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Caroline Siede

Caroline Siede is a freelance writer living in Chicago where the cold never bothers her anyway. She frequently contributes to The A.V. Club and documents her experiences in the city on her blog Introverted Chicago. When not contemplating time travel paradoxes, she often tweets sarcastic things @CarolineSiede.

Star Wars star won’t reveal plot secrets, dad forces him to do dishes

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New cast member John Boyega has already established himself as the jokester of the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Londoners reject sexist “beach body” ad with creative protests

via @Laura_Stevens1

via @Laura_Stevens1

Advertising that objectifies women is pretty much the norm for everything from shampoo ads to weight loss plans.

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Orphan Black fan explains the importance of the show's LGBTQ representation

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I’m a firm believer that media representation has a huge impact on how we see the world.

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Jeremy Renner tries to convince us Hawkeye isn’t lame via song

It’s pretty clear that Hawkeye is the most useless Avenger, but that didn’t stop Jeremy Renner from trying to convince us otherwise on The Tonight Show. To the tune of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” he argues that Hawkeye has a ton of skills beyond archery. You know, like bowling, scarf collecting, and playing trombone in a ska band. And hey, at least we now know Hawkeye sounds a bit like Adam Duritz when he sings.

Hayley Atwell is dressed as her character Peggy Carter in her license photo

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Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell is an all-around delightful human

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This dog loves playgrounds

And I love this dog!

Check out the owner's Tumblr for more photos and videos. She emphasizes that Riven loves going down slides and wasn't hurt when she went down this one.

Color Of Change explains “Why Accurate Coverage Of Crime Matters”

Media representation has a huge impact on how we see the world.

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Black Youth Project 100 joins Fight For 15 movement

photo via Fight For 15 Chicago Twitter

Black Youth Project 100 is an amazing activist group fighting for racial justice across the country.

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Activist DeRay McKesson masterfully shuts down Wolf Blitzer

DeRay McKesson has been a crucial voice in the Black Lives Matter movement

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Amy Schumer parodies boy bands' obsession with "natural beauty"

I collected various points of view on make-up a few weeks ago, and here’s one more to add to the collection.

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On the emotional toll of racism

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My friend and colleague Pilot Viruet published a wonderful essay on Medium called “Black Exhaustion”.

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Political cartoon skewers biased media coverage

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This simple cartoon speaks volumes about the media’s tendency to demonize black people and sympathize with white people.

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A different kind of Martin Luther King, Jr. quote

Gracie Mansion, Rev. Martin Luther King press conference / World Telegram & Sun photo by Dick DeMarsico

As tensions rise in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, yet another black victim of police brutality, I’ve noticed that some well-meaning (usually white) people have a tendency to quote Martin Luther King, Jr.

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100 years of Mexican beauty in just over a minute

Cut Video has been releasing these awesome 100 Years Of Beauty videos for a while now

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Sesame Street spoofs The Avengers in "Aveggies: Age Of Bon Bon"

Sesame Street always kills it when it comes to movie parodies

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Website documents “Shit People Say To Women Directors”

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Why are there are so few female directors working in Hollywood? Could it be the raging sexism that occurs at every level of production?

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Stephen Hawking gives existential advice to One Direction fans

Stephen Hawking appeared via hologram at the Sydney Opera House this weekend and he offered some surprisingly sweet words of comfort to Directioners.

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