A man screamed at her once because he thought she was white. That's just the tip of the iceberg.

Lysa Cooper — committed to not changing a thing about herself to fit anyone else's expectations since the 1980s. And thank goodness because she is so incredible as she is.

A man screamed at her once because he thought she was white. That's just the tip of the iceberg.

When this video was first published, people left comments like, "I want her as a mentor! I want to be in her presence!" and "I can so relate."

Her whole life, even living in a city as diverse as New York, she's been told that's she's too black, too white, not black enough, needs to change her hair — the list goes on. And at every turn, she has said, "That's not who I am. This is who I am."

It's been anything but easy, especially when she started working in the fashion and entertainment industry, focusing on black celebrities who were being ignored or stereotyped. But her insights are powerful and profound. I love what she says about Internet dating and how our whole culture is changing, starting at 6:25, and how real she gets about loneliness right after.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.