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As your trusted friend, we’re here with the “Reader’s Digest version” of social issues that impact the world around you. From gun violence statistics to the history behind the black power fist, and how to be an LGBTQ ally, our explainers will break it all down.

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    This Is What the First Amendment Really Means

    Contrary to what many people believe, freedom of speech only applies to certain situations. Do you know what your First...


    If I’d Attacked the Capitol, I’d Probably Be Dead by Now

    There’s a big difference between how the Capitol rioters and the Black Lives Matter protesters were treated. Here's why we...

    What It Was Like to Escape a Wildfire In the Middle of the Night

    Two retirees recount their narrow escape from their home during a wildfire in Oregon.


    I Unfollowed My Entire Family on Facebook—And I Don’t Regret It

    Severing that last virtual tie between my abusive family and me finally set me free.


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    Can You Impeach a President After Their Term Is Over?

    While the U.S. Constitution doesn't directly address the issue, historians believe there is precedent to do so.


    What Is “Doomscrolling”—And How to Stop the Cycle

    Up late reading bad news on your phone again? Here's how to stop the unhealthy habit of doomscrolling.


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    12 Things That Could Get You Banned from a Plane

    From major news stories to first-person accounts, here are some real reasons people have been barred (or almost barred) from...


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    How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine at Walmart

    Walmart is just one of many retailers that will be offering COVID-19 vaccines. Learn how the process works and what...

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    9 Things You Won’t See in Nail Salons Anymore

    Nail salons are starting to open back up, but there are going to be some changes you may not be...


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    13 Things That Will Be Cheaper in 2021

    Take heart—these expenses will dip now that our rough COVID-19 pandemic year is over and we turn a fresh calendar...


    The Root of Society’s Obsession with Controlling Black Hair

    From the Tignon laws and Madame C.J. Walker to the CROWN Act of 2020, let's look back to build a...


    Before You Question What to Call a Woman with a Doctorate, Read This

    Some men can feel deeply threatened by a woman's hard-earned accomplishments, but that doesn't diminish them in any way.


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    The New COVID-19 Vaccine Is Here: This Is What Doctors Need You to Know

    Is the vaccine safe? How long does the protection last? When will you be able to get it? Here are...


    How You Could Be Perpetuating Microaggressions at Work Without Realizing It

    Even well-meaning colleagues could be guilty of these derogatory slights and insults on the job.


    Why It Took Me Over 25 Years to Finally Embrace My Latinx Identity

    It took walking away from a "dream" job and leaving the United States in 2015 for me to finally embrace...


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    10 Best Face Masks You Can Buy for Exercise

    These face masks for exercise are designed for maximum breathability and comfort. Health experts explain how to find the best...

    15 Most Stylish Face Masks You Can Buy Online

    Great looking face masks are this year's must-have fashion accessory.


    The 16 Best Face Masks You’ll Actually Want to Wear

    Because masks only work if you wear them, here are the ones you'll reach for every time.


    This Is What Institutional Racism Actually Means

    It's so much more than dirty looks and a nasty N-word. Institutional racism is a racial caste system that continues...


    My Kids Made Fun of Me for Always Carrying a Handkerchief—Then the Pandemic Hit and Everyone Was Usi...

    He has used a pocket handkerchief all his life—and was ridiculed for it. Now, this famous author says his...


    How Astronaut Scott Kelly Wards Off Feelings of Isolation

    The pandemic is taking a serious toll on our mental health. Here are a few tips on surviving this crazy...

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    12 Coronavirus Products Not to Waste Your Money On

    They're unproven, overpriced, and sometimes even dangerous. Our advice? Steer clear and follow the CDC's guidelines to stay safe and...


    15 People Share the Silver Linings They Found Amid a Pandemic

    This year, many of us have new appreciation for life’s simpler joys. RD readers share their discoveries.


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    Here’s Exactly Why Clorox Is So Good at Killing Germs

    Hint: It has to do with the smell, too.


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    Can You Get COVID-19 Twice? What You Need to Know About Coronavirus Reinfection

    Even if you have coronavirus antibodies, you may be vulnerable to reinfection for a number of reasons—so you could potentially...



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    COVID-19: 6 Things That Prove It’s Not a Hoax

    Check the facts and the hard data, coronavirus is not a hoax. Here are six reasons why, according to top...