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A 'Game Of Thrones' star opens up about what she goes through online, and my heart hurts.

When you're a 17-year-old starring on a hit TV series, it's easy to seem untouchable. But that's not necessarily true for "Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams.

A 'Game Of Thrones' star opens up about what she goes through online, and my heart hurts.

She may be an expert sword fighter on "Game of Thrones," but in real life, Maisie Williams deals with an issue that cuts her deep.

The problem is cyberbulling, and the British actress is not going to stay quiet about it anymore.


Hooray for being honest!

Maisie made these candid comments in a behind-the-scenes video to promote her new thriller, "Cyberbully," which tracks the life of a teen fighting off a cyberstalker. The drama is loosely based on real-life events. It's also an issue that the star admits hits close to home.

She hopes that folks realize that online bullying is just as toxic as real-life bullying. Whether you're a teenager or an adult, the pain stings, and the hurt is oh so real.

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Growing up in Virginia, Dominique Meeks Gombe idolized her family physician — a young Black woman who inspired Meeks Gombe to pursue her passion for chemistry.

While Meeks Gombe began her career working in an environmental chemistry lab, after observing multiple inefficient processes in and around the lab, she took the initiative to teach herself to code in order to automate and streamline those issues.

That sparked her love for coding and imminent career shift. Now a software engineer at Capital One, Meeks Gombe wants to be a similar role model to her childhood mentor and encourage girls to pursue any career they desire.

"I'm so passionate about technology because that's where the world is going," Meeks Gombe said. "All of today's problems will be solved using technology. So it's very important for me, as a Black woman, to be at the proverbial table with my unique perspective."

Since 2019, she and her fellow Capital One associates have partnered with the Capital One Coders program and Girls For A Change to teach coding fundamentals to middle school girls.

The nonprofit's mission is aimed at empowering Black girls in Central Virginia. The organization focuses on designing, leading, funding and implementing social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods.

Girls For a Change is one of many local nonprofits that receive support from the Capital One Impact Initiative, which strives to close gaps in equity while helping people gain better access to economic and social opportunities. The initial $200 million, five-year national commitment aims to support growth in underserved communities as well as advance socioeconomic mobility.

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One minute of fed-up celebrities talking about guns is actually worth your time.

There are so many celebrities in this video that I honestly lost count. But I'm SO GLAD they came together to make it, because people tend to listen to celebrities — for better and worse. And this is definitely a case of the better.

This article originally appeared on 06.23.15


There were nearly 100 school shootings in the two years after Newtown.

Despite that, Congress still hasn't found the will to deal with gun violence in the U.S. Suffice it to say a lot of people are angry. Including the pile of celebrities you'll see below.

The plan is simple...

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