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They Asked This Famous Actor About The World. His Answers Were One Truth Bomb After Another.

Obviously he wasn't necessarily dressed for this video to go viral (or was he?!) —but if you just listen ... wow.

They Asked This Famous Actor About The World. His Answers Were One Truth Bomb After Another.

At the end of this, you're gonna be *pretty* mad at houses.

Press play and learn.

So who is this guy?


It's Jesse Williams! Aka Dr. Jackson Avery from TV's "Grey's Anatomy."

Some are saying that Jesse Williams is this generation's answer to Harry Belafonte.

Yes, they're both card-carrying members of the Handsome Actors' Club...

They both support protests. Both in their presence ...


this is a two way street. Ferguson, MO Oct 11, 2014
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... and in their words.

Belafonte's thoughts on dissent:

"Bring it on. Dissent is central to any democracy."

Williams' thoughts on protests in Ferguson.

But!

Harry Belafonte was NOT a former high school history teacher who loved wearing hoodies and looking like the world's most handsome version of E.T.* while discussing race in America.

*Harry Belafonte was other cool things, but he was never a handsome E.T.

That's where Jesse Williams rolls up.

Someone asked him about the world, and he let LOOSE. What I love about his mini-dissertation on the real world is its BREADTH.

It starts one place...

He's talking about his experience with his family, which is half white and half black:

Empathy and effort to fight racism! OK!

Then he takes a sharp turn to the relevant history of gay rights.

Williams talks about how when he was young, there was a lot of meanness and discrimination against gays. BUT...

Boom.

He makes a slight right toward a celebration of AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS! And a willingness to have them.

Yep! Awkward and good for the world.

Then a hard stop at the "Biggest Secret of the 20th Century" from Mr. Williams, former high school history teacher.

He gets *real* high school teachery and it's soooo satisfying:

The big 20th century secret is housing discrimination.

Oh your teacher didn't teach you that? Mine didn't either, and they were really good teachers! Good thing Mr. Williams has us both covered.

You mad at houses yet?

Ugh, no. NOT YOU!

ANYWAY...

There are SO many more lessons in the video up top. Lessons you should know. That have been kept secret for TOO long.

If you have six minutes to grow your brain at LEAST six times its size, just give it a listen — because right now, listening is one of the most powerful things you can do.

We all deserve to know these things.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.