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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.

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

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.

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Shanda Lynn Poitra was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. She lived there until she was 24 years old when she left for college at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

"Unfortunately," she says, "I took my bad relationship with me. At the time, I didn't realize it was so bad, much less, abusive. Seeing and hearing about abusive relationships while growing up gave me the mentality that it was just a normal way of life."

Those college years away from home were difficult for a lot of reasons. She had three small children — two in diapers, one in elementary school — as well as a full-time University class schedule and a part-time job as a housekeeper.

"I wore many masks back then and clothing that would cover the bruises," she remembers. "Despite the darkness that I was living in, I was a great student; I knew that no matter what, I HAD to succeed. I knew there was more to my future than what I was living, so I kept working hard."

While searching for an elective class during this time, she came across a one-credit, 20-hour IMPACT self-defense class that could be done over a weekend. That single credit changed her life forever. It helped give her the confidence to leave her abusive relationship and inspired her to bring IMPACT classes to other Native women in her community.

I walked into class on a Friday thinking that I would simply learn how to handle a person trying to rob me, and I walked out on a Sunday evening with a voice so powerful that I could handle the most passive attacks to my being, along with physical attacks."

It didn't take long for her to notice the difference the class was making in her life.

"I was setting boundaries and people were either respecting them or not, but I was able to acknowledge who was worth keeping in my life and who wasn't," she says.

Following the class, she also joined a roller derby league where she met many other powerful women who inspired her — and during that summer, she found the courage to leave her abuser.

"As afraid as I was, I finally had the courage to report the abuse to legal authorities, and I had the support of friends and family who provided comfort for my children and I during this time," she says.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

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From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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