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She left the flagpole in handcuffs. Now artists reimagine her as a superhero.

South Carolina residents and state officials are in a bitter debate over the Confederate flag. With protesters and lawmakers on the ground arguing over what the flag stands for and where it should fly, one woman decided to do something about it.

She left the flagpole in handcuffs. Now artists reimagine her as a superhero.

Activist, filmmaker, musician, and superhero-in-training Bree Newsome was tired of asking for the Confederate flag to come down.

On June 27, 2015, she scaled the 30-foot flagpole in front of the South Carolina State House and took the flag down herself.


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While onlookers cheered, the police were waiting for Bree and her climbing partner down below.

Even though the flag was returned just moments after Bree was taken away in handcuffs, her job was done. Shero status activated. In that moment, Bree Newsome was transformed from activist to a symbol of inspiration and racial justice.

What would inspire a seemingly ordinary woman to do something so extraordinary? Sadly, it took a tragedy.

The Confederate flag controversy isn't new, but the June 2015 Charleston shooting was the straw that broke the camel's back.

The Confederate flag was minding its own business, blowing in the breeze over the South Carolina capitol grounds, when the breaking news came in. Nine people had been shot and killed in a historic black church in Charleston. 21-year-old Dylann Roof was quickly arrested and confessed to the horrific shooting. Many speculated the attack was a racially motivated hate crime, while others argued he must be "mentally ill." But it was the discovery of Dylann's own racist manifesto and creepy selfie collection that took the conversation in a new direction.


It's hard to argue the Confederate flag just stands for "heritage and pride" when a self-proclaimed racist and confessed murder wears it proudly. In response, protests and marches have sprung up across South Carolina, calling for the flag to be removed from the state capitol. Bree Newsome was just the first person to do something about it.

The Charleston shooter was a racist coward. But Bree Newsome is the hero we desperately need. And now there's tons of fan art to prove it.


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Learn more about Bree Newsome and her activism on her website and support her legal defense fund here.

In the meantime, can someone get started on Bree T-shirts, action figures, and a live-action movie? We'll be waiting.

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A video of a busker in Dublin, Ireland singing "You've Got a Friend in Me" to a young boy with autism is going viral because it's just so darn adorable. The video was filmed over a year ago by Terence Power, the co-host of the popular "Talking Bollox Podcast."

It was filmed before face masks were required, so you can see the boy's beautiful reaction to the song.

Power uploaded it to TikTok because he had just joined the platform and had no idea the number of lives it would touch. "The support on it is unbelievable. I posted it on my Instagram a while back and on Facebook and the support then was amazing," he told Dublin Live.

"But I recently made TikTok and said I'd share it on that and I'm so glad I did now!" he continued.

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We're redefining what normal means in these uncertain times, and although this is different for all of us, love continues to transform us for the better.

Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

All photos courtesy of Marie-Claire and David Archbold

However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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The dark mountains that overlook Provo, Utah were illuminated by a beautiful rainbow-colored "Y" on Thursday night just before 8 pm. The 380-foot-tall "Y" overlooks the campus of Brigham Young University, a private college owned by the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), commonly known as Mormons.

The display was planned by a group of around 40 LGBT students to mark the one-year anniversary of the university sending out a letter clarifying its stance on homosexual behavior.

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