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Some white Christians upset Octavia Spencer is playing God in new film

Christian groups around the country are up in arms over Octavia Spencer being cast to play God in the upcoming faith-based film <i>The Shack</i>.<p>Joe …

5 fixable job-search mistakes that are keeping you from getting interviews

Searching for a new job is a tedious process. But one of the worst parts is learning a position you wanted was filled — before you ever even got a chance to interview.<p>If you find yourself in that situation over and over again, you want to figure out whatever's holding you back so you can address it …

Employment

Your Cheat Sheet To Negotiating These Five Perks With Your Next Job Offer

If they aren’t budging on salary, here are five other perks to ask for–and how to ask for them.<p>So you finally landed that big job offer. Congratulations! But don’t break open the bubbly just yet. It’s time to gear up for the tricky negotiation phase that often takes place before the deal is …

Employment

What the Director of the African American History Museum Says About the New Emmett Till Revelations

In a way, the story of Emmett Till is one of numbers. A boy, 14 years of age. A one-minute-long encounter during which Till supposedly whistled at, …

A Sack Filled With an Enslaved Mother’s Love

The story of slavery in the United States is one of brutality, splintered families, and erasure. For many descendants of enslaved people, genealogies …

Chocolate Sour Cream Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Everyone needs a go-to recipe for chocolate cake. Maybe you volunteered to bring dessert for a dinner with friends, or you’ve got weekend guests, or …

Dessert

Germany confronts its forgotten Namibian death camps

Decades before the Nazis, thousands of men, women and children were exterminated on the direct orders of the leadership in Berlin<p>One morning last summer, I was ushered into a little office in the Botswana National Archives. I’d asked the archivists to dig out a document that I had wanted to see for …

German History

Family of Marcus Garvey seeks pardon in waning days of Barack Obama’s presidency

With less than a week left, there’s still hope<p>When the name Marcus Garvey comes up, most people remember him as the “Back-to-Africa” guy. But that’s …

My Kids Cried It Out, And Now They Are The Best Sleepers Ever, So I Have No Regrets

I know that crying-it-out is a hot-button topic for a lot of people. I mean, you can’t exactly go on the internet without knowing that people have …

Parenting

The Greatest Myths About Jesus Christ’s Birth

Is Christmas on the 25th because of a pagan holiday? Was he really born in a stable? And about those three kings…<p>It’s Christmas, a celebration of the …

Self-Talk Determines Your Success: 15 Tips

Buying A Home Tax Benefits: Deductions For Mortgage Interest, Property Tax, PMI, Home Office And More For 2016

Buying a home is a big undertaking, but your new home purchase might help you enjoy a world of tax breaks. If you're a new homeowner, you should know …

Keep it simple with this 3-ingredient spaghetti recipe

Why clutter pasta with sauces and too many add-ins? Sometimes you just want to keep it simple. A little fresh cracked pepper and grated cheese is all it takes to turn basic noodles into a tempting dish. Dinner is ready in minutes.<p><b>SPAGHETTI WITH CRUSHED BLACK PEPPER AND PECORINO</b><p>Total time: About 25 …

Honey-Hoisin Chicken Thighs with Stir-Fried Kale

<b>Ingredients</b><p>Honey-Hoisin Marinade<p>2 cloves garlic, peeled and grated<br>• 2 heaping tablespoons fresh root ginger, peeled and grated<br>• 6 tablespoons hoisin sauce<br>• 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes<br>• 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce<br>• 1 tablespoon light soy sauce<br>• 2 tablespoons honey<br>• 4 organic chicken thighs, skin-on, bone-in …

Onions

10 Historical Records That Tell Another Side Of Bible Stories

The Bible isn’t just a religious book. The characters in the Bible lived through a real history that was shared with other nations, but we usually …

Ancient History

Hyperpartisan Facebook Pages Are Publishing False And Misleading Information At An Alarming Rate

A BuzzFeed News analysis found that three big right-wing Facebook pages published false or misleading information 38% of the time during the period analyzed, and three large left-wing pages did so in nearly 20% of posts.<p>Hyperpartisan political Facebook pages and websites are consistently feeding …

What Your Pets Are Really Thinking

We first reached out to Tim Link after hearing an amazing story from a friend of <i>goop</i> who’d lost her cat (stay with us). The friend in question got …

Urinary Tract Infection

Living With the Aftershocks of a Tiger Mom

In one of the first episodes of <i>Fresh Off the Boat</i>, Constance Wu’s Jessica Huang is suspicious that her kids have gotten high grades on their report …

9 Truths 'Moms of Boys Only' Need to Know

I have three sons and zero daughters. When my boys were small, I would hear the question, "Are you going to keep trying for a girl?" until I thought my head would explode. Some folks seemed affronted when I would tell them I was done having kids. As if, by having only sons, I was somehow disrupting …

Parenting

New black museum prepared to deal with visitors' emotions

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's newest museum brings to life all the pain and tribulations of the black experience and its creators expect many visitors will be shaken by what they see and hear.<p>Slave shackles sit ominously in a glass case, surrounded by whispering hymns of past pains. Nearby are …

Museums

Historic recognition: George Washington's family tree is biracial

George Washington's adopted son was a bit of a ne'er-do-well by most accounts, including those of Washington himself, who wrote about his frustrations with the boy they called "Wash."<p>"From his infancy, I have discovered an almost unconquerable disposition to indolence in everything that did not …

Genealogy

A look at historical multiracial families through the House of Medici

The Medici, rulers of Renaissance Florence, are not the most obvious example of a multiracial family. They’ve always been part of the historical …

Pew Research Center

Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom

The worse it gets, as I wade and stumble through the Great Dismal Swamp, the better I understand its history as a place of refuge. Each ripping thorn …

Archaeology

7 Ways to Earn $1,000 on the Side While You Pursue Your Dreams

Are you pursuing your dream? You need a side income. This article shows you jobs that can earn you $1,000 monthly on the side.

10 Golden Rules For Moms Raising Sons

Years ago, I struck up a conversation with a woman who was preparing for her son's upcoming wedding. At the time, my sons were still quite young and I asked her what her relationship was like with her adult son. She told me it was good because she followed the golden rules of raising sons.<p><i>Golden</i> …

Relationships

These 9 Amazing Camping Spots Around Washington DC Are An Absolute Must See

Cherry Hill is the closest campground to Washington DC. Cherry Hill offers many amenities for its campers including hot showers, a laundry facility …

Here's Exactly What's In That Store-Bought Pancake Mix

If you’ve ever made pancakes from scratch, you know the ingredients are pretty benign. Flour, baking powder, salt and sugar make up the dry ingredients ― butter (or oil), milk (or buttermilk) and eggs get mixed in later; vanilla, too, if you’re feeling fancy. And that’s pretty much it.<p>But, when you …

Breakfast

Genocide In East Texas: A History Of The Slocum Massacre

One of our most read "This Day in History" posts is about the July 29, 1910, Slocum Massacre—the racially charged murders by whites on the Black population of Slocum, Texas, and the subsequent cover-up of a community's violent history.<p>In the book <i>The 1910 Slocum Massacre: An Act of Genocide in East</i> …

Black History