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Democrats Hold Last-Minute Town Hall Tonight

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Another Perspective Special to the Des Moines Register. Des Moines Register, January 25 Tonight in Des Moines, one week before the Iowa Caucuses, ...

Can Kibitzers Stop Trump?

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

National Review editor Rich Lowry is now leading an effort urging conservatives to speak out against Donald Trump and oppose his candidacy.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Black Theater Community Reacts to Tonya Pinkins Quitting Mother Courage

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Tonya Pinkins publicly challenged a Classic Stage Company production of Mother Courage and Her Children in which she was to play the title character. The Tony-winning actress cited issues with the production's representation of people of color.

Brooklyn Street Art's 15 Most Popular Murals Of The Year

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 12.09.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

People's street art preferences can be very hard to predict. On social media we can reliably tell you that opinions are unreliable. Murals that we are...

Almost Everyone Was Wrong About 'Hee Haw'

Roy Clark | Posted 12.07.2015 | Entertainment
Roy Clark

Hee Haw was a concept that nobody (including myself) thought would ever succeed. Some feared the proposed television program would set the burgeoning country music industry back 25 years.

Michael Keaton: Aligning the Stars of Spotlight

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.06.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

When the New York Film Critics Circle named Michael Keaton Best Actor, the game changed for Spotlight.

Watch JR's Ellis Starring Robert De Niro -- an Immigration Roadmap

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.21.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The beginning shots of French artist JR's haunting new short film Ellis feel a lot like a scene out of Shutter Island. But then the voice of the wondrous Robert De Niro comes on, and the story becomes about immigration, and our humanity.

Love in Action: JR

One World with Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
One World with Deepak Chopra

Dressed in a simple disguise that allows him to interact with the people of the world, while keeping his identity autonomous, JR shares his thoughts on art and the importance of shared power and inspiration.

Straight Outta Austin: An Interview With Emily Wolfe

Phil Simon | Posted 01.05.2016 | Arts
Phil Simon

Austin, TX has long been known as a town with a rich and vibrant independent music scene. The home of Willie Nelson and Gary Clark, Jr. sports no shortage of interesting acts, some of which I've had the pleasure of seeing in my travels.

Beware Intelligent Men Bearing Caustic Wits

George Heymont | Posted 10.04.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

While the documentary shows Kramer in robust health and, later in life, as a frail senior citizen, it teaches viewers what can happen when one fiercely intelligent man (who is not willing to take "no" for an answer) speaks truth to power.

Common vs. Corporate Criminals

Pat Choate | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

"Little crime" carries a personal liability while "big crime" does not. Any reform of the U.S. criminal justice system needs to correct this inequity.

KENTPRESENTS Provocative Topics
Summer School Vacation

Sharon Hoge | Posted 09.21.2015 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Normally the Kent School campus bustles with students of high school age but for two and a half days this summer the students were adults spending "vacation" days studying "What Comes Next" at the KentPresents ideas forum wrangling with subjects from cybersecurity to cancer to criminal justice.

Let's Roll for a Real Living Wage

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | New York
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

There comes a time in all of our lives when we need to live for something worth dying for. I'm in this fight for a Real Living Wage because I dream of a world where everyone makes a Living Wage and can return home to a warm hearth to break bread with their loved ones and revolutionary friends.

Wise Lessons in Servant-Leadership from Howard University's President

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, Howard University's president Dr. Wayne Frederick is carrying on the tradition of inspiring college leadership set by Dr. Johnson, by our beloved Morehouse College president Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many civil rights activists in my generation.

Surprise and the Summer Genre Picture

William Bradley | Posted 08.25.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

There's no one in the non-Arnold Terminator cast who is as strong as any of Cruise's compatriots and adversaries in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.

Civic Disobedience and Climate Change

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

Is the practice of civil disobedience justified, in regard to climate change? Unlike war and racism, the effects of global warming are neither clear nor immediate -- though in fact the danger is quickly becoming clearer, as California dries up and wild fires run through the West.

Shifting Sands: New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

In the middle of June, at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at East 161st Street and Third Avenue, a large gathering of people came together to hear panelists parse the "New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene."

I Am A White Christian And Black Lives Matter

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

While some claim that Dylann Roof is mentally ill, the truly frightening possibility is that he is sane and sober -- that he was raised under a white supremacist culture and is acting out his racism in the most violent of ways.

Avengers 2: There May Just Be a Pop Epic Somewhere Inside Marvel's 'Disappointing' Age of Ultron Mega-Hit

William Bradley | Posted 07.09.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

For what's turned out to be one of the biggest hits of all-time, the not especially felicitously titled Avengers: Age of Ultron has gotten a lot less love and devotion than the numbers would suggest.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Saving the Site of MLK's 'War Room'

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The city of Birmingham, which owns the building, appears to finally be on a path of restoration. To do so they've partnered with the National Trust for a two-year plan to improve the site.

PHOTOS: The Paley Center Tribute To African-American Achievements

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices

The Paley Center for Media hosted a star-studded event Thursday evening celebrating the 35th anniversary of BET's launch, as well as the groundbreakin...

On the Cusp of an 'African American Spring'

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Some African Americans have argued with me that comparing the riots to the Arab Spring gives too much credence to the miscreant behavior of some black youths. But that's the problem. Inured to black suffering, we all have a double standard for African Americans.

Marvelverse at A Crossroads Leads the Way In A Big Year for Genre Franchises

William Bradley | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

In a movie year marked by a raft of famous genre franchises, the Marvelverse is set once again to lead the way. What Marvel calls its interlocking "Marvel Cinematic Universe" features the return of the Avengers, and a quirky new title, Ant-Man, coming on July 17.

Miami Art, Not Miami Vice, Attracts Aficionados

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

Two people walk into a bar... and find an exquisite Sir Henry Moore marble sculpture mounted on a pedestal in a fountain adorning a five-star hotel lobby's atrium. It's not your typical joke punchline.

Influential African-Americans To Be Celebrated For Achievements In Television

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices

In celebration of the ever-growing diversity in television, The Paley Center for Media will pay homage to the various achievements of African-American...