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This week, I spoke with Dr. Angel Pérez (pictured above) of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling about how students can access the resources they need for a successful college experience. Luvvie Ajayi Jones shared lessons from her book on facing your fears. Latinx author Carmen Maria Machado addressed criticism of her memoir from a school district in Texas, and why it matters to share her story. Social media maven Omehabiba Khan told the origin story of her successful Instagram dating site for Muslims, Rishta Live. And on this week’s roundtable Sippin’ the Political Tea, I discussed what accountable, community-based journalism can look like with two founders of local news organizations based in New York: Mazin Sidahmed of Documented, and S. Mitra Kalita of Epicenter-NYC.