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Django and a Major Black Film Festival's Stride to Broaden Lenses

Ise Lyfe | Posted 03.30.2013 | Entertainment
Ise Lyfe

We're in America, so let's ask ourselves an honest question with regards to Django: What if a love story film set in slavery times about a Black man in search of his wife came out in the theaters today?

'Discoverers on an Old Sphere'

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 03.29.2013 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

One of the hardest parts of preparing an article, and I think most writers will agree with me here, is getting the beginning just right. What's the right "point of entry" to the subject being discussed? What aspect of it should you address first?

Mali Meditations

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.25.2013 | Media
Paul Stoller

I cannot predict the outcome of what may turn out to be a long lasting military conflict in Mali. Even so, it is worthwhile to pay attention not only to the short-term news of military maneuvers and human suffering, but also to the long term stories of human resilience.

Six Questions for Linda Stasi, Author of The Sixth Station

Jill Rachel Jacobs | Posted 03.25.2013 | Books
Jill Rachel Jacobs

In her new book Linda Stasi reveals a riveting and provocative read, full of twists and turns, passion and conspiracies, while tackling a host of hot and timely topics, such as terrorism, Christianity, good vs. evil.

Obama's Second Inaugural Address: Required Reading for the Next Four Years

Jim Downs | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

Those subjects were not part of my high school curriculum in the 1990s. With the exception of black history, women's history and especially gay history remained virtually absent from my graduate training at Columbia in the 2000s.

Tech Has Always Killed Jobs

AP | By BERNARD CONDON | Posted 03.25.2013 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — To workers being pushed out of jobs by today's technology, history has a message: You're not the first. From textile ...

The Secret History Behind World Flag Designs

Danny Groner | Posted 03.24.2013 | World
Danny Groner

How did other countries arrive at their modern flags? Some have, in their designs, gone beyond basic colors and patterns and thought more globally. Here's a look at five nations that have designed their banners to be artistically unique and, as a result, full of life and tradition.

Coretta Scott King: Beside, Not Behind, the Great Man

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 03.23.2013 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

A notable absentee from President Obama's two inaugurations makes both his accomplishment and her absence more poignant.

Jon Ward

The Road Forward: Obama Destiny As The Next JFK Faces Obstacles -- And Bill Clinton | Jon Ward | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the sun rises on his second inaugural, President Obama is already a significant figure in American history. And he is poised to becom...

Martin Luther King Day Could Have Been Michael Luther Branham Day

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

In the 10-15 years following Emancipation, there was some experimentation with surnames, so it's not unusual to find a family with one name in the 1870 census and an entirely different one in the 1880.

A Look Back At Inauguration Firsts

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Since President George Washington's first ever inauguration in 1789, the location, date and celebration of the event has transformed. Obama's first...

Another Word for Propaganda

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Why aren't film director Kathryn Bigelow's claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning? Or, at the very least, being investigated for their role in one of the most damaging leaks of national security information in U.S. history?

Years After His Death, Discovering a Grandfather's Stories

Avital Andrews | Posted 03.15.2013 | Books
Avital Andrews

My grandfather's whimsical bravery, his way of endearing himself to everyone, his stubborn habit of making sure he could always offer a legitimate service, are now a part of me.

Our Greatest Adventures Are Ahead of Us

John Fahey | Posted 03.15.2013 | Science
John Fahey

The revolutionary tools today's explorers are using to "increase and diffuse" knowledge would have seemed like science fiction to our founders. These new technologies are opening up arenas of exploration never before possible, revealing details of cultures once thought lost to science.

Why Django Unchained is One of the Most Important Movies of the Year

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.31.2014 | Entertainment
Bob Cesca

It's becoming clear to me that Tarantino made something far deeper than a spaghetti western. I've come to realize that his chosen homage/genre was simply a launching point into a much more substantive story about an unlikely friendship, joined in a quest for an unlikely love story.

Spain's Current Economic Pain Nothing New

Lee Tunstall | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Lee Tunstall

Financed by exuberant foreign bankers, encumbered by huge debt, and trying to dominate a dysfunctional Europe, Spain was an overextended empire that eventually squandered great wealth. There are definite echoes of the past that have come down from this time to modern-day Spain.

Nixon at 100: What Would He Make of the Landscape He Left Behind?

Shawn Hubler | Posted 03.11.2013 | Los Angeles
Shawn Hubler

I wondered what Nixon would make of this landscape. Only 41 percent of Orange County is Republican now. Maybe he'd be fine -- he was a native Californian, after all, and Californians know, more than most, that landscapes change.

Who Cares?

Dan Butin | Posted 03.09.2013 | College
Dan Butin

It is our job as teachers to create those learning moments that help us make sense of complex realities, that clarify without oversimplifying, that disturb our assumptions and force us to think through new ones.

'Too Much Mother Love': Proving the Necessity of Nurture

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Lisa Wade

"All that rot they teach to children about the little raindrop fairies with their buckets washing down the window panes must go. We need less sentimentality and more spanking." Or so said Granville Stanley Hall, founder of child psychology, in 1899

The Rising Tide of Powerlessness

Marlise Karlin | Posted 03.05.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Marlise Karlin

A sense of powerlessness is overtaking many people today. Similar to superstorm Sandy's insurgent waves pounding unprotected shores, financial cliffs ...

Beheaded King's Blood Found In Centuries-Old Container

Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 01/02/2013 02:17 PM EST More than 200 years ago, France's King Louis XVI was killed (along with h...

The War Of 1812 Lives On In Monroe

ABC News Radio | Christine Hsu | Posted 03.04.2013 | Detroit

(MONROE, Mich.) -- The Natural Resources Department announced that Monroe, Mich. will be hosting various events to commemorate the War of 1812 between...

The Manly Origins of Cheerleading

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.02.2013 | Sports
Lisa Wade

You might be surprised to learn that at its inception in the mid-1800s, cheerleading was an all-male sport. Indeed, cheerleading helped launch the political careers of three U.S. Presidents.

PHOTOS: 11 History Lessons From 'Star Wars'

Nancy R. Reagin | Posted 03.02.2013 | Books
Nancy R. Reagin

If you want to understand more about the past, why not tune into stories out of the Star Wars galaxy? Here are some simple history lessons that you can learn from Star Wars.

Mayan Calendar Prophecy Demystified

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 03.01.2013 | Comedy
Mitch Ditkoff

Apparently, there has been some kind of mix up with the whole "2012 Mayan Calendar" thing. A new translation of an ancient Mayan text -- "The Axhumuc...