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America the Beautiful

Over the River and Through the Wood

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As Americans travel to spend Thanksgiving with their friends and family, we think and sometimes even sing "Over the river and through the wood to grandfather's house we go... (or some variation thereof)." I didn't know until quite recently that the poem/song was written by a woman!

Baby Boomers Let's Fight Back!

David Kanegis | Posted 10.29.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

We've now had the opportunity to view debates from both major parties. Not to worry, with the election almost a year away there will be countless more. Did anything change for you?

Lisa Adams: America the Beautiful

Tracey Harnish | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Tracey Harnish

An LA artist for decades, Lisa Adams hints at her hometown throughout, travels to Angeles Crest Forest and Skidrow, pop up enigmatically, themes of homelessness and dysfunction merge with native skies, trees and lights.

She Makes Beautiful Music

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.03.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

America the Beautiful is a beloved patriotic song -- written by a woman! Women have contributed to the field of music as singers, songwriters, composers, and conductors. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

How Progressives Should Celebrate This July 4th

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Despite the conventional wisdom that patriotism means "my country -- right or wrong" and is best displayed by blind flag-waving, to many Americans patriotism means loyalty to a set of principles, and thus requires dissent and criticism when those in power violate those standards.

How Progressives Should Celebrate Flag Day

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans are unaware that much of our patriotic culture -- including many of the leading symbols and songs -- was created by people with decidedly progressive sympathies. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Sexualized Culture Is Creating Mental Health Issues in Our Youth

Darryl Roberts | Posted 12.20.2014 | Women
Darryl Roberts

Combating the status quo and demanding more from the media we consume is only one part of addressing the mental health crisis engendered by the over-sexualization of young girls. The other part is to hold ourselves, and the people we know, accountable to make visible changes in the world around us.

'One Small Candle of Truth Dispels a Lot of Darkness'

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

The words punch the elevator button in our memory, and trolley up freighted meanings and classroom images from our innocent years in fourth grade.

6 Patriotic Songs For Labor Day Weekend

William Astore | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
William Astore

Let's stress, and stress again, the importance of national beauty and brotherhood, liberty and freedom, and equality of access for all.

War Dispatches

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The madness never stops, but we can pull back from it on occasion to count our blessings. That is a luxury our brothers and sisters in Sochi and Lagos and Kampala might like to taste.

Republican Rebranding a Massive Failure

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Priebus can cut off contact with liberal media outlets to protest claims that he feels are unjust; however, if he is truly dedicated to reestablishing the Republican Party, he could start by looking in the mirror first because as these examples show there is nothing the liberal media can say that will make Republicans look worse than their own actions do.

Thank You Coke: Why Embracing Multiculturalism Is Smart

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

It is high time that we embraced a view of our nation that reflects its changing character. The American family is no longer that 1950s image of a white mom and dad, two kids and a station wagon.

#SpeakAmerican? Sure.

Adrian Kamalii | Posted 04.08.2014 | Media
Adrian Kamalii

I could not help but be in awe of Coca Cola's "America The Beautiful" commercial. The spoken and visual messages were spot on. What, a diverse America? We speak different languages? Beautiful. I thought society was ready for a message of diversity.

Rush Limbaugh's Favorite Lesbian Socialist -- Author of 'America the Beautiful' -- Inspired the Super Bowl Coke Ad

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Peter Dreier

Right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, former Congressman Allen West, and others are freaking out about Coca Cola's Super Bowl ad featuring "America the Beautiful" sung in different languages as faces of people of different cultures are shown.

As a Gay Dad, I Thank Coke for its Super Bowl Commercial, But Is It the Real Thing?

Rob Watson | Posted 04.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

To use your own branding catch phrase, they are asking, and I am asking, about your support for freedom and diversity: Is it the real thing?

Hey Racists Who Want To Boycott Coke, You May Not Like Pepsi Any Better

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

After Coca-Cola released a Super Bowl ad which beautifully celebrated America's diversity, Twitter lit up with reactions that ranged from grateful to ...

What Coke's 'America The Beautiful' Ad Did Better

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion

To be fair to all the advertisers and media pioneers who have attempted over the years, depicting diversity can be tricky. It's easy enough to throw p...

Ryan Grim

For The Haters Of The Coke Ad With A Gay Family: Guess Who Wrote The Song? | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative news outlet reported Sunday night that a Coca-Cola ad featuring the song “America the Beautiful” sparked ...

America Is Beautiful

Sami H. Elmansoury | Posted 04.05.2014 | Media
Sami H. Elmansoury

The debate over Coca-Cola's Super Bowl advertisement has been raging across the Internet -- and I cannot help but feel that there is sometimes more to it than a simple fear of foreign language.

Right-wing Congressman Mo Brooks Quotes Socialist Lesbian Poet to Justify His Opposition to Immigration Reform

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

On Wednesday, Republican Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama used the words of a lesbian socialist poet to oppose immigration reform.

Celebrating Progressive Patriotism on the Fourth of July

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans have an equal right to claim the flag as their own. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Mint To Limit Coin Sales

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business

(Adds market details, context) May 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Mint will limit dealers' purchases of its "America the Beautiful" five-ounce...

Roger Ebert Changed My Life

Darryl Roberts | Posted 06.05.2013 | Chicago
Darryl Roberts

I want to share with you the article that Roger did on me in the Chicago Sun-Times that literally changed my course as a filmmaker.

WATCH: Sandy Hook Chorus, Jennifer Hudson Sing 'America The Beautiful' At Super Bowl

Posted 02.03.2013 | Sports

Prior to kickoff at this year's Super Bowl, the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus sang "America the Beautiful" on the field. Jennifer Hudson joi...

Sandy Hook Choir & Jennifer Hudson Stun At Super Bowl

Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment

The Super Bowl got off to a touching start on Sunday as the Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir and Jennifer Hudson joined forces to sing "America the ...