What Will A Man Do For His Daughter When It's Her Turn To Face The Evils Of The World?
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When I was growing up, we were taught that everything and everyone is equal. But now? It's becoming clear that our kids are growing up in a world that doesn't treat them fairly.

This song is about the idea of raising your kids in this violent and unjust world. This video highlights the experiences of two people: one a mother, Marissa Alexander, and one a child, Trayvon Martin. Both lives were dramatically affected by the violence and injustice that still prevails today.


The song, "The Body Electric," by Hurray for the Riff Raff, just won the award for Political Folk Song of the Year.

Its message is so beyond political. It's about justice. And how everyone deserves it.

Ever wonder what the story is behind a song? Well, in addition to the super-moving acoustic guitars and violins and vocals, this video answers the "behind the music" question.

So what *is* this song about?

Violence.

Injustice.


A system that doesn't work.

It didn't work for Marissa Alexander...

This song is about people in her position.

Or anyone facing unjust violence.

It's about anyone who wants injustice to stop.

It's also about how injustice like the killing of Trayvon Martin is not that different from Marissa's experience.


The song ends on a scary note.

What will happen when the injustice of the world is passed on to our children? To our daughters?


If we don't DO SOMETHING...

The song will just repeat.

So Hurray for the Riff Raff did something. They wrote a song about it. Just to make more people notice.

Tell someone you love about this song. There's power in noticing. There's power in hearing. There's power in music.

Yep. This song really did deserve an award.

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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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