Maysoon Zayid, comics in libraries, sustainable buildings

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Comedian, actor, and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid said that in a hypothetical Oppression Olympics, she would win the gold medal. “I am Palestinian, I’m Muslim, I’m a woman of color, I am divorced, I am disabled, and I live in New Jersey,” she said. “But I don’t want anyone in this room to feel bad for me, because I got 99 problems and palsy is just one.”


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Author Lamar Giles remembers the first time he saw that his local library in Chesapeake, Virginia, was going to host its very own comic convention. “As someone who grew up loving comics but often hiding them from my peers,” said Giles, whose book Static: Up All Night based on the DC superhero will be released this November, “it was exciting to know that this was gonna be something happening in a place where I used to go to feel safe about what I read.”

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