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The Danger of a Single Story

3 ways to speak English | Jamila Lyiscott

3 ways to speak English | Jamila Lyiscott

Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator," and this powerful spoken-word essay celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks...

Jamila Lyiscott speaks to the idea of "The Danger of a Single Story" because she comments on the idea that there is only one "right" way to speak. She explains that all three of her "languages" are part of her and who she is . Her three ways of speaking contribute to her identity and her complete multi-faceted self. She reveals how people make assumptions because she is "articulate."

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Kat Lazo Calls Out BS Latina Beauty Standards

Kat Lazo Calls Out BS Latina Beauty Standards

The beauty standards placed on Latinas are impossible to live up to. Kat Lazo explains how standards of beauty attributed to Latinas tend to pigeon-hole all Latinas into one stereotype, thus The Danger of a Single Story. Although much of the stereotyping comes from outside the Latin community, People of her own culture contribute to the single story as well.

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People Guess the Sexual Orientation of Strangers | Lineup | Cut

People Guess the Sexual Orientation of Strangers | Lineup | Cut

This video reveals how people classify sexual orientation simply by looks or superficial preferences ("do you know Cher"). The Danger of a Single Story concept is evident as people are asked to classify the sexual orientation total strangers simply by looking at how they dress, how they dance, etc.

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Always #LikeAGirl

Always #LikeAGirl

You run like a girl. This simple yet completely demoralizing and insulting sentence has been compartmentalizing women forever. This revealing video shows that the idea of running or fighting "like a girl" as a negative implication is competently manufactured by society. When young girls are asked to run like a girl, they run fast and strong.

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What's the difference between Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish?

What's the difference between Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish?

Hispanic, Latino and Spanish are often used interchangeably in describing race. But what's the right terminology? Kat Lazo lays down some wisdom.

Once again, Kat Lazo deflates the single story of what Latino people can look like. Many people did not pick out the black woman as Latina. The Danger of a Single Story is again apparent as people simply dismiss the fact that there could be more to the cultural identity of a person than skin color can reveal.

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