This smart toddler understands Planned Parenthood way better than those trying to defund it.

This week, thousands of people wore pink to stand with Planned Parenthood. As the organization continued to come under attack from legislators who want to defund it, supporters from all walks of life took to their social media feeds to show their appreciation for the invaluable women's health care provider.

And little Zuri wasn't about to be left out.


The toddler daughter of poet and activist Staceyann Chin was determined to show her support for Planned Parenthood too. She joined her mama in a four-minute video titled "Why We Stand with Planned Parenthood" and what ensued is one the most adorable — and brilliantly simple — statements of support ever.

Zuri starts off strong.

Why does she stand with Planned Parenthood?

Pretty simple. Every part of her body from her shoulders to her "little boobies," she confidently claims are hers and hers alone.

She was really happy when her mom mentioned that she has the right to doctors who support her choices.

Ultimately, she supports Planned Parenthood because she believes that we need to do one thing:

So she makes a desperate plea:


And then, OK, yes, sure, Zuri got a bit carried away and couldn't contain her joy over the weather outside her window.

But her mother got her back on track:

And with that, Zuri came back with a serious call to action:

Zuri's words were so powerful that Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, quoted them directly in a tweet to the little girl and her mother:


Zuri's words weren't just cute. They were important.

They boiled down the debate over the value of women's health care and reproductive rights to a pretty simple affirmation of women's bodily autonomy: the right to own ourselves, take care of ourselves, and love ourselves.

Now if only we could get Congress to believe us.

Go ahead and take a few minutes to hear more from Zuri — including an epic song about why she's loves being beautiful. It's pretty good stuff.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic socially distanced the world and pushed off the 2020 Olympics, we knew the games weren't going to be the same. The fact that they're even happening this year is a miracle, but without spectators and the usual hustle and bustle surrounding the events, it definitely feels different.

But it's not just the games themselves that have changed. The coverage of the Olympics has changed as well, including the unexpected addition of un-expert, uncensored commentary from comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Snoop Dogg on NBC's Peacock.

In the topsy-turvy world we're currently living in, it's both a refreshing and hilarious addition to the Olympic lineup.

Just watch this clip of them narrating an equestrian event. (Language warning if you've got kiddos nearby. The first video is bleeped, but the others aren't.)

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