Colorado’s next governor could be a gay man. It’s a big deal.

The name Jared Polis may not ring a bell. But by November 2018 it should. As a gubernatorial candidate, the businessman and politician is championing a boldly blue platform in the traditionally purple state of Colorado. And he just took a big step toward the history books. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images. On June 26, the 43-year-old father of two — who’s focused his campaign on issues like Medicare for all and universal public preschool — defeated his Democratic primary challengers and is headed to the general election with the wind at his back. If he succeeds in November, Polis…

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A pediatrician’s viral post will bring you to tears and inspire you to be a better person.

Pediatrician Alastair McAlpine gave some of his terminal patients an assignment. What they told him can inspire us all. “Kids can be so wise, y’know,” the Cape Town doctor and ultra-marathon enthusiast posted to his Twitter account. He asked the young patients, short on time, about the things that really mattered to them. What followed was a string of life advice that’ll make you want to be a better person, no matter how old you are. For an assignment, I asked some of my terminal paediatric palliative care patients what they had enjoyed in life, and what gave it meaning.…

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The original ‘Silence Breaker’ who didn’t make that cover plus more kick-ass black women.

This is the sixth edition of “This week in black women,” a weekly column dedicated to signal-boosting the black women who make the world spin. This week, I’m cheering for Atlanta’s mayor-elect, Tarana Burke, and two books sure to land on your wishlist. Support these women! Pay these women! Follow them! Encourage them! Let’s do this. “We see you”: Tarana Burke In 2006, activist Tarana Burke founded the Me Too movement as a way to help survivors of sexual assault and violence. More than a decade later, Burke’s work became part of a pivotal national conversation about survivors and sexual…

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