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Photo: Snapchat

Snapchat is launching a new original series called “The Solution Committee,” starring Jaden Smith. The unscripted show features young activists and celebrities discussing racial and social justice issues, like criminal justice reform and voting access.

Why it matters: The show is part of Snapchat's effort to educate its user base about important election issues. All episodes will include a swipe-up function at the end, encouraging users to register to vote.

Details: The eight-episode series will air Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on Snapchat’s Discover page in the weeks leading up to the election.

  • The show will feature celebrities like Common, Willow Smith, Janelle Monáe, Phoebe Robinson, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe and others.
  • Each episode will focus on one issue and highlight a young activist working to help their community solve that problem. Episodes will include calls to action, like registering to vote, or recommendations for other ways users can get involved in social justice issues in their communities.
  • The show will be produced in conjunction with Westbrook, a media company launched in 2019 by Smith's parents Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, as well as Miguel Melendez and Ko Yada.

The big picture: Snapchat has leaned into civic engagement over the past two cycles, pushing to get more of its younger user base to register, find their polling places and consume accurate information about the election.

The bottom line: "Historically people between the ages of 18 to 23 have been less likely to vote. This is because a lot of young people feel like they don’t have the information or know where to get it. This show is about educating the youth and making sure they feel empowered and ready to vote," Smith said in a statement.

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Pope Francis denounces European governments' migrant response

Pope Francis adresses refugees at the Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) in Mytilene on the island of Lesbos on Sunday. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis criticized European countries' response to migrants and asylum seekers during his visit to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos Sunday.

Why it matters: The pope said "migration is a humanitarian crisis that concerns everyone," but little had changed in the global response to displaced peoples since his first visit to Lesbos five years ago, per a transcript of his remarks. "Human lives, real people, are at stake. ... let us stop this shipwreck of civilization!"

Chris Cuomo accuser: On-air "hypocrisy" spurred report

Journalist Chris Cuomo. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

A woman who accused fired CNN journalist Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct said Sunday she decided to come forward after learning of his comments about women who made similar accusations about his brother. He denies her allegations.

Why it matters: Her attorney Debra Katz said in a statement that she heard "the hypocrisy" of his on-air words about his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was "disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women," so "retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN."