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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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"I love being a nurse because I have the honor of connecting with my patients during some of their best and some of their worst days and making a difference in their lives is among the most rewarding things that I can do in my own life" - Tenesia Richards, RN

From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

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Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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Figuring out what to do for a mom on Mother's Day can be a tricky thing. There's the standard flowers or candy, of course, and taking her out to a nice brunch is a fairly universal winner. But what do moms really want?

Speaking from experience—my kids range from age 12 to 20—a lot depends on the stage of motherhood. What I wanted when my kids were little is different than what I want now, and I'm sure when my kids are grown and gone I'll want something different again.

We asked our readers to share what they want for Mother's Day, and while the answers were varied, there were some common themes that emerged.

Moms of young kids want a break.

When your kids are little, motherhood is relentless. Precious and adorable, yes. Wonderful and rewarding, absolutely. But it's a LOT. And it's a lot all the fricking time.

Most moms I know would love the gift of alone time, either away at a hotel or Airbnb or in their own home with no one else around. Time alone is a priceless commodity at this stage, especially if it comes with someone else taking care of cleaning, making sure the kids are fed and safe and occupied, doing the laundry, etc.

This is especially true after more than a year of pandemic living, where we moms have spent more time than usual at home with our offspring. While in some ways that's been great, again, it's a lot.

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"I love being a nurse because I have the honor of connecting with my patients during some of their best and some of their worst days and making a difference in their lives is among the most rewarding things that I can do in my own life" - Tenesia Richards, RN

From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

Tenesia | Heroes Behind the Masks presented by CeraVe www.youtube.com

Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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