The Louis C.K. Show Starring Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. is a master of digging himself into a hole of horrible thoughts and climbing out as the most open-minded person in the room. The problem is that his negative jokes about women weren’t just jokes. While I always assumed C.K. was being sarcastic, he was putting those sexist thoughts into practice behind the curtain. It brings into question the very moral compass…or lack thereof…that allowed him “sarcastically” say nasty things about himself, his ex-wife, his children, his audience, and the world around him. Is there a road to redemption?

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Yoshi Yui
Opening Doors to Communication

Last week was hard for me. Watching Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify to a panel of white, male senators about her sexual assault was gut-wrenching. Watching Judge Bret Kavanaugh testify about how he much loved beer and working out with Tobin was infuriating. It felt like women everywhere were looking for an outlet for these feelings. Rather than work through them in the gym or with a glass of wine, I took mine to the streets armed with only my PR background and enthusiasm for talking to strangers. 

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Molly Devlin
Successful Leaders Aren't Bullies

It is the uncommon character who can transcend trauma and transform it into strength. Rarer still is the survivor who can transmute the rage into a guidepost to a more conscious way of being. It is ultimately the very rarest of souls who can achieve this final feat with love and compassion, all in the pursuit of lifting others. Matt Paknis is one of those rarest of souls. In his new book, Successful Leaders Aren’t Bullies: How to Stop Abuse at Work and Build Exceptional Organizations, Matt shares his harrowing personal story of abuse and methods for identifying, addressing and preventing workplace abuse and bullying.

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Ellen Yui
Writing to a Human Audience

What strikes me about Eighth Grade was Burnham’s commitment to depicting real people with his characters. This movie is not about spectacle, but rather allows the audience to get wrapped up in the characters and their emotions. Most of the time, life isn’t dramatic or funny because of some literal ticking time-bomb or some other completely unbelievable snowballing of plot. Similarly, people aren’t tropes. While many movies romanticize the impossible, Burnham worked hard to make sure his characters were real people.

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Yoshi Yui
The Power Within

Serena Williams opened up about her experience with childbirth, motherhood and getting back into the sport she loves over this past year. She spoke about her health concerns that arose days after giving birth to her daughter, as well as her struggle with being unheard and ignored as a patient, which is a reality that many Black women also deal with at hospitals. As problems with her blood clots persisted, Serena found it beneficial to wear pants while shes plays to "keep the blood circulation going,” she said after her French Open return.

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Toyin Akinwande
Eat Sh*t and Die

This piece is in honor of Titus and Madison, who taught me about communicating personality without using words. Pets are capable of showing individuality and emotion like any human. Get a dog, they said. It’ll be your best friend, they said. That was not the case for Madison and Titus. Madison doesn’t consider me her friend. And Titus never believed I considered him my friend.

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Yoshi Yui
Annapolis

Before Thursday, people knew Annapolis for crabcakes, for the Naval Academy and maybe for Wedding Crashers. It’s a sleepy little sailing town, but it’s one that I call home. A few days ago it was the site of unspeakable violence. The gunman targeted our local paper, the Capital Gazette.

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Molly Devlin
Creating Spaces to Ignite Success in Others

21Ninety‘s Summit 21 conference provided black women with the tools needed to “Enrich and Elevate to Your Best Life.” A space was created to connect, grow, and be challenged amongst other powerful black women leaders across a variety of career paths. The potency of manifestation at its best.

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Toyin Akinwande
Women Working

Women comprised 46.9% of the US labor force in 2017, but only held 4.6% of CEO positions. For workplaces to fully thrive, the belief that women are unable to lead or uninterested in leading must be actively combated with intentional strategies.

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Courtany Schick
The Polarizing Power of Satire

Modern satire isn’t polarizing enough, because people from both ends of a debate perceive it as representative of their own beliefs. While that’s problematic when trying to persuade your audience, it can be extremely effective when it comes to getting exposure.

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Yoshi Yui
In Honor of the People and the Rights

On Memorial Day, we remember those who sacrificed their lives in the military, fighting to uphold the values of our country: equality, self-government, diversity and unity. Let us also remember the change that still needs to be done. The fallen US troops give us courage to stand up, or kneel, for what we believe in.

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Friends and Money

We were only two months into our time in the Gambia when it happened. “Amuma xarit! Amuma xarit!” We thought she was yelling, “I don’t have any money” at the man following us who eventually turned away. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), Megan had mixed up two similar-sounding words. “Xaalis” is what she meant; it’s the word that means money in Wolof, but “xarit” means friend. She was yelling “I have no friends!” at the man. No wonder he left us alone.

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Molly Devlin
Poetry, Motherhood & Connection

In Hebrew, neshama is the word for soul. I learned this from a mother I met. Literally meaning "breath," God's exhaling a soul can be likened to a glassblower forming a vessel. Today I share a poem of our encounter and our connection as mothers.

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Ellen Yui
Raise Your Hand Up for Education that Works

This Teacher Appreciation Week, we raise up both hands to acknowledge education that prepares individuals not only with practical career experience, but also with the confidence to pursue careers that allow them to bring their whole selves to work. As employers, we are so grateful to institutions like the University of Maryland for getting the next generation ready, and present, for the world.

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All Jokes Aside

Art is a personal experience; one that requires the trial and error satisfaction of just diving in. So, can comedy be taught in college, or does being a professional comedian require not taking it seriously in the first place?

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Yoshi Yui
Conscious Communications & Coffee

If you live in a city, you have places you go to kill time. For me, it’s the West Elm on Chestnut Street or the Barnes and Noble on Rittenhouse Square…which is right down the street from the Starbucks that sparked national outrage after a viral video of two black men being taken out in handcuffs after a manager at the Starbucks called the police. The two men were waiting for a friend.

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Molly Devlin