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I played Willy Wonka at the viral Glasgow event. I feel just as scammed as everyone else

"I was told I’d be Willy Wonka at an amazing experience for children. Instead, I was in a top hat bought off Amazon, in a warehouse with mobs."?

Craig Melvin on raising mixed-race children: ‘We figure it out as we go along’

For Black History Month, TODAY's Craig Melvin shares his experience of being a father to kids Delano, 9, and Sybil, 7, with wife Lindsay Czarniak.

My mom’s Haitian spaghetti is like a plate of confetti — a celebration of our history

It took me years to appreciate what it took for this dish to end up on my plate.
My mom’s Haitian spaghetti (espageti) recipe will blow your mind
My mom’s Haitian spaghetti (espageti) recipe will blow your mind

I went from Tokyo 'Eras Tour' to the Super Bowl in one day. Here's what it was like

TikTok star Victoria Browne is giving a glimpse into Taylor Swift's day in the life.

I sat in on a Taylor Swift class at Harvard. Here's what I learned

What happens when Swiftie lore meets academia? Not-so-tortured poets.
Photo collage of taylor swift and Harvard University
Photo collage of taylor swift and Harvard University

Assigned reading almost ruined my love for books. How I got it back

As a student, I hated assigned reading. Now that I'm a teacher, I see the point.
hands holding book
hands holding book

My 9-year-old son asserts himself as Jewish-Muslim. Here’s what he’s teaching me

During these dark days of war, my husband and I hold onto the hope that our "peace babies" can usher in a better world.
photo illustration of mom and son sitting in front of earth on paper with American, Turkey, and German postal stamps
photo illustration of mom and son sitting in front of earth on paper with American, Turkey, and German postal stamps

ESSAY: Christian Chávez reveals how a hot pink suit helped heal him on the ‘Soy Rebelde Tour’

15 years after being outed by a tabloid, the singer shares a moving essay about how the RBD reunion tour finally helped him embrace his authentic self.
Christian Chavez
Christian Chavez

'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus': Read the essay from 1897 that made us believe

"The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see."
A little girl giving Santa Claus her wish list surrounding by packages and toys, 1945.
A little girl giving Santa Claus her wish list surrounding by packages and toys, 1945.
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