Teens Create Accountability App After Police Killing of Mike Brown

Three teens (brother and two sisters) have created an app called ‘Five-O’ in the hopes of seeing more transparency in law enforcement. Great idea! Ima (16), Asha (15) and Caleb (14) Christian are my heels for taking action!

“We’d like to know which regions in the U.S. provide horrible law enforcement services as well as highlight the agencies that are highly rated by their citizens,” Ima Christian explained. “In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens when interacting with law enforcement, we believe that highly rated police departments should be used as models for those that fail at providing quality law enforcement services.”

Watch their full interview HERE

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The ‘shocking’ Biggest Loser Finale not really Shocking at all

“it is not surprising to see that this has finally happened. Fredericksen took the game to its logical outcome. She played the game and she played it hard, and in doing so, she laid bare the show’s messed-up, disordered premises for all the world to see.”

Thoughts on the biggest loser (TBL) finale this year?
I will say, I’ve watched the show occasionally during previous seasons, and never had a feeling quite like that I had while watching Rachel’s weigh in. As someone who has battled with my weight all my life I did feel the ranch was motivational more than abusive, but this season has really left me a lot to reflect on. Especially how engrained fat shaming is into every facet of our lives. Much like with rape culture, Ive found myself in the past defending TBL. Despite mounds of evidence to the contrary readily available should I so choose to engage, I instead defended the hours long daily workouts, the food restrictions, the lack of concurrent counseling. Now is that something I’ve learned? Or is the truth that maybe reality is just too fucking much to handle sometimes so we try to rationalize all the horrible, destructive systems that uphold and glorify our abusers? I’m not excusing it. But I wonder how I can find inspiration from TBL when I’ve lived the experiences I have?

Love Is…(Holy Shit, I Have Cancer)

Love Is…(Holy Shit, I Have Cancer)

This is a very touching letter a young woman named Elana wrote soon after discovering that she has stage 4 cancer. As someone who has had some experience with hospitals and illness, I began this read a little bit jaded. I thought, that truly is lovely that her friends and schoolmates in the medical community have each individually stepped up to assist in her treatment and recovery. It is, and I don’t want to take away from that. But I also thought what incredible privilege this woman has to know so many powerful folks in positions to help her, this is not the case or experience for all who are admitted to hospital, or who contract an illness.
By the end all of my analysis had scattered in the wind. This piece is more than one woman’s experience, bigger than just her battle. It’s a brave and thoughtful reflection of her circumstance and her life, and I find it inspiring that this is the outlook she chooses to have. She recognizes her power and embraces it, and I am in awe of her strength.

This particular paragraph rang especially true for me after my last hospitalization…

“Love is when such a tragic event has shown me how many people out there care about me deeply and hold me in their hearts, showing their concern through visits, phone calls, texts, emails, messages through family, and heartfelt gifts. Ignorantly, I hadn’t before realized this was true.” —WOW, spot on!