Weekend Read

  1.  AnaOno’s NYFW show incredibly used Breast Cancer Survivors to walk the runway.

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    Designer Dana Donofree, during this NYFW, used breast cancer survivors and women battling the disease to showcase its collection. 16 women walked the runway,

    The designer herself is a survivor and probably wanted to bring this disease to the forefront more so than it is, surviving the disease has immensely inspired and pushed her. Its incredible, surviving a battle within your own body, hats off.

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    The message by Ericka Hart was fantastic before the show.

    She wrote: “I want to say this is a dream come true, but really it’s a dream I gave up on many moons ago. Leaned into the often vocal thoughts that I was ugly, flat-footed (yes someone told me this), not the right this or that to be a model. So, I am walking this weekend for the folks who have been told they couldn’t. Walking for the folks who gave up on dreams. Walking for the little black girl who thought she had to center whiteness to be beautiful. Walking for the chronic illness patient who believed all they had to look forward to was death. Walking for the queer people of color still seeking recognition for inventing runway in the first place. I will be walking for @anaonointimates, and you better believe there will be a strut topless.”

    Dono must have made a huge difference in these women’s lives, given them a memory and power they will never forget.

    Read the entire article, HERE.

    2.

    Ignoring Trump, Maine has been warm and welcoming to refugees against racism and everything.

    Safi Paulo (center) is surrounded by her children shortly after returning home from work, checking Facebook on her smartphone while chatting with her sister-in-law Yalla Kaluta (not shown) and relaxing in the kitchen in the family's home in Thomaston.

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    Safi Paulo (center) is surrounded by her children shortly after returning home from work, checking Facebook on her smartphone while chatting with her sister-in-law Yalla Kaluta (not shown) and relaxing in the kitchen in the family’s home in Thomaston.

    A small town in Maine has welcomed probably the only black family amidst a sea of whites, refugees at that, after the family confessed how isolated they felt, over 70 people reached out tot hem to make them feel more a part of the society.

    This town has a population of around 2700 people.

    They have now been bombarded with emails from all over offering help.

    Someone offered land on their farm in nearby Union for the family to cultivate starting in the spring.

    A couple from the area with young children proposed to get together so the kids could play with each other.

    A Catholic Church in nearby Camden reached out to say it would like to be involved with the family members, who are Catholic.

    The head of a rowing program in Rockland told me she could teach the family to row when the weather improves.

    And an employee of Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services, a non-profit in Lewiston that provides literacy programs and counseling to new arrivals, offered to help the family relocate to Portland or Lewiston, should they ever decide to leave the Thomaston area.

    There have also been offers to babysit, teach English and driving, and to donate books, toys, and art supplies.

    Not a single person has written to Coe with a negative comment.

    Read the entire article HERE.

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    South Sudan is facing a famine — and it could get worse. 

    Over 100000 people are suffering from starvation, and over 8 million need urgent assistance, it is the newest nation on the block, being formed in 2011 and well is not doing well for itself.

    South Sudan has been on the brink of famine in the past three years, but this time aid agencies are unable to help.

3. This post by overheard LA is soo funny.

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