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How can you hate award shows after seeing these 3 historic moments in 1 night?

2014 was a pretty important year in my TV-viewing history because there were more diverse representations than ever before. And a look at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award winners reflects just how colorful and beautiful our television landscape has become.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: "Orange Is the New Black"


Now, I realize I'm partially biased because I love "Orange Is the New Black," but there's just no way to deny how incredibly diverse and gorgeous this cast is. Just take one look at that epic camera pan. Damn! Not only is the cast made up almost entirely of women, there are all different TYPES of women represented in a variety of shapes, sizes, sexual orientations, and ethnic backgrounds. And in another historic moment, cast member Laverne Cox became the first trans woman to win a Screen Actors Guild award.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"

"I just really, really, really, truly want to say that the day I got this job was the day I had stopped acting, and to be in a room with all you amazing human beings, amazing talents for what I respect and love so much is really, truly the greatest honor. Thank you so very much. God bless you all." — Uzo Aduba

Nigerian-American Uzo Aduba has never been shy about her struggles to accept herself, starting from her name all the way down to her teeth. So her win isn't just monumental because she's a woman of color, but it's also a win for breaking Eurocentric beauty standards too.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Viola Davis, "How to Get Away with Murder"

This win is a big deal for numerous reasons. First off, Viola Davis is now the third woman of color in SAG history to win the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. To top it off, "How to Get Away with Murder" is produced by the most successful black female showrunner in TV history, Shonda Rhimes. It's also pretty cool (and quite telling) that the other two women of color to win the award, Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson , were also on series produced by Shonda.

Finally, Viola's speech was incredibly moving not only because it called out the need for representation, but because she also made a dig in reference to the New York Times' fumble of describing her as "less classically beautiful." In an industry where dark-skin, African-American features are looked down on and ageism runs rampant, seeing Viola up on that stage was nothing short of monumental. Check out the full speech below.

A map of the United States post land-ice melt.


Land ice: We got a lot of it.

Considering the two largest ice sheets on earth — the one on Antarctica and the one on Greenland — extend more than 6 million square miles combined ... yeah, we're talkin' a lot of ice.

But what if it was all just ... gone? Not like gone gone, but melted?

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Toronto-based animator and video wizard Kevin Parry has gone mega-viral for his mind-boggling collection of videos where he turns himself into random objects.

In a series of quick clips he changes into everything from a pumpkin to a bright yellow banana and in most of the videos, he appears to suffer a ridiculous death. The videos combine studio trickery with a magician's flair.

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Pop Culture

A brave fan asks Patrick Stewart a question he doesn't usually get and is given a beautiful answer

Patrick Stewart often talks about his childhood and the torment his father put him and his mother through.

Patrick Stewart often talks about his childhood and the torment his father put him and his mother through. However, how he answered this vulnerable and brave fan's question is one of the most eloquent, passionate responses about domestic violence I've ever seen.

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OriginalAll photos belong to Red Méthot, who gave me permission to share them here.

Chloé was born at 32 weeks.


Every single day, babies across the world are born prematurely, which means that they're born before 37 weeks of gestation.

In Canada, about 29,000 infants are born prematurely each year, roughly 1 in every 13. But in the United States, around 400,000 to 500,000 are born early. That's about 1 in every 8 to 10 babies born in the U.S.!

Red Méthot, a Canadian photographer and student, decided to capture the resilience of many of these kids for a school photography project.

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Democracy

Teacher tries to simulate a dictatorship in her classroom, but the students crushed her

"I’ve done this experiment numerous times, and each year I have similar results. This year, however, was different."

Each year that I teach the book "1984" I turn my classroom into a totalitarian regime under the guise of the "common good."

I run a simulation in which I become a dictator. I tell my students that in order to battle "Senioritis," the teachers and admin have adapted an evidence-based strategy, a strategy that has "been implemented in many schools throughout the country and has had immense success." I hang posters with motivational quotes and falsified statistics, and provide a false narrative for the problem that is "Senioritis."

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The MC Hammer dance though.

Father and daughter dances are a traditional staple of weddings. They tend to range somewhere between tearfully sweet and hilariously cringey. But sometimes, as was the case of Brittany Revell and her dad Kelly, they can be so freakin’ cool that millions of people become captivated.

Brittany and Kelly’s video, which amassed, I kid you not, more than 40 million views on TikTok, shows the pair grooving in sneakers (Brittany’s were white because, hello, wedding dress) to their “dance through the decades.”

It all began with Young MC’s “Bust a Move,” to give you a clear picture. And bust a move, they did.

Though the duo did a handful of iconic moves—the tootsie roll, the MC Hammer dance, the Carlton, just to name a few—“the dougie,” made famous by Cali Swag District, was the obvious fan favorite.
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