Steven Estes

28 Flips | 2 Magazines | 2 Followers | @StevenEstes2015 | Urban Studies major at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN

sunday life: the secret to happiness (a chat with Gretchen Rubin)

<b>This week I get happy…close to home</b><p>Gretchen Rubin calls it her “Beautiful House” moment. As in, “This is not my beautiful house”, the existential …

The Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Shows

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Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay

Western activism is causing more harm than good to a continent making LGBT people into scapegoats for colonialism.<p>As an LGBT activist, I was always …

Is American Sniper historically accurate?

Photograph: Keith Bernstein/AP<p>Heightened for the screen … American Sniper is based on Chris Kyle’s memoir of the same name.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/20/1421748142719/c7dcfcfd-38f0-4bb7-baff-9d5e362ce353-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Keith …

American Sniper

Whimsy Travel: Adventure on a Budget

If returning to the same all-inclusive beach resort each year is your idea of the perfect holiday, then London-based travel startup Whimsy might not be for you. The newly minted web company prides itself on fostering exploration. The site utilizes an algorithm that combines cost savings with macro …

Travel

Taking it to the streets: Protest marches mark the MLK Day holiday

<b>(CNN) —</b> Protests -- some disruptive, but none violent -- marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day across the country.<p>The demonstrations took on a new vigor this year, after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner -- two black men who were killed by white police officers.<p>More than 60 protesters …

National Geographic Travel

On MLK Day, Poll Shows Racial Divide in Assessing Equality

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his vision of America’s future, uttering one of the most oft-quoted statements about racial equality in the nation’s history: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their …

Who needs cars? Smart mobility can make cities sustainable — TheCityFix

Metrobús, Mexico City’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, began operations in 2005 and now serves 855,000 passengers every day. Line 4 (pictured) was …

The Real-Life Wife Of Bradley Cooper's American Sniper Shares A Heartfelt Message Following The Film's Record-Breaking Success

<b>*WARNING: SPOILERS*</b><p>By now you've probably heard of <b>Bradley</b> <b>Cooper</b>'s newest movie <i>American Sniper</i>.<p>Not only has it been nominated for six <b>Oscars</b> and broken …

Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors?

The housing crisis decimated communities near the University of Chicago, now the school and other organizations are trying to stabilize them.<p>CHICAGO—When he moved back to Chicago after being away for 15 years, Maurice Samuels, 40, never thought he’d live in Woodlawn. He grew up in the area on the …

Urbanism

22 Cultural Icons on Spirituality

The icons we admire in the pop culture sphere are often quiet about their religious and spiritual lives, determined to keep one piece of themselves …

New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%

Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.<p>Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

The Vatican’s Gay Art Goes on Display

As Pope Francis leads a softening of homophobic attitudes from within the Vatican, tour groups will soon see the gay-themed art on display there.<p>It’s …

The Broke Girl's Guide To Healthy Eating

<i>This article was originally published on April 26, 2016.</i><p>Yes, it's true that health food can be staggeringly expensive — especially if it's something …

Will SCOTUS cement Obama's gay rights legacy?

It’s a surprising development for a president who has faced criticism on the issue.<p>The Supreme Court’s new move toward a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage could cement President Barack Obama’s claim to having presided over the most significant advances in gay rights in United States …

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Pope Francis

Review: In American Sniper, Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper Are Right on Target

His father, taking young Chris out shooting, observes the boy’s instant expertise with a rifle and says appreciatively, “You got a gift. You’re gonna …

Artist Makes Use of the Human Body to Create Jaw-Dropping Animal Paintings

It’s truly a thing of wonder how artists come up with their own different methods of expressing their unique creativity. For example, American artist …

Top 10 Urban Escapes

Some American cities are lucky enough to have units of the National Park System right on their doorsteps, offering recreation and natural beauty within easy reach of millions.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything—National Parks</i><p>Most people, even dedicated urbanites, need a break …

Police: Fugitive Kentucky teens arrested after multistate hunt

<b>(CNN) —</b> A teen couple from Kentucky was arrested Sunday after two weeks on the run following a series of car and gun thefts.<p>Dalton Hayes, 18, and Cheyenne Phillips, 13, were arrested in Panama City Beach, Florida, authorities said.<p>The two are suspected of stealing three cars -- two with guns inside …

Crime

Lil B Escapes House Fire Thanks to Teenage Neighbor

Lil B escaped a two-alarm fire early Thursday morning that burned through half of the Concord, California duplex the rapper was living in. The …