The Weekly ReFRESH

April 24, 2015

Edited by Mara Meyers

In this week’s ReFRESH we’ve got answers to questions about systemic racism, a letter to the President on Earth Day, and how one of our speakers turned his learning disability into a strength.

What we’ve been checking out…

What is insight if nobody listens? This helpful TED Talk gives tips on how to speak so that people want to listen.

The covers of People’s ‘Most Beautiful’ issue has a men of color problem.

This hilarious video parody proves just how ridiculously male-dominated show business is.

Kudos of the Week: Now every high school will be able to watch (and re-watch) the bravery and fortitude of the civil rights movement with their free copy of Selma.

Called “one of the Internet’s most powerful platforms,” TED Talks was profiled on 60 minutes this week. Watch the feature here.

Loretta Lynch made history on Thursday when she was confirmed as the first black female US attorney general ever.

This a 6-week workshop helps women build confidence and negotiating skills at work. Check it out, ladies.

What’s new from our FRESH crew…

Can Hillary Clinton come between friends? Ann Friedman explores some questions on politics and friendship in New York Magazine. 

On Earth Day, Daniel Colón-Ramos wrote a letter to the President asking him to address the dangerous man-made health and environmental outcomes in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Latoya Peterson introduces us to Nic Tullis, the 19-year-old photographer humanizing the homeless through portraits.

Since some people may be unaware that systemic racism is a real thing, Jay Smooth breaks it all down in his newest video series for Race Forward.

Children shouldn’t have to rely on their own grit in order to succeed in school. Dena Simmons discusses the other ways educators can encourage academic achievement.

Last week, we learned that when you report online harassment to the police you’re often met with just a shrug. This week, a new online platform was that launched that’s trying to change that reality. HeartMob, created by Emily May and Hollaback!, provides resources and support to those who experience online harassment. You can donate to the Kickstarter here.

This was supposed to be a video about the new no catcalling signs in New York City until this guy actually starts catcalling women on camera. Mychal Denzel Smith proves why no one should want to be that guy.

Aaron Hurst discusses the ways he turned his learning disability into a strength.

Jimmie Briggs was featured on Ideas Never Sleep where he made it clear that, when it comes to gender inequality, “we all have the power to exact change.”

The new law in Kansas is not about regulating money as much as it is about regulating hope. Brittney Cooper explains in her latest Salon article.

Julie Zeilinger introduces us to the girls who created a feminist yelp.

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