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Yvonne Orji On Why A Bidet Is 2020’s Must-Have Bathroom Accessory

"Issa [Rae] and I were both like, 'Dang, we wish we had a bidet.' I looked at her and was like, 'Girl, what's stopping us?'"

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I was today-years-old when I learned that I needed a bidet and all of the credit goes to Insecure's Yvonne Orji for putting me on game.

In her recent interview with NY Mag, the actress broke down 8 of her favorite things, one of which just so happens to be this must-have bathroom accessory. She told the publication:

"We shot season one of 'Insecure' at this house in Malibu that had a bidet. I remember everybody was like, 'What is this? It's spritzing water on our intimate parts and it's warm?' For the latest season, we shot at another place that had a bidet, and Issa [Rae] and I were both like, 'Dang, we wish we had a bidet.' I looked at her and was like, 'Girl, what's stopping us?' And she was like, 'You right.'"

Celebrities like Tiffany Haddish, Whoopi Goldberg, and Chrissy Teigen have all publicly expressed their love for the luxury home item, which can be purchased on Amazon for as little as $30. Yvonne, who bought her first home last year, says that a bidet in her bathroom was non-negotiable:

"I just happened to be in the middle of a home renovation, so I told Neffi Walker from The Black Home, who was doing the work, that I wanted a bidet. She got me this one with a seat that warms up. Now I love going to the bathroom."

In the feature, Yvonne also dished on some of her skin and hair must-haves and explained why she can't live without her handheld Hypervolt Cordless Massager. For more of Yvonne's favorite things, scroll below!

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Hyperice Hypervolt Body Massager

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"I call this my boyfriend — and when I actually get a boyfriend, I'll cheat on him with my Hypervolt. My personal trainer introduced me to it: She used it all over my body to make sure my hamstrings weren't tight. One day, I decided I wasn't going to wait for her anymore, so I bought it and had it shipped overnight. The Hypervolt has all these different heads that get at the crux of every knot. At night, before I go to bed, I work it all through my neck, my back. When I wake up, I don't feel as tense. So this is my jam."
$299

Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soothe & Sleep Lavender Soaking Solution 

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"I love taking baths. I've had chronic shoulder, neck, and back pain for the last two years, and when I use this soak, it just feels like my muscles are relaxing. Soaking in it with candles lit and soft music playing makes me feel like everything is a million miles away. I can just be still and quiet."
$10

Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque 

Amazon

"Every time I get a facial, they're always like, 'Your face is dehydrated.' I don't understand: I'm drinking a gallon of water, I'm doing all the things, and they're still like, 'Yeah, dehydrated.' So I use this. It's so light, I'm like, Is this working? I put it on while I'm taking a bath and let the steam work its magic. I probably keep it on longer than I should, but when I take it off, my face is so soft. I naturally have textured skin, and sometimes it can feel overly textured. You know when your face just feels like it needs a scrub? This gets rid of all the dirt and impurities."
$45

The Mane Choice 3-In-1 Revitalize & Refresh Conditioner 

Amazon

"I have 4C hair: It's very coarse, straight from Nigeria, and not diluted in any sense of the word, so there are very few things that can make it soft or that I can work through it. But this co-wash makes my hair so soft. I texted Courtney Adeleye, the founder, 'You have helped me in the quarantine.' Staying at home, this has been a game-changer because I'm able to leave my afro out and allow it to be its best self. I use it as a co-wash whenever I wash my hair in the shower, and on a daily basis I add it to a concoction of water and oils, like Jamaican castor oil, that I make to help keep my hair soft."
$17

Jane Carter Solution Nourish and Shine 

Amazon

"One, it smells delicious. Two, putting it all over your body is the business. Sometimes, I find these things stay very surface level and just give you a shine up top, but don't actually help nourish or moisturize beyond the outer layer. I like this because it does a little bit of both. Sometimes, I'll mix it with Jergens to get even more moisture and shine."
$21

‘Big Idea Food: A Weekly Devotional for Entrepreneurs, Side Hustlers & Dreamers’ 

Amazon

"My morning routine is reading a verse from the Bible and from this devotional for entrepreneurs. Sometimes, there will be a Bible verse to go with whatever the devotional's daily subject is, so I'll go and read the whole chapter that verse comes from, too. We all have a lot of time now to think, rework, craft. For me, that means a lot of self-reflection — what's working, what's not, what does the Bible have to say about this? — and digging deeper. That's kind of where I'm at."
$15

Michael Kors Eau de Parfum 

Amazon

"I went into Michael Kors once and I was like, 'What is that smell?' The staff was like, 'Michael Kors perfume.' I was like, 'That tracks.' It's very sweet without giving you a cavity. It's sweet with a little spice. It's like kettle corn, and I like that."
$118

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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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