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The Media Does Us No Good By Focusing on Zimmerman

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Sean McElwee

It's time for our nation to move past talking about a single trial and start talking about systematic racism, but when the Roman empire was crumbling, the people were delighted by bread and circuses.

Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...

Solar Impulse Lifts Solar Industry to New Heights

Rhone Resch | Posted 09.11.2013 | Green
Rhone Resch

Someone once said: "Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need." Without question, the pilots of Solar Impul...

Passing Through: Boston, MA

Rog Walker | Posted 09.10.2013 | Black Voices
Rog Walker

We decided to spend the 4th of July in Boston this year. Although I've been once before, I didn't know much about Boston other than my dislike for the Red Sox (growing up as a Yankees fan). At the end of our trip, we left with a newfound appreciation for a great American city.

A Broken Future: Fixing America's Education Problem

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.09.2013 | College
Ishan Puri

Education reform tends to focus on how we are behind and not on how we can leverage our greatest strength: diversity. Nowhere else in the world is there such a unique mix of people bonded by a common dream -- the American dream.

Borders: A Texas Quartet Seeks to Erase the Line Which Divides

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Marcel Hidalgo

Liquid Casing is a quartet from the Lone Star State. But, they are not all native Texans. John Pitale is from New Jersey, Jim Stettner is from Upsta...

Made in America

Rog Walker | Posted 09.07.2013 | Black Voices
Rog Walker

What's the most authentic representation of the American experience? I never thought about what it truly meant to live an American life until I came...

Damned Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.06.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't in Egypt. The BBC's Jeremy Bowen was hit in the head and leg by birdshot while covering a demonstrat...

Patriotic Styles for American Holidays

Amanda Callaghan | Posted 09.03.2013 | Style
Amanda Callaghan

Fireworks, BBQs, and parades... all just some of the ways we love to celebrate America! From President's Day to Veteran's Day, here's a list of patriotic apparel to get you looking and feeling all-American when honoring and celebrating this great country!

Talking About a Little Illinois Revolution This Independence Day

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.03.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Those demonstrations in Egypt and Brazil, and the Arab Spring uprisings that came before them, remind me once again that our government can be better if we're willing, together, to put in some effort. To speak up. To demand change. To attend a meeting now and then.

The American Dream

Dustin Farivar | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact
Dustin Farivar

We all have stories to be proud of. But we often forget, our stories are not competitive or comparative; rather, they are what hold us together. The more I am a part of the American Dream, the more convinced I am that it is alive and well.

Top 5 YouTube BBQ Fails For The Fourth of July

Shira Lazar | Posted 09.03.2013 | Comedy
Shira Lazar

Before you light up the grill for this year's Fourth of July celebration, we wanted to give you a chance to catch up on YouTube top 5 most amazing B...

Progressive Patriotism: Taking Pride in America's Never-Ending Climb to More Equality and Prosperity

Troy Campbell | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Troy Campbell

The United States was not perfect when it began, and it is still far from perfect today. However, if one constantly writes off America because of its failings in the past or present, then one misses the general point: America was born a nation to perpetually move forward.

This Playlist Will Power You Through A July 4th Workout With Ease

Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living

lzf via Getty Images Nothing feels more like freedom than an endorphin-pumping, sweat-soaked workout. Add a Fourth of July-themed playlist to fue...

LOOK: America's Hidden Queer History

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 07.04.2013 | Gay Voices

After the historic moments that went down last week, what better way to celebrate Independence Day than looking into America's queer past? Whether...

Part II: One Nation Under God -- Happy 237th Birthday, America

Atiba Madyun | Posted 09.03.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

I am an American and the descendant of slaves. One of them was the first African-American invited as a guest into the White House. His name was Frederick Douglass. I am also a descendant of a man who led the South's Confederate troops during the Civil War. His name was General Robert E. Lee.

What Patriotic Women Look Like, According To Stock Photos

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.04.2013 | Women

Ah, the 4th of July. A full day devoted to expressing our love for our country by getting together with friends and family, stuffing our faces with Am...

Fourth Of July Just Isn't Fourth Of July Without ______________.

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.04.2013 | Fifty

It's the Fourth of July, America's birthday! What Fourth of July traditions do you pledge allegiance to keep alive this year? From waving the flag ...

Awesomeness From Alaska To Wyoming

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel

With 50 states, 59 national parks, countless museums, monuments and attractions, there is a never-ending list of things to see and do in America. ...

Egypt 2.0

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.03.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

While the U.S. can try to exert pressure for a quick return to a democratic state, ultimately it will be up to the Egyptian military to move the country forward. But its promise of a roadmap for reconciliation will face great challenges because the country is so deeply divided, and the Muslim Brotherhood will be more energized than ever.

Part I: Sweet Apple Pie -- Happy 237th Birthday, America

Atiba Madyun | Posted 09.02.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

Each year on your birthday, I look back on our history. And while we have come from a humble beginning, I know we have a ways to go, before we achieve our founders' goal of being the United States of America.

Listen to Nana

Michael Farr | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

Happy July 4th Eve! Tomorrow America will celebrate 237 years of independence. Happy Nana's birthday, too. Today my grandmother, Margaret DuFief Reed,...

How Exactly Do Fireworks Work?

LiveScience | Adam Hadhazy | Posted 07.03.2013 | Science

About halfway between the comparatively sedate Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays, you can't miss the pyrotechnical gloriousness that is Fourth of Ju...

Being Different and Being Proud to Be American

Daniel Cox | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Daniel Cox

Despite the value Americans place on individuality, when it comes to being proud of one's country, nothing is more important than being typical.

Patriotism Gone Wrong

Posted 07.03.2013 | Comedy

Unfortunately, we can't all be this guy. Source: And as much as we'd like to imagine we're this: ...