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A martial arts champion doesn't want to rescue kids. She's teaching them to save themselves.

Today's hero traveled from the USA to India to teach kids Japanese-style ass kicking. Heroes making heroes. We like that.

A martial arts champion doesn't want to rescue kids. She's teaching them to save themselves.

Protect a child, you save her for a day. Teach her to kick ass, you save her for a lifetime.

These kids are in danger of being snatched on the street or even sold by a parent desperate to pay debts. Many organizations are working hard to prevent kidnapping and trafficking and to rescue those who've been sold.


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Karate champion Belle Staurowsky is teaching these kids to stand up for themselves.

It might sound crazy to think that a kid can protect herself, but self-defense training is actually quite effective. A recent study involving Kenyan girls found that self-defense classes were key in driving down the rate of violent rape. The year before the study, nearly a quarter of the girls were raped. After the training, the rape rate went down to 9%.

Belle has accomplished many things in her life, but this might be the biggest one.

Because this isn't just about teaching martial arts. She's helping them take charge of their own lives. They're learning to kick and punch, yes, but they're also learning self-discipline and hard work. They feel powerful. They are not about to take any crap from anybody.

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She's not the kind of person you picture when you think about international aid workers.

She's not a social worker. She's not a doctor. She doesn't dig wells. But she's using her skills and her story to help other people.

We've all got skills. We've all got a story. Let's think creatively about how we can share them.

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Thomas F. Wilson played one of the most recognizable villains in film history, Biff Tannen, in the "Back to the Future" series. So, understandably, he gets recognized wherever he goes for the iconic role.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected diverse communities due largely in part to social factors such as inadequate access to housing, income, dietary options, education and employment — all of which have been shown to affect people's physical health.

Recognizing that inequity, Harlem-based chef JJ Johnson sought out to help his community maximize its health during the pandemic — one grain at a time.

Johnson manages FIELDTRIP, a health-focused restaurant that strives to bring people together through the celebration of rice, a grain found in cuisines of countless cultures.

"It was very important for me to show the world that places like Harlem want access to more health-conscious foods," Johnson said. "The people who live in Harlem should have the option to eat fresh, locally farmed and delicious food that other communities have access to."

Lack of education and access to those healthy food options is a primary driver of why 31% of adults in Harlem are struggling with obesity — the highest rate of any neighborhood in New York City and 7% higher than the average adult obesity rate across the five boroughs.

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On October 18, "The Simpsons" will debut it's 31st "Treehouse of Terror" Halloween episode. This year's show includes parodies of Pixar, "Toy Story," "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and Netflix's "Russian Doll."

A minute-long preview teasing the Halloween tradition also touches on a night that will be one of the scariest of our lifetimes. Millions of Americans are fearing what could go wrong on election day after living through the horror of 2016.

In the trailer, Homer is stuck in the voting booth, unsure of who to vote for for president. His progressive daughter, Lisa, steps into the booth to remind Homer of everything that has happened in the past four years.

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There are two conflicting viewpoints when it comes to addressing culture from that past that contains offensive elements that would never be acceptable today.

Some believe that old films, TV shows, music or books with out-of-date, offensive elements should be hidden from public view. While others think they should be used as valuable tools that help us learn from the past.

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