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Eva Longoria Brings Stephen Colbert A Tomato. I Didn't Expect It To Get As Serious As It Got.

Lately, actress Eva Longoria has really been bringing attention to important issues that we Americans (and those abroad) hardly ever think about. This interview is proof of that.I really think Longoria has a future in politics. Before you laugh at that idea, remember Ronald Reagan was an actor first, too. Regardless of my dreams of the future President Longoria, this interview she gave to Stephen Colbert about the tomatoes we buy is so enlightening.

Eva Longoria Brings Stephen Colbert A Tomato. I Didn't Expect It To Get As Serious As It Got.

This interview with Eva Longoria — "Desperate Housewives" actress and general badass woman — starts with a prop! A delicious tomato from Whole Foods. It's a gift to Stephen Colbert, who isn't a badass woman but is pretty cool.


Eva was just named Philanthropist of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter. Stephen Colbert is confused.

"Why are you 'philanthroping' instead of simply 'celebritying?'" he asks. She tells him that the release of a documentary she just did called "Food Chains" is coming out. It is about the exploitation of labor in our farms in America.

I think that's a pretty great reason to be "philanthroping."

She wants us to care because we all eat food and we should really care about where our food comes from. Like, do you know where your lunch came from? Before it was in the place you bought it?These workers picking your tomatoes in Immokalee, Florida, are getting paid 1 cent a pound.

I'll let that sink in. For one pound of this...

a real actual human being person gets one of these...

(sinister penny GIF for effect)

All Eva wants is for them to get two pennies instead of one. It would change your tomato-buying life by 44 cents a year. That's it.

Here's the video interview. They talk about a lot more.

Watch the trailer for the documentary Longoria is talking about below. If you're eating a BLT that's heavy on the T, you might want to put it down.

Luckily for us, Ms. Longoria and the people behind "Food Chains" have created a handy map for you to look at when you plan to buy tomatoes. Just click here to take a look.

(The map looks like this, and you can set it to automatically tell you which stores around you sell fair tomatoes. You can click here too to see it!) If you watched the video, you'll remember, Wendy's won't be one of them.

I know, right?

Bottom line:

You've got to love an actress who knows how to bring attention to something we never really think about.

"Food Chains" comes out Nov. 21, 2014. Go see it!

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Eviction seemed imminent for Dasha Kelly, 32, and her three young daughters Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, on Monday. The eviction moratorium expired over the weekend and it looked like there was no way for them to avoid becoming homeless.

The former Las Vegas card dealer lost her job due to casino closures during the pandemic and needed $2,000 to cover her back rent. The mother of three couldn't bear the thought of being put out of her apartment with three children in the scorching Nevada desert.

"I had no idea what we were going to do," Kelly said, according to KOAT.

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