Renee Chalmers

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How Ava DuVernay Became a Creator of Worlds

Late fall in the redwood forests of Northern California, it gets cold. Not wrap-yourself-in-furs cold—we’re still talking 51 degrees—but the kind of …

The Rising Pressure of the #MeToo Backlash

In the fall of 2016, I started feeling little starburst twinges in the ball of my right foot. A podiatrist told me that I had a fat nerve, a neuroma, and gave me a cortisone injection that made the pain go away. Because something had come back odd on my blood work, he sent me to a specialist, who …

Sexual Harassment

Why Happy People Cheat

A good marriage is no guarantee against infidelity.<p>“Most descriptions of troubled marriages don’t seem to fit my situation,” Priya insists. “Colin and I have a wonderful relationship. Great kids, no financial stresses, careers we love, great friends. He is a phenom at work, fucking handsome, …

Relationships

The 'world's happiest man' reveals the secret to happiness takes only 20 minutes a day

Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has got the answers...<p>According to scientists and Google, the world's happiest man is a Tibetan Buddhist monk named …

How Black Girls Aren’t Presumed to Be Innocent

A new study finds that adults view them as less child-like and less in need of protection than their white peers.<p>A growing body of evidence has shown that the American education and criminal-justice systems dole out harsher and more frequent discipline to black youth compared with their non-black …

Women of Color

Who can (and can’t) travel under the new travel ban

President Trump's first travel ban targeting majority-Muslim countries in January unleashed chaos around the world, as foreigners were stopped from boarding flights overseas and detained or deported after reaching U.S. airports.<p>That broad ban was quickly halted by federal courts. But at 8 p.m. ET …

Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski; Says She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’

WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out Thursday at the appearance and intellect of Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” drawing condemnation from his fellow Republicans and reigniting the controversy over his attitudes toward women that nearly derailed his candidacy last year.<p>Mr. …

Wonder Woman, Heroine of the Post-Truth Age

The character, created by a man who helped to invent the lie detector, is perfectly at home in a culture contending with weaponized lies.<p>“You mean—you were <i>lying</i>?” Wonder Woman asks Steve Trevor, a hero and a spy, in the new film that takes her name. The Amazon takes a moment to register his …

Comic Books

The Craft of ‘Moonlight’: How a $1.5 Million Indie Landed Eight Oscar Nominations

The film's moving story and powerful performances are grabbing the attention, but it's the below the line craft that make it a legit Best Picture …

How Ultrasound Became Political

The technology has been used to create sped-up videos that falsely depict a response to stimulus.<p><i>Editor’s note: This article has been significantly revised since original publication. Please see correction note below.*</i><p>One of the first measures that Republicans in the 115th Congress proposed was the …

Pregnancy

Every book Barack Obama recommended during (and after) his presidency

Whether he was reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, former …

The 2 Barriers Holding You Back from Finally Writing Your Book, and How to Move Past Them | Inc.com

Do you have "write my book" on your list of 2017 goals or resolutions? The good news is that it's never been easier to write your book.<p>There are countless resources available to you to teach you how to write your book, there are support groups, and there are dozens of ways to bring your book to the …

Trump Is Making Journalism Great Again

In his own way, Trump has set us free.<p>Donald Trump and his forthcoming presidency may be the greatest gift to Washington journalism since the invention of the expense account. His unorthodox approach to politics and governance has vaporized the standard, useful, yet boring script for reporting on a …

Donald Trump

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.<p>Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr. Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the …

Books

How MLK can get you out of your 'Trump Slump'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Are you experiencing the following symptoms?<p>Insomnia: No sleep because you dread what happens over the next four years.<p>Hallucinations: You keep thinking that what you saw on TV last November must be a bad dream.<p>Fits of rage: You've unfriended half of your Facebook friends and you won't talk …

The Canada experiment: is this the world's first 'postnational' country?

As 2017 begins, Canada may be the last immigrant nation left standing. Our government believes in the value of immigration, as does the majority of the population. We took in an estimated 300,000 newcomers in 2016, including 48,000 refugees, and we want them to become citizens; around 85% of …

Canada

Bill Perry Is Terrified. Why Aren’t You?

How an 89-year-old cold warrior became America’s nuclear conscience.<p>At this naked moment in the American experiment, when many people perceive civilization on the verge of blowing up in some metaphorical sense, there is an elderly man in California hoping to seize your attention about another …

U.S. Secretary of Defense

FBI releases documents related to San Bernardino iPhone

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI on Friday released 100 pages of heavily censored documents related to its agreement with an unidentified vendor to hack …

58 Books That Will Make You Better, No Matter Who You Are | Inc.com

<i>What books do you recommend that college students read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Ryan Holiday, best-selling author of Ego Is the Enemy, on Quora:</b><p>I'm going to go crazy on this one. I …

Books

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

“Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.”<p>The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the axe for the frozen sea …

Books

Trump aide offers resignation in Melania Trump plagiarism incident

<b>Cleveland (CNN) —</b> A speechwriter working for Donald Trump's company identified herself Wednesday as the person responsible for plagiarism in Melania Trump's convention speech and offered her resignation.<p>Meredith McIver apologized in a statement sent out by the campaign and said Donald and Melania …

Food & Drink Ideas - Food and Cocktails for Men

We still haven't forgotten Crystal Pepsi.<p>Wildflower honey and Brazilian chili peppers are a match made in tastebud heaven.<p>The "Menos es Más" cocktail embraces the spirit's floral side.<p>Hint of Lime had its moment, but these are as addicting as it gets.<p>21 exemplary places to start a tab.<p>There's …

Cocktails

Addicted To One God

It's mind blowing to me that for so, so long the notion of one single god has absolutely dominated our spiritual imagination and moral intelligence, especially in the west.<p>I find the notion of infinite gods and goddesses - rather than one immense all-encompassing God or Goddess - far more …

How 'Dirty' Words Got Dirty

Want to know who the original Dick is? We sure did.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>When I was in elementary school, the first thing I did with new dictionaries was find the bad words, circle them, and draw helpful illustrations in the margins for the next kid. This was before …

A filmmaker turned his van into a home and now travels the country

If you've ever felt an itch to pack up your belongings and hit the road, take notes from filmmaker Zach Both.<p>The 23-year-old decided to hit the …

RVs

Court reverses $1.35M awarded to Jesse Ventura in 'American Sniper' defamation case

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Minnesota federal appeals court has reversed an earlier ruling that awarded $1.35 million to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura from the estate of Chris Kyle, the deceased former Navy SEAL, over a defamation lawsuit.<p>Ventura had filed the suit after Kyle, the author of "American Sniper," …