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He wanted to challenge what people saw when they looked at him. Clearly, his getup did the trick.

Who says Captain America can't be a Sikh dude with a beard and a turban?

What does an American look like?

That's the question Vishavjit Singh wanted to explore in the film below. He's so often mistaken as a "foreigner" that he decided to wear his American identity on his sleeve — and the rest of his body for that matter — and hit the streets of New York City to see how people would react.


Singh was born in Washington, D.C.

He's as American as it gets. But more specifically, he's an American Sikh.


Explainer: Who are Sikhs and what do they believe?

While the U.S. touts itself as the melting pot of the world, a lot of us have limited (and skewed) views of people who aren't of European heritage.

Like a lot of others, Singh struggles with being treated as an outsider every day — and some people can be huge assholes about it. Costume play is his way of pushing back:

When I first donned the Captain America uniform, you could see people's response was different. They realized, well, this guy, he's got a turban and a beard, but he's expressing his, maybe, patriotic fervor. But they saw me ... and they said, "Wow, this is cool. Maybe he's one of us."

He wants to inspire more people to be not just tolerant but welcoming of the diversity and cultural richness of this country.

When is the end of the Captain America alter ego? I don't know. We might reach a time where people really don't judge me for what I look like and, for that matter, nobody judges anybody else for what they look like. We judge people based on their actions.

And his advice to younger generations who face the same challenges:

I love this guy. He just oozes talent and kindness. And he's really very funny. Watch the video to see for yourself.

This story first appeared on the author's Medium and is reprinted here with permission.

Because you're a girl.

This article originally appeared on 04.14.17


I was promoted a few weeks ago, which was great. I got a lot of nice notes from friends, family, customers, partners, and random strangers, which was exciting.

But it wasn't long until a note came in saying, “Everyone knows you got the position because you're a girl." In spite of having a great week at a great company with great people whom I love, that still stung, because it's not the first time I've heard it.

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This blind chef wore a body cam to show how she prepares dazzling dishes.

How do blind people cook? This "Masterchef" winner leans into her senses.

Image pulled from YouTube video.

Christine Ha competes on "Masterchef."

This article originally appeared on 05.26.17


There is one question chef Christine Ha fields more than any other.

But it's got nothing to do with being a "Masterchef" champion, New York Times bestselling author, and acclaimed TV host and cooking instructor.

The question: "How do you cook while blind?"

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All illustrations are provided by Soosh and used with permission.

I have plenty of space.

This article originally appeared on 04.09.16


It's hard to truly describe the amazing bond between dads and their daughters.

Being a dad is an amazing job no matter the gender of the tiny humans we're raising. But there's something unique about the bond between fathers and daughters.

Most dads know what it's like to struggle with braiding hair, but we also know that bonding time provides immense value to our daughters. In fact, studies have shown that women with actively involved fathers are more confident and more successful in school and business.

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Gordon Ramsay at play... work.

This article originally appeared on 04.22.15


Gordon Ramsay is not exactly known for being nice.

Or patient.

Or nurturing.

On his competition show "Hell's Kitchen," he belittles cooks who can't keep up. If people come to him with their problems, he berates them. If someone is struggling to get something right in the kitchen, he curses them out.

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This article originally appeared on 01.27.20


From 1940 to 1945, an estimated 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz, the largest complex of Nazi concentration camps. More than four out of five of those people—at least 1.1 million people—were murdered there.

On January 27, 1945, Soviet forces liberated the final prisoners from these camps—7,000 people, most of whom were sick or dying. Those of us with a decent public education are familiar with at least a few names of Nazi extermination facilities—Auschwitz, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen—but these are merely a few of the thousands (yes, thousands) of concentration camps, sub camps, and ghettos spread across Europe where Jews and other targets of Hitler's regime were persecuted, tortured, and killed by the millions.

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What I realized about feminism after my male friend was disgusted by tampons at a party.

"After all these years, my friend has probably forgotten, but I never have."

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It’s okay men. You don’t have to be afraid.

This article originally appeared on 08.12.16


Years ago, a friend went to a party, and something bothered him enough to rant to me about it later.

And it bothered me that he was so incensed about it, but I couldn't put my finger on why. It seemed so petty for him to be upset, and even more so for me to be annoyed with him.

Recently, something reminded me of that scenario, and it made more sense. I'll explain.

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