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New Yorkers tend to discover #BrightonBeach by accident. They might start off in Coney Island and stroll down the shore, until the sea turns to vodka and the newspaper headlines turn Cyrillic. Yelena Akhtiorskaya writes, “Brighton Beach is a universe onto itself, with its own time, its own language, its own customs, for which it makes no apologies.” In 1979, the first spate of Russian Jews came to Brighton Beach. More followed in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The shopping thoroughfare there draws Russian expats from across the city, who hail from across #Russia. @yurenev emigrated from Russia as a child, but did not grow up in Brighton Beach. Instead, he was drawn to it as an adult, and spent the better part of a year photographing its local phenomena — including this photo of a centennial celebration of decorated WWII veteran Semyon Krasilschikov. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
Meet @IddrisSandu, a 21-year-old tech prodigy who’s written code for @instagram and #Twitter. But don’t call him a coder. He prefers to go by “cultural architect” and said he aims to “level the playing field” between Silicon Valley and young communities of color. After listening to a podcast on Steve Jobs in 2009, he was inspired to learn more about the intersections of technology and genius. That led him to the local Torrance Public Library where, in 2011, a designer from @google offered Iddris the opportunity to shadow him at his company’s headquarters. In 2015, Iddris received the Presidential Scholar Award from President @barackobama, and is now working on a book about recent black trailblazers. @alexwelshphoto shot this photo of Iddris. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
Ryan got the talk 2 months after his older brother died. “You can walk away,” his parents, Mark and Kym, and eldest brother, Kelly, told him. Deep down, part of them would be relieved if he did. But Ryan was almost 18 years old and one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country. He had worked too long and accomplished too much for them to take this away from him now. Only he could decide whether to keep pursuing the sport that may have led to his brother Tyler’s suicide, a death that stunned nearly everyone who knew him. One day Tyler was the likely starting quarterback for the Washington State Cougars, a team on the rise. The next, he was dead. A brain autopsy after his death revealed that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease brought on by repeated head trauma. For Mark and Kym, dealing with the loss meant starting a foundation, @hilinskishope, which works to reduce the stigma around mental illness. And for Ryan, it meant playing football. Everything he does, he said, will now be for him and his brother. @samuelhodgson took this photo of Ryan before senior night at Orange Lutheran, where he started wearing the No. 3 jersey in honor of Tyler. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
The first time Kelmae Hemphill watched herself overdose, she sobbed. There she was in a shaky video filmed by her own heroin dealer, sprawled out on a New Jersey road while a stranger pounded on her chest. “Come on, girl,” someone pleaded. Kelmae’s life was now everybody’s business, splashed across the news and social media with a new genre of American horror film: the overdose video. As opioid deaths have soared in recent years, police departments and strangers with cameras have started posting raw, uncensored images of drug users passed out with needles in their arms and babies in the back seats of their cars. The videos rack up millions of views and unleash avalanches of outrage. But life is never the same for the people whose bleakest, most humiliating moments now live online forever. “When you type my name in, that’s the first video that pops up — an overdose video,” Kelmae said. @hlswift took this photo of Kelmae. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
Ellen DeGeneres got sick of dancing, and really, can you blame her? "There's been times someone wants a picture, and while I'm doing a selfie, they're like: 'You're not dancing!,'" Ellen said. "Of course I'm not dancing. I'm walking down the street." As much as anyone possibly could, Ellen has taken on @oprah’s mantle as the queen of inspirational daytime talk TV, providing an oasis of positivity and escapist comedy. But with Ellen’s status as a sunny stalwart come certain burdens and constrictions, like the expectation to dance, which she finally stopped doing on her show 2 years ago, after some agonizing over how her audience would react. Now, feeling boxed in by her reputation for kindness, Ellen is considering retiring from @theellenshow. She’s been receiving conflicting advice from her wife, the actress @portiaderossi, and from her older brother, Vance #DeGeneres, a comedian, and has changed her mind more than once. @ryanpfluger took this photo of #EllenDeGeneres. Visit the link in our profile to read more from Jason Zinoman’s rare series of interviews with the comic.
The New York Times photo archives are filled with photos of Gloria Steinem. Cultural critic @rebeljunemarie writes, “The Times’s archives are rich with pictures of Gloria. They weren’t edited to reflect a certain truth, and yet the truth of the images is evident.” Rebecca says of Gloria, “She has always listened to black women. I know because it is evidenced in the photographs — which are templates of integrity — but also because she has always listened to me.” Rebecca says that she sees the archival photos of Gloria and her fellow activists as embodying intersectional feminism. This one, from @abqjournal, shows @congresswomannorton and Gloria before Eleanor's keynote address at the 10th anniversary convention of the National Women's Political Caucus in Albuquerque, on July 10, 1981. Visit the link in our profile to see more. #TBT
Byron Bay, Australia, is a beach community home to playful looks. There, the waves become a runway. Celeste Twikler, a jewelry designer, is photographed here by @nataliegrono. She says, “When dressing, comfort is always my top priority. It’s got to be effortless, ready to go.” Celeste says that when buying bikinis, she prioritizes coverage — better for the waves. Others wear high cut bikinis and jewelry — both beautiful and fun. “There are so many female surfers here, it is a female-dominated line up now, hence why I think fashion and surfing is popular here. The waves are relaxed and mellow, everyone is happy to share,” she says. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos of people enjoying Byron Bay.
Pali Aike National Park is one of the least visited yet most dramatic reserves in #Chile. The Tehuelche hunter-gatherers believed that evil spirits possessed the land, and called it “the place of desolation” and “the devil’s country.” Our reporter, Joshua Hammer, says it’s not hard to see why. The area is filled with volcanoes, formed by the collision of the Chile Rise and the Peru-Chile oceanic trench 100 million years ago. The 31-square-mile reserve was established by the Chilean government in 1970. It’s home to an abundance of wildlife, from gray foxes to lizards to dozens of species of birds unique to Patagonia. Still, #PaliAike is one of the most obscure attractions on Chile’s new @rutadelosparquesdelapatagonia, or Route of Parks — a 1,740-mile wilderness trail that links together 17 national parks. @tomas.munita took this photo of Laguna Ana, a salt lagoon near the entrance to the national park. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
Lily, a fuchsia #Muppet with a mop of hair, green eyelids and a lavender nose, debuted on @sesamestreet 7 years ago. Shy and soft-spoken, she explained to #Elmo that her family did not have enough to eat. Now, Lily will reappear for the first time, as someone who is homeless. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces #SesameStreet, realized that the issue — 2.5 million children nationally are homeless — needed attention, said Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop. In New York City, where Sesame Street is set, one out of every 10 students was homeless during the past school year. On Sesame Street, “homeless” is never uttered because of the stigma surrounding the word; on the show, “H” stands for hope, help, healing and home. @jonahmarkowitz took this photo of Lily and the puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Ruolph on set in Queens, New York. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
#SpeakingInDance | “I was thinking, do something the audience is really going to like that’s not going to kill the #swimmers,” said Ann Weissman, the director of @waterworksmphc, the prize-winning synchronized swimming team of @mphc.nyc. This number, “Wish,” is a kaleidoscope of circles and stars, ending with what Ann called, “a down the drain.” The swimmer @nora.aion explained: “We have people that go head first and people that go foot first. You have to time it perfectly, of course.” The piece is part of the delightfully quirky Annual Holiday Synchro Show at @mphc.nyc.on December 15 that features, along with graceful swimmers, #eggnog and raffle prizes. The swimmers, who rehearse on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings before sunrise, range in age from their 30s to 60s. Nora is 61. At some point, she said to the @nytimes writer @giadk, “they’ll have to throw us in the water.” @_flodur made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance. #🏊♀️
Meet Kimberly Drew, an art curator, writer and social activist who spent 3 years as the social media manager for the @metmuseum. Her big break came in 2011 when she started a Tumblr blog called Black Contemporary Art, while she was a junior at Smith College. “At the time I had one of the sole #Tumblr art blogs that was for black art and black culture, and so people were really attracted to it. It just sort of took off,” @museummammy said. As for her next project, Kimberly left the #Met on November 2 to pursue writing full time, after receiving positive attention for a recent @vanityfair profile on @mstinalawson, the mother of @beyonce, and her fine art collection. “I want to give my whole heart to this skill that I have been cultivating,” she said. @june_canedo took this photo of Kimberly. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
The war in Yemen has been going on for 3 years now. It began when the Houthis — a rebel group — took Yemen’s capital in September 2014 and, with it, control over much of the country. Concerned about encirclement by Shia forces, Saudi Arabia started bombing Yemen in March 2015, soon after the Houthis established a government. In carrying out the campaign in Yemen, the Saudis have been drawing on help from other Persian Gulf states, like the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait, as well as nearby African countries, like Sudan and Egypt. But its most important source of material support is one faraway ally: America. Congress is again debating American involvement in the war in #Yemen, but regardless of what happens in the future, the U.S. has already provided formidable capacity to the Saudi-led aerial campaign. Tyler Hicks shot this photo of Abdullah Abed al-Abdeli. Abdullah’s father died in an airstrike in Northern Yemen. Visit the link in our profile to read more about the tragedy in Yemen, made in America.