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Happy Earth Day!

by Mico Coluccio

Today on April 22nd marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day! Each year, the Earth Day Network promotes positive ideas in an attempt to change our planet for the better.

Beginning in 1970, Earth Day's purpose gave light to the emerging decision to take action and protect the planet we call home. 20 millions Americans took action, protesting against the negative impacts to nature due to the Industrial Revolution. Since the first celebration of Earth Day, the cause and movement has grown to become a necessary step in environmental change.

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Red Bull Magazine Honorees Explain: What Makes A Hero?

STORIES BEYOND THE ORDINARY celebrates the amazing heroes featured in The Red Bulletin's (RED BULL) inaugural Heroes of the Year issue. At this exclusive event hosted by Journalist Bonnie Bernstein, we find out what inspires, challenges and makes these inaugural honorees truly extraordinary.

Here is a little bit about each honoree and their unique perspective on what makes someone a hero:

Mario Bonfante Jr. – "Invest in yourself and continue to chase your passion"

Injured in a biking accident at the age of 17 and now a quadriplegic, Bonfante refused to let his limitations stop his dreams in their tracks. He took fate into his own hands and designed custom hand-controlled driving technology out of his bedroom, allowing him to pursue his passion for racing at speeds over 130 mph.

Lisa Wang – "Impacting the world through collaboration"

A former rhythmic gymnastics champion, Lisa grew up in an environment where her peers were often her competition. Today, as the Founder and CEO of SheWorx, she's learned that collaboration is another path to victory and has since inspired more than 20,000 female entrepreneurs to build and scale successful companies.

Richard 'Crazy Legs' Colón – "Taking charge when called on"

Once an aspiring Puerto Rican B-Boy from the Bronx, Richard escaped his own poverty and family abuse to become one of the most well-known B-Boys in the world. Having performed for the Queen of England and in nearly every European capital city, Colón was living out his dreams. However, when he saw the devastation Hurricane Maria caused in Puerto Rico, he was compelled to take action and immediately caught a flight to support the island's recovery efforts first-hand.

Doris Muñoz – "Self Sacrifice for the benefit of others"

A 24-year-old recent graduate from California State University, Fullerton, Doris is already a successful music manager and entrepreneur. Born to undocumented parents from Mexico, Muñoz has grown up with the fear of losing her family to ICE. Now representing up-and-coming Mexican American artist Cuco and other acts, Doris organizes events and benefit concerts to fund immigration activism, raising money for undocumented families across the country.

Dave Mackey – "Not accepting physical limits to the body and mind"

A decorated ultra-runner, Dave crushed his leg in a grisly mountain accident while running in Colorado's iconic Bear Peak. He underwent 13 surgeries to save his leg, but when the final outcome allowed him to walk but unable to run, Dave made the harrowing decision to amputate his leg so he could return to the sport he loves.

Lindsey Vonn:

Considered by many to be the greatest skier in United States history. Although highly recognized and celebrated, Vonn has experienced a series of complicated injuries throughout her career. Refusing to give up amid a series of physical setbacks, Lindsey will compete in this winter's World Cup and if she achieves five wins, she will become the winningest skier, male or female, in history.

Learn more about this inspiring group at: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqsbY_UB6x_/

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World Farm Animal Day!

You may be familiar with the nursery rhyme about a man named Macdonald who had a farm. As children, we spend so much time celebrating farm animals but our awareness of them tends to fade as we get older. Luckily, in 2005, Animal Rescuer and Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige decided that she would create a Holiday in their honor. National Farm Animal Day raises awareness about the plight of slaughter animals, as well as find homes for those that have been abandoned or abused. We have decided to take part in this celebration and are sharing a few of our most inspiring farm stories on this special day!

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Dance Gave Her Love, a Community, and an Identity

At 2 1/2 years old, Shaina Schwartz and her Mom went to see the Nutcracker. Even though this was the first time she had ever seen any kind of a dance performance, as soon as it was over she excitedly said, "Mommy, that's what I want to do!"

Her long road toward becoming a dancer and then an owner and founder of a dance company had its share of ups and downs. Shaina started taking ballet lessons at a professional studio in New Hampshire at 5 years old and in her younger years, the regimen and regularity of the training was a good fit for her serious nature.

As time went on, however, the excitement of learning technique and performing with the company began to wane. "In my high school years," Shaina recalled, "I spent a lot of time forcing myself to mold myself into what I thought dance directors and choreographers wanted me to be, and it wasn't working." After years steeped in the discipline of ballet, Shaina felt only anxiety, not joy, in her dancing, so she walked away from what had been a mainstay of her life.

It was not until she was in her twenties that, by chance, a friend brought Shaina to a dance festival where she was able to see the Boston Tap Company, with renowned founder, Sean Fielder. Shaina was immediately reconnected with her deep, inner love of dance and decided to audition, even though she was not a tap dancer. She spent months teaching herself tap from YouTube videos, and eventually her drive to learn routines and develop technique earned her an invitation to join the company.

With this kind of determination and drive, it's not a big surprise that Shaina is now the owner/founder of the dance company, Touché Taps. Under her direction, dancers are trained, not rehearsed, in an inclusive and positive atmosphere. Watch and learn how she has overcome obstacles to grown as a dancer, a director and an educator.

Follow Shaina on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/touchetaps/ (@touchetaps)

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Celebrating World Health Day!

Spring is finally here with a feeling of freshness and renewal. It's a great time to reflect on what inspiration we want to carry into the warmth of the summer months and what we will leave behind from the cold winter days. For many people this could mean increasing their physical activities taking advantage of the warm weather and longer days. Generally, people are more motivated to go exercise, eat healthier food, and take care of both their mental and physical health. What a perfect time of year for World Health Day.

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3rd Generation Family Farm is Bustling Community Hub - South Mountain Creamery

The Sowers family has been farming in Middletown, Maryland for almost 40 years and in all that time their philosophy has never changed - producing and delivering products that you can put on your table and feel good about. Fresh. Produced responsibly. Wholesome and nutritious.

Randy and Karen Sowers started farming in 1981. They rented the land and took out a loan to buy 100 cows. By 1987, they had purchased the home farm of 100 acres. By 2001, they had their own on farm-dairy processing plant, the first in Maryland. Today, three generations of the Sowers family (Randy and Karen's kids, Abby and Ben, and their spouses and children) owns and operates 2,200 acres, with 550 milking cows, over 100 beef cattle, and 16,000 laying chickens.

The Sowers have grown their little family farm, which employees over 75 people, into a centerpiece where people can gather and experience how an authentic, functioning farm really works. They host events like carnivals and tours of the farm, and rent out their space for community events. "South Mountain Creamery being part of the community, I call it 'Grass Roots'", Ben explains. "We want to show how we care about our animals, what we do it for and that's why we open ourselves up. We want to show the good and the bad."

They bottle their own milk, they make their own butter, yogurt, and ice cream and deliver farm fresh ingredients right to your front door, just like the milkmen used to do in the olden days. They also supply their farm fresh ingredients to local restaurants, bakeries, butchers, shops, and retail outlets.

The family is happy to be stewards of the land and are proud of being one of the top charitable donation organizations in the area. "We love to get people to come. We get 30,000 people a year here and we get to teach each and every one of them what agriculture is all about." Giving back to their community is one of the most important things they do.

Watch how South Mountain Creamery started from a small 2 person farm and grew over the years through hard work and family dedication, into a large prosperous family run business that the surrounding community knows and loves.

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Hungry Harvest is Rescuing Ugly Produce To Feed The Needy

Every year 20 billion pounds of produce goes to waste, never leaving the farm, based on appearance. Too big, too small, misshapen, whatever the reason, healthy, edible food is left to rot while millions go hungry. Hungry Harvest is an organization that aims to reduce food waste while getting quality produce to those in need.

The CEO and Co-Founder Evan Lutz started this company while still in college. He had the brainstorm that he could solve two problems at once by using one to solve the other. "I started a project that used one farmer's surplus produce to sell to college students at the University of Maryland," he explained. "I set up a farm stand in the basement of a dorm. After 6 months, 500 customers were coming to our stand every week. That's when I knew this idea could really take off."

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Black Girl Geek Magic – She’s Blazing The Trail For All Like Her

Her family's love of good stories, whether they were comics, anime, video games or even the Harry Potter Books, were all a key part of shaping the "geek" in Jamila Rowser's personality while traveling the world as a military brat with her Air Force mother.

That mix of creativity and imagination that often makes it difficult to fit into new situations was the spark for her popular Girl Gone Geek blog, the root from which all of her other creations have sprouted. "I wanted to write about something I was really passionate about, which was geek culture," Jamila shares. "That one is always going to hold a special place in my heart."

Since starting the blog where she shares her thoughts and musings about modern culture, Jamila has become sought after to appear on podcasts and make public appearances at multiple Comic Cons, Book Festivals, and Comic Expos all over the world that allow her to stay connected with her fans and personally meet many of her followers.

A new venture that sprang from Jamila's blog was the idea of a Geek Girl Brunch. This has now become an international organization which has the mission to create safe spaces for women who self-identify as geeks, no matter their level of fandom. Jamila wanted these brunches to allow girl geeks to be themselves, create lifelong friendships, inspire each other, and just hang out and talk. Now, Geek Girl Brunch has over 4,000 members from 80 chapters in 7 countries and it's still growing.

Jamila has also worked on multiple comics and authored several of her own including Wash Day and Wobbledy 3000. These comics (in collaboration with artists Robyn Smith on Wash Day and Sabii Borno for Wobbledy 3000) brought attention to African American culture and everyday things women go through that weren't being talked about in that medium. Yet another new venture, Straight Outta Gotham, created in a collaboration with her boyfriend, Jemar Souza, showcases references in the music of hip hop playlists that point out geek culture.

Jemar admires how Jamila has evolved from being a spectator in her early days to now being a cultural creator. "She's putting her stamp down that this is my space, too, and I'm going to kill it how I want." After watching this story about this intriguing woman, you will be on the lookout for Jamila everywhere!

Learn more about Jamila at: https://www.jamilarowser.com/

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