Carolina Maria de Jesus: She Lived In the Slums, Had An Elementary-School Education, and Wrote a Best-Seller

“And so, on May 13th, 1958, I found myself fighting against modern slavery: hunger!” So wrote Carolina Maria de Jesus in her journal, in one of São Paulo’s poorest favelas (slums).  Carolina was born to descendants of slavers, only went to school for two years, and still wrote an international best-seller.  Her journal, which was … Read more

Mary Pickford: Hollywood’s Big Star Fought Against the Studios

She was one of Hollywood’s first stars, known as America’s Sweetheart (despite being born in Canada), but she was also a savvy businesswoman. Along with Douglas Fairbanks (who would later become her husband), Charlie Chaplin, and the producer W.D Griffith, founded the only independent movie studio in Hollywood’s glamour age. Mary Pickford: Childhood Mary Pickford … Read more

Hedy Lamarr: She Was The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, and the inventor of the Bluetooth

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“My beauty was my curse, so-to-speak. It created an impenetrable shield between people and who I really was, and made people view me in only one light.” So said Hedy Lamarr, one of the most amazing women of the 20th century and the stars of Hollywood during it’s Golden Age.  Lamarr was called “the most … Read more

Carol Baltosiewich: The Church Declared AIDS a Punishment From God, So She Treated AIDS Patients

When the Catholic Church explained that AIDS was a punishment for being gay, and Church officials called AIDS patients perverts, one Catholic nurse from Illinois decided to dedicate her life specifically to treating AIDS patients. In the mid-eighties, as many families chose to cut contact with their ill children – whether due to the stigma … Read more