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Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Program Saves Lives

Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California are 52 percent less likely to die from colorectal cancer since the health care system launched a comprehensive, organized screening program, according to a new study in the specialty’s top journal, Gastroenterology.

“Since we launched our screening program we have seen a remarkable decline in the number of cases of colorectal cancer and related deaths across a large, diverse population,” said gastroenterologist and co-lead author Theodore R. Levin, MD, clinical lead for Kaiser Permanente’s colorectal cancer screening in Northern California.

Theodore R. Levin, MD

Theodore R. Levin, MD

The study, “Effects of Organized Colorectal Cancer Screening on Cancer Incidence and Mortality in a Large, Community-based Population,” confirms that since Kaiser Permanente Norther California’s screening program for colorectal cancer was rolled out between 2006 and 2008, screening completion as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force increased to 83 percent among those eligible (adults 50 to 75 years old) by 2015, compared to 66 percent nationally. In that same timeframe, new cases of colorectal cancer in the United States dropped 26 percent.

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.

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Researchers compared the periods before and after the organized Kaiser Permanente screening program was rolled out between 2006 and 2008. The study found that mortality from colorectal cancer decreased 52.4 percent from approximately 31 deaths to 15 deaths per 100,000 people; and the incidence fell 25.5 percent from approximately 96 cases to 71 cases per 100,000 people.

“This most recent study is the culmination of more than two decades of groundbreaking Kaiser Permanente research and clinical care initiatives. It provides evidence for dramatic improvements to colorectal cancer screening by having an organized approach to making sure people get screened,” said The Permanente Medical Group gastroenterologist and co-lead author Douglas A. Corley, MD, PhD.

Screening saves lives

Douglas A. Corley, MD, PhD

Douglas A. Corley, MD, PhD

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 140,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and it’s expected to cause more than 50,000 deaths during 2018.

Fortunately, regular screening allows for the early detection of colorectal cancers and polyps that can become colorectal cancer. Cancer detected early is more likely to be cured and removing polyps early can prevent the development of colorectal cancer.

  • Fecal testing (such as with the fecal immunochemical test or “FIT”), every year
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, and/or
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years

After a positive fecal test or sigmoidoscopy, physicians order a colonoscopy, the procedure that examines the full colon and can remove polyps.

Drs. Levin and Corley, both research scientists with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, noted that Kaiser Permanente has conducted, and continues to conduct, critical research on all three of these methods, with important studies dating back to the 1980s.

“Colonoscopy has long been an effective screening tool for colorectal cancer, but it can be expensive and time-consuming to deliver in large populations, and many people are unwilling to undergo the test,” Dr. Levin said. “We have found that Kaiser Permanente members are more than willing to be screened with the FIT kit, which has greatly contributed to our high screening rates.”

An initial Kaiser Permanente research goal — led by James Allison, MD, FACP, an emeritus research scientist in the Division of Research — was to generate evidence that the guaiac-based fecal occult blood test and/or sigmoidoscopy conducted in large, average-risk populations could save lives and decrease the incidence of colorectal cancer.

The Division of Research conducted landmark studies on the use of flexible sigmoidoscopy, which began at Kaiser Permanente facilities in the mid-1990s; these studies formed the basis for U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guideline recommendations.

In 1996, Kaiser Permanente conducted the first U.S. study showing that FIT kits had superior performance characteristics to the fecal occult blood test. A 2007 study provided evidence used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to recommend FITs as a screening option in their guidelines. And a recent multicenter study within Kaiser Permanente was the first large U.S. study to estimate the effectiveness of colonoscopy for reducing deaths from colorectal cancer. (Although colonoscopy is commonly used, it has not been studied in large, randomized trials.)

Model screening program

Within a few years of initiating its population-based screening program, Kaiser Permanente was able to dramatically increase its screening rates by mailing FIT kits to the homes of its Northern California members of recommended screening age, 50 to 75 years old; systematically reminding members when they are due for screening; and quickly processing a large volume of FITs — upwards of 3,000 per day — that are mailed directly to a Kaiser Permanente laboratory.

“Kaiser Permanente’s screening program for colorectal cancer in Northern California is a perfect example of how a large health care system can expertly use technology and data to create a program that promotes health, prevents illness and saves the lives of its members on an unprecedented scale,” said Yi-Fen Chen, MD, associate executive director for quality and research of The Permanente Medical Group.

In 2014, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable set a national goal of screening at least 80 percent of those eligible by 2018. Kaiser Permanente Northern California achieved the 80 percent screening rate by 2011. The Kaiser Permanente FIT-based outreach program, combined with colonoscopy, has become a model for similar programs to maximize the number of people screened in the United States, the Veteran’s Administration and internationally.

Dr. Corley now also leads the National Cancer Institute’s Population-based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens (or PROSPR) consortium, a multisite effort to evaluate and improve cancer screening processes, including colorectal cancer. The consortium’s research has included important studies on the quality and effectiveness of colonoscopies and adenoma detection rates.

“Screening markedly decreases deaths from colorectal cancer and enables people to live healthier lives,” Dr. Corley said. “The future of colorectal cancer research and care is furthering proven ways to increase screening rates; better understand the best ages to start, repeat and stop screening; and continue to improve the ease and effectiveness of the tests themselves.”

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Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the US.
83% of Kaiser Permanente members* are now screened for colorectal cancer
From 2000 to 2015
26% fewer CASES of colorectal cancer (down arrow)
52% fewer DEATHS from colorectal cancer (down arrow)

*N Cal region; screened by fecal immunochemical test (FIT), colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, compared with two-thirds nationally (CDC); Levin and Corley et al., Gastroenterology, July 2018. Division of Research Northern California – Kaiser Permanente

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‘She Brought So Much to Our Lives.’ Bode Miller Speaks Out After 1-Year-Old Drowns

Olympic ski star Bode Miller and his wife Morgan Beck Miller spoke out about the drowning death of their one-year-old child Emmy Miller on NBC’s TODAY Monday morning, with Bode Miller saying that parents must be “hyper aware” of the risk of drowning.

“I’ve been to all the pediatricians’ meetings and check-ups on our kids, and I can’t say it’s come up one time,” said Bode Miller.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t pray for the opportunity to go back to that day and make it different,” Morgan Miller, told TODAY’s Samantha Guthrie. “This should be the number one thing that we talk about,” she said. “You need to be hyper aware.”

The couple praised their late daughter, saying “she brought so much to our lives.”

“It’s an obligation to some degree,” said Bode of deciding to speak out. “I think it does in some way help to heal, a little bit, that maybe we’re preventing it from happening to somebody else.”

Emmy Miller drowned in June while playing at a neighbor’s house with her mother in the next room. Suddenly, Morgan said, it became “too quiet.” She walked into the room where the children were and asked where Emmy was.

“I turned around and the door that leads to the backyard, that was closed, had this tiny sliver of light coming through the side. And my heart sank, and I opened the door, and she was floating in the pool. And I ran and I jumped in,” she said.

Morgan performed CPR and Emmy was rushed to hospital, but she died from a lack of oxygen to the brain.

Drowning is the leading unintentional cause of death for children between the ages of 1-4.

“It’s the number one way that you could potentially lose your kid,” said Bode Miller. “If it’s number one, for me, I want to know about it.”

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8 Superheroes Who Would Be Lost Without The Women in Their Lives

Scott Lang is lovable in spite of all of his flaws, but no one’s going to accuse the Ant-Man of having his life together any time soon. It’s a miracle that he can even tie his shoes without Hope van Dyne, but, lucky for Scott, she remains in his corner (mostly). Don’t take any of that as a shot on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s favorite gone-straight criminal, there are plenty of superheroes, just like Ant-Man, who would be nothing without the women who support them.

With Ant-Man and the Wasp buzzing into theaters next week, let’s take a look at eight superheroes who are strengthened, supported, and improved by the women in their lives:

Iron Man and Pepper Potts



Whether it’s in the comics or on screen, in a relationship or merely partners, Tony Stark is nothing without Pepper Potts. Billionaire, genius, playboy philanthropist he may be, but not knowing your own social security number is a little bit more restrictive than one might think. It’s not all Tony’s fault, Howard couldn’t function on his own either, but that’s what Jarvis and Peggy were for. As hopeless as he may be, let’s call it a good thing that Tony’s found his soul mate in the saint that is Virginia “Pepper” Potts.

Superman and Lois Lane



Lois and Clark are the quintessential comic book ship. Even when Superman ends up in other pairings for one reason or another, it always comes back to one woman: Lois Lane. Lois doesn’t give Superman his powers. She can’t stop bullets, or run faster than a train, but she is a huge part of Clark Kent’s most important power: his humanity. The Man of Steel might be able to snatch a plane out of the air, but he’s nothing without his ace reporter.

The Green Arrow and Felicity Smoak/Dinah Lance



Good old Oliver Queen has all the charm in the world and could split a strand of hair with that bow and arrow of his. He also happens to be a mess and a half without the women in his life. Dinah Lance is the perfect companion for Ollie’s comic book antics, falling in step with his swagger and having absolutely none of his nonsense. Television’s Oliver Queen might be a few shades darker than his comic book counterpart, but his sometimes agonizingly slow progress wouldn’t have even started without Felicity Smoak.

Zan and Jayna



It’s impossible to have a list of male heroes who can’t function without their female counterparts without including the Wonder Twins. Their powers literally don’t activate without each other! Jayna needs Zan for her powers as well, but with Zan only able to become objects or substances, his super sister is still critical to his functionality as a hero.

The Human Torch and the Invisible Woman



Despite his occasional efforts to act otherwise, Johnny Storm is a hero. Each member of the Fantastic Four makes the team work, but no one has pushed Johnny harder than his sister, Sue. She’s calm in all the ways that he’s rash, and in turn he helps her take risks that she might not have every now and again. Like the Wonder Twins, this sibling superhero pair compliments each other nicely, but it feels safe to say that Johnny wouldn’t be the hero he is without Sue Storm.

Hawkman and Hawkgirl



If there’s one thing Hawkman makes abundantly clear, it’s that he can’t survive without Hawkgirl. Hawkman and Hawkgirl are literally linked across time and space through the power of mutual resurrection. On Legends of Tomorrow, their relationship was less than healthy, but once Hawkgirl started to get her memories back things got a little less pushy on Hawkman’s part.

Spider-Man and Aunt May



They say behind every good man is the woman that raised him. That phrase couldn’t be more right when it comes to Peter Parker and his Aunt May. Uncle Ben might have been the one to bestow the knowledge of great responsibility to Pete, but it was May who had to keep on living and raising a teenager who was still trying to figure out how to deal with being a superhero.

Mon-El and Supergirl



Kara Zor-El might have been a touch discriminatory towards Mon-El because of his Daxamite heritage when the two first met, but eventually they overcame their families’ prejudices and found themselves in a pseudo-relationship. When Mon-El returned from the future, he was hero who had realized that he needed to use his powers for good. This was all because of Supergirl’s influence. He founded the Legion of Superheroes in her memory, making her the reason Mon-El became the hero she knew he could be.

All of this is to say that Scott Lang, lovable mess, isn’t alone in his need for a smart woman to help him out every once in a while. All of these incredible heroes acknowledge that there’s no shame in that either. Just another trait they all share that helps make them incredible.

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Jay Leno Is Worth $350 Million and Owns 181 Cars But Says He Still Lives Like Someone Who’s on Their Last Dime

Jay Leno got rich by being America’s class clown. The comedian has an estimated net worth of $ 350 million, largely thanks to his tenure as the host of The Tonight Show, which he left in 2014. He’s still cracking jokes, but now he does it on Jay Leno’s Garage, which started as a web series and is now in its fourth season on CNBC (airing Thursdays). It follows Leno’s one true splurge: collecting prized and pricey cars. We talked to him about the money tips he’s picked up from his auto obsession, how he started his standup career homeless, and the one thing he tells every comic who’s trying to make a buck telling jokes.

You were extremely scrappy when you started in comedy. In Leading with My Chin, you wrote about being homeless and telling jokes to police when they picked you up off the street.

[Laughs] Yeah, I did. I just got on a plane one day and went to Los Angeles. I looked in the paper for open houses, say, from noon to 4 p.m., and I would get there at 3:30, and then I would hide in the closet. The realtor would leave and lock the door, and now I had a place to stay. Sometimes I could stay in a house two to three days. I didn’t wreck anything. I did get picked up twice for vagrancy on Hollywood Boulevard. In fact, where I got my [Walk of Fame] star was where the cops picked me up. They’d put you in the back of the car, and they’d drive you around their entire shift, and then let you out in the morning.

They must’ve been used to that on Hollywood Boulevard.

I would tell the cops jokes, and most of the cops are pretty blue-collar guys. Once they realized you’re not dangerous, you’re not a crazy person… “You find a place to live yet? No? Okay, get in the back.” It was okay. They were nice guys.

How’d you become a car geek, anyway?

I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, which was a pretty rural area when I was a kid. There were always broken tractors, lawn mowers, vehicles you had to fix. I remember somebody had abandoned an old Renault in a field when we were about 11 or 12. We would drive it around the backyard. Your mom would kind of watch through the window. Of, course now they’d call child services, and the parents would be taken away. Back then, it was seen as not a bad thing—it taught you how to fix cars and get things running. I never set out to collect cars. I just bought what I liked. The general rule of car collecting is if you’re reasonably astute and you understand how things work, if you like it, chances are other people will like it, too. My three things are: It should be of technical and historical significance. It should be fun to drive. And it should be attractive to look at. If an automobile has those three qualifications, then it’s probably something that would be considered collectible.

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There’s a lot of speculation out there about your vast car collection. Exactly how many do you own?

About 181 cars, and about 160 motorcycles.

Do you have any idea what they’re all worth?

No. I know individual ones. I bought a McLaren F1 in ‘99 for $ 800,000, and the last offer I got was $ 17.5 million. They only built 64 of them.

Are there any cars you look back on and think, “I wish I hadn’t bought that”?

There’s this thing in the car world: “You didn’t pay too much, you just bought it too soon.” There are a couple there. I don’t really dwell on them too much. If you buy something that’s rare and valuable, it will always be rare and valuable.

Jay Leno with his car collection
Charlie Nucci—Corbis via Getty ImagesJay Leno in his garage with his McLaren F1

How often do you sell the cars?

I’ve never sold a car [Laughs].

Ever?

I will donate a car to charity. We’ve done that probably 10 or 15 times.

Your passion for cars is palpable. Is there anything else you don’t mind dropping serious dough on?

You know, there’s really not. It’s obviously not clothes. I’m not an experienced person. I know I’m pretty wealthy, but I live like someone who’s on their last dime. I take nothing for granted. I don’t take vacations. When you’re in show business, you get to go to vacation places. I enjoy doing philanthropy stuff. I like feeling like if I don’t work this week, I’m gonna go broke. People say, “Why do you work all the time?” I go, “What do I do on a Tuesday that’s worth this kind of money?” A job comes up, and I always feel like I was broke for so long, I never wanted to be in the position of, “Well, how much is that job? Oh no, I’m not…” It just seems so presumptuous to turn down.

You still have that hustler mentality.

Yeah, and I like being a piecemeal comic, the idea of write joke, tell joke, get check. I don’t do HBO or Netflix specials because I can make almost the same money doing a live show. Why not just do four or five live shows instead of giving something away on TV?

Jay Leno arrives in his 1909 Baker Electric car at "Revenge Of The Electric Car" Premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on October 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Jeff Vespa—WireImageJay Leno arrives in his 1909 Baker Electric car at “Revenge Of The Electric Car” Premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on October 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

So no eight-figure Netflix special for you.

It doesn’t interest me. I’m not saying that to be snobby. It just doesn’t appeal to me because once your joke is on TV, it disappears forever. I always think, “Did this person just hear me say this last night?” I always know where my act is. I control it.

You came into quite a lot of money as a famous comedian. What did you learn about spending money from that?

I never spent money before I had it. I never bought anything before I could afford it. I never bought anything on time. I don’t lease vehicles. Cash is king.

You’re not risky with your income.

I work and my money relaxes—that’s the way I look at it. I live pretty frugally. I’m a huge believer in low self-esteem. The only ones with high self-esteem are actors and criminals. I’m dyslexic. My mother would say, “You’re gonna have to work twice as hard as the other kid to get the same thing,” and that always seemed like a fair tradeoff. The nice thing about being dyslexic—people tend to focus on something and then that becomes their goal. That always worked pretty well for me. I’ve always had two jobs, and I lived on one job and banked the other. All through The Tonight Show, I never touched a dime of my TV money because TV money is fleeting money. When you’re a comedian, you can always generate income. You can always stand somewhere and tell jokes and get paid for it. In college I would go to what they used to call hootenanny night and I would put $ 50 on the bar. I would say to the bartender, ”Let me go up and tell jokes. If I do good, give me my $ 50 back. If I do bad, you keep the $ 50.” Eventually you could make $ 15, $ 20 bucks a night by doing that.

What do you say when you talk to a young comedian who’s coming up and reaching for the kind of career you’ve had?

My advice is just take the job. Don’t worry about how much it pays. I’m always astounded when I meet comedians who go, “I’m not going there for that kind of money,” and I go, “Who are you? You haven’t done anything. No one knows who you are.” If you’re any good, the money will come. Pay attention to your product. If you’re not making enough money, it’s ‘cause you’re not good enough.

I spent almost a year at the Comedy Store asking to go on after Richard Pryor. No one wanted to follow Pryor because he just blew the room out. He was really the best. After that, I realized I didn’t have an hour of material. I had about 18 minutes of really funny material. I just kept throwing out everything that wasn’t funny.

 


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What a Fashion Editor (Who Lives in the South) Is Buying for Summer

Given that the closest fashion capital to where I live is 500 miles away, I get that the South isn’t the most obvious place for a fashion editor to live, but it makes more sense for me than it appears. Long story short, I’m originally from Louisiana, but after moving away for college, I eventually ended up in NYC and then Los Angeles, where I started working at Who What Wear. A couple of years ago, we had to move to Raleigh, North Carolina, for my now husband’s job, and there you have it. I’m a fashion editor who lives in the South, working remotely as a Who What Wear editor.

If you’ve ever been to the South in the summer, you’ve probably noticed that it’s hot and humid, and people dress accordingly. Truth be told, I’m much more influenced by my years spent living in Los Angeles than the South’s aesthetic, but I have had to adjust my wardrobe for my new lifestyle and climate. And since the temperatures are rising (as in 95 degrees here this weekend), and summer shopping season is in full swing, I’m sharing my summer shopping list below. 

A tie-dye tee just feels right in the heat. Available in sizes XS to L.
These Zara sandals are super simple, and that’s what I love about them. Available in sizes 5 to 11.
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I’m trading my black leggings for this cool beige pair this summer.  Available in sizes XS to XXL.
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I’m not really a skirt person, but I’m a this skirt person.  Available in sizes XXS to XL.
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I’ve been wearing these with every color under the rainbow.
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Summer pretty much requires a fun new pair of sunglasses.
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I’ve been wearing this breezy blouse with denim shorts and over swimsuits. Available in sizes XS to XXL.
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I have a habit of buying a new Christy Dawn dress every summer. My eye is currently on this one. Available in sizes XS to XL.

Wish me luck with the 100% humidity to come…

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New research shows that lonely young adults are more likely to experience mental health problems and more likely to be out of work than their peers. The study gives a detailed snapshot of the lives of lonely 18-year-olds and shows how loneliness goes hand-in-hand with a wide range of problems in health and wellbeing.
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Makes It To ‘Avengers 4’?

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from Avengers: Infinity War. Proceed at your own risk. 

Avengers: Infinity War is by far the most expansive movie Marvel has ever made. The cast, the villains, the threats, the stakes, everything in this film is more elevated than it has ever been. Stakes on this scale come with real consequences and when characters come face to face with Thanos, it’s not likely they will make it out alive.

So let’s just cut to the chase here: a lot of characters die in Avengers: Infinity War. Safe to say almost half of the characters in the film suffer a version of death. We say a “version of death” because, to make a Princess Bride reference, some characters are what we would consider “all dead” and “mostly dead.” Keep reading to find out what we mean.

Asgardian Legends



The beginning of the film is BRUTAL and knocks two characters out within the first few minutes: Heimdall and Loki. Heimdall dies after he summons the last of his energy to open the bi-frost, which sends The Hulk back to Earth. Loki dies trying to outsmart Thanos.

Both characters die doing something heroic and valiant, which may be predictable for Heimdall, but is definitely new for Loki. Loki was the villain in the first Avengers movie, he was acting on Thanos’ orders to bring him the Tesseract (Space Stone). Loki could have surrendered the Tesseract as if he was fulfilling Thanos’ initial command. Not so. This time, Loki played the hero and paid dearly for it.

Half of Asgard’s refugees were also killed in the opening scene of the film. No word yet if Korg, Valkyrie, or other characters from Thor: Ragnarok made it off the ship, but Thor does say later in the film that “half of my peoeple were slaughtered,” so those characters could still be alive.

The Soul of Thanos


Gamora

The next on-screen death was even more brutal than the first two. Gamora, Star-Lord’s love, Guardian of the Galaxy, wielder of an Infinity Stone, was killed by her father’s own hand. Apparently she was the only woman in the universe who knew the location of the final Infinity Stone — the Soul Stone.

Thanos sent her on a quest for the stone before she became a Guardian, but she hid its location from him. He discovered her disloyalty by torturing Nebula. Only then did Gamora give up the stone’s location. Together, Gamora and Thanos traveled to Vormir to find the last of the six stones.

While there, they encountered the Stonekeeper (a familiar face), who explained that one can only posses the Soul Stone if he or she can let go of what they love most. Gamora laughed because she didn’t think Thanos could love anyone. She was proven wrong, however, when he admitted that he loved her. He pushed her off the edge of a cliff and was given the stone in return.

This is a shocking end for Gamora, especially considering there is another Guardians of the Galaxy movie on the horizon. Hopefully she can be saved in Avengers 4.

Without Vision the People Perish


Paul Bettany as Vision.

We knew this one was coming, but it still hurt like hell. Thanos’ minions tried to get the Mind Stone out of Vision‘s head a few different times during the film, but he was protected by both Captain America and Scarlet Witch. However, when it came to destroying the stone so Thanos couldn’t get his hands on it, Scarlet Witch had to destroy it herself. OUCH.

That’s right, Scarlet Witch killed the man she loved to save the universe. This was a theme of the film, actually, since Gamora asked Star-Lord to kill her as well, but Thanos stopped him before he could. After Scarlet Witch killed Vision, Thanos used the Time Stone to reverse time so he could go back in time and rip the stone out Vision’s head and then he died again.

It’s hard to say if Vision can come back from this, considering he died twice. But, if the Avengers can re-write time in Avengers 4 to save Gamora, hopefully they can save Vision too. If not, we just lost the MCU’s best, most purest android and Wanda just lost the love of her life.

Oh Snap


Avengers Infinity War Thanos

Lastly we have “mostly dead” characters. These are characters who vanished out of existence when Thanos snapped his fingers. This happened in quick succession at the end of the film, but we think we caught everyone. Hold onto your hearts because we lost A LOT of characters: Bucky, Black Panther, Star-Lord, Mantis, Drax, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, and Groot all vanished into thin air.

THIS WAS SO HARD TO WATCH! Steve Rogers watched Bucky vanish. Iron Man held Peter Parker in his arms as he became dust in the wind. Okoye watched her King vanish into nothing. Even Nick Fury and Maria Hill vanished during the post-credits scene. DAMMIT THANOS.

That leaves Steve Rogers, War Machine, Wong, Rocket, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Okoye, Shuri and Thor to figure out what the heck happened and how to get everyone back. Nebula is also still out there, as are Hawkeye and Ant-Man. It’s funny that everyone was wondering if Hawkeye was going to be in this film because, even though he wasn’t, he is clearly going to be an important character in Avengers 4.

Did you think this many characters were going to die in Infinity War? Are you surprised that Tony Stark and Captain America are still alive? Let us know on social or in the community pages.

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Here’s why March For Our Lives organizers are leaving chairs empty at this weekend’s town hall events

Here’s why March For Our Lives organizers are leaving chairs empty at this weekend’s town hall events


Here’s why March For Our Lives organizers are leaving chairs empty at this weekend’s town hall events

The student-led March For Our Lives on Saturday, March 24th was a monumental success. The movement saw more than 800 rallies in one day and kept the message of gun control in the national dialogue. Still, the work of these student activists is far from over. In their first follow-up action, March For Our Lives organizers have partnered with the Town Hall Project to demand a string of town halls across the nation this weekend — and beyond — in a series of events known as “Town Hall For Our Lives.”

Town Hall For Our Lives aims to connect elected officials with their constituents for a discussion addressing the epidemic of gun violence in America. More than 100 events in 34 states have already been scheduled, according to ABC News, with many expected to draw big citizen crowds. But it’s who won’t be in attendance that is perhaps making the loudest statement.

To symbolize the lawmakers who were invited to participate but declined — many of whom, but not all, are Republican, it should be noted — seats will be left empty to draw attention to their non-attendance. Representing the inaction of legislators in the face of repeated mass shootings, the empty seats send a powerful message about the priorities of our elected officials.

Simply put, too many of our lawmakers aren’t here for us, nor the principles behind the Town Hall For Our Lives events.

As of Friday morning, 33 Democratic representatives had confirmed their attendance. However, no Republican lawmakers have publicly committed to attending, despite the more than 70 town halls expected to take place in GOP-led districts so far.

Parkland student and shooting survivor David Hogg first raised the idea of hosting town halls to specifically address gun reform the day after the March For Our Lives. He also encouraged would-be organizers to invite their lawmakers’ political opponents, should their sitting representatives decline the invitation.

We honestly can’t think of a better way to say, “Take this seriously, or we’ll vote you out!”

Town Hall Project executive director Jimmy Dahman, a former organizer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, told The Huffington Post the students’ efforts were “incredibly inspiring.”

“These students have shown great determination in wanting to engage in the democratic process,” Dahman said. “It’s elected officials’ responsibility to listen to their constituents. Democracy is best served when the people show up.”

The students behind the #NeverAgain movement have done an incredible job encouraging dialogue between citizens and lawmakers. Still, as awesome as they are, they can’t do it alone. If you’d like to organize a future town hall in your area, visit the Town Hall Project website and let your voice be heard.

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‘Stormy Will Eat You Alive’: How a Porn Star is Making Trump World’s Lives Hell

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As the 2016 presidential campaign entered its homestretch, Donald Trump and his team were drowning in the fallout of the infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” tape and the torrent of sexual assault and harassment allegations that were subsequently made against the future president.

“It was like walking through a minefield every day [in that last month],” a former Trump campaign adviser recalled to The Daily Beast.

But in that final month on the trail, there was something else weighing on Trump’s mind, even more than the assault allegations. According to three top campaign officials, speaking to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, Trump began pressing senior staffers about the specific dates that the women were alleging that the assaults, affairs, or harassment took place.

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Zendaya, John Cena And Many More Deliver Touching Speeches Honoring The ‘March For Our Lives’ On ‘Kids’ Choice Awards!’

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Hundreds of Thousands Expected at March For Our Lives Rallies Around the World

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More than 1 million people around the world are expected to hit the streets Saturday to advocate for gun safety in what some reports are saying will be one of the largest marches in history.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, organized the March For Our Lives rally after 17 people were killed at their school on Feb. 14.

Six weeks after the tragedy, organizers have brought the debate about gun control to the national forefront, and according to the mission statement for March for Our Lives, organizers want to put an end to gun violence in schools.

Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives. 

Students from Harvest Collegiate High School form a circle around the fountain in Washington Square Park on March 14, 2018 in New York to take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence, one month after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed.
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Survivors of the school shooting have sat down with President Donald Trump and challenged senators on their support of the National Rifle Association.

The mounting pressure about gun control even prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to sign a law that tightened rules in the state, much to the NRA’s objections.

On March 14, Woman’s March organizers organized a national school walkout, which led to thousands of students around the country to walk out of their schools for 17 minutes; one minute for each victim of the Parkland shooting.

Celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, John Legend, and George and Amal Clooney have donated thousands of dollars in support of the organization. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union have donated $ 200,000 to send students to the rally in Chicago.

The grass-roots movement has raised over $ 4 million, according to ABC News. 

Over 500,000 people are expected at the main rally in Washington, D.C., and thousands more at rallies in NYC, Boston and Los Angeles, according to multiple reports.

There will be a reported 800 marches worldwide, with most being in the U.S.

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Calls to End Gun Violence Cross Racial Lines With ‘March For Our Lives’ Rally

Thousands of people from around the country will hit the streets of Washington D.C. on Saturday to take part in the “March for Our Lives,” a student-led rally demanding gun reform in wake of the mass shooting that killed 17 high school students in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.

Since the massacre, survivors of the notorious Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre have used their media coverage to draw national attention to the epidemic of gun violence and pressure politicians to enact stricter gun laws.

Letter from The Obamas

In addition to national press coverage, the activists have received large donations from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Wade. They also received a handwritten letter of encouragement signed by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama praising their activism. The letter, which is dated March 10 and was published by Mic, reads:

“We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.

 

“Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority.

 

“Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better. There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you.”

Black Lives Still Matter

Along with this push for gun reform, the young activists are using their platform and admitted “white privilege” to spotlight underreported gun violence in communities of color. During a Twitter live chat video, survivor David Hogg, talked about the racial disparities in how shootings are covered and the obligation of the #NeverAgain student leaders to stand up for victims of color who have largely been ignored.

“If this happened in a place of a lower socioeconomic status or … a black community, no matter how well those people spoke, I don’t think the media would cover it the same,” Hogg said. “We have to use our white privilege now to make sure that all of the people that have died as a result of [gun violence] and haven’t been covered the same can now be heard.”

One recent shooting that comes to mind is the fatal killing of Stephen Clark, a 23-year-old African American father in Sacramento who was shot 20 times while standing in his grandparents’ backyard on Sunday. Outraged demonstrators held a peaceful protest Thursday night that delayed the NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks.

Inspired by the Parkland students, actor LeVar Burton published a piece that ties the lack of government accountability for gun violence in America to slavery. “America has sold its soul to special interests, and the Parkland students know it,” he writes, criticizing lawmakers for being controlled by the gun lobby.

“People of color in this country, in this culture, tend to not matter as much as those who are white; that is the truth of America. In the Black Lives Matter movement, young black people have been shouting from the rooftops until their voices are raw and hoarse, and America hasn’t listened. But now that it’s white kids who are shouting at the tops of their lungs, people pay attention,” writes Burton.

 

 

 

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This New Hamilton-Dear Evan Hansen Mashup Is Raising Money for the March for Our Lives Movement

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt joined musical forces to help raise money for the upcoming March for Our Lives organized by the student survivors of last month’s Parkland high school shooting.

The Broadway duo released a song titled “Found/Tonight,” which combines Hamilton’s “Story of Tonight” and Dear Evan Hansen‘s “You Will Be Found.” The track is inspired by the movement started by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students in the aftermath of the shooting that left 17 dead in February. A portion of the proceeds will go to the upcoming March for Our Lives rally, a nationwide protest on March 24 initiated by Parkland shooting survivors that calls for gun control.

“These students are paving the way for future generations and it’s so inspiring to see young people standing up for what is probably the most important cause right now in this country, and demanding action,” Platt said in a statement.

The song instantly shot up to the top of the iTunes’s Top Songs by Monday morning, where it is available to purchase for $ 1.29. The Hamilton-Dear Evan Hansen mashup is also available for free on streaming platforms like Spotify. A representative from Atlantic Records did not immediately respond to a request from TIME inquiring how much money the song had raised for the March for Our Lives initiative thus far.

The song is part of Miranda’s monthly “Hamildrops” releases and was produced by Alex Lacamoire, who served as the musical supervisor on both Tony Award-winning musicals.

While from fundamentally different shows set hundreds of years apart, the two songs grapple with adolescence and community. Hamilton‘s “Story of Tonight” depicts the burgeoning revolutionaries on the cusp of fighting for America’s independence reflecting on impact and legacy. “You Will Be Found,” written by Dear Evan Hansen‘s Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, follows a teenager — originally played by Platt — struggling with social anxiety and using a newfound platform to tell others they are not alone.

Cameron Kasky, one of the Stoneman Douglas students leading the charge on gun control, tweeted that the two musical theater stars “did something amazing.” “I also cried,” he added.

The collaboration also appears to have also struck a chord with musical theater fans. Indeed, Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen won numerous Tony Awards in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and continue to be some of the hottest Broadway tickets since. Miranda and Platt have since left their shows for other projects.

Since Hamilton catapulted Miranda’s fame, the performer and songwriter has come to use his platform to spread awareness and raise funds for different causes. After the devastating Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico and the Caribbean over the summer, Miranda recorded a new single — “Almost Like Praying” — with a number of high-profile collaborators to raise funds for disaster relief. That song was inspired by West Side Story‘s “Maria,” and includes the names of all 78 towns in Puerto Rico.

“There’s no shortage of challenges, and there’s no shortage of ways to do good, and this is just one of them,” Miranda told TIME in October.


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How Black Barbershops Save the Lives of African American Men

Barbershops have been the heartbeat of African American communities since black men were legally permitted to own businesses. In addition to providing shape-ups and fades, black barbershops are judgment-free safe havens where boys and men openly engage in conversation, debates, and share personal stories. Hence, this makes the barbershop possibly the best environment to curb health epidemics that disproportionately affect black men.

Dealing with Pressure

According to the American Heart Association, more than 40% of African American men suffer from high blood pressure, which can lead to kidney damage and heart failure. Black men and women also run the risk of developing high blood pressure more often, and at an earlier age, than other races. As a result, they are more susceptible to heart disease and stroke.

“Black men have the highest rates of high blood-pressure-related disability and death of any group in the United States,” said Dr. Ronald Victor of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to NBC News.

Yet, despite the stark reality, black men are less likely to see a doctor due to a deep-seated mistrust of the medical community, lack of healthcare access, and strenuous work schedules. The barbershop, on the other hand, is a place where many frequent several times a month. Here, they often develop trustful relationships with their barbers and feel comfortable opening up about critical issues, like their health.

Getting Treated at ‘The Shop’

Rather than pushing black men to take more trips to a health clinic or physician’s office, Dr. Victor set up an experiment to bring treatment directly to them. For a little over two years, he and his team monitored the blood pressures of 319 men, ages 35 to 71, inside of 52 black-owned barbershops in Los Angeles.

Study participants were divided into separate focus groups. One group received intervention from both their barber and a trained pharmacist stationed at a shop. The second group received advice on healthy living and encouragement from their barber to see a doctor on their own.

The Results?

After six months, nearly two-thirds of men in the first group saw their high blood pressure drop down to a healthy number. The average reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure was 21.6. Whereas almost 12% of those from the other group, which received only standard therapy from their barber, saw their blood pressure decrease to a healthy point.

“On average, men who interacted only with their barber and were referred to their own doctor saw their systolic blood pressure drop from 155 mmHg at the start of the study to 145mm Hg after six months,” reads the report, which was released Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

“By contrast, men who interacted with their barber and a pharmacist saw their systolic blood pressure drop from 153 mmHg at the start of the study to 126mm Hg after six months.”

Dr. Victor, the study’s lead author, concluded that having pharmacists deliver care in barbershops was effective in controlling blood pressure levels and saving the lives of black men. “The men came in and got their hair cut and they got their blood pressure cut at the same time,” he told NBC News. “We brought the medicine to them, rather than the usual of having patients come to us.”

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Screening for Colorectal Cancer Can Save Lives

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, yet only two in three adults in the United States is adequately screened. With appropriate screening, however, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Men and women at average risk should begin screening at age 50.

In observance of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we interviewed Karl Kwok, MD, an interventional gastroenterologist at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, about the importance of screening tests and what we can do to lower our risk of cancer.

Why is colorectal cancer screening so important?

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. However, it’s also one of the most treatable cancers. When colorectal cancer is found at an early stage, the five-year relative survival rate is approximately 90 percent. In fact, regular screenings can help detect advanced polyps, which are precancerous, and allow us to remove them using advanced techniques that do not require surgery. This returns your colon-cancer risk back to baseline.

What methods are used to screen people for colorectal cancer?

Kaiser Permanente, in line with the United States Preventive Services Task Force, encourages its members age 50 and above to either undergo a yearly at-home fecal immunochemical test, also known as a FIT test; an average-risk sigmoidoscopy every five years; or an average-risk colonoscopy every 10 years.

People with a higher risk for colorectal cancer, such as those with a strong family history of colorectal cancer, may need to start routine testing before age 50 and have it more often.

To figure out which screening test is best for you, have a conversation with your primary care provider. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but one thing is certain: Regular colorectal cancer screenings can save lives.

Can colorectal cancer be prevented?

To a large extent, YES! Most cases of colorectal cancer are due to sporadic development of precancerous polyps that do not cause symptoms for a long period of time. This is why screening is critical — the earlier we detect and remove these polyps, the less likely they can grow into an advanced polyp and ultimately turn into cancer. Multiple studies have shown that precancerous colon polyp removal is protective against subsequent development of colon cancer.

What risk factors increase a person’s chance of developing colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer?

Some of the known risk factors for developing colon cancer include:

  • Having a diet heavy in red meats and processed meats
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking and heavy alcohol use
  • Having a family history of colon cancer, especially a first degree relative (mother, father, sibling or child)
  • Having a personal history of colorectal polyps or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (a condition which causes chronic inflammation of the colon)
  • Your racial and ethnic background or your personal health history. For example, African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer incidence. People with a history of kidney transplants and people with type 2 diabetes also have an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

To learn more about colorectal cancer and the screening process, visit www.kp.org.

Get Screened!

On Thursday, March 22, all Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Centers will host a colorectal cancer screening day. Be part of this life saving event. Please drop off your completed screening kit (FIT kit) at your nearest Kaiser Permanente medical center. If you haven’t received one, call your doctor or visit your customized online Personalized Action Plan on KP.org and request a FIT kit.

Need help? This video shows a simple step-by-step process to use the home screening kit.

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The Need for Speed: Fast Stroke Treatment Saves Lives

For Kaiser Permanente member Bob Wilms, it was a November Sunday morning like many others: The 69-year-old had played 18 holes of golf and then went home to watch the 49ers game at his home in Cupertino, California.

But when he woke up from a brief nap during the game, he experienced double vision and one side of his face was numb.

His wife, Vickie, immediately drove him to the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center Emergency Department. After being evaluated by neurologist via video conferencing, Wilms was diagnosed as having a stroke and received a shot of alteplase (also known as intravenous r-tPA), the only medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute ischemic stroke. This all happened 22 minutes after Wilms arrived at the hospital.

“Within minutes of getting the infusion, everything started to come back,” said Wilms, a retired college admissions officer. “It literally resolved the whole thing.”

‘Get With the Guidelines’ award

Kaiser Permanente stroke patients receive this clot-busting medication more than twice as fast as the national average. Recently, all of Kaiser Permanente’s eligible 37 medical centers — in Northern California, Southern California, Oregon and Hawaii — were recipients of a 2017 “Get With the Guidelines” award given by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The honor, which analyzes nearly 3,000 hospitals in the U.S., is awarded to hospitals that demonstrate high commitment to following guidelines shown to improve patient outcomes, including quick diagnosis and treatment.

Wilms’ fast recovery is attributed to Kaiser Permanente’s adoption of an integrated, neatly choreographed telemedicine program, which begins when paramedics or other medical staff provide advance notification that a stroke patient may be on the way. Emergency department staff then align their efforts:

  • Pharmacy staff prepare clot-busting medications early so they’re ready to go when the patient needs them.
  • An on-call, specially trained stroke neurologist uses videoconferencing to examine the patient with a telestroke cart, which includes a video camera and link to test results and the patient’s electronic medical record.
  • A radiologist quickly reads neuroimaging studies.
  • The stroke alert team reviews a checklist to ensure r-tPA can be administered safely.
Patient receiving remote telestroke care.

Patient receiving remote telestroke care.

“When a stroke happens, minutes matter,” said Mai Nguyen-Huynh, MD, MAS, vascular neurologist and research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. “Faster treatment with r-tPA, which dissolves the stroke-causing clot and restores blood flow to the brain, is strongly associated with better functional outcomes for stroke patients.”

The AHA and ASA guidelines recommend “door-to-needle” times of 60 minutes or less for r-tPA. Studies show that less than 30 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients in the United States are currently being treated within this window. In Northern California’s 21 hospitals, door-to-needle times for r-tPA averaged just 34 minutes within nine months of implementing the telestroke protocol.

“Processes that used to happen sequentially during a stroke alert, one after another, are now happening at the same time, allowing us to quickly, safely and confidently provide evaluation and treatment with r-tPA to stroke patients who can benefit,” said Jeffrey Klingman, MD, chair of chiefs of neurology for Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

“When minutes count, Kaiser Permanente’s telestroke model delivers,” explains Navdeep Sangha, MD, who leads telestroke efforts in Southern California “If a patient with stroke symptoms arrives to the local emergency department, the care team can connect virtually to a trained neurologist in a couple of minutes. For our patients, our coordinated process provides precious time to receive potentially life-saving care for an ischemic stroke.”

‘Like watching an orchestra’

After being in the hospital for four days so the staff could closely monitor his recovery, Wilms and wife Vickie were given the all-clear to go home.

Wilms now plays golf every day and hikes as if “nothing ever happened.”

“Thanks to the folks at Kaiser Permanente, I’m still alive,” said Wilms.

Vickie also commented on her husband’s excellent care.

“Even though I was in shock, it was an incredible experience to watch. All the staff that assisted him were so synchronized and knew exactly what to do. It was like watching an orchestra. Everyone knew the steps to take to save my husband’s life.”

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“When They Call You a Terrorist,” a memoir by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and “A More Beautiful and Terrible History,” by the historian Jeanne Theoharis, offer insights about the civil rights movement past and present.
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Former TV Doctor Donald Faison Talks About Saving Real Lives

Studies from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than 100,000 people in the U.S. would live longer lives if they received preventive care each year. To encourage more people to take advantage of annual checkups, which are usually 100% covered by health plans if a patient stays in-network, Cigna launched The TV Doctors for Doctors. The yearly campaign features prominent actors who have played physicians on television such as Neil Patrick Harris, who’s known for his role as Dr. Doogie Howser, and Patrick Dempsey and Kate Walsh, who both starred on Grey’s Anatomy. Also part of the campaign is Donald Faison, who had a leading role in the hit ABC comedy series Scrubs from 2001 to 2010.

Faison stopped by Black Enterprise to discuss his personal passion to make a real difference in the health of the country and commitment to help people prevent chronic diseases and live a healthier life. During the interview, the former star of the 1995 pop classic Clueless talked about his partnership with Cigna and why it’s important to take control of your own health. He also explained why it’s important for him to be a role model for his children and motivate them to lead healthy lives. After taking an honest look at his own health and daily habits, he realized how important it was for him to lead by example. In addition, the comedian talked about his current work-related projects.

Watch Faison’s interview with Selena Hill, Digital Editor at Black Enterprise, below.

 

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My 5-year-old says she has a twin who lives with another family

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This sweet story about two unrelated girls who are so close they truly believe they’re twins was sent to me because my daughter has her own faux “twin.” Both she and her friend claim this twin-ship, which graduated from sisterhood because that just wasn’t close enough.

When you ask my daughter about her family, she talks about her mommy, daddy, and little sisters (Evie and Annie), and then goes into great detail about her twin who lives with another family.

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I asked Vivianne what makes her and Carol twins and here is what she had to say: “We like Alicorns. We’re sisters, and twins, and we love everything, and we love everything the same. And we love each other to the core.” It’s safe to say that Carol is deeply loved by Vivianne.

It’s also safe to say Vivianne is deeply loved by Carol. When asked why she loves Vivi she said, “Cause we are best friends and will be besties forever and maybe we’ll even be on AFV (America’s funniest videos) together and just be sisters and twins.”

They are “twins of the soul” — where it counts.

They met at another little girl’s birthday party when both were 3. The party was wrapping up and I noticed that Vivi and an equally rambunctious little girl were bouncing on some benches in the waiting area of the pizzeria. I stood near them not wanting to end their fun, but not wanting either girl to get hurt or bother other guests. Eventually that play ended and they were onto the next thing.

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In the words of Carol’s mother, “This very pregnant lady waddled over to me and said, ‘I think our girls would be good friends.'” I was right. These girls love like sisters, they fight like sisters, they dream big adventures for each other. Anything we do, Vivi wants Carol along too. We’re planning family vacations and future camping trips with their family in mind.

There are definitely times when the girls need space. One time they were sitting next to each other at a restaurant and getting on each other’s nerves. After we left, Vivi sat in her car seat angrily telling me that Carol wasn’t her sister anymore. She was 3 1/2. I tried to help her sort through her flurry of emotions by asking her what she liked about Carol. She said, “I like that she looks just like me.”

It was a bit narcissistic (that was the only reason she could come up with) and also puzzling because on the surface they are both beautiful and lovely, but look nothing alike. I said nothing. Who am I to point out differences and make them a thing? I didn’t comment on the narcissism either because well, age 3.

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I’ve done my best to stay out of the way of their friendship. The only time I put my foot down was when Vivianne began pleading to live with Carol and her family. My hormonally influenced self (I was pregnant again) was a bit offended at the time.

I see their friendship like I do my garden. As long as it’s given the basics, it will grow on its own. Besides some skepticism from older kids when they describe themselves as twins I think our community is helping them flourish as well.

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It breaks my heart that our country is divided over something so basic and natural as skin color. This year I have become more aware than ever of the privileges my skin color provides. I want to fix this. My heart cries to join the marches for racial equality, but I know the greatest impact I have might be in my own home.

At this point I just need to stand back and let love do its thing. As my daughter added to her already long list of reasons why she loves her twin, “And one more thing — we both speak the same language even though we have different skin color, it does not matter. We love each other.”

Does your kiddo have a brother/sister/twin from another family?

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Months before the now infamous Unite the Right march this summer, the 10 or so members of the Charlottesville chapter of Black Lives Matter heard that the largest white-supremacist rally anyone had seen in years was coming to their town. They leapt into action. First, they pleaded with local leaders – don't let this happen. Push it elsewhere. The city won't be safe. The police told the BLM

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There’s definite bad blood brewing between NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak.

On her way back from the cast trip to Barcelona, NeNe took to Instagram to take several shots at Kim for allegedly making comments about NeNe living in a ‘roach infested’ home.

We’re not sure when Kim’s comments about NeNe’s home were made (since Kim didn’t go on the trip) and NeNe didn’t mention anyone by name in her post — BUT her hashtags made it perfectly clear she’s talking about Kim.

She added:

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#pottymouthtrashychildren — clearly a shot at Brielle Biermann.

#learnedbehavior — again, back to Brielle 

#thisiswhyiwouldntdoashowwithyou — remember when Kim and NeNe announced a spin-off but it never happened? 

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Stephen King’s stories of childhood terror and wonder continue to resonate so strongly with audiences today—including via Andrés Muschietti’s adaptation of It, and the Duffer Brothers’ spiritual homage Stranger Things—because they paint an authentic warts-and-all portrait of male adolescence. In his best work, King pinpoints how boys develop camaraderie, and a mature sense of self, through time spent discussing stupid stuff—and talking shit to each other. It’s the way they figure out who they are, how they come to learn about the adult world, and how they get themselves into (and out of) unholy trouble. Not to mention, it’s their primary outlet for confronting their twin fixations: sex and violence.

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Hot off the runway!

New York Fashion Week 2017 started off fashion month in absolute style, setting the bar for London Fashion Week very high indeed.

But, while Victoria Beckham dazzled us with her sequin shoes, now it’s London’s turn to shine – and is it me, or is London owning fashion this season?

First off, Tommy Hilfiger is finally showing in London, after shows in Los Angeles and New York, and bringing Gigi Hadid along, obvs.

And everyone is talking about Emporio Armani, which will show in the capital for the first time since 2006, to coincide with the unveiling of the revampled flagship store on Bond Street (Giorgo told WWD, that the ‘dynamic, energetic and cosmopolitan London’ was ‘the perfect setting for my Emporio Armani collection’).

Now onto the shows that have taken place: Molly Goddard brought anarchy to the catwalk, where models decked in tulle and glitter sipped on champagne and smoked cigarettes.

Burberry did not disappoint, as Marie Claire Fashion Director Jayne Pickering says, ‘It was a fresh new start for them, more punky than normal, sporty with a sharper edge. I loved the clash of colours, the softness of the romantic dresses and the edgier high heels with socks. The casting was incredible too, with Kaia Gerber taking centre stage.’

Proof if proof were needed that Kaia is turning into the face of the season.

Meanwhile, Gareth Pugh pushed boundaries  with his film. Jess Wood, Fashion Features Director, gives her verdict, ‘His visceral and in some places grotesque film directed by Nick Knight, featured sinister characters clawing at each other with clay split the fashion pack – some shuddered and some thrilled.’

Simone Rocha presented a show based on her childhood dolls (her ‘strongest show ever’ says Jess).

Now it wouldn’t be Fashion Week without a bit of drama, and this season showgoers had to be escorted by police into shows including Gareth P and Burberry (delaying it by 15 mins) due to protesters.

LFW always attracts a squad of fashion critics-turned-influencers like no other – think Alexander Fury,  Hilary Alexander and Susie Menkes. There’s no doubt about it, London is #winning this season.

Plus (don’t say we don’t spoil you), see which celebrities are sitting front row at the shows in our gallery here. NYFW saw Cindy Crawford, Karlie Kloss and Olivia Palermo grace the FROW, so expect a good line-up.

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7 Shows to Fill the ‘Game of Thrones’-Shaped Hole in Our Lives

Yes, we’re all feeling a great loss right now. The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale left us breathless and now there’s what feels like millennia before we find out what happens next. There’s even a countdown clock to when Season 8 returns — or might return, given there’s no official word from HBO yet.

So, now that your Sundays are free, rather than getting in shape, calling your grandma, writing that novel you’ve always meant to get around to, or anything remotely useful, instead, find a new obsession with these seven shows that will make the Game of Thrones pain go away.

Castlevania

The short Netflix series, Castlevania was based on the sixth game in the franchise. The show is a lot of what makes Game of Thrones great, condensed down into four incredible episodes. Castlevania shares Game of Thrones’ penchant for morally ambiguous characters, conflicting ideologies, and over the top battles and gore. There’s even a reference to incest, which has only become more and more prevalent in Game of Thrones as the show has progressed.

Castlevania is a beautiful combination of the grittiness of Game of Thrones and the creativity that animation affords. These four episodes are filled with tons of dark fantasy goodness. With a new season supposedly coming in 2018, Castlevania makes for the perfect means to scratch your GoT itch now that Season 7 has wrapped up.

[Lucas DeRuyter, FANDOM Contributor]

Spartacus


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Spartacus: Blood & Sand is a sword and sandals epic based on the real Thracian soldier, Spartacus. The Starz series joins our hero on his journey from soldier to gladiator to liberator.

Spartacus is built on a foundation of sex, gore, and grand battles. It is truly an extreme and visceral experience. What the series executes perfectly are the “Hardhome“-style battles and tense character moments when you fear someone will literally lose their head.

Four seasons worth of Red Wedding-style massacres, beloved character deaths, and even their own version of an ice wall. Give the show a spin and you may find that Spartacus: Blood and Sand becomes a severe guilty pleasure.

[Carl Waldron, FANDOM Contributor]

Berserk


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Berserk is an anime that’s as violent as they come. Much like Game of Thrones, Berserk has gained its popularity due to the gruesome uncensored violence on the battlefield.

From the beginning, we see Guts — the main protagonist — fight his way through hordes of monsters and demons, leaving piles of bodies in his wake on the battlefield. However, the real test comes when his best friend, Griffith, betrays him.  As a result, he becomes obsessed with exacting revenge on Griffith and no one can stop him in his quest for retribution.

Not only does Berserk deliver tons of blood and gore, but also the anime explores similar themes as Game of Thrones like duty, love, and most importantly, betrayal.

[Zuleika Boekhoudt, FANDOM Contributor]

Vikings


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In 2013, the History Channel sailed into unknown waters with its period drama, Vikings, and it hit the far shore with a surprisingly devoted audience. Now coming up on its fifth season, the show follows the trials and tribulations of Ragnar Lothbrok and his family. Rife with scheming politics, exhilarating battle sequences, and just the right amount of historicity, Vikings is a show that has the expansive scope that a Game of Thrones fan might be looking for.

The supporting cast, like the denizens of Westeros and Essos, are memorable souls. There’s the devout and manic shipwright, Floki, Ragnar’s aimless brother, Rollo, and the monk-turned-Viking, Athelstan. But most memorable of all is Lagertha, a shield maiden and Ragnar’s wife. Kathryn Winnick has shaped the character into an iconic presence. She has the martial prowess of Brienne, the ambition of Daenerys Targaryen, and the clever mind of Lady Olenna. She’s the kind of woman that Lyanna Mormont would be proud of.

Vikings has had its share of colossal upheavals and character departures in recent seasons too, yet the show remains compelling, informative, and approachable. Grab your axe, heft your shield, take your place on the rowing bench, and sail on into this joy of a show.

[R.W.V. Mitchell, FANDOM Contributor]

Durarara!!


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At its core, Game of Thrones is a story about dozens of individuals with differing circumstances, dubious motives, and conflicting interests. Durarara!! is a phenomenal anime with all those qualities and more. While people may not be fighting over the iron throne, the complex relationships and drama of Durarara!! are just as enthralling as watching the geopolitical power struggle that is Game of Thrones.

Durarara!! is also no stranger to the supernatural, either. In any given episode you may find a shadow creature that doesn’t need king’s blood to live, a man strong enough to turn a mountain into rubble, and a mystical sword that could create a zombie army rather than kill one. If you can overlook the nonsensical name, Durarara!! should hold you over until Season 8 arrives.

[Lucas DeRuyter, FANDOM Contributor]

I, Claudius


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One of the best parts of Game of Thrones has been the Lannister soap opera set in the Red Keep. If you’re at all hungering for a depraved family of spiteful royals backstabbing each other, you won’t do better than the Julio-Claudians in I, Claudius. They are the most messed-up and entertaining dynasty in all of world history.

The 1976 BBC miniseries, I, Claudius, might not have the budget or the nudity of Game of Thrones. However, if you need a Joffrey, you have Caligula. If you need a Cersei, you have Livia. If you need a Tyrion, you have the stuttering hero Claudius.

I, Claudius is also an incredible collection of some of the greatest British actors of all time. It stars Patrick Stewart, Dereck Jacobi, John Hurt, Brian Blessed, Sian Phillips, and George Phillips. The show isn’t terribly historically accurate, but you won’t find a better drama of palace intrigue anywhere.

[Eric Fuchs, FANDOM Contributor]

Dexter


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Dexter follows bloodstain pattern analyst Dexter Morgan who spends his days with the Miami PD solving crimes. His nights see him serial killing murderers. He is a monster chasing monsters.

Dexter is Littlefinger mixed with Jon Snow. A self-involved, manipulative, sociopathic superhero with a code of honor. Jon Snow takes it upon himself to kill monsters beyond the wall. Dexter kills the monsters beyond his backyard fence. All to feed his kill-happy alter ego, the”Dark Passenger“, and to protect the innocent residents of Miami.

The show is an eight-season series packed full of tense confrontations, lots of murder and manipulation. It’s a suspenseful, traumatic journey where the bad guy is the good guy. Dexter will leave you tense well after it finishes.

[Carl Waldron, FANDOM Contributor]

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Orphaned Kids Build New Lives After Sierra Leone’s Mudslides

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Seven-year-old Ali Mansaray must build a new life for himself after surviving the mudslides and flooding that killed nearly 500 people, including his parents, in Sierra Leone last week.

Now he is being looked after by his grandmother, who was spared because she was sleeping at a friend’s home the night of the Aug. 14 disaster.

“The boy’s mother and father are dead. Zainab and Idrisa gave birth to him, both of them are dead now, even our neighbors,” a grieving Emma Mansaray told The Associated Press. “Only God saved me because I did not sleep there.”

Ali is among hundreds of children who have lost one or both parents to the mudslides in this impoverished West African nation’s capital. Many children have no family members left alive. The children now line up for food rations at temporary shelters, with few hopes that any survivors will be found among the estimated 600 people missing.

Charities in Sierra Leone are grappling with how to help the hundreds of children who have lost parents. It is particularly difficult in a country where just two years ago a deadly Ebola outbreak decimated many families.

“It’s a real knock for the country so soon after Ebola. We didn’t expect to hear the ambulance sirens and see people in biohazard suits again in the streets of Freetown,” said the UNICEF spokesman in Sierra Leone, John James.

“Sierra Leone has a young population, and this will have an impact on the lives of children and adolescents for decades to come … People here are resilient, but we’ll be working hard to trace the extended families of orphaned children and ensure the successful integration of children.”
The government says some 4,000 children have been affected, and that psychosocial therapists are needed for them before schools reopen in September.

Aid groups such as World Hope International are providing help to prevent orphaned children from further trauma, including child traffickers seeking to exploit the situation in Freetown.

“We are seeing children who are separated from family members, children who have been orphans, they have lost all of their siblings and their parents and they are especially vulnerable right now,” said Haley Clark, trauma care and protection specialist for World Hope International.

“We saw cases like this during the Ebola time of where people will come in, they say they want to care for a child and so they take them into their home and then they exploit them. So we are seeing this as a situation that’s ripe for that kind of exploitation and we want to prevent it.”

UNICEF says about 15 percent of the 7,000 people registered as affected by the disaster are under the age of 5, while 40 percent are between the ages of 6 and 18.

As the government concentrates on supplying relief items to survivors and as construction companies build structures for the displaced, the U.N. agency said, while aid groups will help trace families in the upcoming weeks to determine if the young children left alone might still have living relatives.

Petesch reported from Dakar, Senegal.

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Wilco have released a new song titled "All Lives, You Say?" Monday night to help raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Three years later, 5 lives changed after Ferguson

FERGUSON — A partially burned American flag lies on the street near the spot where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri in 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Sierra Smith had heard gunshots in the neighborhood before, but never this close.

The longtime Ferguson, Missouri, resident was on her way to a nearby park with her two children when they heard the first shot. At first, she thought it was a firecracker, but it was louder than that. It echoed.

Smith ran with her son and daughter, then 6 and 4, to her cousin’s apartment nearby.

Growing up, Smith was taught to hit the floor and stay there until the gunshots stopped or the sirens began. When the noise stopped, she made her way back outside.

There, just outside the complex on Canfield Drive, Smith saw a police officer, gun still in hand, ordering people onto the sidewalk.

And then she saw him: “Mike Mike,” a teen from the neighborhood who had played in her apartment, face down on the asphalt.

There was no police tape yet to isolate the crime scene, and no sirens in the distance.

*****

When Ferguson authorities arrived at the scene of the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting, they found Michael Brown’s belongings scattered around a police SUV: a red St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap, two bracelets and a pair of Nike sandals. Closer to Brown’s body, they found most of the casings from the 12 bullets Officer Darren Wilson had fired.

“State violence is not new to black people. It’s just something was different about how Michael Brown was killed.”

It wasn’t until 4:37 p.m. that day — more than 4.5 hours after Smith heard the gunfire – that medical workers finally transported the body of the 18-year-old black teenager to a morgue. As more people in the neighborhood gathered at the police tape, outrage grew at the sight of Brown’s body, uncovered and exposed in the summer heat.

Police eventually laid a white sheet over the body, but Brown’s feet stuck out. Blood trickled from the other end, running along the yellow lines of the two-way road. The image was captured from various angles as bystanders uploaded pixelated cell phone videos and photos to social media. Before police could put up orange screens to further hide the body from view, the image was tweeted and then retweeted. It quickly drew national attention.

Antonio French, 39, first heard of the shooting from Twitter. The St. Louis Post Dispatch via Twitter said the incident had prompted a “mob reaction.”

“‘Mob’?” French tweeted back. “You could also use the word ‘community’.”

He drove to Ferguson to learn more. Once there, he started tweeting nearby West Florissant Avenue, a street near Canfield that would become the main site for protests and clashes between law enforcement in the weeks of unrest that followed.

The former St. Louis alderman, too, would become a constant presence at events related to Brown’s death, accumulating hundreds of Vine videos and thousands of tweets documenting the aftermath. French often tweeted about the Ferguson police’s “heavy-handed approach.”

MEMORIAL — A memorial of stuffed animals, flowers, tee-shirts and ball caps remains on November 5, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The memorial is found at the location where Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

French’s videos are among the images that have become inextricably linked to the city of Ferguson, a shorthand of sorts collectively for understanding the anger behind the escalating demonstrations: “Hands up, don’t shoot” chants, protesters facing frontline officers, the dogs, armored vehicles, the local QuikTrip burning.

“I think back to those early days of the protest when I stood side by side with so many other people,” said Clifton Kinnie, who lived a few miles from the spot where Brown was shot. “We stood against that injustice, and we were met with tear gas, we were met with rubber bullets.”

Kinnie, 17 at the time, had lost his mother to breast cancer a month prior. Already in a state of depression and anxiety, Kinnie came across the image of Brown’s body on Instagram.

“At first, I didn’t think it was a real image,” he said, but the visual compelled him to join the protests percolating on Canfield. “State violence is not new to black people. It’s just something was different about how Michael Brown was killed. It was very painful.”

That summer, Kinnie led a series of student protests and encouraged his peers to promote social justice in their communities.

The Ferguson protests would offer a model for other movements in the larger St. Louis area, elsewhere in Missouri, and in other cities in the nation like Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Cleveland, among others.

The outrage that fueled the protests was complicated, French said.

“You have thousands and thousands of people out there [protesting] for different reasons,” French said. But they all shared one major concern: accountability. “Ultimately, we never got it.”

*****

Social media accounts of the shooting’s immediate aftermath undersold the chaos police faced, said Thomas Jackson, the Ferguson police chief at the time of the shooting.

Jackson said several reported gunshots nearby upended the forensics team’s ability to thoroughly process the scene. “Each time that happened, it became an insecure scene,” furthering delaying the process, he said.

“And that’s not an excuse — that’s just — that’s what happened,” he added.

If he could change one thing in the initial hours after Brown was shot, it would be moving the body sooner, Jackson, 60, said. But Jackson, who’s lived in and around Ferguson since he was 10 years old, told the NewsHour that he was hamstrung by protocol; touching the body before the scene was properly processed could be considered police misconduct, he said.

“But it looked just awful — and I felt bad for the family that was there, but, at the time, there wasn’t an option for that,” he said, adding it was a “lose-lose situation.”

Months after Brown was killed, a grand jury in St. Louis County declined to indict Wilson in the teen’s death. Months after that announcement, the Department of Justice said it would not bring civil rights charges against the officer. At the same time, the DOJ released a scathing report that called for the Ferguson Police Department to overhaul its criminal justice system. DOJ sued the city in 2016 to force the reforms.

The report said Ferguson’s police force and court systems systematically violated the rights of African-Americans, who were disproportionately the target for traffic stops, arrests and expensive fines.

However, some Americans saw the federal government’s scrutiny of Ferguson’s police department as a move that undermined police officers and enabled criminal behavior. During his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump tapped into the notion that the federal government failed to support law enforcement in the country, a concern that persists to this day. A July 2017 Harvard-Harris poll showed 62 percent of Americans feel that the public focus on law enforcement behavior has diminished how well police can do their jobs.

Once elected, President Trump changed how the DOJ approached the issue of police misconduct.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, now head of the same federal agency that issued these legal reform agreements with troubled police departments, has been critical of the police oversight that was pushed under former Obama.

“Every step I took and every decision I made that afternoon was by the book. I followed procedures and protocols designed to ensure the fairness and transparency of investigations. … And yet, nearly every one of those moves backfired in some way.”

“Since then, Ferguson has become an emblem of the tense relationship between law enforcement and the communities we serve, especially our minority communities,” Sessions said in a visit to St. Louis in March.

Sessions added that the bulk of law enforcement, in recent years, has been “unfairly maligned and blamed for the crimes and unacceptable deeds of a few in their ranks.”

Shortly after the DOJ report came out, Jackson stepped down as the Ferguson’s police chief. In his book, Jackson said he spent months on the “hot seat, the primary focus of a nation’s outrage.”

Jackson downplayed the idea of a disconnect between the Ferguson police department and the citizens it swore to protect, saying that many of his police officers were involved with the community before the shooting.

Not everyone agreed with that assessment.

“Jackson, in his mind, really feels like he was one of the good guys. He really felt like he was working in this largely African-American community,” French said. “And so, when he and the world learned of this strong resentment and frustration in the poor African-American community, — that is separate largely from the white community and the middle class black community — it caught them off guard,” he added.

Jackson did concede that the department was ill-equipped to handle the deluge of social media that documented every step the police took, especially in those first few hours after the shooting.

“Every step I took and every decision I made that afternoon was by the book. I followed procedures and protocols designed to ensure the fairness and transparency of investigations. I made the safety and security of the public my chief concern, as did every commander and officer at the scene,” Jackson said in the book. “And yet, nearly every one of those moves backfired in some way.”

*****

Now, three years later, Ferguson has seen some changes. The city council, once overwhelmingly white, is more diverse. Community activists have moved from demonstrations in the streets to becoming aldermans or representatives of the city.

Despite the Trump administration’s signals to change the federal government’s approach to police reforms agreements, known as consent decrees, Ferguson officials have said they’ll continue to work with the DOJ on improving their recruiting and hiring practices, and use-of-force guidelines, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Protestors — A protester sits in her car waiting to see what happens during another night of demonstrating in Ferguson, Missouri August 11, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The St. Louis Urban League also recently built a resource center where the neighborhood QuikTrip used to be. The convenience store was burned down by protesters days into the unrest that followed the shooting.

That type of “community empowerment” is a step in the right direction, but more must be done, said Clifton Kinnie, who has continued his activism at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he is a rising junior and political science major. A community’s safety doesn’t hinge on better policing alone, the young activist said; it’s also about seeking political power, raising the minimum wage, Medicaid expansion, investments in schools and job training.

Kinnie said he continues to organize “so that [people of color are] no longer fighting to survive, but so we can actually have a chance to live in this country.”

Fifty years from now, people are going to see Ferguson as everything that’s wrong with America or they’re going to see Ferguson as the symbol for a great hope of what American can be, Kinnie said.

Despite all the national attention, Kinnie said, Brown’s story still gets overlooked. “He wasn’t a thug, he was a kid,” he said. “At the end of the day, he is what started this movement. He’s what’s most important.”

Brown’s parents did not speak at their son’s funeral, but did write letters that were read to thousands of mourners.

“The day you were born I just know God sent me a blessing and that was you,” Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, wrote.

At his funeral, Brown’s casket was bookended by enlarged portraits of the teen wearing headphones. Red roses sat atop the casket. To the left of the flowers sat a St. Louis Cardinal baseball cap, black and red.

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By Carolyn Massiah
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The view in my backyard is a conservation area full of various types of trees. As the seasons pass, the trees lose their leaves and even some of their branches, but the trees remain in large part due to their sturdy roots.

To the side of my house is a concrete light pole. It doesn’t have any leaves and branches, obviously, but it is more susceptible to being blown down during a violent storm because it lacks the strong roots that mature trees have to anchor them through a storm.

When I compare and contrast the tree and the pole, I know I would much rather be a tree.

Both trees and light poles stand above the blanket of shrubs and bushes below. However, this is where the similarities end.

Many light poles are inorganic entities of concrete or metal, created through some form of human intervention. The shape and size in which these poles are created will forever be their shape and size as inorganic entities will not change during their existence unless there is additional intervention.

Trees, on the other hand, are organic. They are living organisms that continually change. They will lose and gain leaves and branches but they will also grow and mature throughout their existence. Continual growth and development is what I want for my own life. This is why I would rather be a tree than a light pole.

Unfortunately, positive growth sometimes must come from negative changes. Each year trees weather the change of seasons. With those changes in season, leaves come and they go and sometimes there may be seasons when the trees may not have any leaves at all on their branches.

The same can be said for our own lives. There are people that become attached to you as much as leaves are attached to branches. However, as the seasons change in our lives those people may disappear. Sometimes it seems several disappear at once and you are left bare much like trees in winter. For whatever reasons, those individuals were only meant to be in your life for a season. Yes, it hurts when those who you thought were going to stay forever leave your life before you are ready, but it is the nature of our organic lives.

Unfortunately, you never know how strong any branch will be until it is tested in the most violent of storms. Some branches appear thick and sturdy while they may actually be hollow or rotten to the core. If you step out on the branch for support because of its sturdy appearance, you might be disappointed and shocked when that branch does not support you but breaks and hurts you instead.

The same can be said for our own lives. There are people that we have relied upon and with whom we have built a long-term relationship. We have truly let them into our lives. However, as the weight of whatever burden you need bared by them increases, that friend gives under the load and breaks away from you in a permanent and irrevocable manner. Yes, it hurts but just as leaves come for a reason during a season, branches are there for those life-long lessons that we will take with us long after the branches have broken and been swept away. That is the nature of our organic lives.

So based on this, you might now be wondering why I would choose to be a tree instead of a pole. One word: roots!

Because trees are organic living creatures their roots continue to grow and strengthen as the tree grows and matures. When a storm comes, the roots anchor trees and allow trees to bend but not break in the storm.

Poles do not have that same anchor support. That is why we see more poles than trees down after severe hurricanes.

The same can be said for our own lives. Think about those individuals in your life that have been your anchor and support through the good and the bad. Often, much like a tree’s roots, those individuals do all of their work out of the view of others with no need of public acknowledgement. They are the blessings that we cannot overlook in our lives.

After comparing and contrasting the two, if I had to choose I would rather be a tree if it means that I will continue to have the blessings of roots just waiting to support me and feed me as I work to develop and mature throughout my existence.

Dr. Carolyn A. Massiah is an associate lecturer in the UCF College of Business. She can be reached at Carolyn.Massiah@ucf.edu.

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