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The world is a turbulent place right now. Racial inequality has the limelight and movements are sprouting up all over the world. For the last few weeks, people have been participating in protests, walkouts, sit-ins, vigils, and anything else they can think of to raise awareness of police brutality and the discrimination against black men and women.
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However, there are more ways than one to show your support for the Black Lives Matter movement. If you are an avid coffee drinker, there are a number of black-owned coffee shops and brands across the US that you can give your money to. Even if you may not be able to sit inside a cafe right now, buying from these shops and brands is a great way to show your support. Right now, it’s more important than ever to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters. Not to mention, these are also great alternatives to Starbucks, which has been a banning BLM symbol and merchandise from their employees.
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Right in the heart of Washington, D.C. sits a relaxed coffeehouse that does more than offer a great cup of coffee and snacks. They also have a wide selection of African-focused books, as well as film screenings. In addition, they also invite black music artists to come and perform inside the cafe.
Foursquare – @Grindhouse Coffee and Tea Co.
Heading over to a black-owned coffee house in Huber Heights, Ohio, we find a company that has spent the last 15 years gathering the best blends and flavors from across the globe. Through both in-store and online sales, they offer a unique cup to whoever wants one. And if coffee isn’t your “cup of tea,” well they have plenty of tea selections as well.
Restaurant of Houston – @Kaffeine Coffee Internet and Office Cafe
Looking to add a little bit of funk in your morning? Head over to Houston, Tx. and check out this coffee house. Here, they offer food and coffee in a relaxed, welcoming cafe, plus you get free wi-fi! If that’s not enough to convince you, you can also make full use of their office features as well, including faxing and even small printing jobs.
Facebook – @cuplesteahouse
There isn’t anything better than that family-owned charm. This black-owned coffee shop is actually primarily a tea house, with over 20 original flavors and blends to choose from. In addition, they also have an online marketplace where you can find tea sets and accessories, as well as their full tea selection.
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Beer isn’t the only craft business you’ll find in Georgia. This black-owned coffee shop also doubles as a micro-roastery where they roast their own ethically and sustainably sourced beans from Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. While their shop is located in Oxford, all of their coffee, brewing sets, and accessories are available through their online store.
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Not your everyday black-owned coffee shop. Back in DC, this shop places the focus on their muffins. However, they have since closed the doors to their retail location. However, they now offer a full range of catering options. So if you have a summer party you need pastries for, who better to support right now?
Facebook – @Amalgam Comics and Coffee
Looking to nerd out while sipping your coffee, then check out this black-owned coffee shop. Located in Philadelphia, Pa. you’ll find a slew of comics focused on diversity and featuring black superheroes, as well as popular comic books as well. What’s more, you’ll also find games, movies, and so much more.
Facebook – @More Than Java Cafe
If you are wanting to get a bit more traditional in your coffee ventures, look no further than this shop in Laurel, Md. With its vibrant setting, this coffeehouse features all the classic dishes and drinks, including espresso, and even ice cream. In the evenings, you may often find yourself in the middle of a concert, with their live music nights.
facebook – @Beyu Caffe
Want some culture with your coffee? Why not check out this black-owned coffee shop in the new south? Live jazz music and a full bar are what is waiting for you here. So come on down, grab a bite, a drink, and enjoy some soul throughout your day.
facebook – @Serengetiteasandspices
Get away from the same old, same old. Surround yourself in the wonderful history of African tea and spice in the heart of New York City. Enjoy exotic flavors and a world of different tastes to fit your mood. But if you are in the mood for coffee, rest assured you can find what you’re looking for here.
facebook – @Rise&GrindCafe
Coming for breakfast, lunch, or something in between, this black-owned coffee shop in Milwaukee, Wi. has whatever you’re looking for. If you’re interested, they also have a mean planning service that you may be able to make good use out of. Be sure to stop by if you have time in the morning to sit down and enjoy a full breakfast!
facebook – @UnclebobbiesCoffee&books
For all of you bookworms out there, this is the best black-owned coffee shop for you! Nestled in Philadelphia, Pa. this coffeehouse offers wonderful, ethically sourced coffee, live music, book signings, and so much more. What would be better than drinking your morning joe in a cozy library, surrounded by your favorite books?
Chicago, Ill. has a lot to offer, and this certified fair trade coffee shop is the cream of the crop. With a long list of classic drinks and a wide selection of teas and coffee from around the world, there’s something for everyone here. Not to mention, they’re easy to find with their three locations, spread out around Chicago.
facebook – @justaddhoneyteacompany
Another black-owned coffee shop that isn’t really a coffee shop. Nonetheless, this tea house is quite the find. See, they don’t just offer their own brand of teas, but they also have a unique and sophisticated spin on the traditional southern tea. If you can’t make it in to their shop in Atlanta, Ga., don’t worry. All of their teas are also available on their website.
facebook – @Redbaycoffee
Sometimes a coffeehouse is more than just a place to get coffee. Sometimes, it’s a bit more. That is exactly what this black-owned coffee shop is trying to do. Founded in Oakland, Ca. they are building a coffee community, through their commitment to providing the best-sourced coffee to everyone. Oh, and they have a coffee podcast called Coffee Dojo focused on the intersection of leadership, culture, and creativity.
facebook – @Uppercutcoffeecompany
Let’s get back to basics. Exposed brick walls, classic cafe look, and house-roasted espressos make this black-owned coffee shop the perfect, down-to-earth spot. Found right in Columbus, Oh., this shop takes pride in their creativity when it comes to the perfect pour. You may just find your insta-perfect coffee art right here.
facebook – @TsionCafe
Coffee with an Ethiopian twist, this cafe offers more than just a good cup of joe. You’ll also be able to enjoy a full Ethiopian style menu, along with a hip atmosphere, perfect if you are looking to try something new and young. You may also be able to catch a live performance once in a while as well.
facebook – @whittiercafe
Denver’s only African espresso bar, this black-owned coffee shop features coffee from all over Africa. Their nickname is “The Activists’ Coffee Shop”, and is something they continually strive to live up to. Activists are definitely something the world isn’t in short supply of right now, so this may be a great shop to come and support if you are in the Denver, Co. area.
facebook – @DCConsciousCafe
With the world as crazy as it is now, it’s nice to find a place that is aware of itself and what’s going on. This black-owned coffee house can be found in DC, hence the name, and offers more than just coffee. Caffeine, food, dialogue, and civic engagement are just some of what this cafe has to offer. This may just be the best place to supper the Black Lives Matter movement right now.
By now, we’re all familiar with the #BodyPositivity Movement that’s been trending on the likes of Instagram and Tiktok. You know, the videos of fat and plus size white womxn who squeeze their body fat then smile rebelliously because societal standards have nothing on them? Yeah, those are the ones! But have you ever wondered about the roots of this movement before it became popularized on social media?
In 2019, Wear Your Voice magazine shed a light on the history of the Body Positivity Movement, asserting that it had been overshadowed by fat white womxn when the roots of the movement itself grew out of the fat acceptance movement in the late 1960s. Managing Editor of Wear Your Voice, Sherronda Brown, said in a 2019 interview with Healthline, “Black women especially had long been talking and writing about how their Blackness informed how they experienced fat antagonism. What most people don’t understand about body positivity [is that it started in response to] white society’s fear of the racial Other.”
So what does it mean when an entire movement has been co-opted by white womxn and feminists who claim to be intersectional but actively exclude their BIPOC peers? It means that the time for reparation is long overdue, but now is as good a time as any to start.
If you’re looking to unlearn your own White Supremacist ideology, here are a couple of Black Body Positive Activists you can follow to diversify your feed and extend your support!
Instagram – @stephanieyeboah
The twenty-nine-year-old blogger has been writing about her experiences with racism and fatphobia since 2014, making a name for herself as a Body Image & Self Love Advocate. Aside from writing on multiple online platforms and publications, Stephanie has also served as a panelist at events like Women of the World Festival, Africa Utopia, the Youth Select Committee, and the London College of Fashion Diversity Panel. Her book “Fattily Ever After” is available for pre-order now!
Instagram – @bodyposipanda
Best known for her viral videos and body-empowerment messages, Megan has been featured on the Today show and in People, Teen Vogue, HelloGiggles, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Redbook, Refinery29, Buzzfeed, and more. She is an outspoken advocate on anti-diet culture and was nominated for the Shorty Award for Health & Wellness.
Instagram – @enamasiama
Born in Ghana and raised in the UK, Enam Asiama has partnered with creatives like Black Girl Picnic, Strictly Queens, and Missguided to spread her message of self-defined beauty and body love. She characterizes herself as a “Fat Queer Black woman” over her social media platforms, making for an intersectional leader to follow and support.
Instagram – @gracefvictory
Grace F Victory is an award-winning digital creator who has no issue navigating topics that are often labeled taboo. Her Youtube channel is a collection of intimate vlogs where she discusses sexuality, sex, mental health, and self love. She is also the founder of How To Heal Hollistically, a platform that encourages conscious healing and the reframing of one’s self.
Instagram – @curvynyome
A model and Self/Body Love and Mental Health Advocate, Nyome has amassed a following of over 18,000 followers. She is the co-Founder of Be Who You Deserve, a platform that highlights Body Positivity, Mental Health Awareness, and Healthy Coping Skills.
Instagram – @kanoagreene
Born in Hawaii and raised in Orlando Florida, Kanoa Greene is a surfer and Advocate for Health and Wellness regardless of size. She is the creator of Plus Size Retreats, where she documents her travels and adventures as a plus size Black woman and empowers women of all shapes and sizes to seize the adventure wherever they go!
Instagram – @diannebondyyogaofficial
Dianne Bondy has been a leader in the yoga revolution for more than twenty years. Over her career, she has empowered students, educated teachers, and worked toward inclusivity in yoga through systemic change within the yoga industrial complex. She defines herself through her social media platforms with the hashtag #fatblackyogini
Instagram – @essiegolden
Essie Golden moved to New York City to pursue a career in fashion and has since become a sought after plus-size model and body positive advocate. Using her blog to inspire and encourage other women, she is the founder of Golden Confidence, spreading her message of empowerment for women of all shapes and sizes.
Instagram – @mynameisjessamyn
Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher and body positivity advocate and writer. Gaining recognition from her viral videos showing her yoga routines as a plus-size queer woman of color, Jessamyn has used her platform to dismantle the yoga industrial complex and provide an inclusive environment for health and wellness.
Instagram – @nicoleocran
Nicole Ocran is a mixed race American fashion blogger living in London. She writes about her personal style as a size 16 fashion lover and on her identity as a biracial womxn. She has written for the likes of Refinery29, Metro.co.uk, The Sun and Washington Post.
Instagram – @ihartericka
Ericka Hart, M.Ed., D/s is a Black queer femme activist and writer who made waves when she went topless showing her double mastectomy scares in public in 2016. Her work as a sexuality educator has influenced her platform on body and sex positivity.
Instagram – @tiffanyima
Tiffany Ima is a Wellness Content Creator and Advocate for Body Confidence. Her blog and platform encourages her followers to embrace their bodies and stop obsessing over food in order to improve their overall wellness.
Instagram – @laurenleavelfitness
Lauren Leavel is a motivational coach based in Philadelphia where she works with clients to help them move their bodies, find their emotional zen, and tackle their personal finance. Her work centers on inclusive fitness combining Barre & HIIT exercises for her clients to gain body confidence regardless of size.
Instagram – @itsmekellieb
Kellie Brown is a Consultant and Creator known for her message on body acceptance and body inclusivity in fashion. She characterizes her work through the hashtag #FatAtFashionWeek and runs “And I Get Dressed,” a media outlet that promotes inclusive style.
Instagram – @kelvindavis
Kelvin Davis is an award-nominated author and body positive gentleman. Through his blog “Notoriously Dapper,” he has created a platform that celebrates body positive men’s fashion to inspire men to explore their identities through fashion.
Instagram – @preciousleexoxo
Precious Lee is a model and body positive advocate who has starred in fashion lines like Lane Cryant, American Vogue, and New York Fashion Week. She has been the first black plus model to appear in pages of the publications of Sports Illustrated and American Vogue, making her an advocate for diversity in the fashion industry.
Instagram – @gabifresh
Gabrielle Gregg is a body positive activist, designer, and style influencer. She has been featured in Refinery29, Fohr, Forbes, and more where she talks about her personal style and encourages women of all sizes to experiment with fashion and ignore the rules.
Instagram – @curvycampbell
Olivia Campbell is a London based size model and content creator. She has been featured by Cosmopolitan where she discussed her platform of promoting self-love and body positivity, and encouraged brands to design for bigger bodies for more inclusive fashion.
Instagram – @mamacax
Cacsmy Brutus, better known as Mama Cax, was an American-Haitian model and disabled rights advocate. Her prosthetic right leg made her standout as a modern fashion model who was also outspoken on body inclusion in the fashion industry. Cax passed away in 2019.
Fam, it’s been a crazy last few months. In the wake of the murders of unarmed black people (Ahmaud, Breonna, George, Michael, and Atatiana to name just a few) in recent months, it’s no wonder people are taking to the streets in protest. Now more than ever is the time to stand with our POC friends and neighbors, and Americans have been taking the call seriously. A poll released this month tells of the national awareness of inequality and how more than half of Americans say excessive force is used more with black people than white people . With this in mind, the last month has seen an unprecedented outcry – everyone’s joining the marches, both big and small. Below are some of our favorite shots of these small activists, proving to the world that cuteness and advocacy are not mutually exclusive.
Behold, world: the next generation of activists are adorable and we are here. For. It.
Fearless and mask-clad, this pint-sized activist joins the resistance in Atlanta. In an interview with an Atlanta-based teacher, NPR reported that the fight extends to systemic racism in education. “…I think that we need to struggle to get more black teachers in the workforce. But we also need to expect that the white teachers teach for black lives.”
Two young friends hold hands in solidarity at the Omaha Women Unite for Change march. According to its mission statement, the organization “…will inclusively bridge women and girls to achieve their full potential and become empowered leaders of a greater society.”
What’s more adorable than toddler activism? From Twitter: “Protect these kids from racism and harm.” ‘Don’t Shoot’ is a tribute to Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police in the summer of 2014. He was 18 years old. The phrase was popularized after his death and is frequently used in BLM signage and activism against police brutality.
These kiddos in Seattle staged their own Black Lives Matter protest and the cuteness is reaaaaal (we see your arm, blueshirt). According to reports, the Carr family put on the popcorn stand to fundraise for the movement and bring awareness to their own diverse family. “For us and our kids, when we say BLM, we are going after the bigger picture — there are many challenges and inequities that face POCs. Our kids know that there are lots of colors out there and that sometimes people treat those with dark skin in mean ways, which is not nice. That’s why Black Lives matter.”
Several young girls and their parents gathered together to stand up for Black Lives Matter. Nearly 80 participants in this small Missouri town rallied around the cause and chanted “Black Lives Matter!” in solidarity. “This is so good for LaBelle,” a local activist commented. “We are a small town, but look at us! Look at this turn out! It gives me hope.” You go, girls.
This moving image features a mother with her three children at a Black Lives Matter protest. Social media activist Thema explained in a recent post the importance of protesting while pregnant. “Eight minutes and 46 seconds to be exact with no remorse or hesitation! That alone called me to the front line to stand up for our children. Enough is enough. New laws need to be in place and true justice needs to be served!”
This little one holds a hand-made sign in a family-friendly protest in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn organization Building Bridges has spearheaded local efforts to make protests inclusive for all ages. Armed with vision and a drive to see justice for African Americans, the group has put on multiple protests, while keeping the social-distancing mandates in-tact.
Young, stylish activists? You know it. This group of younguns’ hit the Syracuse streets to let their voices be heard. Organizers were excited by the turn-out. “We are so humbled and thankful for the love and support we received at the march. There has never been a more important time than now to teach our children that their voices matter and that black lives matter. Together we can be the change.”
…and speaking of stylish activists! This little dude sits on top of a man’s shoulders to protest in Orlando. Orlando recently commissioned a giant mural in honor of the Black Lives Matter and remains a hot spot for the movement. Talk about a city dedicated to aesthetically-pleasing activism!
The phrase “All Lives Matter” has been gaining traction in recent days. These young girls obviously have heard the arguments and are Ready. For. This. Older sister Armani created a sign for their Paris, Tennessee neighbors explaining the logic behind “Black Lives Matter” and their story went viral.
Latinx people have been showing the BLM movement some activist love! A member of the Mexican community and his adorable son join a protest in Orange, California. From Marlene Cordova, a student at Cal State Los Angeles: “I might not have every answer or know how to help proactively, but I’m willing to learn. I’m eager to break old habits and speak up against my own people to stand up for what I believe is right. For me, that’s living a life of justice for those who never got the chance to do so.”
Babies in colorful garb and their mothers join a recent protest in Fayetteville, NC after the death of George Floyd. George Floyd’s reported last words were “I can’t breathe”, which has become a mantra for the Black Lives Matter movement. With mothers like these women, we can sense the development of little activists for years to come.
White privilege has been a hot topic these days. Now more than ever, we have seen white people joining the fight for equality. The numbers show signs of optimism- more than half of white people in America support Black Lives Matter. In this shot, “Wonder girl” is joining a protest in sunny San Diego.
True that! Two young boys march with their Dad in Oakland for Black Lives Matter. Home to a large African American population, Oakland saw 4,000 protestors show up to show support. As dad puts it: “It’s important to channel the anger I feel inside into something positive because I have to set an example for my sons. It’s important for me to teach them that frustration, anger and tragedy can become your triumph if you channel it correctly.”
A young girl holds up a sign that reads “Black Women Matter” at a protest in New Jersey. The murders of black women (Natasha, Michelle, Breonna are only a few) have unfortunately been underreported in relation to their male counterparts. This is a tragedy, as black women also have the highest homicide rate in the country. This little girl, and the allies of these women, realize it’s high time that justice be served for them, too.
Black Lives Matter is a global issue, and these two boys from London realize what’s at stake. Protests have shifted to the world stage, and major cities across the continents have already staged their own versions of Black Lives Matter. One Londoner said this at a recent protest: “There is nothing I’ve experienced that comes close to the energy a group of people can conjure up when they unite. It is infectious even to those passing by.
It’s a beautiful thing to see different worlds come together in solidarity on important issues. Two young girls and a police officer dance together during a protest in Newark. The protest was peaceful and police were reportedly present to make sure there were no outside antagonists with ulterior motives. Cue the music!
Did ya’ll know there were protests exclusively for kids?! Us, either. Two littles are waiting for the protest to start in Berkley, California. The city is known to foster progressive activism and was one of the few in the country that had continuous protests going for more than a few weeks. Activists start early in Berkley!
Fam, we are the change we wish to see. We can bring unity. We can fight for the right things. We can choose to confront our past as a nation and move forward in justice and equality. Two young friends embrace at a protest in Ontario, Canada – we can make the differences that we need to change the world.
HBO Max got in the news recently by temporarily removing the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind off its platform in order to provide a new introduction giving some historical context to the making of the film and its portrayal of the antebellum South. The decision was met with some uproar, saying that history was being erased, specifically the performance of Hattie McDaniel, who was the first Black woman to win an Oscar for her performance. Of course, the idea of erasing this movie from existence is ludicrous. It is one of the most beloved films of all time and McDaniel’s achievement (despite being relegated to a segregated table at the Oscars) will never be forgotten. However, instead of complaining about a movie that they probably haven’t seen because it’s old AND four hours long, let’s focus instead on other works by Black creators that are better than a film that glamorizes slavery. Here are 19 movies people can watch that focus on Black Lives that aren’t Gone With the Wind.
Spike Lee’s third feature film is also his best. A vivid portrayal of a day in the life of a Brooklyn neighborhood brimming with racial and societal tension. It speaks just as much to the Black Lives Matter movement now as it did to the whole world thirty years ago.
Charles Lane wrote, directed, and starred to this near silent update of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. A young hustler finds himself taking care of a young girl after her father is murdered. A sweet film that manages to balance heartfelt moments with bitter portrayals of homelessness and an ending that punches you right in the gut.
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut hit the world like a freight train and its influence shows no signs of stopping. A dynamic social thriller about cultural appropriation in the worst possible way, Peele created an instant classic that will be talked about for years to come.
When people think “phony preacher,” they may think of 1957’s Night of the Hunter, but classic stage actor Paul Robeson beat Robert Mitchum to the punch about 30 years beforehand. The silent classic is an engaging tale about morality and virtue, that features more representation for Black creators than Gone With the Wind ever could.
A three hour epic you can really sink your teeth into. The tale of two young athletes trying to make it in the sport of basketball despite their social backgrounds. A gripping examination of what it takes to make it in the sport. Not only one of the best sports documentaries of all time, but one of the best documentaries of all time.
Hattie McDaniel’s character in Gone With the Wind is so problematic due to her perpetuating a stereotype. Cheryl Dunne explores a fictional woman who made a living playing such a character in The Watermelon Woman. An interesting lost queer classic from an underrated director.
The Blaxploitation movement was a major genre during the 1970’s and gave a lot of Black creators a chance to cut their teeth. But never has the genre been so ruthlessly satirized than in 2009’s Black Dynamite. It ranks among the best parody films of all time and is endlessly quotable.
Boots Riley’s debut is among the most daring films of the 21st century. Led by the dynamic Lakeith Stanfield as a hapless telemarketer trying to make it, Sorry to Bother You is a stunning indictment of big business and the exploitation of the working class. It also features one of the most insane second act twists of all time. Hold onto your hats.
Hamilton breakout Daveed Diggs leads this incredible story of gentrification and police brutality in modern day Oakland. Diggs is a recently released convict out on parole, trying to keep his head down, but his white best friend threatens to upend that. Inventive from start to finish while also exploring the depths of racial relationships.
The last of an unofficial Oakland trilogy with Sorry to Bother You and Blindspotting, Last Black Man in San Francisco is a lackadaisical, but nonetheless powerful look at life in Oakland. It’s much more philosophical than its peers, but it is nonetheless a fascinating film.
A wonderfully realized period piece about two families, one black, one white in 1940’s Mississippi. Led by a tremendous cast, Mudbound is a beautifully authentic film about racial equality and family ties. Its cinematography is stunning and made history as the first Black woman to be nominated for an Oscar.
Ava Duvernay’s underseen biopic on Martin Luther King Jr. is essential viewing. A perfectly executed story that does not shy away from the flaws of its subject nor the brutality of the titular event. That bridge crossing sequence is one of the best moments set to film in a long time.
Ryan Coogler’s debut is a heartbreaking biopic of Oscar Grant III, a victim of police brutality. This day in the life story of Grant’s final day is so engaging you almost forget that the story is headed towards tragedy. It also features a star making turn from Michael B. Jordan.
A perfect comedy by writer/director/star Robert Townsend about representation of Black creators in the entertainment industry. Filled with incredible jokes that hit just as hard today as they did back then. Its almost as if things haven’t changed in the slightest since 1982.
Ava Duvernay’s eye-opening documentary on the prison system is a wakeup call like no other. Showing the criminal justice system’s deep-rooted prejudices since the passing of the 13th amendment, Duvernay brings about a call to action like no other. It really makes you think about if things will ever truly be equal.
A revolutionary film of the time, Melvin Van Peebles wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this radical story of impoverished Black men fighting against an oppressive White system. This was a surprise hit on its release, and proved that films from Black artists could be highly profitable.
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John Singleton made history as being both the first African American nominated for a Best Director Oscar, but also the youngest for his harrowing presentation of youths growing up in Southern LA. Filled with great performances from Ice Cube and Laurence Fishburne among others, this is one of the essential films of the early 90’s.
A history making Best Picture winner still holds up after all the hype behind it. Barry Jenkins’s triptych of a queer Black youth grappling with his identity is a marvel of a motion picture. It is pure poetry committed to the screen.
One of the most notorious cases is reexamined in a completely new way. Ezra Edleman’s epic 7-hour documentary starts all the way at the beginning of Simpson’s career, but also manages to pull out and expose the tumultuous history of racial divides in our society. Documentaries like this come once in a lifetime, don’t miss this one.
White privilege is a word that I see on my Twitter feed every day. While Twitter dark mode allows me to scroll endlessly without any eye strain, it also means that I get to learn about White privilege through the eyes of White people who shout into the Twitter abyss.
White privilege is a buzzword to critics and an explanation of our way of life for marginalized racial and ethnic identities. White critics have taught me one thing about being Black and Mexican in America: no one wants to hear about privilege. Little do they know that White privilege as a concept was thrust to the forefront of society when Peggy McIntosh, a White women’s studies scholar, wrote a paper in 1988 which listed 46 examples of White privilege.
32 years have passed since she wrote that paper and surprisingly, White privilege looks exactly the same. There are some nuances that affected social movements and technology, but overall, White privilege is still as engrained into society as arguments on Facebook are.
Many White people hear “White privilege” and think it’s an attack on them, but it’s only a statement of fact, and it’s a fact that they prove constantly by refusing that it exists. Imagine, the majority of the world telling you that you have privilege and not believing it. It’s like when someone points out a stain on your shirt and you’re embarrassed, so you say it’s a part of the design (which I’ve done).
If you’re wondering what White privilege is, then giving you a dictionary definition isn’t going to open your eyes very much. Instead, here’s 19 things that White people don’t have to think about so that you can experience what White privilege is.
Instagram – @bandaidbrand
The original bandage from the Band-Aid brand was a pinkish, fleshy color. While it didn’t match everyone, it stood out especially against the myriad of brown tones found in the skin of marginalized racial and ethnic people. Finally, Band-Aid, the leading bandage brand, launched a new range of bandages that will feature bandages for darker skin tones. They announced this change on June 10th in 2020. The first Band-Aid adhesive bandage sold in 1921. For nearly a century, brown skin tones didn’t have access to premium bandages that matched their skin color. For White people, the color of the bandage probably never crossed their mind, nor was it a political statement to speak out against systemic racism. Just saying.
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This is a large word for something very simple. When an influx of White people moves into a neighborhood of underserved people of color, gentrification occurs. While this sounds fine, what comes with that movement isn’t. Displacement occurs. New bars, waterfronts, and housing developments, although they sound amazing, accompany a rise of rent usually. This forces the underserved residents to leave and the White people who moved in stay, enjoying the new amenities only they could afford. This is complex and there are a lot of socioeconomic influences that come with this, but White privilege is what allows them to bring those new land developments and afford the effects of it.
Pinterest – hilobrow.com
Have you ever received a new coloring book and become so excited? The fresh, new pages filled with your favorite characters or beautiful gowns was always a welcome distraction. You settle down on the rug in your room and get comfortable. After grabbing your box of crayons, you grab the color for the face of the princess you want to make look like you. I always had to mix brown with an orange and a little yellow to get my skin tone, and despite my best efforts, it never got quite as good as it would’ve been had I just grabbed the color named “Apricot.”
Pexels – @rosemaryketchum
This is a topic that’s picked apart on social media every day following the taped deaths, or executions, of Black men in America. It’s painful to watch those tapes, but they’re not for me. They’re for justice, and for the White privilege that allows White people to call the police when they’re in trouble. Instead of giving you an explanation of how the criminal justice system has failed Black people, I’ll tell you quick story. Someone I know works at a prominent chain and two Black boys began fighting in the store. A Black worker decided to pry them apart and he said, “They’re going to call the cops. People are dying. Stop.” They immediately did.
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The shades of foundation and concealer announced by brands never fail to be missing something. There are a lot of brands trying to diversify the shades available for brown skin tones, but many of them lack understanding of what that means. I can’t shop in store for foundation or concealer. I had to go online and use a more expensive brand (which I will share if asked) that allows me to test the shades and get a new one if needed. Many White people will say that it’s hard to find darker shades, but the reality is that I’m a darker tan shade. If I struggle to find my foundation, imagine the struggle of darker people. Everyone should be able to feel beautiful, but White privilege just means it’s a little easier for them to.
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I bet you can name a Black film that won an Oscar. Now, I also bet that it’s about slavery. I’d win both of those bets without a doubt. The people who choose the Oscars are undoubtedly White men. White men choose what we view as the pinnacle of film in society. I’m sure they have amazing credentials, but they don’t reflect the population watching from behind a screen. When people of color tune in to the Oscars, we see White people getting awards for playing newscasters, models, celebrities, or sports players, and Black people getting awards for playing slaves. We recount the trauma of our ancestors for awards and White privilege gives White people awards for playing iconic celebrities. There’s something wrong with that.
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This is something that’s only recently being changed to fight back against systemic racism since it’s something they just realized exist. Before, there was a “dark skinned” (note the quotation marks) Barbie doll released and that caused a rush of excitement. Finally, kids had a premium toy company making dolls that looked more like them than the porcelain skinned, blonde doll they had. Now, there are dolls from many companies that have released brown skinned dolls from different ethnic backgrounds. White privilege means that White dolls existed since the beginning of toys.
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I’m not saying that White people don’t worry about where they’re moving. I’m saying that they worry about the house or apartment. They care about the busyness of the street and the distance from the supermarket. People of color care about so much more than that. First, we have to consider the number of other people of color in the city and the neighborhood. Then, we look to see if there were any hate crimes. Everything else is second to our safety and comfort. I’d love to just worry about whether a Starbucks is close by, but I have to be alive to drink a latte.
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Although this might seem small, this is a huge deal for children. Kids look up to the characters they see on television. They want to save the world like Batman or be a beautiful as Rapunzel, and this can impact how they view themselves in the future. There were so many times when my friends would liken themselves to a cartoon character as fuel for their dreams. Without brown skinned characters, brown kids can’t see that they can save the world or be beautiful too.
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Racial stereotypes are all in good fun, until you realize they’re stopping people from getting jobs or having a peaceful shopping trip. Jokes are fine, but sometimes they reinforce the negative stereotypes about ethnic people. These follow people no matter where they go. Ethnic people are sometimes the only ethnic candidate for the job position, and if those negative stereotypes are in the mind of the hiring manager, they won’t get the job. These stereotypes go on a journey from person to person until they reach someone who can’t get them out of their mind. Think about that before you laugh at a racial stereotype.
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There was this Twitter trend (there’s always a Twitter trend) where people listed the first time they had a non-white teacher. The results were as expected. Many people said high school or middle school. Some even said college. This is an issue because children look up to their teachers. Teachers can fuel new dreams and open doors to opportunities for their students. If the teachers don’t look like the brown students, then this reinforces that they have to look a certain way to be that inspiration for someone else. White privilege means that White students don’t have to spend years taught by teachers that didn’t look like them. They never felt alone in a classroom.
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I remember all my favorite stories being about White kids going on adventures. That’s fine, but I wanted whimsy in the lives of the brown skinned kids too. I wanted to see curly haired brown girls stepping through magic mirrors and casting spells on villains. I see them now, and I go back and read them for the little brown girl who needed it when she was younger. White privilege means that publishers have always been publishing White stories, and it’s only a recent push to have more diverse novels. This means that I’m in my 20s with a sparkling princess pop up book because little me didn’t have it. I have no shame.
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Everyone reaches a point in schooling where they dedicate years to learning about White people and history. By default, we learn White history in class, and for only segments of history classes do we learn about the experiences of other ethnicities in history. People deem the plights of Black people and ethnic communities as “other.” We’re an elective, 2 weeks, or a few chapters. We always existed, and those tales don’t receive the same attention as White stories. Sure, history classes induce sleep, but I would’ve liked the chance to learn about my people in history books.
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White privilege means never explaining their own race. I’ve seen many teachers use a student in their class as the spokesperson for their entire race or ethnicity. They forget that it’s singling them out and making them feel out of place. It’s basically letting everyone in the class know the student is “other.” While it’s understandable, allowing the student to have a choice to speak up and share information is more respectful.
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Not a lot of people understand slurs. Slurs have a history of oppression behind them. There’s a different between an insult and a slur. You insult people when you want to cast them in bad light. If you call someone a slur, a word used to belittle their people and dehumanize their existence, you’re choosing to be hateful. There’s a distinct difference. Think about that the next time the n-word discussion comes up, and don’t allow hate to flourish.
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There were so many kids with beautiful names in my classes as a kid. I always regret using the name they told the teacher. I wish I went back and asked them what their name truly was instead of calling them the American name they chose for the school year. We learn the complex names of so many European actors and actresses. They roll off out tongue easily, but the Asian or African children find themselves with nicknames to make the lives of everyone else easier. Remember that the next time your friend or coworker uses a name that isn’t their own. It’s a small gesture, but learn to pronounce their name, no matter the inconvenience. It will mean a lot.
Everyone thinks about their hair before they leave their house (most of the time), and even though this doesn’t seem important, there’s a lot of identity in your hairstyle. Many Black people with tightly coiled hair choose short or straight hairstyles to look more professional. There are more protective or culturally significant styles, like dreadlocks or box braids, that are beneficial for the hair and easier to deal with. White privilege means that people don’t have to erase their culture or ruin their hair to be professional or beautiful.
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Magazines are the gatekeepers of beauty. The average American isn’t as fit or thin as the models that grace the pages of them, but they still make or break the beauty standards. White privilege means that the majority of the models are White. The truth of the matter is that the fashion industry is predominantly White, but they cultural appropriate different cultures or feature dark skinned models as part of a diversity campaign. Dark skinned models aren’t a social statement. They’re beautiful and deserve to be the face of campaigns all year round instead of just during Black History Month.
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Parents teach their children how to sing the alphabet or how to get dressed, for people of color, there are more serious lessons to be learned. Many are taught how others might perceive them. Their children hear how their skin might be accompanied by negative stereotypes that cause them to be treated a certain way by shopkeepers or cops. White privilege means that authority figures or shopkeepers won’t see them and think “danger” or “thief”. There are too many dead Black boys and men in headlines for this to be in our heads.
This isn’t an attack or declaration. It’s a chance to look within and notice what you have that’s unearned. Once you do that, you’ll notice privilege, racial or not. That self-awareness is enough for anyone to take what they know about privilege and use it to change the world.
You’ve done the work and the research; maybe you’d already done it before. You’re well versed in the ideas of thinkers from Ibram X. Kendi to Audre Lorde. You’ve binged Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us and donated to organizations in recent weeks. Now you’re ready for a respite—just something to help you relax for a bit, in between moments of radical reading and activism. How can you continue to consume art that doesn’t subscribe to the toxic culture we want to dismantle but still enjoy it right before bed? Here are 20 great titles by BIPOC writers that you can read without raising your blood pressure.
Akwake Emzi, a Igbo-Tamil writer, burst on the scene in 2018. They’ve written three books as of 2020 and have said that several more are headed down the pipeline. Dive in to their debut novel “Freshwater” (before it comes to FX!) which explores the self, Igbo spirituality, and fractured identities.
Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel uses multiple narratives to explore the breadth of the Black diaspora and how far back the effects of colonization and slavery go. You’ll go from Ghana to Alabama to follow the torn lineages of two sisters and see the resilience of connections and familial bonds.
Adichie’s amassed substantial celebrity in recent years as a speaker, thinker, and feminist icon. Her most recent novel “Americanah” follows a college student’s journey from Nigeria to America, where she discovers what it means to be Black in America. There’s also a multi-decade love story and a HBO Max miniseries (starring Lupita Nyong’o) on its way.
This satirical novel blends the serious with the hilarious while exploring the depths of American society. It will leave you questioning the Constitution, city life, and the civil rights movement. It was also the first American novel the Man Booker Prize.
Kevin Nguyen’s debut novel explores race, the startup world, and the bounds of friendship in an increasingly connected world. The protagonist, a Vietnamese-American, and his best friend, a Black woman, leave the novel ripe with grounds for conversations around solidarity and the ways that this can sometimes fall short.
Amitava Kumar’s ninth book (and second novel) combines many different worlds. It is a New York novel, a campus novel, and an immigrant novel all in one. What’s more, Kumar blurs the lines between fiction and reality by borrowing from inspirations of his time as an academic.
If you’ve been looking for books by Black authors, or even glancing at any compilation of the best books form the past decade, chances are you’ve seen this author’s name. Ta-Nehisi Coates carved himself a place as a great intellectual with Between the World and Me. Just last year he published his first novel which takes place before the Civil War and employs magical realism elements that’ll keep you turning the page.
Min Jin Lee’s 2007 novel follows a young Korean-American woman as she navigates New York society, where she’s forced to face privilege, racism, and class as she comes into adulthood. If you’ve followed popular fiction in recent years, you might’ve heard of her highly acclaimed second novel Pachinko. But Free Food for Millionaires’ comments on American life might be just what you need during these times.
Jones’s spellbinding novel couldn’t be more topical with its exploration of the flaws of an carceral state. A master-class in alternating perspectives, the narrative follows Celestial and Roy, a married couple whose lives are upended by arrest, conviction, and the aftermath.
The fastest read on this list, The Poet X toes the line between prose and poetry while following a young slam poet in Harlem. Acevedo redefines the bildungsroman with excerpts from the poet’s fictional notebook as she tries to understand her place in the world and within her family.
You know you’re in for a thought provoking ride when the book starts with question’s like “is it bad to be brown?” This graphic memoir is framed as a conversation between author Mira Jacob and her half-Jewish, half-Indian son as politics shifted in 2016. Its exploration of the first-generation experience and mixed-race relationships offer a vivid portrayal of Jacob’s life.
Ocean Vuong made the jump from poetry-world fame to widespread acclaim and notoriety when he published this debut novel last year. Vuong’s novel, inspired by personal experience, follows a protagonist as he reckons his Vietnamese-American identity, intergenerational trauma, and sexuality. And of course, it’s written with the beauty that only a poet could bring to fiction.
A finalist for the National Book Award, The Other Americans ties thrilling mystery and brewing romance with the nuances of the Muslim American experience. You will want to finish this in just a sitting or two, all while being forced to consider the weight of family secrets, prejudice and the effects of military service.
A global pandemic. The impending apocalypse. Abandoned cities. No, this isn’t a contemporary list of headlines. It’s Ling Ma’s sci-fi novel from 2018 that touches on office culture, personal relationship, and blogging against the backdrop of a disease that shifts global dynamics and causes characters to question priorities and relationships.
What is the American Dream? How does it manifest in a country that can be increasingly unwelcoming to immigrants? This debut novel explores these ideas with the story of a family who immigrates from Cameroon and the observable differences between their lives and the people that they work for.
If you need a book to transport you out of this world, look no further than Marlon James’ first in a planned trilogy: Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Combining elements of different African mythologies, this fantastic novel follows the opposition between two warring kingdoms and multiple characters’ perspectives over several years.
Bennett captivated the literary world in 2016 with The Mothers, and her latest novel explores sibling relationships, parenthood and race. More specifically, it follows two sisters who live in a fictional Louisiana town reserved for light-skinned black folks. The conflict arises when one decides to attempt to pass as white permanently.
Short story collections can be an easy way to get through a book—after each you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. Neel Patel’s first release is a compilation of 11 stories. In it Patel draws inspiration from his own background, and readers can see different characters come to terms with race, romance, and loss.
Tommy Orange’s novel follows 12 Native American characters as they live in Oakland. They deal with often troubled daily lives and try to and make sense of this. Orange explores the ways that historical marginalization and genocide have lasting effects. With its many perspectives, it can be a quick, yet necessary, read.
Washburn takes readers to the tropics of Hawaii, and explores its peoples, mythology, and culture, in this debut novel. It opens with a young boy who’s saved by a shiver of sharks from a near drowning. It goes on to explore the complex dynamics of his family, their relationships, and connections to the land.
The sparkling suburbs of Draper, Utah are coated with White Privilege. Growing up, I did not have any black neighbors, never saw any black people at church and only had a few black kids at my school. Ironically, the place I saw the most black people was on my television set. My family loved sports and it was the norm to always have basketball or football on the T.V. I never considered myself a bigot. I never thought of my family as being privileged. Even if you did not grow up in my same suburbs, if you come from a predominantly white community you probably, at some point thought some of these 20 white privilege lies listed below.
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Trust me, I know this seems like an obvious stereotype but how many of you remember growing up and believing this? I do. Better yet, how many of you still believe this? Some of you might even think, so what if I believe that? I’ve heard many people, mostly white males say, it’s a fact. Black people are just better at sports. That’s why the pros have way more black athletes. The problem with this lie is it tells the same lie to every single black person. That’s why stereotypes are so harmful, it creates a box around people making it even harder to break out of not only inequality but now there’s a whole new layer of quicksand for people to get through. Now, if a black man or woman wants to start a career in something like engineering it automatically makes people question it. Why would you want to go into engineering? Aren’t black people good at sports? I guarantee that train of thought has passed through several people and it needs to stop.
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This lie was first introduced to me at a young age during school. My teachers would have us read different books such as Uncle Tom and Huckleberry Finn. While both of these books have important messages in them they also constructed specific images for the black characters. Growing up with white privilege and only being shown books like this in school to represent black characters in literature creates a poor stereotype. While these books are important, it is also important to educate young people, especially with white privilege, with other books to showcase more black literature that shows how black people are not only literate but are also very talented in the English department. There should at least be an equal amount of black authors along with white authors in our nation’s schools.
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I remember watching the same movie every February at school. This clip would show speeches by Martin Luther King, the story of Rosa Parks, and disturbing images of the KKK. When I was younger watching this, I remembered thinking: I can’t believe our nation used to be like this. I can’t believe human beings used to treat others so horrifically. I was never taught how injustice was still happening today. My teachers never told me how this struggle is still continuing. It was always delivered in a specific direction every year. We would look back at ‘how far our nation has come’. There was always one black kid in the class who the teacher either tried not to make eye contact with or overly involved the student. After the month of February passed, so did the discussions of, ‘what used to be’. Our teacher wouldn’t shy away from making eye contact during the remaining months of the year.
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I’ve personally felt this exact way and know a lot of others do too. Do not shy away from the topic of civil rights because you’re uncomfortable. Start asking questions. Start talking to members of the black community. Silence is a secret killer and right now it’s keeping this nation from moving forward in equality. Speak up, even if your voice says: I don’t know. Please help me become informed. Please help me put my white privilege behind us so we can move forward together. If you remain silent you will never grow and understand and neither will this nation.
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There are way too many people that believe this lie right now. People believe it’s impolite to force themselves into conversations which in some cases, it is impolite. Sure, if the neighbor is having an affair with the other neighbors wife, maybe don’t ask them about it. However, the topic of Civil Rights involves everyone. Without everyone’s attention and understanding on this topic we will never be able to achieve the equality everyone deserves. Start talking.
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This is a new lie a lot of people have been clutching to. White privilege tells people this lie in order for them to feel more comfortable about doing nothing. They cling to gang violence which by the way gangs obviously consist of all ethnicities, not just black. The common denominator of gang violence is poverty, not ethnicity. Stop believing this lie and start asking and researching ways to help better low income communities.
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White privilege tells people, I work with tons of black people. If my co worker is black then obviously they get paid the same amount that I do. We both do the same job. In fact, they probably got this job easier because companies need to meet a certain ethnicity quota. Just because someone does the same job as you, doesn’t mean they’re getting paid the same amount. That is one of the silliest lies people still believe. That is the whole point of a pay gap- someone working the same job as someone else but is getting paid less due to sex or ethnicity.
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This lie is almost ridiculous because of how many people genuinely believe this. White privilege makes people confused when they hear a black person is from Canada, Colorado, or really any other place besides Africa. Come on, people! Stop making huge differences in your head about you and a black person. Just because they look different doesn’t mean they are that different from you. Get to know all members of your community. Celebrate how you are the same and how you are different. Understand where the other is coming from.
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I can’t even tell you how many times I have heard this. Whether it be from people in my neighborhood or in the media. First of all, almost everyone loves fried chicken unless they’re a vegetarian or vegan. We need to stop with basic stereotypes because it’s separating us into negative categories. The more walls we have up to define our differences the harder it will be to hear each other.
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White privilege tells people this lie and makes them believe that it’s a progressive way of thinking. Instead of ignoring the positive differences we all have let’s start celebrating them. Notice not only the physical differences but also the cultural differences. Ask questions to better understand where we all came from and where we want to start going.
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You can see this lie playout in life around you. Cops specifically treat white men and black men incredibly different. Black men have to go above and beyond to showcase their compliance with police just so their lives aren’t put in danger. If a white man is pulled over he doesn’t think twice about reaching into his glove box to retrieve his registration.
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A lot of people believe this lie, even black people! Everyone needs to wear sunscreen. Even if your skin is darker and you never get sunburnt, you can still get negative effects from the sun’s rays. This lie goes hand in hand with the phrase, if I can’t see it then it must not be happening. That white privilege phrase is one of the most harmful lies. If you live somewhere where you don’t see a lot of black culture and you don’t know any black people, it’s time to start immersing yourself in it. Start reading, watch informative movies and documentaries, reach out.
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Unfortunately, I’ve heard this lie more than I would ever want to. A lot of people believe that the Black Lives Matter movement is just a current fad. I’ve heard people say, it’s sad they’re using George Floyd’s death as a speaking piece. Now all anyone will remember are these protests. This fad has completely washed the memory of George Floyd’s death from everyone. White privilege is clinging to this tragedy for the wrong reasons. They’re uncomfortable. If they believe there is an actual injustice in the world that will only make them more uncomfortable. It’s time to embrace being uncomfortable and open our eyes to all the tragedies that still happen. All the injustice that is still in our communities.
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It’s no secret that the police department has been catching some fire lately. The Black Lives Matter movement is trying to raise awareness about how police brutality still exists. That doesn’t mean that every cop is abusing their right as a police officer. If you support the Black Lives Matter movement you can also support the cops that are doing the right thing. Many cops actually support the movement and also see that there needs to be a huge reform in the police department.
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There are a lot of people who believe the protests are getting unnecessarily violent. Stores are being looted and people’s private businesses are getting destroyed. There is a lot of unnecessary violence from the police and military as well. White Privilege tells many that the protesters are wrong in what they are doing and therefore you should not support their movement. There are way too many small opinions clashing together that defeat the main purpose. Raise awareness for the injustice of the world. You can do this in your own way of course, please keep others livelihoods and safety in mind while raising awareness.
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While raising awareness is a huge positive for this movement, it is not enough to like and share posts. This isn’t checking your privilege; it’s merely passing along other people’s ideas and beliefs. Keep showing your support but do not stop there. You need to be reading and reaching out to those personally affected by the social injustice in this country.
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First of all, if you’re worried about this lie then you’re not looking at the real problem. There are many ways to support the cause by helping social injustice vanish from this country. You can do this by posting on social media, sure, but you can also start raising awareness in your own family. Reaching out to friends and having those uncomfortable conversations. Donate to the cause and read every post carefully.
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Police Brutality is real and needs to be fixed immediately. It doesn’t matter what political party you are a part of. This isn’t about politics it’s about equality for all which is what this country is supposed to stand for. Hang up your politics hat and start focusing on the heartbreaking reality that there is still social injustice in this country.
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When athletes first started to take a knee our nation more than freaked out. Everyone started to believe that the knee was so disrespectful to our military instead of listening to why they were taking a knee in the first place. This action has nothing to do with our military. Athletes started doing this to raise awareness of social injustice and how it’s still very alive in this country. You can raise awareness for change and still support the troops.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests are on everyone’s minds right now, and understandably so. Since George Floyd’s death on May 25th, 2020, communities worldwide have been taking to the streets to speak out against police brutality towards people of color. However, this isn’t the first time people have declared these injustices. Earlier protests occurred on this subject, but George Floyd was the tipping point. As a result of his murder, protests occurred in all 50 States and on every continent, excluding Antarctica.
These protests have already taken strides to force change through general police reform and forced accountability. They also remind us of the people we’ve lost. Across the country, new murals are surfacing, representing the BLM movement. While some of these pieces are advocating change, others display grief. Without doubt, it’s a beautiful method to remember what we’re fighting for, and the change we need. Here are some of the best pieces I’ve seen so far.
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Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser commissioned this mural currently adorning D.C.’s 16th Street. The yellow slogan leads directly towards the White House and it’s so massive it can be seen in satellite images. Alongside this show of support, Bowser named the newly painted section of the street “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. While some people claim this as a publicity stunt, others are happy for the support.
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Amid the police brutality directed towards black people, George Floyd has become the BLM movement’s current face. In response to his killing, a memorial for Floyd arose near the spot where he died in Minneapolis. The flowers and signs that surround the piece demand justice for his murder. While murals are showing up around the world in his memory, many of them seem to incorporate Floyd’s last words. Undoubtedly, the saying, “I can’t breathe” has taken on a life of its own.
Breonna Taylor was murdered during a no-knock raid in her Louisville apartment on March 13th. She was shot eight times by police who entered her home during a narcotics investigation. At this time, the city has not yet arrested the cops who killed her. Brett Hankison, one of the three officers involved in the fatal shooting, was fired. The other two officers are on administrative reassignment. The completed mural includes the #SayHerName, a campaign in remembrance of black women killed by the police.
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Similar to the Washington D.C. BLM mural, Charlotte created their own street art running along Tryon Street. In this case, a different artist painted each letter of the iconic statement, which is why each one looks distinct. Unfortunately, someone recently defaced the mural, leaving tire marks spanning the entire piece. The artists returned to restore the letters recently, and the street is now closed to drivers.
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This mural painted in Ann Arbor’s Graffiti Alley pays tribute to police violence victims since 2014. It took a group of five artists 19 hours to complete. The mural is 30 feet long and 14 feet tall. Amid the otherwise colorful alley, the black and white piece stands out and addresses police brutality in our country.
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Robbie Lee Harris painted this mural in Tucson on a wall of the Rialto Theatre. He wanted to paint something uplifting – an image that would bring hope to those who view it. Harris hopes that it sparks conversation. Above all, he wants people to discuss the unfair treatment of people of color in America.
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A mural painted on Hollywood Boulevard shows solidarity between the BLM protestors and the LGBTQ+ community. The assorted colors of the words correspond with different pride flags. The transgender, non-binary, and pride flag decorate this obvious statement. In truth, it makes sense for these two groups to support each other. Without black transgender women, we wouldn’t have pride.
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Muralist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh painted this mural of Trayvon Martin in honor of the Trayvon Martin Documentary series. The seventeen-year-old boy was fatally shot in 2012 by the neighborhood watch coordinator for his community, Zimmerman. Zimmerman later claimed he reacted in self-defense. While this doesn’t directly tie in with police brutality, it does speak on some people’s inherent distrust of people of color.
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Elijah McClain died in August 2019. He was walking home from a store when police stopped him as a “suspicious person”. He had anemia – meaning he became cold easily – and frequently wore ski masks to combat this. McClain refused to stop for the police, and things got physical. When medical assistance arrived, they injected him with ketamine to sedate him. He later suffered cardiac arrest during the ride to the hospital. He was eventually declared brain dead and taken off life support. While this event did occur before the current BLM protests against police brutality, he is another name worth fighting for.
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Other countries worldwide are showing support for the American BLM movement, including Naples, Italy. The Italian-Dutch street artist Jorit Agoch created this mural of George Floyd. It measures over six feet by 16 feet. Alongside Floyd are recognizable faces – Lenin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis. George Floyd is weeping blood to replace the human tribal signs showed on the other four faces.
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The raised, clenched fist has been the face of the BLM movement since the beginning. Marginalized groups have been using the symbol to fight oppression for years. At any rate, it became a symbol of black liberation in 1966 when the Black Panther Party adopted it. Now, you see the sign worldwide as a symbol of resistance, solidarity, and support.
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A mural in Oakland depicts former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. He began a movement by kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Peoples’ reactions to his demonstration ranged from support to downright hatred. The peaceful protests eventually proved to fall on deaf ears. For this reason, some people have resorted to violence to get their message across. Of course, we’re not yet sure if the rioting began because of BLM protesters or as a response to police violence.
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Activists added their own message to 16th Street’s BLM mural, painting “Defund the Police” at the end of the slogan. The addition does not wish to cut police funding completely but instead redirect some of the money to community safety. That is to say, it’s a call for new roles in the system. Instead of police answering to all emergencies, we should have responders trained in mental health and conflict de-escalation.
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Artist Kate Tova painted this mural titled “Say Her Name” in reference to the hashtag campaign to remember murdered black women. She wanted to stand with people of color who lost their lives to police violence. The colorful mural displays charms and beads to signify beauty beyond outward appearance. Tova also added the names of some black women murdered by police, including Kendra James, Breonna Taylor, and Shelly Frey.
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Here’s another BLM mural painted in front of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. It was unveiled on Juneteenth – the day commemorating the end of slavery. Similarly to the painting in Charlotte, a different Tampa Bay artist worked on each letter. Plus, the color palette matched the museum’s Juneteenth celebration flyer.
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Two men fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery while he was jogging through a neighborhood just outside of Brunswick. Gregory McMichael, a resident in the community, told police he believed Arbery resembled a suspect in a series of break-ins. He and his son Travis armed themselves and followed Arbery in their truck. Gregory claims Arbery attacked his son, so Gregory fired back in self-defense. The hashtag on the mural, #IRunWithMaud, is a social media campaign where people run 2.23 miles. This distance is the exact measure Arbery ran before he died.
B Square Beacon – Dave Askins
In Bloomington, artists painted over a city mural with the words Black Lives Matter. The original piece, titled “You Belong Here,” received mixed reactions from locals at its unveiling. This occurred because it coincided with increased police presence and the migration of homeless people in the area. The city considers the vandalism an act of criminal mischief but has no plans to paint over it. A new mural will cover it this summer. Until then, it will stay.
Reddit – u/AtomicAerials
This BLM mural painted by artist Adri Norris sits in front of the Colorado Capital building. It spans the entire Civic Center city block. The first word of the saying is painted in different hues of brown. Therefore, showing that all Black Lives Matter regardless of skin shade. The addition of “Remember this Time” is a call out. Above all, it speaks of the previous times we’ve failed the people of color in this country.
Fox San Antonio – SBG Staff Reports
This “Enough is Enough” mural shows support for the BLM movement and tells viewers how they can take action. Additionally, the list on the left is of organizations fighting against racism and police brutality. In the artist’s words, it’s a call to action to get people motivated to help the movement. Like the BLM mural in Denver, this mural shows different skin tone shades. It says that everyone’s voices are necessary for the fight for equality.
Insider – Getty – Angela Weiss-AFP
Lastly, here’s a Black Lives Matter mural in Manhattan. A city-wide lockdown and protests forced store owners to board their windows in an attempt to prevent looting and protect businesses. As a result of these actions, a once-busy area appears dull and colorless. Street artists saw these blank canvases as an opportunity for their voices to amplify the movement. Muralist Steve Powers enlisted a group of artists to paint this piece. At its completion, the mural is a tribute to 40 black lives lost to police violence.
We currently live in a world at war. Some people are going to drastic measures to get their point across. Their anger is justified. People of color have never been treated as equals in this country, and it’s time for that to change. Perhaps, with the help of artists and art like this, it will. I’d like to think so.Next
Titanic is a word from Greek mythology meaning gigantic.At the time she was built, Titanic was the largest ship in existence.
Titanic was built because of competition.Cunard, a ship building company, launched the two fastest passenger ships in the world in 1907.They were the Mauritania and the Lusitania.The White Star Line, Cunard’s rival ship building company, wanted to outdo these two new ships.Instead of focusing on speed, White Star Line would focus on luxury.
The White Star Line created the Olympic class passenger ship.It hired Harland & Wollf, its favored shipbuilder to build the Olympic class ships.It also hired naval architect, Thomas Andrews, to design the ships.White Star Line started building the Olympic in 1908 and started building the Titanic in 1909.
It took over three years to build the great ship and less than three hours to sink it.
The RMS Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland by the Harland and Wolff shipyard.
Thomas Andrews was the naval architect for the Titanic.
Work started on the Titanic on March 31, 1909 in yard number 401 at the shipyard.
Titanic was first launched in water on May 31, 1911.
Work was completed on Titanic on April 2, 1912.
Titanic was in service for only 5 days, from April 10, 1912 to April 15, 1912.
Titanic was an Olympic-Class Ocean Liner owned by the White Star Line.
Titanic was the sister ship of the Olympic, another Ocean Liner owned by the White Star Line.
She was 269m (882’ 6”) in length.
She was 53.3m (175’) in height, from the keel to the top of the funnels.
Titanic had one 4-blade center propeller and two 3-blade wing propellers.
Titanic’s propellers were powered by two reciprocating steam engines.
These engines were fueled by 24 double-ended boilers and 5 single-ended boilers.
Titanic’s cruising speed was 39 km/h (24 mph).
The Titanic only carried enough lifeboats for 1,178 people, just more than half of the passengers on her maiden voyage.
Titanic’s top speed was 44 km/h (28 mph).
Approximately 3,000 men were hired to construct Titanic.
There were 3,000,000 rivets used in the construction of the hull of the Titanic.
The average worker received a weekly wage of £2 for working on the Titanic.
Almost 250 workers were injured during the construction of the ship.
Two workers died in construction accidents during building and fitting.
Six more workers died on board the ship.
The ship was considered by many to be unsinkable because it was built with sixteen lower compartments that were separated by watertight bulkheads. It was believed that even if two middle or four front compartments were breached, the ship could still float. Unfortunately, during its collision with the iceberg, five compartments were breached, causing it to sink.
This ship’s captain was Commander Edward John Smith, RNR (Royal Naval Reserve). Captain Smith was 62 years of age when he perished on board Titanic.
The Chief Officer of the Titanic was Lieutenant Henry Tingle Wilde, RNR. He was 39 years of age when he perished on board the Titanic.
The First Officer of the Titanic was Lieutenant William McMaster Murdoch, RNR. He was 39 years of age when he perished on board the Titanic.
The Second Officer of the Titanic was Sub-Lieutenant Charles Herbert Lightoller, RNR. He was 38 years of age and survived the sinking of the Titanic in Lifeboat B.
The Third Officer of the Titanic was Mr. Herbert John Pitman. He was 34 years of age and survived the sinking of the Titanic in Lifeboat 5.
The Fourth Officer of the Titanic was Sub-Lieutenant Joseph Groves Boxhall, RNR. He was 28 years of age and survived the sinking of the Titanic in Lifeboat 2.
The Fifth Officer of the Titanic was Sub-Lieutenant Harold Godfrey Lowe, RNR. He was 29 years of age and survived the sinking of the Titanic in Lifeboat 14.
The Sixth Officer of the Titanic was Mr. James Paul Moody. He was 24 years of age when he perished on board the Titanic.
The Able Officer, or Boatswain, was in charge of all of the unlicensed deck crew.
The Able Officer assisted architect, Thomas Andrews, in his daily ship inspections.
There were 29 Able Bodied Seamen on board Titanic, each of whom was assigned to a lifeboat if there were no officers present.
There were two Boatswain Mates on board Titanic. They were in charge of the deck lines, cranes, winches, and lifeboat davits on the deck of the ship.
There were two Masters-at-Arms on Titanic. The Masters-at-Arms and the Chief Officer had the only keys to the firearms cabinet on board.
All seven quartermasters on board the Titanic survived the sinking. Their duties included steering the ship, managing signal flags, standing watch, and assisting with general navigation.
All six lookouts on board also survived the sinking. Their duty was to work two-man, two-hour shifts in the crow’s nest. Similarly, The crow’s nest should have been equipped with binoculars, however, on Titanic’s maiden voyage, the binoculars were locked away, and the key to unlock them was not on board.
The engineers aboard the Titanic were the highest paid members of the crew.
There were 25 engineers and 10 electricians and boilermakers on board.
All of the engineers, electricians, and boilermakers were lost during the sinking.
Before the ship went down, they all stayed below decks to keep the pumps working and the generators working and the power on. Their actions were thought to delay the sinking by over an hour, allowing most of the lifeboats to launch.
There were 13 leading firemen and 163 firemen on the Titanic, who serviced 29 boilers and 159 furnaces.
Each fireman was in charge of one boiler and three furnaces.
Three leading firemen and 45 firemen survived the sinking.
There were 73 coal trimmers on the Titanic. They had to shovel coal from the coal bunkers down the coal chute to be shoveled by the firemen into the furnaces.
Approximately 20 coal trimmers survived the sinking.
There were 33 greasers employed on the Titanic. Their job was to ensure that all of the mechanical equipment on the ship was greased and lubricated.
Four greasers survived the sinking.
There were 421 men and women on the Victualling Crew. 322 of these were stewards who worked in the dining saloons, public rooms, cabins, and recreational facilities for the various classes on board.
Approximately 60 stewards survived the sinking.
First Class Bedroom Stewards were responsible for three to five rooms each. Second Class Bedroom Stewards were responsible for 10 rooms each, and Third Class Stewards were responsible for approximately 25 rooms each.
The stewards in charge of the public toilets on board were called the Glory-Hole Stewards.
There were 23 female crew members on board. Of these 23, 20 were stewardesses, two were cashiers, and one was the “matron” of the ship. 20 of them survived the sinking.
62 members of the Victualling Crew worked in the galley and the kitchen as chefs, cooks, bakers, butchers, and scullions (dishwashers). Approximately 13 of these crew members survived.
There was a restaurant called à la Carte, located on B Deck. This restaurant was not operated by the White Star Line, but owned and operated by A.P. Luigi Gatti.
The à la Carte Restaurant carried a staff of 66 cooks, waiters, cleanup crew, and other crew. Only three survived the sinking, one male clerk and two female cashiers.
The Titanic had five postal clerks who were in charge of processing all incoming and outgoing mail on the ship.
All five postal clerks perished during the disaster.
There were nine members of the Guarantee Group. Although they were considered part of the crew, they were given accommodation on the ship as passengers.
Their duties were to take the maiden voyage of the ship and oversee any work that was left to be done, or to fix any issues that arose during the voyage.
The group was supervised and headed by architect, Thomas Andrews.
All nine members of the Guarantee Group perished during the disaster.
There were eight members of the orchestra.
All eight members traveled as second-class passengers aboard the ship.
None of the eight members survived the disaster.
Bandmaster and Violinist Wallace Hartley was 33 years of age when he perished during the sinking.
Pianist Theodore Ronald Brailey was 24 years of age when he perished during the sinking.
Cellist Rober Marie Bricoux was 20 years of age when he perished during the sinking.
Bassist John Frederick Preston Clark was 30 years of age when he perished during the sinking.
Violinist John Law Hume was 21 years of age when he perished during the sinking.
Violinist Georges Alexandre Krins was 23 years of age when he perished during the sinking.
Cellist Percy Cornelius Taylor was 32 years of age when he perished during the sinking.
Cellist John Wesley Woodward was also 32 years of age when he perished during the sinking.
On her maiden voyage, the Titanic carried 2,224 souls, consisting of both passengers and crew.
There were three classes of passengers on board: First Class, Second Class, and Third Class.
First Class passengers were the wealthiest on board and were businessmen, politicians, high-ranking military personnel, industrialists, bankers, and athletes.
A First Class ticket for one person aboard the Titanic cost between £30 (for a single berth) and £870 (for a parlour suite and personal promenade deck), which is the equivalent of approximately £2,515 and £71,778.
Many First class passengers traveled with staff members, such as valets, maids, children’s nannies, chauffeurs, and cooking staff.
Many members of British aristocracy were on board, such as:
Lady Noel Leslie, the Countess of Rothes, Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon and his wife, Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon
Colonel Archibald Gracie IV
American socialites were also on board, such as:
Second Class passengers were middle class citizens and were comprised of teachers, authors, clergymen, and tourists.
The average ticket price for a Second Class passenger was £13, which would be approximately £1,090 or $1,416 today.
There were two Roman Catholic Priests on board who held Mass every day for the Second Class and Third Class passengers. Mass was held in English, Irish, French, German, and Hungarian.
Teacher Lawrence Beesley was aboard the ship and survived the sinking. His book, The Loss of the SS Titanic, was the first published first-hand account of the tragedy.
Third Class passengers were mostly immigrants moving from the UK to the US or to Canada.
A Third Class ticket on board the ship cost approximately £9, which would equate to about £754 today.
A Third Class child’s ticket was £3, which is about £251 today.
There were many large families on board the ship with Third Class tickets, including the Sage family (nine children), the Andersson family (five children), the Goodwin family (six children).
Millvina Dean was the youngest passenger on board the Titanic, at the age of two months. She survived the sinking and was the last survivor to die in 2009.
Titanic had a gymnasium, a swimming pool, libraries, and high-end restaurants.
There were also a squash court, a salt water swimming pool, electric baths, Turkish baths, a barbershop, elevators, promenades, and even kennels for dogs of the First Class passengers.
Titanic’s First Class passengers enjoyed an opulent entrance to their dining room.
The Verandah Café and Palm Court were located on A Deck.
The Café Parisian was located on B Deck and attracted the younger First Class passengers during the daytime.
There were two Millionaire Suites on Titanic, which were located on either side of B Deck. Each suite had its own promenade. Suite B-52 was occupied by Bruce Ismay, Chairman and managing director of White Star Line, during the maiden voyage.
Titanic’s Second Class passengers had access to a library and the men could use a private smoking room.
The children of the Second Class passengers could read in the library or play shuffleboard on the Second Class promenade.
The Third Class passengers had their own dining facilities, which included chairs instead of benches, and their own kitchen staff.
The price of the Third Class ticket also included food during the voyage, which was different from other passenger liners.
Single passengers in the Third Class were separated according to sex. The single women were in the stern section of the ship, in cabins that held two to six individuals. The men were in the bow section of the ship, in cabins that held up to ten individuals.
The Third Class passengers also had their own common room, where they could play games such as chess or cards.
Locked gates prevented the classes from mingling among each other.
The Titanic’s radio call sign was “MGY”.
Titanic’s first and last voyage began on April 10, 1912 at about 6:00 a.m.
Thomas Andrews boarded the ship at about 6:00 a.m.
Captain Smith boarded the ship at about 7:30 a.m.
The crew performed a lifeboat drill at about 9:00 a.m. for 30 minutes.
The Second Class and Third Class passengers started to board the ship at about 10:15 a.m.
The First Class passengers started to board at about 11:30 a.m.
Titanic cast off at approximately 12:00 noon or slightly after, she anchored at Cherbourg Harbor at about 6:20 p.m. to pick up passengers, cargo, and mail.
Titanic set off for Queenstown, Ireland at about 10:00 p.m.
On April 11, 1912, Titanic arrived in Queenstown Harbor at about 12:00 noon.
Titanic departed Queenstown Harbor at about 2:00 p.m.
Titanic reached its official starting point of the trans-Atlantic crossing, Daunt’s Rock, at about 2:20 p.m.
By about 1:20 p.m. on April 12, 1912, Titanic had traveled 484 miles since leaving Daunt’s Rock, during the 1st day of its trans-Atlantic crossing.
By about 2:10 p.m. on April 13, 1912, Titanic had traveled an additional 519 miles, during the 2nd day of its trans-Atlantic crossing.
The ship’s wireless communication stopped working at about 1:10 a.m. on April 14, 1912, but was fixed by about 8:00 a.m.
On April 14, 1912, Titanic received an ice warning at about 2:45 p.m.
By about 3:00 p.m. on April 14, 1912, Titanic had traveled an additional 546 miles, during the 3rd day of its trans-Atlantic crossing.
At about 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, Titanic hit an iceberg.
At about 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, Titanic sank.
The Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg.
When the Titanic sank, she was travelling from Southampton, UK to New York City, US.
Titanic hit the iceberg at approximately 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912 and sank 2 hours and 40 minutes later on April 15, 1912.
Photo of the iceberg that Titanic probably hit, taken five days after the sinking by a Bohemian seaman.
Titanic hit an iceberg approximately 600km (375 miles) south of Newfoundland, Canada.
Almost two hours after the Titanic sank, the RMS Carpathia, a Cunard liner arrived.
The RMS Carpathia saved approximately 705 survivors of the sinking.
More than 1,500 people died during the sinking of the Titanic.
Of the 711 souls who survived the sinking of the Titanic, one passenger died in a lifeboat during the night.
Of the 711 souls who survived the sinking, five died while on board the Carpathia and were buried at sea.
The Carpathia recovered 209 identified and unidentified victims of the sinking.
All 209 recovered victims were brought to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where 59 were repatriated, 121 were buried in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery (non-denominational), 19 were buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery (Roman Catholic), and 10 were buried in the Jewish Baron de Hirsch Cemetery. The remaining bodies were either delivered to family members or buried at sea.
After the sinking Titanic’s lifeboats were used by other ships.
Lifeboat filled with survivors of the Titanic, taken by a passenger of the rescue ship, Carpathia.
Here are the stats on the survivors:
In total, 32% of Titanic’s passengers survived the sinking.
Violet Jessop was a crew member aboard the Titanic who survived. Also, she survived the sinking of the Britannic and was aboard the Olympic when she was rammed in 1911.
Saved from the Titanic was the first film about the sinking. It was released just 29 days after the disaster. Silent film actress Dorothy Gibson wrote and starred in the film. Also, she was an actual survivor of the sinking.
The Director was Etienne Arnaud.
The movie was released on May 14, 1912 in the US.
The black and white silent movie was 10 minutes long.
A Night to Remember was released in 1958 and is thought to be the most historically accurate film about the sinking.
Roy Ward Baker directed and filmed the movie in the UK.
Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall was a technical advisor on the film.
To ensure the accuracy of the sets, the builders used the actual blueprints of the ship.
Walter Lord was the story writer and Eric Ambler was the screenplay writer.
The film starred Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman, Michael Goodliffe, and Laurence Naismith.
The movie premiered on July 1, 1958 in the UK.
The US premiere was on December 16, 1958.
The movie was 123 minutes in length and cost approximately $1,680,000 to produce.
Titanic was released in 1997 and has been the most successful of all of the movies made about the Titanic.
James Cameron wrote and directed the movie.
The movie was released on December 19, 1997 and it is 194 minutes long.
The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Bernard Hill, David Warner, Victor Garber, Jonathan Hyde, and others.
The film was a fictionalized account of the sinking combined with a love story.
At the time, Titanic was the most expensive film ever made, with a budget of approximately $200 million.
The film got nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11 of them, including Best Picture and Best Director.
In conclusion, Titanic was the first film to gross over $1 billion, making it the highest-grossing film ever until 2010.
Following the sinking of the Titanic, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) was established in 1914. It remains in effect today with respect to maritime safety.
Blue Star Line announced on April 30, 2012 its plan to recreate the original ship in honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking. They plan to call it Titanic II.
The Titanic II will be just as luxurious as the original, but will have all modern amenities now available.
The testing of the Titanic II’s first model was held in September, 2013.
Blue Star Line plans to launch Titanic II in 2022.
Titanic II’s maiden voyage will retrace the original voyage from Southampton to New York.
The remains of the original Titanic were first discovered in 1985. Prior to discovery, it was largely believed that the Titanic sank intact, until the wreckage was discovered.
There are two main pieces of the wreck. The two sections are about 0.6km (1/3 mile) apart.
Despite deterioration the bow is quite recognizable.
The stern section was damaged during its descent and crash on the ocean floor.
There is an 8km x 4.8km (5 x 3 miles) debris field around the wreck.
The debris field contains hundreds of thousands of items, such as personal effects, machinery, furniture, utensils, and ship debris.
No human remains have been found, as they have decayed, or have been absorbed into the ocean.
Salvagers have recovered thousands of artifacts from the wreckage and have put these items on display.
Salvagers are unable to raise the wreckage as it is too fragile.
Before the wreckage was discovered, it was thought that the ship would be intact and undisturbed as it was not known that there were sea creatures that lived at that depth.
After the wreckage was discovered, the ship was found to be inhabited by a wide variety of 28 species, including anemones, crabs, shrimp, starfish, and rattail fish.
Undersea creatures have consumed all wooden material on the ship, with the exception of anything that was made of teak.
Metal-eating bacteria are covering most of the hull. And the bacteria will eventually devour ship’s hull.
According to scientists, the bacteria will destroy the ship by about 2030.
In 2001, an American couple got married inside a submersible that had landed on the bow of Titanic.
The grandson of one of the surviving crew members accompanied the couple on their trip and became the first relative of a crew member to visit the wreck.
In 2010, the researchers generated a first detailed map of the debris field from two underwater vehicles that took sonar scans of the area.
On the 100th anniversary of the sinking, the wreck became a World Heritage Site. At that time, the wreck’s discoverer announced his plan to preserve the wreck by painting the hull with an anti-fouling paint.
The Titanic lies approximately 3,784m (12,415’) below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.Next
There’s a socially conscious worldwide movement happening, and it’s called Black Lives Matter (BLM). People are fighting against systemic racism that has plagued the United States for years, and the death of George Floyd was the final tipping point. Even a global pandemic like COVID-19 couldn’t stop people of all races from attending Black Lives Matter protests and voicing their concerns against unjust police brutality and treatment of black men and women. Many of the people attending these BLM protests are parents who are bringing their children to show them firsthand about the importance of equality and justice. But what if you’re a parent and you can’t attend a protest? There are still many fun and educational ways to get your kids involved in BLM. Let’s create the next generation of BLM kids!
Etsy – @shopchowdesigns
What kid doesn’t love coloring? When you purchase these Black Lives Matter coloring books, you support the Etsy artist and the Black Feminist Project, a Bronx, NY non-profit that helps feed local communities and empowers black women. When you can eventually go to a BLM protest, you can hold up one of these cool signs.
Instagram – @keedronbryant
You’ll get goosebumps when you hear 12-year-old Keedron Bryant sing “I Just Want to Live.” Show your kids this Instagram video to highlight how any young person’s voice can be a vehicle for positive social change.
Etsy – @BiasAndBourbon
We’re still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since many states require everyone to wear a face mask while out in public, this is the perfect way for a kid to show BLM support. It’s reusable and made of recycled material. Black Lives Matter….and so does the environment!
Amazon – @Angie Thomas
In the last few weeks, hundreds of Black Lives Matter book lists have circulated online. In The Hate You Give, author Angie Thomas writes a powerful young adult novel about systemic racism and police brutality that everyone should read, no matter how old.
Nick News returns with this hour-long special hosted by Alicia Keys. Premiering Monday, June 29th at 7.m., the special features prominent Black Lives Matter leaders answering questions from parents and kids.
Amazon – @BLM Shirt
Get your BLM swag on with one of these awesome shirts! In fact, they come in all sizes for the whole family, so put one on and show your pride. Just don’t show up at a Trump rally.
In the midst of COVID-19, teachers and parents had to rethink ways to educate children from home. Although it’s summertime, it’s always time to learn. This handbook is an essential tool for teaching all kids about the BLM movement.
Etsy – @ArtByJessieB
You may be opposed to letting your little one play with stickers, but even if he or she does put a few of these on your new coffee table or window, you shouldn’t feel so bad. These Black Lives Matter stickers make a statement without saying a word.
Kids and parents alike went wild when Crayola announced a new Colors of the World pack. Using these crayons is a great BLM conversation starter and it’s the perfect way to highlight the importance of diversity in artistic expression.
On Saturday, June 6th at 10 a.m., CNN and Sesame Street debuted an hour-long special about racism, diversity and acceptance. Geared toward kids, the special featured BLM experts and Sesame Street favorites like Elmo asking and answering real questions from real parents and real kids.
A Kids Book About
This book is the perfect way to talk to young kids about racism and the importance of Black Lives Matter. One reviewer said: “We are a white family with very very young kids, we have used this book to introduce our young kids to racism. I have recommended it to everyone who thinks their kids are too young to talk about this. My kids asked so many good questions and I highly recommend this especially for young kids.”
So much can be said in such a simple graphic, right? This Instagram photo is the perfect vehicle to start a conversation about BLM with a child who may not fully understand the concept.
I don’t know about you, but my 5-year-old loves puzzles. Yes, 1-5 puzzle pieces might get lost, but if you manage to keep most of these, then you’ll have a super cool BLM puzzle that you can work on with and discuss with the whole family.
This is a powerful graphic novel written by 15-year-old Johnathan Harris, who was able to capture his real-life experience with police brutality and racism in California. Because it’s written by a teenager, it’s a great way to show kids that they are never too young to share their story and be proud of who they are and where they come from.
Instagram – @courtneyahndesign
What’s cool about this image is that it was created by Korean-American illustrator named Courtney Ahn. The image says a lot by itself, but parents can delve deeper into the subject matter of white privilege and systemic racism, something that Ahn is very passionate about.
Amazon – @Vashti Harrison
Written for kids age 2-4, this book features 18 black women throughout American history who took did extraordinary things in life. These women paved the way for future African American women and are solid proof that Black Lives Matter.
Amazon – @Marvel Education Company
Black families matter, and so does their representation in children’s toys. This 8-piece African American family is perfect for kids of all ages to play with. You can even have serious discussions with your child about racism and Black Lives Matter, and talk about the role of each family member and how they can be a voice for change.
Etsy – @BlackHistoryEdZone
This is a great resource for parents and teachers who want a creative way to teach the alphabet, as well as a new way to discuss Black Lives Matter. Learn about black historical figures who faced racism and adversity in our country and inspired a movement more powerful than we’ve ever seen before.
Instagram – @barbiestyle
Kids are sponges when it comes to learning anything, so if you want them to learn about the Black Lives Matter movement, then immerse them fully in it. Gives kids black barbies and BLM toy cars and whatever else they play with, so they learn to embrace diversity and stand up against racism.
Pexels – @panditwiguna
Talking is free. It’s convenient. It’s powerful. It’s honest. And anyone can do it. There’s no better tool to use than your own voice, heart and mind when it comes to BLM. Let your kids hear it from you and see you practice what you preach. Now is the time.Next
Ending social inequality between racial and social groups is more important than ever. This places a microscope upon minority communities, begging the question of how to aid them. The obvious answer is social programs, but this response only scratches the surface.
To eradicate society inequality, minority communities need many of the same perks and privileges found in white communities. These services and conveniences are sadly lacking within minority communities, making it impossible to fight social inequality without them.
Pexels – @Chris Panas
One of the most prominent complains within lower income areas is the dearth of restaurants willing to open their doors. The presence of even ubiquitous chains in these communities would ebb away at this issue. This would provide quick food options and create an environment conducive to other businesses thriving within the area.
Pexels – @Andrea Piacquadio
Restaurants succeeding could embolden community members to open other types of establishments. Privately owned grocery stores, bookstores, gas stations, barbershops, and pharmacies could thus take advantage of this environment. Likewise, these businesses could be owned by those within the communities instead of chains or outsiders. This would ensure that black, Latino, and other minority dollars flow throughout their own neighborhoods.
Pexels – @Karolina Grabowska
This dream of freely opening businesses is sadly hard to achieve given the substantial money required to do so. Loans for businesses can range from upwards of at least $200,000, which those in lower income areas do not have. Granting higher amount, lower interest loans and grants would allow minority entrepreneurs to more easily provide businesses and services.
Pexels – @Harrison Haines
Stopping police brutality and unfair law enforcement is one of the biggest issues in dealing with social inequality. The presence of benevolent community designated officers could foster a sense of camaraderie and protection for the community. Likewise, having more African-American officers, namely those who hale from these same communities, would allow the citizenry to feel more at ease and familial with law enforcement.
Pexels – @Anderson Guerra
Sights and amusements to entertain citizens and tourists are a way to bring new life to a community. Sculptures, art murals, and zoos and parks lure in people who might otherwise have glossed over a community. Likewise, these can also present opportunities for local youths to engage in productive activities, keeping them away from unsavory influences.
Pexels – @Burst
One way to create these attractions and local art pieces is scheduling residencies for artists. These artists could come from around the world, documenting their experiences in the community and finalizing the event by producing a work/works of art within their particular medium. This could not only give the community a spotlight, but also add a sense of pride to the neighborhood. Bringing in black or other minority artists would also help give these communities a voice.
Pexels – @Luis Quintero
Black and many other ethnic communities, if nothing else, are typically filled with churches and other houses of worship. Applying greater pressure on these institutions to be of tangible service within their community would be one way to improve them. Given the already substantial amount of reverence given to these houses, as well as to the clergy running them, it would be easy for local government and schools to cooperate with them as a form of after-school hangouts, shelters, and even tutoring centers.
Pexels – @Clem Onojeghuo
Access to quality education and even clothing can be a huge issue within lower income minority neighborhoods, especially when normal school days are not in session. Government and corporation sponsored drives for these items would be a simple way to fill the needs of what are many times society’s neediest groups. Not only would these entities purchase a set amount of books, school supplies, and clothing, but those wishing to help out could donate as well. Said events could occur quarterly for each season, if not every month, ensuring that children are never without the proper clothing or a book through which to continue the learning process.
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Formalized community gardens would again aid in instilling a sense of pride and worth within the denizens of lower income communities. The process of reaping and sowing the season’s harvest could also bring people together, fostering family and friendship for the neighborhood. Likewise, the grown goods could be dispersed to the most destitute families, with surplus even sold to generate income for further community programs and activities.
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Some of the food grown from community gardens, as well as other donations, could be stored in a community food bank. These banks would be tasked with not only holding onto food reserves for individuals during trying times, but also canvas the area and directly seek out families in need of dietary assistance. This could supplement or even supplant government aid programs in many people’s lives, and would also be a tangible, substantial use of community resources.
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Further bringing pride and honor to a community would be substantially cleaning it. Cleaning up litter, cutting grass, and painting and renovating old businesses could be a breath of fresh air to a blighted area, instilling the citizens with the sense of civic duty to keep it clean. Likewise, more beauteous and well-kept living conditions could even change the perspective of more privileged outsiders, who would be forced to deal with their preconceptions concerning “those neighborhoods.”
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Unemployment and lack of job-readiness are some of the biggest contributing factors to the many times generational poverty plaguing minority communities. Local organizations should host seminars and programs to teach job skills and help potential employees brush up their resumes. They could also offer off-site job shadowing to allow perspective employees to see what they would be doing in these vocations.
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Sadly, drugs, gun violence, and gang warfare many times run rampant within minority neighborhoods. A way to incentivize giving up these potentially lethal activities would be monthly, if not weekly contraband turn-in programs. These would aim to get these items off of the streets and no longer readily available, but paid rewards would give further economic reasons for those unsure of how to leave these lifestyles behind. Complete amnesty in regards to turning them in would also give citizens the assurance and courage to do so.
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Many blighted neighborhoods carry the “wall of silence” mentality. This keeps information concerning neighborhood crimes from being brought to light, and the perpetrators from being brought to justice. To combat this, police forces could give financial and mortal incentives in exchange for any and all information. Not only would those bravely coming forward be given financial compensation, but personal protection by way of law enforcement handling their case would also give them a sense of further security. It would again also aid in dismantling animosity between minority communities and local police forces.
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Lower income individuals sometimes have poorer health than their middle and upper class counterparts. This leads to common conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. Health departments and hospital staff could partner with schools and churches to make sure that citizens are eating healthily. They could also set up after-school sports and other activity programs to keep kids active. These programs could give information about chronic conditions and affordable medication and health insurance. This would make sure that no household is ever afraid of going to the doctor’s office.
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Proper education and school systems are another issue in resolving racial and social inequality. The sense that teachers don’t care about them is a primary reason that black students drop out of school. Districts could give financial incentives for new teachers who lack years of letting students fall through the cracks. These include better salaries than other districts offer and student loan debt forgiveness.
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Broadband internet access is one of the easiest avenues for personal education. It also connects an individual to a broader world of potential and opportunity. Lower income communities many times do not have this privilege, leaving social inequality an inevitability. Granting this modern commonality as a human right would be instrumental in bridging the information gap that divides many communities. Schools, libraries, and internet cafes must become priorities to ensure that citizens are never without information or data.
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Just as art exhibits attract crowds that might avoid certain neighborhoods, musical events could also bring citizens together. These venues could showcase local talent, not only making blighted neighborhoods into destinations, but providing an outlet for youth to express themselves creatively and escape their gloomy situation.
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College attendance is marginally low in minority communities, which furthers social inequality and generational poverty. Colleges must concentrate on overlooked students, who rely on the opportunities at colleges to achieve a better life. Outside of athletic recruiting, schools should seek out students who are academically exceptional and make an impact on their community. By highlighting the opportunities on their campus, schools open students’ minds to a world far beyond their neighborhood.
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In an election year, voters ask what candidates will achieve for the country as a whole. Applying pressure on local political candidates ensures that the neighborhoods they represent have rights like affordable housing, clean water, and safe roads. By requiring their representatives to ensure them benefits found in the suburbs, neighborhoods would gain many of the same advantages. This would ultimately remind everyday citizens that the power to change their communities is within their hands.Next
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement continues to gain traction as our nation works together to fight against racism and bigotry. Social media is buzzing with people tweeting, posting, and making videos about the BLM movement. It is important that the entire country takes a stance to be decidedly anti-racist. Everyone must make their voices heard. Enough is enough.
However, some are struggling with figuring out how they can help. Should you be using your Instagram platform to spread awareness for BLM? Should you join a protest?
There is no right or wrong way to spread awareness for BLM, as long as you are researching your information thoroughly.
Here are 20 ways that you can spread awareness for BLM if you are wondering what you ought to be doing.
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Now is the time to exercise your right to assemble and protest. Take to the streets, a park, or another public area with your community. Let your voices be heard. Be sure to equip yourself (and others if you are able) with masks, water, and hand sanitizer.
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No protests in your area in support of BLM currently? No problem! Work with your community to organize one. Not sure where to start? Begin by asking local officials about rules and regulations in regards for setting up a peaceful protest. Make fliers and signs with a point of contact on them, so you can gauge how many people would attend. Head to social media to continue spreading the word.
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Voice your concerns and outrage over the injustice happening. Reach out to local town officials and work towards making your town a better place. Ask about how they are taking action locally to support BLM. If they don’t seem to be getting back to you, organize your fellow townspeople and have them reach out as well. There is power in numbers!
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Most towns and school districts have meetings several times a year. Some are open to the public, while others are just open to comments from the public. If you are able to go to a meeting, then go! If not, submit your concerns to the designated office.
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See where we’re going here? Start locally, then spread out. Your local and state officials need to be made aware of your feelings about the BLM movement. One person standing against large governing bodies may seem insignificant, but you are not just one person. The BLM movement has gathered support far and wide. Your voice, coupled with the voices of those in your community, will be heard.
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There’s a plethora of petitions available online on websites such as Change.org. Find petitions that are advocating for positive changes and justice. Head online and search for some to sign, or see if there are any circulating around your community. Leave a comment, if you are able, detailing why you are in support of the petition.
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During times where you are able to vote, get out there and VOTE. Make sure you research the candidates who are running. Find the candidate(s) who’s values align with yours. Tell those in your community to get out and vote as well.
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Even though we are all still battling the COVID-19 pandemic, we must come together to organize and support BLM. If you are unable to meet in person, consider setting up a Facebook page. Use the Facebook page to openly discuss how you and your community are able to assist the BLM movement.
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Having your community come together to support BLM may seem like a daunting task. However, the movement is made stronger by all of us joining forces together. It’s time for you to sit down with family members and work towards educating them about the injustices plaguing our world today. You may face a lot of pushback, but stay strong. We are all in this together!
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Do you know what can make difficult conversations easier? Hard facts and evidence to back it up. Present the stories you’ve seen, the empirical evidence you’ve collected, and all of the reasons you can muster to prove that we all should be supporting the BLM movement. Want to know where to gather your information? Try heading to Google Scholar, different news outlets, and listen to first hand accounts from people of color.
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We mentioned Facebook before for good reason. Thanks to social media and the internet, a wealth of knowledge is at our fingertips. Use this knowledge to head online and promote the BLM movement. Post about how others can help and join the fight. Post to Instagram, share on Facebook, tweet on Twitter. Hit every platform you can.
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Search your area for businesses to support. There are probably many Black owned businesses in your area; some you may not even be aware of! Seek them out and purchase their goods or services. Money talks. Let it tell the business owners in your area that you support BLM.
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Head online to find many Black owned businesses to support. There are countless businesses operating solely online nowadays. They sell a variety of products ranging from housewares to homemade goods. Not sure where to begin looking? Try a simple Google search, or head to Etsy!
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This one seems pretty obvious, but can be difficult for some. Is your favorite restaurant in town vehemently against BLM? Well, guess what? You shouldn’t go there anymore. No matter how much you may like their burgers. As we’ve said before, money talks. Let it be known that you will not support those who are against the movement.
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Even if you only have $1 to spare, donate it. There are many organizations you can donate to that work to support Black lives and communities of color. Check in your area to see if there is anywhere you can donate locally first. Then, head online to see other organizations that are in need of financial support.
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Already donated as much money as you can? That’s great! Now, you can donate some of your time to the BLM movement. Assist in organizing a protest, volunteer for Black-led organizations, or watch stream-to-donate videos on YouTube. There are a variety of ways you can help without contributing more monetary aid.
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You absolutely have to make sure you are up to date with everything happening in the BLM movement. However, don’t just stop there. Continue educating yourself about the injustices that Black people have faced for hundreds of years in the USA. Simple ways to continue educating yourself include reading books, scholarly articles, watching films, and having discussions with those in your community.
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Please continue to support the BLM movement. Although the media has slowed it’s reporting on the movement, you must work towards keeping it current. Do not stop protesting. Do not stop reaching out to your community. Do not stop using your social media platforms to spread awareness.
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You’ll face a lot of trials and tribulations trying to combat systematic racism and bigotry. It is exhausting work. Do not back down, do not give up. Know that you are fighting on the right side of history. The BLM movement is important and we all need to strive to make sure positive changes happen now.
If you’ve ever taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test, you’ve probably said, “Yup, sounds like me!” when scrolling through your results. Whether you’re an enthusiastic ENFJ or a quiet, nerdy INTJ, this test does a pretty decent job of summarizing how you process and interact with the world around you.
But why is it that I, as a twentysomething woman, get bug eyes and raised eyebrows when I tell people I’m an INTJ?
Apparently, “INTJ” and “woman” are cultural oxymorons.
INTJ stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging, as opposed to Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving. According to most MBTI studies, INTJ is the rarest female personality, given that INTJ women comprise only around 0.8% of the population. On the flipside, most women fall into MBTI categories exhibiting the complete opposite characteristics — particularly Extroversion and Feeling.
Thus sets the societal expectation for women everywhere. I’m painfully aware that, as an INTJ woman, who I am goes against the grain of widely-accepted female stereotypes.
For example, I prefer to let reason, not emotion, guide my decision-making. Parties are awful ordeals. Challenge and achievement motivate me like nothing else. My drugs of choice are problem-solving and abstract thinking. I’d make the world’s worst kindergarten teacher. Moreover, I’m fiercely independent.
I also sound like I just described a man.
While rare, INTJ women do exist, and they’re tired of dealing with society’s rigid expectations for female behavior. We’ll rejoice when the day comes that everyone can accept us for the women we are instead of wondering what’s wrong with us.
But until that day comes, we’ll probably continue to hear these 19 things that we’re positively sick of hearing:
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Thank you for bringing my lack of verbal engagement to my attention. I mean, wow, I had no idea I wasn’t talkative. But seriously, can you find a more creative way to engage an INTJ woman than this mild accusation? What does one even say to that?
Ask me a question about a specific topic. “Calling out” quietness only alienates.
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Ugh — a command wielded at women everywhere. You know what the imperative “Smile!” really means? This: “Regardless of how you’re feeling, you should change your demeanor to suit my preferences for how women should behave in my presence.”
Bottom line: If you wouldn’t say this to a man — don’t say it to a woman.
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If the past few years have shown us anything, it’s that this world needs more empathy. So, asking someone who’s genuinely down if they’re okay is a good thing.
But assuming that something is always wrong with a woman who lacks a plastered-on smile or perpetually cheerful disposition? You probably need to temper your expectations of women.
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I can’t tell you how many times my general knowledge or my comprehension of complex topics drew utter shock from men (and some women, too). As a woman with a true INTJ love for knowledge and the drive to pursue it, I’d appreciate if female intellect weren’t such a novelty.
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I often heard this when people learned that I lived alone in grad school, or when I mentioned that I enjoyed solitary activities. The truth is that INTJ women are incredibly independent and need to recharge after periods of social interaction, especially of the superficial sort. As they always say, no company sure beats bad (or draining) company.
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Oh. My. Word. When will we finally “cancel” gendering personality traits?
What I really hear when someone offers this pseudo-advice is, “You should conform to female stereotypes.” Let’s face it: that advice hasn’t done women much good.
INTJ women’s characteristics often prove antithetical to those of the traditional female stereotype. But guess what? We like it.
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This comment almost always says more about the commenter than about the INTJ. While society generally considers women more willing to be vulnerable with others than men, not every woman operates this way. INTJ women aren’t incapable of vulnerability; rather, we’re extremely judicious about who we let into our lives.
Also, it’s not like we crave touchy-feely emotional connection with everyone we meet.
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Standoffish people do exist. However, many people mischaracterize introverted women this way when they fail to distinguish introverted observation from disdain or snobbery. As an INTJ myself, I’ve heard the “I thought you were probably a snob until I got to know you” a handful of times.
We often come off as standoffish to a culture that views extroversion as a barometer for kindness and amicability. However, these items don’t always correlate.
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What a rude question. Yes, even INTJ women have friends. While no INTJ woman would describe herself as a social butterfly, this rare personality favors keeping a few close friends over maintaining a wide network of casual friends and acquaintances. We’re drawn to those who respect our need for alone time while providing us with an outlet for meaningful intellectual discourse, but we find that few people meet this important need.
However, the friends we do have we hold very dearly.
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It’s 2020. Women are equally capable of obtaining and using things like advanced degrees. But some people still can’t fathom how a woman could be passionate about professional or academic achievement.
INTJ women are naturally driven and creative individuals, and we find meaning in intellectual pursuits. We also need our communities to respect — not ridicule — those aspects of our nature.
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All throughout college, I got the dreaded “Why are you still single?” question, as if the asker were trying to diagnose an illness. When it comes to finding partners, INTJ women do tend to have a harder time. Finding someone who acknowledges who we are and isn’t stuck in traditional gender expectations can be tough, and we’re not ones to settle.
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…The dreaded follow-up question to #11. The short reply is: No, you don’t.
If there’s one thing an INTJ woman hates, it’s a blind date — especially if it’s set up by a friend who doesn’t quite “get” you. Moreover, singleness isn’t necessarily a void we’re trying to fill. Who says it’s a problem, anyway?
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Okay, hear me out. Sharing new information isn’t inherently negative, and neither are helpful intentions. But one of our biggest peeves is when people fail to understand our reasons for doing things a certain way. If I get from point A to point B, every step in between is calculated to the nth degree.
INTJ women are excellent problem solvers. Throwing in flippant suggestions that fail to take into account all the planning, factoring, and scenario testing we’ve already completed is so frustrating!
We know you’re trying to be helpful — but don’t be offended when we shoot down suggestions that we know won’t work.
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No, you didn’t. And that was my intention.
Contrary to typical expectations of women, INTJ women do not, in fact, like to attend social events indiscriminately. Our time is valuable to us, and if we don’t need to be somewhere — we probably won’t be. Plus, pointing out our absence doesn’t make us wish we attended; actually, quite the opposite.
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I’ve heard this since I was a little girl. I’m not even sure what “serious” means in this context. Not smiling? Not laughing? Able to see a task to completion? I’m at a loss here.
The other INTJ women I know hear this all the time, too — yet again another phrase belied by conventional expectations for female behavior. And another phrase men probably don’t hear.
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Similar to the “Smile!” imperative, this saying commonly graces the ears of INTJ women. The truth is that we’re not as easily entertained or humored as other types. We appreciate intelligent humor and even tasteful dark humor, but not every joke passes our bar for “funny.”
And don’t get me started on the obligatory courtesy laugh — it ain’t gonna happen.
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Please, spare me your exhaustive knowledge of who and what a woman is supposed to be — especially if you’re a man. Why, oh why, do you feel the need to inform a woman about … women? INTJ women know they don’t fit the traditional female mold, and we’re fine with it. So don’t talk to us like we’re women who forgot how to “woman.”
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Oh, goodness. We’ve gone from descriptive to prescriptive. If there’s anything an INTJ woman hates, it’s being told to fit into a socially-constructed box.
I’ve hear “Women should” statements from both men and women in response to a feminine stereotype-defying personal fact I share. It’s as if they expect to hear, “Oh, my mistake! I’ll alter my life accordingly.”
Women are individuals, too — not exact replicas of the same prototype.
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There’s too much to unpack here. INTJ women loathe questions like this because such questions reveal not only the asker’s ignorance about women, but their skepticism of any information beyond the outside their personal experience.
Although INTJ women are uncommon, they still exist. And no, they’re not malfunctioning.
No matter your personality type, you deserve acknowledgment of who you are, and, most importantly, you deserve respect.Next
Racial equality is something that we are currently still fighting for across the world. While we are making progress in some areas, racial inequality remains in areas such as the workplace and even socially. The world’s entertainment reflects this divide in its representation of racial diversity.
We’re going to take a look at some stories in entertainment that have racially diverse characters and represent them well. Only some of these entries deal with racism, while others are the standard for racial equality in entertainment.
This list is made up of TV shows, films, and video games, which means other mediums, such as books, have been left out. I’ve left out stories that focus on only one race or ethnicity, even when it’s appropriate for the type of story that’s being told—Crazy Rich Asians is one such example.
You’d be surprised how difficult it was to build this list. That says a lot about the work that we have left to do. Let’s get into it.
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This surprise hit had a lot to prove when it premiered at the end of 2019. The Watchmen visual novel is known as one of the best in the medium. HBO’s Watchmen is a tale of redemption and the fight for racial equality and justice. This gritty superhero tale uses the diverse cast to drive home a message about inequality and the work that needs to be done.
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Avatar: The Last Airbender originally premiered on Nickelodeon back in the early 2000s. It’s branded as a children’s animated show, but has a depth that even some more mature shows don’t. The characters come from different nations and end up working together, no matter what race they belong to originally.
The narrative in Westworld doesn’t focus on racial equality or racism. The racially diverse cast is what stands out about this entry. You have actors from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities, all with minor and major roles, no matter the color of their skin. It’s an amazing and mind-bending work of art that you should check out.
On to our first video game entry, with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. This series typically features a witty Nathan Drake as the protagonist; The Lost Legacy is a spinoff with two female leads of different races. Although you only control Chloe, Nadine is just as important and a worthy addition.
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Master of None is Aziz Ansari’s foray into direction and writing a television show. As a man of Indian decent, Ansari tackles the lack of racial equality in the United States in a hilarious but also sobering way. The supporting cast bring diverse points of view and make this one of the most racially assertive shows on TV.
Another animated entry on the list, Big Hero 6 features main characters from Asian descent, with a cast covering many other races. The story is simple enough for children to understand, but still kicks you in the emotions if you’re an adult. We’d love to see more stories with casts like this.
I picked Black Summer over The Walking Dead because the latter is pretty heavy on the white characters. Black Summer is less bleak than other zombie apocalypse stories and arguably has a focus on racial equality. Characters work together, no matter what language they speak or where they come from.
Yes. Community is comprised of mostly white characters, but there are enough people of color to balance things out, so to speak. This comedy pokes fun at racism and makes some racist jokes, but all in the spirit of acceptance and family. When it comes down to it, we’re all misfits trying to find our real families.
Another animated series, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is now on its second season on Netflix. Kipo doesn’t really focus on racism outright, but instead, treats its characters as equally valuable in spite of their appearance. The show does tackle being different than everyone else, so there are relevant parallels to be drawn.
Star Wars wasn’t always focused on racial equality. The Last Jedi is the most inclusive Star Wars cast so far, with a female lead and racially diverse characters. The characters’ races aren’t the focus of the story, they’re just people trying to make it in a galaxy far, far away.
Heroes has one of the most racially diverse casts in all of television history. Some of the quirky characters originate from other countries, such as India and Japan. It’s a harrowing tale where anyone can make a difference, superpowers or no superpowers. It doesn’t matter where they come from or who they are.
I think The Walking Dead: The Game does a better job portraying racial diversity than the show or comics. Lee and Clementine, the game’s lead characters, are of African and Asian descent and the rest of the cast comes from all over. It’s a dark, heartbreaking tale that we still talk about
If I had to pick one show that portrayed racial equality the best, it would be Netflix’s Altered Carbon. No one is who they seem and anyone can be anybody else through “sleeve” technology, which allows people to don the body of another. Characters come from every background that you can think up.
The main characters on The Good Place are all different races, but all essential to the plot. The series is a portrayal of what Heaven is like, so it makes sense that people of all races would inhabit it. Half comedy and half drama, The Good Place ended on its fourth season but still holds a special place in our hearts.
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Apex Legends is a video game that is more about shooting other people online than actually having a plot. Even so, it features some of the most racially diverse characters in all of gaming. It can be a little cheesy and even stereotypical at times, but the developers do their best to include everyone.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is another fan favorite featuring a diverse cast of hilarious and goofy characters from all types of backgrounds, skin colors, and beliefs. The series deals with racism and discrimination quite often. It’s one of the most progressive shows out there and definitely a contender for the funniest one out there.
It’s rare for an anime to delve into racism, war, identity, philosophy, romance, parenthood, loss, family, and more, all in the same show. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s gruesome show and spends a great deal of time exploring the lack of racial equality in its fictional world.
Most of the cast of What We Do in the Shadows is European, but there are plenty people of color to be found in this vampire mockumentary. The characters are ultimately just people who happen to be from a certain race. It’s a funny, twisted time.
The last entry on this list is 2020’s The Last of Us Part II. Developer Naughty Dog is known as one of the most inclusive companies in the gaming industry and with good reason. This game ups the ante of the first entry significantly. It’s one of the most violent and depressing stories in the medium, but one that’s worth every second.Next
The Black Lives Matter movement has really taken off and taken over social media over the past couple of weeks. Many people in the United States don’t see black people as equal. There have been countless unjustifiable killings of unarmed black men and women by the police and it needs to end now. Many say the killing of George Floyd was the last straw, and people from all over the country are supporting this movement in any way they can. There have even been protests in other countries to end these killings. Because it is so widespread, a lot of people want to know how to support the movement. While giving money may seem like the only way, some people aren’t financially able to give money. But giving money isn’t the only way to support this movement. Here are 20 ways to support the BLM Movement, with or without money.
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Signing petitions is the easiest way to support the BLM movement. You can sign many petitions, such as Justice for George Floyd and Justice for Breonna Taylor. The most known site to find petitions is change.org, however many other sites have petitions you can sign. All you have to do is search them up. Signing petitions can take less than 15 seconds, so there’s no reason not to sign.
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Donating is another easy way to support the BLM movement. You can donate to organizations like the Black Lives Matter Foundationand Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Bail funds are also accepting donations for people who have been unrightfully arrested at protests. There are over 100 organizations that accept donations and usually it’s a very easy and quick process.
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You can stream monetized YouTube videos if you want to help, but don’t have extra money to donate. Some YouTubers have Stream-To-Donate videos that all you have to do is watch a full video. There are many creators who have done this, but Zoe Amira was the first who uploaded one. Just be sure not to skip any ads, as it won’t count.
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Another way to support the BLM movement is to protest. All over the country, cities have been having nightly protests. If you decide to protest, just remember to be safe, especially while we are still in the middle of a pandemic. You should wear masks and be prepared for tear gas because police have been known to use tear gas, even on peaceful protestors.
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If you can’t protest, you can always donate items to protestors. Protestors need water from being outside and chanting, so you could always donate a pack of water. Some people have been sitting water outside of a heavily populated protesting area and posting its location on social media so protestors know where it is.
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Sometimes protests can get violent, especially with police using tear gas and/or rubber bullets. Opening your home to protestors is a good way to make sure protestors have a safe place to go if things get too violent for them. This is a very easy way to support the BLM movement, especially if you live close to a hotspot for protestors.
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Supporting black-owned businesses is another great way to show your support for the BLM movement. These businesses can include makeup brands such as Juvias Place and Lipmatic, clothing brands such as Fear of God and Renowned LA, and your city’s local black-owned restaurants. You can also find smaller black-owned shops on Etsy.
Hiphopdx – @Daniela
Listening to black artists is another easy way to support the BLM movement. Because black artists have it more difficult in the music industry than white artists, it’s very important to stream black artists. There are black artists in every genre, finding an artist you enjoy shouldn’t be hard. Remember that it’s also important to stream smaller black artists, too.
Nymag – @Jessesingal
Voting is extremely important, even in primaries. The people who you vote for will be making laws, and could potentially listen to the BLM movement and make change happen within the government. Make sure you research each candidate thoroughly before making a decision. If you’re of age, register to vote, and get to the polls.
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Contacting government officials is intimidating, but it’s a very efficient way to be heard. Call your local government officials and demand justice for black people who have been unlawfully killed by police. Because these are the people who are in charge of the laws, you can help make a change just by having a conversation with them.
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If you’re not black but want to be a part of this movement, listening to your black peers is a really good way to be a part of a bigger conversation. Only black people know what it’s like to be black, and a lot of the time, non-black people can overstep their boundaries. While it is not black people’s job to educate you, listening to your black peers when they tell you something is a way to show your support.
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Educating yourself on black issues is extremely important, especially if you’re not black. There are endless resources to educate yourself. You can find podcasts, movies, books, television, and blogs to help you learn about problems that you don’t face. Remember to not just learn about what’s happening today, but also learn black history, because let’s face it, the education system failed us in that department.
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It’s not your responsibility to educate others, however sometimes having conversations and educating people who are on the opposite side of the argument can be very beneficial. While they should, not everyone is going to take it upon themselves to be self-educated in these departments, so speaking up about these issues could potentially change people’s perspectives.
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White privilege is something that’s very relevant in today’s society. Understand that recognizing your white privilege does not mean that you are racist, and understand that having white privilege does not mean that your life hasn’t been hard. Having white privilege means that your life hasn’t been made harder because of the color of your skin. Checking your privilege can lead to more of your support in the BLM movement.
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Social media is extremely important nowadays. Millions of people get on social media every day. No matter your following, sharing social media posts about the BLM movement means someone will see it, and then they may share it as well, and so on. Getting the word out about the movement will lead to more support.
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When you are sharing information on social media, make sure it’s accurate. There is tons of misinformation on the internet today, so don’t believe everything that you see. You can go on fact-checking websites to ensure that you are sharing factual information. If you can’t find it on a fact-checking website, do tons of research.
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Black people are having an extremely hard time right now with everything going on. Checking in on your black friends will assure them that you are there for them. Black people are negatively impacted in the mental health region because of systematic barriers, so be sure to be a shoulder to cry if needed.
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Some websites give you points when buying their items, and some of those websites will let you donate your points to a BLM organization. Sephora has done this, as well as some travel agencies. If you have saved up points from a website, be sure to find out if they do this.
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Many YouTubers have been outed as racist in these past few years. Watching their videos will continue to give them money. If a black person tells you that one of your favorite YouTubers is racist, listen to them and stop supporting that YouTuber. It’s a simple thing to do, but it’s very effective, especially if many people do this.
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People using their voice is how the BLM movement has gotten so far. Just because your timelines have stopped talking about the BLM movement doesn’t mean that it’s over. It’s far from over. Keep being vocal, keep sharing things, and keep outwardly showing your support for the black community. Never be silent about these issues.Next
George Floyd’s killing became the straw that cracked the back of the horse, with nationwide demonstrations reflecting the widespread outrage over another black person’s murder by police and the ethnic injustice. Upon watching the disturbing video of the final hours of Floyd, many viewers ask what they should do to create a difference. It’s 2020 and we still don’t have a perfect formula to tackle racial discrimination.
Most situations indicate that prejudice is visible. It is a disrespectful action against colored men, typically black. Yet Europeans, Latin Americas, Middle East, and more should be counted. Such bias is not focused on a single person’s background. It’s a preference towards people from a certain ethnic group, rather. This was the disagreeable reality that vast parts of society accept, support, or fail to oppose the mindset the enables bigotry to take effect.
There are no simple answers to racism, which are so profoundly rooted in our societies. However, here are 20 steps to tackle racial discrimination in 2020.
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Racism is here, and we’re all steeped in it — whether consciously or not. Black and brown lives have not been treated fairly by society in white societies, and we tend to face significant racial inequalities in health, employment, jobs, and resources. We must also understand that the human view is embedded in racism and social inequality. And we must challenge the aspects in which racial attitudes, prejudices, perceptions pervade. Unless that is not the case, we are doomed to replicate America’s misery and suffering.
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Read about racism history, how it shows its implications, and how our culture is affected by it in order to react effectively to racism in the world. Educate yourself as to why people are struggling for social change in your country and elsewhere, the extent of ethnic inequality and differences.
Recognize that by talking to your friends, family, and colleagues about racism, and talking about what you have learned yourself and others around you. Commitment in the home, in school, on the job, and in the faith community to disrupting hate and intolerance. When you see this, challenge racism.
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Like any big issue, you cannot speak about racism and violence only once. This is something that can keep popping up with children or adults of any age and sex, so please let your children know that they have you with any time they need to speak – and keep diligent checking in, too.
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Starting from the viewpoint of understanding your own conditions and rights, it is important to recognize every role that you may unwillingly play in reinforcing institutional racism. To others, this may be a gross and unsettling practice. For those of us with access to influence and wealth, white supremacy might be hard to see. On the other hand, it is rather clear to those who have not been given the privilege. The rights which you mutually motivate others need to first be conscious of and accept these rights.
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Join one of the several organizations that are calling for program reform or progress for minority situations. There are always skeptical reasons: the people within them; funding; the commitment to time. Yet if you agree to the aims of the Company, do not condemn and get involved. If you can’t join a group, build ones. Begin tiny with a forum for literacy, a neighborhood library, or a local initiative.
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Another way of coping with partiality and acknowledging privilege is to promote others’ perspectives and participate in difficult conversations about racism and inequality. Take responsibility by understanding how injustice often impacts our culture. We cannot be afraid to address inequality and prejudice for fear that it “gets false.”
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Let people think their racial comments aren’t all that. When you’re unwilling or awkward, try to slow down the method of reasoning and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to talk to loved ones, colleagues, and friends. There are some statements that seem normal during the conversation but have a massive impact on someone’s daily life.
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The positive counteracting process begins at an early age. Discussing differences does not increase children’s prejudices. Ensure that children recognize that we are all people and that everyone has the right to feel comfortable and loved. The sooner we educate children on racism, the less likely they will continue to pursue racist and white-supremacist ideas.
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Help local businesses owned by immigrants to encourage cultural diversity in the culture. Read your kid’s stories on diverse cultures. Check cuisine and techniques from a range of culinary styles. Enjoy quality time with friends and family by watching movies from different countries. Speak up with people from different cultural backgrounds and learn about their culture, ethnicity, language, and barriers.
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Contact local, provincial, federal, and state officials for systemic change. Many organizations that target specific problems will have recommendations to whom, when, and how to contact. Join other people to invite them to create an inclusive anti-racist action program for your church, synagogue, mosque or place of worship.
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Hear Black people and be ready to take your leading colorful hints. Part of the culture of White supremacy is that we believe we know best, that we can fix it. We can instead realize that oppressed groups often have a more unique and accurate view of our society than those who profit from our societies’ unjust and unfair structure.
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Systemic bias includes obstacles to stack the deck against persons of color in the workplace or community, including income inequalities, criminal justice, employment, and in the workforce. Enterprises and colleges need to address these problems to foster an equity ethic. Look around your workplace and figure out how diverse it is.
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It was nice to admit that you did wrong and were able to deal with your mistakes- it’s a much more positive and effective way than dismissing criticisms of racism or denying problems. As in any other circumstance that exposes a particular fault line, inquire how you can properly act in the future and illustrate that you are sincerely committed to maintaining the real acceptance to people of color.
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We all saw it earlier, Twitter hour-long tirades, an awkward comment or a distant relatively full of racist tones. In situations when it’s impossible to talk face-to-face to someone, reporting offensive content to a social network or blocking the perpetrator might be more effective. You can share a bond, which may question the viewpoint of an individual, rather than joining a direct argument. Please be careful when you answer online or on social media comments. Protect your emotional welfare and security.
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Non-verbal acts will be as effective as words about something a suspect does not do. This would be so simple that the person turns or leaves. For someone else, you might disrupt the event by distracting the perpetrator from it, by going between the harasser and the target or by claiming to recognize the person abused.
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Terms like “migrants” and “refugees” can be quickly thrown about and forget that in other countries such terms are linked to them. Build empathy through the telling of personal stories that express people’s perceptions and emotions. The statement or debate will help reframe a wider viewpoint to be concerned about lives that focus on a person rather than the entire country or community.
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Young people can use their talents and skills to raise awareness and make changes for a good cause in so many ways. The arts have long been a vital and important way to transform emotions into something tangible, particularly difficult ones. In times of need, people can access art to express blunt thoughts and emotions, especially those about which it is difficult to speak. Art provides a versatile and special way of communicating, hearing, and being experienced.
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The inability to respond may be viewed by the suspects, the public, and the victims as being acknowledged. To avoid helping normalize hostility, participants must be aware of how to deal with racism and intervene, both at an individual and a community level, in a time when people need it most. The intervention involves not only responding to a situation that is inherently aggressive at this moment but also criticize and change societal norms that make bigotry permissible and that make victims feel vulnerable and alienated. Supporting anyone who is abused will serve to reassure us that they can still keep our neighborhoods better.
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For more than 400 years Black people in this country have been enslaved, killed, and brutalized. It is our work to deal with the feelings of guilt and shame which arise in relation to this painful history when you are white or with the privilege of white skin. The more we look after ourselves, the better our flexibility in this long-term fight for freedom, prosperity, and remedy.Next
When we think of the 1990s, we think of Beanie Babies and scrunchies. It was the height of Britney’s career, baggy jeans, and frosted tips and the best years of Nickelodeon. Everything was floral and tie-dye and puka shells. Lets delve into 1990s Nostalgia shows, books, and movies.
It’s easy to miss those simpler days. Cell phones were still brand new and logging onto the internet meant kicking people off the phone. We stayed out until the neighborhood grew dark, ate colored ketchup and yogurt from tubes. We also enjoyed some of the most iconic, memorable book series written and shared during those years. Our parents borrowed them from the library, shared them with friends, dog-eared them and got them sticky. They were our smartphones and streaming devices, and they have a strong, beloved place in our best childhood memories.
If you’re feeling nostalgic for your favorite kids’ books, these great shows and films are sure to give you a taste of the good old days.
We love our cool girl spies, what else is there to say? Harriet the Spy was first written in the 1960s. However, the film featuring Michelle Trachtenberg came out in 1996, a pioneer movie for the Nickelodeon Feature Film Division. It also cemented Harriet the Spy in the hearts of teen girls across the country. It has since been made into a modernized film version, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, available on Netflix.
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If she tells you she can’t take her scarf off, believe her! Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was a collection of horror shorts that first came out in the early 1980s. It quickly became a staple of campfire creeps and shadowy nightmares because many of the stories were based on urban legends. Still, they were often scary merely because evil came in the form of man, rather than monster. The film version, with artistic styling similar to the iconic ink illustrations came out this year.
If you ever got a piece of Bazooka Bubblegum, you understood the undeniable love for Archie and friends. The CW’s Riverdale is a much darker, more sinister version of the comic book. It seems to fit the feeling that our favorite characters have grown up with us. Archie Comics have been around a lot longer than the 1990s, but they were undoubtedly a staple of comic book store runs.
Winnie-the-Pooh is a classic story, and has been around for generations, but there’s no denying its lovely nostalgia for kids who grew up at the turn of the century. With Disney adaptations and reprints of the stories, it was hard not to fall for Pooh and his woodland friends. The 2018 film, Christopher Robin, starring Ewan McGregor, explores what it means to love your childhood favorites as an adult.
A Series of Unfortunate Events was a 13-book series by Lemony Snicket that first came out in 1999. After three children lose their parents in a fire, they try to protect their family fortune and each other. Jim Carrey starred in the film version in 2004 and in 2017 the Netflix released its TV adaptation.
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Goosebumps is so nostalgic it had to be mentioned twice. In 2015, Jack Black starred in the horror-comedy film adaptation where R.L. Stine exists and his fictional books have come to life. A sequel to the film, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, came out in 2018 and honestly, they’re hard not to enjoy.
The only thing more nostalgic than The Baby-Sitter’s Club is that the remake will feature Alicia Silverstone, star of the 1995 film Clueless. The Baby-Sitter’s Club was a series of books about middle school girls who run, what else, a club for local babysitters. It hit home with a generation of girls looking for stories they could relate to and the new Netflix version is guaranteed to bring back memories.
Beverly Cleary perfectly captured life with siblings, in her comedic family stories, The Ramona Books. She began writing in 1955 and her last book came out in 1999, to much critical acclaim. That first book, Beezus and Ramona, was the title inspiration for the 2010 film based on the series, Ramona and Beezus. It starred Selena Gomez and Joey King.
The Dear America series was designed to bring history to life for young readers, and it was very successful. From stories of the journey to the New World in 1620 to the Gold Rush to World War II, the diary format of the Dear America books made history real and interesting–and even a little scary. The books first came out in 1996 and there were 36 stories in the original series. Some of the most popular titles were made into short films that aired on HBO in 1999 and 2000.
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I’ll eat you up, I love you so.
Though Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, was first published in 1963, it is a classic staple of children’s literature and will bring back memories of playrooms, libraries and school classrooms without fail. In 2009, it was produced as a film, with a combination of live actors, imaginary costumes, CGI, and animatronics.
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American Girl dolls were beautiful dolls that came with extensive background stories from all over the world. In addition to a series of books, many of the stories were translated into films. Most of them went directly to DVD for the true fans (though you could undoubtedly find them if you looked). Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, however, came out in theaters in 2008, starring Abigail Breslin of Little Miss Sunshine fame.
Captain Underpants is currently one of the most banned book series in America, but that hasn’t stopped its incredible success. The comic-book style and appeal to potty humor was an easy draw for young readers when the stories first came out in 1997. Both a Netflix television program and two films have been produced based on the book series.
Nothing says 1990s more than the classic Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine. He produced more than 60 books in a few short years. They included the iconic Night of the Living Dummy and The Haunted Mask. He was also involved in the 1990s television adaptation of the series, which features seriously ‘90s effects and lots of animatronics. It’s currently available to watch on Netflix.
Harry Potter may seem timeless, but the books first came out in the late 1990s and the first film was released in 2001. These were the important years for most of us growing up during this pivotal time in young adult literature. There’s no denying the magic of the Harry Potter series, nor its deeper, more important lessons. If you’re in the mood for a trip down memory lane, you have eight feature films to start you off right.
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The nerd kids know the sound of that bus honk on after school television all too well. Magic School Bus was a series of books, originally geared toward younger students. Eventually, chapbooks followed, as well as an incredibly successful educational TV show. Fans of the books and show can watch both the original and the Kate McKinnon reboot on Netflix.
Well before the sexy vampires of Twilight and True Blood came back into style, Bunnicula was scaring kids around the world. First published in the late 1970s, it features a vampire bunny who sucks the juice from fruits and vegetables. The bunny generally goes around terrorizing the dog narrator, Howard, and his cat friend, Chester. In 2016, Cartoon Network produced an animated TV show based on the series.
A Wrinkle in Time was a classic children’s book well before the 1990s, but it remains a favorite of the day nonetheless. Written by Madeleine L’Engle in 1962, it a fantasy sci-fi adventure featuring the battle between good and evil and lightness and dark. It was first made into a TV film in 2003. After that, in 2018 Ava DuVernay adapted it for the big screen and it featured Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.
Nancy Drew has been around longer than the 1990s, but her stories were foundational for young girls of the time. It was also about mystery, intrigue, and not taking no for an answer. That’s the kind of show you can expect from the new CW adaptation that just started airing this season. Everyone loves a good detective story.
A new take on the classic fairytale, Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, first came out in 1997. It features many of the beloved fairytale elements, including elves, giants, and ogres. The magic that made it impossible for title character Ella to say no (the gift of obedience). Anne Hathaway starred in the film in 2004.Next
You are probably sitting at your local movie theater watching 20 minutes of previews. You see high-profiled stars, depressing or inspirational storylines, hear triumphant music, and are mostly based on a true story. By the time the preview is over, we roll our eyes and think to ourselves “Oscar bait!” If a movie looks like it was specifically made to win an Oscar, you are watching an Oscar bait movie.
Shouldn’t the best Oscar-nominated movies be the ones that do not try so hard? There are plenty of times when filmmakers did not make movies for the sole purpose of winning an Oscar, but won anyways like Forrest Gump and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Where are those movies at the award ceremonies today?
You can thank The Deer Hunter for that! At the preview screening, this film was considered to be a disaster. The film’s consultant, Allan Carr, felt that because of the film’s depressing and grim content, audiences will only see it if it was Oscar-nominated. In 1978, Carr had limited screenings set up in Los Angeles and New York, with film critics and Academy members making up the audience. The Academy loved it and it won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Therefore, a new formula was set.
It is not like an Oscar bait movie is necessarily wrong. It is just that knowing what movies can end up being nominated at the Academy Awards can be very predictable. They also all appear to have the same ingredients. Knowing the ingredients for creating Oscar bait movies will help you be the judge whether or not these films are trying too hard for a nomination and if it is even deserved.
Throw in a dash of big costumes, lavish set pieces, a historical event or book adaption and you have got an Oscar bait movie! Period pieces or costume dramas tend to be Oscar bait films with a serious subject matter. The same can be said with movies that are based on a true story or biopics. For example, Finding Neverland is a period film that takes place in the early 1900s about J.M. Barrie’s inspiration for writing the epic play, Peter Pan. You get big stars like Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet as well as tear-jerker scenes. This movie earned seven nominations at the 77th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Original Score.
If filmmakers want their movies to receive nominations, it is all about the timing- the final two months of the year, to be exact. Oscar bait films need to be released before December 31st, but close enough towards the February ceremony as possible. An ideal time for these movies would be either Christmas weekend or limited releases. Limited releases lead to early talk and early nomination rumors. This will make audiences scurry into the theater to see the film that everyone is talking about.
Holocaust films contain powerful ingredients found in plenty of Oscar bait movies. It’s historical, dramatic, represents inhumanity, and also contains tear-jerker endings. Pick a genre and your Holocaust film has a great chance of a nomination. The comedy Life is Beautiful was able to win Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor at the 71st Academy Awards. Even directors known for making blockbusters like Steven Spielberg can also go home with a Best Picture trophy for Schindler’s List!
Those catchy toe-tapper musical films tend to win our hearts as well as the Academy’s. Here’s a trick that the filmmakers of musical adaptations do- throw in an original song. This way, filmmakers can show their creativity by making their adaptation their own and scoring a Best Original Song win at the same time. This method was done in Evita with the Best Original Song winner You Must Love Me which was not present in the stage production. Songwriters Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice even admitted that they wrote this song for the purpose of a Best Original Song nomination!
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Studios need to let the Academy know that they have their bait ready and are waiting for the fish to bite. One way to do that is by creating advertising campaigns directly to members of the Academy like the “For Your Consideration” campaigns. The ads in those campaigns are to catch the eyes only of Academy voters to make sure their movie is the only one they watch, increasing their chances of voting for it. Another way is through free screeners for Oscar bait films that have not been in theaters for long. The films are sent in DVDs to the Academy voters to make sure that their film is watched.
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These biopics or dramas tend to show the mental struggles of the main character. Audiences also see the hardships, struggles, and determination of the characters. In 1968, Cliff Robertson won Best Actor for playing a mentally handicapped man in Charly. Time Magazine believed this win was all promotion and not performance. Another example is Rain Man about the bond between a young man and his autistic brother. This film won Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor.
And the Oscar goes to a gorgeous actress who can pull off playing ugly-looking characters with ease. These actresses must completely disguise their appearance. For example, Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds as well as thinned her hair and eyebrows for the movie Monster. This won her Best Actress at the 76th Academy Awards.
Physically-disabled characters can surely help you win an Oscar. Actors have to change their appearance, speech, and movement. For instance, Daniel Day-Lewis an artist with cerebral palsy in My Left Foot. Day-Lewis employed slurred speech, stiff facial and limb movements. At the 62nd Academy Awards, he won Best Actor. Jamie Foxx also earned his Oscar in 2004’s Ray by taping his eyes shut to play the blind Ray Charles.
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Another common trend in Oscar bait films is seeing is a white person helping someone who is underprivileged. It makes us cheer for the white person in playing the role of a saint. We have seen that in movies like The Blind Side where a Christian white woman changes the life of a poor young black man, Michael Oher, who becomes a future football player. This movie was nominated for Best Picture and won Sandra Bullock an Oscar for Best Actress in 2009.
Movies that have abused and usually illiterate black women are prone to be Oscar bait films. Audiences, as well as the Academy, are drawn to the intense drama these poor women face. For instance, 2009’s Precious was a very depressing character. She was raped by her father, abused by her mother, has a teen pregnancy, and is illiterate. Yet, this film got six nominations and won for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The LGBT community faces attention from the Academy as well. Oscar bait movies love to show gays, lesbians, and transgender characters deal with life-threatening societal conflicts. For example, Milk is a biopic about Harvey Milk who faced oppression being the first openly gay politician in the 1970s. This movie won Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor at the 81st Academy Awards.
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There are actors who will truly live the role to win that Oscar-winning gold. It can mean losing an extreme amount of weight, gaining a ton of weight, or becoming uglier. For instance, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won Best Actor by eating raw bison, putting on weight, and sleeping on animal carcasses for The Revenant. With these actors putting their lives on the line, how can you refuse them gold?
Everyone likes an underdog. Most Oscar baits will have someone who is rotten on his or her luck to finally rise to the top. These films can either work as a comedy or a drama. One example is Erin Brockovich, the true story of a single mother fighting against an energy company for polluting the city’s water supply. This movie won Julia Roberts the Oscar for Best Actress at the 73rd Academy Awards.
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There are a number of European filmmakers that try to appeal to the Academy. After all, the Academy loves watching films that show places you would not find in the United States. Show films that expose what it is like to live in the slums of Mumbai or Rio like Slumdog Millionaire or City of God and you have an Oscar bait film.
We already have plenty of strong dramas that have taken the lead in Oscar bait. But sometimes, the Academy needs a break from heartwarming and taps into witty. Independent films can do just that with their smart dialogue, unique characters, and occasional sarcasm. While originally these films would be about the pointless vacuum of life, now more of them are becoming more positive and real. Lady Bird does just that in introducing us to a vibrant teenager navigating her senior year and her relationship with her mother. This film was nominated for five awards such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.
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You can count on films in the science fiction or fantasy genre to win based on their technical visuals, makeup, and sound. Science fiction films have a chance of a Best Picture nomination if they have a deep message. To give you an idea, look at James Cameron’s Best Picture-nominated film Avatar. The message in that film was the conflict between humanity and nature as well as evils of racism. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King managed to win Best Picture for being a high-budget film successfully adapting a best-selling book.
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You may be wondering, why would playing a country star help to win an Oscar? Well, country stars are emotional beings that pour their hearts into their music and battle their inner demons at the same time. Look at Jeff Bridges playing an alcoholic former country star in Crazy Heart or Sissy Spacek playing country music star Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter. Both of these characters had their hardships and made a name for themselves. Plus, both of these actors won Oscars for their roles. Even Reese Witherspoon won for Walk the Line in playing Johnny Cash’s love interest who helps treat his drug addiction.
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Actors tend to feel special and honored to be able to fill the big shoes of big stars. The pressure of wanting to do right by these real-life idols requires them to do their own research. They need to make extreme changes to their appearance, voice, and movements to embody the role. For example, Rami Malek just won Best Actor for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. He wore false teeth and studied the stars that inspired Freddie Mercury’s performances like David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Aretha Franklin.
The final ingredient to a great Oscar bait film is to sparkle the eyes of the Academy with Hollywood glamor. The lights, the cameras, the leading man with a beautiful woman by his side, and set designs that you cannot take your eyes off of. After all, La La Land was nominated for 14 Oscars and won six including Best Director and Best Actress. The Artist is another Best Picture winner that portrays the silent film era of the 20s and 30s.Next
Want to feel better after your breakup? Watch some of the best breakup films to ease your pain. You can start by watching The War of the Roses. The movie tells the story of Barbara and Oliver. She’s a headstrong gymnast, and he’s an affable law student. Despite their differences, they wed and settle into married life. Over time, their idyllic marriage erodes into a hotbed of toxicity. Although this dark comedy is an epic tale of love gone horribly wrong, Hollywood has also served up other salacious breakup fare. But after 90 minutes of this masterpiece you might want to see more movies.
Here is the list of the best breakup films you have to watch immediately after the breakup!
Dan (Jude Law) and Alice (Natalie Portman) meet and fall in love on the streets of London. A year later, Dan meets Anna (Julia Roberts) at a photo shoot. Months later, Anna becomes acquainted with Larry (Clive Owen) as part of a prank that Dan has set into motion. This leads to Larry eventually meeting Alice at a party thrown by Anna and becoming smitten with her. Closer is a dark and unflinching look at modern romance, infidelity, and breakups. Watch this one if: your relationship was riddled with lies, or if you want pointers on sticking it to a cheating ex.
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It’s not a great day for Bernadine. She learns that her husband has been having an affair and is leaving her for a woman he met at work. Bernadine has built her identity around her marriage, and doesn’t take the news very well. Thankfully, she’s got a squad of amazing girlfriends who are there to help her pick up the pieces and show her that her heart will go on. Watch this one if: you feel like no one else can understand the pain you feel.
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Hell hath no fury like teen girl scorned. Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) has had it up to here with her jock-obsessed high school, and the pack of mean girls she calls her friends. When the handsome and mysterious J.D. (Christian Slater) rolls into town, Veronica quickly takes notice and starts datiing him. After all, he’s a welcome diversion from everyone she’s known thus far. That is, until J.D. starts to exhibit some surprisingly violent tendencies towards her friends and eventually Veronica, herself. Now Veronica has to figure out how to restore order to her high school and put a stop to J.D. before it’s too late. Watch this one if: your friends and family warned you about that bad boy or girl, but you didn’t listen.
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For some, a breakup can be a hindrance, but for secretary Tess (Melanie Griffith), it’s the catalyst to achieving her dreams. Tess returns home from work to find her hunky Staten Island lover (Alec Baldwin) getting hot and heavy with another girl from the neighborhood. Heartbroken, she retreats to the Manhattan home of her boss Katharine (Sigourney Weaver) who is away on vacation. Tess, by chance, discovers that Katharine has also betrayed her by stealing one of her work ideas. Tess has to make some major changes in life. She brokers the stolen deal with Jack, a sexy Wall Street bachelor (played by Harrison Ford). The two end up in a whirlwind romance, until Katharine gets wind of Tess’s plans. Watch this one if: you need the strength to move on from someone holding you back.
Ben (Jack Quaid) and Alice (Maya Erskine) are best buds who make a pact to accompany each other to their respective friends’ weddings. They act as “wingman” for each other, chatting each other up to prospective romantic partners. That is, until they wind up falling for each other. However, Ben and Alice soon learn that even their foundation as friends can’t fix their hangups and insecurities as lovers. Watch this one if: you’ve turned a friendship into a romance…and it didn’t turn out quite the way you wanted.
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Mike and Scott (River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves) are gay street hustlers who are as close as brothers. Mike’s quest is to find the mother who abandoned him while Scott will do anything to run away from his father’s legacy. Watch this one if: you’ve ever broken off a friendship, or drifted apart from your best buddy.
Stephen and Bloom’s breakup happens years after they are orphaned are orphaned brothers who learn, as children, the art of grifting. As adults, their con-man ways take a turn when Bloom (Adrien Brody) falls for their latest mark, an heiress named Penelope (played by Rachel Weiss). Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) must decide if the con is more important than his relationship with his love-struck brother. Bloom must choose if he’s going to put bros before, well…you know. Watch this one if: you’ve ever felt that friends or family have kept you from living happily ever after.
Judy Garland wasn’t just a cultural icon; she was a single mother and divorcee trying to make the best of a well-publicized reversal of fortune. In Judy, Rene Zellwegger brings the doyenne of stage and screen to life by showcasing her stressful attempts at co-parenting with ex-husband Syd Luft (played by Rufus Sewell). Watch this one if: you’ve discovered that you can’t have it all and misery loves company.
Elegant onscreen legend Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) has a meet-cute with everyday bloke William Thacker (Hugh Grant) on the streets of Notting Hill in England. These two unlikely lovers soon find themselves falling for each other through a series of mishaps that stand to unravel Anna’s career. Undaunted, Anna realizes her love for William and appeals to him with the classic line, “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” Despite their time apart, this film will give the newly broken-up a glimmer of hope. Watch this one if: you’ve ever dated or dumped your celebrity crush.
Jack and Ennis (Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal) are two sad and lonely cowboys hired to herd sheep on Brokeback Mountain. While on assignment, these fellows fall in love (and into bed!) with one another. This leads to a decades-long love story filled with ups and downs, as well as two failed marriages with their respective spouses played by Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway. Jack and Ennis always make time for each other, but years of separation and living in the closet have pushed their relationship to the breaking point. Watch this one if: you and your soul mate just couldn’t get the timing right.
Sometimes a breakup can come out of nowhere. That’s what happens when Peter (Jason Segel) gets dumped by famous television actress Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). Peter nurses his heart at a resort in Hawaii, only to find that Sarah is there with her new beau — a smarmy rock star named Aldous Snow (played by Russell Brand). Sarah, Aldous, and Peter find themselves in a hilarious love triangle until Peter meets and falls for a beautiful and supportive concierge named ________ (Mila Kunis). She endured her own breakup on the island long before meeting Peter, so she guides him through his heartbreak with compassion. Watch this one if: you can’t afford to hop on a plane to escape the memory of your ex, but you want to feel like you could.
Brooke and Gary seem to be the couple that has it all. But tension in their relationship forces it to fall apart. Instead of consciously uncoupling, they fight over who gets to keep their home, and soon, everything else under the sun. Gary and Brooke have a huge fight at the end of the movie, treating audiences to the truth behind their breakup. Watch this one if: you need closure.
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Carly has landed herself a sexy match who ticks all the boxes. Mark (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is her equal in every way. He’s also a married man with a serious addiction to cheating. Carly finds out when she inadvertantly meets his wife Kate. Instead of attacking each other, the ladies strike up a friendship, and enlist Mark’s third mistress Amber (Kate Upton) to help win their revenge. Watch this one if: you refuse to let that cheating ex get away with what they did to you.
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Have you ever given so much of yourself in a relationship, that your identity revolved around the other person? This is the problem plaguing Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon). Her boyfriend Warner Huntington III dumps her for icy socialite Vivian then heads East –newly engaged –to attend Harvard law school. Elle decides she must win back her love by enrolling in Harvard as well. Elle soon learns that Warner isn’t worth all the trouble, setting her sights, instead, on a hunky T.A. named Emmett (Luke Wilson). Watch this one if: you need to feel empowered, post-breakup.
Ah, the folly of youth! Thirtysomething Raffaela (Uma Thurman) falls hard for 23-year-old starving artist, David (Bryan Greenberg). Fresh from a painful divorce, the fling is exactly what Rafi needs. At least, according to her psychiatrist (Meryl Streep). However, the relationship is soon turned upside down when Rafi learns that her therapist is actually David’s overprotective, disapproving mother. What to do? Why, break up, of course. These Manhattanites flow in and out of each other’s lives in this delightful urban comedy. Watch this one if: your May/December romance is a ghost that still haunts you.
Tita’s strict mother forces her to breakup with her boyfriend. She sits back, helpless as he marries her sister and starts a family. For years, Tita endures sadness and loneliness, but learns to channel her pain through cooking. This lush, romantic epic is set against a backdrop of early 20th century Mexico, and spans several generations until finally Tita is reunited with her long-lost love. Watch this one if: you think that it’s too late to win back the one who got away.
How do you break up with someone who refuses to take no for an answer? That’s what happens to Dan (Michael Douglas) when he has an affair with Alex (Glenn Close), who just can’t let go of their passionate tryst. What’s more, Dan is married, and Alex stands to unravel his comfy domestic life. Through a series of scary encounters and one unfortunate kitchen mishap, Alex soon makes her presence known in other areas of her paramore’s life with deadly consequences. Watch this one if: you’re mad as hell, and not going to take it anymore.
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Hide your kids. Hide your wife, because EVERYBODY’S breaking up in this rom-com. Recent college grad Alice (Dakota Johnson) moves to Manhattan. She convinces her college love Josh (Nicholas Braun) to do a trial breakup so they can both grow as individuals. Alice realizes the single life may not be for her, but by then, Josh has already moved on. Now Alice must navigate being single in New York City’s rough dating scene, as her story intersects with other tales of love lost and found in this ensemble film. Watch this one if: you’re a recent college grad, a frustrated big-city dweller.
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Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening) is a no-nonsense D.C. lobbyist. While working on a piece of legislation, Sydney meets and attracts the interest of the President (Michael Douglas). The relationship is jeopardized by an ambitious presidential foe (Richard Dreyfus) who uses rumors to try to breakup Sydney and the President. Watch this one if: you’ve ever had a romance undermined by the rumor mill.Next
This movie list is in no particular ranking order and is set up by release date. While the year isn’t quite over, there are many worthwhile films to enjoy. Some common threads emerged from my list that I probably could have foreseen. Disney live-action remakes, superhero flicks and various sequels populate much of this roster but I don’t see it as a detriment. All of these movies were agreeable on some level so I believe there is something for everyone.
Ultimately, I believe the strongest movies below are “Us” or “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” however they might not be of interest to all. I understand that not every film goer will be wrapped up in cinematography or the tone so I tried to include a blend of blockbusters and various genre entries. Enjoy the list and let me know what you think in the comments!
A sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” and “Split” that was critically panned but fans of this universe will find pleasant. Overall it feels like a somber deconstructionist take on the current superhero wave. Bruce Willis plays an aged vigilante that uses his powers to fight James McAvoy’s disturbed and animalistic villain while Samuel L. Jackson portrays the mastermind.
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Although the sequel is not quite as funny as the original it will be entertaining to children and adults alike. The music and jokes are repeatable and catchy. Chris Patt, Tiffany Haddish, Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks do a great job as lego people embarking on a bizarre cosmic journey. I won’t bother to get into the ‘plot’ too much but it happily involves space aliens and lego blocks.
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Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of an anime is about a reborn cyborg warrior who has a case of amnesia. Featuring fun and campy performances by Christoph Waltz, Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali. James Cameron is a producer on the film and it has the sweeping sci-fi world we’ve come to expect from him. While at times it feels abit hollow it’s a fine genre movie.
This kid’s movie franchise is still full of life and satisfying. Toothless the dragon and his rider Hiccup discovers more “Night Fury” breeds and travels to a secret kingdom. Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett and America Ferrera are stand-outs among the cast of characters. While it might not even be the best animated movie of the year it is worth a watch for enthusiasts of this universe.
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Carol Danvers played by Bri Larson is one of the strongest Marvel characters and is caught in a war between two alien races. Though the movie is typical superhero-origin fare, it is a blast to watch partially because it takes place in the 1990s. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and a cat named Goose steal the show at times. Overall fans of Marvel comics or science fiction will stay for a watch.
Jordan Peele’s newest horror movie stars Lupita Nyong’o, Elizabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker. It is a family beach vacation turned awry by murderous doppelgangers. Not unlike a Twilight Zone episode, the movie isn’t necessarily scary but more atmospheric and surreal. I would recommend it even to people who aren’t usually into frightening movies. The acting is strong and the ridiculous premise isn’t always played completely straight so at times there is humor.
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Zachary Levi and Mark Strong feature as the hero and villain in the origin of a magical DC comics character. Billy Batson is a teenage orphan who is granted a mystical ‘word of power’ and can turn into an adult superhero at will. The movie is kind of like Big and has a lot of humor intermingled with darker elements. While the flick has many one-liners, the tone comes down at times to deal with evil demons and the perils of foster care.
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Taking place after the events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) the remaining Avengers assemble to reverse the damage caused by Josh Brolin’s giant purple villain, Thanos. The Russo Brothers deliver an entertaining but long epic featuring great performances by Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans among many others. While the movie has fantastic effects and action I should note it won’t make much sense or be too interesting unless you have watched the rest of the Marvel movies.
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The world of Pokemon is one where people do battle with various wild creatures. A boy played by Justice Smith encounters a talking Pikachu voiced by Ryan Reynolds. The two uncover a conspiracy that could change their world forever. The result is surprisingly good. The movie is funny, action packed and cute. Fans and strangers of the Pokemon world will enjoy this one.
Assassin John Wick played by Keanu Reeves returns for another round of outwitting and murdering other stylish combat experts. While the plot and dialogue aren’t too deep. The action and gunplay is superb and any fan of the action genre will be pleased. Halle Berry and Laurence Fishburne do an excellent job in this movie as well.
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The trend of remaking animated Disney classics continues. Will Smith takes over for Robin Williams as the Genie and director Guy Ritchie does his best to recreate the quasi arabic and asian ancient world without relying on stereotypes. Not too much has changed as the movie is still about a young street kid encountering a magic lamp that has the power to grant wishes.
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Millie Bobby Brown and Ken Watanabe are excellent it this course-corrected sequel to the western Godzilla franchise. The last movie was derided as being too slow and human focused. Purists clamored to see more of the giant lizard. Godzilla now fights classic enemies like Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed dragon King Ghidorah. Giving what the audience wanted works well for this monster movie.
A biographical and musical fantasy about Elton John’s early years played well by Taron Egerton. While not following history completely, the film was gratifying and the covers of Elton John’s hits were stronger than expected. Egerton sang his versions of the superstar’s classics. Fans of his music and history will be pleased with this film’s depiction.
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Tom Hanks and Tim Allen return to the familiar world of Toy Story yet again for a heartstring-pulling summer event. When the new toy ‘Forky’ joins Woody and friends a road trip ensues that causes the scale of the world to grow even larger. With equal parts humor and sadness, Toy Story 4 delivers. This is an excellent sequel that kids and adults will enjoy.
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Tom Holland plays Peter Parker following the events of Avengers: Endgame from earlier in the year. Spiderman encounters Mysterio played by Jake Gylenhaal and the two mysterious ‘elementals.’ The supporting cast is strong and includes Samuel L. Jackson and Marisa Tomei. While the film is great fun it’s biggest weakness is relying on an Avengers movie it ultimately doesn’t have much to do with.
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Yet another remake of an animated classic, the Lion King features a strong cast and visual splendor. Donald Glover, Beyonce and Seth Rogan are great standouts. Expectedly, the movie is Hamlet with cats once again. After the murder of the king Mufasa a young lion prince flees the kingdom to learn about responsibility and power.
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Quentin Taratino’s epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt is in my opinion, an Oscar contender. A has-been television actor and his stunt double friend struggle to find success in a changing Hollywood. A subplot concerning the fated Sharon Tate is compelling yet treated in an unexpected way. This is a must watch for any fan of Tarantino or 1960’s Hollywood history.
Seth Rogen produces a hilarious film in his style and vein. Three middle school boys cut school and go on an adventure while trying to make it home safely. Jacob Trembley, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon do a fantastic job as the leads. Any fan of Seth Rogen’s brand of comedy will enjoy this one. Admittedly there are some similarities to the movie Superbad, however there are worse things for a flick to be guilty of.
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Stephen King’s remake sequel to his evil clown hit is a wonderful conclusion. A few decades after the first film the monster returns to terrorize a rural town “The Losers” club returns home to deal with the supernatural menace. Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy play grown-up versions of the original kids quite effectively. At times the movie is funny, cheesy and creepy yet it never feels stale or predictable as many horror movies do.
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An astronaut embarks on a dangerous mission to the edge of our solar system to uncover the mystery surrounding his missing father. Brad Pitt, Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones and Ruth Negga give amazing performances. The movie is character instead of action driven. At times it apes things like 2001 or Interstellar effectively. While it occasionally drags, fans of science fiction will likely enjoy.Next
Coming up with a perfect date idea that doesn’t break the bank can be tough. A romantic night out at a nice restaurant? It’s going to cost you. Tickets to a great live show? Get ready to pony up some serious cash. It’s why staying in has become so tempting for young couples.
And we get it. Pizza and Netflix has been your go-to date night for months. It’s cheap, easy and can be enjoyed with or without pants from the comfort of your own couch. But there’s only so many episodes of Breaking Bad a healthy relationship can stomach.
When it comes time to break free from the mundane and spice things up, there are plenty of ways to enjoy each other’s company in exciting, affordable ways. We’ve got you covered with 20 low-or-no-cost date ideas that will take your relationship to another level.
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A healthy relationship takes teamwork. It’s all about each of you bringing something unique to the table and making each other better. A crossword puzzle is a perfect (and free) way to spend an hour or two learning more about each other and working on something together.
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In the mood for something romantic? Creating your own fine dining experience costs a fraction of what you’d pay at a nice restaurant and cooking together is a hands-on experience you won’t get at your local steakhouse. So light a candle, open your favorite bottle of cheap wine and start prepping your ideal date night meal.
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This undercover mission is sure to add a little adrenaline to your date night. Put your heads together, pick a fancy hotel pool and take your best shot at sneaking by the check-in desk and into the deep end. Whether you succeed or not, you’ll have a great story to tell the next time you hang out with friends.
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You don’t have to spend tons of cash to see live music of stand-up comedy. Chances are, you can find free open mic events all over your city. You’re guaranteed to see some unique, local acts you won’t find at a big, high-priced venue.
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Maybe you’ll want to take this one seriously and plan out a professional looking photoshoot. Or maybe you’ll just want to shoot goofy pictures of each other around town. Either way, this date idea is sure to lead you on a unique adventure and leave you with some great photos to remember the day.
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There’s nothing like making someone you love laugh. And what better way than with your best (or absolute worst) celebrity impression. Dial up your finest James Bond, tap into your inner Arnold Schwarzenegger and see who has the best impersonation chops.
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Just because you’re on a budget date night doesn’t mean you can’t dress like a millionaire. Head to the mall, try on the most expensive outfits you can find and give one another a fashion show fit for the Hollywood elite.
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Chances are, you and your partner probably aren’t fine art experts. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a beautiful oil painting or discussing the intricate details of a midcentury sculpture, even if you’re making it all up as you go. Plus, an art museum can be the perfect intimate setting for a truly unique date night.
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Don’t want to splurge on a full priced entrée at a local restaurant? Fill up on half-priced apps and cheap drinks instead by taking advantage of your city’s best happy hour deals. Bonus points if you can hit up three or more restaurants before the happy hour window closes.
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Dim the lights, gaze into each other’s eyes and draw your best portrait of one another. If you and your partner are artistically inclined, the results will be beautiful. And if you’re terrible at drawing, you can laugh about your hilarious creations together.
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We all have a place in our nostalgic hearts for the science experiments we got to do in school growing up. Tornados in a bottle. Ooey, gooey slime. Bond together over that childhood nostalgia with cheap, fun experiments that are sure to stir up some chemistry.
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It’s easy to get comfortable in the area you live. But chances are, there are plenty of places nearby that you’ve never explored. Go find a cool coffeeshop in a neighboring neighborhood. Spend the day wandering around a nearby city. Exploring somewhere new together can be an enlightening, entertaining date your relationship deserves.
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Planning an affordable vacation is possible with a little bit of prep. Grab your laptops, cozy up in your favorite coffee shop and come up with the perfect vacation together. One of you can track down cheap flights. The other can hunt down the perfect AirBnB. By the end of this date, you’ll have a whole new adventure to look forward to.
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Fitness makes the heart grow stronger. Sure, that line sounds nice and is anatomically accurate. But a jog around your neighborhood with a loved one can lead to all sorts of discoveries you might not notice from your car or Uber. Plus, exploring your city on foot is a great way to stay in shape together.
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Sure, you probably won’t be buying that $3,000 dream couch anytime soon. But forget about your bank account for the night and go test out some classy furniture together. It’s a fun way to spend a couple hours and can spark all sorts of good ideas for your own apartment.
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Live by a Whole Foods or Costco? You can spend an evening wandering the aisles and filling up on samples of fancy cheeses, artisan crackers, brownie bites and more. Sometimes, you can even find a free wine or beer tasting to complete the date night experience.
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There are all kinds of easy apartment projects you can knock out in an evening. Build a shoe rack that can hold both of your kicks. Construct a cool cat house for your feline friend. Whatever you build, you’ll be creating something together that’s truly one of a kind.
This date idea will take some restraint. If you’ve ever been to IKEA, you know how easy it is to spend hundreds of dollars. Instead, give yourselves a more modest budget and see how many awesome IKEA finds can be had for less than $20. You’ll have a great time exploring the store and walk away with some trendy, well-designed keepsakes.
A healthy relationship means growing together. In just an evening, you’d be amazed at all the new skills you can pick up with simple tutorials from sites like YouTube. Learn how to juggle. Play a classic rock song on the guitar. Teach yourselves a magic trick. Because the best dates involve learning something new you can do together again in the future.Next
Before the internet, most of us just believed whatever cool science facts we were told. Why wouldn’t we? When someone said shaving thickens hair or alcohol kills brain cells, it made sense, so we took their word for it.
After all, looking up simple facts was a lot of work back then. Can you even imagine going to the library to leaf through book after book in order to find out how long a Twinkie takes to go bad?
These days, that’s hard to imagine.
In fact, now that we have mini computers in our pockets, we can look up anything. That means, we must be really smart, right?
Well, not exactly…
Truth is, many of us still believe a lot of the ‘facts’ below, even though science has thoroughly debunked them.
However, not to worry. We’re here for you. Prepare to dazzle your friends with these fun facts. Just be ready for the eye-rolls…
Let’s start with the science genius and master of the universe himself: Albert Einstein. People love the story about how Einstein flunked all of his classes in school and then went on to become a genius.
However, in all actuality, Einstein’s grades were very good in school, although some of his teachers did famously say he didn’t have much potential.
Speaking of gravity, the myth is that a coin dropped from the Empire State Building will build up so much velocity that, by the time it reaches the ground, it will bore a hole through someone’s skull.
Truth is, a coin is way too small to do this. It might sting a little, but it won’t kill you. For that, you’ll need a brick.
Want to hear one of our cool science facts? We only use 10% of our brains. Imagine if we could, through the wonders of science, access the other 90%. How smart would we be then?
Okay, okay – this isn’t really true. Turns out, we need our entire brains to function properly. Without the whole thing… Well, you know the type.
This is a myth? Oh, joy of joys! Drink up, people!
Alcohol does not kill brain cells. Well, in heavy users who get most of their calories from alcohol it does, but for everyone else it’s okay. At least for our brains. For our livers, however, that’s a different story…
There is this idea that if you wake a sleepwalker, you might cause some sort of permanent, psychological harm to that person. Fortunately, this isn’t true.
Of course, they might be a little confused and not sure where they are, but you don’t have to worry about harming them. Which means, the next time you catch your roommate or spouse trying to use a sharp knife to chop vegetables in their sleep, wake them! You’ll be glad you did.
There is a longstanding belief that Twinkies never go bad. For this reason, they are often considered the snack food of choice should the apocalypse bring about the end of civilization.
Truth is, like any food with moisture in it, it goes bad pretty fast. Unfortunately, most Twinkies wouldn’t last the apocalypse much longer than a month.
Parents all over the world have forced their kids to wait at least thirty minutes after eating before they could jump back in the pool. If you don’t wait, we were told, your muscles will seize up and you’ll drown.
This is not really true. It is true that our bodies need extra blood to digest food, but not so much that they can’t still supply it to other places.
At the bullfights in Spain, the matadors traditionally wave red capes to get the bulls to charge. This has led to the belief that bulls hate the color red.
Actually, bulls are color blind. The cape could be mahogany jade and the bull wouldn’t know the difference. It could be magenta puce swirl or malachite razzmatazz and still the bull is going to charge.
Turns out, it’s those annoying matadors prancing around that really bring the bulls to their boiling point.
Many a scary movie has relied on this fact. When someone gets the tiniest cut, they’re doomed, drawing the hungry shark to the kill.
While it’s true sharks can detect blood at one part per million, that’s not really very far, and certainly not across an entire ocean. Unfortunately, this cool science fact is false.
We want to believe, don’t we? If penguins can do it, why can’t we?
Penguins are often used as an example of a species that mates for life. This is meant to prove the existence of such a relationship in nature.
While it is true penguins are monogamous, the relationship really only lasts for a single season. Once the chicks are hatched and grown enough to be independent, many penguins seek out new partners and start the process all over again.
Of all the cool science facts, this one must be true, right? Wrong.
Chameleons actually change color based on temperature, their mood, and the light hitting them. Then, when it’s mating season, they display every possible color they can as a way to broadcast to the world it’s time to get down.
It is a common belief among many that when you shave, your hair grows in thicker. However, this is not really true.
What’s actually happening is that when it first starts to grow back, your hair may appear thicker, but only for a short time. This is because each hair tapers at the end like a pencil tip, so that when you cut it, you’re see the thicker part of the hair.
As such, shaving your nose hairs will not make them grow out twice as thick. Sorry. That’s just the way your nose hairs grow.
Technically, this is one of our true cool science facts. However, adding a little salt to your water when cooking is not going to make a measurable difference.
For that, you would have to add A LOT of salt to make any amount of water boil faster and that would just ruin your dinner.
Some say when you swallow a piece of gum it sits in your stomach for years. This just isn’t true.
Most if it digests like anything else and the rest passes through your digestive system and comes out the other end. Although, we wouldn’t recommend looking for it. That’s just disgusting.
Ever hear someone say they have a sixth sense, claiming they can see ghosts or read people’s minds or something? Well, it turns out we all do. Not that we can see ghosts and read people’s minds, but that we all have six senses.
In fact, we actually have no fewer than twenty-five different senses, including nociception (the ability to feel pain), chronoception (the ability to feel the passing of time), and equilibrioception (our sense of balance).
Maybe the twenty-sixth sense is the one we need to be able to see those ghosts…
Yes, it’s big – but not that big. You can’t really see it from space.
It is, after all, just a wall, even if it stretches for many miles. If you could see the Great Wall of China from space, there would be countless other things you could see as well.
We all know that bathrooms are not the most sanitary of places. However, these days, we clean our toilets so often that they are actually safer to eat off of than those dubiously washed plates from the lounge.
How often, for example, do you clean your cellphone? Imagine all of the germs that thing has next time you push it up against your face. You’re welcome.
There are certainly valid reasons you may not want to give your kids caffeinated drinks. Some of those include rising hyperactivity or the astronomical sugar content of your average Starbucks Frappuccino.
The good news is, stunting their growth is not one of them. In fact, there is no scientific evidence that points to coffee having any effect on growth.
Finally, we come to the last of our cool science facts that are just not true: sugar is as addictive as heroin. Well, is it?
When we eat sugar, our brains light up with pleasure and our bodies say, “I want more!” This does not, however, mean we’re all addicted to sugar.
Sugar is pleasurable and we like it, but if you want to quit eating it, you can without physical withdrawal effects. It’s just hard to resist with all the donuts and cookies around us every day.Next
Iconic villains are hard to come by in the age of the comic book film. Every great film needs an iconic villain that is on par with the film’s protagonist. The type of villains who challenge the audience and make us question who we should root for. With the release of 2018’s Venom and 2019’s Joker, heroes are no longer the only ones getting their own film. Iconic villains add to a franchise’s shelf life. These bad boys, girls, robots and creatures are iconic villains in their own right. Deranged, psychotic, envious, or just plain evil, these antagonists have stood the test of time. These villains aren’t just limited to superhero films or comic books. Instead, this list is broad and diverse for any and every film lover. Off the heels of Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of Joker/Arthur Fleck, here are 20 desired villain movies the public must have.
Everyone’s favorite God of Mischief has a Disney+ series scheduled for a Spring 2021 release. Loki’s self-titled show will pick up right after the events of Endgame. Thor’s villainous brother has enough fan interest and character development for a two-hour film of his own. If the show proves to be a success, it will not be too long before we see Odin’s adopted son in an MCU film of his own.
The Goddess of Death is another Asgardian who deserves her own film set inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hela is the strongest female villain to appear in the MCU so far and a prequel that follows the events that led to her banishment would be interesting. Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios should start preparing the Biforst because they are sitting on a pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow Bridge.
Infinity War and Endgame were cinematic achievements that had never been made before, but fans are clamoring for more of the Mad Titan. A Thanos film that takes place long before he had his eyes set on attacking Earth or collecting all six of the Infinity Stones. The destruction and devastation after the supervillain and his troops ravaged through planets would be one of the goriest films on this list. He tops the list of the MCU’s most iconic villains
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After Aladdin got its long-awaited live-action adaptation earlier this year, it’s only right that the film’s villain gets his own spinoff film. A fresh spin on The Return of Jafar would see a thief free Jafar and the pair would perform nefarious acts against the people of Agrabah. Darker in tone, but a solo Jafar film is something that could extend the Aladdin universe.
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Another Disney villain who could pull a Maleficent with a proper live-action origin adaptation is Ursula. The sea witch from The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s greatest and most iconic villains ever. A story that does a deep-sea dive into her background would be fun to watch. A younger Ursula could’ve made waves by cursing an unlucky mermaid before meeting her demise.
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“You wanna know how I got these scars,” — wait wrong film, but the same sentiments apply. A cub plotting on his father’s throne would be something different for The Lion King franchise. Young Scar trying to rid the lion’s den of Mufasa and their father unbeknownst to them. Iconic villains like Scar always let their jealousy get the best of the.
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With Joker finally getting his own movie, it’s time for some of Batman’s other villains to get the Bat Signal shined on them. Riddler and his love for puzzles, riddles and traps could be an intellectual Saw-like film. A deranged man terrorizing the citizens of Gotham City could create a suspenseful experience. Gotham is the perfect city for iconic villains to reign supreme.
Dappered up in his tuxedo, top hat and monocle, Gotham City’s resident Gentleman of Crime in a solo film noir. Documenting his rise to power in black and white fashion. In all of his obese glory, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot origin story would be a stark contrast to The Dark Knight. Fun fact: The Penguin was inspired by the mascot of Kool cigarettes, a penguin with a top hat and cane.
Another Batman foe who hasn’t got the proper treatment on the big screen is Poison Ivy. With climate change becoming a larger real-life concern each day, Poison Ivy is the most topical villain. An environmentalist who wants to save the planet but goes about it in ways that would make the Joker side eye.
The perfect character to introduce a crime film into the MCU is Wilson Fisk. Fisk runs the streets of New York and a film that focuses on this villain’s rise from bodyguard to mob boss would be a first for comic book films. For instance, Kingpin wreaking havoc in New York would be one way to bring The Punisher, Spider-Man and Daredevil together.
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Victor Von Doom has been doomed by his silver screen portrayals throughout the years. Marvel’s first family and their biggest threat has not yet been introduced to the MCU. Dr. Doom’s story alone would make for a menacing solo film. Hopefully, Marvel Studios will take better care of Doom than what Fox did.
Name a more iconic duo than the two villains of the Power Rangers. Like other iconic villains on this list, Rita and Lord Zedd dominated many other planets but not Earth. A reimagining of the pair as they go to other planets with their infamous foot soldiers and pull off a victory would be… mighty morphin.
Technically, this one isn’t an iconic villain, but a hero gone mad. Spider-Man’s mutation gone haywire is the perfect setup for a horror film. The werewolf trope is probably the closest thing that we have to Man-Spider but silver bullets aren’t going to stop the web-slinger. A Man-Spider film will add a layer to Peter Parker as he comes to terms with the carnage he caused during his transformation.
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Another Spider-Man villain on the list and the original Florida Man is Army veteran turned Lizard, Dr. Curt Connors. A film set in the Sunshine State that follows Dr. Connors as he tries to regrow his arm while dealing with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s side effects. A horror fantasy mixed with a touch of medical drama would make The Lizard film a cold-blooded venture.
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Of everyone on this list, Kraven the Hunter is the one villain who has the most potential for an action thriller franchise. Multiple Marvel heroes have stepped inside Kraven’s Serengeti for better or for worse. NatGeo doesn’t have anything on Kraven hunting his prey without any of the good guys meddling.
The leader of the Decepticons was another low-level worker who rose to the top of the ranks. With the success of Bumblebee, more spin-offs about robots in disguise from Cybertron are bound to happen. A Megatron movie would make it all spark for the highly-successful toy line/media franchise for the next generation.
If Joker made headlines because of its disturbing content and subject matter, then Carnage in a solo film would never get released. Carnage aka Cletus Kasady is a character that was inspired by the Joker, therefore he’s a homicidal sociopathic serial killer who would leave audiences terrified and severely frightened.
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Since his debut in The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul has reached a status shared by other iconic villains. As a result of his status, Maul captivated audiences with his devilish look, 10 horns and dual-bladed lightsaber. His return in Solo: A Star Wars Story left theaters across the world ecstatic. Hopefully, one day there’s a film that explains what happened to Maul after he fell down the shaft.
Cannot discuss a galaxy far, far away or the most iconic villains in cinema without Darth Vader. Thanks to six films we know why and how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, but audiences want more Vader. Darth Vader is the perfect villain for a sci-fi slasher type of film. Imagine everyone’s goosebumps after watching a tense and suspenseful two-hour film that is epic as Vader’s scene in Rogue One.Next
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! In the great United States of America, some states will let you keep exotic animals as pets. We tracked down the nineteen craziest animals you could find in someone’s home. The best part? A lot of these animals don’t require any kind of license, though we think it’s a good idea to have some knowledge before you go out and buy a shark tank. We’re not saying it’s a totally bad idea, but exotic animals are tough work, and that cute puppy you took care of while your neighbor was on vacation doesn’t mean you’re ready to house a giraffe by yourself.
Nevertheless, we think these mostly-legal to own pets are some of the more exotic animals you’ll find in the US.
So, here is the list of exotic animals you totally can keep as pets…but probably shouldn’t.
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If you’re willing to shell out the $2,500 it costs to buy a baby tiger cub, then you can raise it and care for it all by yourself with no permit, as long as you live in one of eight states with pretty lax animal rights laws (looking at you, Alabama). Also, if you’re interested, why not buy two tigers so yours isn’t lonely?
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These furry creatures are actually becoming more popular among exotic animal owners. Many pet owners liken them to whiney dogs. Depending on the species, some states will allow someone to own this exotic animal with no permit or license required. However, we would recommend going to a shelter to adopt one.
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Here’s a weird fact: you don’t need a permit to own a kangaroo in Wisconsin. Not that we’ve seen many kangaroos there. They prefer hot climates similar to their native Australia. Which is why you’d be hard-pressed to find them in the US! But, if you really want to own one, move to Wisconsin.
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Laws are a bit less uptight for our stinky friend, the skunk. They’re pretty abundant in North America, and nothing is stopping you from caring for one in 17 states. No permit required. Just try not to scare them or upset them, or you’ll regret it. No worries, though, we hear the smell comes out with a tomato juice bath.
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Most exotic cats are in fact legal to own. Cougars are just one vicious animal you can keep in your backyard. The biggest problem you’ll face is space for them to roam, and their diet is pretty meat-intensive. If you have those areas covered, go get yourself a cougar (try the local bar).
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If you can match the fast-paced energy of a sloth, and afford the permit and paperwork it takes to buy one, some states will allow you to keep a sloth as a pet. There are tighter restrictions and regulations for sloths than cougars and other wild cats, but hey, baby sloths are pretty cute.
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Ever need a guard dog, but bigger? Ever want an actual bear hug? Most species of bears are obtainable as pets in the US, besides polar bears and pandas, for obvious reasons. No one in the neighborhood will think twice about messing with you and your pet bear, Smokey.
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Again, it depends on the species of monkey, but many are available with some sort of exotic animal license! Some are pretty adept at learning sign language, we hear. Monkey see, monkey do. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to raise gorillas anytime soon.
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The chillest exotic animal out there is available for purchase in just a few states in the US, including Pennsylvania. Capybaras are just large rodents, so maybe that rat you cared for in 6th grade will prepare you for the big leagues. Right?
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This is probably one of the only exotic animals on our list that won’t completely bite your face off and kill you. Hedgehogs are actually pretty common pets in the US as far as exotic animals go. However, they aren’t allowed in some states because they can hurt the local ecology.
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If you can find a roof tall enough, and enough leaves to satisfy a giraffe, you’re allowed to keep this exotic animal as a pet! Their appetite is pretty big, though. Some species eat as much as 75 lbs of food every day. We’ve never seen a rampaging hungry giraffe, and we don’t want to. Feed your exotic animals, people.
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They’re the kings of the jungle, and apparently your backyard, too. Most big cats are fair game, and we’re not talking about your neighbor’s fat tabby at. Lions are no laughing matter; they can grow up to 800 lbs. If you’re not afraid of getting accidentally eaten, you too can own a lion (with a permit).
Another Africa-born animal you’re able to get your hands on in the US with the right permit. The real problem here is zebras grow up in herds, so you might want to buy more than one, or else you’ll see a really depressed zebra. Otherwise, zebras are pretty similar to horses. So that empty stable will really come in handy.
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Peacocks are pretty similar to other types of large birds, except they’ve got a beautiful behind. Think pigeon if they were bigger and less ugly. Or geese if they were less angry all the time. Just kidding: peacocks are very aggressive when marking their territory, and they’ve been known to chase people who mess with their food.
Believe it or not, a lot of species of sharks are legal to own in the US. No, before you ask, you can’t go out and capture a great white shark. They’re a special species that’s protected. However, many sharks are fair game. You’ll need a very large tank to house them, though. The aquarium you kept your beta fish in won’t suffice.
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Ah, the trash bandits of America. If they don’t claw your face off, you’ll be able to keep them as pets. We wouldn’t recommend going outside and picking one out of its habitat. Many raccoons carry rabies and other nasty diseases. So if you do decide to get a raccoon, take it to the vet for some vaccines.
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Like cute exotic animals that pop their heads out of holes to say hello? Prairie dogs are allowed in some states with a license to own exotic animals, just make sure you have the right habitat and diet to support these little burrowing guys. They’re also a very social animal, so maybe buy more than one while you’re at it?
We wouldn’t recommend trying to pet these exotic animals. Piranhas swim in schools, and shred any kind of meat they can get their fins on. Like sharks, you’ll need a sizable tank to house these aggressive guys, and some species are off limits entirely. Their diet is pretty easy, however. Just drop some fish or meat into the water, and watch the frenzy unfold.
Penguins are the strictest exotic animal to obtain. They have to come specifically from a zoo or enclosure that’s licensed to raise them. You can’t bring them back with you on your trip to the arctic. Plus, buying just one is a bad move. They love their friends, and you don’t want a sad penguin, do you?Next
In a world full of Instagram influencers & bodybuilding “experts” we are being flooded with more than enough fitness tips to keep us busy reading for weeks. The issue with this is simple: What do you actually trust? What do you read and implement to actually change your life and live a healthier, happier lifestyle? Although fitness can seem to be challenge and difficult to decipher, the old phase KISS( Keep It Simple Stupid) is the best way to navigate the gym floor and the supermarket. These fitness tips below are not just fitness tips, but diet tips, as well as lifestyle tips that will help change your health and wellness levels without needing to spend multiple hours in a fitness center.
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We spoke about it a bit earlier but keep it simple. Fitness does not need to be hard. People have been fit since the cavemen ran the world and I bet you they didn’t follow a “30 day to a Kim K booty” plan. The movements that have been around forever are usual the best bang for your buck.
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Did you know you could have an amazing workout with very simple technique and movements that have been around since fitness was invented back in the day? Your routine should always involve: Pushups, Pull-ups, Squats, Deadlifts, Shoulder Press, Lunges, Hip Thrust, Plank, and Burpees.
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You have to stay hydrated otherwise your body will not work to its optimal level. The easiest way to do this is to hit half your body weight in ounces of water. Example being if you weigh 180 lbs, you will need to drink 90 ounces of water. Does that sound hard? Want to cut that number down in an instant each day? Check out our next tip.
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Start your day off on a high note with 16 ounces of water. You fast as you sleep so not only do you need to eat but you need to rehydrate your body as well. This will also help wake your body up to get it ready to move through your busy day.
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Some people hate to drink water and need a taste. Well add some lemon juice to your water. This helps add a great taste to your drink as well as aid in digestion and promote weight loss.
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Gut health is overlooked in this culture anymore because it doesn’t give you six pack abs. What if I told you though that it does help with bloating each day and help display those abs you are building in the gym. Add this to your morning routine to aid in bloating and digestion.
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Do you have a room where you walk in and out of it a lot through your daily routine? To make sure you don’t miss out on fitness due to “being busy”, make a doorway a fitness routine. Each time you pass through it do ten reps of an exercise. An example is adding a set of weights and doing ten bicep curls each time you walk through the door.
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We live in a crazy and fast paced world, we all could use a little relaxing. Set a reminder five times a day to do deep breathing for one full minute. Breath in your nose for four seconds, hold for four seconds, breath out your mouth for four seconds. This will help lower your heart rate and make your daily routine seem less stressful.
Positive Affirmations can help lead you into the correct mind frame for the day. Place green dots throughout your daily routine and each time you see one remember to say something positive about yourself or your day. Perfect example is on the fridge or your front door.
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Your body can be as fit as ever but you must flex your mental capacity as well. Make sure to read something for ten minutes a day to keep your brain flowing. This will help your brain when it is in decision mode throughout your day or help you wind down at night before bed.
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Have one book that motivates you in the morning and one book that captures your mind to help you unwind at night. The best suggestion is a self help book in the morning to get you moving, and a great novel at night to sweep you away from the stressors of the day.
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We live in a social media world, its inevitable that you will be on your phone for majority of the day so I wont ask you to stop. However I suggest picking a set time frame(tomato method-explained later) and don’t check your phone during those time frames and learn to live your life without it.
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Discussed a bit above the tomato method will bring productivity to your life. Set your phone for a 25 minute timer and then put it down. Remember you cant use your phone during this point so get to living your life. Do some chores, finish that work project, maybe sneak in a quick workout. When the timer goes off you have five minutes to check your phone. Follow this method through the day and watch your productivity rise and your screen time fall.
Cant do a pull-up? Well add deadhangs into your life instead! This is when you hang from a pull-up bar and keep a nice straight body until failure. This will help build multiple muscle groups as well as your ability to grip a pull-up bar, one of the biggest issues people have when trying to perform multiple reps of pullups.
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Fitness goals leave you accountable to actually workout. Even if the goal is something superficial like “ I want to look good for my wedding.” Having a deadline helps keep your brain engaged on completing said task.
Yes, you can have rest days. Your body needs it and it is important for you to rest so you can come back stronger. A great way to build your routine is either 2 days of workouts followed by a rest day or 3 days of a workout followed by one day of rest.
Muscles are broken down while working out. This means they need rest when you decide to start a routine. If you decide to hit your upper body on Monday give yourself two full days off before returning to the upper body again. Your muscles will thank you and you will see the strength and definition at an earlier stage than most people.
Not everyone can afford a cold tub like the professional players, so how can you aid in recovery? Simple answer is : change the temperature in your shower. Spend a few minutes in a warm setting followed by a few minutes with ice cold water. This will aid in recovery and help your body heal faster and be ready sooner for your next session.
First things first, just don’t order food! However if you MUST order something here is a way to stop yourself from ordering as much when you finally indulge. The goal is to put a total $ price that you will take and put away in a saving each time you order food. An example would be $10 each time you order food. Now each meal cost that much more and if you keep failing at this step, at least you’ll have money put away for savings.
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People miss workouts. People eat bad food.Things will happen that are off brand for your goals. However don’t punish yourself, just work on building streaks. Build streaks of how many days you eat healthy and when you fail start a new streak. Life is about living as well, never forget that.
This Fitness tips will help create a healthier lifestyle to live by in your everyday life. The best part of these fitness tips is that you can implement them all pretty quickly, or you can break these fitness tips down one by one and master one before moving on to the next.Next
After all it is true what they say, you’re never done working on things when it comes to your home. We have so many ideas of what we wanted to do with our living room or a kitchen but there’s this thing called a budget. There are too many people owe way too much after refinancing their homes for projects. This is why we put this cheap home decor hacking list together.
From Pinterest kitchens to Instagram homes; with the amount of content swirling around the internet now days, it’s so easy to find great inspiration for your home decor. But a lot of these grand makeovers also may cost you a grand amount of money to complete. Well I’m here with a quick fix solution with 20 Cheap Cheap Home Decor Hacks That You Can Do Today!
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The farmhouse chic trend is one that has caught on hard in recent years and shiplapped walls are a huge attraction of the trend. Shiplap is a design feature made up of fashioned wooden planks that fit together along a surface and give your interior or exterior walls a country barnyard feel. However, these wooden planks can be quite pricey, so a great way to hack the system is to apply vinyl peel and stick wood flooring along your walls as if they were shiplap. With this method, you have the option to customize the size, color, and location of your “shiplap”. And did I mention this method is renter friendly?
There’s something classic to be said about fresh flowers in the home. There’s also something pricey to be said about the concept of throwing those flowers away every week or so as they wilt and die and need to be replaced. Add this onto the cost of seasonal greenery and the cost of having a fresh looking home has now added up quite a bit. This is where artificial florals from the dollar store come in. Cheaper flowers tend to look better in neutral colors and in bundles. On top of this, they are easy to store and be used again and again as seasons come and go!
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We all would love great big windows that touch the floor and the ceiling both with ease, but the truth is, those have quite the price tag. A great window hack is to buy curtains that are longer than your window and adjust your curtain rod so that it is higher than your window. With these alterations you’ll be creating the illusion that the actual window is the length of the floor to ceiling curtain you have hung there. With those curtain drawn your guest will be none the wiser to your optical illusions.
Good art that means something to you and is not too pricey is hard to come by. But there is a new age way of expression that might just have you off the hook. Instead of buying one large piece to cover the wall you want to decorate, try multiple quotes and inspiring photographs framed in varying shapes and sizes and assemble them together on your wall as if it were a puzzle. This inspiring quote wall will have your heart in no time.
Something I’ll never understand are designer books! Yes; there are books that are made solely to sit and not be touched, ever. And these books can rack up prices as high as 100 bucks! But a quick and easy way to jazz up your coffee table display without breaking down your bank walls is to head to the thrift store and see what kind of bargain books you can find. Look for large works with unique covering and colors that match your own home decor theme. This hack will save you tons on a trendy fad.
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Now that we’ve mentioned the thrift store, I guess I should let you guys in on a little secret. You can actually find some really beautiful stuff there! Yeah it might be a little rusty, but try refurbishing old antiques found in resale with a quick layer of spray paint. It’s a cheap and easy way to literally make one man’s trash your own treasure!
Distressed denim isn’t the only ragged style that has made its way up in the ranks recently. So has distressed, destroyed, and weathered (looking) furniture. This trend actually makes it easy for us. Taking any old wooden dresser, table, chair, or whatever you fancy and sanding it down to a desired amount of distressed fashion will get you the cute farm look that is so popular right now. And remember, you can alway add paint or wood stain to polish the look up as much as desired after the sanding is done.
Big fancy closets seem to be the new luxury. Leave it to us to want to make a fancy home for our fancy prized possessions. While building out a luxurious new closet can cost a pretty penny, you can hack the idea of a personalized and custom built closet with closet organizers. Found in stores and online, closet organizing units help to compartmentalize your closet so that each portion will stay clean and clear which in turn will give your closet that same spacious and organized feel of the expensive built-ins you see all over social media.
Much like the vinyl shiplap idea, peel and stick wall paper can transform any room in a blink of an eye. The beauty of these is that the peel and sticks have recently gotten a huge upgrade, making them easier to apply and remove as well as safe for any type of wall. This means they’re also renter friendly.
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Holy hipster, we’re sleeping on pallets now! If you would have told me that wooden pallets that were once used to load trucks and warehouses could ever look good in a home, I would have never believed you. But in the age of exposed brick and water piping, the industrial and raw look of a bed on clean and symmetrical pallets only adds to that cool new hipster vibe.
We all want to be set apart from our neighbors in some way. This may be the easiest way to do it. Pick yourself a contrasting color from the color of your home and paint your door that color. Usually a bright red or blue pops, but with this hack you can easily personalize it to exactly what you want.
Outdoor decor is just as important as indoor. So dress up your house with long lasting flowers and remember to water them as you have invested in their lives along with the look of your home!
Candles in the home have stood the test of time and now we have it good because we can find candles anywhere. If you’re not interested in smell, but want pretty candles OR candle holders for your home displays, check out the dollar store and get a good deal on unscented candles and their holdings.
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DIY seems to be the new Zumba. It’s a hobby that many have latched onto and loved. So why not create your own makeup and pampering station with DIY in mindset. For this you just need a pack of peel and stick counter lights and to line your mirror with them symmetrically. In minutes you can have a Hollywood level vanity at your fingertips.
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This is a hack that has blown the minds of many. It is common to want marble counter tops to decorate your home. But marble is some of the most expensive to acquire and install, so instead why not try the contact paper option and cover your counters in marble clothing. This can be stuck on and peeled up within a day and is, again, great for renters.
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Got kids? Got ideas? Just bored? Cover your fridge, or any surface in your home, with chalkboard contact paper and see how much more fun your household becomes! Instantly you have a non-traditional canvas to let all your creativity out on while saving the appliances.
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Want to give your bathroom a makeover in minutes? Grab a basket, grab some towels, roll the towels, and place them in the basket. Instantly, you have hotel level decor and you didn’t even have to sweat…like when you were painting your front door.
Quant entry ways are the new foyer when in comes to homes, and a cute and easy way to dress yours up is to add a bench. Not only is it functional but it adds a homey feeling to the space. If you want to add usefulness to design, add a wooden plank to the bottom of your bench and use it as under storage for shoes.
The oldest and still most effective way of decorating. Strings lights are a design aspect that come back every year, quite literally with the arrival of Christmas. But you don’t have to wait until the holidays to light up your home. Choose a room and wall you want to twinkle and hang the lights there and watch how it adds a magical touch to your decor.
So there you have it folks. 19 Cheap Home Decor Hacks That You Can Do Today! I hope at least one of these hacks has inspired you to get off your booty and give your home an upgrade!Next
For those of you who are unaware, it’s officially Fall. The days are shorter, the nights are longer, and the weather is slowly but surely getting colder. For some, the start of spooky season is a welcomed change that gives rise to costume parties and mouth-watering Thanksgiving stuffing and mashed potatoes. For others, the dreary season is enough to make them want to tune out of the world and tune into their favorite shows.
Enter Netflix, the worldwide entertainment streaming giant with over 130 million memberships across the globe. For only $10.99 a month (a small price to pay in comparison to that gym membership that you keep meaning to cancel but haven’t gotten around to) you have access to a wide variety of television series, films, and documentaries.
Whether you’re cuddled up on the couch with bae for a little Netflix and Chill or just trying to escape the craziness of your 9 to 5 with a classic, we’ve compiled a list of the 20 most binge worthy films/ shows available on Netflix this fall.
Are you convinced that the government is secretly hiding aliens in Area 51? Is there something about the Denver Airport Conspiracy that still isn’t adding up to you? Well then this is just the flick for you. The 12-episode docuseries covers a wide variety of conspiracy theories that have fascinated the public for decades, from the assassination of JFK to the cult-like religion of Scientology. At approximately 45 minutes each, these action-packed episodes will take you inside some of the most gripping tales in history and leave you with more questions than answers.
The Netflix produced film stars a desperate husband and father (who isn’t bad on the eyes, either) played by Sam Worthington. After a traumatic car accident his wife and daughter are admitted to a suspicious hospital and vanish without a trace. After the austere medical staff claims to have no record of either, Worthington’s character embarks on a mission to uncover the truth and find his family.
So, no one told you life was going to be this way. Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life is DOA. Ringing any bells? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’re familiar with the classic American sitcom which stars 5 20 somethings struggling to navigate their personal and professional lives in New York City. Fortunately, the timeless series beloved by millions around the world is available for your viewing pleasure on Netflix. Because sometimes, you just want to hear someone say I’ll be there for you.
It’s virtually impossible to mention beloved American sitcoms without bringing up the absolute masterpiece that is The Office. Originally airing in 2005, the series has stood the test of time and developed a cult like following amongst Millennials and Gen Z’ers after becoming available on Netflix. The cameras follow Steve Carrell as the loveable albeit cringeworthy boss Michael Scott, who spends most of his time tormenting his office staff with an endless parade of hilarious hijinks. The rotating ensemble cast of the award-winning show is equally as endearing and helped earn its place as an outstanding comedy series.
Allow us to switch gears for a moment as we bring to you one of the most truly bone chilling docu-series available on Netflix. Nowadays, serial killer documentaries are a dime a dozen. People want to be scared from a safe distance while enjoying a glass of wine on the couch. However, Conversations with a Serial Killer, The Ted Bundy Tapes is far more gruesome. The four-episode documentary consists of real-life interviews and footage of one of America’s most notorious serial killers, allowing the viewer the ability to truly get in the mind of a murderer.
If anyone knows how to take advantage of America’s previously mentioned serial killer obsession, it’s Netflix. Among the seemingly endless films and documentaries on various serial killers (Killer Women, Murderous Affairs, I am a Killer- just to name a few) comes a refreshing Netflix original series based on former real-life FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench. The series follows these two FBI criminal profilers as they interview various legendary serial killers from Ed Kemp to Charles Manson. And believe us, viewer discretion is advised.
On a much lighter note, although ironically still surrounding the topic of murder, Netflix has recently released a mystery comedy film starring beloved actors Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. The film stars Sandler as Nick Spitz, a NYPD police officer eager to reignite the flame with his wife on their trip to Europe. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned as they agree to join the wealthy and mysterious Charles Cavendish on his family’s superyacht. As you can probably guess from the title, somebody on the yacht is found murdered and it is up to the unlikely spouses to figure out just who has committed this heinous crime.
Schitts Creek is one of those amazing shows that if it wasn’t being streamed on Netflix you’d unfortunately probably never hear of it. The Canadian sitcom follows a formerly wealthy family who loses it all and is forced to move to a rural town tentatively titled Schitts Creek. The riches to rags story is as hilarious as it is thought provoking and it’s stellar cast has won a plethora of awards both in Canada and the United States.
Before you know it, Halloween will be behind us and we’ll be entering the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas season. Rather than bingeing on dime a dozen Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, Netflix is streaming a new spin on an old Classic. The animated adventure is both kid and adult friendly, and the perfect film to get you ready to deck the halls.
Raise your hand if you love a good superhero movie. Now, keep your hand raised if you love a good superhero movie with a gripping plot and ethnically diverse cast of talented actors? If your hand is still raised, then Black Panther is the movie for you. The marvel flick redefines its genre and has the ability to attract audiences outside of the tradition comic book aficionado.
I’m sorry is yet another prime example of a series which has risen in popularity due to its debut on Netflix. The semi biographical Tru TV series written, produced, and starring Andrea Savage as a wife and mother with a wicked sense of humor. The two seasons available feature ten 20-minute-long episodes perfect for binge watching on a lazy weekend.
The sequel to the wildly popular 2015 Marvel film Ant Man is yet another example of a non-tradition superhero film. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, an average joe turned superhero will the help of his action suit which allows him to shrink in size. Both films are as comedy packed as they are action packed and perfect for a quiet night in. Also, for any ladies out there who are constantly forced to by their significant other to watch mind numbing action flicks, here’s one you’ll actually enjoy!
Unfortunately, in today’s society social and political injustices appear to be more and more common. However, few stick out more or are more devastating than the true story behind the quintet labeled by the media as the “Central Park Five”. Singled out by the color of their skin and aggressively pursued by a corrupt legal system, five young men had their lives changed forever after being wrongfully convicted for the rape and assault of a young woman in New York City in 1989. The four-episode series offers a harrowing look at the plight of the wrongfully accused and is almost impossible to walk away from even long after you’ve turned it off.
There are few better ways to get in the spirit of spooky season than binge watching an eerie show. Netflix’s hit Stranger Things is a science fiction horror series following the supernatural phenomena which occurs in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. After a young boy goes missing, his friends and mother set off on a journey to rescue him with the help of Eleven, a young girl with psychokinetic abilities played by the up and coming star Millie Bobbie Brown. With three critically acclaimed seasons and a fourth on the way, the show was one of the first to put Netflix original series on the map and is ideal for an audience of all ages.
The post-apocalyptic film starring A-list star Sandra Bullock become an instant and viral success following its release in December 2018. The film which inspired millions of memes across the web features Bullock as Malorie Hayes, a young mother determined to survive a plague of mass suicides which has devastated the world’s population. Although farfetched, the gripping plot and memorable performances make for the perfect thriller.
Few musicians possess the star power to captivate fans and audiences alike over the span of two decades. Beyoncé is one of them. Beyoncé follows in the footsteps of musical acts such as Justin Bieber and Katy Perry who have created films which document the hard work and dedication it takes to become one of the biggest popstars on the planet. Homecoming centers around Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella appearance, as well as the months of rehearsals which allowed her to set the bar for performers everywhere. If you’re looking for a documentary that will inspire you to get off the couch and away from the TV screen, this is it.
In a modern take on the classic series originally written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the late 19th century, Sherlock is a renowned British crime drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch (also known as Dr. Strange, but we’ll get to that later). If somehow you have never heard of Sherlock Holmes, then I urge you to stop what you’re doing and go to your nearest streaming device. Cumberbatch offers the near perfect portrayal of the socially inept genius detective (sorry Robert Downey Jr.) who solves crimes that seemingly no one else can.
See, we told you we’d get to it! This flick features the aforementioned Cumberbatch as the titular character who embarks on a journey from injured surgeon to Sorcerer Supreme, the primary magical protector of planet Earth. The hit film has spawned several spin off appearances within the Marvel Comic Universe including Thor: Ragnarock and Avengers: Infinity War. With the ideal combination of fantasy and action, Dr. Strange is the perfect film to watch if you need a break from reality.
For all our history buffs out there- this one’s for you. The Last Czars is a Netflix produced chronological series which centers around the legacy of Russia’s last imperial family, The Romanovs. Before meeting a tragic end following the Bolshevik revolution, the Romanovs as well as their “spiritual advisor” Rasputin captured the attention of the world with their mystery and riches. The six-episode docudrama is as captivating as the late royal family and will have you glued to the screen.
In a society that can seem unnerving or downright depressing, sometimes you just have to laugh. With Kevin Hart’s comedy special credibly titled Seriously Funny, you can do just that. For 1 hour and 12 minutes Hart takes your mind off of your dreary and drab day to day with a series of hilarious and relatable stories. Although the 2010 routine is arguably the best, Netflix also offers four other standups starring Hart- if you really have the time to binge.Next
The ketogenic diet is one of the newest weight loss crazes that has gained traction in the last few years. This low carb, high fat diet is meant for quick fat loss. Although for many, sticking to the keto diet can be taxing, exhausting and cumbersome with the tracking of total carbohydrate and fat intake, but it’s also a pretty simple hack for surefire weight loss and increased energy. There are many health benefits for choosing a low carb diet including increased focus and lower cholesterol. Despite this diet being called a “quick fix” for losing weight, doctors warn that dieters beware of staying in ketosis (the process in which your liver produces ketones to burn fat fast) for too long. If you’ve tried the keto diet but couldn’t quite make it work, here are a few reasons you might want to try it again – keto can be a great part of your wellness journey, if done correctly.
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Those on the keto diet can expect to see extreme weight loss in just a short amount of time. Keto dieters have seen results in as little as one week from sticking to it. If you’re wanting to jumpstart weight loss, keto is a great way to begin. The best part about this diet is the easy, quick recipes that can be incorporated into your nutrition plan by simply looking on Pinterest.
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Dieters rejoice! Are you craving a bacon cheeseburger (with no bun, of course)? You’re in luck. Bacon and other fats and meats are approved on this diet. Pork is a great source of both protein and fat – two mainstays on keto. This breakfast staple can be used as a side for a meal or a snack.
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Another staple on the keto diet is coffee. This caffeinated drink is rumored to boost energy as well as act as being a gentle diuretic. If you want a diet that won’t force you to give up your beloved latte, then keto may be for you. Be mindful though, sweeteners and syrups aren’t allowed on keto, so modifications will have to be made.
Keto should be looked as a short-term kickstart to your wellness journey. The truth about the ketogenic diet is that it isn’t meant to be a long-term lifestyle change. For many, being in ketosis can have severe health complications and that’s why medical professionals don’t advise individuals to stay on this diet for more than 90 days at a time.
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To boost your results on the keto diet, you might want to consider intermittent fasting to aid in weight loss. Intermittent fasting is another dieting fad. The most common interval to do the fasting is the 16:8 ratio which basically means you fast for 16 hours and eat for eight in a 24-hour period.
Water plays a huge role in health and wellness. With any diet, staying hydrated and properly nourished is important. Drinking enough water ensures that the body is functioning properly and helps nutrients to flow to the vital organs that they’re meant to assist. Scientists say that we’re supposed to drink six to eight glasses a day for optimal health. While on keto, ensuring proper water intake helps to maximize the benefit of the diet.
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Another fat that is encouraged on the keto diet is cheese. From cheese cubes and sticks to keto cheese bread, there are countless ways to add dairy to the keto diet. If you’re obsessed with cheese, then you’d be glad to know that you can have as much as you want if you’re doing keto.
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One of the nasty side effects of going into ketosis is what some call “keto flu.” This temporary condition causes flu-like symptoms for some. The good thing is, if you’re serious about being in ketosis, these symptoms usually only last for a week or so. If you feel yourself getting a little sick while on keto, be mindful that what you’re feeling is common.
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If you find it hard to curb your sweet tooth while on keto, you might want to try fat bombs. These tasty treats can be made to mimic popular candies like Reese’s and Snickers. If you want a quick, sweet treat, fat bombs are in your corner and have less than five carbs per bomb.
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Prepping meals is relatively easy on the keto diet. Due to the simplistic meals that people create with this diet, quick lunches and snacks makes meal prep a timesaving task. Keto takes the dread out of long, Sunday afternoon cooking and prep work to have meals for the upcoming week.
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Many people experience increased energy while on keto. That’s because consuming large amounts of carbs usually leads to fatigue. By eliminating them and focusing on healthier food options, the body then begins to use food for fuel. Be sure to take supplements like B12 if you feel that your energy levels have dropped.
Another benefit of being on keto is a metabolism boost. This can lead to increased weight loss as the body breaks down food for energy quicker. Something to be mindful of though is that you might feel hungrier as your metabolism kicks up. Be sure to eat filling foods like nuts while on keto.
If you’re feeling bloated, trying keto is a great way to help to ease the feeling of bloat. For people with gluten sensitivities, bloat can be an annoying side effect. By eliminating most carbs from your diet, you should begin to see a significant decrease in bloating discomfort.
Kicking sugar and carbs to the curb is said to lead to tremendous improvements in the appearance of acne. Keto is a great way to get breakouts under control. Be careful though, some people see increased breakouts when they first start keto. If starting causes more acne, just be mindful to keep going as this side effect usually goes away.
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If losing fat is important for you, keto is perfect. By eliminating carbs and sugars, you body breaks down fat faster. The flip side of that is that you have to eat more fats to sort of “trick” your body into burning more. By using fat instead of glucose for energy, the body tends to shed weight a lot faster. Additionally, starting a workout plan while on keto can help to trim fat and build muscle.
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While on keto, dieters eliminate junk foods and unhealthy options and opt for foods that help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Carbs and sugars are known to cause spikes in blood sugar as well. If you want to improve your blood pressure or blood sugar, keto can be a solution. Stock up on leafy green veggies, nuts, raspberries and blueberries to keep your numbers in tact.
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Keto might be a culprit to improvements in kidney function. Despite myths, the keto diet doesn’t create kidney stones or other serious complications with kidney health. The truth is that the heart, brain and other major organs actually function better in ketosis, including the kidneys. Diabetics on ketosis can see improved kidney function.
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If you feel that your body needs some detoxing, the keto diet is a great way to start. Keto is a way to get sugars out of your system quickly and maintaining healthy eating practices while on keto can help with detoxing. Many people on keto swear by it for cleaning the system.
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We know that a healthy diet can help to regulate hormones, but keto is a great option for getting other areas of your reproductive health in order. Women who maintain healthy eating habits while on this low-carb diet can see improvements in PMS symptoms, hormonal imbalances, menstrual cycles and ovarian complications like fibroids and endometriosis.
Before starting keto or any other intense diet, you should consult with a physician. Keto can be a way to jumpstart your next health and wellness journey, but it’s important to know the benefits as well as the risks before you begin. If you’re looking for a short-term solution to help to boost weight loss, keto might be an option.Next
Social media has allowed many people to stay connected with friends, keep informed about the latest news and events, and even have a successful career. However, social media is very much a double-edged sword, and the wrong comment at the wrong time can spell disaster for the author. It may seem difficult to imagine a business or individual embarrassing themselves in the space of a 140-character message on Twitter. Yet social media mistakes have been responsible for the downfall of celebrities, politicians, and entire institutions. No one can deny that social media has been a boon for communication, politics and economics. But some people seem determined to prove that one cannot have Twitter without the word “twit.” Twitter’s logo can swiftly become the bluebird of unhappiness if Twitter’s logo can swiftly become the bluebird of unhappiness if users fail to take proper care when messaging others. Here are some of the more prominent examples of recent social media mistakes
A candidate for the Labour Party in Scotland, MacLennan was forced to withdraw from the race in 2010 after several inflammatory tweets. These included calling elderly constituents “bloody coffin dodgers” and unleashing a torrent of curse words concerning colleagues and detractors alike.
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In 2011, former U.S. Representative Weiner was embroiled in a Twitter scandal known as the infamous “Weinergate.” Weiner sent explicit pictures of himself to a 21-year-old female college student via Twitter. It later came to light that Weiner had engaged in lewd online behavior with at least six women.
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Whitman’s bid for the Governorship of California in 2010 undermined her candidacy due to a typo. Due to an incorrect link on a Twitter account, what was meant to take supporters to an endorsement instead directed them to a video of a Japanese, bass-playing cross-dresser known as H.J. Freaks.
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Owner of the self-named clothing line, Cole received much negative press during the 2011 Egyptian protests. The tweet that got him in trouble
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A social media manager for New Media Strategies, Bartosiewicz provides an excellent example. In 2011, he sent out the following tweet while sitting in Detroit traffic: “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity, and yet no one here knows how to f$#@& drive.”
Although naivety might explain this tweet, McDonald’s created this hashtag, along with #MeetTheFarmers, to promote its food quality and that of its suppliers. Unfortunately, people used the opportunity to share the kind of stories McDonald’s would like to keep out of public view, like food poisoning.
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Love is unique because, thus far, she is the only person in the world to lose a lawsuit filed against her for making disparaging tweets. In 2009, Love posted a rant to Twitter concerning Dawn Simorangkir, a fashion designer. Simorangkir sued Love for defamation, libel and business losses and won.
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Back in February of 2012, Winfrey attempted to encourage viewers to tune into her cable network by tweeting during the Grammy Awards and pleading with people to watch her OWN network. Her messages caused a public backlash, prompting the Nielsen Company to chastise her and begin an investigation into her actions.
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In late October 2011, Australian airline Qantas and its unions broke off negotiations, which led to a grounding of the airline’s entire fleet. Bizarrely, Qantas then chose to launch the “Qantas Luxury” competition, which invited Twitter users to describe their “dream luxury in-flight experience.”
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In January 2011, CVS decided to launch the @CVS_Cares Twitter account to provide customer service via social media. Unfortunately, the tweets were protected, and not publicly available, which meant that only those tweeters approved by CVS could follow and reply to their tweets.
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While IHOP has made many people happy by providing late night access to all kinds of breakfast treats, the company tweeted a very unfortunate message back in 2015. When they tweeted a picture of a stack of pancakes, IHOP went with the regrettable caption of, “flat but has a great personality!”
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When a company fails to take public sentiment into account, particularly about sexual assault, the results can be lamentable. Bud light decided to tweet an image of their bottle with the following message: “The perfect beer for removing the word ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”
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While many people enjoy the baked goods that the company produces, the company used the hashtag #NotGuilty to encourage their fans to share the love in 2011. This hashtag would prove to be a calamitous lapse of judgment, as Casey Anthony supporters were also using the hashtag.
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Sadly, if a company fails to do even basic research before sending a tweet, the internet will be happy to call them out. Back in 2016, Total Beauty tweeted a picture of Whoopi Goldberg saying, “We had no idea @Oprah was #tatted, and we love it. #Oscars.”
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Following the release of the Blackfish documentary, SeaWorld needed to do some damage control to regain positive public sentiment. They created the hashtag #AskSeaWorld so that fans could ask the company questions. As a result, they were deluged by negative responses from animal activists who were displeased.
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In the middle of a playful twitter argument over whether their burgers are frozen, a twitter user asked Wendy’s if they had any memes. In response, Wendy’s posted an image of Pepe, the frog that resembled their mascot. Unfortunately this did not reflect well on Wendy’s image given that Pepe is also associated with hate groups.
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In 2014, when their account gained one million users, they set up an automatic response to thank fans for their support. Sadly, the account proceeded to thank a user whose handle was racist and proceeded to retweet it as well, prompting an apology from the team.
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During Hurricane Sandy, The Gap decided to send a tweet with the following message: “All impacted by #Sandy, stay safe! We’ll be doing lots of Gap.com shopping today, how about you?” While many were forced to remain indoors for safety, the communication was considered remarkably tone-deaf by those affected.
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In 2015, the Seattle Seahawks decided to tweet a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote over a picture of Russell Wilson in tears. Many Twitter users took issue with the Seahawks for equating the struggle for civil rights and equality with a team making it into the Super Bowl.
A member of American Apparel’s Twitter team posted an image of an explosion and smoke trail to celebrate July 4, 2014. Unfortunately, followers readily recognized the image as a photo of the Challenger disaster. Although American Apparel quickly deleted the tweet, the brand faced considerable outrage.Next
For most tourists, Staten Island is the last place they want to visit. Why? No one knows anything about the island. Plus, who wants to visit an island when you can see everything Manhattan and the other boroughs have to offer.
Even for native New Yorkers, Staten Island is a distant land they heard about in fairy tales. You have no idea how many times Staten Islanders are asked what the island is like and is there anything to do there? Well, to answer that question …Staten Island is a place full of charisma and charm and there is plenty to do here.
From museums to shopping centers, Staten Island has everything the other boroughs have to offer. But, every Staten Islander has a list of places they hold dear to their heart and those are the places tourist should visit. Here’s a look into some of the hidden gems of Staten Island that only locals know about.
With three locations on the island, Egger’s has been serving Staten Islanders ice cream since 1932. Best known for their homemade ice cream, they have everything from classic flavors to specialty flavors such as peach and lavender which they roll out monthly. If ice cream isn’t your thing, they have homemade chocolate, 1950’s candy, and classic drinks such as soda floats and egg creams.
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Serving as the island’s minor league baseball team, the Staten Island Yankees has become a national treasure because they represent both the island and the hometown spirit locals have. They are division champions and with every game they have comes a group of passionate Staten Islanders to cheer them on.
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Santa, Snoopy, and kitties, oh my! These are just a few of the vibrant, ceramic cookie jars you’ll find at Cake Chef’s Cookie Jar bakery. Known for its signature wall of cookie jars, this bakery offers an array of desserts — from red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting to chocolate-covered strawberries — so there’s no way you’re going home without a sweet treat.
If you’re looking to have an authentic Staten Island date night, you have to go to Deninos. It’s a Staten Island favorite because of its crispy, thin-crust pizza which is cooked to order. They make everything fresh daily, including the dough, cheese, and sauce, so the pizza tastes like a warm, flavor bomb that melts in your mouth with every bite.
After Deninos, you have to walk across the street to Ralphs for a frozen treat. Originating in Staten Island, there are now numerous locations throughout New Jersey and Long Island. From ices to milkshakes they offer more than 50 different flavors for their frozen desserts including margarita, cherry jubilee, dutch apple pie, passionfruit, and rum raisin. Plus, it helps that they make everything on site.
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Greenbelt is a park that has almost 3,000 acres of land that is comprised of various ecosystems such as a forest, wetlands, and ponds. The diversity of the habits allows visitors to see numerous species of animals while hiking along the park’s trails. Throughout the park are two other parks you can go to for recreational activities such as archery and golf, a wildlife refuge, a nature center, and a plant center.
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Since 1970, Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe has been making elegant, classic pastries that are both delicious and beautiful works of art. With a wide selection of cakes, cookies, tarts, bread, and buns to choose from, the bakery has earned recognition from major publications such as the New York Times. Their desserts are a staple at events on the island because Alfonsos uses the finest ingredients and bakes everything daily.
Voted as “Best Dive Bar” and “Best Bar Bands” by Staten Islanders, Mother Pug’s is a punk/rock bar that honors the local scene. With live music being played every weekend, it’s a great place to check out local bands. Mother Pug’s puts locals first and does everything they can to make sure locals have a fun, welcoming environment to rock out to music.
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Known for holding themselves to extremely high standards, Flagship Brewery is making a name for itself amongst locals. From stouts to IPAs, they have a large beer selection that they make in house. Flagship is a fun, communal space that features wooden picnic tables and stacks of board games scattered throughout.
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A house that was converted into a restaurant, Burrito Bar is a Mexican restaurant that has become a favorite spot for people of all ages to hang out at. With its vibrant, colorful decor, which is inspired by the 1960s, you can’t help but feel happy and cheerful when you enter this restaurant. Plus, it’s a great place to get authentic Mexican food and specialty cocktails for decent prices.
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Liberty Tavern is a rustic bar that values the community above all else. From the wood detailing to the outdoor patio, this bar is the place you go to when you want to have a chill night out with friends. They amplify this energy by having live music during the weekends and hosting various events throughout the week such as poker nights and Harvest Fest.
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As a protected Forever Wild location, Clove Lakes Park is a park that acts as an escape from the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day life. With trails running along the park, it’s a great place to go for a run or jog, walk your dog, or ride your bike. The park is peaceful and serene even though it’s surrounded by major streets.
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Bootleg Mannings is a whiskey lover’s heaven. They have a huge selection of whiskeys to choose from, so there’s no way you won’t find your favorite whiskey there. If whiskey isn’t your thing, they have craft beer on tap and other popular bottled drinks such as twisted tea you can choose from.
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The winner of “Best Sicilian and Grandma Pizza” on Staten Island, Brother’s Pizza has been satisfying the taste buds of Staten Islanders since the 1980s. Known for having mouth-watering Sicilian and Grandma slices, their pizza has the perfect sauce to cheese ratio with fluffy dough that feels like a cloud in your mouth. Unlike other pizzerias, they don’t accept credit cards nor do they deliver, yet there’s always a line of people patiently waiting for their order.
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Play Sportsbar is the place to be on game day. From patrons screaming at the television when a team scores to playfully teasing one another when a team is losing, Play has an electric atmosphere to it on game days. Along with offering over 75 different craft beers, Play has become the place to go for dart tournaments, trivia nights, and so much more.
This performing arts theater has been hosting events on the island for the last 90 years. The St. George Theatre is a 2,800 seat venue with a breathtaking interior that is inspired by both Spanish and Italian Baroque styles. You can see everything from comedy shows to concerts and Broadway shows at this theatre.
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Known as one of the most haunted places in New York, Kresisher Mansion has become a popular Halloween attraction for locals within the last two years. Normally closed to the public, around October the victorian house gets turned into a haunted house. The mansion’s dark history of murder and misfortune adds to the somber, ominous feeling of the walkthrough.
Winner of the prestigious Good Beer Seal, Killmeyer’s is the go-to spot for authentic German beer and food. They make their food the same way food is prepared in Germany, so you’re getting an authentic food experience without having to travel abroad. Plus, everything from the waitresses wearing lederhosen to beer steins lining the wall makes you feel like you’re in Germany.
The two beaches are adjacent to each other and create a 2.5-mile boardwalk. Along with sunbathing and swimming, you can walk along the boardwalk and take in the view of the water. If you don’t want to visit the beaches during the day, you can come back in the evening and sit near the water and just think about life.Next
Practically everyone is familiar with blueberries. You know, those blue-ish purple tiny fruits that are shaped roundly and are so refreshing? Well, as it turns out, there’s so much more to them than just popping them in your mouth, and tossing them in a salad.
This plant is indigenous to North America, and it is vastly produced here. It can also be found in Asia and Scandinavia and many people are aware of its health advantages. As a berry, it is an antioxidant that is packed with nutrients and other notable benefits.
Whether you are a health fanatic, a lover of fruits, or eat blueberries just because, you may be pretty surprised to discover the endless blueberry uses.
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When it comes to blueberry uses, the most obvious option is to pop them in your mouth. Don’t forget to wash them, of course! They make a simple low-caloric nutritious snack that is perfect for anyone wanting a quick bite.
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There’s more to blueberries. Uses include making a fantastic drink! Looking for a refreshing thirst-quencher that is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals? Throw some blueberries in a blender, add orange or lemon juice, and sweeten it to suit your liking. Drink it while it is fresh!
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If it’s scorching outside, popsicles are always perfect for cooling down. Blend up some blueberries (add additional fruits if you’d like) and add a little sweetener to improve the taste. Pour the juice into a popsicle mold and throw it in the freezer. They make the perfect popsicles once frozen.
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Not interested in making popsicles? Okay, no judgment. How about throwing a handful of them into the freezer? Once frozen, use them as ice cubes and add them to any beverage to cool it down!
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Blueberry uses are quite profound, and making a smoothie is one of the greatest ways to consume it. Blend it up with your favorite fruits, yogurt, almond milk, chia seeds, or whatever you prefer, and you’ll have a drink filled with healthy essentials.
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Love cookies? So, do we! How about making some delicious blueberry cookies? Grab a bowl, and make a fresh blueberry paste. Combine it with cream cheese, sugar, and some other great ingredients to create irresistible cookies.
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It seems as though every day someone is getting creative with grilled cheese sandwiches. Here’s one for the books, grilled cheese with blueberries. The trick is to turn the blueberries into a dressing or vinaigrette and add it to your sandwich.
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Okay, so one of the most common ways to use blueberries is to add it to your salad. You can combine it with feta, and mandarin orange, or any one of your faves for a refreshing taste.
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The range of blueberry uses available will make you question a lot of things. Here’s another one, blueberry salsa. Generally, we think of tomatoes when we hear salsa. However, blueberry salsa is a great alternative when combined with lemon juice and other great ingredients.
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With the right ingredients, blueberries can be used to make a tasty homemade sauce. It can be used to dress waffles, toast, or any food item you choose. Just combine the right ingredients to make it your own.
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If you love frozen yogurt, you’ll love frozen blueberry bites. So, dip some blueberries into your favorite yogurt, and throw them in the freezer. They make a perfect snack if you’re craving something sweet.
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Dehydrate your blueberries and make a simple trail mix. So, grab some granola, cranberries, almonds, and your dehydrated blueberries. Then, throw them in a sandwich bag, shake them up, and snack away!
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Yes, we’ve said it before, but blueberry uses are quite endless! Grab your blueberries and make it into a BBQ Sauce. After that, you can add it to some BBQ’d chicken, or ribs for a unique taste.
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Looking to make a refreshing drink for you and friends? Consider using blueberries to create a cocktail. Mix it up with your favorite vodka, fruit drink, and soda water for a delicious beverage.
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Are you one of those people that love a good face mask? Well, blueberry uses don’t stop at eating them. How about putting it in on your face? When made into a paste along with honey, it makes a nourishing facial mask.
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Trying to get rid of some dry skin? Turn your blueberries into a sugar scrub. Make it into a paste, add some brown sugar, essential oil of choice, and scrub away! As a result, your face will thank you, and you’ll smell pretty darn good.
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Did you know that blueberries can add a tinge of color to your hair? It’s true! If you have dark hair, it can add a hue of color. However, for lighter hair, primarily blonde, blueberry can produce a pink shade.
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Struggling to grow your hair? Blueberries can help! By making a homemade blueberry conditioner and applying to your hair, it can help to stimulate hair growth. For instance, try blending it with banana, and a hint of rosemary oil.
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Blueberry uses extend beyond hair! Due to its dark hue, it is also great for dyeing clothes. Interested in improving the look of your current attire. Try changing its look by using blueberries as a natural dyeNext
Wine nights are the best. From spending time with friends and sharing a couple of glasses of vino while watching the latest episode of American Horror Story this fall, there’s just not a lot that could make the evening better. That is, unless you add crafts into the mix! And what better way to get your creative juices flowing then when you’re drinking your favorite juice?
So, instead of just lounging about with the gang while you sip some red, put those buzzed brains to work on something you can all tackle together: upcycling! When you upcycle wine corks, you get to find a new purpose and reuse for old things, which is perfect when it comes to all those wine corks you’ve had sitting in a see-through jar. But what happens when that jar gets too full and starts overflowing? Stop wasting space and start crafting with upcycled corks! Check out these 19 upcycling ideas that are sure to be a hit with all your wino buds or just when you’re in the mood for getting creative.
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It may sound intimidating, but building a cork board from upcycled wine corks is actually a pretty simple task. Aside from the wine corks, all you need is a little bit of glue and a thin piece of plywood to make the magic happen. Soon you’ll have an upcycled cork board to pin all your recent movie stubs, photo booth favorites, and other items that make you nostalgic.
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Stepping onto the slick tile floor of your bathroom after a shower or bath is never safe. Instead of risking your life every time you get clean, use an upcycled wine cork mat to protect you! These interesting bath mats add a fun decorative layer to any bathroom, but are also ideal because the texture makes the perfect non-slip surface!
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It may be a simple project, but hey — is there anything better than an easy project while drinking your favorite bottle of wine? Take a tiny, circular magnet and use a hot glue gun to adhere to the cork. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and voila! You instantly have a cute upcycled gift for any wine connoisseur to cherish.
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If you’ve ever worn a pair of Birkenstocks, then you understand the power of cork shoes. Create your very own with some powerful glue and leather for the straps. You’ll soon discover just how elastic and waterproof this sustainable sandal can be! Over time, this upcycled cork will begin to mold to the shape of your foot, making it completely unique to your step.
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It doesn’t have to be Christmas to put a festive wreath on your front door. It could be any holiday from the Fourth of July to Halloween – all you need are some painted corks that go with your theme (pastel colors for Easter, etc.) and then you can get to gluing them on your circular wire form. Attach decorative pieces such as a plastic pumpkin for your autumn-inspired wreath to really get in the holiday mindset.
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Display your love of wine in an unconventional way: by placing an upcycled cork on your keychain. It’s an easy craft and only takes a couple of minutes to do! Plus, if there is a specific wine night that stole your heart, you can always carry the memory of that time with the wine cork popped from that night.
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Sometimes stored picture frames can get a bit scuffed after being stuffed away for years. If that happens, don’t toss it just because it looks rough, keep it and glue wine corks to the frame! This instantly classes up your old frame and makes it new once again. Any wine consumer will want one of these bad boys in their home.
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Most people love gifts with their names on them, and your wino friends are no exception. Give them the first letter of their first or last name covered in wine corks to display on their wall. Or even better, make one for yourself! Place this wall decor where you like to drink wine the most and admire all your hard work.
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Spruce up your office with some sophisticated and creative vibes by forming a homemade pencil holder! Make yours completely from wine corks in a box-like shape to keep all your pens and pencils together. The organization is sure to make you smile, especially every time you reach for a writing utensil.
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Creating a stamp sounds like hard work, but it actually only takes a little carving into your cork to make it happen. Start your first stamp with an easy image in mind. Try something like a crescent moon or a redwood tree and carve out the shape into the upcycled cork so the desired image protrudes. Dip it in ink and start stamping all your envelopes with it!
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Place your hot bowls, trays, mugs, plates, and more onto a functional trivet made entirely of corks. Cork handles very hot and cold temperatures extremely well and is the perfect material for protecting your sensitive tables and countertops from the scorching cookware you’ve just pulled out of the oven.
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Just like with trivets, coasters are great for protecting your table from wear and tear. Also, these fun little upcycled projects make fantastic birthday and Christmas gifts, especially for that special wine drinker in your family. But, be careful! You might not want to let them go after you get finished making a set!
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Just moved into a new home and want to capture the moment in a unique way? Celebrate with a bottle of bubbly and turn its cork into a Christmas ornament! With a little paint or permanent marker, add the year and what you’re commemorating to remind you every year in December about this beautiful time.
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This may be the easiest craft on the list! Keep your cork horizontal and slice it long ways down the middle, making sure to not cut it completely in half. If you’re a business owner, place your business cards in the crevice to make a fun display for anyone stopping by your shop.
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Whether you’re looking for a small change in your bedroom or in another room in your house, replacing the knobs on your drawers and cabinets with corks can really update the place. Champagne corks tend to be larger than wine corks, so using them will be easier to grasp when opening the cabinetry.
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From rings to necklaces, earrings and more, you’ll find that creating wine cork jewelry is almost as fun as wearing wine cork jewelry. You’ll not only look stylish, but you’ll also look completely one-of-a-kind in these upcycled jewelry pieces. Get creative with your jewelry by painting designs on the cork or spray painting them all one color!
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When prepping for your wedding, it’s always a good idea to plan a guestbook for your friends and family to sign as they arrive. Instead of sticking to tradition, spice up that idea with wine cork messages!
Have a bowl of wine corks on one side and a large empty cylindrical vase on the other with a sign asking each guest to sign the corks with a message to the bride and groom. Once they’re done writing, they’ll drop the corks in the vase, helping you create an incredible memory for years to come.
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Grass and mud is no friend to a lady in heels. Unfortunately, so many bridesmaids have to walk through this terrain in heels, most likely awkwardly getting stuck while trying to keep it together in front of the wedding guests. Luckily, you can now upcycle wine corks in a way that will help you walk through the grass without tripping all over yourself. Just cut one cork in half and twist onto the heel of your shoes for a little peace and balance.
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If you like to travel, then you are already ambitious and probably won’t be fazed by this project. Get ready to create an entire world map on your wall from wine corks that way you can tac every place you’ve visited in the world! Make it easy for yourself by outlining the world map in pencil first so all you have to do is fill it in with lots and lots of wine corks!
Drinking wine is a lot of fun, but drinking wine while you upcycle wine corks is even better. So, next time you’re about to throw out the wine cork from the bottle you just opened, be sure to hold onto it. It’s a chance for you to be eco-conscious while creating some cool items along the way!Next
If you have lived a considerable amount of time in the United States, you have most likely visited at least one of the 61 US National Parks. A large number of US population visits national parks each year. Most visit for recreational purposes such as camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, etc. Each park is unique in its geological features, climate, terrain as well as the activities you can take part in. However, one thing is constant among all parks – their beauty. Many famous writers, poets, painters and photographers have used these parks as their inspiration to create timeless pieces of art. While some of us might even have had our first kiss at a camping trip at one of these parks.
This list of national parks has been carefully compiled based on being the warmest US National Parks to visit in winter months – December through March. Average low temperatures of the individual months of December, January, February and March were entered for all 61 national parks to calculate the overall average low winter temperatures. From those results, we have picked top 19 warmest US National Parks. 6 of the 19 parks are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites which adds to their significance. The lowest average winter low temperature was at Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska of -2 degrees Fahrenheit and the highest average winter low temperature was at Everglades National Park, Florida at 58 degrees Fahrenheit.
So without further ado, here is the list in alphabetical order to help you plan your next winter getaway. Please note that some of the parks may only have limited access during winters.
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Carlsbad Caverns is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the Guadalupe Mountains in New Mexico. One of its main attractions is the show cave known as the Carlsbad Cavern. Visitors can either hike or take an elevator to the cavern. The park also includes a large limestone chamber called the Big Room. The park has an average winter low temperature of 35 degrees.
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With a winter average low of 46 degrees, Channel Islands of California are located in the Pacific Ocean stretching from the coast of Santa Barbara to San Pedro in Los Angeles. The park comprises of 5 islands out of which Santa Rosa has shown evidence in the form of carbon dating of human occupation from 37,000 years ago. Due to its very temperate climate, there are a lot of activities offered such as kayaking through its caves, backpacking and scuba diving.
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Situated in South Carolina, Congaree National Park has one of the highest forest canopies and one of the largest concentrations of champion trees in the world. Some of the recreational activities offered at the park include simple campsites, canoeing, hiking, bird watching, and kayaking. It has an average winter low temperature of 37 degrees.
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Death Valley, located on the border of California and Nevada, is the hottest as well as the driest location in North America. It had the highest air temperature ever recorded on Earth at a whopping 134 degrees back in 1913. You can also find ancient rock drawings dating back 10,000 years. One of the most popular activities in Death Valley is riding the dunes on motorcycles, ATVs or mountain bikes. It also has 9 designated campsites. It has an average winter low temperature of 45 degrees.
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Dry Tortugas is located in the Florida Keys and is known for its abundance of sea life, tropical birds, coral reefs and folklores of sunken treasures. The park can only be accessed by seaplane or boat and includes activities such as camping, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and bird-watching. It boasts one of the warmest winters and is a tie with Death Valley at 45 degrees average winter low temperature.
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Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Everglades in Florida is the biggest tropical wilderness in the US. It has a significant ecosystem consisting of crocodiles, panthers, manatees, numerous species of birds and fish and about 50 some species of reptilians. It is known for its trails, campsites, water vehicle activities, and dark skies site which allows for one of the best viewing locations of the Milky Way. It also boasts as the warmest US National Park on this list with an average low winter temperature of 58 degrees.
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas is located in the same mountain range as Carlsbad Caverns. It houses the highest natural point in the state called the Guadalupe Peak. The park has a rich human history of Apache Indians and has some 16th century Spanish architecture still standing. It offers backpacking, campsites, hiking and exploration of its wilderness. The average winter temperature reaches a low of 33 degrees.
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Located in Arkansas, Hot Springs is home to many spa-style bathhouses taking advantage of the natural hot spring water that is available at the park. Earlier bathhouses were made merely out of brush huts and wooden cabins. It was believed that the hot spring water cured diseases. The water composition actually does contain many natural chemicals and minerals that are beneficial to humans. Its average winter low temperatures reach 34 degrees.
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You may have heard of or listened to the band U2’s album called Joshua Tree. The album name is based on the Joshua trees that are found here. The park is mostly desert and is located about 1.5 hours east of Los Angeles, California. It is also home to many interesting rock formations. It features activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing and sky watching. The average low winter temperature here is 37 degrees.
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Kings Canyon in California as the name implies is a mile deep valley of rugged mountainous terrain, rivers and giant sequoia trees. It is known for its beautiful mountains, valleys and wildlife. Many artists have painted its scenery onto canvas. Activities here include hiking, camping, rock and mountain climbing and water sports. The average low winter temperature here reaches 28 degrees.
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Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky boasts as having the longest cave system in the world. You can get guided tours of the limestone caves where you can marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites formations hanging from the cave roof. The average winter low temperatures reach around 29 degrees here.
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North Cascades in Washington State is home to the beautiful Cascade Pass and Pelton Basin, numerous high mountain peaks, rivers and glaciers. Its mountains are a major tourist attraction for mountain climbers. It is also great for camping, hiking and biking. The average low temperature in winter reaches around 32 degrees.
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Another park in the State of Washington, Olympic National Park is home to numerous glaciated mountains, temperate rainforests, meadows, rivers as well as rugged coastlines. Some of the activities you can do are hiking, camping, picnicking and rafting. This park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an average low winter temperature of 33 degrees.
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As the name implies, Pinnacles National Park in Central California is a haven for mountain and rock climbers offering numerous climbing opportunities. It provides amazing hiking paths in the beautiful wilderness which houses diverse wildlife and vegetation. Popular activities here are hiking, camping and mountain climbing. The average low winter temperature reaches 29 degrees.
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Home to the tallest and some of the oldest trees in the world, Redwood National and State Parks comprises of several states parks in California. The most famous feature of the park are the immensely tall and wide Redwood trees, some of which are wide enough to have carved car tunnels in them. It is also home to numerous animal species and features activities such as back country camping, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing and mountain biking. The average low winter temperatures here are 36 degrees.
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This park gets its name from the giant Saguaro cactus that is found here. It is located in the deserts of Arizona and is open every day, all year round except Christmas. It has your usual campsites, hiking trails, and includes horseback riding through its rocky desert landscape. The average winter low temperature here reaches 42 degrees.
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Sequoia National Park is a forested mountainous park home to giant sequoia trees. It includes the largest tree on Earth called the General Sherman tree. In fact, 5 of the 10 largest trees in the world are found in this park. The park includes features such as the Tokopah Falls, the Sherman Tree Trail, Tunnel Log, Crescent Meadow, Moro Rock, campgrounds and the Giant Forest Museum. The average low winter temperature is 30 degrees here.
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The famous photographer Ansel Adams has used this park for a lot of his famous photographs. It is known worldwide for its beauty which includes beautiful granite cliffs, some of the largest concentrations of waterfalls, clear water streams, beautiful lakes surrounded by mountains, lush green meadows, and icy glaciers. It is also home to one of the largest volcanic cauldrons in the world. The average winter low temperatures reach around 28 degrees here.
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Last but not least, Zion National Park in Utah is known for its red sandstone cliffs and is considered one of the most beautiful national parks in the US. It is a haven for climbers with its steep rocks and mountains. Some of the activities you can do here are rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding and camping. It has an average low winter temperature of 33 degrees.Next
An automobile! To some, simply a hunk of metal, to others, a machine that gives freedom. The modern car was first created in the late 19th century. Since then, countless of improvement and millions of units sold. From Model T to Tesla, these cars shaped our automotive landscape, these are the world changing cars.
Cars are just like any other consumer product. Some cars were bad while other revolutionized how we as humans interact with the world. Who could imagine that that in the 21st century you would be capable to have a video chat with your friends right from your car? But then again who would imagine a video chat!
When you think of cars, you might be thinking about the one you want most, or the one you currently have. You don’t always think about how they can change the world. In this article we’ll take a look at 20 cars that changed the world in different ways, and their original features.
The Motorwagen was first patented in 1886 by Karl Benz. First built in 1885 the motorwagen may have been the first ever car. It may not have been the first car, but it was one of the first commercially available vehicle that resembles the four wheeled cars we see today. It looked like a chariot with an engine, without a doubt a car that changed the world of transportation allowing the driver to sit down while operating.
The Ford Model T was first produced in 1908 by Ford Motor Company. The Car was a world renowned favorite and the first ever mass produced vehicle. The Model T, invented by Henry Ford, changed the world because of how it was manufactured. The design used interchangeable parts, and an assembly line. Thus increasing productivity while driving down costs. The Ford Model T is often known as the first affordable car.
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The 1951 Chrysler Imperial is a car that changed the world via mechanical intuition. It was the first ever commercially available car with power steering. The system was originally called “hydroglide” and was first introduced in the 1951 Imperial. Power steering was a big game changer for automobiles, allowing just about anyone to operate the car, regardless of forearm strength.
Fred Duesenberg first used hydraulic brakes on his 1921 Duesenberg after testing Lockheed’s system on racing cars. That’s right, people were racing cars before they had hydraulic brakes. The design worked so well it was put into production in 1921 and popularity spread from there. Without a doubt the hydraulic braking technology of the Duesenberg changed the world of cars forever.
The 1958 Saab GT-750 definitely changed the world being the first production car to offer seat belts as a standard option. Until this vehicle was introduced, other card did not consider seat belts to be a standard option.
The Town Car, by Lincoln, was the first commercial car to offer a CD player standard in 1987. Undoubtedly changing the world, this car allowed you to play CDs and listen to music on demand without the use of tapes. Compact Disks were the first age of digital media and were widely utilized into the 2000’s.
In 1966 Porsche began fitting their 911s model with alloy wheels as a standard. This car helped change the world because of these wheels. Today alloy wheels are standard on almost all cars. Compared to steel wheels, they are lighter, more corrosion resistant, and allow for better handling.
The 1940 Packard 180 Series was the first car to utilize power windows. Believe it or not this funny car actually utilized a hydro-electric system of mechanisms to deliver the power window experience. Today designs are much simpler utilizing only electric motors and mechanical means.
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The first ever backup camera was presented in 1956 at the General Motors Motorama, fitted in a Buick Centurion. The Car changed the world by utilizing a television camera and a screen similar to the backup cameras we have in vehicles now. Actually, exactly the same way, just with larger components.
In 1912 Caddilack was the first company to offer an alternative to the hand crank starting mechanisms of other cars. Their solution was an electric motor and a switch that allowed the engine to spin up before ignition. This became known as the electric starter and definitely played a hand in changing the automotive world.
Chrysler has a lot of spots on this list, perhaps because of their genius engineering and problem solving abilities. In 1949 they were the first company to combine the cars ignition (start button) with the turning movement of the key. Before this, you would unlock the car with a key and push a button to start. Funny how now we’ve gone in the reverse direction back to push button start. This idea however, kept cars safer for a long time.
The 1938 Citroen 11CV was the first ever hatchback car of its bodystyle. The hatchback included a large fifth rear door and a compact overall design. This car changed the world of compact cars forever because hatchbacks are still very popular. Today you can check out the Honda Fit and the Mini Cooper if you’d like to see a modern hatchback.
The 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 was the fastest car in all the land at one time. The true origins of muscle cars are highly debated but most can agree this was the first true muscle car. Designed for power, style and speed, this car was anything but practical, but highly impressive in its day. In 1949 the car boasted 135 hp from its powerful V8 engine and went on to win 8/10 races in the 1950 NASCAR season.
In 1955 the Citroen DS was the first car to feature front disc brakes using the disk and caliper setup that is standard today. The system utilized a caliper to squeeze the brake pads around a central spinning disk. This greatly improved the stopping power of this car, ad quickly changed the world of automotive brakes.
The first car available commercially to the public with airbags equipped standard was the 197e Oldsmobile Toronado. This allowed for great improvements to come and overall increased driver safety. Since then the airbag has saved countless lives and injuries. Could you imagine not having airbags today?
The very first car with a powered retractable convertible top was the 1934 Peugeot. To take the top down or up was now a simple endeavour and soon after this, Chrysler started making their own for the US. This feature changed the world of convertibles for sure. Now days, cars have very elegant designs for their powered roofs.
The 2017 KoenigseggAgera RS is the world’s fastest production car to date. Designed for one thing: speed. This beast of a car can reach top speeds of up to 277 miles per hour. Way more than is needed, but definitely has changed the world. If you love speed you’ll love this car.
In 1962 The Peel Engineering company invented the Peel P50. The smallest production car ever made. Perhaps the company was inspired by their location: an island called the Isle of Man. In 2010 it won the Guiness World Record for smallest production car ever made. It sure looks funny.
Since it came out in 1973 the Volkswagen Passat has sold over 16 million times and has gone through 7 generations. That makes this car one of the best selling of all time. Perhaps there’s something to this car, it has changed the world in sheer volume of production alone.
In 2017 was the first mass produced, commercially available and legal electric car. Today the company has sold hundreds of thousands of units. When it was first introduced the vehicle had a range of over 200 miles on a single charge this vehicle has changed the world and opened up many opportunities for alternative propulsion systems in cars.Next
As far as video game mascots go, Nintendo’s Mario is as prolific as it gets. It’s safe to say that even if you’ve never picked up a video game controller in your life that you can still identify Mario. Nintendo has been able to build many strong franchises and lovable characters over the years, but Mario has an everlasting appeal that’s hard to deny. His presence alone typically pushes a video game into the bestseller territory.
Mario’s main series of video games have experienced many evolutions through the years. Mario games take more risks, but Mario himself is a character that’s been allowed to step out of his own franchise and cameo in other titles. Accordingly, here’s a look at 20 times Mario has appeared in non-Mario video games.
Before Mario was headlining his own series he actually played the role of antagonist to Donkey Kong and his extended family. This version of Mario is much more grounded than the “Super” version that comes in later games. He still gives those giant apes a run for their money.
Punch-Out!! is one of the most popular games on the original Nintendo console. It’s also one of the most painfully difficult ones. Little Mac is the game’s distinguished fighter, but Mario makes a cute appearance as the boxing match’s referee. This is a much more domesticated version of Nintendo’s hero. Hey, everyone needs a side hustle.
Tetris is a simple puzzle game and that’s exactly why it’s remained so popular over the years. There’s not a whole lot to the game’s formula and there’s no need to complicate what works. Mario doesn’t play a crucial role in the Nintendo’s port of Tetris, but he’s there. As a fun congratulation he and a bunch of other Nintendo characters party when you win the game.
Rare’s Donkey Kong Country games for the Super Nintendo are some of the best platformers of all-time. They even give Mario’s own games a run for their money. Not only are the Donkey Kong Country games highly fun, but they also boast a wry sense of humor. For instance, Donkey Kong Country 2 features a Video Game Heroes hall of fame. It doesn’t just reference Mario, but Sonic as well!
Mario has turned into a surprisingly athletic video game character over the years. He’s tried his hand at basically every sport that’s out there. Mario and some of his usual partners in crime make a surprise appearance as playable characters in the GameCube’s SSX On Tour. What’s so jarring about this is that Mario’s character model and aesthetic just doesn’t mesh with SSX’s realistic world.
Mario eventually gets his own basketball game, but that doesn’t mean that he still can’t make surprise appearances in other ones. NBA Street V3 is a gritty, realistic basketball game. Therefore, throwing the cartoonish Mario into the mix is a bit of a baffling decision. Mario’s appearance has strangely made the game a cult classic on the GameCube.
The Animal Crossing series has turned into one of Nintendo’s biggest hits. It’s very surprising that they almost didn’t localize the cute series in the first place. Animal Crossing creates a calming environment as it simulates simple, domestic tasks. Mario finds his way into the games as one of the many themes that you can adorn your home in. Mario chique.
The Super Nintendo’s Super Scope 6 was a game designed for the Super Scope, a massive bazooka-like peripheral that made the NES Zapper look like a peashooter. Super Scope 6 is a compilation of games that all take advantage of the complex light gun. During target practice in one level, Mario will pilot a plane as Lemmy Koopa pursues him.
Qix started as a hit in the arcades. Then, Nintendo decided to port it over to the GameBoy and give it their personal touch. Mario and friends make a surprising amount of appearances throughout the puzzle game. They happily congratulate you when you beat the game. There are also many game over screens that feature Mario in different regions of the world.
Dance Dance Revolution has turned into a phenomenon. The arcade-exclusive title finally found a way to break through to the console market. Instead of Mario just showing up as some background character in a Dance Dance Revolution game, he and his friends actually take over a DDR title. This Mario Mix exclusively features songs from the history of Mario games. It allows the plumber to really cut loose.
Nintendo has done a strong job over the years to improve their bonds with third-party developers and be a receptive home for other company’s games. Many fans got excited over the announcement that Minecraft would be available on the Wii U. Nintendo went one step further by providing a number of Mario touches to the experience.
Don’t get Fortune Street confused with Mario Party. The two may look suspiciously similar, but Fortune Street is much more akin to Monopoly. The Fortune Street games have been popular in Japan for a while, but they’ve only recently made their way over to America. To help celebrate, Mario christened the board game and is a part of the festivities.
Before the days where Mario Golf was its own popular franchise, Mario and company were hitting the links in NES Open Tournament Golf. This classic golf game doesn’t reference Mario in its title, but he and the rest of his friends are all over the game. Even Toad is there for moral support. There are also plenty of hazards that would only show up in the Mushroom Kingdom.
Wrecking Crew doesn’t seem very revelatory by today’s standards. However, it’s a formative piece of Nintendo history. Wrecking Crew is another game that features Mario before he had his own series or a personality to fall back on. This is just a mindless NES action title, but it marks the start of Mario’s rise to fame.
There are pinball titles that are set entirely within the Mario universe, but the approach taken with the NES game, Pinball, is much more subtle. This plays like a standard pinball game, but it utilizes Mario’s “construction” experience to have him moving the parts of the machine that keep the ball in play. It’s a clever idea.
Nintendo pulled off a few experiments that don’t really get a lot of attention, but were still the home for some interesting video games. The Satellaview was a rudimentary Internet of sorts for the NES. It contained a version of Excite Bike that was given a Mario makeover. It’s the perfect way to make the game accessible to a new crowd.
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In many ways the GameBoy game, Golf, plays more like a tech demo than a full video game. It’s extremely rudimentary, but it still manages to feel like golf. It’s implied that the main golfer in the game is Mario. This is really just because at the time Nintendo didn’t have a wide roster of characters to utilize. It’s hardly as thorough as his appearance in NES Open Tournament Golf.
Famicom Grand Prix: F-1 Race and its several sequels were a popular racing franchise for Nintendo. If Mario Kart never came along, then these would likely be the racing games that Nintendo would be embracing. Famicom Grand Prix functions like a proto Mario Kart in some ways as it gives players a taste of Mario characters in a racing game.
The Picross puzzle games are very popular in their own right. However, there was a time when Nintendo was a little less sure over the appeal of the series. To remedy these fears, Nintendo inserted Mario into the Picross world and Mario’s Picross and Mario’s Super Picross were born in the process.
Yakuman DS is a mahjong game, which is likely why it never came to America. Nevertheless, it’s another extremely confusing Mario appearance. Yakuman DS functions as a straight-laced mahjong game, but then it features a whole lineup of crazy Nintendo characters. Even Mario loves some good mental stimulation.Next