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3 girls got on national television and told the not-so-pretty truth about America. Fearless.

Somewhere in America, there is hope because of brilliant, talented girls like this.

In an amazing — no really, AMAZING — spoken-word performance on "The Queen Latifah Show," teenagers Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen got real about America and a lot of the harsh realities facing their generation.


Their main point? Kids learn more from the behavior, laws, and values demonstrated in the culture and society around them than they will ever learn from a standard curriculum.

And boy are they learning. They're seeing a ton of contradictions that don't support the "American values" they're taught about in school — issues like poverty, censorship, gun violence...

...and capitalism without recognition of the rich, dark history that laid the foundation for it (or of the people who have been broken along the way).

And then there's the gender stuff ... my God. Girls being harassed after school, schools turning away and brushing rape allegations under the rug, violence against women, and all while homophobia is allowed to run rampant and unchecked.

Somewhere in America, teens are learning these lessons and many others. And they'll never forget them.

Check out the spellbinding performance below:

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A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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It's Fat Bear Week and we pick the winner.

Everyone knows that fat animals are infinitely more visually appealing, much to veterinarians' collective dismay. They may not be at their pinnacle of health, yet we love them anyway, especially when they're babies. Bears, however, are supposed to get chunky so they get a pass. Before the winter when they hibernate, they're all about feeding their faces and storing fat for the winter. Wildlife archivists Explore has put all these fat bears in one place so we can vote on who gets to be supreme Fat Bear. Fat Bear Week is an annual event that anyone with internet access can participate in.

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She's enjoying the big benefits of some simple life hacks.

James Clear’s landmark book “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide. The book is incredibly popular because it has a simple message that can help everyone. We can develop habits that increase our productivity and success by making small changes to our daily routines.

"It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis,” James Clear writes. “It is only when looking back 2 or 5 or 10 years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.”

His work proves that we don’t need to move mountains to improve ourselves, just get 1% better every day.

Most of us are reluctant to change because breaking old habits and starting new ones can be hard. However, there are a lot of incredibly easy habits we can develop that can add up to monumental changes.

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