Simone Manuel Becomes the First African-American Woman to Win …

Last night, Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming!  She also broke the Olympic record by 0.01 second.  Manuel on the significance of her win: I definitely think it raises some awareness and will get them inspired.  I mean, the gold medal wasn’t just for me. It…

Challenging Eurocentric Beauty Standards – Maminydjama Maymuru is the First Ever Aboriginal Finalist in the Miss World Australia Competition

Previously written for BGLH. For 49,800 of those years [the Aboriginals] had the continent to themselves. … Then on April 29, 1770, British explorer James Cook landed his ship, the Endeavour, on the southeastern shore. The next two centuries were a horror show of cultural obliteration—massacres, disease, alcoholism, forced integration, surrender. ~ National Geographic The…

Making Life Changes Now: TED Talk on ‘Why 30 is Not the New 20’

Even if you’re already in your 30s (like me), this is a worthwhile TED talk. This is not my opinion. These are the facts. We know that 80 percent of life’s most defining moments take place by age 35. That means that eight out of 10 of the decisions and experiences and “Aha!” moments that make your life what it is will…

Cherish Thy Melanin: “Unfair and Lovely” Day

The “Unfair and Lovely” campaign was started by three University of Texas students who were experiencing colorism.  These students were Pax Jones (who is black) and sisters, Mirusha Yogarajah and Yanusha (both of South Asian descent).  Since the launch of their campaign, the phrase “unfair and lovely” has become hashtag even got it’s own day on May 4.  Here…