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A lot of celebs stare awkwardly at the camera without saying a word. Here's why they're so quiet.

Normally, the faces Will Ferrell makes crack me up. Not so much in this video.

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Waiting. That's what a lot of people are doing. It's not a big deal for the celebs and others in this video, but for the people in Ebola-stricken areas? It's everything.


Actually, that's not really what the kind of waiting I'm talking about looks like. For a lot of people, it looks more like this:

Because when people in a handful of countries needed help, our leaders didn't jump to action.

Too many people are still waiting. But again, it's not the people in this video who are being affected by the waiting. They just want to make sure we know that action is necessary.

In the words of the people behind ONE, "ONE is a strictly non-partisan organization. We work with elected officials of all stripes to push for smart and effective policies that fight extreme poverty. This video is meant to build public pressure on world leaders everywhere to step up and do more."

As of mid-November 2014, the CDC reported that over 15,000 cases of Ebola had been diagnosed in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Over 5,400 of those people died. (Keep in mind that many claim the actual numbers are higher than the reported numbers. But for now, these are the figures we have.)

Particularly distressing is the sharp increase in recent cases.

How much longer can we wait? You can sign the petition to encourage world leaders to take action to stop the spread of Ebola. Want to find out what your country is doing to help? Check out ONE's Ebola Tracker.

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Picking a psychiatrist is a precarious situation, one I know all too well. I have bipolar disorder, depressive disorder and anxiety disorder. I have been in and out of therapy for nearly 20 years. And while I have left doctors for a wide variety of reasons—I've moved, I felt better and "been better," I've given up on pharmacology and stopped taking meds—I've only had to fire one.

The reason? She was judgemental and disrespectful. In her office, I wasn't seen, heard or understood.

To help you understand the gravity of the situation, I should give you some context. In the spring of 2017, I was doing well and feeling good, at least for the most part. My family was healthy. I was happy, and life was more or less normal, so I stopped seeing my psychiatrist. I decided I didn't need my meds.

But by the summer, my mood was shifting. I was cycling (which occurs when bipolar patients vacillate between periods of mania and depression) and when I suffered a miscarriage that fall, I plunged into a deep depressive episode—one I knew I couldn't pull myself out of.

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As you sit down to eat your breakfast in the morning or grab an afternoon snack, take a minute to consider your food, how it was made, and how it got to your plate.

The fruit on your plate were grown and picked on farms, then processed, packaged and sent to the grocery store where you bought them.

Sounds simple, right?

The truth is, that process is anything but simple and at every step in the journey to your plate, harm can be caused to the people who grow it, the communities that need it, and the planet we all call home.

For example, thousands of kids live in food deserts and areas where access to affordable and nutritious food is limited. Around the world, one in three children suffer from some form of malnutrition, and yet, up to 40% of food in the United States is never eaten.

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Keraun Harris, who goes by the name King Keraun, is a popular comedian on social media who's appeared as an actor on HBO's "Insecure" and ABC's "Black-ish."

On Monday, he posted a video on Twitter sharing the story of how a white woman had his back during a recent traffic stop.

"I just got pulled over, and for the first time, I watched a white woman record my whole traffic stop," she said.

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Therapy animals have become a controversial issue of recent, even though they've helped over 500,000 people overcome psychological and physical issues that have made it difficult to perform everyday tasks.

It's because countless people have tried to pass off their pets as service animals, making it hard for legitimate, trained animals to gain acceptance in public.

So when people hear about emotional support llamas, they're met with understandable cynicism. However, studies show they are great at helping children with autism spectrum disorder, and they are routinely used to cheer up people residents in retirement homes.

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