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The new public resource seeks to reduce domestic violence in Bogotá by eradicating machismo and providing a safe space for callers

Photo by Siavash Ghanbari on Unsplash

In Bogotá, Colombia, a phone operator listens intently to the man on the other end of the phone. The caller, 23, is reeling from his girlfriend’s decision to leave him. It’s a development that’s devastating, but not completely unexpected; after all, he regularly accused his partner of infidelity without justification, often questioning the nature of her male friendships. Despite knowing he was in the wrong, he also felt he had nowhere to turn to deal with the insecurities that had a toxic — and ultimately terminal — effect on his relationship.

As a Mexican American poet, tapping into my interior meant breaking through a shell of expectations for men of color

Art by Lisa Max (Oakland School for the Arts student)

Stage One: Body

There’s something distinctly violent about piñatas. How they’re formed from discarded scraps into a beautiful fragility that we publicly destroy — a celebratory smashing at a young age. How they’re colorfully filled with sweets and goods to be grabbed by a hustle of hands once their insides are spilled. How, at parties, we act as both witnesses and participants in this act of playful breakage.

Anti-Blackness is global

“I began to wistfully imagine myself living in the City of Lights. Unencumbered by the constant stress of American racism, I’d finally be able to live life to the fullest. I’d join the ranks of Black icons like Josephine Baker and James Baldwin, hobnobbing with Parisian intelligentsia and the woke jet set. I’d eat a chocolate croissant every single day.

It is easy to believe that Puerto Rico cannot stand on its own and needs statehood, but the truth is a more complicated matter

A woman waves a Puerto Rican flag during a protest against the referendum on the political status of Puerto Rico in San Juan on June 11, 2017. Photo: RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images

The clouds in Puerto Rico possess a unique beauty. White and drunk with humidity, their billowy faces tumble over each other; they graze on the horizon more than move over it. And beneath them, almost everywhere you go on the island, you’ll find a flag displaying a single white star shining amid a bed of blue.

Just Rankin’ Sh!t

The unthinkable already happened once, you think it can’t happen again?

Photo: NurPhoto/Getty Images

5. Germany

With Berlin a longtime hotbed for Black artists comin outta left field — not to mention the near nonexistent homelessness rate, or the fact they got the Covid-19 shit figured out with the quickness — makes this an easy escape.

4. New Zealand

The sightseeing alone is worth a trek to the other end of the world. Are there weird man-sized bats? Absolutely. Billionaires building apocalypse bunkers? Sure. But it’s also one of the least densely populated countries in the world — so there’s still plenty of space between the hollow-mountain compounds. (Plus, Taika Waititi can make a damn movie.)

3. Argentina

We don’t know…

I want children to see more people who look like me at the theater

Photo courtesy of Alabama Ballet

I had always known I was different — I guess I never knew how different. But walking into a dance studio made it clear to me.

Just Rankin’ Sh!t

Cause of death: Not Covid-19 but something much stranger

Photo illustration; image source: Alastair Macewen/Getty Images

6. Instagram-related dry-ice incident

Dyin’ for the ’Gram: always in style.

5. Murder hornets

These hornets aren’t your friends. It’s right there in the name — they don’t want your wallet or to set up shop under your roof’s eaves; they want to ice your ass.

4. Falling propane tank

Only Hank Hill wishes he could go out like this.

3. Bubonic plague

It’s back! Websites say not to worry, but did you not hear the words “bubonic” and “plague” in the same sentence?

2. Not-at-all-suspicious nitrous-oxide-filled balloons in a Russian apartment

Pray that the Russian Twitter bots don’t start sending balloons overseas.

1. Five tornadoes at the same time

One tornado is scary; five are just karmic retribution on a cosmic scale. What did you do, bruh?

Fathers of the missing do everything possible to give their families hope, normalcy, and closure

People take part in a march on January 26, 2015, at the Zócalo square in Mexico City commemorating four months of the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa. Photo: Alfredo Estrella/Getty Images

Adolfo López Ramírez always wears a tucked-in button-down shirt; he looks steady even though he must do the unimaginable.

The ‘news deserts’ that plague the country’s poorest communities may be turning into oases

A view of Complexo do Alemão. Photo: picture alliance/Getty Images

The majority of Brazil’s population is Black and mixed-race. That same population also makes up the majority of the country’s poorest and most excluded communities in the outskirts and favelas of major cities. Black and mixed-race Brazilians are 2.7 times more likely than their White counterparts to be murdered, and they constitute more than three quarters of homicide victims in the country.

Tourists need to stay away from Puerto Rico during these uncertain coronavirus times

Tourists on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico in defiance of a coronavirus stay-at-home order on March 21, 2020. Photo: RICARDO ARDUENGO/Getty

Puerto Rico under quarantine is not so different from Puerto Rico on a regular day. Thick, pillowy clouds tumble over themselves just above the horizon. The sun beats down with unrelenting heat, bronzing skin and fading paint on houses. Giant, tapering palms sway in the gentle trade winds. But over it all, a pervasive sense of emptiness descends.

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