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The Biggest New Celebrity Couples of 2020
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From Rachel Bilson and Bill Hader to Zac Efron and Halston Sage, here are all the new celebrity couples of 2020 so far.

17 Best Toners of 2020 for Clear, Glowing Skin
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The best toner does more than just exfoliate. Now there are hydrating and pH-balancing face toners to target skin concerns like acne and dark spots.

The Promises I Made (and Broke) to My Dying Mom
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Writer and comedian Sara Schaefer swore to her mother that she'd fix her marriage and have children. Then she got divorced.

The ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Controversy, Explained
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"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is under investigation by Warner Media after reports surfaced of a toxic work environment.

How a Kiddie Pool Soothed My Anxiety This Summer
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Fact: I have always been a water baby. Countless family photo albums show me at varying stages of my childhood  in *some* proximity to it; my father holding my infant belly in the palm of his hand as I kick against the surface of a swimming pool wearing giant water wings or posing next to the hypnotic fountains that were popular features in all shopping malls across the UK during the ’90s where I grew up. As a typical only child, my imagination was my best friend and I would often reinvent myself into a mermaid and even insist to anyone who listened that I saw fellow sirens with glittering rainbow fish tails in the river that threaded across my hometown or staring back at me as I peered into puddles.

Some of my favourite memories are of the fried egg-hot summers between school years, where your toes would curl around parched grass and your body was always half-damp from hopping in and out of the kiddie pool. Ours was cactus green, shallow and stiff in structure with faded turtle illustrations on the bottom. During the summer holidays, I was transplanted to my grandparents house in a bucolic village about as far east as you can get in England, where a second kiddie pool sat waiting all winter to be extracted with eager hands from the eaves of their garage. I understood happiness in the water. I understood that the feeling of being completely unburdened was the most desirable emotion a person could experience. As an adult, I have chased this feeling like an animal chases an elusive prey: always moving, always just out of reach. 

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As a pre-teen, I swam competitively for a time, before it dropped off in my late twenties and evolved into brief swims caught during lunch break at work when there was corporate access to a gym. Like a lot of activities that had once interested me, this was one that fell easily by the wayside as my mental health grew more complex and terrifying as I got older. I found myself struggling to cope with life, at first with university and then with jobs or relationship stuff. Every minor setback felt devastating and my self-esteem plummeted to the point of self-harm and frequent episodes of mania. Last fall, a psychiatrist with salt-and-pepper hair and a substantial price model for services rendered diagnosed me with bipolar II, a mental illness characterized by moods cycling between high and low. All the fragments of past incidents of mental trauma snapped together like pieces of a jigsaw. I now had a label to explain the whys and whats; a proper medical term to feel protective of because it was part of my identity. 

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The author in her kiddie pool as a child (Photo: Courtesy of Lauren Pinnington)

I was instructed to take a type of medication that is also prescribed to those with epilepsy, noting that the common denominator in these illnesses is that our bodies do things we can’t control. As my relationship with these new chemicals became harmonious, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The world became a different type of scary and my standard issue anxiety transformed into something bigger, something humanity was sharing and that was tangential to my mental health label. 

Having left London after a career change shortly before the pandemic hit, I shuffled around my beautiful new house in the English countryside like someone had attached ropes to my shoulders, pulling them up taut like a marionette. Nature offered a meagre amount of comfort at the beginning of lockdown by delivering some early, unprecedented good weather for Britain and I scrambled to think of a solution for mental respite now that we couldn’t leave our homes. The answer was to buy myself a kiddie pool. I can’t recall the genesis of this Great Idea—was it suggested by my infinitely patient boyfriend? Was it browsing the seasonal homeware aisle of the discount superstore I love?—but I zeroed in on an adult-sized pool for my adult backyard and parked it on the flattest terrain I could find. I’m barely a lick over five feet tall and what luxury to have room to “swimâ€� for one and a half strokes! What fun to realize there was serious floatie potential. (A pink donut! A pineapple!) What privilege to be able to revisit a joy I felt as a kid. As I inched down into my pool for the first time, my mind began to calm itself and my body responded to the water as if it was finally back in its natural state.

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It’s almost impossible to be anxious in a kiddie pool (unless you’re listening to a true crime podcast at the same time.) The nostalgia of it all is a huge comfort, and our millennial fondness for blurring the lines of age-appropriate pastimes makes it feel absurd and hilarious (rollerskating is apparently the quarantine sport). There’s also something to be said for the pool’s zen-like attributes. By virtue of choosing to place your body inside the confines of its walls, you are choosing to disengage from everything outside of it. This is healthy! Inside the pool, thoughts—if you have any at all—naturally shift to “do I need to boil the kettle to get some warmer water in here?�, “where are my sunglasses?� and “I hope my headphones don’t fall in.�

My kiddie pool is certainly no outlandish cure for my mental illness nor will it make our world’s immediate future any easier to navigate but it has and is providing tangible help with happiness, if only for a lovely hour or two. It smooths the sharp edges of my cycling thoughts, calms the waves of inner tension that manage to gain height and gives me something right here in my own home to look forward to. This is all any of us can hope for right now. The wrinkly skin is so worth it.

The post How a Kiddie Pool Soothed My Anxiety This Summer appeared first on FLARE.


What’s New on Netflix Canada—Plus, What’s Leaving—in September
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Everything that’s coming to Netflix Canada in September

Sep 1: Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
Sep 1: The Boss Baby: Get That Baby!
Sep 1: Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions
Sep 1: La Partita / The Match
Sep 1: 3:10 to Yuma
Sep 1: American Psycho
Sep 1: Bewitched
Sep 1: Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Sep 1: Blades of Glory
Sep 1: Captain Phillips
Sep 1: Daddy’s Home
Sep 1: Dinner for Schmucks
Sep 1: Family Guy: Season 18
Sep 1: Fences
Sep 1: The First Purge
Sep 1: Four Brothers
Sep 1: The Godfather
Sep 1: The Godfather: Part II
Sep 1: Ghost in the Shell
Sep 1: Hairspray
Sep 1: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Sep 1: I Am Legend
Sep 1: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Sep 1: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Sep 1: The Next Karate Kid
Sep 1: Old School
Sep 1: Saturday Night Fever
Sep 1: Saving Private Ryan
Sep 1: School of Rock
Sep 1: Selma
Sep 1: Skyscraper
Sep 2: Bad Boy Billionaires: India
Sep 2: Chef’s Table: BBQ
Sep 2: Freaks – You’re One of Us
Sep 2: Captain Fantastic
Sep 2: Dumb and Dumber To
Sep 2: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Sep 2: The Bourne Identity
Sep 2: The Bourne Legacy
Sep 2: The Bourne Supremacy
Sep 2: The Bourne Ultimatum
Sep 2: Jaws 1, 2 and 3
Sep 2: Jaws: The Revenge
Sep 2: Lucy
Sep 2: Murdoch Mysteries, Season 13
Sep 2: Venom
Sep 3: Afonso Padilha: Alma de Pobre
Sep 3: Love, Guaranteed
Sep 3: Young Wallander
Sep 4: Away
Sep 4: The Blacklist, Season 7
Sep 4: I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Sep 4: Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy, Part 2
Sep 5: Step Up: All In
Sep 7: My Octopus Teacher
Sep 7: Record of Youth
Sep 8: A Star Is Born
Sep 8: StarBeam, Season 2
Sep 9: Corazón loco / So Much Love to Give
Sep 9: Get Organized with The Home Edit
Sep 9: La Línea: Shadow of Narco
Sep 9: Mignonnes / Cuties
Sep 9: The Social Dilemma
Sep 10: The Babysitter: Killer Queen
Sep 10: The Gift, Season 2
Sep 10: Greenleaf, Season 5
Sep 10: The Idhun Chronicles
Sep 10: Julie and the Phantoms
Sep 11: The Duchess
Sep 11: Family Business, Season 2
Sep 11: Interstellar
Sep 11: Pets United
Sep 11: Se busca papá / Dad Wanted
Sep 12: Zumbo’s Just Desserts, Season 2
Sep 14: Close Enough
Sep 15: 17 Again
Sep 15: Ancient Aliens, Season 3
Sep 15: Beyond Scared Straight, Season 4
Sep 15: Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice
Sep 15: Intervention, Season 6
Sep 15: Izzy’s Koala World
Sep 15: Michael McIntyre: Showman
Sep 15: Taco Chronicles, Volume 2
Sep 16: Baby, Season 3
Sep 16: Challenger: The Final Flight
Sep 16: Criminal: UK, Season 2
Sep 16: The Devil All The Time
Sep 16: MeatEater, Season 9
Sep 16: The Paramedic
Sep 16: Signs, Season 2
Sep 16: Sing On!
Sep 17: Dragon’s Dogma
Sep 17: The Last Word
Sep 18: American Barbecue Showdown
Sep 18: Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous
Sep 18: Ratched
Sep 21: A Love Song for Latasha
Sep 22: Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt, Season 3
Sep 22: Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, Season 4
Sep 22: The Playbook
Sep 22: Mighty Express
Sep 23: Enola Holmes
Sep 23: No Strings Attached
Sep 23: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Sep 24: The Chef Show, Season 2
Sep 24: This Is Us, Season 4
Sep 25: A Perfect Crime
Sep 25: Country-Ish
Sep 25: Modern Family, Season 11
Sep 25: The School Nurse Files
Sep 25: Sneakerheads
Sep 26: The Good Place, Season 4
Sep 28: Whose Vote Counts, Explained
Sep 29: Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia
Sep 30: American Murder: The Family Next Door
Sep 30: Dear John
Sep 30: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Sep 30: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Sep 30: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol


Congratulations, my friends! We’ve made it to Cardigan Season.

Look, there is no denying that watching the summer end is always a tough time—even in a year where seasonal traditions have mostly fallen by the wayside. But don’t underestimate the power of cozy! What you’re experiencing now is the best of both worlds.  It’s still warm enough for outdoor photo shoots, patio drinks and various forms of outdoor recreation (or napping), but it’ll soon be cool enough in the evenings to get a roaring fire going, and to tuck yourself beneath a blanket (for napping).

Plus, the leaves are changing and the sunsets are glorious…. Clearly, I’m an Autumn. Regardless, it’s also the ideal time to binge some quality content from your friends at Netflix Canada! Arsty fartsy stuff, some campy Sarah Paulson and the final season of The Good Place! Lots to watch this month. Here are my top picks:

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things (9/01)

Despite festival season being a bit of a wash because…well, you know…Netflix ups the ante with some original films this month that could have easily drawn in those discerning cineastes and snobby movie gays any other year. First up is I’m Thinking of Ending Things, an adaptation of Canadian Ian Reid’s fantastic debut novel, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) and starring Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collete and David Thewlis. The trailer alone looks mind-bendingly awesome, and you really can’t go wrong with Toni Collette.

A Star is Born (9/08)

Relive 2018’s biggest film that wasn’t about superheroes or dinosaurs! Not that A Star is Born isn’t its own franchise in a way, resurrecting itself every few decades since the early days of cinema to warn a whole new generation about the trappings of fame. And Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper acquit themselves well enough to make you almost forget about the Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Janet Gaynor versions. Just get ready to hum “Shallow� for the next few months, though. (And if you’re missing your superheroes and dinosaurs, 2018’s Venom and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also join the streamer this month.)

The Social Dilemma (9/09)

Yes, social media has been a lifeline through the last six months, offering all of us an illusion of normalcy by continuing to connect us with irritating acquaintances, family members and co-workers. But it can also be dangerous! This Netflix doc explores our over reliance on the various platforms, and digs deep into how they are reprogramming our minds and, ultimately, civilization. (And when I’m done watching it, I’ll let you know how I feel about it on Twitter—@jplarocque. Follow me!)

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Get Organized with The Home Edit (9/09)

While no one was looking, Reese Witherspoon took over the world. She started her book club, and then optioned pretty much all of those books, turning them into prestige shows like Little Fires Everywhere or Big Little Lies.  Her exercise in brand extension continues with this series, featuring The Home Edit founders Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin as they reorganize the homes of both schlebby nobodies and glamourous Hollywood stars! In the stars camp is Witherspoon, Neil Patrick Harris and Khloe Kardashian, but in the schlebby nobodies camp is… Just kidding. You don’t care about them.

The Devil All the Time (9/16)

Get ready for some good ol’ American Gothic! Based on the Donald Ray Pollock novel of the same name, The Devil All the Time follows a group of unsavoury characters in post-WWII Ohio and West Virginia, including a disturbed war veteran, a pair of serial killers and a false preacher. Produced by Jake Gyllenhaal, the film stars Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson. Creepy AND sexy!

Ratched (9/18)

Sarah Paulson is back! But…did she really go anywhere? Continuing her quest to topline as many Ryan Murphy-adjacent properties as possible, Paulson stars in this prequel series to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, about the early days of Nurse Ratched. As with most Murphy projects, the built-in buzz and camp appeal is certainly present, as is an impressive cast—Cynthia Nixon, Jon Jon Briones, Sharon Stone, Judy Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosanna Arquette…. So, we’ll see. This is a strange property to build a franchise around, but if there’s someone to do it, I suppose it would be Murphy.

Enola Holmes (9/26)

Continuing with strange franchise properties, Netflix has adapted the popular Enola Holmes Mysteries book series into a film, starring Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown as the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. Hell-bent on avoiding finishing school, Enola runs away to London to start her own detective agency specializing in missing person cases. Super beefcake god Henry Cavill stars as Holmes, while Sam Claflin and Helena Bonham Carter round out the cast. (Should be fun for The Baby-Sitters Club crowd, or at least better than the horror they’ll experience when they accidentally click on The Babysitter: Killer Queen looking for more content this month.)

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The Good Place: Season 4 (9/26)

If you haven’t watched The Good Place yet, you should. Mike Schur’s wonderful existential comedy grapples with philosophy and the meaning of life and what it means to be good in a world that often seems to disregard goodness. It’s also very, very funny. The final season comes to Netflix this month, and it’s just as good as everything that came before, ensuring that the series will be regarded as a classic. And the finale? Get your tissues out.

Plus, make sure you catch these titles before they’re gone for good!

Everything that’s leaving Netflix in September

Leaving Sep 2: Ready Player One
Leaving Sep 5: Once Upon a Time, Seasons 1–7
Leaving Sep 14: Clueless (I am devastated. Devastated. This is one of the best films ever, so make sure you watch it and memorize it before it’s gone, because you will be tested.)
Leaving Sep 30: Ghostbusters
Leaving Sep 30: Ghostbusters 2
Leaving Sep 30: Inglourious Basterds
Leaving Sep 30: Pulp Fiction

The post What’s New on Netflix Canada—Plus, What’s Leaving—in September appeared first on FLARE.


Reminder: Art, food, design market Fesch'Markt from 21 to 23 Aug in Vienna
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#Music live performance 'my future' by Billie Eilish at 2020 Democratic National Convention
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Texture Talk: The Curl-Friendly Shampoos and Conditioners 6 Women With Natural Hair Swear By
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If you’re blessed with curls, then it’s important to know that pristine spirals, corkscrews and afros are born on wash day. That’s right, the shampoo and conditioner arsenal you select dictates how well your curls will form with styling products and hold up throughout the weeks in between washes, so the importance of picking nourishing in-shower products that promote soft and easy to manage strands is huge. But with so many different products on the market these days, it can feel overwhelming to know where to even begin. To help, we asked six Canadian women with the most enviable natural hair to dish on the shampoo and conditioner they each swear by, plus other steps they take in their shower routines, for their best-looking curls. Spoiler alert: Shea Moisture got multiple thumbs up.

Who: Aurore Evee, bilingual communications and creative services specialist by day, beauty and fashion blogger by night

The shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo, $11.96

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“I love the texture of this shampoo. It’s so silky and rich with oils, and it doesn’t dry my 4C curls out like most other shampoos.â€�

The conditioner: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner, $11.96

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“This is one of the best I have ever tried. The mix of the manuka honey and the mafura oil helps nourish and detangle my hair while antioxidant-rich fig keeps it super hydrated.”

Who: Kayla Greaves, senior beauty editor at InStyle.com

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The shampoo: OGX Hydrate & Revive + Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength Shampoo, $9.99

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“This is one of the few shampoos that doesn’t leave my curls feeling dry and left in tangles by the time I rinse it out—even when I go extra hard with my shampoo brush to get right down to my roots. The formula’s blend of argan oil and silk amino acids are so kind to my type 4 hair by gently cleansing each strand to prep it for conditioning and detangling. Plus, you can’t beat the fact that you can grab it at the drugstore and at Black beauty supply shops.�

The conditioner: OGX Hydrate & Revive + Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength Conditioner, $9.99

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“I’ve tested out a plethora of conditioners over the course of my career, but I seriously cannot get enough of this product—my hair just loves argan oil. Every wash day, I apply it to freshly washed, soaking wet hair, then use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle in the shower. Afterwards, I clip my hair up and leave the conditioner in for a few minutes to let it work its magic. Once I rinse it out, my hair is buttery soft and perfectly defined—and it’s left smelling absolutely divine.â€�

Who: Charmaine Gooden, beauty, fashion, health and wellness journalist

The shampoo: Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Shampoo, $11.96

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“I’m not big on shampoo. Every two weeks or so, I use this shampoo because it’s a mild cleanser that’s not drying.�

The conditioner: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme Rich Deep Conditioning Treatment, $51.52

“I have curly-coily hair and I’m in my early 60’s. My hair is porous, dry and not as thick as it was 30 years ago. Philip Kingsley’s treatment is my star product. It’s a seriously rich, pre-shampoo conditioning treatment (it contains (castor oil, olive oil and glycerine) that you apply in a thick layer, wear a shower cap and sit under the dryer for 30 minutes. After the very first use, I couldn’t believe how tight, bouncy and shiny my normally frizzy curls looked. I got compliments for days, so I’ve made it the foundation of my hair care by using a much smaller amount every couple of days as a leave-in conditioner. Dry hair is thirsty for moisture, so every second or third day, I’ll completely soak my hair in the shower, apply a little of this product to detangle and leave it in as a conditioner. This routine has immensely improved the texture and healthy appearance of my hair. I don’t find this product too heavy for regular use on my coils and curls, and a little bit goes a long way. I also add a dollop of the product to some water in a spray bottle and use it to revive the curls in the morning. It’s expensive but worth every dollar because I can depend on it to transform my hair into perfect coils and curls every time!â€�

Who: Erin Hill, makeup artist

The shampoo: Mixed Chicks Shampoo, $20

“ I love this shampoo because it infuses oils into the hair to prevent breakage.�

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The conditioner: Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner, $18.49

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“This leaves my hair super manageable and soft. I let it sit in my hair for 5 to10 minutes before rinsing out. I use my Denman brush to make sure the deep conditioner is evenly distributed throughout all my hair. I love this brush because it detangles my curls and defines them with ease. Afterwards, I dry my curls with a microfibre towel to prevent frizz and to help decrease drying time. Now my hair is prepped for any curl styling products I’d like to use that day!�

 

Who: Gail Thompson, finance office manager by day, The Long & Short of Style blogger by night

The shampoo: Qhemet Biologics Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea, $24.99

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“I adore the Qhemet Biologics product line! Their products are specifically designed for type 4 textured hair and my hair loves this line,” says Gail who enjoys protecting her own 4C curls under a textured wig like in the above photo. “This shampoo has no parabens or sulphates.â€�

The conditioner: Qhemet Biologics Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee, $22 USD

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“I follow that up with the Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee, which really makes my hair feel super duper soft.�

 

Who: Leslie Thompson, government professional by day, The Long & Short of Style blogger by night

The shampoo: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate & Repair Shampoo, $11.96


Harry and Meghan Just Hosted a Virtual Chat About Using Digital Media for Good
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During the past several months of the pandemic, we’ve all been going online more than ever. Acknowledging the power and importance of digital platforms in creating a sense of community, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down to chat virtually with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust who have all founded organizations focused on using digital and social media for positive change.

“There’s a lot of negativity out there, there’s a lot of noise,” said Prince Harry. “Experts describe it as ‘the attention economy,’ which is basically just a shouting match benefitting the wrong people. But social media can help individuals and groups improve and connect and focus on the things that matter and the things that bind us rather than divide us.”

The four founders they spoke to during the virtual chat are Rosie Thomas, co-founder of Project Rockit in Australia, a youth-driven movement against cyber-bullying; Brighton Kaoma, founder of Agents of Change Foundation in Zambia, a foundation of young radio reporters committed to factual storytelling; Hunter Johnson, founder of The Man Cave in Australia, an organization committed to fostering healthy masculinity, respectful relationships and gender equality; and Vee Kativhu, founder of Empowered by Vee, an annual academic conference empowering students through mentoring and access to opportunities in the UK.

“We believe in a world where kindness and respect thrive over bullying, hate and prejudice, and every young person is free to realize their potential,” said Thomas, whose sentiments were echoed by both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Over the course of the 30-minute conversation, Harry and Meghan spoke with the young leaders about the power of social media in fostering community, the importance of safe online spaces, and the tools needed to build a more empathetic digital world.

“It’s on all of us collectively to make the world a better place—and we are,” said Harry, with Meghan adding, “You can train people to be cruel or you can train people to be kind.”

In a speech last month, the Duchess made a similar plea for more kindness online, saying, “You understand that our online world has the power to affirm and support as much as it does to harm. But we are not meant to be breaking each other down; we are meant to be building each other up. So use your voice both on- and offline to do just that – build each other up, support each other.�

Watch the full conversation below:

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