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The Influence

Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

The Influence | February 11, 2016 | Politics
Most of us assume it's because someone, somewhere sat down with the scientific evidence, and figured out that cannabis is more harmful than other drugs we use all the time -- like alcohol and cigarettes. Not at all.

Louis Draper: Photographing Black Lives Matter for 50 Years | February 11, 2016 | New York
Far too often, brilliant Black artists only get the respect they deserve long after death. In curatorial spaces dominated by whiteness, Black talent is consistently marginalized and shelved--Draper, unfortunately, was one of those artists. Only now, decades after his death, is he finally getting the respect he deserves.
Regina Weinreich

John Lloyd Young at the Café Carlyle: A Jersey Boy Goes Rogue

Regina Weinreich | February 11, 2016 | Entertainment
No amount of leather could hide Young's dimpled chin. He must get this a lot: A woman, unable to contain herself, shouted out "So adorable!" Casting a rueful eye in her direction, he quieted: "Calm down." That would be hard to do at this Valentine's Day ready show.
Alan Singer

'The Shadow of Slavery' -- Trinity Church Confronts Its Past and the Present

Alan Singer | February 11, 2016 | New York
Trinity Church was at the center of the New York colony's ruling class with close ties to the wealthy merchants, slaveholders, and government officials. Prominent New Yorkers assigned enslaved Africans to construct the original church building.
Yolanda Rondon

Dear BDS: Shut Up or We Will Shut you Down, Sincerely Big Brother

Yolanda Rondon | February 10, 2016 | Politics
The bill requires divestment from and prohibits business transactions, contracts, and investment with companies, contractors, subcontractors, NGOs and/or individuals that boycott an allied nation or companies of an allied nation -- Israel.
Faith Hope Consolo

The Faithful Shopper: Valentine's Day Victory

Faith Hope Consolo | February 11, 2016 | New York
Love is in the air and the pressure is on to pamper your precious! Here are some ideas from the heart and the luxury of being a "last minute lover" is available. Dim the Lights Why not create the ambience...
Steven Suskin

Aisle View: The Birth of a Playwright

Steven Suskin | February 9, 2016 | Arts
An unruly teen from the Irish tenements of the Bronx is transplanted to a white-bread Catholic prep school on a hilltop in New Hampshire, where his braggadocio, bluster and petty-thievery threaten his escape from the ghetto.
Carl Siciliano

Harlem No Hate: Reasons Why Ali Forney Center Is Seeking to Acquire Site of ATLAH Hate Church

Carl Siciliano | February 10, 2016 | Queer Voices
I cared about Ali Forney very much, and his murder devastated me. I cannot envision a greater triumph, a greater sense of closure, than to be able to provide our youths a beautiful home 50 yards from the site of Ali's last lonely space on this earth.
Natasha Malinsky

5 Spots to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in NYC

Natasha Malinsky | February 9, 2016 | New York
When thinking about some of the great eats in New York City, delis and pizzerias most definitely come to mind. The problem is, you can only have so much pastrami and so many sloppy slices before you begin craving a change of pace.
Salvatore Bono

Lady Leshurr Debuts Her Queen Speech in NYC

Salvatore Bono | February 8, 2016 | New York
Welcome to the table one that will soon be the new Queen of hip-hop if she stays the course -- Lady Leshurr.
Bess Rowen

You'll Have a Grand Old Time: 'The Grand Paradise'

Bess Rowen | February 8, 2016 | Arts
As I stood outside of a completely nondescript door, I couldn't help but think back to how excited and unprepared I was for my first experience with immersive theatre. Now I stood outside of the door for The Grand Paradise as excited as I'd be if an old friend were on the other side.
Lionel Richie

A 26-Year-Old Safety Net That Only Gets Stronger

Lionel Richie | February 8, 2016 | Entertainment
The chance to invite my friends and fellow artists to join me in ensuring that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal crisis is deeply important to me for two reasons: it continues a long tradition of musicians giving back to help those in need, and it underscores the challenges faced by professionals who make music their lifelong focus, but who all too often do so at significant personal cost.
Father Sebastiaan

New York's Historical Vampire Club - Long Black Veil

Father Sebastiaan | February 8, 2016 | Weird News
The remarkable Long Black Veil or "LBV" events truly hold a unique place in the history of New York City's nightlife.
Jeanne Kelly

Home Buying in NYC: Like Nowhere Else!

Jeanne Kelly | February 8, 2016 | New York
Buying real estate in Manhattan is like nowhere else in the country -- it's competitive, and in short supply. So, when you make the decision that you'd like to buy a home here, make sure you are well prepared to be a shrewd player in this crazy market.
Sharon Hoge

Where to 'Monkey' in Manhattan

Sharon Hoge | February 8, 2016 | Travel
Don't be concerned if you can't travel over for the festivities in Beijing or Shanghai which carry on throughout China for around 15 days. From culture to cuisine, there are plenty of options for commemorating the holiday stateside in New York City.
Raleigh Sadler

Finding Hope in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Raleigh Sadler | February 8, 2016 | Religion
Human trafficking, or the exploitation of vulnerabilities for commercial gain, can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. This type of injustice is nothing new.
Regina Weinreich

Jane Fonda at Caroline's Comedy Club: Championing the Equal Rights Amendment

Regina Weinreich | February 9, 2016 | Entertainment
Sunday night's Superbowl may have been the focus for a majority of Americans, but a rival event took place at Caroline's Comedy Club, with Jane Fonda as M. C., introduced by Gloria Steinem.
Gil Kazimirov

Here's the Problem with New York's Young Professionals

Gil Kazimirov | February 8, 2016 | New York
We, young professionals, are an anxious, anxious group of kids. More than a decade of high-pressured test taking developed within us a compulsion to prove ourselves to ourselves and to others.
Mark Green

Debates Matter: Hillary Rising and Marco Fading?

Mark Green | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Shrum and Lowry hear two "sighs of relief" in Iowa -- from HRC, because two straight losses would've been awful, and from Lowry, because Iowa vindicated his gutsy National Review issue denouncing Trump. Also: There's now a sense that Clinton's rising in NH, while Rubio's robotry reveals someone more callow than charismatic.
Nancy Ruhling

This Cafe In Queens Is Every Dog and Coffee Lover's Dream

Nancy Ruhling | February 9, 2016 | New York
A chocolate Chihuahua, leading a leash-holding woman, prances into Chateau le Woof. Rocky, for that is his name, is a regular. He's coming to meet his girlfriend, Lola, who's sitting pretty in a sweet sweater on the sofa.
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