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Damning study finds a 'whitewashed' Hollywood

A study to be released Monday by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism offers one of the most wide-ranging examinations of the film and television industries, including a pointed "inclusivity …

ACLU

John Oliver’s Video About Hollywood Whitewashing Is Both Hilarious And Tragic

With a wardrobe of dapper suits, thick-rimmed glasses and goofy Brit demeanour, <b>John Oliver</b> is slowly becoming the face of satirical US television.</i> …

Growing Up as a Black Kid in Nazi Germany

Remembering the life of Hans J. Massaquoi, who managed to survive under Hitler's regime.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Spain</i><p>In 1933, little Hans J. Massaquoi stood in a schoolyard in Hamburg, wearing a swastika patch on his sweater, surrounded by a load of fair-haired, blue-eyed kids, in …

World History

“Joy,” the neoliberal fairy tale: Not even populist princess Jennifer Lawrence could redeem the movie’s toxic brand of lone-wolf feminism

The seductive and true rags-to-riches tale pushes an ideology that says anyone who works hard enough can succeed<p>“Don't ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn't. The world doesn't owe you a thing.” — "Joy”<br>In a time of competing populist impulses currently dominating and …

Box Office

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

Rich People Are Less Sad—But They Aren't Any Happier Than The Rest Of Us

Life is a little less miserable when you can throw money at your problems.<p>There is a lot of research to suggest that richer people are more satisfied with their lives than poorer people, at least up to a certain point when their most important needs are met. But life satisfaction is different from …

The War on Christmas is over. Jesus won.

Kirk Cameron can breathe easy: the War on Christmas is over. Jesus won.<p>That's the implication of a new Pew Research Center survey that finds nearly three-quarters of Americans -- 73 percent -- believe that Jesus was literally born to a virgin. This is especially surprising when you consider that …