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What Americans Wrote to Obama

On a recent October morning in the White House mailroom, on the ground floor of the Executive Office Building just beside a loading dock, 10 interns sat at two long tables, each trying to get through 300 letters. Grab a bundle, sit down and read. It was pretty straightforward: Read. A girl doesn’t …

Barack Obama

What your emojis say about you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whether you like it or not, cartoon faces, stomping flamenco dancers and applauding hands have now entered your social life, albeit digitally.<p>While they once may have been novel or cute, the sea of emojis now available to you across digital platforms are the perfect punctuation to express …

Psychology

Feisty Kittens Acting Out Scenes From Star Wars, Titanic, Psycho, and The Lion King

YouTuber Pasdidée captured hilarious footage of their feisty kittens acting out scenes from movies like <i>Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back</i>, <i>Titanic</i>,</i> …

Star Wars

This new treehouse hotel room in northern Sweden has a net patio where guests can stargaze

A new hotel suite has opened up high in the treetops of a pine forest in northern Sweden, where travellers can spend their time suspended among the trees on a net patio.<p>Treehotel, a collection of suites that place travellers in the trees, has opened a new cabin called 7th room that stands 10 metres …

Hotels

The 30 Most Intriguing Musicians of 2017

The contemporary pop music world can sound mighty bland, but while only a few of the musicians featured here are famous, each has the potential to shake up the genre formulas of the current scene.<p>If you judged the state of contemporary song by YouTube views, you might think that the whole diverse …

Entertainment

First Round at the Australian Open: Pictures

Picture Books for Rock and Roll Parents and Their Kids

As Neil Young said, “Rock and roll is here to stay,” so it’s never too early to start exposing your kids to the magic of this musical tradition. Love …

Music

The Universal Hunt for Meaning: 11 Memoirs to Read Now

It’s difficult to pin down exactly what makes a memoir great.<p>Having read my share of (non-celebrity) memoirs over the years, as well as written one myself, lately, I’ve been wondering what it is, exactly, about the genre that draws us. Is it that, like Mr. Darcy, most of us don’t “confess easily to …

Literature

The Selling of the Presidents 2017

The Hall of Presidents and First Ladies in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, closed down in November, after 60 years in operation, due to a decline in attendance. On Saturday, the museum auctioned off its collection of life-size wax figures of U.S. presidents and first ladies (first lady figures built at …

Dystopia

In Honor of Her 95th Birthday, 15 of Betty White's Best (and Funniest!) Quotes

Betty White is one of the most universally beloved celebrities out there. How beloved? Well, in the waning days of 2016, a few weeks before her 95th …

Pop Culture

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Pictures

Martin Luther King | "I Have A Dream" Speech

The MLK History Forgot

During his last three years on Earth, Martin Luther King went through hell.<p>In January 1966, Martin Luther King Jr.—founding president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Nobel laureate and the nation’s most prominent civil rights activist—moved his family into a squalid tenement …

Civil Rights

How the First Martin Luther King Jr. Day Was Celebrated

Monday marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a holiday that had a rocky path to establishment.<p>Although King was assassinated in 1968, legislation …

Black Culture

5 surprising facts you didn't know about MLK

Tim Wise, the anti-racist author and educator, once said white America celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. "on their own terms, not his." As Wise wrote …

Black Culture

15 of the world's happiest places

<b>(CNN) —</b> Blue Monday, the day reputed to be the most depressing of the year for those in the Northern Hemisphere, is here once again.<p>This year, January 16 is supposedly a perfect storm of cruddy weather, mounting debt, post-holiday fatigue, back-to-work ennui and failed New Year's resolutions.<p>And …

Bears

Highlights from a Memorable NFL Weekend: Pictures

How to break the habit of checking your phone all the time

Smartphone dependency is everywhere. Take a glance at your day-to-day life and you'll notice your friends are a bit too preoccupied with their …

Productivity

10 Incredible Trees You Can Still Visit, Now That Pioneer Cabin Is No More

On January 8, the famed Pioneer Cabin tree, a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park that was carved into a tunnel in the 1880s, collapsed …

Forests

Graffiti GIFs Get an Online Gallery | The Creators Project

<i>CaNz by Ryan Seslow, a.k.a., Slow. Images via</i><p><i>This article was originally published on December 1, 2014 but we think it still rocks!</i><p>GIF-iti is a different kind of creature: equal parts street and GIF art, it represents an important shift in digital arts culture, one in which the artwork itself …

Art

50 Children's Books You Should Definitely Reread as an Adult

Some stories become better and sweeter over time.<p>Some stories become better and sweeter over time.

Straw Bear Festival in the UK: Pictures

I’m Ready To Start Another Revolution

<i>Bobbi Brown, makeup artist, author, and founder of her namesake cosmetics line, has decided to leave her company. In this letter, she reflects on the last 27 years, and looks forward to her next chapter.</i><p>In February 1991, Bobbi Brown Essentials launched at Bergdorf Goodman on a small table in the …

Skin Care

The 50 Best Movies of 2016 to Stream on Netflix

<i>2016 wasn’t all bad. For proof, one need look no further than the impressive array of independent films released last year, some of which have now</i> …

TV

The intimate personal snapshots of Rosa Parks, published for the first time

Humble images from a remarkable life<p>Rosa Parks, the late great civil rights activist and author, is hard to square in the pantheon of American …

History

20 Female Instagram Artists You Should Follow Immediately

Instagram is usually categorized as a social media network. This isn't really incorrect — we do go there to post photos of nights out, see what friends are up to, and stalk exes — but that classification misses a larger role the app fulfills.<p>Instagram is a cultural institution that is equal parts …

Animation

Jenna Bush Hager shares rare photos of Obama daughters' first White House visit

News<p>In their heartfelt letter to the daughters of President Obama as they prepare to leave the White House, Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager recall first meeting Malia and Sasha on the grounds of the new mansion they would soon call home.<p>On TODAY, Jenna shared some of those rarely seen photos of …

The White House

New Music Friday: 15 new releases to hear now

Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team will choose some of the essential new tunes. With new songs from Halsey, Robyn, the xx, the Chainsmokers, and more, here are the most noteworthy new releases this …

Entertainment

Pictures of the Week 1.12.17

David Bowie