All the embarrassing things a dad can say to his daughter, corrected.

DISCLOSURE: I have a young daughter. And in the back of the caveman part of my brain, I'll often get visions of a future where I become a walking cartoon villain, the worst kind of dad, one who attempts to intimidate any guy (if that's the type of folks she's into) who goes near her — who gets paranoid about how she presents herself to the world, and who can't grasp that she's going to be who she is, that she'll be able to make decisions for herself, on her own terms, without me getting in the way and ruining everything.

Fortunately, I generally tell that part of my brain to go to hell and grow up since I don't do that to my son and it's an idiotic double standard that has no place in the 21st century.

Javon Johnson was brave enough to expose that part of his brain and then call himself out on it. This is not safe for work, but it is pretty awesome. At 2:19, he realizes he's being ridiculous. At 3:00, he totally redeems himself with my favorite part:

Baby girl, daddy wants you to own your own body, wants you to know what it's like to live life. As if humans were made to jump out of airplanes without parachutes, I want you to be everything you can be.

I'm filing this away for 12 years from now. If you could share it, that'd be awesome.


Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a measure last month that could pave the way for the Catholic Church to deny President Joe Biden communion. The conservative bishops hope to prevent Biden from participating in the sacred ritual because of his support for abortion rights.

Biden is a devout Catholic who considered becoming a priest in his youth. He rarely misses mass, holds a rosary while making critical decisions, and often quotes scriptures. When asked about the bishops' decision Biden said it is "a private matter and I don't think that's going to happen."

The bishops hope the new guidance would push "Catholics who are cultural, political, or parochial leaders to witness the faith."

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