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Today celebrates the birthday of the amazing MLK, one of the most famous champions of the civil rights’ movement. We want to celebrate with 5 facts about King that aren’t really talked about in the history books in school, and ones that even you might not know about. 1. He believed that capitalism was not very useful in modern society. In a letter from prison to wife Coretta Scott King, MLK shared his thoughts on capitalism, saying that he was ... Read More
In Connecticut, 17 year-old Cassandra is refusing a potentially life-saving chemotherapy treatment for a recent diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Her mother, Jackie Fortin, sides with her decision; stating, “My daughter is old enough, mature enough to make a decision... This is not about death. This is about ‘This is my body, my choice, and let me decide.’” But the state of Connecticut has made a unanimous ruling that Cassandra is required to ... Read More
Remember in the Titanic when Jack says goodbye to Rose for the first time, and women and children are the first passengers let onto the lifeboats? Wasn't that so chivalrous, and also such a clear reflection of the era's view of women as in need of saving? Well ladies, in bittersweet news, it seems those days are over. The historical code of conduct has been abandoned like the sinking ships that made it a thing in the first place. Though the rule was never ... Read More
Even though it came out six years ago, the song “American Boy” is still Estelle’s claim to fame. The peppy collaboration with Kanye West earned her a Grammy, but her later singles never quite stuck. Her fourth album, True Romance (out November 4), should change all that. It’s sultry R&B at its finest, inspired by the ambiguous, confusing period in a relationship that Estelle (last name Swaray) describes as that moment “between ... Read More
We all probably remember Esther Honig’s project in which she asked Photoshop experts from all over the globe to make a photo of her look “beautiful.” The results from country to country were vastly different; they elongated, widened or shrunk different parts of her face, added substantial makeup or made her edges softer. Basically, it showed that while there is no one global standard of beauty, every society has in place its own unattainable ... Read More
A blues-rock goddess of singular power and grit, Janis Joplin and her electrifying voice helped to define the ’60s. Think you know the girl behind Pearl? Then take the quiz! 1 Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943, in _______. a. New Orleans, LA b. South Salem, NY c. Port Arthur, TX d. Vancouver, BC   2 Which of the following bands did Janis sing with? a. Big Brother and the Holding Company b. The Kozmic Blues Band c. The Full Tilt ... Read More
LGBT suicide, specifically among teens, is sadly a far too common occurrence. Leelah Alcorn, a transgender 17 year-old from Ohio, tragically took her own life after posting a suicide note to Tumblr. The page has since been taken down, but according to this Change.org petition she wrote the following: “My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say ... Read More
As we stumble into the beginning of yet another year, we are bombarded with list after list of what to look forward to in 2015 on our Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts. I don’t even want to talk about it.  I am an anxious person who enjoys pop culture. So, when a new year comes along, instead of being excited about new TV shows and movies and books, I get upset, because I am now even further from all the things I have yet to watch and listen ... Read More
In Afghanistan, where having a son is vital for any respectable family, little girls are sometimes disguised and raised as boys.  Here, journalist Jenny Nordberg investigates this complicated cultural game of hidden identity. One of the eager-looking twins nods to reaffirm her words. Then she turns to her sister. She agrees. Yes, it is true. She can confirm it.fgha They are two 10-year-old identical girls, each with black hair, squirrel eyes, and a few ... Read More
The outside of BotanaCare is unassuming, almost forgettable; the large building sits in an industrial park by the highway in Northglenn, Colorado. But things get more interesting when you approach the front doors. It has two, actually, marked “Recreational” and “Medical.” Walking into the recreational lobby, which sits next door to the medical suite, the smell of marijuana, thick and nearly overpowering, hits you, hard. There, several customers are ... Read More
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