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A New York City woman just made the kind of movie Hollywood never wants to make.

Take a look at what one woman is doing to change the world of movies.

There aren't many movies that star a woman in the leading role, especially as someone with three dimensions. Same thing with black characters. As a general rule, if a black woman is on a TV or movie screen, she's usually playing the "sassy one," the "ghetto one," or the "oversexed one."

Actress Nana Mensah was sick of auditioning for those roles. So, for two and a half years, she devoted herself to making a movie called "Queen of Glory," and it looks pretty great:


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Mensah spent 30 months writing, producing, directing, and starring in this movie. All while still doing other jobs: working at a nonprofit, going to auditions, and working at an upscale restaurant serving champagne in the bathroom. (Yes, in the bathroom. That is dedication.)

Nana Mensah as Sarah Obeng in "Queen of Glory"

In the end, she's created a movie where the main character, an African-American, is not a caricature, but a complete woman. You see her pain, her sorrow, and her joy. And that is utterly beautiful.

If you'd like, you can donate to the Kickstarter to complete post-production on this movie. The campaign ends March 18, 2015.

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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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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