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On the Lesson of Ferguson

Susan Cohen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Susan Cohen

We're looking for an answer, a way to succinctly wrap up this entire mess so that we can move forward in our frantic daily lives feeling like because we understand it, it won't really bother us anymore.

Why the Intersection of Data and Cultural Intelligence Matters

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Lauren DeLisa

In an era ripe with trust deficit coupled with glorification of the self(ie), successful professionals must become better experts at deciphering trends in digital behavior, leveraging lifestyle, and linking into public sentiment in a more consistent and organic manner.

Reflections on Ol' Dirty Bastard Ten Years Later: ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Although rarely acknowledged, ODB's tragic life offers lessons into the complexity of black existence and the United States' turbulent history of hardwired social inequality.

Black Savagery and "Voodoo" Horror at Universal Studio's Bayou of Blood

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.

Courage for Sale: Oz's Cowardly Lion Costume Heads to The Auction Block

Jay Scarfone | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jay Scarfone

When the Cowardly Lion costume was discovered in one of the oldest buildings on the M-G-M lot -- where The Wizard of Oz was filmed in late 1938 and early 1939 -- it was in need of careful repair and restoration to most closely return it to its original state.

Evolving Culture of Science Engagement

David Kaiser | Posted 12.03.2014 | Science
David Kaiser

Many prominent efforts to engage non-specialists these days are crafted as personal narratives. A new generation of science communicators has adopted classic techniques of storytelling, with an emphasis upon scientists' subjective experience, casual informality, even strategic uses of humor.

Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck on Tech, Race and Politics

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 11.24.2014 | Technology
Lauren DeLisa

It's been a particularly abundant whirlwind several days as one thinks about recent events within pop culture as they intersect with tech.

Weave Compassion Into the Fabric of Your Family's Lives

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Yes, acts of compassion can be big and noticeable. Yet the power of compassion learned by children is best woven into the fabric of your family's lives.

Who the Hell Put These People in Charge of Popular Culture?

Michael Levin | Posted 10.16.2014 | Arts
Michael Levin

An Asian-American group in Seattle has appointed itself the Lord High Executioner for culture, pronouncing the Gilbert and Sullivan classic light opera The Mikado repugnant to their sensibilities.

Who Do You Trust, Circa 2014: Lessons From Johnny Carson

Bob Deutsch | Posted 10.04.2014 | Entertainment
Bob Deutsch

As host of the Tonight Show, Carson helped undermine the social stereotypes and showbiz caricatures of an earlier age.

New Cold War on the UN Stage and Closing Curtain on 'We the People'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The UN is as much stage as platform for diplomatic exchange, and the Kremlin is no longer so keen on keeping the curtain up.

Kids in the Middle: Media's Unique Roles for Children of Immigrants

David Kleeman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Media
David Kleeman

Months ago, PlayCollective and the Children's Media Association produced an exchange between industry executives and academics on "bridging the gap" between these fields, toward incorporating research insights into media content for kids.

How Summer Movies and Books Can Provide Parallels to Real Life's Challenges For Your Kids

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

How can we as parents accept, nurture and facilitate understanding within our children while witnessing the more painful subjects in life portrayed through popular culture?

Is Compassion Children's Most Admirable Quality?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

We are assured by experts that compassion is hardwired into all human beings because such qualities help us to become functioning members of society. But, if you're like me, you would swear that children are born without an ounce of compassion in them.

16 Times Sunglasses Stole The Show

The Huffington Post | Megan Mayer | Posted 06.27.2014 | Style

You can never have too many pairs of sunglasses. They are one of the few accessories that have the power to transform an entire outfit. Sunglasses ...

The Comedy of Race on Vine

Albert Sergio Laguna | Posted 08.23.2014 | Black Voices
Albert Sergio Laguna

Race-based comedy has long been a useful site for understanding the fault lines, ambiguities, and absurdities of race in the United States. For better and/or worse, the Internet has democratized the production and dissemination of race-based comedy.

Liverpool, Beatles and the Beauty of the Back Story

Maura Sweeney | Posted 08.02.2014 | Entertainment
Maura Sweeney

Do you yearn for back stories that offer valuable guidance and inspiring insights? The music group that brought us Help! and taught America how to Twist and Shout recently gave me a beautiful one to contemplate.

Generation X: What's in the Label?

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Christine Henseler

When punk rocker Billy Idol found "Generation X" on one of his mother's book shelves, the title seemed more than appropriate for an emerging band searching for a new identity and a rebellious voice.

What Brand Strategists Can Learn From Celebrities

Bob Deutsch | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Bob Deutsch

We live in a performance-based culture where celebrities are our kings and queens. Therefore, It can be instructive for marketers to understand the dy...

Questlove: 'Hip-Hop Has Failed Black America'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Questlove has grown weary of artists at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy making art that mostly celebrates being at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy -- meaningless, cynical stuff created and packaged to appeal to the masses.

The 'Bada Bing' of a Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.31.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Popular culture references can be a shorthand way of conveying vivid images. In their own unique way, they can enrich the read, if they're not over-used. Incorporating the names of people, products, films and television shows within the story can bring immediacy to the narrative.

Bravo's Real Housewives and the Crystal Fishbowl Effect

Kimann Schultz | Posted 04.29.2014 | Entertainment
Kimann Schultz

Starting March 11, Bravo TV's Real Housewives of New York City is up again. As RH entertains, it fosters renewed appreciation of the everyday, reminding us of the grand lesson that money does not buy happiness.

5 Augmented Reality Startups to Watch This Year

Clara Tsao | Posted 03.30.2014 | Technology
Clara Tsao

As we face the new calendar year with improved exercise routines and diets, here are five innovative young startups to watch in the headlines.

Musicals in Popular Songs? A History

Alex Schattner | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

Stefani's take on Fiddler on the Roof's "If I Was a Rich Man" was the jumping off point for her solo career. I don't think the writers of Fiddler could have foreseen their tale of a humble, Jewish man's mid-life crisis inspiring a bleach-blonde Japanophile.

The Poetry of Illustration, the Illustration of Poetry: Frog and Toad Together in San Francisco

Dean Rader | Posted 02.19.2014 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

For readers unfamiliar with these characters, I often describe Frog and Toad as amphibian versions of Bert and Ernie. Frog is like Ernie -- affable, good-natured, and a bit of a trickster. Toad is Bert: a little crankier, a tad more reluctant, occasionally grumpy.