The definitive ‘Insecure’ friendship status rankings heading into the season finale

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As the fourth season of Issa Rae’s acclaimed series draws to a close, we take a look at the protagonist’s key relationships. Insecure fans have been dealing with Issa Dee’s drama for the past few years. We started season one watching her live an awkward and unfulfilled life—uncertain about love, uncertain about her job, and constantly unsure of her life choices. The one constant had always been her friendships, especially with Molly (Yvonne Orji). Their sisterhood was an assuring underlying theme. There was comfort in knowing that no matter how much Issa (Issa Rae) frustrated us with her sometimes questionable actions, she could always turn to Molly. Read Full Story

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Five things we learned about Michelle Obama from her Netflix documentary ‘Becoming’

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One of them is that if you’re holding out hope for her to save 2020, it’s not going to happen. “Your life isn’t yours anymore,” says Michelle Obama at the outset of Becoming , the new documentary based on her 2018 memoir of the same name. She makes the poignantly self-aware comment as she examines what her life will be like after spending the past eight years under the scrutiny that comes with life as the First Lady of the United States. Read Full Story

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Yvonne Orji’s HBO special ‘Momma, I Made It!’ is the laugh the black community needs right now

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We break down her new comedy special, why her ‘Insecure’ character Molly is misunderstood, and how she’s shining a brighter spotlight on African stories. For the past four years, we’ve gotten to know Yvonne Orji mainly through her role as Molly Carter in HBO’s Insecure . But Orji has been hustling on the standup circuit for years, selling out shows at New York City’s Carolines and opening for Chris Rock. Read Full Story

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How Monica Lewinsky became a leading cyberbullying advocate

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From her essential work helping to craft harrowing PSAs to her growing clout as a producer, Lewinsky has devoted herself to stopping this digital scourge. It’s not a distinction Monica Lewinsky is proud of, but in many ways, she was Patient Zero for cyberbullying. Today, she is a leading voice in the fight against online public shaming and its effects on young people. Working with the ad agency BBDO New York over the past three years, she has helped craft a series of searing public service announcements that bring to life some devastating statistics: that 59% of American teens have been harassed online, and a UNICEF poll found that one in three teens in 30 countries had been subjected to some form of cyberbullying. “The Epidemic,” which was launched in October 2019 and attracted national media such as The Today Show and Teen Vogue , follows an average American teen …

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What Madam C.J. Walker’s story (and Netflix series) means to black cosmetics entrepreneurs

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Janell Stephens of Camille Rose and Tristan Walker of Bevel and Form Beauty talk about what the pioneering businesswoman means to them as her story takes the spotlight. Madam C.J. Walker is one of the most storied business leaders in American history. Her life of philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and activism has empowered black women and families, and inspired black business owners for generations—even in the 21st Century. Despite her life being relegated to Black History Month bullet points, some of the most notable names in modern entrepreneurship have been inspired enough by her pioneering work to keep her legacy alive in elements of their own entrepreneurial ventures. Read Full Story

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MozCon Virtual 2020: Top Takeaways from Day One

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Posted by cheryldraper Today marked day one of the first-ever MozCon Virtual! Even though we weren’t together in person, it was so exciting to get the best people in the industry together again. So much of the day was different from what we expected six months ago, but the one thing we can always count on from our speakers is a MASSIVE amount of value. We’re talking insights, game plans, cheat codes — you name it, we’ve got it — and this year was no different. Let’s get to it. Sarah Bird — Welcome & State of the Industry It’s always inspiring to hear from our fearless leader. Sarah hit on some of the changes that we’ve seen this year and how they’ve affected both us as people and us as an industry. Sarah also laid out her thoughts on major SEO trends for 2020. AAAAAND WE'RE OFF! #MozCon Virtual …

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MozCon Virtual 2020: Top Takeaways from Day One

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Posted by cheryldraper Today marked day one of the first-ever MozCon Virtual! Even though we weren’t together in person, it was so exciting to get the best people in the industry together again. So much of the day was different from what we expected six months ago, but the one thing we can always count on from our speakers is a MASSIVE amount of value. We’re talking insights, game plans, cheat codes — you name it, we’ve got it — and this year was no different. Let’s get to it. Sarah Bird — Welcome & State of the Industry It’s always inspiring to hear from our fearless leader. Sarah hit on some of the changes that we’ve seen this year and how they’ve affected both us as people and us as an industry. Sarah also laid out her thoughts on major SEO trends for 2020. AAAAAND WE'RE OFF! #MozCon Virtual …

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Breaking down President Biden’s data-driven social media strategy

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Just days before the 2020 Presidential election, we reported that Joe Biden was outperforming Donald Trump on social media by certain key metrics. Despite the penetrating volume of Trump’s Twitter feed, Biden was earning more interactions per tweet, and far more interactions per user. Not only was Biden winning on Twitter, but his campaign was making an impact on YouTube and even on Twitch. And, of course, he won the election. But this wasn’t a social media campaign based on flair and instinct: it was tightly driven by social analytics. No-one can better explain how that worked in practice than Sarah Galvez, Director of Social Media and Audience Development at Biden for President. Sarah J. Galvez “I started out like many millennials as a consumer of the internet and social media,” Galvez told us. “I think I started my Twitter account in a computer lab while I was in high …

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RIP, Naya Rivera: Tributes to the ‘Glee’ actress celebrate her life and contribution to LGBTQ characters

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She leaves behind a son, whose life she saved before dying. Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, and Darren Criss are among those mourning her death. Five days after being reported missing, Naya Rivera was officially confirmed dead yesterday. Ventura County authorities found her body in Lake Piru, where she had been boating with her four-year-old son, who survives her. Reports indicate that she saved her son from drowning but was not able to save herself. The discovery of her remains came on the seventh anniversary of her former Glee co-star Cory Monteith’s death. Read Full Story

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I’m a working mom, and this is the career hack that’s helping me find balance

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A tax principal at PwC says that these hacks helped her get promoted and spend quality time with her children. When I approached my boss 14 years ago about working reduced hours, my life was at a crossroads. On one hand, I had just been promoted to a manager role at PwC. On the other hand, I was about to return to work from parental leave with my second child. Read Full Story

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