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Trump: The Absolver in Chief?

Celia Wexler | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
Celia Wexler

Like millions of other voters, I've been trying to understand Donald Trump's narrow Electoral College victory. There are many reasons, and writers far...

Abandoning the Old Gods, Manufacturing New Ones

Joel Gruber | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
Joel Gruber

In Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel, American Gods, a fictitious god named Wednesday bemoans the capricious nature of American worship: "This is a bad land for gods ... the old gods are ignored. The new gods are as quickly taken up as they are abandoned, cast aside for the next big thing."

GoT Season Finale Overdoses On Fan Service

Serge Leshchuk | Posted 06.27.2016 | Entertainment
Serge Leshchuk

As fantastic and satisfying as it was in the end, it felt unnatural from the way the show normally flows. It hit too many traditional tropes and handled it's reveals like your standard, hyper-excited cable television show.

Why Sansa Stark Is The Baddest B*tch In Westeros

Serge Leshchuk | Posted 06.21.2016 | Entertainment
Serge Leshchuk

If you blow up her character arc large enough, it's basically the microcosm of my high school experience, so maybe that's why I sympathize so much.

Searching for Grey in a Black and White World

Kathleen Siddell | Posted 06.07.2016 | Media
Kathleen Siddell

Quiet is not part of our American DNA. We are generations of adventures, entrepreneurs, and strong voices. We like things big, fast and loud. We push ourselves to extremes in order to be the best. We value our busyness.

Pop Stars like Beyoncé Leading the Conversation About Feminism: A Discussion Between Two Concerned Scholars

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 05.13.2016 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

For the record, we both acknowledge Beyoncé's talent and appreciate why so many people, and women in particular, are applauding Lemonade, and perhaps seeing themselves in it. That's not our issue or focus. The impetus for this conversation was a post on Facebook discussing feminist scholar bell hooks' response to Beyoncé's visual album, Lemonade.

VIDEO GAMES and THEIR EFFECT on MODERN DAY SOCIETY

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 05.10.2016 | Entertainment
Montclair Diplomats

It's the year 2016; we are at an age where technology is a society constant. Life at this juncture is practically unimaginable without the technology we enjoy today. In particular, life would not be as it were if not for video games.

How You Vote Every Day Without Realizing It

David Donnelly | Posted 04.15.2016 | Arts
David Donnelly

There you are at the checkout aisle in your grocery store. You are killing time looking at your smartphone when you see it in the corner of your eye: your two favorite celebrities are cheating on each other.

Pop Culture Captures Campaign Politics

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

When a nude picture of a potential First Lady of the United States is used in a presidential campaign, and when that news, with photo, makes the publi...

An Art Party Hop Wrap Up!

Kathy Leonardo | Posted 03.11.2017 | Arts
Kathy Leonardo

The Los Angeles art scene is booming! As an arts writer, each weekend I attempt to see as many exhibitions as possible.

Trump's Crudeness: A Crude American Culture is Shocked, Shocked

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.10.2017 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Donald Trump's boast at last week's Republican "presidential" debate, that his (shall we say?) "equipment" was more than adequate, marks a new low in a long and storied history of campaigning for the White House, which explains the scare-quotes around "presidential."

Mortality Now: Top 5 Reminders of Death for Aging Baby Boomers

Gary Laderman | Posted 02.05.2017 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Memento Mori. Remember, you will die. Not a pleasant thought, yet one that has universal application because it is an unavoidable truth. The vanity of...

Is Star Wars a Religion?

Robyn Faith Walsh | Posted 02.02.2017 | Religion
Robyn Faith Walsh

It took me several days to admit on social media that I was not a fan of the new Star Wars movie. But, with every outlet extolling the brilliance of the film, the iconoclast in me couldn't resist adding my unsolicited opinion to the fray.

Where Is The Music Of 2016 Heading?

Lewis Fisher | Posted 01.27.2017 | Entertainment
Lewis Fisher

The music of 2015 had its positives and negatives, but most importantly, it had a distinct trend for popular music especially. Garage, House and Electronica genres of music dominated the charts last year more than any other and to some it was a fantastic year of music.

The 'Logos' in Mythology

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 01.08.2017 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

It was 1998, I just migrated to the United States from Jordan with my mother to start a new life. As I reflect now on that time period, I realize that I had subconsciously sought a certain cultural trace in order to understand and appreciate America.

Top 10 Sexist Media Moments of 2015

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 12.29.2016 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Women's achievements are constantly overlooked by mainstream media. We're usually much more updated on the happenings of celebrities.

Boomers vs. Millennials -- The New Star Wars

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 12.10.2016 | Business
Lauren DeLisa

Competition is part of the American way. Who's better, who's tougher, who smarter, and...who's got more money. We may think about such competition on an individual or corporate level but now it seems to be deepening even on the age demographic level.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 12.02.2016 | Women
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The key "takeaway" there is that Geek Culture is, indeed, booming. In fact, many Geek Culture obsessions have gone mainstream. And there are some very important reasons for this. Reasons that parents and the world-at-large may need to be more interested in and concerned about.

UN Lounge: Where Diplomats and Renegades Rendezvous!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.23.2016 | Home
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Delegates' Lounge though served a more useful function than the trivial that this article might initially indicate. It is a common, neutral ground where ambassadors might bump into each other, even if their capitals did not have formal diplomatic relations.

Pop-Cultural Heritage: The Daily Show, ISIS, and Looted Antiquities

Katie A. Paul | Posted 10.01.2016 | Home
Katie A. Paul

Popular culture is no stranger to archaeology. The subject has made its way into some of America's favorite movies, TV shows and video games. But archaeology has most often been referenced in popular culture as a novelty, and much of that is a result of its most famous pop-culture icon, Indiana Jones.

The Kardashians Are Speaking Your Teenage Daughter's Language, and That's Good News

ShimmerTeen | Posted 09.22.2016 | Parents
ShimmerTeen

The Kardashians may seem like your greatest obstacles in empowering your daughter, but they can be some of your greatest allies.

Why Do Vampires Sleep in Coffins?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 09.11.2016 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

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How Millennials Are Disrupting The Art of Donating

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Lauren DeLisa

Remember when kids ran through the streets Halloween nights with "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" boxes in tow alongside plastic pumpkin carriers full of fun size snickers and red apples?

My New Course on the Bible in Popular Music

Michael Gilmour | Posted 07.12.2016 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Conversations about religion in art, and more precisely religious meanings in art are tricky. Lyricists obviously generate those conversations by their use of religious imagery but the relationship between music and (perceived) spiritual meaning has at least as much or more to do with audiences as artists.

The Future of Religion Is.... The Dead

Gary Laderman | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion
Gary Laderman

The Grateful Dead is a band, not a religion. They are not a movement in and of themselves, but part of a cultural and religious revolution. Over the decades the band's music and performances and personalities have been a sacred source of meaning and action in the lives of many.