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Meet An Inspiring Former Special Olympics Athlete From 'The Specials'

OWN | Posted 09.05.2014 | OWN

Megan, Sam, Hilly, Lucy, and Lewis are five childhood friends with intellectual disabilities who live together in Brighton, UK. The ups and downs they...

Five Extra-Special Young People Share Their Lives With the World in The Specials Reality Show

Brian Horn | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
Brian Horn

The series chronicles four years in the lives of five young adults, ages 19 through 23. What makes this so "special" is that these five young people all have intellectual disabilities.

Does Umbrella Bed Refill or Rehash 2 Tone Ska?

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.10.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

It wasn't until the '90s that the third wave of Ska achieved commercial success. This begs the question: Does Umbrella Bed, a 2 tone band from Minneapolis, move Ska into a new wave, perhaps the fourth, or has the sound remained the same?

Enjoying 'Enjoy Yourself'

Michael Sigman | Posted 02.23.2014 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

"Enjoy Yourself" and I will be 65 in a few months, and given our shared history, we decided to get together and discuss that milestone. Which is to say, "Enjoy Yourself" spoke and I listened.

Top 15 Song Tributes to Madiba in Honor of Mandela Day

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 09.17.2013 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

Nelson Mandela, whose July 18th birthday is known and celebrated worldwide as Mandela Day, is hugely influential and inspirational to musicians, who've found it easy to wrap poetry and melodies around the leader's tragic and triumphant life since.

Neville Staple: The Original Rude Boy

Salvatore Bono | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Salvatore Bono

In 1977, inspired by the attitude and message of punk, a band with distant island sound formed and changed the musical landscape forever. That band was The Specials.

Monday Will Never Be The Same: Conversations With Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik, David Gray and Josiah Leming

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The Goo Goo Doll's John Rzeznik's has some advice for up-and-coming acts: "Don't worry about getting famous because that means nothing. There are a lot of really useless people in this world that are famous."

What's Special About the Specials

Heidiminx | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Heidiminx

Bands like The Beat, The Specials, Madness and The Special A.K.A dominated the airwaves and dance floors. The movement behind these songs was political, it was for change.

Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

What we can do is "enjoy ourselves" by striving to appreciate the wonder of our life and times, including the inevitable setbacks.