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No one should be called 'illegal,' so I applauded his powerful statement.

He says what some undocumented folks have probably wanted to say for a long time.

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When a guy named Musa performed "The Migrant Manifesto," his views on immigration were crystal clear.

The performance piece, based on a 10-point document written by academics, politicians, activists, and community members, reveals what some undocumented folks have probably wanted to say for a while.

The manifesto is pure fire, in a good way. (See it below). But before you hit play, check out these highlights:


What's one thing that immigrants are tired of?


How would you define a person who doesn't belong to a specific nation or have citizenship?

"Being a migrant does not mean belonging to a specific social class, nor carrying a particular legal status. ... To be a migrant means to be an explorer. It means movement."

OK. That's a pretty idealistic approach. But if everyone started moving around freely, entering countries without restrictions, would that weaken nations?

Nope, because "we are all tied to more than one country. We know that international connectivity is a reality that migrants have helped create. We understand that the quality of life of a person in the country is contingent on migrants' work."

Cool. So essentially we're all one?

"Migrants and non-migrants are interconnected. When the rights of migrants are denied, the rights of citizens are at risk. ... We witness how fear creates boundaries, how boundaries create hate, and how hate only serves the oppressors."

Wait, what can we do to change this?

Powerful stuff. It's even more impactful when Musa speaks, which he does below.

I dig it. How can I get involved?

The Migrants' Rights Network has a bunch of helpful resources to get you informed and help you effect change.

10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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Goodbye. Maureen. Your "favorite child" will miss you.

What makes a good obituary? First, it should probably reflect the essence of the recently deceased person in an authentic, honest light. Second, it should feel personal, showing how that person’s life affected the lives of others. Then, of course, the right dash of humor can certainly help spark joy in an otherwise solemn moment.

New York Times journalist Caity Weaver achieved all those things masterfully in a eulogy written for her mother—the coupon-clipping, chronically late, green-thumbed Dr. Maureen Brennan-Weaver.

Caity clearly put her knack with words to good use, because her hilarious tribute quickly went viral on Twitter, leaving people not only with a good giggle, but a very precise picture of her mom.
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Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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