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With everything going on in the last couple of weeks, it is important to remember that there is still some good in this world. With Orlando being hit with two major catastrophes over the span of several days (the Orlando Club Massacre and the alligator attack on a 2-year-old at Walt Disney World), it is not surprising that many are clinging to positive news to help remind themselves that although tragedy can strike at any time, people can still find a way to show love to one another. It does not matter how small the gesture or kindness, it is important that, when able, people rise to the occasion. At least, this is the perspective of one man, Bo Graf.

Graf took to Facebook to share a special moment of human kindness he experienced in his hometown. He usually takes his lunch at the local grocery store, Ingles Markets, but on this day he caught a stunning portrayal of human decency that compelled him to snap a photo.

He later posted it to Ingles Markets’ Facebook page with the following caption:

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This weekend left me with such doubt and sadness for Our America! Although I eat at Ingles regularly, for some reason I left a little later for lunch today! God put me at this place, this moment in time for a reason. Maybe it’s simply to capture this moment, maybe to change the way I look at the world today and the kids of tomorrow, or perhaps how I could change the way I live each day; there are so many reasons that put me in this brief moment. I went and spoke to the young man, Brandon Rollins, and told him what he did meant a lot more than just helping a little lady today. It touched my life as well as I hope touches all of your lives. I personally haven’t seen anything like this in years and thought everyone should see/feel this moment as well. This is how America should be! And hopefully this is the America of tomorrow!!!

What an inspiring account. May Graf’s words continue to spread the message of human kindness and encourage others to pay it forward, whenever they can, as well!  In fact, the Ingles Markets was so impressed by their associate, Brandon Rollins, that they honored him with a cake!  They posted the photo along with the following caption on their Facebook page:

Ingles associate Brandon Rollins from our Cherrydale-Greenville SC Ingles store is thanked by co-workers for his example of kindness that made the news.

Way to go, Brandon Rollins! 🙂

 


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Pit Bull Bait Dog With Deep Wounds Returns Love To Saviours – Heartbreaking

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If you google search ‘pit bull bait dog rescue’, your heart will break in pieces. There are so many heartbreaking stories out there of these beautiful dogs being used and abused by terrible people.

This story however, is one that inspires hope against all odds and will move you as you watch what a bit of real love can do to a soul that has been tormented for years.

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This poor pup, feared being hit by a car was found on the side of the road, thought dead. Upon closer inspection they found him severely injured with deep, infected and life threatening wounds which turned out to be the tell tale signs of dog fighting. But guardian angel, Tia with her team came to the rescue by rushing him to the vet and saving his life. Your heart will melt when you see his reaction after being cared for! We salute Tia and her rescue team for this act of love.

Please share if you believe all animals should have the right to be loved!


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Brooklyn’s Fourth Annual Curlfest Celebrates Natural Beauty

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This past Saturday at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, #BlackGirlMagic was abound!

Thousands of black women attended the fourth annual Curlfest, which is the country’s largest natural beauty festival.

And these women have some serious style. Check out some of our favorite looks below – from waist-length braids to crowns to ornamental butterflies.

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The annual festival is sponsored by the five women of Curly Girl Collective. Curly Group Collective is a marketing group specializing in multicultural beauty. Their goal is to celebrate women all around the world by appreciating their natural looks.

Tracey Coleman, the director of events at Curlfest, stated in a press conference, “Curlfest was founded on the idea of you all needing to be celebrated. If you look around, and you see images of beauty, they don’t necessarily look like us.”

When Coleman was asked about the natural hair movement, she said, “The great thing about the movement now is that barrier is being broken down; there’s no good hair and there’s no bad hair. Healthy hair is what’s good, so that’s what we’re here to promote.”


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This Woman Wants Us To Know That Dress Sizes Are B.S.

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Instagrammer Michelle Elman wants women to know that dress sizes are complete B.S.

Five years ago, Michelle was a UK size 12. Now, she’s a size 20. However, she still fits in a dress that she bought five years ago. She says she wants to use this as a reminder to anyone who is unhappy with their size that “numbers don’t mean anything.”

NUMBERS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING. I found a dress in my cupboard the other day that I had since I was in sixth form. The dress is a size 14. I bought it 5 years ago when I was a size 12. Now, I'm a size 20. And yet, I still fit it. Which just proves that NUMBERS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING. So are you really going to let a change a dress size dictate your day? Are you really going to let an increase in a number affect your mood? Same dress. Still comfortable. Still beautiful. (In fact, I think I look better and happier now!) A higher dress size doesn't mean: – you are less beautiful – you are less worthy – you are less lovable – you are a worse human – you are a bad person – you are a different person AND it doesn't even mean you have a bigger body. You could go up a dress size by simply changing stores… (or countries). You can change dress sizes because of the time of the day or simply due to whether you are on your period or not. If you look at your cupboard and you find it harder and harder to find something to wear because of a change in clothing size, I have a great solution for you… throw out all clothes that don't fit. Looking at your wardrobe shouldn't be something that makes you feel insecure and sad so make sure everything in your wardrobe fits! Numbers don't matter. Not the number on the back of your jeans, on the scale or even the number in your bank account. You are not a number. #OneTakeBeauty #BodyPositivity EDIT: For anyone saying I'm lying about my size. Check my stories

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Michelle explains that she “always had this fear of going over 200 pounds.” She says she promised herself that she would never “cross that point.” But when she was 19, she underwent bowel obstruction surgery.

“When I came out, I was only allowed to eat low fiber foods and was prevented from eating any vegetables and fruits and from exercising,” she said. Whilst I felt the urge to diet and exercise, I knew my body needed to recover from my abdominal surgeries and so I sat down with myself and made a choice to prioritize my health and accept the weight gain as part of my recovery.”

Michelle continued to gain weight.

“Although I struggled with that mentally, that’s ultimately how I began loving my body,” says Michelle. “I realized I was simply grateful for having survived so many surgeries and still having the ability to use body was a gift.”

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Picking up on a few of the comments from yesterday's post. "You look good for a size 20" – This is not a compliment. It's like saying that an older woman looks good "for her age". Who says size 20 women can't look good? Who says older women can't look good? It's ALSO an insult to all my other size 20 babes. When you say I look good for a size 20, it usually means I look skinnier than a size 20 which still sends the message: thin = good, fat = bad. "You are lying, you aren't a size 20" – I am a U.K. Size 20. It is a fact that changes depending on which store but the majority of my clothes are size 20. That is a fact. This assumption that I'm lying is contingent on your perception of what a size 20 looks like. This perpetuates the idea that fat equals ugly or unattractive which is most definitely DOES NOT! "You distorted camera angles + edited it to look skinnier" – It was not a preprepared photo that I planned from 5 years ago so yes different angles but it's the only photo I had in the dress. The photo from 2012 had a filter because another person took that photo. The one from 2017 is not edited/filtered in anyway. These assumptions are based on the fact I have something to hide. NOT HIDING. Right here telling you my dress size. "You aren't even fat. You should stop invalidating the struggles of actual fat women and taking away from the movement" – I don't know what you deem as "actual fat" but both my weight + my dress size indicates I am. I use the word fat because it's not an insult. When you tell me I'm not allowed to use a word that describes me, when I experience the marginalisation of anyone in my size, that invalidates MY experience of being fat-bodied. In terms of taking away from the movement, you'll be hard pushed to find another mixed-race, not able-bodied, fat scarred woman talking about chronic illness and chronic pain and THAT representation matters. In summary, if people tell you they are a certain size, believe them. They are the ones picking out their clothes! You can be the same dress size + look bigger/smaller as shown in the two photos above! Whatever your size, you look good for your size 😉 #scarrednotscared #onetakebeauty

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Michelle’s Instagram posts prove that sizes truly mean nothing.

“Appreciate your body for all that it does for you every day to keep you alive and breathing. Your body is the sole reason you are still here and you are lucky that it works.

“Numbers are numbers, they can’t measure how healthy you are and they can’t measure how happy you are in your body. There’s no point in having a small dress size if you have to deprive yourself or miss out on your life in order to achieve that number.”


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