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Dear Pinterest: It's Not Me. It's You.

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Oh, Pinterest. I can't buy coconut oil at the local bodega. I've got to drive to Whole Foods. They keep those well away from bus routes. Anyway, coconut oil runs about eight bucks a jar, and most Whole Foods stores don't take WIC.

When Your Mother Makes You The Enemy

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 08.07.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

I'm going through scribbled notes and old emails I'd crammed into a file. They're a journal of sorts, spontaneous scenes written on the backs of envelopes, emails I sent and the ones I didn't.

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

I, Welfare Bum

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

When I hear someone talking with disgust about people who receive public assistance, well, that person is talking about me, too. And themselves. And everyone in this country who's been able to build themselves and their families a financially-prosperous life.

Check Your Privilege: Princeton, Conservatism and Political Correctness

Khanh Ho | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Race, class, gender -- these are vital parts of privilege but they are not the alpha and omega. The problem with privilege is that it can be difficult to check.

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

Gina Crosley-Corcoran | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Gina Crosley-Corcoran

I, maybe more than most people, can completely understand why broke white folks get pissed when the word "privilege" is thrown around. As a child I was constantly discriminated against because of my poverty, and those wounds still run deep. But luckily my college education introduced me to a more nuanced concept of privilege: intersectionality.

A Disbeliever's Guide To Fatphobia

Kitty Stryker | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Kitty Stryker

We may be threatened with murder for making a documentary on fatness. But fatphobia isn't real, right?

The Big Question: Is He/She Good Enough for Marriage?

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 06.08.2014 | Weddings
Rym Tina Ghazal

Lying, sometimes even to oneself, being selfish, fearing being alone and stringing somebody along just to feel good about oneself is not acceptable. It is immature.

Class-y Bread

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 06.07.2014 | Home
Heritage Radio Network

Like all true cultural icons, bread has had its ups and downs. What kind you prefer -- if you're still one of the brave few eating bread at all -- has been a powerful class symbol throughout the centuries.

Me, My Hometown and Mr. Gatsby

Bill Stieger | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
Bill Stieger

Great writing achieves an effect that no movie can: It's a world built of language and the reader's imagination, where it remains as real as the money you either have, or don't.

The Evidence Is in: Taxpayers Need Protections

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As cities and states look for creative ways to solve budget shortfalls, predatory private companies always seem to pop up claiming to have the perfect answer.

Adoption, Commodification and Normalcy

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

Adoption is not a normal way to build a family. It is a complicated way, which next to happiness for adoptive parents brings sorrow and sadness for all involved.

Adoption: Child Welfare or Business?

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Frank Ligtvoet

Most workers in the adoption world are decent people, but many have one-sided perspectives, which necessarily focus on the longings and wishes of adoptive parents, who are their paying clients.

Drug Abuse and Our Biased Compassion

Myisha Cherry | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Decriminalization is wearing a White middle-class face while the war on drugs targets the poor, Black, and Latino communities. This is the privilege that white and middle class individuals have in relationship to drugs.

What's a GPA? When College Campus Is a Strange Land

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

How can schools instill in disadvantaged men and women the belief that they deserve to be college students -- that people "like them" can not only manage but thrive in the middle-class culture of higher education?

We're Right to Criticize Phil Robertson, But Why Are We So Quick to Let A&E Off the Hook?

Mimi Schippers, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Mimi Schippers, Ph.D.

While all eyes and pointing fingers are on the poor, rural, white, Southern bigot, we fail to see the owners of media corporations sitting comfortably in their mansions making decisions about which hilarious down-trodden stereotype to trot out next.

In the Shadow of War

Beverly Gologorsky | Posted 02.09.2014 | Books
Beverly Gologorsky

For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there's remarkably little evidence of it.

Private Schools and Diversity

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 11.11.2013 | Education
Frank Ligtvoet

It is time that diversity is lived, not only by the diverse people themselves, but by all the others in the same way. We need a little more action and a little less conversation. The difference between what our kids see and what they should see, will tell us what to do.

Into the Vortex: An Interview with Paul Killebrew

Travis Nichols | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Travis Nichols

Once you read Paul Killebrew's meditative, funny, and often strikingly lyrical work, it is very hard to stop thinking about it. With so much forgettable poetry in the world, this memorable strangeness is a minor miracle.

Champion Character

Rory Vaden | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Rory Vaden

Consistent confidence isn't based on fickle forces or worldly circumstances, it is grounded in knowing that -- in any situation -- you will deliver everything you have. That is why the champion always performs, always executes and why he ultimately, always wins.

The Third Energy Revolution

Ishan Puri | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Ishan Puri

Whether it is firing synapses, moving cranes, or powering our homes, we run on energy. And our dependency is growing: 7,000,000,000 humans with an annual growth rate of more than 1 percent translates to one more person on Earth every 13 seconds.

Trayvon, Morsi and B.S.

Sherman A. Jackson | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Sherman A. Jackson

The whole point of providing reasons to justify privilege is to raise it beyond critique, take it out of the realm of politics and place it in the realm of nature, where it can be seen as normal, "nobody's fault," as natural as morning dew or death.

The Media Does Us No Good By Focusing on Zimmerman

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Sean McElwee

It's time for our nation to move past talking about a single trial and start talking about systematic racism, but when the Roman empire was crumbling, the people were delighted by bread and circuses.

Scenes From a Comedy Class

Oren Mendez | Posted 09.09.2013 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Considering myself a comedy writer, I decided it couldn't hurt to at least see how this magical class could tap into anyone's inner comedian, and turn him into a pro.

WATCH: 3-D Printers Debut At Library's Public 'Maker Space'

Posted 07.09.2013 | Chicago

Chicago's first free and publicly accessible "maker lab" is already off and 3-D printing following its Monday opening at the Harold Washington Library...