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A Newcomer's Photographic Jaunt Around Austin, Texas

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.05.2015 | Travel
Christine Stoddard

During my first visit to Austin, Texas, I had no car. Over the course of four days, I walked as much as my body could withstand in the high heat and photographed the Live Music Capital of the World's urban textures.

Confessing #BlackLivesMatter

Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion
Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div.

When the counter-protestors began the chant #AllLivesMatter what they were really saying is that black lives do not matter more than theirs. If these people sincerely believed that #AllLivesMatter, we would not be forced to chant and declare that #BlackLivesMatter.

America in Black and White

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 08.04.2015 | Media
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The process of change begins with us and ends with us. Through social media and grassroots movement we can unite our colors as we did on June 26, 2015. We can inspire American Dreams for generations to come before the riots begin, before the violence turns viral.

The Best Small Cities In America

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 08.04.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

All have populations of under 100,000, and often as much to offer as cities ten times their size.

7 Ways America Needs to Be More Like Germany

Sophie Roth-Douquet | Posted 07.28.2015 | Teen
Sophie Roth-Douquet

In Germany there are bakeries on practically every corner. I lived in Stuttgart, a pretty big city in the south of Germany where I could see three bakeries just by looking out the window and swiveling my head slightly.

Dispatch From Iran

OpedSpace | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
OpedSpace

For every impassioned citizen brandishing a burning American flag, there are five more Iranians with encouraging smiles, soliciting our nationality. Before we can respond "Swiss!" or "Australian!", our irreverent guide, Abdullah, has already unmasked us.

If I Were Writing the Great American Novel

Dan Truong | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Dan Truong

If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be white. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be 10-20 years older. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would not look at the Wikipedia page for the Great American Novel daily, as if it held some sort of great and terrible secret that would tell me exactly what to write and how to write it.

My Sandra Bland Story

Torri Stuckey | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

Something seemed wrong about this situation. The officer said, "Give me your keys!" I said, "Why" but she ignored me. I still wasn't sure what was going on, I said, No. "Wrong answer" she replied. She snatched open my car door yelling, "Get the f**k out of the car" as she yanked me from my seat.

Love and Patriotism: Part Two in An American Affair

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Lazar

In Part One, I suggested the relationship we have with our democracy mirrors our other romances -- with people. This, (amid the wild throes of the 2016 presidential courting season and an army of lurid candidates vying to seduce at every turn,) begs the eternal lovers' query: What are we to each other, anyway?

Hooray for ADA! 25 Years of Disability Rights

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Young people today might not remember that there was a time when disabled children were quietly forgotten in schools, and disabled adults only dreamed of basic access to jobs, medical care, and popular culture. One piece of landmark legislation changed all that.

American Christianity Has Been Hijacked

Mikah Meyer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Mikah Meyer

Why has American Christianity become known for the pain it causes? Let American Christianity stop being known as a religion that hurts, as a faith focused on what we're against, and instead let them know we are Christians by our love.

Dating and Patriotism: Part One, American Love Affair

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Lazar

These past couple weeks in politics have left me with a set of volatile emotions normally reserved for that other baffling (and intermittently absurd) realm of life... love and lust.

Schooling Ourselves: The Opening of the American Mind

David Scott Clegg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

America, our education system needs an enema -- not literally, but in the literature, the narrative we tell ourselves. We need to rid ourselves of the waste within that has clogged up any means for open thought, and open minds.

#Iwouldnever: The Truth Telling Project Calls on All Black Americans to Take the Pledge

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Documenting truths related to systemic injustice is an important first step in helping individuals and communities approach the abolishment of complex structures that shield and sustain human rights abuses.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, on Native Grounds

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

I've been to Ireland many times before, but never to Waterford. Fitzgerald brought me here -- and to the Irish sides of his family, both the McQuillans and the Fitzgeralds, I'm grateful.

Golfing, Mystical and My Life Lesson

Sister Jenna | Posted 07.17.2015 | Sports
Sister Jenna

I have recently been enamored with the art of golfing. It all grew out of a friendship, the kind of connection that opens up something new in us.

Ariana Grande Restarts Her Tour By Reminding Everyone She's A Patriot

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment

Donut-licking pop star Ariana Grande has returned to her international tour after a three week break, and y'all better get ready because she...

Harper Lee's Complex Heroes

Tom Morris | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Tom Morris

There's almost too much to talk about in the new book Go Set a Watchman. I loved it, then I hated it, and then I loved it again. Finally, I went away deeply impressed by the way it raises fundamental social, political and personal issues of a philosophical nature.

USA, Greatest Doggone Country In The World, Decimates France 82-0 In Game Of AMERICAN Football

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.22.2015 | Sports

Sorry July 4, 1776, but July 15, 2015, just became the most American day of all time. The United States of America beat France in a game of American f...

The Surprising Origins Of 8 Italian-American Dishes

Thrillist | Posted 07.15.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

Sometimes the greatest food creations come from adapting to necessity.

White House Lifts Ban on Photography and Invites Instagrammers to Help Spread the Hashtag

Nastasia Yakoub | Posted 07.13.2015 | Travel
Nastasia Yakoub

What do you do when you see an e-mail with the subject line: 'Invitation to the White House: July 1st'? Well, if you're like most people, you'd probab...

A July 4th Product Placement America

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 07.10.2015 | Weird News
Crazy Legs Conti

Bill Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on the Hudson" solves world peace by encouraging The King of England to eat a hot dog.

American Patriots Shoot Fireworks At Each Other From Their Butts

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 07.10.2015 | Weird News

Somewhere in this great nation, a bald eagle is shedding a freedom tear with pride. On July 4th, patriots Leroy and Sugarbush went above and beyond...

Notes From a Dive Bar XVI

Alan Black | Posted 07.09.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

No customers, a dark Tuesday, I'm lit on cognac making up nursery rhymes that can be sung at an alcoholic's picnic.

Even Norman Rockwell's Depiction of America Evolved With Changing Times

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Rockwell once gave us an idealized America, but he went on to provide illustrations of the difficult aspects of our nation, as well: racial conflict, civil rights, violence, poverty. Rockwell's America was complex and rich in its diversity. Kim Davis' America is an illusion.