His web series cuts white people out of movies. Every video is under a minute.

Each episode of "Every Single Word" is under a minute, but the point is clear almost immediately.

It's hard to ignore Hollywood's diversity problem when you see just how little actors of color are featured in major movie roles.

"Every Single Word" is a brilliant new video series from actor Dylan Marron that shows just how often actors of color get a chance to actually speak in popular movies. Here are a few:

It takes a measly 30 seconds to breeze through the actors of color with speaking roles in "(500) Days of Summer." Total? Just four.

The episode dedicated to 2014's biblical action flick "Noah" clocks in at just 10 seconds. Total actors of color with speaking roles? None.

"American Hustle" faired a little better, coming in at just under a minute with five actors of color with speaking roles. But with all the shifty characters and racial stereotypes, it's not better by much.

"Into the Woods" has magic beans, giants, witches, and even talking animals! But as this eight-second episode shows ... no actors of color with speaking roles at all.

And "Black Swan" features just one speaking actor of color, with just 24 seconds of screen time.

Sad, right?

When the 2015 Oscars failed to nominate any actors of color, there were tons of think pieces and even song parodies calling out the academy for its oversight. Truth is, Hollywood's diversity problem isn't a new story, but "Every Single Word" addresses the issue in a scathingly brilliant way.

The moral of the story? Casting actors of color isn't enough. They need something to say.

Representation won't be solved by sprinkling actors of color throughout the background of film and TV. There's no reason why we can't see actors of color as superheroes, romantic leads, or mythical figures with magical powers. And while TV shows like "Orange Is the New Black," "Blackish," "Fresh Off the Boat," and "How to Get Away With Murder" have proven that people of color can bring in audiences, it's clear that Hollywood has some catching up to do.

Simply put, actors of color deserve more than a measly few lines and background roles. And until things start to change, "Every Single Word" will be right here, putting your favorite movies on blast.


A child’s mental health concerns shouldn’t be publicized no matter who their parents are

Even politicians' children deserve privacy during a mental health crisis.

A child's mental health concerns shouldn't be publicized.

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It's an unspoken rule that children of politicians should be off limits when it comes to public figure status. Kids deserve the ability to simply be kids without the media picking them apart. We saw this during Obama's presidency when people from both ends of the political spectrum come out to defend Malia and Sasha Obama's privacy and again when a reporter made a remark about Barron Trump.

This is even more important when we are talking about a child's mental health, so seeing detailed reports about Ted Cruz's 14-year-old child's private mental health crisis was offputting, to say it kindly. It feels icky for me to even put the senator's name in this article because it feels like adding to this child's exposure.

When a child is struggling with mental health concerns, the instinct should be to cocoon them in safety, not to highlight the details or speculate on the cause. Ever since the news broke about this child's mental health, social media has been abuzz, mostly attacking the parents and speculating if the child is a member of the LGBTQ community.

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Putting creative work out into the world to be evaluated and judged is nerve-wracking enough as it is. Having to market your work, especially if you're not particularly extroverted or sales-minded, is even worse.

So when you're a newly published author holding a book signing and only two of the dozens of people who RSVP'd show up, it's disheartening if not devastating. No matter how much you tell yourself "people are just busy," it feels like a rejection of you and your work.

Debut novelist Chelsea Banning recently experienced this scenario firsthand, and her sharing it led to an amazing deluge of support and solidarity—not only from other aspiring authors, but from some of the top names in the writing business.

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The legality of abortion is one of the most polarized debates in America—but it doesn't have to be.

People have big feelings about abortion, which is understandable. On one hand, you have people who feel that abortion is a fundamental women's rights issue, that our bodily autonomy is not something you can legislate, and that those who oppose abortion rights are trying to control women through oppressive legislation. On the other, you have folks who believe that a fetus is a human individual first and foremost, that no one has the right to terminate a human life, and that those who support abortion rights are heartless murderers.

Then there are those of us in the messy middle. Those who believe that life begins at conception, that abortion isn't something we'd choose—and we'd hope others wouldn't choose—under most circumstances, yet who choose to vote to keep abortion legal.

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