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Dancers with Ballet Folklorico Baile Caliente perform on the Fiesta Colorado Folkorico Stage in Denver for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

As the vaccine rollout continues and Americans begin to poke their heads out of their homes and tiptoe back to socializing, it’s only natural to want to celebrate. And with Cinco de Mayo approaching, some might see it as an excuse to enjoy some festivities. Maybe your girlfriends invite you out for some tequila-based drinks, or maybe you suggest you and your boo go out for some chips, salsa, and tacos. Or maybe you don’t do anything particular, but you take part in a Cinco de Mayo-themed fiesta at work or school. But do you know what you’re celebrating? …


“I voted” stickers donning US stars and stripes, scattered across a white tabletop
“I voted” stickers donning US stars and stripes, scattered across a white tabletop
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All this Ted Cruz / Seth Rogen Twitter drama reminds me of that snowy November night when he beat Beto by the smallest margin seen in decades.

I live in Texas, but at the time, I was traveling out of state for a tradeshow with a white male coworker (WMC). The company I worked for booked us on the cheapest flight they could find. It left late in the afternoon and had a layover — all in all, we were predicted to make it to the tradeshow at the very last minute, given that everything went perfectly. But everything did…


Ari Lennox responds to dehumanizing comments, but there’s a lot of history to unpack when it comes to Black women being dehumanized.

The following story was killed by Bust Magazine in January 2020.

On January 1st, 2020, a Twitter user likened Ari Lennox and Teyana Taylor to rottweilers, stating, “Ari Lennox and Teyana Taylor’s ability to have dangerously high sex appeal while simultaneously looking like rottweilers will always amaze me.” The user was referring to both of the singers’ facial features, ostensibly their wide noses and full lips.

The post garnered thousands of likes and retweets and hundreds of replies…


I’ve been a casual yogi for the past 7 years. By “casual” I mean that throughout the past 7 years, I’ve practiced yoga at least once a month, sometimes upping my practice to every day, but, overall, keeping a pretty steady average of about once or twice a week. And through all the time I’ve spent posing, breathing, and savasana-ing, I’ve stumbled upon a few principles that have helped me further enrich and deepen my practice. …


Just a coat rack with a coat on it. Not a guy or anything
Just a coat rack with a coat on it. Not a guy or anything

So you and your girlfriends decide to hit up a new bar and take advantage of its happy hour offerings. For a Thursday it’s surprisingly busy, but you don’t mind. You order a mulled wine and some cauliflower buffalo wings, which the waitress says are the most popular on the happy hour menu (weird bar!). You and your friends begin to catch up, and just as Rachel’s about to start talking about her work drama, you feel a cool wind rush through the bar. A large party has entered causing the entire bar to momentarily turn towards the entrance. The…

Lauren Crain

Freelance writer, designer, strategist, comedian. “Insightfully funny” — My Mom. laurencrainm.contently.com

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