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    16 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

    Here are just some of the things to do, read, and see to immerse yourself in the rich history of Black culture. Make sure you also read up on how to support Black-owned businesses, the best books by Black authors, and BLM charities you can donate to right now.

    18 Facts You Didn’t Know About Black History Month

    In honor of Black History Month, here are some facts about Black history in America that even history buffs may...

    I Think Black History Month Should Last All Year

    We know about Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr., of course. But our American history lessons skip over so...

    14 Black Inventors Who Made Your Life Easier

    Most of these are probably names you haven't heard before. It's well past time that changed.

    11 “Facts” About the Civil Rights Movement That Aren’t True

    Separating fact from fiction isn’t just important from a historical perspective—it’s also essential in winning today’s fight against racial injustice.

    Why Black History Month Is More Important Than Ever

    While it's important to celebrate Black culture and contributions, it's equally important to acknowledge how society still oppresses and discriminates...

    Henry Louis Gates Jr.: The Lasting Impact of Alex Haley’s “Roots”

    Alex Haley’s landmark book began in Reader’s Digest, where he worked as a senior editor. Its impact is still being...

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    13 Air Travel Rules You Should Know Before Flying During the Pandemic

    Getting ready to fly? Read these important rules before you head to the airport to make sure you're cleared for...

    This Is the Word of the Year for 2021

    This year's winner is a centuries-old throwback.

    8 Things You Need to Know About the Omicron Variant

    With new information about Omicron emerging every day, scientists are understanding more about how the new Covid-19 variant spreads—and what...

    20 Best Books by Native American Authors to Read Right Now

    This diverse array of compelling reads will stick with you long after you've put the books back on your shelf.

    The 40 Best LGBTQ+ Books to Read Right Now

    From recent releases to classic works, these are the LGBTQ books you should add to your bookshelf ASAP.

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    Should You Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu Shot on the Same Day?

    What's the safest COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine spacing per the CDC? Here's what experts say about those and other...

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    13 Things That Are About to Get More Expensive

    Get ready to shell out even more for some of your go-to items, thanks to shipping wars, labor issues, and...

    How to Respond When Someone Says “All Lives Matter”

    There is actually a productive, positive way to counter this statement that can help promote understanding and combat racism.

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    6 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus

    Life isn't back to normal just yet. As the Delta variant continues to spread, experts recommend being particularly cautious at...

    The 20 Best Books by Latinx Authors You’ll Want to Read Right Now

    From memoirs to noir and YA to essays, these books feature fresh perspectives and diverse voices—and you won't be able...

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    9 Things You May Not See in Theme Parks Anymore

    Theme parks are open again, but you'll definitely notice some differences if you visit one right now.

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    What Hotel Buffets Look Like Now, Post-Pandemic

    Plated meals, an increased reliance on waitstaff, and higher costs may become the new normal for this popular hotel staple.

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    10 Things Flight Attendants Aren’t Allowed to Do Anymore

    Between ongoing coronavirus infections and lingering fear, the pandemic has altered the way we fly, including what flight attendants are...

    What Anti-Racism Means and What It Means to Be Anti-Racist

    It's not enough to get mad about racial inequality. You have to do something about it.

    Colorism vs. Racism: What’s the Difference?

    Even within minority communities, discrimination persists in unexpected ways. If you’ve never heard of colorism, here’s what you need to...

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    Here’s Why Amazon Doesn’t Sell These 14 Things

    Amazon has everything, right? Well, nearly everything. These 14 items can't be purchased from the retail giant.

    20 Podcasts About Race You Need to Hear

    Learning about race relations in America has to be a deliberate choice, and the responsibility falls on all of us....

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    6 Things You Won’t Be Able to Do on Airplanes Anymore

    In the long run, air travel might not change as drastically as you might think. But some of the short-term...

    What Does Non-Binary Mean? Understanding This LGBTQ Term and Why It’s Important

    Gender isn’t always a straightforward issue, but being respectful about how someone identifies is. Here’s what you need to know.

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    5 Things You Won’t See in Hotels Anymore—And 2 You Will

    As hotels welcome guests in a post-coronavirus world, some of the measures they put in place at the start of...

    What Is Implicit Bias? How to Recognize and Change Our Unconscious Stereotypes and Assumptions

    Experts say we all have some bias, but there are ways to fight against it.

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    8 Things You Won’t See in Hair Salons Anymore

    Hair salons and barbershops are open again, but some of the pandemic precautions remain.

    I Came Out After 20 Years of Marriage and Met the Love of My Life

    Larry Best thought he had the perfect love and the perfect marriage, but until he found his husband and soul...