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Martin Luther King, Jr., the radical: 9 MLK quotes the media won’t cite

<b>(AP)</b><p>The words of the real MLK were far more radical than today’s cherry-picked lines<p>Kali Holloway<p>January 16, 2017 9:59pm (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.</i><p>The Martin Luther King Jr. who is cynically trotted out every time racial unrest erupts in our cities is the MLK who can be …

Black History

The Trippy Life of the LSD Manufacturer Who ‘Helped Create the 60s’

Augustus Owsley Stanley III was the LSD chemist and audio maestro who not only created the Grateful Dead's "Wall of Sound" and inspired the band's dancing bear iconography, but also created the drugs that sparked the "spirit of that era."<p>Though not a household name, Augustus Owsley Stanley III, …

The Racial Politics of Nat Turner Tours

The subject of an acclaimed new movie, the 1831 slave revolt led by Turner is also the focus of two tours, one black and one white, in a region still …

How Prison Labor Is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support It

/ Jul 24, 2016<p>American slavery was technically abolished in 1865, but a loophole in the 13th Amendment has allowed it to continue “as a punishment …

The Best Streetwear Brands You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

THE GOOD COMPANY<p>The Good Company is one of those rare clothing brands that has been able to keep its local appeal with NYC-based partnerships and relatively affordable merchandise. "Based out of the Lower East Side, they have collaborated with local artists and carry other local start-ups in their …

Queen of Cartels: most famous female leader of Mexico's underworld speaks out

Released from prison, Sandra Ávila Beltrán gives her first interview in almost a decade and recalls life inside the upper echelons of the Mexican drug world<p>Inside the front door of Sandra Ávila Beltrán’s home is an altar and lit candles that form a crowded shrine to her first husband (riddled by …

The Golden Age of Drug Trafficking: How Meth, Cocaine, and Heroin Move Around the World | VICE News

Diplomats and top officials from governments around the world gathered last week at United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss what to do about the global drug problem. Over the course of four days and multiple discussions, the assembled dignitaries vowed to take a more comprehensive …

New discovery sheds light on Egypt’s most successful female pharaoh — who was almost erased from history

Hatshepsut was no ordinary Egyptian ruler.<p>After her husband died, Hatshepsut didn’t just keep the “throne” warm for her stepson to come of age. She …

Ancient History

The tumultuous life and times of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s creative output embodied everything from love poetry to history, fantasy, tragedy, comedy and magic. But little of what he wrote was an explicit commentary on contemporary events at the time he was writing, despite it being a fascinating and turbulent period in history: a time …

William Shakespeare

11 Poetry Collections by Black Writers Everyone Should Read

<b>by Jai Danielle</b><p>Whether you’re a long-time fan of poetry or a reader looking to develop a taste for the genre, National Poetry Month is the perfect …

21 everyday phrases that come straight from Shakespeare's plays

William Shakespeare wrote a lot of great plays, but he also coined and popularized a lot of words and phrases that we still use to this day.<p>We put together a list of our 21 favorites. Check them out:

African adventures you must have in your lifetime – including the paradise islands tourism forgot

Discover the paradise islands that tourism forgot

Gene Brown Is the Guy Who Finds the Rare Samples for All Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs

Questlove, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Just Blaze, and DJ Premier are just some of the legendary names who have turned to Gene Brown for sampling fodder.<p><i>Photo courtesy of Gene Brown</i><p>Long before Kanye West called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to help him achieve his dreams, he dialed Gene Brown.<p>Brown, a …

This Brain-Reading Tool Can Teach You A New Skill In No Time

By measuring how hard the brain is working, the BACh system knows when to give a learner new information.<p>Beste Yuksel could soon put a lot of piano teachers out of work.<p>The Ph.D candidate at Tufts University in Massachusetts has created a tool that helps students learn the instrument faster and …

King Tutankhamun: Hidden chambers inside boy pharaoh's tomb 'is full of treasures'

Secret chambers discovered inside the tomb of ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun may be hiding a treasure trove, Egypt's Tourism Minister, Hisham …

Cam’ron Refutes Karen Civil’s Story About Jay Z Kicking Dipset Out Of Def Jam Offices

Cam’ron has refuted Karen Civil’s story about Jay Z kicking Dipset out of Def Jam’s offices.<p>Civil appeared on Taxstone’s “Tax Season” podcast last …

Free TV for life? It's here, and it may even be legal

The online ads sound too good to be true.<p>"Say goodbye to your cable bills and get your TV for free," boasts an advertisement for the Free TV Box in …

Jamaican Recipes

From chicken curry to spicy homemade hot sauce, here are Food & Wine's best Jamaican recipes.

The Satanic Origins of Racism

While some among us attempt to delude themselves into thinking that we live in a post-racial society, with each passing day it become abundantly clearer that this concept is a farce. Racial tensions are increasing throughout the nation, and negative attitudes towards minorities have exacerbated …

The complete guide to reading—and even enjoying—classic literature

The classics. Literature’s Greatest Hits. You’ve been hearing about these supposedly elite, magnificent books for forever, yet you’ve never really picked one up and cracked open its cover. Or clicked, in this digital age. Still, it’s likely you’ve wanted to read a classic novel at least at some …

Literature

The Afro-German Experience Under Hitler

January 27 is the UN's International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Commemorated to remember the liberation of Auschwitz, largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers<p>But I am writing this post in February. Black History Month. We must remember the victims and the survivors …

The Most Romantic Recipes to Make for Someone You Love

Skip the fuss of making a fancy dinner reservation this weekend and spend the night in making a delicious meal for the ones you love.<p>Whether it's …

29 Insanely Delicious Indian Recipes You Need To Try

There's a lot more to life than chicken tikka masala.

This Awesome Timeline Lets You Listen To Every #1 Rap Song Since 1989

<i>Billboard</i> has been charting “Hot Rap Songs” since 1989, the same year the Grammys first recognized rap as a legitimate art form and not just a passing trend (even if “Parents Just Don’t Understand” somehow beat “Push It”). Since then, Drake holds the record for most number one (15) and top 10 (55) …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Which NYC Neighborhoods Can You Afford To Live In—Alone?

Looking back on 2015, it was a <b>veritable real estate apocalypse</b> for most anyone who doesn't sleep on a mattress made of $100 bills. It has never before been more expensive to buy in Manhattan, and Brooklyn rental prices are higher now than ever before. At a time when costs in the city just keep …

Real Estate

Kendrick Lamar Is Making History With His "Untitled" Series, Not Records

Toward the end of his electric performance on <i>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</i>, Kendrick Lamar let it be known:<p>"You ain’t gotta tell me that I’m …

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

You Need To Visit These 20 Websites If You Want To Learn New Skills

It’s Monday again.<p>The annoying alarm breaks the piece of silence you are enjoying. You keep pressing snooze and don’t want to leave your bed. As the …

Want To Start A Solo Business In 2016? Here's Where The Growth Is

Looking to start a one-person business in 2016?<p>You’ll have plenty of company. Currently, 80.4% of U.S. firms are “nonemployer” businesses with no paid employees other than the owners. The country gained 4.4 million nonemployer firms between 2003 and 2013, bringing the total to 23 million, according …

Real Estate