Americans probably like to think of their countrymen as a group of achievers, hardscrabble hustlers who pull themselves up by the bootstraps each morning to go to work, eat apple pie, and fall asleep watching baseball.
More than a week after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, American comedians have made it clear that they stand with their fellow satirists in France. There were others who joined the condemnation as well, and not just from comedy.
Today, Eddie Stern is best known as a yogi to the stars, working with A-List celebrities including Deepak Chopra, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Moby, Will...
Voting should only be the beginning of political change; it should not be the end. It is, however, necessary.
British comedian and actor Russell Brand sat down with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! for an extended interview about his new book.
Who are the people of The New Mainstream? What do they want? What do they know? What are the economic, social and political implications of this rapid...
Personally, I was deeply effected by Robin Williams passing. I grew up with him. He was a part of my childhood and adult life. I, like may others, will really miss his spirit and his talent. He made me laugh and helped me realize the power of comedy and laughter in my personal and professional life. I truly believe that "Laughter is the best medicine." And our world just lost some really good medicine.
While it is true that the long-term dynamics of unequal wealth distribution are indeed unsustainable and unconscionable, a reality much less obvious is buried in the data
We will only change our policies and our attitudes when we open ourselves up to the stories of those affected by addiction and recognize the true human cost of decades of failed strategy.
Why do I get the feeling that I'm watching a train wreck about to happen every time I read something about Katy Perry and John Mayer, no matter how blissful the story makes their relationship sound?
Lauri Burns had the sort of early life that you tend to assume a person wouldn't survive: She was abused, institutionalized, addicted and in a success...
Not voting reinforces rather than defies corporate power structures. Distinguishing his "indifference and exhaustion" from apathy, Russell Brand suggests that abandoning our voices will silently (telepathically?) send a message for utopian change. Hardly.
Regardless of how articulate his summation was, and regardless of how much I enjoy his comedy, Brand is not a part of the solution; in fact it's quite the opposite.
The 'Humans of' movement feels to me like a vehicle for illustrating what all of us know deep down: that we're all humans of somewhere, we all have a story and we all have something of value to say, if we're given the chance to say it.
If you have a message that you need to convey, it is your job to communicate that message in a style and format that will resonate with those to whom you are trying to speak. And in this respect, there is absolutely no difference between politics and business.
Brand predicts, without "a flicker of doubt," that revolution is near and inevitable. Son, you have to forgive us old-timers but we're laughing at you. There will be no revolution. There will be NO revolution. Grow up.