Maybe everyone is an underdog at some point. Lady Gaga had a Facebook group named after her when she was a raven-eyed NYU freshman at 18. It told Stefani Germanotta, in myriad ways, that she would never be famous.
La Cuneta Son Machín is a band from Nicaragua composed of young musicians whose older family members were musical superstars during the Sandinista regime. They didn't want to sound old, but they wanted to use the same record producer, which has resulted in a Grammy nomination.
It's hard to learn to read when your country has been torn apart by war and disease. It's even harder when children's books come from far away. But Wayétu Moore, whose family fled Liberia's civil war when she was five, is setting out to change the odds for kids in Liberia and other countries with low literacy.
When the call went out in Flint, Michigan, for volunteers to help deliver bottled water, Islamic Relief USA answered. The aid group has had experience working with vulnerable populations — including refugees in Greece.