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I've been waiting to hear a message like this from an elected official since my kids were little.

You might have heard about President Obama's address during the Grammys. But here's another recent message from him that should make women take notice.

I've been waiting to hear a message like this from an elected official since my kids were little.
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Did you know that in many places, child care costs more than college tuition per year? The purple bars below are child care costs; the red ones are public university tuition costs. In every case listed, that purple bar — wouldn't you know it — is bigger than the red. It's the worst in Washington, D.C.


When we think about all the ways Americans are often held back from achieving even a middle-class lifestyle, these are the things that get in the way: child care costs and minimal pay. Add the fact that those two factors can disproportionately affect women, and it means we're creating a system where women aren't encouraged to thrive in fact, if they do thrive, it's in spite of the conditions around them. What kind of beautiful things could happen if we created a community where conditions were set up to help people succeed instead of fail?

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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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Veteran Chicago radio personality "Ramblin' Ray" Stevens was driving in his car two weeks ago when he passed Braxton Mayes, 20, several times.

"I was on my way home from work Friday and saw a young man walking down Kirk Road," Stevens later recalled. "I dropped my friend off at the studio I work out of and headed home. This young man was still walking. So I drove around the block and asked him if he needed a ride."

"In our town, we help people out," Stevens said.

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