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Why the Public Loves Leaked Photos

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 04.22.2015 | Technology
Lauren DeLisa

Another week, another leak. Flux is the new norm, and surprise is the new expectation. The latest unveiling has been a double-dose of diva exposure ...

Response: Why Alexandra Villarreal Matters to the Dance World

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

Millions of Americans tuned in for the Grammys, and many were dazzled, amazed, and touched by the emotionally-charged, nude leotard clad performance of Sia's Chandelier by Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler.

Fresh Off the Boat: What Do We Want Out of an Asian American TV Show?

Khanh Ho | Posted 04.12.2015 | Entertainment
Khanh Ho

For the most part, Eddie Huang's show has been hailed by Asian American boosters as a smashing success. White guys who wear track suits stand behind it. Asian guys who aspire to a certain kind of edginess dig its groovy hip hop stylings and in-your-face-stick-it-to-the-man street vernacular. But I actually found it a depressing show.

The Elvis of Our Dreams

John Covach | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
John Covach

As we mark the singer's 80th birthday, let's remember not only the Elvis of our dreams, but also the Elvis of history, whose recordings and performances changed popular music forever. Even today, Elvis the icon is everywhere -- bigger in death, it sometimes seems, that he was in life

Isabella Kelly-Ramirez and The Beauty-Industrial Complex

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Los Angeles
Shana Nys Dambrot

Kelly-Ramirez's creative background includes the parade world. She loves a good masquerade, and that certain intimate, artfully scientific way a makeup artist has of studying faces. She is rarely far from a makeup kit.

A Song to Sing with My Brothers and Sisters

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I saw at an early age that through singing one could stand up for the rights of the many. What I realize now is that I longed to do something for the greater good through singing and that this was a part of what the folk movement and protest song genre accomplished.

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.

California Dreaming at Paul Loya Gallery, Los Angeles

Annabel Osberg | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Annabel Osberg

"California Dreaming" at Paul Loya Gallery, is as refreshing as its title and the swimming pool pictured on its postcard seem to imply.

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.