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Are You Committing this Careless Content Marketing Crime?

by Julia Marco @ Allegory Studios

Reaching the finish line and hitting ‘publish’ is an accomplishment to be proud of. But if that’s all you do, you might as well throw away money. Failing to follow-up a blog or another product of content marketing with a strategic distribution plan is a critical mistake.

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A Disappointing Response About Southwest’s Racism

by Katie Matson-Daley @ The Salt Collective

This summer I witnessed the mistreatment and removal of a Black family from a Southwest Airlines flight. You can read more of the story here. Many  of us who witnessed this spoke up. Southwest could have  responded with heart and set themselves apart, but their response was bland and unhelpful. In spite of this I will … Continue reading A Disappointing Response About Southwest’s Racism

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Finding My Breath

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

It has taken many years, many tears, lots of bended-knee prayers, and pages and pages of notes, charts, and diagrams for me to discover my life. I now know that I am not controlled by the people around me. I am not my circumstances and life doesn’t happen to me; life happens through me. I am separate from the things around me yet I am connected to a force of energy much greater than myself that supplies me with the ability to co-create my very existence.

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I Can’t Keep Apologizing for My Blackness AND My Womanhood

by Suzanne Munganga @ The Salt Collective

I had learned to say sorry for my own safety. To avoid verbal assault, polite rejection became second nature to me. In my experience, to be a single woman walking through the world meant to carry the word “sorry” in my purse alongside my lipstick and my pepper spray, just in case.

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We Are America – Love has no labels

by Duncan Macleod @ The Inspiration Room

The Ad Council’s “We Are America” commercial, part of the Love has no labels campaign, is one of the nominations for Most Outstanding Commercial at this year’s Emmy Awards. Launched for Independence Day 2016, the We Are America ad featured American professional wrestler, rapper, actor and reality television show host John Cena reflecting on patriotism […]

Dove video features real dads-to-be: Why 'authentic' ads create buzz

Dove video features real dads-to-be: Why 'authentic' ads create buzz


The Christian Science Monitor

Advertising campaigns are becoming more 'real' in an effort to appeal to younger generations.

On Careers, Kids, and Living Up to Mom

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

I was raised by a woman who was almost superhuman. I was well into my twenties before I realized that she was an outlier.

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You Can’t Love the Sinner if You Spend All Your Time Hating the Sin

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

I would have loved for Subway to make a statement that went something like “We are heartbroken over this devastating news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the children enslaved in the pornographic industry that they find healing and justice. But our prayers are also with Jared, that he find healing and redemption now that … Continue reading You Can’t Love the Sinner if You Spend All Your Time Hating the Sin

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Dear Graduates, Your Clothes might be Off the Rack, but Your Life Is Tailor Made

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

May 15, 2016 marked the 132nd commencement of my alma mater, the great Morehouse College of Atlanta, Georgia. 379 young men – among them 2 Marshall Scholars, 1 Rhodes scholar, 3 Valedictorians – future doctors, lawyers, judges, engineers, entrepreneurs, entertainers, pastors, politicians, bankers and game-changers. World Changers. It could not have been a more beautiful … Continue reading Dear Graduates, Your Clothes might be Off the Rack, but Your Life Is Tailor Made

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God in the Mind of a Sad Atheist

by Simon Reading @ The Salt Collective

I believe unequivocally that my relationship with God made me a better person and helped me through some of the darkest times in my life. God is as real in my brain as is my father. Meaning that there is a neuronal structure in my brain called God that exists in very much the same form as the structure called Dad. The only difference is that my father exists as an entity in the external world and in my belief, God does not.

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Top Five Commercials of 2013

by noreply@blogger.com (Tony Coloso) @ The Ad Freaks

2013 brought us plenty of memorable advertisements, but here I will attempt to barrow down the five best commercials of the year.  With social media, prankvertising, and viral videos all important to 2013 here is my list of the five best commercials of 2013.

5. Volvo Trucks "The Epic Split"


Jean-Claude Van Damme did the splits between two Volvo Trucks to the tune of Enya in this bizarre, but instantaneously viral, commercial.  I'm not sure what made this video so insanely successful and viral, but something was done right, and with over 50 million views in less than two weeks this commercial has to make the list.
Ad Agency: Forsman & Bodenfors

4. Pepsi Max "Test Drive"


This Pepsi Max commercial is my favorite example of the 2013 trend of prankvertising.  Racecar driver Jeff Gordon disguised himself and give a used car salesman the most terrifying, high-octane test drive of his life. Although there has been speculation that the salesman was in on it, the prank still made for great entertainment.
Ad Agency: TBWA/Chiat/Day LA

3. Geico "Hump Day"


Geico hit social media gold with their “Hump Day” commercial, in which a hilarious spokes-camel runs through an office celebrating the middle of the week.  It was so popular that a Connecticut middle school banned students from quoting it while on campus. The day-related trigger encouraged viewers to send the spot to friends every Wednesday, where I know I saw it on my Twitter and Facebook feed every Wednesday.
Ad Agency: The Martin Agency


2. Ram Trucks "The Farmer"


Ram Trucks captured 108 million football watchers’ attention with its simple tribute to the American farmer. A slideshow of photographs played alongside audio of deceased radio host Paul Harvey reading a speech about farmers became one of the most memorable ads of the year.

Ad Agency: The Richards Group



1. Kmart "Ship my Pants"  


At number one is the very punny "Ship my Pants" commercial.  Potty humor usually isn't something that would be the commercial of the year, but this ad does it right.  This ad resonates with shoppers of all ages and races and helped the struggling Kmart brand gain relevance in 2013.

Ad Agency: DraftFCB Chicago

Honorable Mention

GoldieBlox: “Girls” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMLYdoyFfmc
Budweiser "Brotherhood" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRpPAibi_ck
Dove "Real Beauty" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRpPAibi_ck
Oreo "Whisper Fight" http://youtu.be/6kMWLYYcAYw

PIGMAN: Happy New Year!

by PIGChina @ PIG China

 

Augmented Reality: Is It The Next Big Thing?

by dplus @ Delucchi Plus

Do you remember when, last summer, the world stopped so everyone could play Pokémon Go? What about augmented reality, the technology behind that app sensation that was going to change your digital strategy forever? Whatever happened to that?

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Monologue: I’m Diana From Anne of Green Gables and I am Fucking Drunk

by ZOE DANIELS @ McSweeney’s

Holy shit holy shit holy shit. That cordial was cor-dialllll, right, Anne? Anne? ANNE! ANNNNNEEEEEEE! Hahahahah, oh my god I’m just here like screaming your name and you’re right there! On the other side of the kitchen island! I mean, it’s not an island in the kitchen, like we’re in a kitchen on an island. Like Prince Edward Island! Where we LIVE! Ahahahahah oh my god whoa. Like, whoa. Do you know what? You are my best friend, do you know that? You know that. Can I see your bosom? Ew, no, not like that, just, like, I don’t know. I’ve never seen any except on the pigs and I don’t think that’s what they’re supposed to look like anyway. God, come on. Don’t be such a prude! I’ll show you mine!

Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaa! You gotta do it, go real low then stand up. Try it! Seriously! Oh my god, it’s like… WHOA, you know? Ugh, where is all the DICK! I’m so horny I’d fuck Fred — what’s his name? The pink-faced one? He’s like, ugly hot, you know? Like, you hate yourself but that’s part of it. Omigod, shut up Anne you’re gonna marry Gilbert Fuckin’ Blythe but the rest of us gotta eat, too. Is Ruby Gillis’s brother around? Still? Because I would. You know I would.

Shhhh! Shhhh! Oh shit oh shit is that my mom. Oh shit, shut up. Anne! No, I’m down here behind the cupboard. Say I’m sick! Say you’re sick! Say I’m a pig because I’m on the floor and my tits are out! Hahahahah! No, no, no, okay, no. MAMA? HI, MAMA! I’M JUST LEAVING WITH ANNE! SHIRLEY! YOU KNOW, MY BOSOM BUDDY! YEP! BYE! Hahahahahah oh god Anne she knows. WE’RE GOING FOR A WALK AROUND THE FIELDS! BYEEEEE!

Close the door. Anne! The door! Oh my god oh god okay. Whoa, it’s cold. I feel way better. I feel good. I’m fine. Walking is fine. No, hold on to my arm! Ah! Isn’t this great? Two gals, our whole lives ahead of each other? Except, I guess, me, because I know this is impossible but I just have this feeling that, like, I’m not going to get old. Or, like, I’m not going to age. I know that’s ridiculous, but look at me! I’m so ALIVE! I’m so HUMAN! Anne! Anne! Look at that fence! Don’t you think sometimes that it’s so sad how we keep horses in FENCES? Like, they were made to run free. To walk around and, I don’t know, eat apples? Have their own lives? But I guess they want to stay with their horse families. We sold a horse once, but I was glad. He was really scary, like, big and had these teeth like an old-timey puppet. I guess the puppets maybe had horse teeth. I’ve never made a puppet. I bet Matthew would love to make you a puppet! You should ask him. What do you do with the teeth when you kill a horse? I’ve never seen a dead horse. Saw a really sick one, so you can kind of guess what’d it look like dead, but not a real dead one. Anne? Anne! Where are you? Oh my god, Anne, you can’t pee there! That’s Mama’s secondary garden!

Anne, can I just say and I know I’m being a little bit serious but let me just say — wow, I feel like Jane Andrews — No, I just mean because I’m being so SERIOUS! Can I just say I love you? So much! You’re the best thing that ever happened to—

Sorry, sorry, sorry. No, that cordial was probably bad or something. I normally don’t puke from sugar. I have a very strong sweet tooth — Hah! God, I wish I was thin. I mean! I don’t, because obviously my body is the ideal for this time and place, plus I’ve got this adorable mouth, and, yes, you’re right, this hair, but Anne. Seriously? Seriously. You are so pretty. I wish I looked like you. Seriously! I wish I—

No, I’m sorry. I’m done. I don’t need any water. I’ll just—

Seriously, this time I’m done. Absolutely. Phew.

It’s not big deal, really! I know you meant well. You know how much I love sugar, ha. No, of course I know you did it to be nice. What do I even know about calories, you know? At least you’re not a Pye. Those bitches bring me straight butter to eat and laugh while I do. They want me to get lumpy but I’ve got a corset so joke’s on them. Wow, yeah, anyway I should definitely get back inside. Mama’s gonna wonder what we went outside for. What did we go outside for? Okay, one question then we go back in.

What are Marilla’s tits like? Anne! I’m just curious! Because the pig thing! Come on! Don’t tell me you’ve never—

Honestly, that’s the last time. Honestly. I swear. The bottle was only like half full and I’ve definitely puked like three litres. Oh man. I love you. You’re the best. Seriously? Anne? YES, MAMA WE’RE OUT HERE! I’M COMING INSIDE IN A MINUTE! WE HAVE BLANKETS! WE’RE NOT COLD! You don’t have to show me your — WHOA, hahaha okay good! Because honestly I thought the little hairs were a me thing, but the pig has them too, so I was like… but no, normal! Oh god thank god I’m so glad. Okay. THANK YOU. I feel so much lighter! Probably the puking, yeah. Probably the puking. Okay, bye Anniekins, I love you, I loved your JUICE you brought! And your boobs. Your hairy boobs! Like a pig! Like me! God, I’m tired.

I wonder what a dead horse looks like.

Boston University Students Can Now Live With Someone of the Opposite Sex

by Steve Annear @ Boston Magazine

When students come back to Boston University in the fall, there will be some big changes to some of the housing assignments. Joining universities like Tufts and Northeastern, BU will now offer gender-neutral housing to most of the student body,...

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My Mother’s Need to Survive

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Chronic personal battles, physical injuries, a criminal history, and mental illness made it impossible for my mother to work...

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2014 Super Bowl Commercials: What to Expect

by noreply@blogger.com (Tony Coloso) @ The Ad Freaks

Super Bowl XLVIII will air Feb. 2, and with that comes the most expensive commercials of the year.  Media buyers said, Fox sports averaged around $4 million dollars per 30 seconds worth of ad time during this years game.  This year we will see familiar faces in new roles (John Stamos and Bob Saget of Full House), new faces (like Chobani and TurboTax), and we will say goodbye to the E-Trade babies (at least for now). 

We can look forward to the usual beer ads with sexy woman, breathtaking luxury car ads, and of course some of the funniest commercials of the year.  Keep an eye out for for the Greek Yogurt commercials going head to head (Chobani and Oikos),  also watch out for Stephen Colbert and David Beckham.  This year we will see H&M feature a commercial that will let viewers (with a certain smart TV) purchase underwear directly from the ad with their remote.  Intuit will feature a commercial for a small business, as well as their TurboTax commercial.  And if last year is any precedent expect a huge use of social media to go along with this years crop of Super Bowl Commercials.  So sit back relax and enjoy an entertaining evening of commercials accompanied by what looks to be one of the best match ups in Super Bowl history. Go Hawks!

Here is a list of all the confirmed marketers with ad time in this years Super Bowl:
Anheuser-Busch, Audi, Axe, Bank of America, Butterfinger, Carmax, Cheerios, Chevrolet, Chobani, Coca-Cola, Doritos, GoDaddy,  H&M, Heinz, Hyundai, Intuit, Jaguar, Kia, M&M, Oikos, Paramount Pictures, Pepsi, SodaStream, Squarespace, Toyota, TurboTax, Volkswagon,WeatherTech, Wonderful and Pastachios.
For an up to the minute complete list with creative descriptions follow this like to Ad Age media news.


Five Tips for Effective Copywriting

by noreply@blogger.com (Tony Coloso) @ The Ad Freaks

Copywriting is writing copy with the intention to sell or market a product, business, or idea.  Effective copy is the optimum use of language to promote or persuade.   Here are ten tips for effective copywriting:

1.  Sharpen your axe.
All good copywriting starts with research.  You can't write effective copy for a client; until you understand the client, target audience, product, and the history of advertising activity (for the product and similar products).
President Abraham Lincoln is quoted saying, "If I had four hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the axe."
To write effective copy keep a 'sharp axe' by spending time researching and preparing, before you put pen to paper.

2. Always be 'on strategy.'
Always carefully read the creative brief and stay on strategy.  A creative brief is a document compiled by account, agreed to by client, and used by everyone to ensure the copy is on strategy.  This is important, because no matter how great of an idea you have it will be rejected if it isn't on strategy.  By staying on strategy you ensure your copy will please the client.  Remember copywriting is for a client.

3. Know your audience.
The more you know about the audience you're writing for, the more relevant your copy will be.  When writing copy always think about who you're writing to and what's important to them.  What are they passionate about?  For example if you're writing copy for whey protein, your audience is probably going to be athletes and weight lifters.  Keep this in mind by writing copy focusing on what is important to them (gaining muscle and being fit).

4. Focus on the customer.
Remember that copywriting serves the purpose to promote and sell.  Potential customers can be turned off by copy that puts too much focus on the company or product.  Customers like copy that focuses on them, to achieve customer focus copy ask these questions:

  • How does that help me as a customer?
  • How does that affect my decision to buy, or not to buy?
  • As a potential customer, why should I be interested? 
If you find your copy is too company- or product focused, recast it in terms of things the customer wants.  The end result should be copy that talks directly to the customer and their own priorities, clearly linking them to the product.  An easy test to make sure your copy is customer focused is to compare the number of times you've said 'you' as opposed to 'we' or 'us'.  There should be at least twice as many mentions of the customer than the company.

5. Don't use passive voice.
Always write copy in active voice, because passive voice weakens your message.  Writing in passive voice is vague, and your message isn't clear.  Active voice makes sure your audience knows exactly what you are telling them.  Active voice creates stronger, clearer, and more concise copy.  Here are a few examples to help you see the difference.

  The active voice is more concise. For example:
a. active voice: The dog chased the cat. (five words)
b. passive voice: The cat was chased by the dog. (seven words)
   The active voice is often stronger than the passive voice. For example:
a. active voice: Judges must explain the reasons behind their decisions.
b. passive voice: The reasons behind their decisions must be explained by judges.





Are we vicariously living green through the world’s poor?

by David Kroeker-Maus @ The Salt Collective

Perhaps many concerned environmentalists have taken a look at their own lifestyles and determined that they are so hopelessly and irredeemably unsustainable that their best hope is to try to convince those who still have the option to follow a different path.

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Making Friends with an Off-Line Generation

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

I often find myself wishing that there was some reservoir of 1’s and 0’s that told held the stories from the older generation. Tweets about what World War II was like and Instagram #nofilter proving that they really where at Woodstock. But if we are going to learn the stories of their generation we are going to have to work a little harder than we are used to. We can’t passively hang out with their Facebook timelines.

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Twitter

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – social media Owner of the brand: Twitter, Inc. Key competitors: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn

Artykuł Twitter pochodzi z serwisu BrandStruck.

What We Learned from #RealClergyBios

by Mihee Kim-Kort and Elizabeth Grasham @ The Salt Collective

Per @elizabethlgr and inspired by #realacademicbios. Hello #realclergybios “I have 2 Masters degrees but still not sure what I believe.” — Mihee Kim-Kort (@miheekimkort) January 29, 2016 My conversations with colleagues and would-be colleagues keep going back to why we do what we do – what sustains us, what roots us, what keeps us showing … Continue reading What We Learned from #RealClergyBios

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Prayers, Protest, & the Dangerous Justice of Jesus – Interview with Kenji Kuramitsu

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

“A Booklet of uncommon prayer: Collects for the #BlackLivesMatter Movement – and Beyond” by Kenji Kuramitsu is a collection of prayers that belongs right next to your poster board and permanent marker collection.  It is a gripping collection of prayers that come from Kuramitsu’s own activism and a welcome addition to your self-care rituals, community … Continue reading Prayers, Protest, & the Dangerous Justice of Jesus – Interview with Kenji Kuramitsu

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Camping While Black: We Out Here

by Suzanne Munganga @ The Salt Collective

Not even five minutes upon pulling into the campground, there was a middle-aged white woman yelling at us.  We passed by this woman and her group in what seemed like slow motion.  She all but banged on our windows as she peered inside, yelling angrily into our vehicle. I couldn’t help but wonder if on … Continue reading Camping While Black: We Out Here

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McGraw-Hill Education

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Education & art – educational resources; Media & entertainment – publishers Owner of the brand: Apollo Global Management, LLC Key competitors: Pearson, Kaplan, Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Artykuł McGraw-Hill Education pochodzi z serwisu BrandStruck.

LADIES THIS TRACTIVE Real Men Have Real Curves Dove MEN | Dove Meme on me.me

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We Turned Thanksgiving into Fat Tuesday

by Stephanie Vos @ The Salt Collective

Thanksgiving is a day when just about everything BUT giving thanks is the focus. It celebrates everything ugly about American culture, as far as I’m concerned. A day which ironically is not about thanks, but all things American – ignoring other people to yell at the professional football players on TV; rampant gluttony for food and artificially cheap material goods, both of which strip our natural environment of value and sustainability; and our history of colonial imperialism in which we wiped out an indigenous people, never talked about it again, and pretended like we did them a favor.

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Why Are Black People So Loud?

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

What I do know is when we are loud doing anything we do—winning, playing, running, dancing, creating, loving, sweating, singing, laughing, and even swimming—we are loud because, in that moment, we are free.

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Colorism is Real

by Patience Zalanga @ The Salt Collective

Colorism is real. My youngest sister, who is darker than me, was looking sad one day. I asked her what's wrong. She said, "nothing." I asked her again. She told me she was being made fun of at school because she has dark skin. She was in the 7th grade at the time. It pains me to know that my sister has to go through that. That that is in fact a stage in every dark skinned black girl's life. I had to fight my mom to stop buying my sister lotions that promise to lighten her skin.

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We are Standing on the Shoulder Pads of Women like Hillary Clinton

by Stephanie Vos @ The Salt Collective

Hillary is a classic, and successful, second wave feminist who worked hard and did what she had to do to gain power and influence. She now represents a fight we want to think is over, but it’s awful of us to resent her for who the world demanded she be.

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We Need to Get Trans Stories Right the First Time

by Shay Kearns @ The Salt Collective

Every story being told about trans people has the burden of that lack of representation. It also has the burden of a history of representation which has set transgender people up as predators, deceptive, worthy of scorn, and worthy of pity. Which means that even if a writer or director or actor gets a tiny thing wrong that has massive, real world repercussions toward trans people.

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When My Daughter Asked “Why are People Voting for Trump?”

by Paula Fitzgibbons @ The Salt Collective

If you do not get out to vote against Trump, no matter how removed from the issues a presidency like his will create for you personally, you are making a statement that you do not care about those voices that most need to be heard. In doing so, you are also creating a future for this country that you, like me, might someday regret yourself.

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Human Is The New Black

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

In racially segregated areas—no matter how progressive leaning they may be, the poor representation of Black people leads to a gross mischaracterization of what it means to be Black.

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God Rest Ye Merry — Surviving the Holiday Frenzy

by Rachel Arneson @ The Salt Collective

The farm life, in general, suggests seasons of work and a season of rest: sow in the spring, tend in the summer, harvest in the fall, rest and recuperate in the winter. Since moving to the city, I’ve come to believe many people in the United States work very hard but do not balance work with enough rest.

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‘Open up your heart’: Nanny’s Creationism

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

"The difference between being old and young is the young are idealists and the old are realists," Nanny had written to me. "I was there, once. Life, if you pay attention, changes you. If it doesn't, then you haven't grown."

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6 Lessons We Learned in 2013

by The Salt Collective @ The Salt Collective

The Salt Collective writers each share a lesson they learned from 2013.
Travyon Martin, Newtown, Church Ministry, Nelson Mandela, The 24 Hour News Cycle, and The Arab Spring

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5 Ways To Support Those Having A Rough Holiday Season

by Brit Hanson @ The Salt Collective

The holidays can be such a difficult time for so many of us. When gathering around the cozy, perfectly set dining table, for some, the absence of a loved one is painfully clear. Others of us rarely experience healthy family dynamics throughout the year, let alone on occasions when the boundaries of even the happiest families are stretched.

Here are five way to show up in a kind, compassionate way for your loved ones this season.

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Most Inspirational Female Athletes

by Beyonsei @

The times when women were looked down on are gone. Now, the world knows how strong and powerful females can be – while still staying sexy as f*ck. But there’s been a big journey made by certain females that’ve made this possible. There once was a time when it was a shock when women built […]

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Beans and a Bride, Rural Solutions to Poverty

by Rachel Arneson @ The Salt Collective

I imagine a man in his early 40s. A successful and respected warrior with two, maybe three other wives. His second wife, I dream, has compassion on this girl, treating her more as a daughter than a sister-wife. And what about her father? I am getting angry now. Boy, would I like the opportunity to spit in his face...

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Leadership Saratoga Invites Theresa Agresta to be a Guest Speaker

by Julia Marco @ Allegory Studios

“Start With Why?” and Develop your Brand and Culture Theresa Agresta has been invited to host a Leadership Saratoga class, Strategic Communications, on April 6, 2016. Kicking off with the message in Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” TED talk and book, Theresa will use archetypes to help participants develop the “why” of the nonprofit they’ve chosen to support. Archetypal patterns and belief statements […]

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Beyond YouTube and Facebook, Defy Media’s Clevver eyes direct connections

by Sahil Patel @ Digiday

In July, Defy Media launched Clevver's first website, as it looks to grow the entertainment and lifestyle brand beyond Facebook and YouTube.

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Christmas Prayer

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Let this be the most enjoyable time we’ve ever spent,
Engaging these most precious moments with thankfulness.
Show us how to share our gifts in remembrance—
Honoring the One we celebrate this Christmas.

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Problems with Pesticide Certification

by Rachel Arneson @ The Salt Collective

How many of us use mosquito spray? What about bleach to clean your bathroom? Hydrogen peroxide in your first-aid kit? These are all pesticides. I think people are extra nervous about this word. It does sound intimidating and dangerous. And in concentrated and excessive forms, it is. Many mosquito sprays advise us to wash it … Continue reading Problems with Pesticide Certification

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List: Other ‘Talk-Like-a…’ Days

by SARAH SCHMELLING @ McSweeney’s

NOTE: September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

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Talk Like a Person Who Comments on Every Post on the Neighborhood Listserv Day
Say, “I DID hear that dog barking!” and “I’ll keep a lookout for your dog!” and “I don’t know whose dog that is!” and “So glad you found your dog!” Speculate on what that smell could have been or why those fire trucks were there. Recommend plumbers, babysitters, Thai restaurants, dermatologists, and other topics you have little to no experience with. Warn people about new speed cameras and the rumored relocating of bus terminals. Don’t talk to any of your own neighbors at all.

Talk Like a Grandma Who Took Her Grandchildren to Swim Class Day
After talking to a total stranger for about a minute, just start sharing all your thoughts on your adult children’s parenting skills. Blame your daughter and son-in-law for the Mandarin/piano/parkour classes your grandkids take, how out of control the kids are, and how you also don’t get to spend nearly enough time with them. Then, as if someone changed your dial, muse about how much you like pesto. Offer recipes.

Talk Like a Pediatric Dentist at Happy Hour Day
Walk around with margarita all over your blouse. Yell, “After THIS day you expect me to hold onto an extra-wide glass with salt all over it?” When you notice a guy staring at you, say you’re not trying to kill him, you just want to look at his teeth. If someone sees you and says, “Hey, you’re our dentist!” say, “No, not me. I’m a sculptress.” If you fall off a chair and someone tries to help you up shout, “Stop hovering, Tim’s mom” or “Here comes the giggle air!”

Talk Like a Facebook Friend Who’s Constantly Surprised That Time Passes Day
Look at old photos of your children. Say, “They’re getting too big!” and “Time slow down!” and “STOP GROWING!” to the point where your friends can’t help but imagine some terrifying Twilight Zone scenario. Also, voice your shock that your Japan trip happened in 2015 and you’ve been friends with Kim for six years.

Talk Like an Owner of a B&B That’s Totally Not Haunted Day
Follow people around with a carafe of day-old coffee. Talk about wind chill, the lighthouse tour everyone should try, or why it’s a fun idea to name rooms after Modern Family characters. But whatever you do, do not ask anyone how they slept last night. If someone mentions a pale teenager asking about her prom date, say, “My coconut blondies are still in the oven!” and run away.

Talk Like a Woman Who’s Constantly Freezing at Work Day
Say, “I wonder if I have an iron deficiency!” and “I’m wearing four layers and I still can’t feel my toes!” and “Are you cold? I’m cold!” and literally nothing else. Hand out copies of studies showing that cold temperatures were shown to lower fruit flies’ productivity and sex drive. Find ways to stand close to Dan, who’s shy and always eating a breakfast sandwich, but also sweats a lot so he must be on to something.

Talk Like a Person Picking Up and Putting Down Every Avocado at the Grocery Store Day
Start speaking to anyone near you about how the avocados are too hard, how everything these days, really, is hard, how you miss living in California, where people have avocado trees right in their own backyards, and then realize you’ve reached the point where you’ll talk to anyone anywhere about anything. Feel unfettered. Bold. Talk to other people who’ll talk to anyone, like a drunk woman who looks like your kids’ dentist and a guy giving an unsolicited monologue on bus terminals. Remember why you don’t actually want to talk to anyone anywhere about anything. Ask loudly, “Where’s the store-made guacamole?"

Talk Like a Pirate Who’s Sick of Playing Bingo Day
“Arrrrgh. I just need Aye Twenty-Fourrrr.”

Dove Men Care First Fatherhood Moments - The Inspiration Room

Dove Men Care First Fatherhood Moments - The Inspiration Room


The Inspiration Room

Dove Men Care First Fatherhood Moments, a Father's Day commercial released in June 2015.

Emirates Airline

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Travel & transportation – airlines Owner of the brand: The Emirates Group (owned by the government of Dubai) Key competitors: Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways

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Heinz

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: FMCG Food – Soups, sauces & seasonings, baby food Owner of the brand: The Kraft Heinz Company Key competitors: Hunt’s, Campbell’s, Hellmann’s, Knorr

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A Tribute to Bonnie Lou

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

Mother’s Day was yesterday, so we’re all over it, right? Well, not me. So you’re going to have to sit through another sappy Mother’s Day post. You know that moment, when you’re sitting in therapy, and you realize that you’re EXACTLY LIKE YOUR MOTHER. That happened for me about a month ago. And it took … Continue reading A Tribute to Bonnie Lou

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Simply…Love

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

I have been reading the book of John lately. And something struck me about the commands of Jesus, about the instructions he left his disciples with. In several places, Jesus referred to the “commandments” which we can assume are the commandments given to Moses. Those who came in contact with him were told that it … Continue reading Simply…Love

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Dove Uses Data To Clean Up With Dads | AdExchanger

Dove Uses Data To Clean Up With Dads | AdExchanger


AdExchanger

It’s becoming acceptable for men to moisturize – and Unilever is very happy about that. “I’m also happy the world is recognizing that men should be portrayed as parents, as bright human beings and not just bumbling idiots,” said Kathy O’Brien, VP of skin and marketing services at Unilever, speaking at the ANA’s Brand Masters... Continue reading »

Moving Forward, Moving Back: The Year in Race

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

We’ve hit the January lull:  Most of us have reluctantly resumed our real lives after our New Year celebrations and are eagerly awaiting our next day off, which, for many of us, is Martin Luther King Day.  (Except for those of you in the Midwest who are already enjoying a few snow days; I enviously … Continue reading Moving Forward, Moving Back: The Year in Race

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Purity Culture and God-given Gender Roles

by Laura Polk @ The Salt Collective

Purity culture insists on the enforcement of rigid gender roles; this enforcement bestows on women and men specific responsibilities. This post will focus on three primary areas of responsibility: virginity, relationships, and marriage. Virginity While the concept of virginity is socially constructed and heteronormative, excluding the myriad of ways people have sex, it is still an … Continue reading Purity Culture and God-given Gender Roles

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Tumblr

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – social media Owner of the brand: Yahoo Inc. Key competitors: Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Medium

Artykuł Tumblr pochodzi z serwisu BrandStruck.

SHOCKING: What A Pro Female Soccer Player Eats In One Day

by Beyonsei @

Elite level athletes are the fittest and most conditioned people on earth. In fact, they’re the reason why many of us go to the gym and train our booty’s off – to try and look like them! While many of us achieve similar figures, others struggle on their fitness journey. Ultimately, the stumbling block for […]

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An Open Letter to GLBT Students at Christian Colleges

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

So here I am, fully clothed at the computer in the middle of the night, writing this letter to GLBT students at Christian Colleges. And as a straight white male I realize I might not be the perfect person to write this letter, but I wanted to let you know that I'm heartbroken over this. Enough to get out of bed at 1 am and type this letter to you.

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Do Multicultural Churches Reinforce Racism?

by Daniel José Camacho @ The Salt Collective

Yet, in spite of the church’s incredible diversity, I had an uneasiness I couldn’t quite put my finger on initially. Eventually, it dawned on me. In his sermons, the pastor almost exclusively quoted white, male [conservative] theologians and biblical scholars. Week after week, when the pastor would make a substantive theological or biblical point, he would incorporate the commentary or framework of white, dominant voices.

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Why It’s Difficult For Black People To Go To The Doctor

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

For those who live in poorer or lesser evolved areas around the country, the reality of racism and the inability to access quality education still exists and makes it almost impossible for people to receive, or trust that they will receive, adequate medical care.

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The Painful Realities of White Privilege

by Jody Wiley Fernando @ The Salt Collective

We were sitting at the frozen yogurt shop when my husband interrupted my yogurt induced heaven with a passionate “Did you see that?!” “What?” I looked around but didn’t see anything unusual. I’d been a little spaced out in a blissful yogurt coma and was, as usual, less than aware of my surroundings. “That Asian lady in the … Continue reading The Painful Realities of White Privilege

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Patrón Tequila Unveils ‘The Patrón Experience,’ a Hand-Held AR Innovation

by newsroom @ Marketing Communication News

On the heels of Apple’s announcement of the next generation iPhone, powered by iOS 11 with ARKit, Patrón Tequila is taking iPhone users on an interactive journey to its home in Jalisco, Mexico. Titled “The Patrón Experience,” this newly released, augmented reality platform heralds the next frontier in experiential marketing and gives tequila connoisseurs and curious […]

The Home We Built: life as the partner of a human rights worker

by Brit Hanson @ The Salt Collective

I live in Barrancabermeja, Colombia where my partner is a human rights solidarity worker with the Christian Peacemaker Teams; he accompanies communities under threat of violence.

Despite the volatile nature of his work, my partner is undoubtedly safer than most Colombians; it’s much more dangerous to be a Colombian in Colombia than a foreigner. Much of the violence in our region is driven by multinational interests and is directed at small farmers, union organizers and local community activists.

That being said, I still worry. A lot.

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Melting Ice Caps and Mental Illness

by Sarah Lund @ The Salt Collective

Mental illness is an important part of the narrative of climate crisis. Polluted air, water, soil, and food are making us sick. Very sick. Even crazy. Why would our brains be immune from the same evil specimens that cause cancer to our other organs?

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Backpedaling on Purity Culture

by Laura Polk @ The Salt Collective

As the pushback on the subject of purity culture continues to grow, a number of Christian bloggers are coming to terms with the damage years of internalized shame over sexual desire has caused to an entire generation. They’re realizing that perhaps comparing people who have had sex outside a hetero marriage to “chewed up gum” … Continue reading Backpedaling on Purity Culture

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10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Come to my Church

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

The wonderful thing about your beliefs is that they are YOUR beliefs! I know what I believe about God, and I know what I believe about things like joy, peace, faith, courage, and abundance. When you know like you know like you know, you cannot be convinced of anything else. For those seeking a deeper spiritual relationship with God, and for those who want to deepen their connection to a positive and nurturing community of faith, then what you believe will be manifested in your life.

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Dove Men+Care Review: All-Inclusive Dove!

Dove Men+Care Review: All-Inclusive Dove!


Maple Holistics

Dove doesn't just provide solutions for women - the Dove Men's line is celebrated too, and for good reason! Check out our Dove Men+Care Review!

On the Horizon

by admin @ Boston Magazine

Soon, the standard-bearers will be joined by a batch of exciting new places focusing on ­everything from epic tasting menus to scallion-pancake sandwiches.

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I Was Raised a White Child but Black Lives Matter Made Me a Black Woman

by Brandi Miller @ The Salt Collective

I always joke that if I were to write a memoir about those early years that it would be called Grandma Tried. But really…she did try, but the reality of racist family roots on all sides doesn’t set a white woman up well to raise her biracial granddaughter to be a picture of #blackgirlmagic.

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Silence and Speaking Up Amidst the Black Lives Matter Movement

by Natalie Quan @ The Salt Collective

You have a voice, one that nobody else can claim. Use it for good. The work will not be finished until Black lives matter—to all of us.

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Blacks and the Law is the New Daniel and the Lion’s Den

by Ebony Adedayo @ The Salt Collective

Respectability politics are all over the place without understanding that it has never really been about the law as much as it has been about the person that the law is targeting. If we were step back in time, say several centuries, we would realize that this way of constructing laws isn’t new. Many empires throughout the history of our world have approached the law-making process with the aim of horrifying their subjects into submission, silencing them, or obliterating them altogether.

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Coca-Cola Pulls Ads to Donate to Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

by noreply@blogger.com (Tony Coloso) @ The Ad Freaks

As I first noticed on Reddit then again on Facebook, "Coca-Cola Philippines has announced that its ads will no longer be appearing on media channels till further notice, so that the committed advertising space and ad funding can be redirected to relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan.(1)"  This act of philanthropy by Coca-Cola can prove to be huge for both the typhoon victims and the company.  According to Jeremiah McWilliams Coca-Cola spent $2.9 billion in advertising expenses in 2010 (2); that's over $7 million dollars a day.  With that kind of cash being thrown around on advertising the Typhoon Victims can be expected a sizable donation.  


Coca-Cola demonstrates good use of cause marketing by linking the Coca-Cola brand to the "cause" of helping the Haiyan Typhoon victims.  This is a powerful PR tool being used to improve Coca-Cola's image in a time when their image may be fading.  

In September 2013 both Apple and Google overtook Coca-Cola as the worlds most valuable brand. 
    "Apple Inc.'s brand value jumped 28 percent to $98.3 billion and Google Inc. rose in second place at $93.3        billion.  The Coca-Cola Co. name slipped from the top spot after 13 years to third place at $79.2 billion."(3) This happening after Coca-Cola has been accused of "land grabbing" and unsatisfactory sugar fields in Cambodia and around the world. (4)  Also negatively impacting the Coca-Cola brand is a recent anti-obesity ad met with serious consumer backlash.

This is the ad in question:




The inspired copy first grabs attention with "the year of the snake..." then it continues to excite the audience by helping them remember all of their great accomplishments of the year,  "think about march...thats like what spies can do."  The Turbotax commercial continues by taking their excited audience, that has now realized that 2013 was "the year of the you," and then telling them that Turbotax makes taxes easy.  The commercial does a great job translating Turbotax's feature, that is a question based interface, into the benefit that, Turbotax simplifies doing your taxes by having you answer questions about your year.  Then the last line, "It's amazing what you're capable of," is the lasting image that the audience gets of their self doing their own taxes on Turbotax. 


Then the ad pairs that skillfully crafted and inspired copy with beautiful images.  The images at the beginning capture all of your stressful moments and handwork you did this year, and how it all led to all of your wonderful accomplishments of 2013.  Then the commercial shows people relaxing and using Turbotax to do their taxes.  These images show how simplified the user interface is, and how you can do your taxes by simply answering questions about your year.  The images are simple and help to get across Turbotax's message that taxes don't have to be complicated and stressful.

I would like to congratulate Wieden + Kennedy Portland and director Lance Acord on this brilliant commercial.  It does what every commercial should, and makes me understand what a product is and how it works, as well as making me want that product.  Which in this case is Turbotax, a simple and cheap way to do your taxes without having to hire someone.  The the ad does a great job taking a stressful exhausting task, taxes, and making it approachable and even attractive, as long as you use Turbotax.  I really like this commercial because it was inspiring, and it's not too often an advertisement about tax software/services inspires me.

We Do Violence

by Andrew Ulasich @ The Salt Collective

I watch them walk away and think how I used to seethe with anger at men like this; men who do such grotesque violence to women and girls to satisfy their own desires and exert their own power. Sometimes I still do. These days I mostly direct my anger at God, who I assume would want to do more than God seems to do to protect all these women from the violence they meet every day [...]

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Spending Valentines Day with All My Ex’s

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

Valentines is a day for reflecting. If you are in a relationship it is a time for reflecting on all those things you love and appreciate about your significant other. For those of us that are single, it is a time for reflecting on the ones that got away. Are we really progressing in this … Continue reading Spending Valentines Day with All My Ex’s

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Tips for Christian Parenting – from a Single, Childless Woman with a Cat & Plants

by Karen Gonzalez @ The Salt Collective

Recently I met a married woman who wants to write a book about Christian singleness. And as a single woman I smiled and said, “You might find this shocking but nothing could make me happier!” No. No, I didn’t. Actually, the thought made me throw up in my mouth a little. But her comment did … Continue reading Tips for Christian Parenting – from a Single, Childless Woman with a Cat & Plants

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Have $5?

by admin @ Boston Magazine

...then you've got more than enough for one (or, in many cases, several) of these delicious items, all gathered from area Asian grocers, bakeries, and banh mi shops.

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A Letter To My Pastors About Our Church’s Post-Election Silence

by Natalie Quan @ The Salt Collective

We cannot compartmentalize the goings-on of American politics from the rest of our lives, including our faith, if we are to live "in but not of" the world.

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6 Things People with Privilege Never Have to Worry About

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

I come from a long line of faithful people who believed in God and community, and they used their beliefs as fuel to keep moving forward. It is their stories that I keep with me. My ancestors who were slaves. My grandparents who were sharecroppers. My parents who died with unrealized dreams. They give me hope. And it is God who gives me a vision for the future. I dream of a world where all people have the ability to not just survive, but also thrive.

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Twitter Used to Make Me Laugh Everyday

by Alexander Helmke @ The Salt Collective

When I started tweeting Jokes it was a liberating process to say things without your real name attached. You are your own character. I write and publish fiction and I thought Twitter could be an exercise in character. It could be relevant “resume-building” social media experience. It could distract me from the banal process of applying to MFA programs for the second time.

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Black and Abroad

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

I’ve had a passport since I was a freshman in high school. I’m now 32 years old with 1 blank page left in passport number 3. Time flies just like I do – as I type these words 32,000ft somewhere over the Atlantic in route to Geneva, Switzerland. Back then, travel was about exposure, experiences, … Continue reading Black and Abroad

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A Strange Calling – The 1st Old Catholic Transgender Priest

by Shay Kearns @ The Salt Collective

The story of how I became the first transgender man ordained to the Old Catholic priesthood is a complicated one. I was female and my church didn’t ordain women. This is before I had a sense of my own sexuality, before I had any language for my gender identity.

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8 Songs Celebrating Consent (rather than rape) Culture

by Brit Hanson @ The Salt Collective

Yesterday marked the beginning of 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women — and one of the keys ways to cultivate a nonviolent future is by celebrating consent. With Blurred Lines at the top of the charts we would do well to scour our playlists for tracks promoting consent ... to make sure they do, in fact, exist.

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Black Enough?

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

Last night was a historic night for being a woman, being black, and being named Simone in the Olympics! #blackgirlsrock #blackgirlmagic But I must say, I’ve been LIVID at the headlines, particularly about Simone Manuel’s historic Olympic victory at #Rio2016: “Simone Manuel First African American WOMAN to Win Gold in an Individual Swimming Event.” “NO!”, … Continue reading Black Enough?

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How data is changing the very model of the modern merchandiser

by Hilary Milnes @ Digiday

E-commerce retailers are competing to offer the most personalized experience to customers who visit their site, a strategy that touches on personalized product recommendations, messages and assortment. But when data is ruling a retailer, where does the buyer fit in?

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The Day of the Dead in a Disposable World

by Stephanie Vos @ The Salt Collective

Halloween and All Saints Day didn’t begin as a festival for candy and costumes. It was a face to face reality with the pain and loss of grieving the dead. Traditionally, this time of year brings about reflections on impermanence, the inevitability of death, the cycle of loss and the inevitable renewal.

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Where Does China’s Virtual Reality Industry Stand in 2017?

by Chris Colman @ PIG China

The Chinese VR industry is increasingly making headlines, both for Bloomberg’s much quoted estimate that […]

Therapy is Life Alignment

by Rozella H White @ The Salt Collective

Why does it seem like growth goes hand in hand with pain? My recent therapy sessions have revealed some things about me – deep, foundational ways of thinking that continue to come to the surface and are roadblocks to a different way of being. Dealing with these things is painful. So painful. I have to … Continue reading Therapy is Life Alignment

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Supporting Our Somali Neighbors As We Seek Justice for Justine Damond

by Emily Goldthwaite Fries @ The Salt Collective

In a recent video of Justine Damond teaching a seminar on mind-body healing practices at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, she said that you can learn to impact the reality around you with your powerful self. She clarified that victims of violence are not to be blamed for what happens to them; rather it is about examining the stories you’ve believed about your life, and asking, “how can we begin to write a whole new story for our future?”

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Be Still: Sex, Psalm 4 and St. Teresa of Avila

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

If Teresa could experience God as a sexual partner, why couldn’t I, as a man, do the same?

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Jesus is Woke

by Brandi Miller @ The Salt Collective

Getting woke is a revolutionary act of resistance against systems and structures that would strip humans of their inherent value. Jesus was and is woke- we can be too.

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Dear Prudence: On grace as a weapon

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

It happened to be Prudence Farrow, the actress Mia’s sister, who was taking her human religious practices a bit too seriously when John Lennon and The Beatles went to India in 1968 to study transcendental meditation. “She’d be locked in (our hut) for three weeks and was trying to reach God quicker than anyone else,” Lennon told rock journalist David Sheff.

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Make America Great Again – Bring Your Muslim AND Trumpeter Neighbors Together

by Jessi LeClear Vachta @ The Salt Collective

Interfaith dialogue is not an end-all and it will have issues of its own, but if anything can Make America Great Again, it will be the recognition that our citizens - Muslim, Native, Atheist, Christian, you name it - all already have greatness to share. To disregard or ban or dehumanize a person that has greatness to give, is to become less great. So I’m getting back in the conversation. I’m not going to turn my anger into a passionate conversation with my neighbors. All of them.

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Southwest Airlines – You Owe The Black Family From My Flight an Apology

by Katie Matson-Daley @ The Salt Collective

The manager came back to our section of the plane, talked with the mother and asked her to leave the plane. The mother expressed some hurt and frustration and the entire family walked off the plane. Both the mother and the daughter had tears in their eyes.

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A Child-Free Christian’s Plea to the Church

by Natalie Quan @ The Salt Collective

Our fundamental purpose in this life is to love God and make him known to all people. For some of us, this entails having children—extending love to them and raising up the next generation of believers. For some of us, God has given us other desires and other paths. Let’s recognize that parenthood is an extremely noble and wonderful calling, but not the paramount one or the only one worth pursuing.

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Dove targets Dad for its feel-good Father's Day campaign - Digiday

Dove targets Dad for its feel-good Father's Day campaign - Digiday


Digiday

Dove looks to recreate the success of its "Real Beauty" campaign, only this time by going nostalgic for Dad on Father's Day.

You Might Be a Feminist After All

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

In the last week, I’ve found myself in the company of several women who proudly proclaimed that they aren’t feminists -- only to find, upon further probing, that their definitions of feminism don’t match the actual definition.

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Crossing Over the Margins

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

How do you swallow the bitterness of poverty, lack, and living in the margins? There are two options: stay where you’re at and perpetuate what you see or push to go further with hopes of crossing over into a new reality.

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The surprisingly badass birds of the Bible

by Debbie Blue @ The Salt Collective

They fly all over the Bible - from beginning to end - and they have a prominent place in the founding narratives of almost every culture and religion. They are not just bones and feathers. They are strength or hope, omen and oracle.

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Dove Real Beauty Campaign Tells Men "Your Balls Are More Beautiful Than You Think"

Dove Real Beauty Campaign Tells Men "Your Balls Are More Beautiful Than You Think"


BuzzFeed

It's a parody video, but still—the message is just as important.

#FlintWaterCrisis: Stories from the Streets

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

Flint, Michigan, a city once known for its automotive manufacturing prowess, is now suffering from the lingering effects of its industrial history and present day environmental neglect (racism). In a city where 60% of the population is now Black or African-American, economic hardship and violence in Flint have become commonplace since the glory days of old, but … Continue reading #FlintWaterCrisis: Stories from the Streets

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Black Trauma: #KorrynGaines Died an Invisible Death Long Before She was Killed by Police

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

This was difficult to watch. But let me say this, the trauma suffered by people of color (POC) at the hands of law enforcement is real and lingering. While video footage has helped to expose the source of this trauma, video footage also now contributes to it. Every time I see footage of violence against … Continue reading Black Trauma: #KorrynGaines Died an Invisible Death Long Before She was Killed by Police

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Anghami Brings Top Global Technology to Audio Ads in the region

by Nadeem Quraishi @ Campaign Middle East

Anghami, the leading music streaming company in the MENA region, today introduced new innovative global technology for the first time in the region, bringing ground-breaking tools that will revolutionise listeners’ experience from an ad-supported music streaming. Anghami is the first regional platform to lead the change through its “Dynamic Creative Audio Ads” and “Programmatic Audio […]

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Oracle

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Electronics & technology – software, communications equipment; Professional services – technological solutions Owner of the brand: Oracle Corporation Key competitors: IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Amazon, Google, Salesforce,

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This Week in Modesty Culture: Who Wore It Modest-est?

by Laura Polk @ The Salt Collective

I’ve written in the past about modesty culture— —Again? Omg this person is OBSESSED with modesty… Listen, I had planned to write about something else (although still REALLY proud of this one) , but alas, yet another Christian woman has declared Why She No Longer Wears [article of clothing that allegedly entices straight men to … Continue reading This Week in Modesty Culture: Who Wore It Modest-est?

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Dove Men+Care Commercial 2015 | Super Bowl Commercials 2017

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List: Who I Am, In Order

by SAM WEINER @ McSweeney’s

Christian

Husband of Deborah, Father of Alicia

American

Firefighter

Bassist for Fairweather Johnson, the Syracuse Area’s Best Hootie & The Blowfish Cover Band

Estranged Husband of Deborah, Father to Alicia

Spiritual Seeker

Ex-Husband to Deborah, Practically a Stepfather to Alicia, Sworn Enemy of Duane

Unitarian

Screamer at Duane Outside the Library Where He Works

“Not the Man” Deborah Married, “A Loser” According to Alicia

Zoroastrian

Bassist for Hootie & The Clonefish, the Syracuse Area’s Third-Best Hootie & The Blowfish Cover Band

Guy With Weird Foot Thing That’ll Probably Go Away On Its Own

Cable TV Subscriber

Guy With Foot Thing That Is Definitely Getting Worse Since It Has a Smell Now

Hider In the Backseat of Duane’s Car, Giving Duane the Biggest Fucking Surprise of Duane’s Life

Duane Puncher

Duane Restraining Order Restrainee

Guy With Just One Foot

Opioid Addict

Loaner of $500 to Alicia to Pay for “Some Medical Stuff, Don’t Tell Duane” as If Duane is Jesus Christ Himself Back From Heaven, Too Holy
to Pay for His Stepdaughter’s Abortion

Cable TV Subscription Canceller

Hospital Patient Who Wonders, “How Could This Foot Thing Spread to a Second Foot When First Foot Isn’t Even There Anymore?”

Face Briefly Glimpsed Outside the Back Window of the Big, Nice House Duane Lives In With My Family

Arsonist

Police Custody Escapee

Spirit Airlines Passenger

Wheelchair-Bound Non-Permanent Resident of Ecuador

Bassist/Singer For Hooblie & The Fishtootblowsers, the Portoviejo Area’s Most Drug-Addled, One-Man Hootie & The Blowfish Cover Band

Husband of Pain, Father of His Own Destruction

Atheist

Should we give money to panhandlers?

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

It’s poetic that Lawrence would write yesterday about the life of his mother and challenging us all to look at the homeless in a different light – because before I ever read that post, I began writing some thoughts around the questions of “Should we give money to panhandlers?” I hear the argument for and … Continue reading Should we give money to panhandlers?

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Changing My Name Made Me Question My Identity

by Rozella H White @ The Salt Collective

My name is not an abstract thing anymore. It has become the foundation of my identity. If I’m honest, it always was but societal and cultural pressure led me to believe that it was disposable. I was brought up thinking - not because of any overt pressure but by subversive messaging, which can be worse, in my humble opinion - that I couldn’t fully be who I was until I took on the name of a man in order to validate my existence.

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The NFL STILL Doesn’t Care About Domestic Violence

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

There is nothing more American than football (not even baseball); so it’s safe to say the NFL is an extension of American society as we know it – entertainment, competition, violence, “paytriotism”, and lots of money to be made by white men perched in an ivory tower. 2 years ago in October – Domestic Violence Awareness … Continue reading The NFL STILL Doesn’t Care About Domestic Violence

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I Am #JordanEdwards

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

I haven’t written anything like this in a while. Not because state sanctioned violence against black and brown bodies magically ceased, but because my spirit grew so weary with every hashtagged corpse memorialized on social media and criminalized in the news that I had to take a mental health break. Until now. 5 years ago … Continue reading I Am #JordanEdwards

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On the Indictment of Peter Liang

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

Some argue that Peter Liang is being treated differently from his white colleagues. Is his indictment unfair?

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It’s easier to self medicate

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

I saw K on the track a few weeks ago. It took until about half way though our conversation, when she mentioned her last name actually, for me to remember having met her about two years ago. Two years. Two years and she’s still out on the streets. Drunk. High. Wandering around, not making any … Continue reading It’s easier to self medicate

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Unsinkable Ships

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

One of the fallacies of arrogant leadership, in this particular case, is that denial is preferable to perceived imperfection. I can't help but wonder what I would do if I was given a similar fate. Aboard a sinking ship and all those from the lower classes are locked out of any chance for survival because as news of the ship's demise is realized, there is also the news that there aren't enough life-boats for everyone on board and the rich go first.

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Peking Duck and a Movie: My Immigrant Family Christmas

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

For us, like many immigrant families, Christmas isn’t as much a religious celebration as a celebration of the life and the family my parents have created in the States.

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Really, You Can Vote for Hillary

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

Addressing the hangups of people who are planning to vote third-party, write someone in – or sit this one out.

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To Write Science Fiction As a Woman

by Cara Weston @ The Salt Collective

I've kept A.C. as my professional name, but I'm not trying to trick anyone. I just want to write something real, something that matters.

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Pearson

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Education & art – educational resources, schools & universities; Media & entertainment – publishers Owner of the brand: Pearson PLC Key competitors: McGraw-Hill Education, Kaplan, Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Artykuł Pearson pochodzi z serwisu BrandStruck.

Dove Men+Care TV Commercial, 'Real Winners Care'

Dove Men+Care TV Commercial, 'Real Winners Care'


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Dove Men+Care honors inspirational athletes who became "real winners" after the world watched as they assisted their injured opponents and teammates. While it might take skill to win, Dove believes it takes care to be a winner.

Treatment Bound

by Natalie Grace McKay @ The Salt Collective

I am an alcoholic. I could blame growing up a closeted transgender youth in a severely conservative religious environment. I could blame the fact that for much of my life I have suffered from chronic depression. I could blame any number of people or situations that I have found myself placed in over the years. But this wouldn’t solve anything.

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The Chasm Between White Theology and Black Liberation

by Brandi Miller @ The Salt Collective

We must be clear that in every culture and in every historical moment, we are doing theology from a specific socio-political location, and it is necessary that in each moment, we analyze the contributions and acts of each consciously contextualized theology in order to work for justice, dignity, and renewal.

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Dad Jokes with a purpose

by Duncan Macleod @ The Inspiration Room

HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), along with the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, has launched a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) recognizing the critical role fathers play in the lives of their children. The public service campaign created by the non-profit Ad Council coincides with Tell a Joke Day and centers on […]

Before you Unfollow Your Friend, Read “Disunity in Christ” With Them

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

The next time you find yourself going back and forth between unloading on your cousin in the comments section or finally unfollow-ing them altogether, ask them to read Cleveland’s book with you. Review of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep us Apart.

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Stop saying we’re all the same. It’s not helping.

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

"I don’t see color!" How many times have you heard that? There’s a childlike simplicity to that statement. I understand the temptation. "Can’t we all just get along?"

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Don’t be remembered as “A Man of His Time”

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

“He was a man of his time.” Historical figures who were strong enough to fight some of the largest injustices of their time, but blind enough to miss a few that were staring them right in the face. And I’ve devised this short list of misdeeds I’m pretty sure will make a person “A Man (or Woman) of This Time.”

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Shame on You, Wayne Grudem

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

A response to Grudem's argument that Trump is the "morally good" choice in this election.

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Dearly Beloved: A Letter to the Church

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

The Church is considered a vital place for many reasons. Among many names, we are called the "Body of Christ", the "Bride of Christ", the "hands and feet of Christ", the "Community of God", and the "people of God". Because the Church is comprised of people, then WE are the Church. As the Church, I often wonder if we truly know what our purpose is. I look around at the state of decline in the Protestant Church, the clergy abuse and money issues in the Catholic Church, the division that exists within and among religious groups and I wonder what is the purpose for the Church?

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Hilarious Parody of Dove ‘Real Beauty’ Ad Shows How Good-Looking Men Think They Are

Hilarious Parody of Dove ‘Real Beauty’ Ad Shows How Good-Looking Men Think They Are


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Dove Men+Care Real Life Tested: Hair Fall In Men

Dove Men+Care Real Life Tested: Hair Fall In Men


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No Place Like Home: a neighborhood photo essay

by Brit Hanson @ The Salt Collective

In a 2013 piece, The Stories That Bind Us, New York Times’ columnist, Bruce Feiler, reported that psychologists have discovered the single greatest predictor of resiliency in children is the presence of a strong family narrative.

I think the same is true for neighborhoods. Our neighborhoods thrive or wither, in large part, by the stories we tell about them. So as 2013 draws to a close I'm taking a moment to remember a year in the life of my neighborhood, Barrio Versalles — celebrating the best days and qualities and honoring the worst. I invite you to do the same; take a few moments before the year ends to say thanks for all of it.

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A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Self

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

Things that happened in my twenties:  I wrote a thesis.  I graduated from college.  I took year off from school.  I had my first real relationship.  I moved across the country.  I started grad school.  I made amazing friends.  I got a master’s degree.  I fell in love.  I got married.  I got another master’s … Continue reading A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Self

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Charlie Hebdo, Truth, and Jesus

by Angela Denker @ The Salt Collective

Even in the wake of violent death, a religiously motivated attack that goes against a God of Love who created human beings out of love - Charlie Hebdo is hopeful. Forgiveness wins. Love wins.Mohammad stands there, a tear rolling down his cheek: "Je suis Charlie," he says. Above his head, a title: "All is Forgiven."

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When Suits Become a Stumbling Block: A Plea to My Brothers in Christ*

by Laura Polk @ The Salt Collective

There has been a lot of talking, debating, and hand-wringing among Christian bloggers lately about modesty; particularly yoga pants, making men uncomfortable by being attractive, and in general, ways in which to combat everyone’s favorite “evil”: lust. Well, I’d like to hop on the modesty bandwagon and discuss something that I have personally struggled with … Continue reading When Suits Become a Stumbling Block: A Plea to My Brothers in Christ*

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Meeting an 8 Year Old Sex Offender: Why Villains need Back Stories

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

I had to meet an 8 year old Sex Offender before I really understood why villains need back stories. Growing up I never thought of Darth Vader as a little kid or Ursula as a misunderstood teenager. They were full grown evil. But now a generation of children are being raised on sympathetic villains...and it gives me hope for their future.

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Jesus’ Beatitudes for the 21st Century

by Ashley Harness @ The Salt Collective

MAKE ME A LIVING BLESSING “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying . . .” Matthew 5:1-2 I first spoke this version of Jesus’ Beatitudes to the crowd gathered for the Women’s March … Continue reading Jesus’ Beatitudes for the 21st Century

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I’m a Member of the Church of Burlesque

by Carise Rotach-Beard @ The Salt Collective

Going to dance class is not a chore. It’s a necessity. It feeds me. This community brings me life. Performing connects me to the version of my self that I thought had been ushered out permanently after becoming a wife and mother. It’s a place I feel connected to my sexuality and my spirituality, which are far closer to being synonyms in my world than some may feel comfortable with.

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‘A whole new world’: Coke has a sponsorship deal with a virtual soccer star in ‘FIFA 18’

by Ilyse Liffreing @ Digiday

For the first time, Coca-Cola isn't going with a real celebrity or athlete as a sponsor.

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The Rich Man’s Racist — From Donald to Donald

by David Kroeker-Maus @ The Salt Collective

Trump isn't exploiting some inherent racism in the working classes. Rather, he is actively continuing an ages-old practice that begets that very racism.

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The Choice of the Chosen

by John Cox @ The Salt Collective

While humans tend to choose what is closest to perfect, God has purposely chosen imperfect humanity.

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I’m scared — and so are you.

by Brit Hanson @ The Salt Collective

I’ve dedicated 2014 to brushing up on my storytelling skills and learning how to produce radio quality audio stories.  Though my work is still amateur, at best, I’m learning  a lot. Yes, about my new equipment, but mostly about being human. Which is why I got into all of this in the first place. Over … Continue reading I’m scared — and so are you.

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PIGMAN: Ren Hang

by PIGChina @ PIG China

Chinese artist Ren Hang committed suicide on Feb 24th, at the age of 29

Dove Men+Care's Super Bowl Commercial Gives Us the Warm Fuzzies

Dove Men+Care's Super Bowl Commercial Gives Us the Warm Fuzzies


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Volkswagen Humans Adapt

by Duncan Macleod @ The Inspiration Room

Volkswagen France is running “Humains”, a commercial promoting the brand’s environmental credentials. Earlier in the month the French government announced plans to phase out petrol and diesel powered vehicles by 2040. The Volkswagen Humans campaign responds with the promise of adaptation. People have always adapted to their environment, often without realising, whether it be eating […]

Four Reasons We Can’t Talk About Community Police Relationships Without Talking About Mental Health

by Katie Matson-Daley @ The Salt Collective

Last week Charleena Lyles, called 911 to report a burglary.  Lyles, a 30 year old pregnant woman was in treatment for what her family described as “mental health issues.”   She held a knife in her hands as she answered the door for the police.  The two police officers answering the call both discharged their … Continue reading Four Reasons We Can’t Talk About Community Police Relationships Without Talking About Mental Health

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The Already…But Not Yet

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

Last night out on the track it was Good Friday. And I couldn’t help but think about our interactions with the girls in light of this significant night. This significant moment we stop to pause and allow ourselves to lament. To cry. Sunday is coming, yes, but it is not here yet. We are left … Continue reading The Already…But Not Yet

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Pepsi Light Iconic Moments

by Duncan Macleod @ The Inspiration Room

Pepsi’s “Pepsi Light Iconic Moments” advertising campaign has won Gold at the Clio Awards for print, print technique (art direction and photography) and out of home (billboard). The three advertisements in the Pepsi Light Iconic Moments campaign, targeting young urban people, feature a skateboarder, parkour runner and a breakdancer wearing red, white and blue. Their […]

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight Was for Justice

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

Ali's act of refusal cost him his title and prime years of his career. Imagine just how much greater the ‪#‎GreatestOfAllTime‬ could have been if not for his sacrifice for what he believed in - for what was right? Fast forward to today and the dodge kings and queens are abound. Except we're not avoiding punches IN the fight as Ali did, we're avoiding the fight altogether. Whether it be in the name of political correctness or downright cowardice, we've transitioned through the years from a sacrificial position to serve greater humanity to non-sacrificial self-preservation.

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Reparations Can Look Like Two Words: “I’m Sorry”

by Suzanne Munganga @ The Salt Collective

Last month, my white friend apologized for a crime she committed eighteen years ago. “Suzie,” she said, using the nickname given to me by my elementary school peers, “I often think about how I used to make a spectacle out of your hair. I just wanted to say that I’m sorry for how that may … Continue reading Reparations Can Look Like Two Words: “I’m Sorry”

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Mastercard

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Financial services – payment solutions Owner of the brand: Mastercard Inc. Key competitors: Visa, American Express, Discover, PayPal

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5 Thoughts on Kim Burrell, Homosexuality, and the Bible

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

You’ve probably heard Kim Burrell’s name mentioned more in the last week than you have in the last year. Kim would likely rather it be for her contribution to the soundtrack of the movie Hidden Figures, than for her now infamous anti-gay sermon that recently went viral. If you have no clue of who Kim … Continue reading 5 Thoughts on Kim Burrell, Homosexuality, and the Bible

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Dove Men+Care on the true male friendship at NCAA March Madness

Dove Men+Care on the true male friendship at NCAA March Madness


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Dove Men+Care Celebrates the True Depiction of Male Friendship With Jim Calhoun and Kevin Ollie During NCAA March Madness

Xbox

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Electronics & technology – video game consoles; Media & entertainment – games, streaming services Owner of the brand: Microsoft Corporation Key competitors: PlayStation, Nintendo

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The Loneliness of the Progressive Asian American Christian

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

For many of us, finding a Christian community means having to choose between shared theology and shared experience.

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Hans Frei and Edith Wharton: A narrative of mirth and eclipse

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

“How is the Purple Book?” she asked me. That’s what she called Frei’s The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative, the 400-page tome I’d been plowing through all spring term. The postliberal hermeneutic inside pushed me toward an aesthetic appreciation of the Gospel. Lily liked the aesthetics of the book itself.

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Dove Men+Care's Storytelling Highlights Fatherhood

Dove Men+Care's Storytelling Highlights Fatherhood


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How one brand is reframing the media's representation of fatherhood through authentic snapshots of "real dad moments."

I’m Done with “Bible-Believing” Condescension from Evangelicals

by Jason Chesnut @ The Salt Collective

I’m done with this “bible-believing” condescension that accompanies (largely) evangelical critiques of progressive Christianity. I believe the Bible just as much as you. I can quote it all over the place, just as much as you. I can throw out verses out of context to make a shallow pious point, like many leaders do (usually … Continue reading I’m Done with “Bible-Believing” Condescension from Evangelicals

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Imagining no religion with John Lennon and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

“It will be a new language, perhaps quite non-religious, but liberating and redeeming – as was Jesus’ language; it will shock people and yet overcome them by its power; it will be the language of a new righteousness and truth, proclaiming God’s peace with men and the coming of his kingdom.” -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer on religionless Christianity

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We Have Ruined God

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Grace is absent in a world where black men are hunted and caged like animals and where the bombing of nations can be justified.

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Misadventures in Practicing the Sabbath

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

My goal was simple. Stop working and/or worrying about working every second of every day and allow my body, mind, and soul to rest and rejuvenate. I put together a plan based on my best interpretation of a 4,000 year old tradition and the latest in neuro-science. But over the last 3 years of my own misadventures in trying not work on the Sabbath, I have realized that trying to not work for 24 hours, is actually kind of a lot of work.

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It’s Time to Get Real Here – Sometimes Hate Wins.

by Jameelah Jones @ The Salt Collective

Love, in a spiritual sense, will always trump hate. This is one of the tenets of my spirituality that keeps me going in the midst of grieving and injustice all around me. But in the world we live in at the moment? Sometimes hate wins. And it might keep winning if we keep failing to acknowledge its existence—and act accordingly.

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The Coffin Industry Proudly Supports the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

by MATTHEW DISLER @ McSweeney’s

Well, there’s another effort to repeal Obamacare, and once again there are a handful of fringe groups speaking out against the new bill, like the American Medical Association, the National Council for Behavioral Health, the American Cancer Society Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Arthritis Foundation, the National Health Council, the March of Dimes, the American Hospital Association, AARP, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and America’s Health Insurance Plans.

But Americans know that we can’t trust people like doctors and insurers to tell us about our health and our insurance. It’s time for other industry groups to take a stand. That’s why the coffin industry is proud to support the new health care bill.

Whenever we evaluate a piece of legislation, the coffin industry asks two questions. One: Will it help Americans? And two: Will it help coffins? I think the answer, in the case of this bill, is clear.

Let’s put it this way: There are millions of Americans without work. But each new coffin requires the labor of five employees to cut the wood, assemble the wood, insert cushions, polish everything, and test the coffin’s durability by dropping it from six-foot ledges. That’s not even counting all of the other professions in dozens of coffin-related industries, from the truck drivers who transport the coffins to your Main Street funeral parlor to the security guards who have to fight off people who think they are vampires and try to steal the coffins.

If Congress passes the new health care bill, there will be a boom in demand for all of these jobs, and America’s unemployment problems will be solved. The economy will become as shiny and sturdy as a new oak coffin.

Is that cheering I hear?

If you still aren’t sure what to think about the new health care plan, just picture two things: millions of new coffins, and the legislators supporting the plan. Associate those two things forever in your brain. And then try telling me that you’re still not sure where you stand.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why should I trust the coffin industry? What has Big Coffin ever done for me?” To that I can only point to our decades — no, centuries — of experience working with people in dire need of health care. Coffins and sick people have been connected since long before insurance companies, or doctors, or the March of Dimes, or dimes. So I’m pretty confident that we know a thing or two about how to keep Americans’ bodies healthy-looking and well preserved!

At least for a few days.

But imagine a new America, built on a coffin empire! A coffin in every home! Crowds of people, marching off to the coffin factory in the morning, and coming home to their own house on Coffin Drive at night. Sports teams sponsored by coffins. A coffin company buying NBC. All of these are within our reach, if our representatives just vote for the new health care bill.

Only with concerted public pressure will your representatives listen to you and make the right choice. So call your senator and tell them that you want to see more coffins! Coffins everywhere!

And don’t mention the urn industry. They’re against the bill.

Ryan Lochte, Rob Greenfield, and the International Brotherhood of White Privilege

by Stephanie Vos @ The Salt Collective

The privilege that allows these actions to happen is one thing... the ability of neither of these men to speak about their white privilege, is another.

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Channel 4

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – TV channels, streaming services Owner of the brand: Channel Four Television Corporation (a public corporation of the UK government) Key competitors: BBC, ITV, Sky, Netflix

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Aviva

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Financial services – insurance companies, asset management Owner of the brand: Aviva plc Key competitors: Axa, Allianz, Aegon, Generali, ING

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5 Unexpected Lessons I learned from Communal Living

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

Before I moved into a community house I read a dozen books on community. Christians calling for radical love of neighbor and mending broken neighborhoods. Practically begging their brothers and sisters in Christ to abandon the idol of American individualism for a giant house on an organic farm or some urban street. But these are five things that none of those books warned me about.

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Confessions of a former agency exec: ‘There is no such thing as an agency model’

by Seb Joseph @ Digiday

A former managing director at an agency, who turned their back on one of the big holding groups, denounces the industry’s search for a new agency model.

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Monologue: A Representative for Dove’s New Line of Men’s Body Soap Asks For a Bit  of Your Time

Monologue: A Representative for Dove’s New Line of Men’s Body Soap Asks For a Bit of Your Time


McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Hi there, hi, excuse me, sir? Could I interest you in trying a sample of Dove’s new line of men’s body wash?I know, I know you’re busy. What do yo...

TMZ Coverage of Historic Celebrity Feuds

by BOB VULFOV @ McSweeney’s

Cain and Abel

The first two sons of Adam and Eve are at it again. Cain is FURIOUS that Abel’s sacrifice was better received by God and now, the battle lines are drawn in sheep’s blood. Drama alert! Abel took out a restraining order against Cain last month, claiming in court documents that Cain kept asking him to go into the fields with him alone. Abel said to the judge, “I know he’s just gonna kill me out there!” Cain vehemently denies these allegations and plans to file a countersuit for libel. God offered some straightforward advice to the two siblings: “Work. It. Out.”

Martin Luther and Pope Leo X

The Pope has a clear message for Martin Luther when it comes to the Catholic Church: You’re outta here! Martin Luther’s manager tells TMZ that his client has been EXCOMMUNICATED from the Church. The latest blowup between these two comes on the heels of Luther accusing the Catholic Church of nepotism, corruption, and the sale of indulgences. Uh, was one of the 95 Theses an invitation to Martin Luther’s barbecue? Because we smell beef!

Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke

Royal Society sources tell TMZ that Isaac Newton still really, really, really doesn’t like Robert Hooke and thinks he’s a “punk with a microscope.” Hooke came after Newton in his latest diss letter, accusing the latter of plagiarism and saying, “Stop comparing me to Newton, he doesn’t even write his own theories!” The allegation is even more shocking because Hooke featured ON NEWTON’S LATEST ACADEMIC WORK, PRINCIPIA! Newton fired back by scrubbing every reference to Hooke in Principia. Looks like we’ve found two objects that can’t be brought together by gravity.

The Hatfields and the McCoys

These two Appalachian families are embroiled in a nasty feud that’s burnin’ hotter than a skillet full of spoonbread. Last evening, William Anderson Hatfield hopped on a table at his local tavern and yelled to the patrons: the McCoys CROSSED A LINE by stabbing two Hatfield brothers. The patriarch of the McCoy family, Randolph “Old Ranel” McCoy was livid after hearing about Hatfield’s tavern call-out, telling him, “You know what, dude? Let’s just f***ing fight already! Me and you. Enough of this family drama.” We’ll reach out to Hatfield for his reaction … stay tuned.

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

It’s official! TMZ spoke with representatives from both sides, who said that a date has FINALLY BEEN SET for the long-awaited duel between Hamilton and Burr. Both men will use Wogdon duelling pistols and will square off in Weehawken, NJ. The trash talk has already begun, with Burr calling Hamilton a “Federalist coward of low stock.” Wow, more like Aaron Burn! We’re in line for a lot more epic trash track as both duelers have signed on to do press conferences together in Toronto, Brooklyn, and London before the duel on July 11th.

Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla

Sorry, Nikola Tesla, but Thomas Edison won’t be apologizing anytime soon for calling Tesla’s alternating current technology “impractical” and “lame.” The Edison Electric Light Company frontman LAID INTO Tesla during an interview with TMZ, calling Tesla a “lunatic germaphobe with a ridiculous wardrobe.” Ouch. Edison claims he wasn’t trying to start beef, but the damage has been done. Tesla has apparently locked himself inside his laboratory/home, going full-recluse and only interacting with pigeons. As sources put it, “Nikola is slipping into a dark place.” Our thoughts are with Tesla… hopefully he builds some sort of machine that’ll light up that dark place for him.

Twitter COO Anthony Noto: “The role of a platform is to give a microphone to the world”

by Austyn Allison @ Campaign Middle East

Campaign caught up with Twitter’s global chief operating officer Anthony Noto, who talked about the microblogging platform’s relationship with the Middle East. He says Twitter is relatively geography-agnostic, explaining: “The incremental invetment for us to be in a marketplace for us to put a resource behind it, is not that significant.” However, certain technological developments will […]

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How Much Protein Does A Woman Need To Lose Weight

by Beyonsei @

Let’s face it, we’re always trying to find ‘quick fixes’ in order to trim fat around our waist and thighs. But here’s the problem; you can read wrong information and set foot down the wrong track. And one big thing many people focus too much on is protein. Without the right advice, it’s very hard […]

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What We Don’t Know Will Hurt Us

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

I met an unforgettable woman out on the track a couple weeks ago. We’ll call her Fig. Fig is young and beautiful and energetic. At first when we approach her she started running for her life – fearing we were undercover cops. After convincing her we were only there to offer her a gift, conversation … Continue reading What We Don’t Know Will Hurt Us

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To the men on the Street – I Owe You Nothing.

by Rozella H White @ The Salt Collective

Rozella White on street harassment.

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BBC

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – TV channels, radio stations, publishers, streaming services Owner of the brand: Government of the United Kingdom Key competitors: ITV, Channel 4, Sky, CNN, Netflix

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I Can Make Fun of My Minority Group, but That Doesn’t Mean You Can

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

When it comes to race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation -- any social identifier, really -- you can't make jokes about a minority group you don’t belong to.

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God is Transgender

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

God is transgender. The bible says so in the first 27 verses. Genesis 1:27 “So God created human beings in God’s own image. In the image of God, God created them; male and female God created them.” If man was created in the image of God, and woman was created in the image of the … Continue reading God is Transgender

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What Happens Here Matters: living on the internet, living on the block

by Brit Hanson @ The Salt Collective

I used to live on a block you wouldn’t believe was real unless I took you by the hand and introduced you to all my neighbors. They weren’t heroes, geniuses or thought leaders; they were everyday people who knew how to be good to one another.

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Haikus of Lament for a homophobic massacre and everyday trauma.

by Bianca Louie @ The Salt Collective

… Soul is in sackcloth, Hallelujah in tears, Oh Lord heal this land. There’s blood on this land, Let what’s shed not be in vain, Oh Lord heal these times. Safe space is lifeline, Without it we suffocate, Oh Lord give us breath. Mourning to mourning, To be with and in safety, How my soul so … Continue reading Haikus of Lament for a homophobic massacre and everyday trauma.

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List: Rejected Slogans from My Avant-Garde Literary Manifesto

by HUGO BRANLEY @ McSweeney’s

Our new literature will not be constrained by rules or injunctions!

Never again will we allow ourselves to be boxed in by spatial metaphors!

Down with prepositions!

Waste, excess, and verbiage are to be avoided at all costs!

Hair-splittting attention to detail is the only sure mark of authentic literature!

Only the greatest literature can evade hierarchizing judgements!

The literature of the past is composed entirely of tired clichés – time for us to wipe the slate clean!

Make it new (again)!

The deliberate ambiguity of our new literature must leave the average reader utterly nonplussed!

The literature of the future must be one of affirmation – let it contain no negations!

An end to the tyranny of the exclamation mark!

How Churches Unknowingly Perpetuate Domestic Abuse

by Natalie Quan @ The Salt Collective

Abuse survivors endure some of the most harrowing pain a person could ever know, and their need for God’s love, truth and healing is deep and real.

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Reading The Psalms as an Immigrant in a Trump Presidency

by Karen Gonzalez @ The Salt Collective

For the past two weeks I have been a ball of anxiety as I waited for Election Day. It has now come and gone, and I find myself feeling more anxious than ever, so I turned off all news coverage last night, and decided to turn to the place where many before me have gone in times of distress and anxiety: the Psalms. I especially love Psalm 126 because it brings to my mind the renewing work of God in places of suffering, places of waiting, places of trouble and distress—the very places where I find myself after this election.

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Of forests and trees, from #Ferguson to Keystone

by David Kroeker-Maus @ The Salt Collective

To some, these protests are about the trees. But to many of the protestors themselves, they are about the forest. That is to say, many who protest the Keystone XL pipeline are protesting all the other pipelines, and the crowds protesting Michael Brown's death are in fact protesting all the others.

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Accenture

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Professional services – technological solutions, management consulting Owner of the brand: Accenture PLC Key competitors: McKinsey, Deloitte, BCG, Bain, IBM, Capgemini

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Dove challenges men to show they care in a new take on its social change mission | Marketing Magazine

Dove challenges men to show they care in a new take on its social change mission | Marketing Magazine


Marketing Magazine

Unilever skincare brand Dove has turned its social mission to focus on men, with a new campaign aiming to combat stereotypes and question what it means to be a “real man”.

Psych Ward Stories Part Three: Release Date

by Natalie Grace McKay @ The Salt Collective

Simply by having a chemical imbalance, I found myself placed in a situation where life became unbearable. Everything, even the most beautiful of moments, could cause catastrophic damage to my psyche.

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7 Years Living As A Black Man

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

I’ve always known that my gender was different from my assigned sex, and on June 29, 2010, after a period of prayer and discernment with medical staff and those closest to me, I began the process of transitioning from being a female bodied person to being a male bodied person.

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PayPal

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Financial services – payment solutions Owner of the brand: PayPal Holdings, Inc. Key competitors: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Stripe, Amazon Payments, Android Pay

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HP

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Electronics & technology – computers, tablets, office equipment; Professional services – technological solutions; Retail – e-retail Owner of the brand: HP Inc. Key competitors: Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Lenovo, Xerox, Canon

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Sex confessions of a fundamentalist prick

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

When I came back from spring break as a sophomore at a Christian boarding school, I found out my roommate, a senior, was getting kicked out of school just months shy of graduation for having had sex with his girlfriend. This was dangerous stuff, could turn your life on a dime.

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Little Brown Body

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Little brown body.
You need talking off the ledge?
Prioritize your wellness and keep your shine.
Amidst collective freedom being,
The struggle is real—yours and mine.

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Snapchat

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – social media Owner of the brand: Snap, Inc. Key competitors: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

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The Spiritual Quest & The Struggle To Name Ourselves – Review of Moonlight

by Samantha Curley @ The Salt Collective

Moonlight is a rare film, harnessing critical acclaim and popular attention while challenging its audience to face a complex reality. Based on playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s own story, Director Barry Jenkins immerses us in the life of Chiron, a poor, black, gay man, as he struggles to claim his identity in an unforgiving place. As … Continue reading The Spiritual Quest & The Struggle To Name Ourselves – Review of Moonlight

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Food in the Third World: Starving Children vs. Growing Waistbands

by Rachel Arneson @ The Salt Collective

Many of us have memories as children sitting at the family dinner table, being lectured about how “there are starving children in Africa who would be grateful for that broccoli” or whatever side dish you picked around. And although we had no real understanding about what it means to be starving, most of us felt some moral responsibility to finish our vegetables.

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Churches are like Jesus Cover Bands

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

Some of them are really really crappy Jesus cover bands. But if you decide to give church another chance, try and appreciate it for what it is.

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The Real Threat to Black Masculinity

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Black masculinity is the subject of a lot of public scrutiny and debate. The struggle to affirm a multiplicity of Black masculine identities as part of a larger, collective dynamic remains pervasive in our mainstream discourse. The fear for some is that full acceptance of the spectrum of human identity and gender expression threatens to destroy the Black Family and is complicit in the feminization -and thus the systemic eradication- of the Black male.

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Three Things You Can Do Every Day to Prevent Violence Against Women

by Natalie Quan @ The Salt Collective

If one's perceptions of women are characterized by inequality and contempt, that is fertile soil for oppression, violence and other forms of mistreatment.

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5 Ways Latinxs Can Support Black Lives

by Karen Gonzalez @ The Salt Collective

When I first moved to Baltimore, I worked briefly as a human resources recruiter for a pair of entrepreneurial Russian immigrants who provided labor for different service industries in the city.  On my third day of work, one of the owners of the company and his Latina hiring manager told me not to hire black … Continue reading 5 Ways Latinxs Can Support Black Lives

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Black Captivity Blanket

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

The fragments of our scattered grandparents had to be pieced together so that we had something, anything, to shield us from this cold reality. But a quilt is just a blanket if it has no meaning.

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A Letter to the Men I Have Loved

by Stephanie Vos @ The Salt Collective

Let me start at the end: I do not miss you. I do not long for you. I do not love you in the way I once did, and I do not desire to build new love with you. I have been hurt by you, and I know I hurt you as well. I know … Continue reading A Letter to the Men I Have Loved

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Best Ramen Restaurants in Boston

by admin @ Boston Magazine

Here's where you can find the very best versions, including right in your own kitchen.

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I Wanted An Open Relationship with Christianity

by Stephanie Vos @ The Salt Collective

Usually, at the end of a long relationship, when someone says, “It’s not you, it’s me,” they’re lying. Or at least mostly lying. So I’ll try not to lie. It has been rough at times, but I think this really is about me…at least mostly about me. We’ve had a wonderful time together these last … Continue reading I Wanted An Open Relationship with Christianity

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The Single Story About Asian Americans

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

As I listened to Chimamanda Adichie talk about the danger of the single story, I wondered about the single story of Asian Americans.

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Dove sends perfect message with 'Real Strength' Super Bowl commercial

Dove sends perfect message with 'Real Strength' Super Bowl commercial


Silver And Black Pride

You will see a lot of ads during the Super Bowl Sunday. Most of the memorable ones will be funny or sexy or just plain ludicrous in an attempt to catch your attention. What Dove does with their ad...

I’m Boycotting the NFL for Celebrating Violence & Punishing Non-Violence

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

This past Sunday I did something I’ve never intentionally done on a Sunday post-Labor Day: I didn’t watch football. In fact I watched everything but football to resist the temptation of tuning in – Princess and the Frog, Pelham 123, the same 9/11 documentary that runs every year around this time but seems to get … Continue reading I’m Boycotting the NFL for Celebrating Violence & Punishing Non-Violence

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When Our Chapel Speaker Said Our Lunch Lady Wasn’t a Real Christian

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

I knew I had made a mistake not doing my standard preacher background check. The evangelist of the day was a tall blonde man in his late thirties wearing a striped-blue dress shirt with the sleeves rolled halfway up his long arms. His hair was slicked back and even from the fifth row it was clear he used tooth whitener. He opened with a story about using airplane rides as witnessing opportunities.

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Omobono’s Hadley Newman on why native video for LinkedIn matters to businesses in the Middle East

by Campaign Staff @ Campaign Middle East

By Hadley Newman, managing director at Omobono Middle East   When YouTube was launched,  it’s unlikely the founders expected its most significant traffic would come from Saudi Arabia. With the largest number of YouTube consumers per capita in the world, it is no surprise then that the social media channel chose the Kingdom to host its […]

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Good Men Matter: The Joseph I Never Knew

by Mike Sales @ The Salt Collective

Joseph challenges me to do better as a man, a husband and a father. Like Joseph, I need to see women with God’s eyes, even if society says they are inferior or ‘impure.’ I must extend grace and mercy to the weak and vulnerable in my community, even if it costs me. I must submit my ego and power and say ‘Yes’ to God, even when I can’t see a reason. Joseph and his wife chose that path and raised a son who brought Good News to the whole world.

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Beauty vs. the Beast – Exposing the Animal-ization of Black Americans in the Media

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

If we are going to overcome a nearly constant barrage of negative images about black Americans - from Disney to the nightly news - we are going to need to be intentional about consuming media that portrays black Americans as amazing, loving, and inspiring humans.

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Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn

by Simon Reading @ The Salt Collective

Daniel Quinn's 'Ishmael' is not about people and places, it is about ideas. Very broad, fundamental ideas. It is the disruptive and disturbing message of 'Ishmael' that sticks with me and has found its way into my dreams, my poems, my existential conversations (whatever, you know what I mean), and my current brand of nihilism.

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The Human Cost of the Mega Church

by Ace @ The Salt Collective

Although I don’t want to completely discredit the what larger churches bring to the table. When the Pastor didn't even recognize his own Worship Band, I realized Mega churches are often contributing to a culture of isolation and anonymity. Instead of Community, Genuineness, and Truth.

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On Being Bi-vocational

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

I am a bi-vocational ministry leader, and I’m not alone. There are many people in my generation that want to do life changing sustainable things for the world around them. They want their work to be meaningful, but often times that doesn’t come with a large paycheck that’ll cover the rent and utilities and put … Continue reading On Being Bi-vocational

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Why Black People Dress Up for Church

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

There are many reasons we all do what we do, and the best way to understand a group of people is to learn about their history. Some Black churchgoers who dress up may do so for one or several of the reasons listed above. Whether we are Black people, or non-Black people who hope to one day live in a more culturally inclusive society, the best way to influence our future is to understand our past.

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PIGMAN: Chinese New Year

by PIGChina @ PIG China

 

Embodied Practice as Protest: Alternative Activism

by Stephanie Vos @ The Salt Collective

If I get to use the heaps of privilege that I have to make a difference, bringing this movement to the mat and to my students is what I can do.

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Mormonism & Gay Marriage from a Queer Ex-Mormom

by Brent Colbert @ The Salt Collective

As a gay former Mormon is it heartbreaking to watch the LDS church's treatment of the GLBTQA community. And with Same-sex marriage now held up in the court I suspect that the LDS church will fight Same-Sex marriage as long as it can just like they did with polygamy, and black men having the priesthood.

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Best Supplements For Female Weight Loss

by Beyonsei @

There’s no denying that there’s been an increase in people using supplements. And you can see exactly why; they provide your body with the nutrients that you might not otherwise consume. Whether it’s losing fat and weight to achieve your dream bikini body, or gaining lean muscle mass on your arms, glutes or legs – […]

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Until the Name is Changed – We Need to STOP Using Washington’s Racial Slur

by Paul T. Miller @ The Salt Collective

Why is it that sportscasters and journalists still use Washington’s team name on air and in print?  It is, after all, a racial slur. Dan Snyder may not choose to do the right thing and change the name but broadcasters have a choice. They are not forced to use the name. ESPN’s Bomani Jones calls … Continue reading Until the Name is Changed – We Need to STOP Using Washington’s Racial Slur

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We Created Dylann Roof

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

This young man is guilty of doing what has been done to communities of color in this country since the beginning of our time as a nation. Whether he is mentally ill or not isn't a justifiable conversation to have because he has grown up his whole life watching white male shooters, police officers,KKK members, and other supremacist groups kill black and brown people, and get away with it, so naturally he was conditioned to believe he could do the same.

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Mr. Huckabee, Your Sin is Showing

by Kathy Khang @ The Salt Collective

To put that tweet in context, Huckabee, shortly before stereotyping Koreans with the tired but apparently still useful dog-eating comment, tweeted “Racism exists because we have a sin problem in America, not a skin problem. #DemDebate” Well, Mr. Huckabee. Your sin is showing. And by the 7,155 “likes” on your racist tweet about Koreans, America’s sin is showing.

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Goldman Sachs

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Financial services – banks, asset management Owner of the brand: The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Key competitors: Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Citi

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I believe in magic

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

The Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the third person of the Trinity: a scary thing we’d rather not talk about because there’s no reasonable way to talk about it. We’ve seen more than enough people make a mess of the world at the urging of some divine inner voice none of the rest of us can hear. God the Father, we get, because we get fathers, more or less. Jesus, well, he was human. We can relate to that. Direct connection with “the supernatural?” No thanks. You can’t believe in things you don’t see, taste, hear, touch or smell. You can’t believe against the evidence.

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Dear Future Humans, Sorry About All the Garbage

by Stephanie Vos @ The Salt Collective

I’m deeply concerned about the kind of earth we’re leaving for the next generation. But I’m also direly concerned about the kind of generation we’re leaving for our earth.

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Stop Your Waiting – An Advent Lament

by Andrew Ulasich @ The Salt Collective

After 400 years in Egypt, you were faithful.
But I can’t help but wonder, why did you wait 400 years?
Yes, you kept your promise, but 400 years?
I wonder what it was like for the Israelites who did not live to see it.

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Saying No to Pharaoh and Our Slavery to Work

by Ebony Adedayo @ The Salt Collective

We live in a society that demands constant production. Similarly to the Israelites when they were slaves in Egypt, we are expected, no coerced, to keep turning out profit so that Pharaoh/America, can build a bigger empire.

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Explorics Launches Cloud-based Marketing Analytics Platform

by newsroom @ Marketing Communication News

After operating in stealth mode for 18 months, Explorics, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) marketing technology company, announced its official public launch with its flagship cloud-based reporting and analytics platform. Its objective: make business leaders who are held accountable for marketing and e-commerce performance better, by turning vast amounts of disparate data into tangible insights and recommendations to […]

America – Ebola isn’t about You

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

While Americans may find it more interesting to shout about Ebola spiraling the US into a real life episode of The Walking Dead, we have to resist the temptation to make Ebola about us.

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Sky

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – TV & Internet providers, TV channels, streaming services; Telecommunications Owner of the brand: Sky plc Key competitors: Virgin Media, BT, BBC, Channel 4, Netflix

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Morgan Stanley

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Financial services – banks, asset management Owner of the brand: Morgan Stanley Key competitors: Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Citi

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Why I Quit the Law Firm and Got a Non-Profit Internship

by Natalie Quan @ The Salt Collective

Six months into the job, I realized I had great disappointment and dissatisfaction. I had gone to law school based on an interest in combating human trafficking and violence against women, but I wasn’t making a tangible difference in the lives of anyone with real needs. Instead, I was making money for already-wealthy corporations.

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Why Donald Trump’s Racism Earned My Progressive Gratitude

by Yvonne Kendall @ The Salt Collective

Trump learned from the best—his own party. They even had a name for the racial unit of this lesson plan: The Southern Strategy. They taught this petulant man-child how to throw fits in the dairy aisle of America's political grocery stores. But out on the playground, as one of my buddies said to me, "they got hit with the stick they swung."

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Feminists for #RealMen

by Stephanie Vos @ The Salt Collective

For fifty years, we’ve been busting myths about what it means to be a woman, and rising up to call out gender nonsense in our culture. The feminist movement has empowered women to finally come together to say to men, and to one another, There’s no right way to be a woman. Or to be … Continue reading Feminists for #RealMen

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When I’m Critical of White Institutions, My “Token Status” is Revoked

by Rozella H White @ The Salt Collective

I have no desire on being used for another's purpose that mainly meets a quota. I don't like the feeling of being used. I'm realizing that I am lifted up by people when things are going well or when I've brought positive attention to something. However, as soon as I say something that is critical or viewed as disparaging, my "token status" is revoked.

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Opening Remarks from This Year’s Annual Rosh Hashanah Satanic Conclave Hosted by the Global Zionist Cabal

by ANDREW PAUL @ McSweeney’s

Good morning and yom tov, fellow Jewish blood brethren! On behalf of all of us here on the Supreme Council, I’d like to welcome each and every one of you to 5778’s Annual Rosh Hashanah Satanic Conclave. It’s been quite the year for string-pulling, shadow financing — hell, just for general machinations overall — and I want to first thank you all for really putting in the extra work in kicking off what I think will be our greatest Western Cultural Purge to date. I mean this from the bottom of my heart: we couldn’t have done this without your tireless scheming.

In terms of public outreach, I think our Hate Crime Hoax Unit did a particularly bang-up job. According to the forged data they supplied to the media and other outlets, anti-Semitic “occurrences” have soared across the board. In New York City, we convinced the NYPD of a 110% increase in reported incidents within the first two months of the gentiles’ 2017 alone! Great work, guys. This has done a fantastic job of really throwing the general public off our trail while we further our conquest of American society. I hear that many of them actually think this is some of the highest levels of anti-Jewish sentiment since before 1933’s Great Hoax! Incredible work.

On a bigger level, the Shadow Government really knocked it out of the park with this sham White House administration. I know a lot of you raised an eyebrow when we chose people like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, but I want to shine a spotlight on them there at the back table. Steve, Sebastian — please take a stand. No, no, you earned it. These two mole operatives spent years supposedly advancing white identitarian ideals and nationalist jingoism to the forefront of America’s dialogue, further ensuring that the goyim are distracted with bigoted fervor while the Shadow Government puts the finishing touches on replacing all of Congress with our recently-acquired shapeshifting reptilian slave army. I know of few people more devoted to the cause of Jewish domination — Gorka even spent time with an obscure Hungarian Nazi-sympathizing political party, going so far as to walk around wearing one of their medals! That’s method acting that some of our Hollywood brothers and sisters still struggle to achieve. Great job, you two. You’ve more than earned your condos on our Moon Base.

As for social media infiltration, well, I think that speaks for itself. While everyone is in a titter about Acolyte Mark Zuckerberg potentially running for “President,” Facebook’s ad targeting has allowed us to "market specifically to “Jew Haters.” Our enemy database is now that much more thorough in time for the Reckoning. Also, I’d be remiss in not admitting that PewDiePie’s success has gone far beyond what I thought possible. I know I was initially on the fence about employing an Aryan traitor as YouTube’s biggest star, but man, did he pull out all the stops with those Nazi jokes. On top of that, those subtle jabs at our Media Division by saying that we were “out to get him?” Genius, pure and simple. He’ll be spared sacrifice at the Reckoning, for sure. Goes to show that even the Chief Elder Rabbi is wrong sometimes!

I know that sometimes, at first glance, these all might not seem like the most straightforward approaches to overthrowing capitalism. Heck, some of our choices might sound plain counter-intuitive, bordering on nonsensical. But that, my brothers and sisters, is the key to our success after all these generations. Dizzying plots and logistically inconceivable feats of conniving are our matzoh and butter, people! And, if I may be so bold, I predict that 5778 will be the year it all falls into place for us. Now, let’s top off our goblets of Christian babies’ blood and raise a toast to this past year and all its successes. Praised be to Mammon!

Woman Farmer has a Brother

by Rachel Arneson @ The Salt Collective

When the culture encourages only 50 percent of the population into a profession, the probability is less that those positions will be filled than if 100 percent of the population were exposed to the opportunity...

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The spoiling of Han Solo’s nihilism

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

In Star Wars, the real fight is a spiritual one. This, we know intimately, because this is also our fight.

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The Church Has No Idea How to Address Violent Oppression

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

Read Luke 10: 25-37. It’s a familiar parable: The Good Samaritan. Those of us who grew up in the church were taught this many times and always knew that this was the model. Be the Good Samaritan. Help others in need. We can do that, we can be the Good Samaritan in this story, it’s … Continue reading The Church Has No Idea How to Address Violent Oppression

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“As It Is In Heaven…”

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Population control was an act of judgment necessary to keep the saints separated from the sinners and protected for their piety. It made sense that access to such a place was restricted to those who proved salvation...

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It’s Not Racism…

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Social inequality is the result of a structure that was never meant to support anyone who didn't fit into the fair-skinned box of heteronormative, apple-pie dreams where God is male, children are seen and not heard, women are subservient drones, and the least of those among us are institutionalized, medicated or criminalized. But we can't call it what it is…

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Edmond Moutran replaced by Patou Nuytemans as CEO of Memac Ogilvy

by Campaign Staff @ Campaign Middle East

By Claire Beale Patou Nuytemans, the chief digital officer of Ogilvy EMEA, is taking over as CEO of Memac Ogilvy in the Middle East, replacing Edmond Moutran, the founder of the agency. Nuytemans, who has worked for Ogilvy for more than two decades, will  move to Dubai, though she will continue in her digital role alongside […]

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Nestlé

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: FMCG Food – baby food, cereals, dairy, confectionery and chocolate, desserts & ice creams; FMCG Non-alcoholic beverages – soft drinks, coffee, water Owner of the brand: Nestlé S.A. Key competitors: Kellogg’s, Danone, Cadbury, Hershey’s, Snickers, Milka, Jacobs, Tchibo, Lipton, Aquafina, Dasani, Evian

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My Ministry – Young, Black, & Medicated

by Rozella H White @ The Salt Collective

I’m going to get straight to the point. I am a divorced, 33 year old black Puerto Rican who is 3rd generation Lutheran. I was baptized and confirmed in this church. I worked at camp in this church. I went to seminary in this church. I am a woman in leadership in this church. And I also live with depression and anxiety.

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Living with Homeless Hearts

by Joshua Canada @ The Salt Collective

Living in Santa Barbara puts me constant contact with the homeless population – there is no such thing as avoiding the homeless. Even though there are routine attempts to “remove” them, the homeless are simply displaced because like every human, they need a place to live, to commune, to belong. It may seem odd to us … Continue reading Living with Homeless Hearts

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Farmland. The movie.

by Rachel Arneson @ The Salt Collective

To farmers, the film serves as a beautiful testament and encouragement to the work we are doing. To everyone else, it provides a smattering of insights and important perspectives that I believe are missing from farm- and food-related documentaries already out there.

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I Hate When I Look like a Racist

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

I hate when I freeze because I don’t know what to do when other white people say something racist. This happened last week and I want to say I'm sorry to the two black women and the Somali translator. I'll probably never you again. But maybe you'll find this article, the way people do in the movies.

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Super Bowl Commercials: Winners and Losers

Super Bowl Commercials: Winners and Losers

by noreply@blogger.com (Tony Coloso) @ The Ad Freaks

Winners
  • Best of Show: Honda Singing Sheep - This commercial had it all singing sheep, talking dog, classic rock, and it even showcased an innovative product feature. The sheep were funny but this commercial is best in show because I actually learned something about the new Honda Truck, and who wouldn't want speakers in their truck bed. Set in a farm driving through a field you can see this truck is capable, but Honda doesn't try and compete directly with the manliness tough guy persona truck commercials typically show. Instead Honda relies on its Brand identity of having reliable vehicles, so instead of shoving stats or toughness at us Honda has a little fun, and showcases an innovative feature that sets the truck apart from the competition. Staying with the pack Honda also latches onto the ever popular dog in a commercial, but who can blame them everyone loves dogs. 

  • Runner Up: Prius Getaway Car - Somehow this commercial made Priuses or is it Priui, seem cool. Not only does the commercial show off the stylish new look, Prius looks like its been hitting the gym, but it was entertaining. The Prius is accumulating a fan base as it runs from the police in the High Speed Chase of the century. This commercial debunks myths that the Prius is slow, or pretentious. The ad targets a new generation of Prius owners, instead of saying "I drive a Prius because I want to save the environment, what are you doing," this car says "I drive a Prius because it has the power I need, great efficiency, and it looks pretty damn cool too." You almost forgot it was a Prius until the car silently sneaks past the sleeping officers to get away. This ad made the Prius cool, and special shout out to for casting the Sobotka family from the Wire to pull off the heist. 

  • Honorable Mention: 
  • Apartments.com: Moving on Up 

  • Acura NSX: What He Said 

  • Pantene: Strong is Beautiful 
  • Pokémon: Train On 
Losers 
  • Last Place: Michelob: Breathing - This commercial showing people running, working out, breathing hard, pushing their limits, being inspired, being active, it has to be a Nike commercial or something of the likes, maybe Fitbit got a spot this year... no a beer it’s a beer commercial. I don't care how many calories or carbs your beer has, marketing it to me as part of a healthy lifestyle just doesn't work. You lose all credibility in this commercial. What happened to Beer commercials showing what drinking beer is really about, socializing and gathering with great company. Michelob really missed the mark with this commercial, it was positioned wrong, you’re a social consumable product, not an active lifestyle brand or fitness product.  

  • Last Runner up: Kia: Christopher Walk-in - This might be the most disappointing ad of the Super Bowl. It started with a great pun Chistopher Walken Closethilarious how could you mess this up now. Show the nicely styled car with ample room like you're Walken closet. A good joke a great celebrity you've got Super Bowl gold. But Kia messed this one up by comparing their car to socks. I get they are bold socks to devour the beige socks, but a car being compared to socks come on who is this even targeted at. Add in the fact I learned nothing about the car, I'm not even sure what model it was, Kia dropped the ball here. So close yet so disappointing.   

  • Dishonorable Mention: 
  • Mountain Dew: Puppy Monkey Baby
  • T-Mobile: Drake 


Asian Americans Need to Express Our Feelings About White Supremacy

by Charmaine Runes @ The Salt Collective

“Asians are a challenge to cast because most casting directors feel as though they’re not very expressive,” the casting director said. “They’re very shut down in their emotions.” “Asians are a challenge to cast because most casting directors feel as though they’re not very expressive.” https://t.co/q7Zk4toviu — Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) September 8, 2017 I … Continue reading Asian Americans Need to Express Our Feelings About White Supremacy

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Hair Loss Shampoo for Men: When to Use a Hair Thickening Shampoo

by Alyssa François @ All Things Hair United States

Get fuller-looking hair with this shampoo solution

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A Lament and a Prayer As We Try and Survive Our Election

by Yulan Lin @ The Salt Collective

Why must we drive people we consider “other,” that we consider “different,” to the margins of society? Why must we force them to find places of sanctuary, places of safety, away from us who mock them, who torment them, who make them feel unwelcome? Why do we not believe their stories of hurt, of sorrow, … Continue reading A Lament and a Prayer As We Try and Survive Our Election

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Why I Tell Myself I Don’t Want Kids–My Messy Beautiful

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

If I tell myself enough times, maybe I’ll start to believe it. That’s been a life theme of mine. And this has come out in many different story threads throughout my life, but most recently, it’s come through conversations of babies. If I tell myself enough times that I don’t want to have kids, then … Continue reading Why I Tell Myself I Don’t Want Kids–My Messy Beautiful

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Mindshare UK reveals key trends for retail brands

by newsroom @ Marketing Communication News

Mindshare UK, part of WPP, unveiled its research report, The Future of Retail CX (Customer Experience). The Mindshare Futures report identifies five key trends for the retail industry, focusing on mobile, voice, physical stores, branding and data. A key conclusion is that the store offering will become a real point of differentiation from competitors in […]

Red Bull

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: FMCG Non-alcoholic beverages – sports & energy drinks; Media & entertainment – digital media Owner of the brand: Red Bull GmbH Key competitors: Monster, Rockstar, Lucozade, NOS, Burn, Mountain Dew

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Allianz

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Financial services – insurance companies, asset management Owner of the brand: Allianz SE Key competitors: AXA,  Aegon, Generali, ING, Aviva

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You Can Disagree with my Theology – But Respect that I Worked Hard for It.

by Verdell Wright @ The Salt Collective

I want people to agree with me because I made a persuasive argument which causes a change of heart. Just like a doctor, if you don’t like my view, feel free to get a second opinion. There are people with my level of education and more who think differently than I do. But to clown my education and call me prideful, especially when I didn’t bring it up, is in a word…whack.

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5 Things You Should Avoid Saying To People With Depression

by Laura Polk @ The Salt Collective

Last Monday, July 1 was No Shame Day, a campaign begun by The Siwe Project. The goal of this campaign is to work toward reducing the stigma of mental health by providing a platform to share stories on social media. I shared some of my own experiences with mental illness, as well as my thoughts … Continue reading 5 Things You Should Avoid Saying To People With Depression

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A Womanist Retelling of Rachel and Leah

by Wil Gafney @ The Salt Collective

A womanist retelling – or Midrash – on the story of two sisters Rachel and Leah by Wil Gafney with it’s interpretation below. The original version is in Genesis 29, the first book of the Bible. Rachel and Leah: A Womanist Midrash Rachel and Leah were ordinary sisters. They had largely separate lives. Leah preferred indoor … Continue reading A Womanist Retelling of Rachel and Leah

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Verbatim’s Gillian Laub directs Aretha Franklin live performance for TIME magazine’s Firsts project

by newsroom @ Marketing Communication News

Photographer and filmmaker Gillian Laub of Verbatim, the commercial assignments agency, has directed an exclusive live performance by Aretha Franklin published this week by TIME magazine as part of its Firsts project, celebrating the achievements of 46 women who have been the first in their respective fields. Laub’s film captures Aretha Franklin returning to her […]

How Capital One Saved Christmas

by Simon Reading @ The Salt Collective

Without church, or family, or friends, or a warm feeling of comfort and safety, all that was left to me last Christmas was what seems increasingly to be the centerpiece of many young urbanites' celebrations. Retail therapy and escapism. Faced with this realisation I decided, “To hell with tradition!” and set forth to embrace the new mode entirely.

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Influencer marketing is growing up with tighter contracts

by Yuyu Chen @ Digiday

Multiple influencer agencies have updated their brand contracts to add clarity to social stars' rights and advertisers' campaign requirements.

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No More Minnesota Nice – My Nephews Need Us to See Minnesota Racism

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

My Nephews said they were scared. Their friend elaborated... Apparently a "bad man" was in the store and told them how much he hates black people.

I didn't expect to be standing on the side of the road tonight comforting my nephews and their friend--telling them how beautiful their skin is and how not all white people are like the "bad man" in the store.

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Health Benefits Of Peach Kernel Essential Oil: Life Is Peachy!

by Nate M @ Maple Holistics

There are few oils quite as unique as peach kernel essential oil. Not because of its specific ability to heal some rare condition, but specifically because of how many diverse uses it actually has.

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Black (Human) & tired . . .

by Joshua Canada @ The Salt Collective

I am tired of our nation's social problems. It is easy to get up-in-arms about grandiose tragic events and it is right to do so (my soul is with those Marching in Ferguson). What is more difficult is to go back to our normal lives and reexamine the way in which we all live.

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What Does A Wegmans In Fenway Mean for Shaws?

by Steve Annear @ Boston Magazine

Already battling to maintain relevance in a food market overflowing with a variety of shopping experiences, the news about a Wegmans eyeing a brand-new Fenway location is going to have an adverse effect on Shaws’ local business “without a doubt,”...

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Chains Shall He Break

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

"How does one articulate the coming to faith, a life saved by God, in light of having been made a slave and then being set free from human slavery, that is, in light of a far more determinative transformation of one's life?" Willie James Jennings asks.

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Lego

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Kids products – toys; Media & entertainment – theme parks Owner of the brand: The Lego Group Key competitors: Mega Bloks, Mattel, Hasbro

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Santander

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Financial services – banks, asset management Owner of the brand: Santander Group Key competitors: HSBC, Citi, Wells Fargo, Barclays

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Jesus Lived During a Totalitarian Regime – and He Chose to Resist with Love

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

Knowing that Jesus commanded us to love our enemies this during a totalitarian regime gives me hope. I don't know how to love Trump, his billionaire cabinet, and the religious people who supported him. When I am marching in the streets, I do it out of love for my neighbors, but I don't feel much love for the administration. I guess that's what so hard about Jesus' call. He doesn't let us just resist. We have to resist and love the person we are resisting. We have to find someway to love the people who are destroying our country.

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Dove Men+Care launches a hockey challenge

Dove Men+Care launches a hockey challenge


strategy

The Unilever-owned brand will be pitting Wendel Clark and Guy Carbonneau against each other to show consumers what a real man looks like.

List: Other Elton John Songs That Donald Trump Uses to Refer to World Leaders

by TOM SMYTH @ McSweeney’s

“Rocket Man” – Kim Jong Un (North Korea)

“Bennie and the Jets” – Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel)

“Crocodile Rock” – Malcolm Turnbull (Australia)

“All Quiet on the Western Front” – Angela Merkel (Germany)

“Border Song” – Enrique Peña Nieto (Mexico)

“Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher” – Theresa May (United Kingdom)

“Candle in the Wind” – Queen Elizabeth (United Kingdom)

“Blue Eyes” – Justin Trudeau (Canada)

“Tiny Dancer” – Emmanuel Macron (France)

“Hakuna Matata” – Barack Obama (Kenya)

“Little Jeannie” – Jean-Claude Juncker (European Union)

“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Pope Francis (Vatican City)

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight/Nikita” – Vladimir Putin (Russia)

The Biblical Case for Embracing Transgender

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Gender is a socially constructed term that categorizes people by real or perceived physical/sexual characteristics. The word transgender is a relatively new term that encompasses a multitude of gender identities and expressions inclusive of those identities and expressions that most closely resemble the eunuchs we read about in the Bible.

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Spotify

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – streaming services Owner of the brand: Spotify Technology S.A. Key competitors: Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, YouTube

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Be Careful What You Pray For

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

We ran into a beautiful young woman the other night that we’ve had the opportunity to talk to a few times before. She was very friendly, and willing to engage in conversation for a while. But what really stood out to me was when I offered to pray for her. She got this sly smile on … Continue reading Be Careful What You Pray For

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Reflections on Alcatraz: Redeeming Love

by Joshua Canada @ The Salt Collective

Perhaps Jesus realizes that in our wrongheaded adoration of safety, we imprison those who are most in need of reconciliation.

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Pinterest

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – social media; Retail – e-retail Owner of the brand: Pinterest, Inc. Key competitors: Instagram, Facebook, Google, eBay, WeHeartIt, Fancy, Piccsy

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Embracing My Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

by Leah Adair @ The Salt Collective

As a child, I always over analyzed things. I didn’t realize how abnormal this was until two years ago. I don’t mean I over analyzed things like, “Did I choose the right answer?” for a test in school. I over analyzed EVERYTHING. I said sorry ALL OF THE TIME for things that weren’t even really … Continue reading Embracing My Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Christmas in a Muslim Country – The Ghost of Christmas Trees past

by Simon Reading @ The Salt Collective

Being in a Muslim country, finding anything at all Christmas related was a real challenge. Cards, candies, tinsel, turkey, all out of the question. And a tree? None of the befuddled store clerks could comprehend why we would want to buy a tree, let alone take it home and put it in our living room.

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Where were you? #NeverForget

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

It was a grey day in the Atlanta University Center. I was a freshman at Morehouse College headed back to my LLC dorm room between my morning and afternoon classes. As I made my way, there was chatter on the yard of an airplane crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City. I … Continue reading Where were you? #NeverForget

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“A Day Without A Woman” Was for White Feminists

by Suzanne Munganga @ The Salt Collective

As I stood in front of my closet yesterday, searching for the brightest red garment I owned, I suddenly had a bit of a breakdown.  One week prior, I had been the one encouraging friends and family to forego a day of work to essentially show America what the country would look like without the … Continue reading “A Day Without A Woman” Was for White Feminists

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I’ve Read 5 of the 143 Words in Your Facebook Status, and Now I Hate You, Old Friend

by SHANNON REED @ McSweeney’s

I am outraged beyond belief by the despicable opinion I have convinced myself you have posted on Facebook. I have thus written this diatribe as a response, tagging you, so that your mom, that guy you met at that conference in Miami, and the other three people you know who still bother to read Facebook responses of more than ten words will all be briefed on the fact that I am extremely irate about what I think you wrote.

It is true that I have lately been looking for a reason to go apeshit on anyone, even to the point of driving slightly over the white-dotted line on the parkway, in hopes of causing another driver to give me the finger while passing me so that I could blame him for sparking a road rage incident that could potentially land me in the morgue. This is no doubt due to a potent combination of the unusually rainy weather; the current state of American politics; and the plot twists in this season of Game of Thrones. Nevertheless, because it is out of my power to change any of those, I have chosen to misread your status and place my anger squarely on your shoulders (and Facebook page).

In fact, even though we have known each other for over half of our lives, I hereby disown you entirely. Later today, after I have read all of the responses that our mutual friend Marie will post to this tirade, and pose a few rhetorical questions and logical fallacies in response, I will destroy all reminders that our lives have ever intersected in any way. If this means burning my copy of our high school senior yearbook, changing my daughter’s middle name, and serving our parish priest with a cease-and-desist order so that he no longer asks me how you are, so be it. What I think you wrote is more upsetting than doing all of these things. You are dead to me.

The depth and vigor of my response may be surprising to you, especially since I have entirely and completely misinterpreted what you wrote, failing to grasp the tone, substance, and point of your status. Yet I hope you will understand that in these trying times, it is extremely important — nay, it is of utmost importance! — that I be allowed to jump wildly to a conclusion that is not supported by the facts in any way. Further, instead of being abashed by Marie’s replies, which will point out that I am “completely wrong” and possibly “did not read the status the whole way through” and might even be “in need of some serious downtime, like, get offline, friend-o,” I intend to use them as further proof that everyone is against me in every way and that I have nothing in common with any other human being on this planet. I will then post a meme quoting the Dalai Lama.

That I will try to connect your status to my growing concern about my ability to protect my children’s health and well-being (emotional, mental, and physical) must be allowed without comment, at least if you hope that we can ever be friends again — which we cannot, at least until a year goes by, and Facebook shows me this posting as a memory. Then, I’ll re-read your original status, and it will make me chuckle, because now I will finally get the joke, and then I’ll realize, Oh, Lordy, I completely got the whole thing wrong last year, and I’ll wonder how I could have ostracized one of my oldest and dearest friends even to the point of burning my National Honor Society pin because we were inducted together in our junior year (and which, by the way, was not easily set on fire, so it ended up burning me pretty badly on on my right finger in a way that still hurts from time to time). Full of remorse, I will reach out to you to say I’m sorry, and you’ll be like, “Well, everyone was crazy at that time because of the president,” and I’ll say, “I’m uncomfortable with you using the adjective ‘crazy’ so cavalierly,” and you’ll say, “But seriously, weren’t you crazy?” I will really want to push the point about the importance of thoughtful language choices, but I won’t. I’ll decide to just let it go, and we’ll grab a beer at Ralph’s Inn just like we used to and things will almost be back to normal because a relationship based on trust and loyalty can withstand even my needing to go apeshit so badly I kinda deliberately misunderstood your harmless Facebook status.

But! In the meantime, we’re all stuck here in this miserable cesspool that is the current epoch in American history, so I’ll conclude this onslaught by saying that I have never been so outraged as I am by my partial reading of your status and I wish you ill, based on the extreme hurt you have not actually caused me, but which I caused myself by wildly misunderstanding your status update.

In conclusion, I’d also like to take this opportunity to blame your Facebook status update for the fact that I will be a little brusque with my children tonight, and that I’ll be upping the stakes on my commute tomorrow to driving 5 miles under the speed limit, because I already suspect, as I near the end of this tirade, that writing this is actually not going to make me feel better in any way at all.

Now that I am done, I see that it did not. I blame you.

Free Angela Davis and all Black Women: A Harlem Prose Poem

by Yvonne Kendall @ The Salt Collective

You’ve got to pass the local police station to get to the theater. Inscribed on the official vehicles there, you read C.P.R. No, not cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect. Ironic, since the film I’m heading to is all about police discourtesy, unprofessionalism, disrespect. As I stroll along the Harlem boulevard named after ex-slave turned abolitionist, … Continue reading Free Angela Davis and all Black Women: A Harlem Prose Poem

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IBM

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Electronics & technology – computers, software, communications equipment; Professional services – technological solutions, management consulting Owner of the brand: International Business Machines Corporation Key competitors: Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Accenture, Amazon

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If Bostonians Loved Other Local Institutions the Way They Love Their Local Sports Franchises

by MICHAEL HARE @ McSweeney’s

— Hear that new one from the BSO?

— Shit, yeah, that Brahms? That one knocked me square on my ass. Even more so than the Shostakovich. Pardon me, the Grammy Award-winning Shostakovich.

(They toast.)

— We should repeat.

— We should but we won’t, because the Recording Academy hates Boston. Watch. Watch them give it to the frigging New York Phil, which is a fine orchestra if you like listening to a bunch of soulless prima donnas collect paychecks.

(They nod, drink.)

— Gotta respect Andris Nelsons.

— The kid can conduct his ass off, in the bravura tradition of Seiji Ozawa.

— Friend of mine down in Quincy just named his pit bull “Ozawa.”

— Remember ’02, when Ozawa did Beethoven’s Seventh?

— Course I do.

— Course you do. We all do, because it was an indelible performance. An indelible performance that the New York Times called “plodding.” Please. Please do me one favor, Mr. Big New York City Critic, please don’t talk to me like I don’t got two ears and a brain. Because I do, and also a heart, which Seiji touched with that masterful Seventh.

— They act like there’s no culture north of the Triborough. Like guys like us don’t know a sublimely realized Seventh when we hear one.

— Just don’t talk shit about Seiji, all right? You come up here and you try to talk shit about Seiji — I don’t care if you got a Pulitzer or a MacArthur or a Pulitzer and a MacArthur and an award from the frigging National Book Critics Circle — I’ll lay you the fuck out.

— Figuratively speaking.

— Of course. This city once aspired to be the Athens of America. I’m not about to disrespect that majestic civic aspiration by acting like a goddamned fucking barbarian.

- - -

— Other day I went over to the Museum of Science.

— How was it?

— Well it was the fucking Museum of Science, so how the fuck do you think it was? It was superlative. It was a testament to our region’s proud tradition of rational inquiry.

(They toast.)

— Meanwhile, all you hear is, “Silicon Valley this, Silicon Valley that…”

— Because they hate Boston, because they’re jealous of Boston. And I’m sorry, but making an app to call a cab isn’t science. You know what is science? Life science is science.

(They nod, drink.)

— Gotta respect our biotechs.

— I swear to God, I get all these disgusting frigging fantasies about a bunch of these Silicon Valley guys coming up here and talking shit about our biotechs. Being like, “Oh yeah, Boston’s got a nice little biotech scene.” And I’m like, “Little?” And then I very figuratively lay them all out. I very figuratively beat them back to Cali using the gold Nobel medal awarded to Dr. H. Robert Horvitz.

— Friend of mine out in Walpole just got a Horvitz tattoo.

— Sick.

- - -

— So I’m in the MFA last weekend, where I volunteer as a docent.

— A valuable service to an invaluable institution.

(They toast.)

— I’m in Gallery 242, and this kid comes over, says, “Are these are the only Rembrandts?”

— And this kid is from where?

— From a state that wants so hard to be part of New England but is actually just part of New York, and it knows it, and so it’s got all this twisted anti-Boston resentment.

— Friend of mine up in Lowell deals cards down in Connecticut. Says it’s awful.

— What it is is anti-Boston.

(They nod, drink.)

— Kid asks for more Rembrandts. That’s some true Connecticut bullshit.

— You want to see a hundred Rembrandts? Here. Here’s a bus ticket. Enjoy Manhattan. P.S., it sucks. You want to see five Rembrandts, and really see them? Really engage with each canvas? Come to Boston.

— Because there’s far, far less to see and do here, and so it’s easier to concentrate.

— Exactly.

- - -

— Know where I haven’t been in a wicked long time? Plimoth Plantation.

— I’m there two, three times a month. It’s a jewel.

(They toast.)

— You wonder why it’s not constantly crammed with people coming in from all over to experience what life was like in the seventeenth century in a fledgling agricultural settlement on the outskirts of what would one day become Boston.

(They nod, drink.)

— Could be the thing about people hating Boston.

— So it’s guys in costumes speaking in an archaic vernacular and churning butter under a hot sun or whatever. Not flashy enough for you? Here. Here’s a bus ticket. Go numb your brain in Times Square.

— The quiet of the place, its frank modesty, that’s part of what makes it so moving. That, and its brave refusal to ignore the darker aspects of our history.

(They nod, drink.)

— Ever feel like some people, like non-Bostonians most especially, might be sleepwalking through something major? Like, not the shit we see, but the shit behind the shit?

— Like America’s silent epidemic of depression? Its festering addiction to distraction? Like how some people mistake conspicuous consumption for meaningful experience? And how some others mistake hatred for virtue? Like how so many have lost contact with the communities that should help to sustain them and that they should help to sustain?

— Yeah, dude. Basically that. I worry that one day soon we’re all going to find ourselves condemned to lives of isolation and sorrow, all trapped inside the same airless, boundless nightmare anti-community.

— Like Fairfield County, Connecticut?

— Exactly.

— If the whole world turns into one big Fairfield, that’ll make us two guys from Connecticut.

— Two guys from Connecticut, just begging to get laid out.

Discriminatory Disease: the Link between AIDS and Intolerance

by Andrew Johnson @ The Salt Collective

Evangelical activists in Africa, like Scott Lively, are helping to push LGBT and other stigmatized groups around the world to the fringes of society where they lack access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services.

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A White Woman is Suing for the Cost of Raising a Black Child. Here’s Why We Hope She WINS

by Eric Foster @ The Salt Collective

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the case of poor Ms. Jennifer Cramblett. In 2011, Ms. Cramblett, along with her partner Amanda Zinkon decided they wanted to start a family. They found a sperm bank and selected a donor. After a couple of months of artificial insemination, Ms. Cramblett found out she was pregnant. … Continue reading A White Woman is Suing for the Cost of Raising a Black Child. Here’s Why We Hope She WINS

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Tell Dove: Men Cannot Be "Real Moms"

Tell Dove: Men Cannot Be "Real Moms"


CitizenGO

Dove, a personal care brand owned by Unilever, just released a so-called “inclusive” Mother’s Day advertisement that includes a male to female “transgender” individual as an example of real motherhood. Help us tell Dove that biological men cannot be mothers. A mother is, by definition, a woman in relation to her child or children. By attempting to include biological men under this definition, Dove has devalued the importance of women in motherhood.

Best Asian Restaurants in Boston

by admin @ Boston Magazine

All over Boston—and across the country—Asian food is what's hot. Soba noodles and pork-belly buns are showing up in unexpected places: celebrated kitchens, hip watering holes, even your neighborhood supermarket. You'll be licking your chopsticks as we present the definitive list of the city's very best Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Cambodian restaurants. We've consulted dumpling masters, broken down ramen and dim sum, and even mapped the Chinatown dining maze. Get ready to improve your fortunes.

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Keystone and Net Neutrality: Is democracy coming to America?

by David Kroeker-Maus @ The Salt Collective

Suspicion of democracy is deeply embedded in the political fabric of the US. James Madison, the fourth President of the US, and author of the Constitution famously said "Democracy is the most vile form of government."

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How To (and not to) Respond When Someone Calls You A Racist

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

We need to figure out how to work through those tough moments when we say and do racist stuff. Because it is going to happen, the question is - how are we going to respond? It's not going to be easy, but I'm rooting for you.

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A Bunch Of Dudes Made A Hilarious Parody Of Dove's 'Real Beauty' Self-Esteem Test

A Bunch Of Dudes Made A Hilarious Parody Of Dove's 'Real Beauty' Self-Esteem Test


Business Insider

Men have no lack of self-confidence.

#Brexit = “Make Britain Great Again” – Pay attention America

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

In an unprecedented 52% to 48% decision, citizens of the U.K. voted to leave the European Union – the first of the 28 nations to do so since the establishment of the single market after WWII. The departure of Britain from the EU has global ramifications both economically and politically, but the decision to leave … Continue reading #Brexit = “Make Britain Great Again” – Pay attention America

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Dreaming in the Margins

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

As someone who continues to rise above social, personal and perceived obstacles in a world that didn’t intend on someone like me wanting or needing to thrive, throughout my life I’ve been blessed with teachers, church leaders, and friends who look at the world through lenses of opportunity and approach every transactional partnership as a deposit into the bank of universal compassion and human sustainability.

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If We Treated Rape & Domestic Abuse Threats Like Terrorist Threats

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

It's Sexual Violence Awareness Month and I can't help but wonder if we are really putting our all into solving sexual violence. Thousands of rape threats go un-checked on social media, women's accusations are dismissed on college campuses, and celebrities and politicians are allowed to keep their jobs.

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Freedom, Respect and All We Hold Sacred

by Simon Reading @ The Salt Collective

We must realise that we all hold something sacred, and not just in our hearts but in a way that makes us strive to require others to hallow it also. As an absolute, the value of free speech makes a hypocrite of us all anytime we wish to protect what is most important to us from ridicule or abuse.

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Race, Ethnicity, and Hope in a Hebraic Jesus

by Joshua Canada @ The Salt Collective

How do we imagine the race of Jesus? What does it mean to have images of a White Jesus, Asian Jesus etc.? Most of the time we don’t really think about how we depict Jesus, but perhaps it is important that we think of it with more intent. Historically a depiction of a white, western … Continue reading Race, Ethnicity, and Hope in a Hebraic Jesus

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Violence and the Criminal Justice Systems that Perpetuate It

by Andrew Ulasich @ The Salt Collective

Around the world billions of people living on less than $2 a day face a vast, hidden violence with a starving criminal justice system that fails to provide any meaningful justice or protection from that violence, while in the U.S. we face a bloated system characterized by mass incarceration of mostly young men of color.

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Label Bias, Pt. 2: When the Best Professional Shampoo Isn’t *Really* the Best

by Eunice Lucero @ All Things Hair United States

Are professional shampoo brands really worth top dollar? The answer will surprise you.

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Awkward or Afro-Latinx?: Finding a Place in the Church and in the World

by Rachel Virginia Hester @ The Salt Collective

But my journey as an Afro-Latinx human being also taught me much more than about what it meant to be Afro-Latinx in a country that doesn't see us. Being Afro-Latinx taught me about the U.S.'s failure to reject (and in turn, the Church's own difficulty to reject) binary ways of thinking and binary ways of seeing people. For most of my life, I felt like I had to go into a neat box in order to belong. A Latinx box. A black box. I felt like I couldn't be both things at once. I could not be multitudes.

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I Stopped Carrying a Gun – and It Was Liberating

by James Schwenke @ The Salt Collective

So when it comes to the what ifs, I am looking for a greater miracle than self-preservation, or being a superhero with a gun. I have hope that the human being across from me wants the same things I want. We want to love and be loved. We want to be at peace and not live in fear. We want to have a home in a community where we are treated fairly, where law and grace apply equally to each of us.

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Growing up on Indian Mound Street East – On Un-Stealing Land from Indigenous People

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

Like many Americans, Nathan Roberts was raised in a house built on land stolen from Native Americans. He recounts the conversation he had with nomadic elders from a tribe in Kenya who's land was stolen from them.

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Ferguson happened…now what?

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

It's not about the looting and vandalism--even if justified rage is not an excuse to be destructive. There are many factors that contribute to the social inequities many of us experience, and as a result, this pressure and injustice is communicated in productive and unproductive ways...

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Human Trafficking: How You Can Fight Slavery in the Twenty-First Century

by Natalie Quan @ The Salt Collective

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know." - William Wilberforce

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Vogel’s What do you bring

by Duncan Macleod @ The Inspiration Room

Goodman Fielder in New Zealand is running “What Do You Bring?”, a new brand platform for the iconic Vogel’s bread, celebrating the uniqueness of Kiwis, and of the bread they love. The idea centres around the true life stories of eight Kiwis that all bring something special to the table. None of them had met […]

Dove Men+Care Creates 'Real Strength Manifesto'

Dove Men+Care Creates 'Real Strength Manifesto'


Beauty Packaging

The brand is asking consumers to sign the Manifesto.

You’re Not That Important

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

Sabbath is a strange thing, and I’m not sure why. The 10 commandments are something we as Christians generally think are really important. But somehow we think we can ignore Exodus 20:8-10 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your … Continue reading You’re Not That Important

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Asian Americans and Suicide: To Identify or Not to Identify?

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

In their coverage of the recent suicides of Palo Alto students, journalists have avoided mentioning that all of the victims have been Asian American. Is that helpful or harmful?

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Growing Up in a Church Without the Cross

by Katie Langston @ The Salt Collective

I grew up in a faith tradition that doesn’t use the cross. We have the risen Lord, not the dead one, they said. It made sense to me at the time. Who wants to think about Jesus’ death—the agony, the betrayal, the humiliation of it all? Better just to focus on some future day, when he comes back again in might and glory and this time manages to rid the world of people not like us. Like I said. Total sense. Until I realized that you can’t be reborn until you’ve died first.

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White people: It’s Time to Play Your TRUMP Card

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

The fact that Donald Trump still leads the polls and remains the likely republican nominee for the U.S. Presidency, is not a testament to one man, but a testament to one America. People of color have been trying to tell you for decades what we've experienced at the hands of America's greatest sin, and you didn't believe us. We haven't just been "making it up." America is showing you exactly who she is - believe her.

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Sitting in the Pain and Darkness

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

It’s one of the harder conversations you’ll have out on the track. The ones that seem to have no hope. The ones that end in tears. Running into a smiling face that you see week to week is both joyous and heart-breaking. Joyous because we love building relationships with the women out on the streets … Continue reading Sitting in the Pain and Darkness

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Sweet on you, America

Sweet on you, America

by Rachel Arneson @ The Salt Collective

When I first moved to the big city of St. Paul, I discovered many of my college classmates had never heard of sugar beets. They thought all sugar comes from sugar cane. This was eye opening for me when just 200 miles from those lecture halls is the largest sugar beet-based, sugar-producing region in the country.

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As a Kenyan Orphan I Listened to Mandela on the Radio

by Michael Kimpur @ The Salt Collective

The white missionaries, myself, and 39 orphaned boys sat under the Acacia tree eating our lunches of beans and rice. I remember listening to the BBC reporter talk about the world beyond the Kenyan desert. The year was 1988 and there was one man they talked about so much: Nelson Mandela. As we mourn his passing I want to share my story and how Mandela changed the course of my life.

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The Lazarus Effect

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

37 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the … Continue reading The Lazarus Effect

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Why I Refuse to Watch #RayRice

by Angela Denker @ The Salt Collective

#RayRice is one of the most popular trends on Twitter today. Each time somebody watches the video, Janay Rice-Palmer loses a little bit of her humanness.

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Dove Men+Care launches global 'Real Strength' campaign in Australia via The Marketing Arm

Dove Men+Care launches global 'Real Strength' campaign in Australia via The Marketing Arm


Campaign Brief Australia

This May, Dove Men+Care follows in the footsteps of its female counterpart, launching its 'Real Strength' campaign, developed by The Marketing Arm USA, that aims to drive a discussion around the evolving idea of masculinity among modern Australian men.VIEW THE SPOTLISTEN TO THE PODCAST #1

The Racism is in the Details – Even in Protest Planning

by Laura Lou @ The Salt Collective

We have to learn how to better leverage our privilege by centering the stories and experiences of our friends of color, and demanding better for them. It’s not always easy, it’s not always pretty, but it is always the choice we have to make.

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Beyonce’s Formation is Defiant Blackness

by Austin Channing Brown @ The Salt Collective

Beyonce has given us a powerfully defiant anthem that challenges us to rethink who is respectable, dignified, worthy. All of this while giving us a battle cry for all black women to dream, work and own it, to get in formation with one another, to never forget the child-like joy of running in circles in with your friends.

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Dear Brother: You Too Are an Activist

by Suzanne Munganga @ The Salt Collective

Dear Brother, You have told me many, many times–and I’m sure you’ll tell me again–that you are not an activist.  You wear the shirts I buy you, and you welcome the book recommendations, but you refuse to clothe yourself in the word “activist.”  You refuse to burden yourself with this label. I see where you … Continue reading Dear Brother: You Too Are an Activist

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The Biblical Case for Black Reparations

by Ulysses Burley III and Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

As faith, specifically Christianity, was a key component in both the enslavement and liberation of Black people in America, Coates’ use of biblical scripture as his very first reference in a conversation about payback affirms our initial question: is there a biblical case for Black reparations? Yes. Yes there is.

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Confessions of a Former Neofundamentalist

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

I became a Christian when I was a sophomore in high school, after years of wrestling with questions of religion and spirituality. I finally had answers to all of life's questions.

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Meditations for Major American Cities

by KATE VILLA @ McSweeney’s

Minneapolis

Find a relaxing place
Whatever that means to you
A chair or pillow or snowbank will do
Begin to breathe
Think about Target
And how great Target is
Did you know that your great state is the home of Target?
Whatever that means to you
Take that in
Have you ever pronounced it Tar-jhay?
Very French
Very sophisticated
Let your body melt into the snowbank you’ve chosen
Breathe in through your nose
Take in the air that’s coming off all those lakes
How many lakes are there?
Begin to count
Stop when you get to 10,000
Because that’s how many there are
Open your eyes slowly

Los Angeles

Find a place that is warm and comfortable
Probably in your car
Just find your car
Did you park it on Montana?
You definitely parked it on Arizona.
Have you ever been to Arizona?
Let your muscles go
Drive Sit on the 405
Drive Sit on the 405
Drive Sit on the 405
You’re out of new podcasts
How does that happen
How many hours have you spent in your car this week?
Maybe you should take Wilshire
That was a mistake
Who is going to Beverly Hills at 4 pm on a Tuesday?
Clear your mind
You’ve seen the inside of the Universal lot more times this month
Than you’ve seen your mother
Breathe in
Soften your fingers
Soften your palms
Forget about your dog
He pooped on the floor
But you have a view of the valley
And a personal assistant job
You are paid hourly to pick up someone’s
Viagra
Soylent
Coconut water
Breathe out
You asked for this
Open your eyes slowly
Maybe you should go to law school?

Denver

Find a comfortable spot
Breathe
Soften your muscles
Light up a joint
Smoke it
Breathe in
Breathe out in rings if you can
You are not high
You are getting high
You are almost high enough
You are high
Shit a little too high
Look
Mountains
Finish your hike
Plan tomorrow’s hike

San Francisco

Take off your VR headset and close your eyes
Settle into your ergonomic desk chair
Make sure your feet are flat on the floor in your Vans
Let your body relax
Take your hands off the keyboard
Breathe in through your nose
Breathe out through your mouth
Seriously
take your hands off the keyboard
Let your muscles go
Melt
from the tip of your head all the way down to your toes
Hands off the keyboard
I’m going to unplug it if you can’t keep them off
I know it’s wireless
I was testing you
Slowly
drain the stress from your fingertips
Make 1 million dollars
Open your eyes slowly

Chicago

Flutter your eyes closed
Begin by getting into a comfortable place
Like June or July
Let the very small tide of Lake Michigan wash over you
Feel how cold the water is
Don’t fish in it
Breathe in
Breathe out
Palms to heart-center
Feel that Italian beef coming back up
Never mind it’s just a burp
Let it out
Figure out where you’re having brunch
Repeat:
The Cubs won the world series
The Cubs won the world series
The cubs won the world series

Whatever that means to you
Everything
Literally everything
Think about how many times you posted about the Cubs on social media this year
Open your eyes slowly

Seattle

Flutter your eyes closed
Listen to the waves
You can’t sleep
Take in the rain as it hits the roof
Let it calm you
Slow your breathing
Your son hands you the phone
It’s a radio show
They know about your wife’s death
Breathe in
Give in to the sensation
Talk about your perfect match
Your son is ruining your life
But also helping?
You get fan-mail
Is Meg Ryan out there?
Wait for Meg Ryan to fly across the country
Because she will
Surprise you on a highway
Empire state building
Amicable fiancé break up
You are Tom Hanks
You have always been Tom Hanks
Open your eyes slowly
Where is Chet?

Nashville

Begin your meditation by thinking about a small, backroom bar that you’ve played your miniature guitar in recently
Breathe in the smoke
Take a sip of a free beer
Remember, you get free beers because you play music
You also get away with wearing fedoras
Now imagine you’re at a brunch place
Sit there for three hours
Remember to be gentle to your body
Have another bloody mary with bacon and shrimp on it
Listen to the sounds of coffee brewing
Eggs frying
Notice a new sound
It’s 19-year-old girl who dropped out of college to sing at the Planet Hollywood next door
Breathe in
Breathe out
Do you remember that whiskey bar next door to that all-glass pop-up creative agency?
Uber there
Take a sip of whiskey
Taste
Burning
Running down your throat
A little gets on your tweed vest
Ask the mustached man next to you for his pocket square
Breathe in the polka dots
Let your body relax
What exactly is a creative agency?
Open your eyes slowly

Boston

Fluttah yah eyes closed
Put sugah
In ya cawfee
Remembah how wicked sweet Havahd yahd is
Cahlm yaself
Entah a dahk pahty
Eat some chowda
Cheeah on the Red Sahx
Breathe in
Breathe out
Open your eyes slowly
Recite: “Charlie on the MTA

Washington DC

Check in with your body
Pass the Japanese embassy
Where are you today?
Somewhere on a rooftop with twinkle lights
Sipping recently distilled whiskey
Soften your shoulders
Let go of the tension
In your arms
What used to be on this corner?
A middle-class immigrant family’s home
With a hair salon below it
Now it’s a Whole Foods
Buy some kale
Because you’ll probably use it soon
Just kidding
You won’t
It’ll go bad
In your fridge
Pass the vice president’s house
Bring yourself back
To your breath
Soften your gaze
Pass the National Cathedral
Is there a good wood-fired pizza place close?
Pass the Washington monument
Begin to move your toes slowly
Feel the power
Of old white men
You have never seen the inside of the capitol
Open your eyes slowly
Buy artisanal goat cheese from what used to be
A crack den

New York

Find a comfortable place
Somewhere you can de-stress
Not midtown
Don’t go to midtown
I’m not kidding
Re-center yourself
Check in with your body
Do you have everything you need for the day?
Spend 5 minutes trying to swipe your metro card because you’ve started this now
Swipe again, I guess
Take the A to the 1 and transfer at Columbus circle
Unless the B is running
Then just take the B
You could also transfer to the F or even take the L across
But then you would have to walk
But it would be faster
Just Be in your body
Now you’re in Times Square
Being humped by the man in the Elmo costume
Relax into your breath
Feel the tips of your fingers
Feel the pavement under your feet as you walk
End up in a Chinese restaurant
Eat your fill
Realize it has a C rating
Vomit into a trash can
Breathe in through your nose
Breathe out through your mouth
Relieve yourself on the sidewalk
Open your eyes slowly
Burn a 20 dollar bill

Portland, Maine

Breathe in through your nose
Soften your hands
Soften your eye lids
Breathe out through your mouth
You flew to the wrong Portland
Open your eyes slowly
Call your fiancé because you’re not making it to Oregon for your wedding tomorrow

Help! I Just Clicked Gmail’s Automated Responses and Now I am On a Deserted Island in Fiji for Having Accrued Too Much Debt

by BROTI GUPTA and KAREN CHEE @ McSweeney’s

“Thank you! You, too!”

“What was that?”

“Oh, okay.”

“That sounds great!”

“That also sounds great!”

“That doesn’t sound as good.”

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older? Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long. And wouldn’t it be nice to live together, in the kind of world where we belong?”

“What do you mean these ‘lyrics’ are taken? I just published it as an original poem.”

“No, I thought of them independently! I’ve never even met a Beach Man before.”

“OK, well it seems like they should be Men by now.”

“No, I would not like a lawyer at this time.”

“Actually, I would like one immediately. A female lawyer is fine. I am a male feminist.”

“The legal prep is going well. I’m picking up good vibrations. She’s giving me excitations.”

“Of course I did not mean that sexually. I read bell hooks once, and it was good.”

“Hold on, those are also lyrics?”

“Maybe I’m a musical prodigy.”

“THEY want to meet ME?”

“Oh, well can I ask for their autographs in court?”

“Yes, fine, I will flee the country until you figure this out.”

“One way sounds fine, I’ll book when I get there.”

“Quick question: where exactly is Fiji and how many islands does it have? Is there Wi-Fi?”

“My lawyer, lost at sea?? Good luck, fish!”

“Oh, I didn’t mean to make light of it.”

“Yes, I can make the memorial service next week.”

“Bring the body?”

“Please resend longitude and latitude.”

“Weak signal, but sailed to neighboring island. Will loop you in soon.”

“Boat sailed away. Cell tower was mirage. Turned out to be a tree.”

“Lost the case? Lost the lawyer too.”

“Sand tastes terrible.”

“It’s been one week on the island.”

“Sand is tasting better now.”

“Week seventy: my only dreams are about the island. Life before it means nothing.”

“I’ve been so bored that I started writing music. No lyrics though, don’t worry. Wanna listen?”

“Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me. The MELODY?”

“No, of course I didn’t! Has anyone ever surfed the U.S.A.? That’s not even possible with all the land!”

“So far I have to pay for the funeral, a new lawyer, the court fees, and now three songs?”

“Okay, ha-ha, you created an email address for my landlord.”

“So far I have to pay for the funeral, a new lawyer, the court fees, three songs, and RENT????”

“Week one-hundred forty: I’m married to Philip. We had been dating on and off for a few months. At first, I thought I wouldn’t get into anything serious, but as time went on, our relationship solidified. He is my soul. He is my purpose. He is my rock. He is a coconut. He fell out of a tree and landed directly onto me, forever changing my life and permanently damaging my left knee. I am devastated to report that he is cheating on me. The last thing I wanted was to be clingy, but while I was working through my trust issues, he found solace in Elizabeth, another coconut, who is not in debt because, again, she is a coconut. The nights are sad, dry, and lonely, and the days are exactly the same, but drier. I keep running into Philip and Elizabeth rolling around together and it wrecks my heart. My only respite from this hell are the moments that I spend looking after mine and Philip’s son. Yes, I am a mother — a good mother at that. My boy used to be part of the boat that brought me here. I think we’ll be alright, Danny and I. We’ll have to be.”

“Thank you! You, too!”

Ciao @delucchiplus. Hello @realstreetsense!

by Caroline Bennett @ Delucchi Plus

We’ve made a lot of exciting announcements over the past year — and here comes another one. Remember when we announced that we were joining forces with Streetsense? In a nutshell: We found our soulmates…and now we’re making it ... Read More

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Instagram

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – social media Owner of the brand: Facebook, Inc. Key competitors: Snapchat, Pinterest, Twitter, Hipstamatic, Prisma

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Ode to servers, and other foodservice professionals

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

Food, especially when eaten in community, nourishes souls as much as it does bodies. Food is an instrument of Communion. Meals bring families together. Friends show friendship by cooking for one another. Giving and receiving hospitality is where we meet God. Foodservice is a symphony of seemingly menial tasks that come together to create some of the most important experiences of humanity. It's one of the most important vocations on the planet, so much more important than other jobs we pay people a lot of money for. Cooks, servers and dishwashers help people to be together, and what is more important than that?

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Assistive Tech in Video Games is Great for Both the Disabled and Children

by Zach Rosenberg @ 8BitDad

(Disclosure: I am a Nintendo Ambassador and was provided one or more products mentioned in this article, but not for the purpose of this article. Words, opinions and

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What This Country Needs Now is Extreme Centrism

by WEN POWERS @ McSweeney’s

Walking down any average street in America, one can find themselves surrounded by extremists on both sides of the aisle. Whether they be the right-wing Nazis that have murdered a young woman in the streets, or the left-wing antifa who have broken SEVERAL windows, America is calling out for sanity. Sanity that can only be found in our new far-center political movement.

We’ve managed to look at the views of both the extreme right and the extreme left, and have come up with middle grounds that we truly believe will bring this country right where it belongs, right in the center with no chance of rocking the boat. Imagine, solutions that don’t just cater to the far ends of the political spectrum, but rather, fixes that leave each and every single American the exact same amount of unhappy.

The statues of confederate generals that have sparked so many protests these past few weeks? On the left, you have people saying that these statues are racist, and to see these men idolized makes them feel alienated in their own communities. On the right, you have people saying that this is their heritage and that removing these statues would be taking away a proud part of their identities.

How about we take them down, but once a month every minority in the south receives a post card that says, “your neighbors are proud that their ancestors were slave owners”? Does that sound awful to you no matter where your allegiances lie? Perfect! That’s the centrism at work!

Maybe the issue that vexes you is Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers serving in the American Military? Republicans would say that the amount that the U.S spends on treatments is too great and that their presence would be a distraction to other soldiers. Democrats argue that the cost is minimal and any distraction would come more from creating bigoted policies. Here in the middle, we think that the government should pay for the treatment of every single transgender American service person, but that they can only serve in the police department of Trousdale County, Tennessee.

People still get a hateful policy, transgender Americans can still serve and have their healthcare provided, and Trousdale County Tennessee becomes the safest place in the U.S!

Perhaps you’re someone who thinks the healthcare system in this country is broken and needs to be fixed immediately. If you’re a liberal, you may think that the only way to fix it would be to give Medicare for all so that every single citizen of the United States receives adequate medical care. If you’re a conservative, you may believe that medical services should be a profit industry. Well, extreme centrism tells us that the best way to deal with that would be to keep it a for-profit industry, but on the back of every cereal box, people can get a coupon for a free health service. Dental, vision, gynecological, you name it!

Does that seem unfeasible? Like we’re just trying to get people to shut up? That we’re in the pocket of some kind of big cereal lobby? Yes, we are! Now you’re finally starting to understand!

So, if you think the hateful speech on the left is the same as the right, if you think people who punch Nazis are just as bad as Nazis themselves, if you think a urine soaked sock is the same as a bowl of chicken soup, then The Mayor of Trousdale County, General Mills, and I would be proud to have you aboard.

Dove Showing Real Men Care

Dove Showing Real Men Care

by noreply@blogger.com (Tony Coloso) @ The Ad Freaks

Dove Men+Care’s #RealStrength ad shows that “Care makes a man Stronger.” The commercial, which appeared in the Super Bowl, is actually a repurposed fathers day ad from 2014, made to appeal to a more mainstream audience. The new ad uses text and language that not only appeals to fatherhood, but all men. This commercial features a ‘good dad’ stereotype, by showing dads and children of all ages and races displaying positive relationships.


The commercial is targeted at men ages 18-55, and aims to evoke positive emotions by successfully utilizing an emotional appeal to fatherhood. The purpose of this ad goes beyond selling a product, but to make an emotional appeal and cultural shift, that the masculine thing to do is care. "90 percent of men around the world say that their caring side is part of their masculinity and strength," notes the ad's description on YouTube. "Let's acknowledge the caring side of men and celebrate their #RealStrength as a true sign of masculinity."
You can’t help but get a little emotional and reminiscent when watching children of all ages salute their fathers by calling out “Dad,” “Da-Da,” or “Daddy.” The campaign uses the hash tag #RealStrength to reinforce the idea that “Care makes a man stronger.” The next text reads, “showing that he cares,” followed by a quick display of the DoveMen+Care products, and closing with the request for you to “share how care makes you stronger. #RealStrength.” The ads purpose is show that caring doesn’t make you any less of a man, and to get men talking about how a caring man is a strong masculine man.
This ad moves away from the trend of advertising hyper-masculinity to men. DoveMen+Care is taking advantage of the rise in the use of beauty products in men, and appealing to men’s caring sides. Instead of questioning or threating a man’s masculinity this ad aims to protect it. Establishing that the masculine thing to do is care, and this is how a real man acts.
This commercial is for a line of men’s beauty products and is targeted at men ages 18-55. This ad makes the assumption that caring is part of a man’s masculinity and strength. Although the commercial featured mostly white people, they did show dads and children of all races. And everyone in the commercial is shown as having a positive relationship with their father. This commercial choose to move away from the buffoon dad archetype, displayed in much of todays media, and instead displays good caring fathers. The assumptions shift from a direct dad appeal, in the original fathers day version of the commercial, to real men care, in the super bowl version. Not only does this ad make the assumption that caring is part of what makes a man, it makes assumptions about the role fathers play in their children’s lives.
This commercial ignores the social issue that many men have grown up in fatherless America. According to the US Census Bureau one out of every three children in America live in biological father-absent homes. This ad makes the assumption that everyone grows up in traditional families and that a dad is your biological father. A more progressive approach might be to represent another type of father maybe an obviously adopted child, or, gasp, a child with two dads.
Dove Men+Care decided to play it safe and create this commercial from the heterosexual standard family perspective. By representing fatherhood with what appear to biological fathers from the heterosexual standard family perspective. Dove is missing many American men who grew up in different family dynamics. The appeal of fatherhood doesn’t necessarily have to portray a biological father. Many men and children have grown up with step dads, adopted parents, or other figures taking a father role in their life. Although the success of this ad and its fatherhood appeal is undeniable, it could have gone even further by representing some non-traditional family dynamics.
Whether you grew up with a biological father, step dad, two dads, single mother, or any other family dynamic, the portrayal of fatherhood in this ad is something that appeals to everyone. This fatherhood appeal brings peoples emotions into to play and correlates Dove Men+Care products with strong caring men personalities. If you grew up with a strong father role model the ad will bring back good memories, and if you didn’t this ad will show you to strive to become a strong caring man.
This commercial has a positive message, telling men they can be sensitive, caring, and good dads, all well holding on to their masculinity. And not only keeping their masculinity, this commercial is telling men that being a caring father makes you more of a man. A man is someone who is there for his family, not just someone who provides, but someone who cares. This ad has a specific call for action, using #RealStrenth, asking men to start the conversation on how being a caring man has made them a stronger man.

By going against the trends of hyper masculine advertising toward men, Dove Mens+Care has marketed their products as things real caring men use. This ad not only celebrates fatherhood, but more importantly strives to change the way society views masculinity, #RealStrength.


Just so We’re Clear…This is What A President Looks Like

by Stephanie Vos @ The Salt Collective

What exactly does it mean to “look presidential”? Let’s be perfectly clear…in 2016, this is what a President looks like: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania Park Geun-hye, President of South Korea Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway … Continue reading Just so We’re Clear…This is What A President Looks Like

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Health Benefits Of Ashwagandha Essential Oil: Ayurvedic Medicine Explained

by Nate M @ Maple Holistics

Ashwagandha essential oil shares many of the same properties as the Ginseng root, which is why it is often referred to as Indian Ginseng. It is a potent natural antioxidant and can be used to increase your body’s natural immunity to infections and diseases - especially helpful during those cold winters, as well as being able to treat a number of other health related issues.

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Kamil Kuran appointed CEO of Grey MENA

by Austyn Allison @ Campaign Middle East

Grey Group has announced the appointment of Kamil Kuran as group chief executive officer, Grey MENA. In his new role, he will report to Nirvik Singh, Chairman & CEO, Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. His is the third CEO announcement within WPP agencies in the region in a week, following the news that […]

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I Know I’m Going To Hell

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

What have we as a church been teaching theologically that makes women in prostitution believe they can’t talk to God? That makes them believe they can’t ask for help in the midst of a rough situation? What is the theology we’re communicating that makes these women believe they have to have their lives cleaned up … Continue reading I Know I’m Going To Hell

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Most Inspiring Female Fitness Models Over 40 – Top 5

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Many people think that once you’re over a certain age, you can’t become a fitness model anymore. But we’re guessing they haven’t searched for female fitness models over 40 before…because some of these girls are definitely still in their prime! In fact, we know many people who simply use age as an excuse – to […]

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Why Won’t You Just Let Us Pass a Health Care Bill and Kill a Few Million People?

by BOB VULFOV @ McSweeney’s

Dear America,

At this point, it’s just getting frustrating. Time and time again, our party’s leaders have drafted and presented health care bills to repeal and replace Obamacare. We’ve tried this thing from all possible angles, but the backlash to each potential bill has been so severe that we haven’t been able to get anything passed. Where is all this negativity coming from?

We had Paul Ryan take a crack at an alternative health care bill, but he blew it hard. Then, Mitch McConnell stepped up to the plate, and he also blew it hard. Now, this thing is in the hands of Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, but constituent phone calls disparaging the bill are flooding all of our offices. This has forced our party to ask the American people a very important question: do you not want us to kill a few million people or something?

Look, we’re trying our best here. At any given point, we have twelve or so of our best and brightest old white men working on a health care alternative to Obamacare. A bunch of guys named Bradley and Ralph will not rest until working class Americans are screwed over real badly. It’s disheartening because we’re trying so hard, yet the American people still seem intent on rejecting any legislation we present just because a few million people might die. It’s almost like you people don’t want us to murder a huge chunk of the country.

Yes, we were the obstructionist party for eight years and we halted as much legislation as possible. But, now that we have control of Congress, we’re hell-bent on getting stuff done. We want to pass legislation! So, why won’t the American people just let us pass a health care bill that’ll treat pregnancy like a pre-existing condition and raise premiums for sick people? It’s completely ridiculous that you won’t let us kill a lot of poor people. Is that what this is all about? The millions of people who will die because they won’t be able to afford health care if we pass one of these bills? These very negative reactions to our death bills confuse and demoralize us.

Do you not like the name of the bill or something? Just say the word and we can have one of the Bradleys try naming the new health care bill something a bit more flashy. We just want to understand why so much skepticism is getting tossed our way. Is it all the impending death and suffering that any of these bills will entail? That can’t possibly be it. Why would so many average American citizens be against a systematic culling of the country’s working class, elderly, and disabled populations? It doesn’t make sense to us at all.

Lately, we feel like we just can’t win with you. Please let us pass a health care bill and kill a few million people. What is so wrong with that? Just let us do it. At the very least, you’ll need to explain to us why you disagree so intently with us unleashing a legislative plague across America.

Sincerely,
The GOP

Native American Christians – Surviving Christianity

by Edwin Schenk @ The Salt Collective

“What is your nationality?” Most of the class was Finnish, Swedish, Italian, German, etc. Everything seemed normal. However, when it was my turn to share, “I am Native American,” the room became oddly silent. After an awkward feeling set in, an incredulous boy exclaimed, “You survived?”

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On Recognizing the Humanity of Others

by Laura Polk @ The Salt Collective

Summer is coming up, and you know what that means: mission trip season! Are you contemplating a trip overseas, perhaps to a developing country? Well, before you apply for that visa, here are a few things to consider: Is your mission trip planning to build a school? What kind of school system does that particular … Continue reading On Recognizing the Humanity of Others

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We Must Respond to the Culture of White Teen Racism

by Keith Miller @ The Salt Collective

The administration in Mound, like the one in Arizona, has reprimanded the students. The students and teachers at the district will likely receive sensitivity training. That will hopefully help. But, what will continue to plague us as a nation is that “do nothing” racism persists because we refuse to acknowledge how deeply racism is embedded in our consciousnes

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IKEA Lion Man – Relax into greatness

by Duncan Macleod @ The Inspiration Room

IKEA UK’s latest advertising campaign features Lion Man, a symbol of the importance of relaxing and recharging in one’s living room so we can go on to do great things. Based on the fact that lions spend up to 18 hours a day at rest, the campaign follows the story of a Lion Man as […]

Does The Church Really Want Diversity?

by Ebony Adedayo @ The Salt Collective

I have seen the American church try trend after trend to grow the church. We’ve updated our churches with the latest technology, we’ve built bigger buildings, we’ve shortened our services, we’ve create in-house coffee shops. And the latest of all of the trends appears to be diversity.

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Let’s Give it Up for the Church Ladies

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Everyone who grew up in the church knows they owe many a thanks to one of the ladies from the church. Either she taught you a life lesson that you’ll never forget, or she evoked a particular feeling within you that you’ll never forget.

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Pastoring While Female: One Pastor’s Search for Equity and Respect

by Emily Meyer @ The Salt Collective

While the men in my mom’s family were prominent members of the clergy, being female has been most unhelpful in answering God’s call.

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“I have a Dream” in the 21st Century

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

For every group that seeks to exist within the lines and confines of society’s margins, those who don’t fit into the neat boxes we create in our efforts to understand, measure, and categorize our differences, a huge effort has to be made to beat the odds, or ‘cross over’ into mainstream which often results in exploitation, tokenism, criticism, disappointment, or the pressure to conform and assimilate into a watered down less authentic version of yourself that is passive and less threatening for those who fear difference. For those people, the American justice bank defaulted on this promissory note.

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My Sexual Orientation

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

My sexual orientation has never been a secret...it’s the gender identity question that I struggled with. However, many people assume there is little or no difference between the two and often make assumptions about me that aren’t always accurate...

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List: Has Autumn Arrived?

by DREW DISABATINO @ McSweeney’s

1. Have the leaves begun their colorful transformation?

2. Are cooler temperatures sweeping into the forecast?

3. Is flannel clothing popping up everywhere?

4. Do your food stores contain sufficient wheat, oats, and cured meats to see your kin through winter?

5. Has college football kicked off its first game of the season?

6. Did a temporary Halloween shop move into a vacant strip mall?

7. Did an improperly latched silo door lead wolves to decimate your food rations?

8. Are pumpkin-flavored coffee specials back on the menu?

9. Did your favorite fall sitcom return with new episodes?

10. Do the ramifications of the wolf raid keep you tossing in your rough-hewn straw mattress?

11. Is your local corn maze open for business?

12. Are you prepared to do what is necessary should baby Josiah succumb to the harsh grasp of winter?

13. Did you move your sweaters out of storage yet?

14. Are you questioning your god?

15. Did you make plans to go apple picking?

16. Can you live with the weight of your sins?

17. Have you taken a selfie in a pumpkin patch?

I Have to Keep Telling Myself ‘Heroes Go to Therapy’

by Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

It had been a long time since I last went to therapy. Six years. Long enough that I had started talking about therapy in the past tense. Telling people “I went to therapy for 5 years…” as if I had earned a degree in my own mental health. But then I got stuck again. Stuck is the medical term for Nathan not being able to move past a certain situation or issue.

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It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers

by COLIN NISSAN @ McSweeney’s

Originally published October 20, 2009.

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on my dining room table. That shit is going to look so seasonal. I’m about to head up to the attic right now to find that wicker fucker, dust it off, and jam it with an insanely ornate assortment of shellacked vegetables. When my guests come over it’s gonna be like, BLAMMO! Check out my shellacked decorative vegetables, assholes. Guess what season it is — fucking fall. There’s a nip in the air and my house is full of mutant fucking squash.

I may even throw some multi-colored leaves into the mix, all haphazard like a crisp October breeze just blew through and fucked that shit up. Then I’m going to get to work on making a beautiful fucking gourd necklace for myself. People are going to be like, “Aren’t those gourds straining your neck?” And I’m just going to thread another gourd onto my necklace without breaking their gaze and quietly reply, “It’s fall, fuckfaces. You’re either ready to reap this freaky-assed harvest or you’re not.”

Carving orange pumpkins sounds like a pretty fitting way to ring in the season. You know what else does? Performing an all-gourd reenactment of an episode of Diff’rent Strokes — specifically the one when Arnold and Dudley experience a disturbing brush with sexual molestation. Well, this shit just got real, didn’t it? Felonies and gourds have one very important commonality: they’re both extremely fucking real. Sorry if that’s upsetting, but I’m not doing you any favors by shielding you from this anymore.

The next thing I’m going to do is carve one of the longer gourds into a perfect replica of the Mayflower as a shout-out to our Pilgrim forefathers. Then I’m going to do lines of blow off its hull with a hooker. Why? Because it’s not summer, it’s not winter, and it’s not spring. Grab a calendar and pull your fucking heads out of your asses; it’s fall, fuckers.

Have you ever been in an Italian deli with salamis hanging from their ceiling? Well then you’re going to fucking love my house. Just look where you’re walking or you’ll get KO’d by the gauntlet of misshapen, zucchini-descendant bastards swinging from above. And when you do, you’re going to hear a very loud, very stereotypical Italian laugh coming from me. Consider yourself warned.

For now, all I plan to do is to throw on a flannel shirt, some tattered overalls, and a floppy fucking hat and stand in the middle of a cornfield for a few days. The first crow that tries to land on me is going to get his avian ass bitch-slapped all the way back to summer.

Welcome to autumn, fuckheads!

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4 Rules for Making Friends of Color in College

by Rachel Schwenke @ The Salt Collective

I began to see students of color sitting alone in the lounge and cafeteria and I started up conversations. I made many mistakes and asked stupid questions. But after having lived and been deep friends with people of color over the past 15 years, here’s what I have learned.

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7 Reasons Why Women Should Lead

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

I don’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton just because she’s a woman, but frankly, it’s about time we move toward a society where women are valued for their leadership because we all know that behind the scenes, women are really the ones holding it all together.

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The No Man’s Land of Asian American Identity

by Natalie Quan @ The Salt Collective

I am American in some ways and Asian in others, but the data points are unceasingly in flux. This is not to say that the cultural blend isn’t interesting and beautiful in its own way, just that it can be murky and confusing at times.

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We Need to Be Allies for the Native Resistance to Big Oil

by Emily Goldthwaite Fries @ The Salt Collective

I have been watching the Native-led resistance campaign to block a crude oil pipeline that would cross the Missouri River in two places with potentially disastrous consequences. Tribal leaders allege the Army Corps of Engineers gave approval without the consideration of tribal rights, burial and archaeological sites, or environmental impact.

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Julia Ingersoll promoted to Communications Manager at Allegory

by Theresa Agresta @ Allegory Studios

Allegory is excited to announce the promotion of Julia Ingersoll to Communications Manager. In this position, Ingersoll will manage brand, public relations, inbound marketing and copywriting projects. “Julia Ingersoll consistently earns the respect of colleagues and clients through her creativity and attention to achieving business results. Her leadership, writing and communication skills are a great […]

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YouTube

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – digital media, social media, streaming services Owner of the brand: Alphabet, Inc. Key competitors: Daily Motion, Vimeo, Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat

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4 Ways To Get Over Disappointment

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Getting over pain and disappointment is a process, and with effort and time it is possible to get over such difficult circumstances. The truth is, the moment we realize that not everything goes as planned all the time every time, the easier it will be to move through disappointment.

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Early Voting As A Spiritual Practice

by Nicole Anderson-Cobb @ The Salt Collective

The day after the second Presidential debate, I sat at my kitchen counter listening to cable pundits in a lather over the bitter, accusational nature of the second debate…and then—during each program—the host would stumble over themselves, interrupting their own reporting— to read the latest tweet from one of the candidates. At that moment a … Continue reading Early Voting As A Spiritual Practice

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I Stand with the 19% Who Resisted & I’m Not Leaving the Evangelical Church

by Karen Gonzalez @ The Salt Collective

Last week I was lazily scrolling through my Facebook feed when I ran across yet another of Franklin Graham’s ignorant xenophobic statements. As a Latina evangelical it made me so angry I almost threw my phone across the room. God does tell us to help the stranger and those in need; but God doesn’t tell … Continue reading I Stand with the 19% Who Resisted & I’m Not Leaving the Evangelical Church

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Love is Not Colorblind, It Keeps Us Reckoning with Wrongs

by Zakiya Jackson @ The Salt Collective

In the wake of the movement against police brutality and the rise of conversation on the lingering effects of White Supremacy, I hear a chorus of white voices saying: “Can’t we all just love each other and forget about that other stuff?”

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PlayStation

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Electronics & technology – video game consoles; Media & entertainment – games, streaming services Owner of the brand: Sony Corporation Key competitors: Xbox, Nintendo

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Health Benefits Of Oregano Essential Oil: Alexander Fleming Vs. Oregano

by Nate M @ Maple Holistics

Fast forward to Oregano oil and you’ve found nature’s most well-balanced antibacterial treatment. It’s widely hailed as being better than antibiotics (by doctors and users alike) because it effectively treats the formation and spread of bacteria whilst boosting your body’s overall immune system.

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Copyranter takes on ad agencies that shamelessly pilfer creative ideas

by Mark Duffy @ Digiday

There exists an idea theft code among copywriters and art directors. Lately, many creatives have blatantly broken it.

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How to Convince Your Boss Your Website Deserves Time and Money

by Julia Marco @ Allegory Studios

You know you need a website. But do you really know why? The way websites are used, and what we expect from them, continues to evolve at an almost immeasurable speed. But, in case you need a breath of fresh air, here are four straight-forward ways to think about your website.

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A Dream Deferred – “I never made it to the Olympics, but at #Rio2016 I won Gold”

by Kelley Robins Hicks @ The Salt Collective

After I stopped screaming, jumping up and down and losing all of my mind, when I finally took a moment to breathe, the tears came, and boy did they come hard. Watching Simone Manuel become the first African-American woman to win a gold individual medal was an emotional moment for a large audience, but as … Continue reading A Dream Deferred – “I never made it to the Olympics, but at #Rio2016 I won Gold”

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Visa

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Financial services – payment solutions Owner of the brand: Visa Inc. Key competitors: American Express, Mastercard, Discover, PayPal

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Netflix

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – streaming services Owner of the brand: Netflix, Inc. Key competitors: Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO

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Candide: Optimism (is) for Dummies (?)

by David Kroeker-Maus @ The Salt Collective

It wasn't until I recently read the original that I realised that Candide was alternatively titled 'L'Optimisme" and in a sense, it seems Voltaire is suggesting that optimism itself is a willful suspension of disbelief.

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Poor Millionaires – A Refreshingly Self-Critical Story of Starting a School in Africa

by Debbie Blue @ The Salt Collective

Poor Millionaires is a thoroughly refreshing, extraordinarily honest (and honestly hopeful) account amidst this depressing morass of institutional failures. In large part because it isn't the story of an institution--it's a story about a relationship between two people who readily admit to their brokenness, mistakes, misunderstandings, and failures yet still manage to create something beautiful together.

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8BitDad | Good Dadvertising: Dove Men+Care "Real Moments" Featuring Dwayne Wade and Jay Bilas

8BitDad | Good Dadvertising: Dove Men+Care "Real Moments" Featuring Dwayne Wade and Jay Bilas


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The recent Dove Men+Care "Real Moments" campaign starring Dwayne Wade and Jay Bilas has been a great tent pole in the circus of NCAA March Madness beer advertising.Read More

In Response to Opponents of Gun Control

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

Every time a mass shooting occurs, gun rights advocates respond with their usual litany of reasons why gun control is futile or somehow un-American. A response to some of their arguments.

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Modius Headset – Fat Loss without Diet or Exercise

by Rita Fairbanks @

The Modius Headset is a product created by a team in the USA that is suppose to manipulate your brain into suppressing your appetite. Now as someone who spends about 6 hours a week working out and 168 hours a week watching what I eat, I have to say I’m a little against this sort […]

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How to Cite Criticisms of Your Professors Using the MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition

by MOLLY COLLINS @ McSweeney’s

A page on a website on which you comment that your professor takes off points for no reason and omit that you never asked the professor to explain the point deduction:

“Student Ratings.”Rate My Professors,26 Aug. 2017,

http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.

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An email in which you claim that you were unaware that there was a homework assignment and express you urgent need to be pardoned:

Smith, Joe. “I Didn’t Bother to Include a Subject Line.” Received by

Professor, 28 Aug. 2017.

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A tweet you sent out during a group discussion on symbolism:

@IHATEENGLISHCLASS. “This shit is stupid.”Twitter,29 Aug. 2017,

1:58 p.m., twitter.com/IHATEENGLISHCLASS/status.

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A lecture on misplaced modifiers that your professor went on and on and on about even though you got the point an hour ago:

At the Front of the Room, Lady. “Something about Commas.”

Stupid English Class, 30 Aug. 2017, Classroom Where I Also Have

Math. Pointless Class.

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A cell phone photograph of the PowerPoint slide on misplaced modifiers that’ll have to do because that bitch won’t post the notes online:

At the Front of the Room, Bitch.Something Else About Commas.2017, cell

phone photograph, Joe’s iPhone.

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A book by a single author that you didn’t buy because that bitch didn’t tell you the course syllabus you left behind in the classroom on the first day stated that it was mandatory to buy the book:

Shit Out of Luck, I Am.I’m Going to Have to Retake this Class Online Over

the Summer.Course Policies, 2017.

The Impact of Infographics: How many words are they worth?

by Theresa Agresta @ Allegory Studios

Human beings have been communicating with pictures since we lived in caves. I’ve had the chance to explore some of these caves in the Southwestern United States marveling at the ancient hieroglyphic carvings and wondering about their authors and their meanings.

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How Should We Think About Work?

by Liz Lin @ The Salt Collective

Either we do what we love, health insurance be damned, or we suck it up and find a job we hate but is financially secure. But the reality is that these aren’t the only two choices; they’re two ends of a spectrum, and there were a multitude of options in between that are stimulating and engaging and enjoyable and also provide adequate compensation.

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Self-Congratulatory Allies Are A Parasite on The Movement

by Michael Vazquez @ The Salt Collective

In the words of the Prophet Angela Davis, “freedom is a Constant Struggle.” In this present darkness that we find ourselves, it has become critical to heed and embody this truth. We live in world where Nazis openly march on the streets and where said white supremacists are met by a gang of angry clowns. … Continue reading Self-Congratulatory Allies Are A Parasite on The Movement

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Dove | BrandStruck: Brand strategy database

Dove | BrandStruck: Brand strategy database


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Category: FMCG Personal care & beauty – hair care, body care, deodorants Owner of the brand: Unilever Key competitors: L’Oréal, Garnier, Nivea, Olay, Avon

Keeping Up With Social Media

by Joel Cooper @ Delucchi Plus

While you’ve been avoiding updating your Instagram, developers have made huge changes and launched new services. Over the course of the last week or so, Snapchat gave the world Snap Map, YouTube debuted an experimental app called Uptime and ... Read More

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I Cut My Hair and Unexpectedly Cut Myself Free of the Binary

by Olivia Jenkins @ The Salt Collective

It didn’t have to be a drastic haircut and a subsequent relationship with a girl to bring me to a place of deeper compassion for myself and for the LGBT community of which I am now a part. It could have been any number of transitions that exposed these parts of myself. But do I recommend you chop off all your hair, throw on a collared shirt, and kiss a girl or two? Yes, yes I do.

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Stereotypes – Descriptive or Prescriptive?

by Izabella Lee @ The Salt Collective

In a recent conversation about women in tech, an acquaintance who supported more women in the field described us as more “personable” and less “aggressive.”  It’s great that my friend supports diversity, but their reasons bothered me. There’s a difference between a descriptive view of the world as it is and asserting that this is … Continue reading Stereotypes – Descriptive or Prescriptive?

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ITV

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – TV channels, streaming services Owner of the brand: ITV plc Key competitors: BBC, Channel 4, Sky, Netflix

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Living and working in Autism Land: My experiences as an autistic woman in education

by Kat @ The Salt Collective

I live and work in autism land — that’s my way into this conversation about the autism spectrum and my life as a graduate student. I am an autistic woman completing her PhD in Educational Psychology. Almost three years ago, a professor who knew me relatively well, and also worked with youth with developmental disabilities, … Continue reading Living and working in Autism Land: My experiences as an autistic woman in education

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Why I Keep Trying to Prove I’m Not a Racist

by Virginia Christman @ The Salt Collective

As I listen to the arguments about race in the United States right now, I repeatedly find myself thinking, “SOMEBODY has to say, ‘I’m sorry.’” Somebody white has to stop being defensive and listen to the stories that make us feel defensive in the first place.

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An Open Letter to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship From A Staff Who Just Quit

by The Salt Collective @ The Salt Collective

Right now they are engaged in damage control, but I hope that in time, InterVarsity's leadership realizes that this could all have been avoided if they would have put Christian Fellowship ahead of InterVarsity.

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Dear Future Daughter: Chinese-American Womanhood in the Wake of Trump

by Bianca Louie @ The Salt Collective

Dear future daughter, In response to Trump’s election, your grandmother texted me, “I cannot immigrate to another country again.” The first time was traumatic and uprooting enough. As Chinese-Americans, many of us thought we were “passing.” Some of us learned to work the system, and falsely hid behind model minority lies. Many of us forgot, … Continue reading Dear Future Daughter: Chinese-American Womanhood in the Wake of Trump

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Not My President, Still My America

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

Those who voted for Donald Trump aren’t anti-American, and many marginalized Americans interpret a vote for Trump as a vote against them and their well-being. And while those who are disenfranchised would have been disenfranchised had the results of the election been different, these Americans also need to be heard.

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Embracing a “Poverty of Spirit”

by Julia Speck @ The Salt Collective

This article is part of an ongoing series titled “Books that Changed My Life.” Autobiographical reviews of books that changed our lives for the better and sometimes for the worse. “Poverty of Spirit” by Johannes Baptist Metz is a beautiful, short, profound meditation on what it truly means to be human. It is about surrender, … Continue reading Embracing a “Poverty of Spirit”

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Rejecting Anti-Black Theology, Embracing the Kingdom of God

by Ebony Adedayo @ The Salt Collective

Initially, the ideas which gave rise to racism were upheld by the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny – two documents which the Church signed off on which made it theologically permissible for whites to exploit others. While we are centuries away from these blatant acts, Western (American) theology has been thoroughly shaped by them.

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The Roman Empire had Superbowls too

by Debbie Blue @ The Salt Collective

Empires don’t really seem to change all that much over time. In the Roman Empire brutality was considered a necessity. Callousness was seen as virtuous. We may call it interrogation techniques, we may call it austerity, but the moves are sort of the same. Cut food stamps. Cut the programs that benefit the poor. Give … Continue reading The Roman Empire had Superbowls too

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Seeking Simplicity & Resisting College Hyperreality

by Joshua Canada @ The Salt Collective

What would it look like for colleges to set a culture in which simplicity was a value. Not simplism, we do not have to negate the complexities of thinking intellectually and academically, but simplicity.

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Identifying Chinese Christian in the Secular Humanities

by Jasmine Gui @ The Salt Collective

I remember the first time I quietly admitted to my college Humanities classmate that I was a Christian. My apologetic tones, my carefully worded defenses – to put it nicely, I was disoriented, but honestly, I was terrified and panicking.  Identifying as Christian was only half the problem though; the other half was being Chinese. … Continue reading Identifying Chinese Christian in the Secular Humanities

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Fistulas, Cancer and the Cross

by Andrew Ulasich @ The Salt Collective

Eve Ensler writes, “So many thousands of women in Eastern Congo have suffered fistulas from rape that it is considered a crime of combat.” (In the Body of the World, 44). There are clinics and hospitals in Eastern Congo that specialize in fistula surgeries.

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Evangelicals Racial Alibi

by Brandi Miller @ The Salt Collective

An evangelical racial alibi is a defense or excuse for why we have not been involved in this modern civil rights movement. It is the moral and spiritual reasons that we have devised to continue to uphold our institutional white supremacy

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“Outliers”

by Ulysses Burley III @ The Salt Collective

This article is part of an ongoing series titled “Books that Changed My Life.” Autobiographical reviews of books that changed our lives for the better and sometimes for the worse. I consider myself to be an intellectual. I’m a lover of information, yet a loather of reading. I know, that last statement is quintessential anti-intellectual. … Continue reading “Outliers”

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It just got real…

by Lawrence Richardson @ The Salt Collective

I spent so much time planning my first wedding and I knew that it was going to last forever, so when my ex and I decided to part ways after 7 years, separation became real and not just a concept I thought we could avoid with prayer and wishful thinking.

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LinkedIn

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Media & entertainment – social media Owner of the brand: Microsoft Corporation Key competitors: Viadeo, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Medium

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Worshiping in a tavern with Over the Rhine

by Jesse James DeConto @ The Salt Collective

It was funny to hear people compare Over the Rhine to 10,000 Maniacs, in the way that evangelicals would often link a Christian band to a successful secular band, to show how relevant they were. For all we knew, 10,000 Maniacs might as well have been a literal legion of headbangers, smashing guitars, starting riots and orgies, and getting kids hooked on crack. (Someone should really calm that Natalie Merchant down).

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Don’t Shame Me for Not Vaccinating My Labradoodle

by JOHN LONG @ McSweeney’s

First of all, let me make something crystal clear: I’m not an “anti-vaxxer.” I’m an educated, concerned citizen who loves my companion animal and is just asking questions. And the most important question I’m asking is: why should I risk my sweet Labradoodle Lucy developing autism to prevent her from getting a practically extinct disease like rabies?

Before you say something like, “Don’t be stupid, rabies are terrible!” — let me stop you right there. I’m not ignorant — I’ve done the research. I know that rabies, in certain cases, can be serious. But the fact is, almost no dogs get rabies these days. It’s incredibly rare! That’s why pet vaccines, which aren’t 100% reliable and are known to cause a myriad of health problems, should be a matter of choice.

What happened to personal choice? Our grandparents weren’t required by law to inject their animals with chemicals and preservatives — yet their dogs and cats lived long, happy lives. It’s true the occasional stray would come down with a case of rabies and, within a few days, transform into a snarling, deranged predator, indiscriminately attacking everything in its path from horses to small children. And sure, that rabid dog might eventually have to be hunted down by a posse organized by the town and shot several times before eventually dropping like a stone, still foaming at the mouth, jaws frozen wide open in a macabre grin — even in death. But that almost never happened!

So the question for responsible dog and cat guardians like me becomes: why risk the dangers posed by vaccines just to prevent the incredibly unlikely scenario in which my Lucy goes on a rabid rampage?

What dangers, you ask? Dogs can’t get autism, you say. Well, how do you know that? There simply haven’t been enough studies on canine autism, mostly because the pharmaceutical companies, pet food companies, the American Veterinary Association and the universities they fund — don’t want them to happen. But I saw up close how devastating canine autism can be when I decided to vaccinate my last dog, Cooper.

When I brought Cooper home from the vet after he had his vaccines, he was never the same again. Before, he was playful, energetic, and would hump practically everything in my apartment but his food dish. Afterwards, he was listless and rarely barked — he’d lost his spark. The fact that I observed this marked change in behavior after he got his vaccines is irrefutable proof that vaccines are harmful. End of story.

Of course, my Western medicine-trained veterinarian tried to tell me, condescendingly, that Cooper’s personality changes were the result of his neutering. But after googling it, I’ve come to believe it was due to the fact that he got both the distemper and Lyme disease vaccines at the same time. Why can’t they space those out? And for that matter, how bad can distemper really be?

But here’s the point. I don’t think I should be discriminated against and shamed for making the choice not to vaccinate Lucy for every disease under the sun. It’s not fair that I can’t find a doggie daycare that will accept my healthy, homeopathically-treated girl — because I know what’s best for my dog. And believe me, I know for a fact she has absolutely zero chance of getting paroviris, hepatitis, canine adenovirus-2, parainfluenza, bordetella, leptospirosis, coronavirus, Lyme disease, or measles.

The good news is, I’m not alone. I’ve found a group of like-minded, concerned liberal arts majors who are skeptical of the profit motives of the companies that manufacture canine vaccines — and we’re banning together. We’ve formed our own Vaccine-Free Companion Animal Co-Op. And it’s working! Last week, when one of the dogs came down with kennel cough, we put them all together in the same room, just like our grandmothers did — to allow their natural immune systems to heal them.

At the moment, my Lucy can’t stop coughing, has a fever, is vomiting — and won’t eat or drink. But I can sleep at night knowing she’s free from all those unnatural drugs pumping through her veins. She’ll recover in a few days, unless she develops secondary bacterial pneumonia, which can be fatal. But that almost never happens.

Rehearsal for Racism

by Katie Matson-Daley @ The Salt Collective

What if we PRACTICED or REHEARSED what we will say when we witness harassment, threats and injustice? Denial, Hate, Silence and Shame This weekend, while traveling for business in Alabama, an African American friend of mine was denied service at a store.  She was called a series racial slurs and verbally threatened.  “I knew I … Continue reading Rehearsal for Racism

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Eczema Shampoo: How You Really Should Treat Eczema on Scalp At Home

by Alyssa François @ All Things Hair United States

Nip the frustration in the bud. 

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AXA

by Magda Adamska @ BrandStruck

Category: Financial services – insurance companies, asset management Owner of the brand: The AXA Group Key competitors: Allianz,  Aegon, Generali, ING, Aviva

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Batman – America’s Shadow

by Jay Bakker and Nathan Roberts @ The Salt Collective

For the last 75 years we have watched The Dark Knight defy the law, doling out justice as he sees fit. But every few years Batman crosses a line. So we give him a kid friendly make-over. This is the back and forth, the on again off again relationship America has had with Batman since the very beginning.

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