Chadwick Boseman: American Hero

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Actor Chadwick Boseman has died of colon cancer at the age of 43.

Boseman, most famous for his portrayal of T’Challa in Black Panther, personified grace and dignity onscreen and off. In April of this year, Boseman donated $4.2 million worth of PPE to hospitals serving the Black community.

A staunch supporter of the BLM movement, Boseman challenged Hollywood’s encouragement of “the epidemic of police violence and culture of anti-Blackness.”

Boseman made a name for himself playing Black icons like Jackie Robinson (42), Thurgood Marshall (Marshall), and James Brown (Get On Up), but it was the role of T’Challa that bridged the generational gap.

Black Panther gave Black filmgoers of all ages a portrayal of Africans that had never been seen before. In the fictional Wakanda, brains receive as much praise as brawn. Wakanda’s fiercest warriors, the Dora Milaje, are an all-female unit, and there is a heavy focus on STEM education in the Black community.

Boseman knew the profound impact the film would have on impressionable young minds. “There’s a thirst for a Black superhero,” he said. And he was right.

In the wake of protests following the tragic murders of Black people by the police, Boseman’s death feels especially heavy.

Black communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the death of such an inspirational figure adds another layer of grief.

It’s normal to grieve for someone you’ve never met. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of pain and suffering the world has faced this year.

I can only imagine how tired Chadwick Boseman must have been, but he chose to share his gift with the world anyway.

Diagnosed in 2016, Boseman portrayed T’Challa, king of Wakanda, in four action films. He allowed us to witness his strength and dedication without ever letting on that he was suffering.

But Chadwick Boseman should not be used as ableist porn. We can applaud his efforts without shaming others. I believe that’s the last thing he would want.

While most of us never had the opportunity to meet him, we let him into our lives (and our hearts) through his work.

He will never be forgotten.

Friday was the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. It was also Jackie Robinson Day.

From now on, it will also be remembered as a day we lost a superhero.

Rest In Peace, King.

Wakanda forever!

Donations to BLM can be made here.

How to Help the Navajo Nation During the Pandemic

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The Navajo Nation, the country’s largest reservation, stretches across 16 million acres of land in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. As of May 27, the Navajo Nation had the highest per capita infection rate — over 4,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 173,000 residents.

By June 14, over 6,600 cases had been confirmed with over 300 deaths. While no longer the country’s coronavirus hotspot, the Navajo — or Diné, as they prefer to be called — suffered an infection rate higher than 15 states.

With an unemployment rate of over 40% and many residents living on less than $12,760 per year, the pandemic is yet another challenged faced by an impoverished nation.

One third of the population suffers from diabetes, heart conditions, and lung disease, further exacerbating the virus’ impact on infected individuals. Worst of all, the abysmal lack of grocery stores — only 13 in a 27,413 square mile area — makes social distancing nigh on impossible. Residents from different households frequently carpool to the nearest store to save on gas.

The lack of access to clean water is also a massive barrier against fighting COVID-19. According to a study conducted by the US Water Alliance and DIGDEEP, Native Americans face a greater lack of clean water than any other group in the country.

Casino closures have also devastated tribal nations. Dr. Philip Smith, a Navajo Nation resident, states that those living in the interior of reservations — in other words, further away from non-tribal land — rely on seasonal tourism work as their sole source of income.

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And if all of this sounds like a disaster of epic proportions, bear in mind that it’s all a direct result of deeper, systemic abuse perpetuated by the American government against Indigenous tribes.

The CARES Act, the Federal coronavirus relief bill, allocated $8 billion to Native American tribes, but much damage had already been done by the time payments began to trickle out.

The Diné are fighting for survival amidst a global pandemic while facing abject poverty, limited access to water and fresh food, a crumbling infrastructure, substandard healthcare, and limited opportunities for education.

Here’s how you can help:

Donate directly to the Navajo Relief Fund.

Donate to the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 GoFundMe.

Donate to the Far East Navajo COVID-19 Response Fund.

Donate to Protect Native Elders.

Buy from Indigenous-owned brands.

Shop Native-owned Etsy stores.

If you run an Indigenous-owned shop, please leave the link in the comments so I can update this list!

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Making Money Online

Remember back in March when we all thought we’d be sipping Mai Tais on the beach by now if we just stayed home for a few weeks? Remember how idealistic we were?

Miss Rona remembers, and it looks like she’s here to stay through summer. (At least.)

With many schools putting out official statements that they won’t reopen until January, several governors threatening noncompliant, mask-hating morons with another statewide shutdown, and the state of the economy basically turning into a steaming pile of shit… can you really afford not to make money online?

I don’t mean to sound like a scary Arbonne Hun — you know, the ones who say things like, “If you can’t afford the $250 sign-on fee, you can’t afford not to do this!” — but it’s  getting really scary out there for a lot of people.

So I’m breaking down legitimate ways to make money online that don’t involve the usual advice. I’m not going to tell you to start a blog or a YouTube channel. I’m not going to advertise my Pinterest course. (Hint: I don’t have one.) Sure, those can be great in the long run, but it takes a whole lot of hard work, even more luck, and there’s no guarantee you’ll make a single penny doing it.

I’m going to give you real, actionable advice on how to make money online without taking a single survey or selling your soul to an MLM.

(No shade to the consultants. I truly believe most of them are victims of the companies they work for. If you’re making bank with an MLM, good for you, but this is a resource for people who don’t want to do that.)

Why should you listen to me? Because I work online. I didn’t start off in an office and transition to working from home during quarantine. I found my job online, and you can do it, too. Let’s get into it.

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Search Legitimate Websites

I know how tempting it is to Google “work at home jobs” and go click-happy with the links. We’ve all been there. It’s because I’ve been there that I wanted to make this guide.

Always consider the source. You wouldn’t look for jobs on a website called Joe’s Plumbing unless you’re looking for a job as a plumber, so why not take your job search to a trusted website?

(Yes, okay, it’s ironic for me to say that considering I’m making a “real online jobs, no scams” guide, but I’ve put a lot of work into it.)

Indeed is free, has an amazing resume template — which is free to use — and allows you to create an alert for jobs in your chosen field. I found one of my jobs (yes, I have more than one job; more on that some other time) on Indeed and have actually had five companies reach out to me since I submitted my resume.

I’ve heard of paid job listing sites, and I’m sure some of them are great, but when you’re strapped for cash and freaking out, the last thing you want to do is pay to look at job listings.

Other sites to consider:

Search Specialized Job Boards for Specialized Jobs

Let’s say you work in tech. Sure, the sites I mentioned above will have some tech jobs just as they’ll have HR jobs and medical billing and coding jobs. To save yourself time, check out a site that caters to jobs in your field.

  1. Fairygodboss: This is a site by women for women. It has everything from female empowerment to job listings, and it’s one of my favorite places on the internet.
  2. Hired: For my tech people, Hired is the place to look for your job. So many listings. So many! Not gonna lie, the salaries kinda made me wish I’d gone into tech.
  3. Behance: This site is for my graphic designers and digital wizards. Check out the jobs section on their navigation bar.
  4. Lawjobs: For my legal ghouls and goblins, look no further than Lawjobs. You can search by location or even legal speciality.
  5. Mediabistro: You’ll find jobs for journalists, PR professionals, and even freelancers here.

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Think Outside the Box

Bear in mind that not all jobs are looking to hire someone full-time, so you may need to take on more than one job. While the 2020 census is still ongoing, results from last year’s census show it’s more common than you think: 13 million Americans work more than one job, a massive uptick from 2018’s figure of 7.8 million.

Consider a side hustle as a web search evaluator if you love working with computers. Speak more than one language? There are loads of jobs out there for translators. Give transcription a go if you have a good ear and a lot of patience.

Web Search Evaluator Jobs

Translation Jobs

Transcription Jobs

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Think Inside the Box… with Wheels

(Sorry, sorry, I couldn’t resist even if it’s peak Dad Humor.) It’s not quite working from home, but if you’re able-bodied, have your own car, a valid driver’s license, and a smartphone, you can pick up extra cash as a delivery driver. Some options are:

  1. Waitr
  2. UberEats
  3. Instacart
  4. DoorDash

Keep Looking

If I haven’t touched on anything that resonates with you, do some research. If you’re a virtual assistant, look for virtual assistant jobs on the jobs listing site of your choice or visit a trusted resource like Virtual Office Temps. Bookkeepers should look into Accounting Department for job listings. You can even look on Craigslist.

Last, but certainly not least, is the power of word-of-mouth referrals. Ask your friends and family if they know someone who’s hiring.

Looking for work is always daunting, especially during this challenging time, so I hope this guide has made it seem a little less scary.

Stay safe, wear your damn mask, and happy job hunting!

If you have any tips or resources you use, feel free to leave them in the comments. Let’s help each other out.

 

Go-To Vegan Granola

After naming my last entry after granola, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes for granola. From here on out, there’ll be no more shelling out big bank for tasty goodness. Best of all, you can customize it to your preferences. My granola is great on its own as a snack, served with your favorite vegan yogurt, or as the perfect crunchy topping for oatmeal. (Keep it in the fridge in a sealed container for added freshness.)

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You’ll need:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (or your nut or seed butter of choice)
  • 1 tsp almond extract (you can use vanilla, but almond extract is my secret ingredient to almost everything I bake)
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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What to do:

1.) Preheat your oven to 325F. While the oven is heating up, mix all your wet ingredients in a bowl.

2.) Add the oats, seeds, and nuts into your wet mixture, folding your ingredients to make sure everything is evenly coated. Then dump it onto a coated or lined baking sheet, spreading it out into a thin layer.

3.) For baking, I always use the bottom rack in the oven because it seems to cook more evenly, but some ovens differ. Use whichever rack you use for baking and pop it in for 20 minutes. Take it out, add your cranberries — or whatever dried fruit you want to use — give it a quick stir to incorporate the fruit, and pop it back in for an additional 5-7 minutes.

4.) Eat! The granola will keep for a month in the fridge or at room temperature in sealed container.

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It’s that easy. What’s your favorite way to use granola?

The Granola Gamble: Why I Rebranded

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As you probably noticed, a few things have changed around here. I’ve been waffling back and forth with the idea for months but finally decided to take the plunge. Littleevil.co is now officially theunscaryvegan.com, and I’m honestly still a little bit freaked out. I’ve had some version of my old blog name for close to four years now, and I wondered, “What will this do to my organic traffic? Am I going to take a hit?” In the end, I decided it was better to stay true to myself and take the risk than it was to cling to something because it was already there.

I decided on the name The Unscary Vegan because I firmly believe that being an asshole isn’t helping the vegan movement at all. If I get up in somebody’s face and scream at them, they’re going to call me a lunatic and walk off. On the other hand, if I feed them a heaping serving of my vegan taco salad and then tell them, “Hey, it really is that easy,” they’re much more receptive. This is important to me. I care about animals, and I care about the planet. End of story. It was time for my social media to reflect it no matter how much I giggled over naming my blog after one of my cats.

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So here’s the thing: I’m going to cheer you on every step of the way. Every little change helps. If you drink almond milk instead of dairy, good for you! If you participate in Meatless Mondays, that’s awesome! If you decided to buy your leather handbag secondhand so you don’t contribute to animal cruelty, I’m so proud of you.

Here’s another thing: we are all human, and guess what? Humans are animals, too. I don’t want to be a dick to animals. Any of them.

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I’m still recovering from whatever the hell this is — my uncle, who is a doctor and not an armchair diagnostician, thinks it’s Covid — so I can’t promise a dozen new posts right off the bat, but they’re coming. Skincare is still my passion, so I’ll be sharing loads of products with you, and while I do use my old leather bags because I don’t believe in being wasteful, I also want to highlight some awesome vegan brands, too.

Sound off in the comments and let me know what you want to see!