An immigration lawyer’s viral post reminds us that every statistic is a human story.

When we only hear immigration numbers, it’s easy to forget that each statistic is a human life. In the debates over people wanting to immigrate to the U.S., the people themselves sometimes get lost. That’s partly due the dehumanizing rhetoric of anti-immigration forces, and partly due to the impersonal nature of statistics. But immigration statistics are people. Some are people looking for better opportunities. Some are people desperately seeking safety. Some are people trying to be reunited with their family. As in any group of people, there are a undoubtedly a few bad apples, but the vast majority are honestly doing the best they can with the hand they’ve been dealt. Among those numbers are asylum seekers—people who are literally …

Rep. Ilhan Omar says she’s receiving more death threats

Image: mashable composite: justice.gov and Adam Bettcher / getty images  Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report is finally public, but it’s littered with redactions from Attorney General William Barr that are unexpectedly labeled, “Harm to Ongoing Matter.” People anticipated there could be some heavy redactions, but after the lengthy report was published, it became apparent that dozens of lines, and even entire pages, were blacked out with the words “Harm to Ongoing Matter” or HOM for short. After scrolling through the report and seeing the phrase used over and over again, people couldn’t resist calling out the overuse, and Twitter turned into a trove of “HOM” jokes. HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the poem HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the book HARM TO ONGOING …

Here Are The Symbols And Metaphors Hidden In The Movie Us

Kelly Peacock Updated April 15, 2019 By IMDB Maybe you’re a slut for metaphors and symbolism. Maybe you’ve just watched a nightmare of a movie (in the best way though, because Jordan Peele is an absolute genius). Maybe you have some questions and theories dancing around in your head. I’ve never watched a movie like this. I mean, I was . I kept my eyes peeled, desperately searching for the symbols and metaphors and easter eggs. So if you’re like me, and you’ve left the theater speechless and immediately googling theories and answers to your questions, I feel you, and I’ve gathered everything here. So let’s get some things out of the way first. The Tethered. What the heck? The …

Ancestry.coms Racist Ad Tumbles Into a Cultural Minefield

On Thursday, the world’s largest DNA testing company, Ancestry.com, pulled a video advertisement amid a cascade of criticism on social media. The ad, titled “Inseparable” and cinematically shot to portray a gauzy, gothic moment on the streets of the antebellum South, depicted a white man offering a black woman a ring and imploring her to “escape to the North” with him. In the captions, they are referred to as “lovers.” As the video ends, a stylized Canadian marriage certificate for the two characters dated 1857 appears and the voiceover urges the viewer to “uncover the lost chapters of your family history with Ancestry.” The ad appeared online earlier this month, but as BuzzFeed first reported, it didn’t draw much attention …

Shonda Rhimes: Sandra Oh’s Trailblazing Career ‘Is A Gift To Every Artist Of Color’

Sandra Oh’s groundbreaking career is an inspiration to another trailblazer, “Grey’s Anatomy” creator and showrunner wrote a tribute to the actress as part of Rhimes,  “She treats dialogue like notes of music — every word must be played, every syllable correctly toned,” Rhimes wrote, describing working with Oh, who played Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy,” as “one of the greatest gifts of my creative life.” The role “made her place in the acting landscape undeniable,” she wrote, and Oh’s latest role in “Killing Eve” “makes her legendary.” nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a TV drama, among many “Sandra Oh has chosen to fearlessly take up space in a universe that has not always made space for …

My Search for a Boyhood Friend Led to a Dark Discovery

Petey and I spent hours debating what to put in the tin. The treasure had to be something valuable enough that our grown-up selves would be glad to have it back. We gathered our best things and laid them out on my bed for inspection. Most of them struck us as childish junk, but a few stood out as objects with adult gravitas. I chose a Morgan silver dollar, a coiled-up trilobite fossil, and my finest arrowhead—an ancient beauty flaked out of petrified wood in which you could still see the tree rings. Among Petey's treasures were a squirrel skull, a miniature brass cannon from the USS Constitution's gift shop, and an intricate blob of lead he had made by …