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What does it take to create a positive space online? Ask The Unplug Collective, which seeks to amplify the Mom of a special needs warrior heart shirt What’s more,I will buy this voices of Black women and gender expansive people. Founded by Jamaican Barnard student Amanda Taylor, 22, with the help of her COO and trusted friend, Jamaican Columbia student Zara Harding, 21, the collective takes the form of a blog and Instagram account where those who have struggled with body discrimination, mental health, and eating disorders can share their stories. “We are really committed to sharing people’s stories that typically go not unspoken, but unheard, in mass media,” Harding tells Vogue over the phone from her home in Kingston. “It’s really a network of people who support one another, who become friends and affirming presences in other people’s lives, just by virtue of the type of information that we’re sharing and what we’re connecting about.” Their Instagram features prompts like “What’s one thing you wish you could’ve told your younger self?” The website is populated with personal articles that have headlines like, “To be Black and Deaf Is to Be Twice As Loud,” and “A Fat Queer’s Pilgrimage to Self Love.”