Stonewall, a film about a young gay man from Kansas set amid the Stonewall riots has been bombing at the box office. I didn't go see it. I also wouldn't watch a movie about the Montgomery bus boycotts that centered on a fictionalized white woman.
I've been a VICE-loving broad since I was about 13 -- so at the just-ripe age of 32 you could call me a devotee. As a buck-toothed, flat-chested, polyester-golf-pant wearing teenager, I was all about embracing the Other.
The world is actually getting better. Fifteen years into the 21st century, life on the whole has improved for a great deal of humanity. Access to basic needs like food, shelter, water, education and work has improved.
When scientists invite us into their world, paying attention to our needs the way good hosts do for their guests, they enlarge our lives.
All people think of when they hear the word "schizophrenia" is the ramped-up media headlines about the very rare occurrences of people with the illness turning violent. The majority of people who experience schizophrenia are only likely to do harm to themselves.
At Tuesday's upcoming Democratic Party debate, CNN is not planning to include a single progressive advocate among its panel of four questioners.
A broad generalization: There was a time when the average American naively (or reflexively or lazily) believed everything the government told them. Conspiracies were almost unheard of. Today, the opposite seems to be true.
The intertwined issues of free speech and a lack of diversity in the newspaper have sparked a contentious debate throughout the campus, and the saga has attracted national attention. Wesleyan's president, provost and vice president for equity and inclusion released a statement that said students have the right to voice their own opinions -- "but there is no right not to be offended ... Censorship diminishes true diversity of thinking." But activists maintain that the issue is one of diversity, not of censorship.
Not only is this a must-see movie for her stellar performance, but it is a reminder of a time when real investigating was the goal for television--and print--news. Mistakes were made and heads did roll, but not without some loss of journalistic ideals.
In the George W. Bush case, Redford points out, when Rather and his producer Mapes made a few errors in their presentation that did not detract from the essence of their story, Rather's bosses at CBS, abandoned both reporter and producer, eventually dismissing them.
The Colorado Republican Party is blaming CNBC for severely limiting the number of seats available at its Oct. 28 presidential debate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. But CNBC hasn't accepted the blame. Instead, strangely, it's not commenting. What gives?
You have the ability to respond to any moment of your life with: love, laughter, surprise, sadness or anger. Do you realize you can 'choose' these emotional responses? Here's an exercise.
I asked a group of my students to try the Birdwhistell/Goffman experiment a la 2015: for one day, instead of texting the messages they normally would send to their family and friends and classmates, they should call.
How much would it cost if I had to fly from Port Harcourt to Geneva on Monday, and then back to Abuja on Tuesday, and then to New York on Wednesday, and back to Port Harcourt on Thursday...? Quite a fortune right?
Going through such a seismic, existential shift in my life -- transitioning in a military prison -- presents real, meaningful, and daily challenges.
Nowhere in the world does a girl at 16 occupy the same social space as a woman at 26 -- and this has nothing to do with the way she is perceived or what is expected of her body. Before an individual can truly claim adulthood, some things that we have no control over must occur.
"Mars Show Signs of Having Flowing Water, Possible Niches for Life, NASA, Says" was the headline (NYT, 9/29/15) On October 30, l938, Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air presented an adaptation of H.G. Welles' The War of the Worlds.
For my column, I'd rather talk about the Muppets -- ok, ok, I'll eventually make my way back to the great Ad Blocking Controversy of 2015, but let's start with the Muppets, Jim Henson's invention from the '50s that changed children's television forever.