughout the school day, because administrators in France get that children are better students when they have plenty of time dedicated to moving their bodies freely? Yeah. Meanwhile in America, a school district in Washington state has just banned the game of tag AKA happiness from their schools. Click inside for more.
You, me, him, her—we all have some privilege
So, this morning I was reading some of the comments on Trent’s Facebook page, in response to the story about Stephen Amell‘s not-so-apologetic apology for his statement about clock-building genius Ahmed Mohamed and the public reaction to his arrest. This feels like a good time to say something I’ve said before—we all have [some kind of] privilege. If you’re reading this, you have the privilege of internet access and probably some kind of electricity. If you have an opinion on Amell and can begin your argument with, “I took a class in college…” you have some kind of privilege. The fact that you (and I) have time to debate about white privilege and whether or not Amell was in the wrong, is also an act of privilege. The fact that Ahmed was arrested—and not shot, like many young black teens have been by the police—is also related to his privilege (which we also see in the way so many people have rallied around the boy genius—if he’d been a troubled kid from the hood, we know how people would have responded). Click inside to read an essay that helped me better understand my own privilege and the reason so many of us are reluctant to admit to the fact that we have it.
"Dear Kim Davis..."
If you’re one of those sane people who believe that marriage should be a contract between two consenting human beings who love each other, then this bud’s for you. Kim Davis. Lordt, where do I begin? So many thoughts… so many questions… about her God, and why he is, like, so petty. But anyway. I’m not alone, and this LGBT advocacy group Planting Peace has a very special message for her, and they saw fit to put it on a giant billboard in her hometown. That makes me happy. Click inside for more!
Posted under: Kim Davis, Planting Peace
"We should all take a look in the mirror and ask how we can help"
When I first saw those photos of baby Aylan Kurdi, I did what many others did, and took some time to read up a bit on Europe’s refugee crisis. One thing I really appreciated were the critiques against our society as a whole—we’ve all, at some point or another, heard about a refugee crisis in one of those countries over there, and we’ve heard that people were dying. But it took a particularly heartbreaking image thrown in our faces, repeatedly, before any sort of global outcry took place (check out this great piece: “You Might As Well Ignore #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik and the Photos of Dead Refugee Kids“). The leaders of countries who, before this outcry, were not interested in saving these lives are now singing a different tune. And that’s a good thing, though it comes after the deaths of far too many people. Finland’s Prime Minister is setting an example for millionaires everywhere, who haven’t much to do with their second homes. Click inside for more.
Posted under: Juha Sipila
Censors have decided to approve "Seek McCartney"
We’re all guilty of living in a bubble, and the American bubble is one helluva drug. Often, we don’t have to think much about places like Syria, where refugee children are deemed safer in the water, than on the land they live in (the direct result of wars funded by the American government). And we don’t have to think much about what the people of other countries are exposed to on a daily basis—or what they’re censored from. I had no idea that China had a ban on love stories with gay couples, but apparently they did! And one new film is breaking through that barrier, Seek McCartney. Click inside for more!
And 20-25% are estimated to be struggling with addiction
So far this year, the police have killed 787 people (we were at 674 a month ago). One common defense for this number of cop killings is that the police have a difficult job to do, and their own lives are constantly in danger. However, new studies are showing that, while this is true, the biggest danger to cops is not coming from the people they are arresting or the alleged criminals they deal with. A very sad report shows that cops are, in fact, 300% more likely to kill themselves than to be shot and killed by anyone else. Click inside for more.
Posted under: Black Lives Matter
Prepare to fall in love with this 13 year old phenom!
This story makes me really annoyed with the concept of adults. It’s like, adults act like certain ideas are really hard to accept or understand. Intersectionality, for example, says that if you’re going to talk about one issue (i.e. women’s rights), you should take into account some of the other important issues that pertain to that issue (i.e. race, class, sexuality). If a 13 year-old can understand that—and declare that “police brutality and racism are our issues too”—why can’t all of you crazy people in the comments sections do the same??? Well, Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard has clearly taken some time out of her young life to get schooled on some of these issues, and she’s paying it forward by schooling her 2.4 million Instagram followers, and the rest of the world. Click inside to her Insta-essay on the problems with “white feminism.”