What they've experienced is horrific and appalling. Even more reason to know about it.

It's hard to know something's a problem when you don't hear much about it. That's why it's so key that the silence around female genital mutilation (FGM) is slowly but surely being broken. These brave women are speaking out, and we owe it to them to listen. This is how progress starts. Trigger warning for graphic discussion of female genital mutilation.

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In one of the most glaringly hypocritical moves in recent history, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum is suing black blues singer Anita "Lady A" White, to use her stage name she's performed under for over three decades.

Lady Antebellum announced it had changed its name to Lady A on June 11 as part of its commitment to "examining our individual and collective impact and marking the necessary changes to practice antiracism."

Antebellum refers to an era in the American south before the civil war when black people were held as slaves.

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