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Daniel N. Arshack

Like Waleed Abu Al-Khair, We Must Never Waver in Our Commitment to Human Rights

Daniel N. Arshack | November 27, 2015 | Politics
Although the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly pledged to comply with various Human Rights conventions, it nonetheless repeatedly has trampled the basic human rights of Waleed and others who are now languishing in Saudi prisons with crippling sentences of 15, 20 and 30 years.
Riley Arthur

Behind the Scenes: The Magic of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Riley Arthur | November 25, 2015 | Good News
There are few things more American than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. There is a reason magicians don't reveal their tricks. Going behind the scenes and seeing how the parade is created ended up not in any way spoiling the magic. Instead, it gave me a greater appreciation for the work that goes into it.
Tavis Smiley

Trumbo's Bryan Cranston: How Blacklisted Screenwriter Could Be Both a Communist and Patriot

Tavis Smiley | November 20, 2015 | Entertainment
Despite the fact that much of Trumbo's work was plainly patriotic, his brief association with the American Communist Party prompted years of persecution. In the clip below, Cranston justifies how a person like Trumbo could simultaneously be both a communist and a patriot.
Kristin Chenoweth

The Biggest Blessing of Them All

Kristin Chenoweth | November 20, 2015 | Parents
if you're thinking about adopting a child, remember that it's a gift you're getting and it comes with just as much responsibility as if you had your child biologically. On top of that, it's a beautiful blessing that you were chosen to take care of this child and become his or her parent.
Wilmer Valderrama

Immigration Is the Single Greatest Thing to Happen to This Country

Wilmer Valderrama | November 16, 2015 | Latino Voices
In the United States, the immigrant story is part of the blueprint of our country. It disheartens me to see my community or any other culture under attack. Some presidential candidates do not seem to care that by promoting negative stereotypes, they are alienating one of the biggest voting blocs in America.
Aneri Shah

Aziz Ansari's 'Master of None' Hilariously Captures the Immigrant Narrative

Aneri Shah | November 10, 2015 | Entertainment
The dilemma that second-generation immigrants face in Master of None is at the center of a broader question that all young adults face: How do we take this remarkable privilege we have and make something out of it?
Erin Nugent

The Promising Progression of Children's Television

Erin Nugent | November 6, 2015 | Entertainment
I find myself looking forward to children's television shows more than adult television shows, especially cartoons. I acknowledge that I can have the attention span of a squirrel, but there is something more to children's television shows than sunshine and rainbows lately -- there is humanity.
Tavis Smiley

Judy Collins Shares Joan Rivers' Advice on Coping With Suicide

Tavis Smiley | November 6, 2015 | Entertainment
Collins shares advice that Joan Rivers gave her in the wake of her son's suicide twenty-three years ago.
Kirk Douglas

Why I Felt Like a Failure When I Didn't Make It on Broadway

Kirk Douglas | November 5, 2015 | Celebrity
On the stage, I am flesh and blood, not a shadow on the screen. The eye of the movie camera is an evil eye. When you act in front of it, that cyclops keeps taking from you until you feel empty. On the stage, you give something to the audience, more comes back.
Nora Dunn

Trumping Saturday Night Live

Nora Dunn | November 4, 2015 | Entertainment
It's disappointing that Trump is doing his thing on a stage that has seen so much real talent over the years. His kind of comedy works best in a debate with the rest of the lightweights he's running with.
The Daily Dot

11 Important Questions About That 'Gilmore Girls' Reboot

The Daily Dot | November 13, 2015 | Entertainment
The Internet erupted in a shrill whirl of fangirling when rumors began circulating that Netflix was planning to reboot the much-beloved Gilmore Girls series. We have some questions.
Kevin O'Leary

How to Present the Perfect Pitch: From the Shark Tank to the Boardroom

Kevin O'Leary | October 29, 2015 | Business
Whether you're prepping for a TV show or to present in front of a board of potential investors, the number-one rule is to make your pitch incredibly dynamic.
Mindi Westhoff

Maggie Greene Will Be Just Fine... I Hope

Mindi Westhoff | October 29, 2015 | Entertainment
Viewers can discuss ad nauseam Maggie's transition from doting daughter to zombie huntress, but fighting Walkers is par for the course in this world. This is a woman who has been attacked, kidnapped, held hostage and threatened with rape, and she fights her human attackers relentlessly.
Umair Haque

Why Twitter's Dying (And What You Can Learn From It)

Umair Haque | October 28, 2015 | Technology
Abuse is killing the social web. And hence, it isn't peripheral to Internet business models -- it's central. Twitter could have been a town square. But now it's more like a drunken, heaving mosh pit. We dreamed that we created a revolution. But we did not heed the great lesson of revolution.
The Daily Dot

Matt Damon Is Right On Coming Out In Hollywood, But Not For the Reason You Think

The Daily Dot | October 27, 2015 | Entertainment
Damon once said that gay actors needed to stay inside the closet if they wanted to succeed. He pointed to Rupert Everett as an example of someone who had, in effect, screwed things up for himself by being an out gay actor. But what really transpired?
The Daily Dot

11 Great Spy Flicks You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

The Daily Dot | October 26, 2015 | Entertainment
They're cool, calm, collected, clever, cunning, and -- if they're doing their jobs right -- uncatchable. Meet some of the greatest spies on Netflix today.
Tyler Curry

Danny Pintauro: 'I'm Not Here to Tell the Story They Want Me to Tell'

Tyler Curry | October 23, 2015 | Gay Voices
When Danny Pintauro sat down with Oprah Winfrey in September and disclosed his HIV status to the world, he sparked a conversation about stigma, HIV prevention and drug use to a massive TV audience. I recently got the chance to catch up with this brand new HIV activist.
Tavis Smiley

Dick Van Dyke: I Feel the Bern -- But Sanders Isn't 'Castable' as President

Tavis Smiley | October 23, 2015 | Entertainment
He shares his views on this year's most senior presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, age 74, and sounds off on the dysfunction of the American political system.
Tavis Smiley

Monty Python's Terry Gilliam: I'm Not Dead Yet!

Tavis Smiley | October 21, 2015 | Entertainment
Last month, Variety magazine inadvertently reported that Terry Gilliam had died, sparking a viral flurry of condolences from around the world.
The Daily Dot

With 'Late Show,' Stephen Colbert Treats the Internet Like an Adult

The Daily Dot | October 27, 2015 | Entertainment
Perhaps most surprising are the guests Colbert has hosted who are also outside the realm of politics and governance. Interviews with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and Apple CEO Tim Cook have brought the culture of Silicon Valley to mainstream television in a way it hasn't before -- outside of the occasional evening news broadcast. This also represents an interesting and novel attempt by Colbert and CBS to lure in younger viewers. While Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel have repackaged their format for viral-ready YouTube bits and BuzzFeed headlines, Stephen Colbert is taking tech seriously.
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