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This Congregation Could Have Kept Silent About The Court’s Decision. Instead, They Chose To Sing.

In some states, it used to be REALLY REALLY hard to vote*. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 helped end that. But in 2013, the Supreme Court dismantled a lot of that law.This congregation, whose pastor was killed marching for the Voting Rights Act, disagrees with the Supreme Court undoing what their friend died for. They don’t think we’re done making equality happen. They could’ve responded with a protest ... or nothing at all. But they chose to respond in an entirely different way.

This Congregation Could Have Kept Silent About The Court’s Decision. Instead, They Chose To Sing.

*Just one example of how difficult it was for some folks to vote is Rosanell Eaton, who, in 1940, was forced to recite the entire preamble of the Constitution after a two-hour mule ride. She did it.

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It’s hard to understand what’s going on with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 after the 2013 Supreme Court decision *technically* struck down only ONE section (Section 4). But that section affects the entire act.

Without Section 4, the Justice Department has fewer legal ways to challenge election laws in specific states if it thinks those laws might be discriminatory. So it's harder to make discriminatory (racist-y) laws go away now. There’s more in this detailed Washington Post article.

So now that section 4 is gone, it’s up to the states to regulate themselves, basically. And if you ask me, these states are not doing a good job of NOT discriminating now that there's little legal recourse. Actually, if you ask the facts (not me), most of these states are doing a better job of discriminating MORE. So far, 15 states have legislated rules making it more difficult to vote. And most of those 15 states are facing legal action to strike down these new laws — even though it's now harder to make those laws go away.

Anyway, you know who makes the laws. People you vote for. Just sayin’.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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