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The Problem With Defining Sexual Orientation

Tim Rymel | Posted 09.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Tim Rymel

A conversion therapy survivor once told me, "I never considered myself to be gay, even though I was having sex with male friends in high school." Grow...

Which Way Should I Lean In The Current War Over Vietnamese Cuisine?

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.21.2016 | Taste
Andrew Lam

People take pride in the food they eat, and ethnic communities especially form and retain their identities around their traditional cuisines. What's Italian without pasta? Or the Thai without their Tom Yum Goong?

I'm With Stupid: You Should Be Outraged - Outraged! - Over Noodles

Todd Hartley | Posted 09.20.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

The other day I got a text from a friend that read, "Hear about the Bon Appetit pho 'controversy'? Sounds like something you would be interested in writing about to me." That was the first I had heard of the controversy, so I decided to delve into it and see what the hullabaloo was all about. First, though, I had to figure out what pho is.

Peacemakers Can Change the Calculus of Violence

Shayne Looper | Posted 09.06.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

This article is not meant to be controversial, though it does address a controversial topic: guns, mass shootings, the gun lobby and the anti-gun lobb...

Chipotle Has No Idea if its Free Burrito Deals Are Working

The Daily Meal | Posted 08.24.2016 | Taste
The Daily Meal

As predicted by Bloomberg earlier this year, the fast-casual chain's attempt to recover from their fall from grace through free food offers has backfired. Bloomberg got ahold of a letter that Chipotle's CFO Jack Hartung sent to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last month stating that he don't actually know the impact that free burritos had on customer support.

'GMA' Host Apologizes For Actually Saying 'Colored People' In 2016

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.23.2016 | Black Voices

“Good Morning America” host Amy Robach has made an apology for her recent foot-in-mouth moment on air. The talkshow host came under fire Monday, ...

Trump On Second Amendment Backlash: 'I Think It's A Good Thing For Me'

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday night he’s benefitting from the controversy he created earlier in the day by suggesting ...

Here's What Convinced A Famous Band To Finally Change Their Offensive Name

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 07.19.2016 | Entertainment

In April of this year, the band Viet Cong finally changed their name, choosing the far more innocuous Preoccupations as their new moniker. This follow...

Why is Wat Phra Dhammakaya so Controversial?

Nicholas Liusuwan | Posted 06.13.2016 | Religion
Nicholas Liusuwan

Image Source: Dhammakaya.net Wat Phra Dhammakaya, a colossal 1,000 acre temple in Thailand, is still much of an enigma to most people in the world. M...

I Stopped Being Afraid to Piss People Off -- And You Should Too

Rachael Yahne | Posted 06.09.2016 | Women
Rachael Yahne

If we continue to allow fear to keep us from sharing ourselves and our truths with the world, we will always be trapped under the oppressive opinions of others, opinions that don't serve us but instead cage us.

The 'Dancing with the Stars' Controversy Must Be Put to Rest

Haley Besser | Posted 05.23.2016 | Entertainment
Haley Besser

The dance experience controversy on this show is stupid. Plain and simple. The point of this show is for celebrities to learn a new skill. So unless a celebrity is a professional ballroom dancer, then I'd say it's a fair game.

Let's Get Uncomfortable

Gabby Aossey | Posted 05.20.2016 | College
Gabby Aossey

We have all been given the advice to never discuss politics or religion at family gatherings; apparently it will lead to fights and hard feelings. But why does this have to happen? Why is it so tough to voice our possibly controversial opinions and to listen to others that probably disagree?

The Tao of Universities & Fair Labor Standards Act

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 05.18.2016 | College
Dr. Cindi Love

The Tao Te Ching suggests that it is sometimes necessary to learn to see the events in our world backwards, inside out and upside down.

Why The New GMO Food-Labeling Law Is So Controversial

Teen Vogue | Posted 04.20.2016 | Taste
Teen Vogue

By Lily Puckett for Teen Vogue. Courtesy of CNP Montrose Do you really know what you're eating? On July 1, Vermont becomes the first state...

My Letter to Parents of Deaf Children

Tracy Stine | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Tracy Stine

No ASL is not in decline and will always be around as long as there are Deaf people. What it means to be Deaf has not changed for the thousands and thousands of us who are.

Withdrawal of Anti-Vaccination Documentary From Tribeca Film Festival Revives Controversy

Lisa Chau | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Chau

Robert De Niro opened up an old debate for new scrutiny when he decided to yank Andrew Wakefield's documentary, "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,...

Will I or Won't I? Does It Really, Truly Matter? What Makes a Book Holy?

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 03.15.2016 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

I didn't want to stir controversy, particularly at this time of contention in the US. I was simply cleaning house one day. I was bringing in a ladder. The ladder hit a stack of Bibles, literally, and they fell.

Paul Feig Clears Up That Leslie Jones ‘Ghostbusters’ Controversy

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 03.11.2016 | Entertainment

When it comes to Leslie Jones playing an MTA employee in "Ghostbusters," haters think it's strange, and it doesn't look good. But the movie's director...

School Food Fight: My Interview with Senator Debbie Stabenow

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, has consistently been a strong advocate for fed...

Majority of Presidential Candidates Support Controversial Fuel Standards

Andrew Clark | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Andrew Clark

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday at the 10th annual Iowa Renewable Fuels conference that he supports the notion to maintain the standard, a declaration that must have boded well with many citizens of a state with 41 corn ethanol plants in attendance.

D&G Is Doing More Than Just Releasing a Hijab and Abaya Collection

Hassanah El-Yacoubi | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Hassanah El-Yacoubi

Dolce & Gabbana is setting precedence by disregarding the influence of bigotry inundating media outlets that is geared toward Muslims, by releasing a collection intended for a highly-scrutinized community during a very sensitive time.

New York Photographer Jonathan Higbee Speaks Out About Street Photography

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs (c) Jonathan Higbee For some time now I have been an admirer of Jonathan Higbee's photography. It's calm and very zen, especially for...

Black French Angry Missing Black Hosts on BET France

EBONY.com | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

When BET chose its first hosts for its French broadcasts, it apparently overlooked the "Black" in Black Entertainment Television. The first two announced hosts, Hedia Hinges and Raphael Yem, come from MTV and are of Arab and Asian heritage.

The Rajiv Malhotra Controversy and the Connection to Hindu Studies

Parth Parihar | Posted 07.24.2016 | Religion
Parth Parihar

In the past week, the blogosphere and Twitter have been aflutter with talk of the charges of plagiarism leveled against author and Hindu scholar Rajiv Malhotra by Richard Fox Young, an associate professor at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Controversial John Fleck Documentary Screens July 18 at Brand Library

Lisa Derrick | Posted 07.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Lisa Derrick

This Saturday, July 18, Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California presents a free screening of the yet-to-be-released documentary John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be which delves into the work of controversial performance artist and award-winning actor John Fleck.