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A gorgeous woman shakes her body on stage ... and the crowd goes wild.

Maysoon Zayid is a disabled Arab-American comedian. I had no idea who she was when I first met her at a Washington gala. She was beautiful and stood with her hand on her hip thrust sexily to one side. When I complimented her on the pose, she said, "I'm not posing. I have cerebral palsy — I have to stand like this." My response? "I don't care! You still look hot!" We both laughed, then I went home to google her. Let me save you the trouble though, as nobody tells Maysoon's story better than she does in this taboo-tastic TED talk.

If for some bizarre reason you're so busy that you don't want to be thoroughly entertained for the next 14 minutes, check out a 20-second guide to cerebral palsy at 0:54. At 6:24, marvel at the audacity of casting agents who still think it's OK for able-bodied actors to play disabled characters. One last piece of instant gratification is at 10:48, when Maysoon is heartbreakingly honest about online trolls.

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Glenda moved to Houston from Ohio just before the pandemic hit. She didn't know that COVID-19-related delays would make it difficult to get her Texas driver's license and apply for unemployment benefits. She quickly found herself in an impossible situation — stranded in a strange place without money for food, gas, or a job to provide what she needed.

Alone, hungry, and scared, Glenda dialed 2-1-1 for help. The person on the other end of the line directed her to the Houston-based nonprofit Bread of Life, founded by St. John's United Methodist pastors Rudy and Juanita Rasmus.

For nearly 30 years, Bread of Life has been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS prevention, eliminating food insecurity, providing permanent housing to formerly homeless individuals and disaster relief.

Glenda sat in her car for 20 minutes outside of the building, trying to muster up the courage to get out and ask for help. She'd never been in this situation before, and she was terrified.

When she finally got out, she encountered Eva Thibaudeau, who happened to be walking down the street at the exact same time. Thibaudeau is the CEO of Temenos CDC, a nonprofit multi-unit housing development also founded by the Rasmuses, with a mission to serve Midtown Houston's homeless population.

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