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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.

Is Go Set a Watchman Disingenuous?

Steven Petite | Posted 07.11.2016 | Home
Steven Petite

The biggest literary event in decades is coming to stores this upcoming Tuesday, but is Harper Lee's long desired and completely unexpected follow-up to her 1955 masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird, what it claims to be?

Dutch Court Breaks Political Stalemate Over Climate Action

Behnam Taebi | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Behnam Taebi

While the full ramifications of the ruling are still unfolding, it is already clear that it could be a landmark moment. For one thing, the verdict offers a potential legal route out of a long lasting political impasse on climate change in the Netherlands, and beyond.

Is It Offensive to Say 'Old Testament'?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.28.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent article, I referred frequently to the "Old Testament." Someone immediately wrote and asked why I was using that "offensive" phrase. "Old Testament," he said, "implies that a New Testament supersedes and surpasses it."

Beneath the Debate of the Washington 'Redskins' Name is an Underlying Truth: The Vast Majority of Americans Have a Limited -- and Often Mistaken -- Understanding of Native American History

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
National Museum of the American Indian

The controversy surrounding the Washington football team name is in some ways a bellwether. Americans do not know enough about our shared history even to be properly offended at the lack of an inclusive narrative that illuminates the history of this continent in all of its complexity.

Game Featuring 'Transgender Kills' Raises Online Debate About Hate Speech

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Melissa Miles McCarter

A game promoting "transgender kills" was removed on Monday morning from the online game curation community Steam after a short time on its Greenlight ...

'Ida' and False Controversy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are "patriot" and "nationalist."

Geoengineering and the Fight Against Climate Change: An Interview with David W. Keith

Bryce Goodman | Posted 04.18.2015 | Green
Bryce Goodman

Unsurprisingly, there are a number of uncertainties and undesirable side-effects with this plan and some oppose even studying geoengineering. To date, there has been no major publicly funded research program in geoengineering.

Fake Baby From 'American Sniper' Addresses Controversy

Stephen Kessler | Posted 03.29.2015 | Entertainment
Stephen Kessler

At $200 Million and counting, American Sniper has touched a nerve and set off a national debate on who is real and who is fake. After being maligned by journalists, morning anchors, and bloggers, the Fake Baby from American Sniper is telling his side of the story. And yes, he did it in one take.

The Ezell Ford Autopsy Report Casts Another Glare on the Autopsy Debate

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.13.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It makes little difference how erroneous or flawed an autopsy is the likelihood that it will be questioned is slim precisely because is viewed as an incontrovertible scientific medical examination. It ignores the fact that in many cases a pathologist's determination as to how a person died is simply an opinion.

Apple and Facebook Cover Egg Freezing Costs: Why Is This a Controversy?

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.20.2014 | Women
MeiMei Fox

In my humble opinion, this condemnation of the egg freezing benefit is cynical and ridiculous. Why can't we just be grateful for companies wanting to offer coverage of an expensive out-of-pocket healthcare procedure and, even more importantly, provide women with more options about what to do with their bodies?

Rant in East Carolina Student Newspaper Spurs Racial Tension, Death Threats for Editor

Dan Reimold | Posted 12.06.2014 | College
Dan Reimold

An anonymous rant with racist overtones run in East Carolina University's student newspaper has triggered controversy, outside media coverage, a free speech debate, a campus-wide racial inequality panel and even death threats directed at the paper's editor-in-chief.

The Constant Dread of Defense

Elie Jacobs | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Elie Jacobs

For years I avoided engaging in discussions about the Israel/Arab situation -- I just didn't want to deal with it. That all changed about three-and-a-half years ago when my parents moved to Jerusalem. Now my immediate family is there and my comfort in the ability to duck the debate vanished.

Because It's Not Really About Me

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 08.03.2014 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

Goodbye to feeling like I'll never be fully informed enough to form my own opinions. And, goodbye to avoiding issues that are both so pressing and so physically close to me just because they make me a little uncomfortable.

Mythbusters Scandal Grows (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 07.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Hotchkiss

I am Jon Hotchkiss... the creator of the 6-hour TV series This vs That... whose content was taken from me and used in the series Mythbusters... without my consent, in violation of my copyright and without any compensation.

Unapologetically Alpha

Dr. Sonya Rhodes | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Dr. Sonya Rhodes

Women have been apologizing too hard, and too long. Am I too strong? (I'm sorry!) Too pretty? (I'm so sorry!) Not pretty enough? (Ditto!) Too threatening? (Oh, dear!) Too smart? (Gasp!) Too loud? (Oops!) Enough! Let's stop apologizing.

ACLU Sues! Defends Man's Right to Marry "Comput-Her"

Raymmar Tirado | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Raymmar Tirado

The ACLU has sued the state of New York over the issue of digital marriage rights, saying the decision to refuse benefits to a man trying to marry his homebuilt "comput-her" is a violation of his rights as a citizen.

Magic With Samuel L. Jackson

David Trumble | Posted 04.13.2014 | Black Voices
David Trumble


I Traveled to Palestine-Israel and Discovered There Is No 'Palestinian-Israeli Conflict'

Ferrari Sheppard | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Ferrari Sheppard

Contrary to what's been reported in the news for years, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. None, zero, zilch, diddly-squat. I can say with confidence that Palestinians have no agency.

Health: Know What, or No How

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I genuinely believe the luminous prize of vitality -- more years of life, more life in years -- is tantalizingly, almost agonizingly within reach. But until more of us can agree we do know what, there simply is no how.

We Must Question the Merit of the Melissa Harris-Perry Controversy

Kevin Beckford | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

Pardon me for being blunt, but is this controversy actually happening? Am I missing something? And most importantly, why isn't anyone questioning the fact that this is actually a controversy?

To Promote Family Planning, Let's Have More Controversy

Christopher Purdy | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Christopher Purdy

The family planning community should be willing to take some reasonable risks when it comes to acknowledging the pleasure motivation in birth control. We know that sexy advertising works to sell pretty much everything else. Why not family planning, one of the most empowering and powerful forces for good and pleasure in the world?

GMO OMG! Is a Documentary About People, Not Science

Food Politic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Food Politic

Scientific debates aside, the GMO frames the American way of eating in alarming terms: We are mechanized eaters (85 percent of our processed foods contain GMOs) dependant on mechanized farmers -- of our population -- to feed us. Do we wish this on the rest of the world?

Rap Video Sends Powerful Message About Stop And Frisk

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York

Controversial New York City laws permitting the use of stop-and-frisks have ignited controversy, raising concerns over racial profiling and privacy v...

PETA: Ingrid Newkirk on Making a Kinder World

Chris Sosa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Chris Sosa

Advocacy organizations elicit controversy by their very nature. They exist to push back against prevailing public thought and eradicate avenues of oppression. No mainstream advocacy organization has managed to hit a nerve in quite the same way as PETA.