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In a letter to her teenage self published in Teen Vogue, Solange Knowles opened up about the stages of life, the joys of life, the triumphs and the pains of life, and everything that lay ahead as she looked back and thought about the advice she would give herself. | by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Levi’s/AP.
Helen Mirren took the stage at Tulane University to deliver a powerful commencement address to the graduating class of 2017. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP.
American student loan debt is now nearly double the credit card debt. This program aims to address that crisis. #sponsored
After he lost his arm in a factory accident, Chang Hsien-Liang found that most of the prosthetics he could afford were too basic and limited his motion, while the robotic hand he wanted was too expensive. So he delved into the world of 3D printing and created his own bionic arm that was both affordable and flexible. Now, he uses his designs to help others. | by Tyrone Siu/Reuters.
French President Emmanuel Macron has completed his cabinet, and his appointments are an important step in creating equal representation for the citizens of France in government. Of the 22 minister positions, women will fill 11, a parity that more closely resembles the actual makeup of France’s demographics than ever before. | by Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images.
On #ThisDayinHistory, Amelia Earhart set off on a historic flight, leaving Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, and arriving in Ireland nearly 15 hours later. She was both the second person and the first woman to ever complete a solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean, taking off exactly five years to the day after Charles Lindbergh made his monumental flight. | by Getty Images.
In a powerful op-ed, former Vice President Joe Biden urged everyone to remember that abuses committed against the LGBTQ community in any country are unacceptable, and we need to remember that “LGBT rights are human rights.” Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.
Since 1984, his voice in Soundgarden and Audioslave helped define an entire musical movement. But in recent months, he used his voice to change the world in other ways. Chris Cornell, who died by apparent suicide at the age of 52, went to the refugee camps in Europe earlier this year to support the International Rescue Committee. He led his own foundation to support children facing homelessness, and he asked others to pay forward whatever kindness they could. We remember his life and his work and urge those struggling with suicidal thoughts to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. | by Casey Curry/Invision/AP.
In a program that’s becoming more popular across the United States, inmates are spending time caring for animals from rescue shelters, rehabilitating and training them as they prepare to find their forever homes. The program isn’t just rehabilitative for the animals — it’s also proven to be wonderful therapy for the inmates. | by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters.
On #ThisDayinHistory, Mount Everest’s summit saw one in a series of climbers reach its peak, but this visitor was different for an important reason — she was the first recorded woman to reach the summit. Junko Tabei would go on to be the first woman to ascend the “seven summits,” reaching the highest peak on every continent. | by AP.
With a powerful Instagram post, Ariel Winter showed that celebrating Mother’s Day isn’t limited to your biological parent. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Just this past Thursday, we asked people in New York City’s Washington Square Park one question: “What do you wish you could say to your mom right now?” They wrote their answers on an index card, dropped it in a shoebox, and shared it with the world. Read 27 of them at Upworthy.com.
In a powerful interview with NPR, Gabourey Sidibe opened up about the pressure she’s felt from the world, both before and after weight-loss surgery, and how she still champions self-love through it all. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images.
One tablet, one room, 1.7 million documents. This incredible art installation blends artificial intelligence, history, and beauty to create a fully immersive experience where visitors can discover pieces of historical Ottoman archives, ranging from text documents to photographs. On display in Istanbul, Turkey, the “Archive Dreaming” installation from Refik Anadol brings ancient history into a modern library. | by Chris McGrath/Getty Images.
From 5 to 13 years old, these 32 children gathered at the Bronx Zoo on May 5 to celebrate their first day as official citizens of the United States. Originally hailing from Cameroon, Jamaica, Armenia, and other countries, these children now have at least one thing in common — they’re all Americans. | by Drew Angerer/Getty Images.
While accepting an award for “Excellence in Media” at the 2017 GLAAD Media Awards on May 6, “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing used her time to appeal to Ivanka Trump, asking the first daughter directly to not simply say that she’s a supporter of women, parents, and the LGBTQ community, but to actually act upon that support. | by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for GLAAD.
During the MTV Movie and TV Awards, the actors from “Moonlight” took home the award for “Best Kiss,” marking another major milestone for LGBTQ representation on the silver screen. As they accepted their symbolic bucket of popcorn, they gave an emotional and powerful speech about what the moment meant not just to them but to the world. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Despite the mad rush of the morning, taking care of your family by making sure they are ready for whatever the day brings should always be a priority. #sponsored
In an interview with New York Magazine, Aziz Ansari spoke out against statements that paint America as being “red states” and “blue states,” pointing out that it doesn’t do anyone any favors to generalize large groups of people. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP.
The Women Deliver global conference was the largest gathering of people in more than a decade to focus specifically on women’s issues, bringing together nearly 6,000 people from 1,690 countries. Sadiqa Basiri Saleem of Afghanistan was one of the attendees, bringing knowledge and experience with her that was invaluable to the discussion. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Andreas Bro.
On Tuesday, May 2, @Plannedparenthood celebrated its 100th Anniversary Gala, recognizing powerful women in America and those who have supported the organization. @Shondarhimes was recognized with the Champion of Change Award, and after being introduced by Meryl Streep, she delivered a powerful address to the audience about the importance of standing up for change in the world. | by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP.
After today’s devastating Trumpcare vote in the House, the pressure is still on. Health care is a human right — without a single doubt. And this fight is far from over.
In an in-depth interview with @guardian, @elizabethwarrenma spoke about the state of politics in the United States and how Americans have been motivated to act and participate in the democratic process in a way that hasn’t been seen in decades. She discussed her own history in politics, her thoughts on the Democratic Party, her family, and looking ahead to the 2018 elections. “I’m in this fight, there’s no pause about that.” | by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/AP.
On April 29, Rep. John Lewis held a rally just a few blocks from the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Atlanta, gathering supporters of gun control to send the message of a safer America. | by David Goldman/AP.
In 1902, her ability to organize protests, strikes, and labor movements earned her the nickname “the most dangerous woman in America.” Today, we celebrate her 180th birthday. Mary Harris Jones, better known later in life as “Mother” Jones, was an Irish-born immigrant to the United States who spent more than half of her life fighting for the rights of laborers across the country. Her first career was as a school teacher, and her second was as a dressmaker; but tragedy struck her life twice, taking her family and her store, and she dedicated her time to helping others until passing at the age of 93. She was a champion of children’s labor laws, was arrested multiple times, and left behind a statement still invoked by union supporters to this day: “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” Happy birthday to you, Mother Jones. | courtesy of the Library of Congress.
He’s one of the minds behind “MythBusters,” and just the other day, @therealadamsavage took to Twitter to shut down the harmful belief that gender exists only as a binary. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Alex J. Berliner/ABImages/AP.
Yesterday, April 28, marked 20 years since a major moment in TV history. It was the day Ellen DeGeneres’ coming-out episode of “The Ellen Show” aired, marking the first time that a leading character of a TV show was openly gay, as well as the actress being openly gay. She faced backlash from the world, and her show was canceled shortly after, but it was a move that paved the way for acceptance, love, and a country that began including the LGBTQ community. | by Andrew Harnik/AP.
On #ThisDayinHistory in 1967, 50 years ago, Muhammad Ali spoke up and refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. For his refusal, he was convicted of draft evasion, a crime that carried a $10,000 fine and a five-year prison sentence, leading to him being banned from boxing for three years. His case was appealed and he stayed out of prison, but he wasn’t able to return to the ring until Oct. 26, 1970. | by Ed Kolenovsky/AP.
During this week’s TED conference in Vancouver, Pope Francis delivered a surprise TED talk to attendees on April 25. In the recorded address, he warned them of the impact of power, reminded them of the importance of compassion, preached the value of community, and reminded us all not to let technology blind us to what is right in front of our faces. | by Chris Jackson/Getty Images.
Being there for your family can sometimes be as simple as wrapping a Band-Aid around their finger and letting them know someone cares. #ad
In an interview with Chelsea Handler, actor and writer Kumail Nanjiani opened up about representation of Muslims in the media and how important it is to show multi-dimensional characters from the religion. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW.
Today is Yom HaShoah, the Hebrew name for Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date coincides with both the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It is a day to reflect on the lives and stories, told and untold, of all those who were lost — and who survived — the horrors of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel was one of those survivors. He was just a teenager when he was imprisoned, and he lost his entire family to the camps. He spent most of his adult life, until he died in 2016, fighting for the world to remember what happened, fighting against denial, and fighting to ensure that nothing like the Holocaust will ever happen again. | by Bebeto Matthews/AP.
In a video released on Facebook last week, Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke about the importance of science in the United States, how it was such an integral part of what makes the United States the nation it is today, and how it will move humanity into the future. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by National Geographic Studios/ Courtesy of the Everett Collection.
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