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My Emancipation From American Christianity

John Pavlovitz | Posted 12.04.2016 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

I am a Christian and an American, but I refuse to settle for this American Christianity any longer or be defined by it. I know that there is something much greater beyond it worth heading toward; something that looks more like God and feels more like love.

8 Reasons You Shouldn't Ask People of Color Where They Are Really From

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 12.02.2016 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

Among people of color, this question is universally panned and acknowledged as the most annoying one we can receive. Still, we continue to be on the receiving end of it more times than we care to recall, in every situation imaginable.

New Survey Explains The Importance Of Sleep

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 12.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Are you a sleep worker? No, not a sleepwalker, but a person who goes to work and attempts to function on too little sleep? It turns out, one-third of American workers are sleep working -- not getting enough sleep to function at peak levels, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School.

Painting in Provence

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.30.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

In Provence, I chose the Luberon for its beauty, and for the most part, stayed in the villages to paint. The Chambres d'hotes were the most memorable and staying in the old farmhouses also provided painting material.

Never Forget and Never Again

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Lillie Leonardi

If we are to cease the threat that perpetrates our world, we must devise a strategy that permits the salvation of the innocent while eliminating those who threaten our very way of life. We must move forward in unity, with one clear message: "Never forget and never again."

Copy and Paste Syndrome: Nuqat's Probe Into Creativity

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.23.2016 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a breath of fresh air that attracted art, culture, design and creativity aficionados to Nuqat's conference in Kuwait amid a storm of insanity engulfing the Middle East.

On Being A Chinese-American Woman

Maria X. Liu | Posted 10.16.2016 | Women
Maria X. Liu

I want to be vocal about my experience in order to encourage others to do the same. The experience is one that needs to be collectively shared so that future generations will one day feel empowered and thus embrace their culture.

Depth of a Salesman

Jerry Zezima | Posted 10.13.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Despite the lamentable fact that I couldn't sell skis in Vermont during the winter, or surfboards in Hawaii during the summer, or even beer to castaways on a desert island, mainly because I would have consumed it myself, I recently got a job as a salesman.

Final Days for John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.02.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is in its final days, ending October 4th. I was fortunate to be invited to give two talks during the exhibit examining Sargent's work from an artist perspective.

A Message For The Republican Party (From A Former Republican)

Tammy Bleck | Posted 10.02.2016 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

I am sickened by your bigoted intolerance of gay and lesbian people marrying. It's not all about you. It's about humanity and doing the right thing. And stop blaming God for every narrow-minded thought you cannot suppress. God, my friends, is about love, acceptance and forgiveness.

The Unseen Work of Preparing an Exhibit: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.08.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Two exhibits of my work, Oil and Water and Re/Viewing the American Landscape are currently on view at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. I've been spending summers painting in Maine for close to forty years and exhibiting there for over thirty.

'Little Jamaica' Rocks on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica

Bob Schulman | Posted 09.07.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Along the way down the coast are towns such as Bolivia, San Clemente and Puerto Vargas, where tourists might half expect to find Harry Belafonte sitting on a dock in striped, clam-digger pants, happy to see daylight after a long night of picking bunches of bananas.

The Vanity -- Real Talk with Frontman Alex Dugan

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 07.21.2016 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Meet The Vanity, a band that recently broke into Austin's competitive music scene and is tearing it up with their raw talent.

Scale the Summit -- The Odyssey Begins

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 07.16.2016 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Scale the Summit, an American instrumental and progressive rock band based out of Houston, isn't your average cup o' joe.

Review: Good Evening: Télé Liban's 100 History-Making Moments

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.16.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Series were a staple of Lebanese TV, which aired its first programs in 1959, and became a money making export to Arab countries.

Manger Tarte au Humble (Eating Humble Pie)

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 07.13.2016 | Travel
Sarah Thebarge

Recently I spent a weekend in Paris before flying to Togo, where I'll be volunteering at a hospital for a few months. I had a layover in Ethiopia, so I sat on the floor with my laptop and wrote a list of 10 ways to spot an American in Paris, drawn from recent observations.

American Flag Jell-O Shots Have Finally Arrived

Spoon University | Posted 07.01.2016 | Taste
Spoon University

What better way to show your love of America than American flag jell-o shots?

On Being an American

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

No matter the side or sides you take on various issues, we have to remember that we are all Americans first, and because of that we owe it to each other to have respect for one another.

WATCH: 10 Absurdly Funny American Laws

HooplaHa | Posted 06.29.2016 | Comedy
HooplaHa

Happy Fourth of July week! What better way to celebrate the creation of the United States than to check out some bizarrely inventive laws our state governments created? Did you know that in Massachusetts gorillas are not allowed in the backseat of your car? Check out this video and find out what other hilarious legislation has been passed in the last 250 years.

'Running Hot and Cold'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.10.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

As a guy who is usually in hot water, which I am using as an excuse for all my wrinkles, I recently found myself in the unusual situation of being in hot water because there was no hot water.

One College Student's Analysis on Representation in the Film American Sniper

Nadia Karizat | Posted 05.22.2016 | College
Nadia Karizat

In this day and age, many people are constantly exposed to all sorts of media texts, television series, films, music videos, social media, news and radio programs, etc., and are surrounded with images that help shape the way they view different groups of people.

Top Hip-Hop Artist Brings Awareness to the Killing Fields

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
Lauren Kruczyk

With lyrics in Khmer and English and a focus on Killing Fields era legacies, Khmer American rapper praCh Ly's first album, Dalama, was not only credited with introducing hip-hop to Cambodia--it introduced this history to a new generation largely unaware of its genocidal past.

Broadcast Meet Tackles Terrorism, Policies, Challenges

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.09.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

A conference aimed at mitigating hate speech, radicalism, and violence that plague Arab broadcast media took the bull by the horns this week amid heated debate on freedom and government controls.

Faithful Shopper: Re-Cycle Your Fitness

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 06.16.2015 | New York
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Faith Hope Consolo

It's spring at last, and time to get yourself in shape for summer. One of the great exercises around, that's particularly easy on the joints, is cycling.

Hollywood, The Police and Ourselves: A Shared Responsibility for a Better Future

Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.13.2015 | Black Voices
Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D.

Whether you are a Hollywood executive, a corporate sponsor, a progressive Police Chief, or a common Jane or Joe that wants to see a less divided society, we will all play a role in creating a new and better future. If we choose to cast ourselves in that role.