Viral rapper Saweetie is ready to show you who she really is

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For Saweetie, Pretty Bitch Music is both a full-circle moment and her finally stepping into hip-hop the way she wants to be seen. In 2017, rapper Saweetie had her breakout moment with the track “ICY GRL,” a cocky freestyle over the beat of Khia’s “My Neck My Back.” Quelling any notions of being a one-hit wonder, Saweetie scored another viral hit with 2019’s undeniable song of the summer, “My Type,” an anthem of particular preferences rapped to the tune of Petey Pablo’s “Freek-a-Leek.” Read Full Story

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My mom’s final adventure: navigating nursing care in the COVID-19 era

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Bouncing between hospitals and the senior community where she lived, my mother miraculously avoided contracting the coronavirus, but managing the last stage of her life during the pandemic presented some challenges. This article is part of Fast Company ‘s Lessons of Covid package, exploring some of the ways America has changed since the pandemic hit and what we have learned from it. Click here to read the entire series. Read Full Story

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Stuck in a quarantine cooking rut? There’s no better time to try a meal kit service

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Bored with my own vegetarian menus, I gave HelloFresh’s quick and easy meal kits a try. Here’s what I found. A few months ago, and after hitting a wall in quarantine cooking, my friend finally convinced me to try HelloFresh . “It’s the sauces,” she told me after I asked what drew her, a busy cook running a multi-generational household, to the meal kit service. She’d been ordering from the company for weeks, and raved about the recipes’ simplicity and success rates. So when she offered me a referral code, I obliged. Read Full Story

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Stop thinking of resilience as a trait. It’s more than that

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Resilience isn’t something you just have or lack. It’s a set of things you can do. After living in San Francisco for many years, my friend and her husband decided to relocate to New York City. Jessica (not her real name) is an Asian American woman in her early 30s. She began her first shift as a nurse practitioner at the psychiatric ward of an NYC hospital in March of 2020, just as the COVID-19 crisis was intensifying. Read Full Story

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This delightful new podcast describes memes for people who are blind or visually impaired

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The hosts of ‘Say My Meme’ want to increase the practice of ‘alt-tagging,’ which helps make images on the internet more accessible for people who are blind. “A mixed breed. Mostly white and dark brown fur. Short-haired cat with light blue eyes. She has a naturally furrowed brow and frown, making her appear grumpy. She’s laying in someone’s lap, belly up, and her head is cradled in the person’s hand. And it looks like she’s looking up at her owner, totally pissed.” Read Full Story

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To tell the real story, data journalist Mona Chalabi draws imperfect lines

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Chalabi explains how she creates her timely graphics, which often go viral on Instagram. Data tells a story, and when it’s in the hands of Mona Chalabi, data editor for The Guardian U.S., the tale can be riveting. The London-­born, New York–based journalist of Iraqi descent has made a career of creating striking visualizations that highlight unexpected issues ranging from female hair-­removal to anti-Semitism in Europe, which have been shared as many as 2.2 million times on her personal Instagram account. Recently, she has garnered attention for depicting statistics related to the novel coronavirus and police brutality targeting Black people in the United States. Here, Chalabi—who has also hosted and produced Strange Bird , a Guardian podcast on how numbers shape our lives—talks about bias in data collecting, how she developed her signature style, and why she makes graphics for her least-informed reader first. Read Full Story

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Burnout put me in the hospital. This is what I learned about healthy work-life balance

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A neurolinguistics coach recalls when a doctor told her that she was so stressed for so long that she had to either change her lifestyle or have surgery to staple her organs to keep them in place. In my corporate job, I was turning up and smiling at parties, but inside I was burning out and only just treading water. It all felt like too much. I was too far past my boundaries and saw my only choice as quitting. I barely spoke about my situation except to laugh off how awful it was. Read Full Story

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Former Pinterest executive: ‘I really hit the glass ceiling very hard’

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At the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Françoise Brougher talked about her experience with gender discrimination—and what companies can do to create a more equitable work culture. In April, Françoise Brougher was fired from her post as the chief operating officer at Pinterest. The news was delivered to her during a 10-minute video call, and, as Brougher later recounted in a Medium post , the only explanation Pinterest offered was that she was not collaborative and lacked “strong cross-functional relationships.” Read Full Story

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