He starts with an apology for ruining the earth, but then watch him take it back.
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Unilever and the United Nations

In his music, Prince Ea is not one to shy away from the tough issues.

  • “Why do so many of us go to work when we don't need to?"
  • “Did you know that in 10 years, depression will be the leading cause of death?"
  • “Why does our nation build twice as many prisons as schools?"

And in this piece, it's no different.

  • "Sorry we left you with our mess of a planet."
  • "Sorry we listened to people who made excuses to do nothing."
  • "Sorry that we put profit above people and greed above need."

Why all of this deep talk?

Because he's paying attention to what's really happening in the world. In this poem, he takes a pretty brutal look at the future — until you hit 3:35, when he turns it all around.


That's right. He doesn't end there.

This man has a huge heart, with a love for humanity that drives him to always sing about hope as well as despair.

"You know what? Cut the beat. I'm not sorry. This future, I do not accept it. Because an error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. We can redirect this."

That's love.

Can't ask for more than that.

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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.