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Toni Blackman, Poet And Hip Hop Ambassador, Hopes To Redefine Who Should Be Famous (VIDEO)

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | June 21, 2012 | Black Voices
Is the role model, as a role, played out? It's a term rap lyricist, actress and writer Toni Blackman says she often debates with her peers. And while the Beyonces and Rihannas of the world are almost guaranteed to dominate the spotlight, Blackman says the question presents an...

Obama's Kenny's BBQ Smokehouse Visit Focuses On Ribs, Haircuts And Fatherhood

Arin Greenwood | June 14, 2012 | DC
WASHINGTON -- President Obama brought his well-documented love of barbecue close to home on Wednesday afternoon. POTUS ate his unscheduled lunch at Kenny's BBQ Smokehouse on Capitol Hill. His companions were two soldiers and two local barbers. The barbers -- Otis Gamble and Nurney Mason of Mason's Barber Shop...

Barbie And Ken Marriage: 'In The Dollhouse' Photographer, Dina Goldstein, Captures Dark Side (PHOTOS)

Tara Kelly | June 14, 2012 | Weddings
From Barbie's skyrocketing career to her enviable slim figure, the blue-eyed bombshell seems to have it all. But now Vancouver photographer Dina Goldstein exposes the darker side of Barbie's marriage to Ken in her latest photo series 'In The Dollhouse'. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS The images...

Blue Man Group School Scrutinized As Parents Say Kids Can't Read

Alex Kuczynski-Brown | June 13, 2012 | Education
The $32,000 per-year progressive school founded by the Blue Man Group has come under scrutiny by parents, who claim their kids are barely learning to read, the New York Post reports. The Blue School, a private school located in New York City's Financial District, has no books and...

Baby Food Revolution: New Rules For Feeding Your Baby

Carly Macleod | June 13, 2012 | Parents
Sometime between 4 and 6 months of age, your baby's all-liquid diet becomes more outdated than a maternity tent dress. It's time for solid food – so how about a little curried chicken? Or a nice bowl of borscht? Believe it or not, babies can handle all sorts of interesting...

Conan Writes Blues Songs With Chicago Kids, Suggests New Cubs Mascots (VIDEO)

Lizzie Schiffman | June 14, 2012 | Chicago
During the second night of his weeklong residency in Chicago, Conan O'Brien went after two of the city's cultural staples: the Cubs and the blues. For the latter, under the guise of "introduc[ing] them to this great musical genre," the talk show host visited first graders...

'Flipped Classroom' Model's Promise Eludes Poorer School Districts

Emmeline Zhao | June 13, 2012 | Education
This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. When Portland, Ore., elementary school teacher Sacha Luria decided last fall to try out a new education strategy called "flipping the classroom," she faced a big obstacle. Flipped classrooms use technology—online video instruction, laptops, DVDs of lessons—to reverse...

Father's Day 2012: Divorced Dads On TV

Brittany Wong | November 3, 2012 | Divorce
It's no easy feat parenting as a divorced dad, but week after week on the small screen, these fictional fathers show us how it's done. In honor of Father's Day, we've chosen our favorite single dads on TV. Click through the slides below to see our picks, then weigh in...

Texas Educators Sanctioned In Cheating Scandals Get Recycled At Other Schools

Emmeline Zhao | June 13, 2012 | Education
This piece comes to us courtesy of Texas Watchdog. Principal Robert Earl Peters Jr. left the Dallas school district in 2009 as the district and state began to look into allegations that he failed to secure test results. Those accusations would soon compose a disturbing complaint...

City Proposes Waivers For Controversial Metzitzah B'peh Circumcisions After 11 New York Babies Infected With Herpes

Inae Oh | June 13, 2012 | New York
In light of the shocking report linking newborn babies with herpes infections in the weeks after undergoing Metzitzah B'peh circumcisions, the city's health department is proposing Orthodox Jewish parents to sign a consent waiver acknowledging the risk of infection before taking part in the religious ritual....

Fatherhood Buzz: Obama Pushes New Parenting Initiative In Lunch With Fathers, Troops And Barbers

Nick Wing | August 13, 2012 | Politics
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is celebrating Father's day a few days early by having an impromptu lunch with two members of the military and two local barbers. Obama is touting a mentoring initiative aimed at reaching out to fathers with positive parenting advice from barbers and barbershops.

Gifts That Play to Dad

Carly Macleod | June 13, 2012 | Parents
Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown What if Darth Vader coached Luke Skywalker’s soccer team? Or took him to the Death Star for Take Your Child to Work Day? Welcome to the imagination of artist (and lifelong Star Wars fan) Jeffrey Brown. Available at, $15.

Louisiana Lawmakers Object To Funding Islamic School Under New Voucher Program

Gregory Kristof | June 14, 2012 | Education
Sectarian feuds reignited in Louisiana last week when lawmakers debated whether to provide federal funding for Muslim and Christian schools under a new education bill, according to Think Progress. Under the bill, called the Minimim Foundations Program and passed into law last week by the Louisiana...

Chaddy, Teen, Has Wisdom Teeth Removed, Makes Sweet Promise To Parents While Still Under Anesthesia (VIDEO)

Ileana Llorens | June 13, 2012 | Parents
Kids may say the darnedest things, but many teenagers don't communicate very well with their parents -- that is, unless they're under anesthesia. This talkative teen -- appropriately named Chaddy -- has just had his wisdom teeth removed, and he's feeling rather emotional as he recovers. In...

The Style Gene: Are Kids Born With A Fashion Sense?

Jessica Samakow | June 13, 2012 | Parents
Blogs like The Tiny Satorialist and Children With Swag house images of the under-10 set in high-style outfits and accessories. Judging by how many photos they publish, there's no shortage of toddlers in RayBans and fedoras -- a few even tackle the casual bowtie....

Teaching Your Children How To Save Money

Michelle Marques | June 13, 2012 | Black Voices
How do you teach your children how to save? This is a very important question that I think needs more attention and an issue that a lot of parents can relate to. Saving money is an action that crosses all genders, all colors, all religions and so on!

Dueling Daddies: Jason Kravits And Matt Servitto

Jessy Whitehead | May 15, 2013 | Women
My friend Jason Kravits made these hilarious videos for Father's Day. We were on Broadway together and he had me laughing then, too. He's so funny. Enjoy! --MT, See More Laughs (function(d, s, id) { var...

'Tsunami' Of Autistic Adults Will Challenge Police; More Training Needed, Say Experts

Amanda L. Chan | June 13, 2012 | Healthy Living
An autistic teen allegedly breaks a police officer's hand and is shocked with a Taser because he can't calm down in a movie theater. Experts predict more incidents because autism is increasing exponentially in America.

Food Informants: A Week In The Life Of The Food52 Founders, Amanda Hesser And Merrill Stubbs

Carey Polis | June 13, 2012 | Food
Food Informants is a week-in-the-life series profiling fascinating people in the food world. We hope it will give you a first-hand look at the many different corners of the food industry. Know someone who would make a great Food Informant? Tell us why. Amanda Hesser are...

Patti Stanger Adoption: 'Millionaire Matchmaker' Plans To Adopt Child

Youyoung Lee | June 13, 2012 | Celebrity
Patti Stanger of "Millionaire Matchmaker" says she's gearing up to become a mother for the first time -- by adopting a child. In an interview with Life & Style magazine, the 51-year-old television personality said, "I really want to adopt a child… I want to be called 'Mom.'...
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