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Welcome, President Trump, to a world of shade

While our most celebrated practitioners of throwing shade tend to be entertainers like Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, RuPaul and Cher, several public and political figures from around the world have shown a talent for tactfully taking Trump down. The shade has only just begun. Read more

In collaboration with @tvland

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Here’s how hospitals can heal through sustainability

  • According to a June 2016 study, if the U.S. health care industry were a nation, it would rank 13th in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • While a previous study found the health care industry caused 8% of the country’s carbon emissions, the new study found these emissions caused 12% of acid rain, 10% of smog formation and 9% of respiratory disease from particulate matter in 2013.
  • Moreover, hospitals are among the top 10 in their communities for water use and the single largest users of chemical agents. The volume of hospital waste is staggering — more than 2.3 million tons per year.
  • By taking steps to limit these environmental impacts, the health care industry can promote the long-term health of our communities, particularly the most vulnerable populations. Read more

In collaboration with Dignity Health

No one is born a bully, it’s a learned behaviour adopted by the broken used to break others. It’s important to call out toxic attitudes towards otherness and break cycles. This piece was made in support of #TheBullyProjectMural with @adobecreativecloud. The Illustration was figured out and rendered in #AdobeSketch, and comped and edited using #Lightroom and #PhotoshopMix. #MakeitonMobile #Sponsored

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Newfoundland is hardly new: Travel through 9,000 years of scenic beauty

Located at the easternmost edge of the North American continent, Newfoundland is a sprawling terra incognita sandwiched between Quebec and the North Atlantic. With picturesque landscapes of glittering tundra, rocky coastlines frequented by humpback whales and lush forests with lofty waterfalls, Newfoundland is a photographer’s paradise. Read more

In collaboration with Jeep

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While science fiction and technophobes envision a dystopian destiny in which artificial intelligence does our thinking for us and robots take our jobs, the future of manufacturing that’s already coming into focus is one where highly-educated people are the real power behind the machines.

Whatever image you have about the industry, these futuristic jobs will make you rethink manufacturing entirely. Read more

In collaboration with Arconic

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Black Lives Matter.

Before those three words became a hashtag and an inspirational rallying cry for a new national movement, they were a heartbreaking plea for simple recognition.

First shared publicly on a Saturday in the summer of 2013 — the day George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin seemed to say the opposite — “Black Lives Matter” was an affirmation of a basic humanity too long denied.

In a recent phone interview, Alicia Garza reflected on the moment she posted “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter” to Facebook, how her friend and fellow activist Patrisse Cullors then shared Black Lives Matter as a hashtag, and why it has resonated so powerfully ever since.

“We live in a world where it’s not actually true,” Garza explained. “To have a message that is affirming of people’s existence, is affirming of people’s experiences.”

That message of affirmation continues to resonate far beyond Garza’s words — and it’s what makes the movement she co-founded (along with Cullors and Opal Tometi) so different from the fights for civil rights that came before. From Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr. to Nelson Mandela, social justice movements have always been about more than their courageous and inspirational leaders. It’s the multitude of diverse individuals who unified behind a common cause that propelled movements forward.

But the diversity of those unified individuals wasn’t always so visible — and that’s what sets #BLM and the collective Movement for Black Lives apart from their predecessors. While #BLM has been justifiably hailed for galvanizing a new generation of activists through social media and mobilizing through a more distributed organizational structure, its leaders see their embrace of intersectionality and the foregrounding of multidimensional identities and perspectives as critical to ensuring this movement succeeds.

“Blackness is not a monolith,” Garza said. “There is no one way to be black.” Read more

In collaboration with BET

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Eileen Collins blazed a trail for women engineers to follow

On July 23, 1999, on the eve of the new millennium, Eileen Collins broke through a major glass ceiling on her way to breaking free of Earth’s atmosphere. Having already made history as the first female Space Shuttle pilot, in 1995, Col. Collins now led STS-93 Columbia  and its mission to deploy the Chandra X-Ray Observatory as the first female shuttle commander in the history of NASA.

Despite Collins’s inspirational example, women remain significantly underrepresented across STEM fields. Only one other woman, Pamela Melroy, has been a Shuttle Commander, and although women account for more than 50% of the U.S. population, they make up less than 25% of STEM workers.

Having a role model like Collins and a supportive network to encourage women to enter and stay in STEM careers is critical to increasing gender diversity across STEM industries. Here are a few badass women who are following Collins’s example.

In collaboration with USAF

70% of wealthy families lose it all by the second generation; 90% by the third.

According to a survey conducted by the Williams Group wealth consultancy, 70% of wealthy families lose it all by the second generation; 90% by the third. Part of an economic pattern known as the Kondratieff Cycle, family wealth accumulated over generations tends to wane and waste away with each successive, financially floundering generation. It turns out what Biggie said about hustling applies equally to wealthy families: mo’ money, mo’ problems. Read more

In collaboration with @cwnetwork

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Listen — if only for a moment — to the underground sound of your daily commute

New Yorkers hustle hard. We’re constantly in motion. We commute long distances to work even longer hours. We navigate furious crowds and infuriating obstacles every day. And for those of us who routinely ride the subway, much of that time spent hustling and hurrying happens underground.

In our haste, we often pay little attention to the people who provide a soundtrack to that daily dash: New York City’s underground musicians, who sit at the intersections of city life. They’re clustered around Grand Central, Union Square, 42nd Street-Times Square and other major transit hubs, or they’re partial to particular stations along particular lines. They exemplify the hustle that drives so many artists and performers to come to NYC, and they risk sharing their passions with strangers who may reject or simply ignore them.

In collaboration with @chevroletexperience

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This program is building connections between the diverse future leaders in STEM industries

Over the past decade, the uphill battle for increasing diversity in STEM has been incredibly steep. This year, the National Science Foundation initiated a program to boost diversity across STEM fields. Known as ASSIST, the program has awarded more than $745,000 to establish networks between the largest seven STEM diversity organizations over the next four years and facilitate meaningful, long-lasting relationships among STEM scholars and professionals. Read more

In collaboration with USAF