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Beware Intelligent Men Bearing Caustic Wits

George Heymont | Posted 10.04.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

While the documentary shows Kramer in robust health and, later in life, as a frail senior citizen, it teaches viewers what can happen when one fiercely intelligent man (who is not willing to take "no" for an answer) speaks truth to power.

Common vs. Corporate Criminals

Pat Choate | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

"Little crime" carries a personal liability while "big crime" does not. Any reform of the U.S. criminal justice system needs to correct this inequity.

KENTPRESENTS Provocative Topics
Summer School Vacation

Sharon Hoge | Posted 09.21.2015 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Normally the Kent School campus bustles with students of high school age but for two and a half days this summer the students were adults spending "vacation" days studying "What Comes Next" at the KentPresents ideas forum wrangling with subjects from cybersecurity to cancer to criminal justice.

Let's Roll for a Real Living Wage

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | New York
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

There comes a time in all of our lives when we need to live for something worth dying for. I'm in this fight for a Real Living Wage because I dream of a world where everyone makes a Living Wage and can return home to a warm hearth to break bread with their loved ones and revolutionary friends.

Surprise and the Summer Genre Picture

William Bradley | Posted 08.25.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

There's no one in the non-Arnold Terminator cast who is as strong as any of Cruise's compatriots and adversaries in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.

Civic Disobedience and Climate Change

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

Is the practice of civil disobedience justified, in regard to climate change? Unlike war and racism, the effects of global warming are neither clear nor immediate -- though in fact the danger is quickly becoming clearer, as California dries up and wild fires run through the West.

Shifting Sands: New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

In the middle of June, at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at East 161st Street and Third Avenue, a large gathering of people came together to hear panelists parse the "New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene."

I Am A White Christian And Black Lives Matter

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

While some claim that Dylann Roof is mentally ill, the truly frightening possibility is that he is sane and sober -- that he was raised under a white supremacist culture and is acting out his racism in the most violent of ways.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Saving the Site of MLK's 'War Room'

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The city of Birmingham, which owns the building, appears to finally be on a path of restoration. To do so they've partnered with the National Trust for a two-year plan to improve the site.

PHOTOS: The Paley Center Tribute To African-American Achievements

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices

The Paley Center for Media hosted a star-studded event Thursday evening celebrating the 35th anniversary of BET's launch, as well as the groundbreakin...

On the Cusp of an 'African American Spring'

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Some African Americans have argued with me that comparing the riots to the Arab Spring gives too much credence to the miscreant behavior of some black youths. But that's the problem. Inured to black suffering, we all have a double standard for African Americans.

Marvelverse at A Crossroads Leads the Way In A Big Year for Genre Franchises

William Bradley | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

In a movie year marked by a raft of famous genre franchises, the Marvelverse is set once again to lead the way. What Marvel calls its interlocking "Marvel Cinematic Universe" features the return of the Avengers, and a quirky new title, Ant-Man, coming on July 17.

Miami Art, Not Miami Vice, Attracts Aficionados

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

Two people walk into a bar... and find an exquisite Sir Henry Moore marble sculpture mounted on a pedestal in a fountain adorning a five-star hotel lobby's atrium. It's not your typical joke punchline.

Influential African-Americans To Be Celebrated For Achievements In Television

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices

In celebration of the ever-growing diversity in television, The Paley Center for Media will pay homage to the various achievements of African-American...

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

Frank Sinatra: All or Nothing at All on HBO

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

But the premiere was a night for celebration, and not only for Sinatra. Turns out, director Alex Gibney, with his recently aired Going Clear, his film about the Church of Scientology, broke records for HBO. So after the 2-hour first half of Sinatra, a happy crowd filed into Porterhouse for Italian themed specialties of burrata caprese, filet mignon, spumoni and cannoli in abundance.

The Nation Celebrates 150th Anniversary With Oversize Issue Featuring Einstein, Chomsky, Steinbeck

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media

Drafted on July 8, 1865, and distributed to potential donors and subscribers, The Nation’s founding prospectus reads, “The week has been singularl...

In a City of 'Good People,' How Can 'Selma' Happen?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

We often portray life within these moralistic extremes -- good people versus bad people, instead of people who do good things or people who do bad things.

Great African-Americans in Wax

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.25.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland honors African-American heroes and heroines. Match the following heroines with her accomplishment.

REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding; A Different Narrative for Black Men In America

Michele Hunt | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Michele Hunt

This book shines a light on impactful, positive stories of successful Black men who dared to dream big, and made their dreams come true against tremendous obstacles.

The Book of Negroes: Life, Liberty and Love

Nsenga Burton | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

Based on the award-winning novel Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes tells the story of Aminata Diallo, an 11-year-old girl kidnapped from West Africa and her personal and spiritual journey as part of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Martin Luther King Jr. -- Health Care as a Moral Crisis

John Geyman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

As Martin Luther King knew full well, health care is a moral issue. Virtually all advanced countries around the world recognized long ago that health care is a human right, not a privilege based on ability to pay.

MLK Children Working To Settle Legal Dispute

AP | Posted 01.29.2015 | Black Voices

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are trying to resolve a legal dispute over their father's traveling Bible and Nobel Peace ...

One Suit Dropped, One Still Pending Between MLK's Children

Reuters | David Beasley | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices

ATLANTA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - One of two lawsuits involving the children of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been dropped, possib...

Schools Should Show 'Selma'!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.21.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

It's oft been said that those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. But you need to know what your history is before you can learn from it. Selma DVDs in every classroom is a start.