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It's no secret our celebrity faves are #goals in more ways than we can count. But there's nothing like looking up to a celebrity who has mastered the art of self-care. The best part is, they've offered up their go-to ways to practice it, and we can start doing them today. While they might be on top of the world, they've proven that even superwomen need time to intentionally practice self-care, and it might not be as difficult as you think. In fact, all of us can start these habits today:

Michelle Obama Says Self-Care Is Connecting With Loved Ones To Vent & Release

Now we know our forever FLOTUS Michelle Obama has her self-care in check. Her trick is to withdraw from the hustle and take a day to refresh and restore. But this doesn't mean that she's hanging out solo. She told Women's Health:

"I reach out to friends, my mom, my girlfriends; I vent, I release, I have sounding boards…"

And it's safe to say we all need moments like this, especially when you're known as the strong friend. She added that the key is knowing when to give yourself a timeout before you get back into the game.

Serena Williams Says Self-Care Is Ignoring Negativity & Loving Herself

Serena Williams' self-care routine includes forgetting the haters and focusing on herself so she can keep her confidence and her mental sanity. She told Elle:

"I was constantly told I was too muscular, or I wasn't pretty enough to be a tennis player. I learned to ignore the negativity and look inwards to truly love myself."

She said she's the one who's in control of how she feels and responds to the negativity, so she decides to pay it all dust. I think we can all take notes.

Viola Davis Says Self-Care Is A Deep Tissue Massage & A Chiropractor

Viola Davis always plays a strong character on the small and big screens, and she has even more strength in person. How? Self-care of course. She told Refinery 29:

"If I don't take care of myself and I'm taking care of my daughter or husband or whatever – I'm running on fumes. I have nothing left to give."

She said she regroups by getting a deep-tissue massage (yes God!), visiting the doctor, spa, and chiropractor on the regular. She revealed she feels like she can face anything when she embraces these practices and takes care of herself from the inside-out.

Issa Rae Says Self-Care Is A Hot Toddy & A Podcast

The YouTube star turned acting sensation has our self-care goals on fleek. Issa Rae said while talking to Bon Appetit:

"I typically make a hot toddy (using orange tea and Fireball Whiskey), lie out on my chaise, and listen to a podcast…"

While she's busy making the rest of us laugh, she said she likes to focus on shows that fit what she needs at the time, whether it's getting in some humor or staying knowledgeable about current events. Either way, knowing that Issa practices self-care makes us love her all the more.

Laverne Cox Says Self-Care Is Investing In A Therapist

Laverne Cox has no shame in keeping a therapist on speed dial to avoid missing a beat in self-care. Laverne said during an interview with NBC:

"I have an amazing new therapist."

She said it has helped her, especially considering the idea that most of us have experienced intense trauma before we even realize what happened. It's so understandable to need a therapist to step in, or even just help us with our day-to-day so we can process every aspect of our lives.

Tracee Ellis Ross Says Self-Care Is Getting Sleep & Drinking Lots Of Water

From Joan Clayton to Rainbow Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross has been us for years. And now we have another reason to admire her as she made it clear she values taking care of herself. She told Elle:

"My beauty regime is about what I put in my body, so it's about getting my sleep and drinking lots of water. I love water out of glass, not out of plastic. I'm big on hydrating."

We're here for Tracee drinking her water and minding the business that pays her.

Angela Rye Says Self-Care Is Talking To Her Parents

It's no secret political activist and CNN Analyst Angela Rye has taken on the charge to fight for all things Black, no matter who she has to go head-to-head with. And even this queen takes time to look after herself as often as she needs to. Her habit is a little different than we might expect, which actually makes it pretty amazing. She told ESSENCE she talks to her parents every day, and even sometimes multiple times a day:

"I love talking to them because it keeps me grounded and it keeps me centered on my mission and on what really matters."

Erykah Badu Says Self-Care Is Drinking Water & Green Juice

The neo-soul goddess made it clear she practices self-care on the daily. Erykah Badu told Origin Magazine:

"I get up. Drink a lot of water. Have a wheatgrass shot. Drink some green juice. Eat as healthy as I can."

She added that she also takes a salt bath regularly. While we knew her self-care routine would include all things holistic, she made a great point and said she values self-care because her parents couldn't afford to.

"I'm blessed to do anything I want so I decided to take the best care of my body and my family in the same way. Holistically. Vitally."

And we definitely love it all.

Oprah Winfrey Says Self-Care Is Spiritual Renewal Sundays

Oprah Winfrey's self-care habit is surprisingly one that we can all indulge in. She wrote in her magazine O:

"I give myself Sundays as a spiritual base of renewal – a day when I do absolutely nothing. I sit in my jammies or take a walk, and I allow myself time to BE – capital B-E – with myself."

If Oprah can find time to have a lazy day in her pajamas, so can we. In fact, I'm convinced her taking this personal "me time" is what's helped her get so far and become the mogul she is today.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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