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Actors ≠ Supermodels — An Explainer By The Glorious Emma Thompson

Ah, wonderful wonderful Emma Thompson. Is there no wrong you can do? Fierce activist against human trafficking, brilliant actor, and now a vocal protester against her industry's double standards — especially in the last gif below. It's just a great example of a bad-ass woman standing up for something she believes in. It's worth noting that it's difficult for some to take a stand (for example, they may not be privileged enough to have a platform to do so) — but at the very least, I'm glad Emma is using her voice for good.

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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