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A History of American Idol: In Pictures

A Brief History Of AOL

Verizon just bought one of the last big tech veterans from the pre-dotcom era. Here’s a timeline of its history stretching back to… 1983??<p>Verizon announced today that it is buying AOL for $4.4 billion, probably to help Verizon better stream video online, especially to mobile devices, says <i>The</i> …

Anna Wintour’s not happy about those Met Ball selfies

The Met Ball’s social media ban was well-known, to attendants and fans alike, before last week’s main event — but that doesn’t mean celebs weren’t …

Ex Machina Explores the Thrill (and Horror) of Romantic Uncertainty

Alex Garland's remarkable debut seeds a story about relationship anxiety within a Fincheresque artificial-intelligence parable.<p><i>Ex Machina</i> is a science-fiction horror film that, like so many others, plays on fears of the future: of artificial intelligence, of the blurred line between human life and …

Artificial Intelligence

The Age of Adaline Charms and Surprises, Thanks in Part to Harrison Ford

The new immortality romance The Age of Adaline, opening Friday, is made up of many seemingly discordant elements. But interesting casting and a defiant oddball streak make it worthy counter-programming.<p><i>The Age of Adaline</i> is a curious creation. Both earnest romantic melodrama and science-fiction …

Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth By Day review – radical Billie Holiday covers

Singer Jose James’ recent tribute to Billie Holiday saw a fine singer and a hip jazz trio sprinkling personal magic on timeless songs with careful respect. Cassandra Wilson’s angle on Holiday is very different: a radical, big-production remake of the great vocalist’s music with the rhythm section …

Blues-rock

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Entertainment<p><i>GQ</i>’s Zach Baron talks about it all with a generational icon.<p>By Zach Baron9 hours agoView More<p>Don't Miss!<p>Basketball<p>Your favorite roomy …

Men's Fashion

Jose James Returns to the Variety Theater in Atlanta with the Music of Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday was as iconic a jazz and cabaret singer as has ever lived. The endurance of her legacy in popular culture is on par with Marilyn Monroe, James Dean or Frank Sinatra. She would have been celebrating her one hundredth birthday this year on April 7th. Fittingly, many musical artists …

New Translation

The title of the Egyptian funerary papyrus “Book of the Dead” is more accurately translated as “Coming Forth by Day.” It was called “Book of the Dead” by Wallis Budge, who translated the manuscript for the British Museum, in 1895. “Coming Forth by Day” is also the title of Cassandra Wilson’s new …

British Museum

Jazz | uDiscoverMusic

How Billie Holiday Was Hunted Down In The Early Days Of The War On Drugs

In 1904, a twelve-year-old boy was visiting his neighbor’s farmhouse in the cornfields of western Pennsylvania when he heard a scream. It was coming …

Naturopathic Medicine

26 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Alcohol Addicts

<b>10. Billie Holiday</b><p>This beautiful woman with a voice of an angel faced too much pressure brought to her by her escalating fame. Before she started her …

This Week in Cultural Clicks: Benjamin Britten, Billie Holiday, and Bill Murray

<i>Each week, the editors of Goings On share online happenings that caught their eye.</i><p><b>Classical Music</b><p>The tenor Ian Bostridge has the uncanny ability to get deep inside the psychological core of an art song while keeping its structure serenely intact. New Yorkers got a bountiful measure of his …

Bill Murray

Billie Holiday: Lady Day review – sheer unstudied elegance

Last Tuesday would have been Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday, and this soberly handsome set of four CDs, complete with notes and pictures, arrives in the nick of time to mark the occasion. This is Holiday in her 20s, between 1935 and 1942, when her recording sessions were easy-going affairs with a …

Billie Holiday

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Starring Audra McDonald, Opens on Broadway April 13

Five-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald returns to Broadway as Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's play with music, Lady Day at Emerson's …

Congratulations! Beyonce's Mum Tina Knowles Gets Married In Romona Kevez Gown

Fashion<p>by Emily Mitchinson | 14 04 2015<p>[Cliff Watts]<p>The Knowles Family Have Another Oh So Stylish All-White Wedding<p>Congratulations are in order for …

“The Daily Show” explains the Middle East in terms Americans can understand: March Madness brackets

<b>(Comedy Central)</b><p>Stewart and Senior Middle East Correspondent Bassem Youssef are left with no other option<p>Colin Gorenstein<p>April 14, 2015 2:09pm (UTC)<p>Jon Stewart turned our attention to the Middle East on Monday's "Daily Show" where things have reached new levels of confusing. This time, as Stewart …

Middle East

How ISIS Reduced the Ancient World of Nimrud to Rubble

Video showing Isis destroying Nimrud, one of the world’s oldest antiquities, has surfaced. Fortunately, many of its objects still survive in …

Bringing up the bodies: Forensic teams uncover ISIS massacre

AL-DOUR, Iraq — The mass graves were located in a tranquil field by the highway not far from a lush palm grove. A water tower could be seen in the …

How the Ottomans Ruined the 20th Century

World War I was only a global conflict when the Ottoman Empire joined the fray. Those consequences—from genocide to new borders—are still felt …

Where the White People Live

How self-segregation and concentrated affluence became normal in America<p>Last summer, the Michigan town of Grosse Pointe Park erected a farmer's market in the middle of one of the few remaining streets that allowed cars to pass between the tony suburb and the urban Detroit neighborhoods at its …

Urban Design

Is the cat going up or down the stairs? Check out the latest Internet optical illusion

Just a few weeks ago, the Internet drove everyone crazy by turning a photo of a dress into a "what color is it" sensation that had everybody arguing.<p>Well, world, here's your new Internet craze: Is the cat in this image going up the stairs ... or down the stairs?<p>The slightly fuzzy black-and-white …

Springfield, Mo., voters repeal LGBT anti-discrimination law

Voters in Springfield, Mo., voted by a slim margin to repeal protections against discrimination for the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens.<p>The measure passed in Missouri's third-largest city with 51.4% of the vote Tuesday night.<p>"We are still here for each other, and we will …

Latest White House feature: Gender-neutral restroom

President Barack Obama’s staff and visitors now have the option of using a gender-neutral restroom, a White House spokesman said Wednesday — the latest in a series of symbolic steps the Obama administration has taken to work the priorities of the LGBT community into its broader themes of …

Senate creating secret encyclopedia of US spy programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to get a handle on hundreds of sensitive, closely held surveillance programs, a Senate committee is compiling a secret …

New Study Links Facebook To Depression: But Now We Actually Understand Why.

The irony of Facebook is by now known to most. The “social” network has been linked to a surprising number of undesirable mental health consequences: Depression, low self-esteem, and bitter jealousy among them. Now, a new study in the <i>Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology</i> finds that not only do …

Social Media

This simple comic strip concisely explains the complexities of white privilege

The concept of “white privilege” (brilliantly explained in Peggy McIntosh’s essay, "Unpacking The Invisible Backpack") can be a difficult one to …