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'Brave enough to be out in Hollywood': What Ariana DeBose, Kristen Stewart's Oscar nods mean

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  • Kristen Stewart and Ariana DeBose – two out, queer actresses – received historic Oscar nominations.
  • Their nominations follow a painful past for the LGBTQ community and the Academy Awards.
  • Will Hollywood’s metric for inclusion of queer actors go beyond this moment?

Hollywood certainly has no shortage of LGBTQ actors. But rarely do any receive acting Oscar nominations. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences delighted the LGBTQ community when it revealed the Academy Awards field last month. It bestowed nominations on not one but two queer actors out of 20 nominees: Kristen Stewart for her lead actress turn as Princess Diana in the spellbinding “Spencer,” and Ariana DeBose for supporting honors for playing Anita in the bewitching Steven Spielberg remake of “West Side Story.” 

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I'm among the rideshare drivers living in fear, demanding safer work conditions

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Uber, Lyft safety: I’m mom of three. I need to know I’ll make it home.

Uber, Lyft made safety improvements, but many of those protect riders more than drivers. But drivers are also in danger.

Naomi Ogutu is a member of Justice for App Workers.

Naomi Ogutu

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I’ve been a rideshare driver in New York City for six years, and I take pride in my job and helping my passengers get where they need to go safely. But my safety is not a guarantee. I’m a mom of three. I need to know that I’ll make it home to my kids at the end of each night. 

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'A bad déjà vu': Under the crush of Western sanctions, Russians fear a return to dark economic days

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Russians fear toll of sanctions triggered by Putin’s Ukraine invasion

Harsh sanctions from Western nations on Russia have reminded citizens of the country’s 1998 debt crisis.

By Anna Nemtsova

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  • McDonalds and other American businesses have closed in Russia amid its invasion into Ukraine.
  • One expert estimates more than 200,000 Russians have left the country since the start of the war.
  • To counter economic turmoil, Putin has demand “unfriendly” countries pay for natural gas exports in rubles.

The once bustling corner of Moscow’s central Tverskaya Street looked deserted on Wednesday, as Russia’s first-ever McDonald’s franchise – opened in 1990 in a move that symbolized the Soviet Union’s opening to the West – shut its doors.

A large mural depicting a giant, Soviet-era medal – the Order of Victory, the highest military decoration awarded in World War II — loomed over over the empty sidewalk.

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