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Can Racism Be Stopped In The Third Grade?

One very renowned private school in New York City called Fieldston Lower was involved in a social experiment that involved a class of 3rd graders and …

Race & Ethnicity

We Can't Talk About Housing Policy Without Talking About Racism

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

In this May 9, 2015, picture, a man walks past a blighted building in the Penn-North neighborhood of Baltimore, with a …


White America’s Waco insanity: The shocking realities it ignores about racism & violence

The response to the Twin Peaks shootout says everything you need to know about how white privilege really works

Malcolm X, the famed Civil Rights leader and minister of the Nation of Islam, would have turned 90 years old this week. While America annually marks the significance of the life of Dr. …

Ethnic Violence

Why a New York City school's idea to (temporarily) separate kids by race is smart

A new program is teaching the kids who attend one New York City elementary school two important lessons: that ignoring race and racism doesn't make …

Race & Ethnicity

The US police chief fighting to end racial tension

As America searches for ways to tackle the huge issues surrounding race and policing, one police chief believes he has the answers - and others are starting to listen.

A Cincinnati police officer crosses a basketball court, but the 20 or so men playing, mainly African American, barely glance at …


Maggie Gyllenhaal: At 37 I was 'too old' for role opposite 55-year-old man

Maggie Gyllenhaal was told by a Hollywood producer that she was too old, at 37, to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man, the Oscar-nominated actor has revealed.

In an interview with The Wrap, Gyllenhaal said her shock at finding herself “over the hill” in her mid 30s soon segued into derision …

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Differing Portrayals of Waco, Baltimore Spurs Reflection, WTFs


WASHINGTON (AP) — The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, …


New video surfaces showing Freddie Gray arrest in Baltimore

(Reuters) - A new video has surfaced revealing a key part of the arrest of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore black man whose death from injuries sustained in police custody sparked riots and led to a federal investigation.

The video, shot by a bystander and posted on the Baltimore Sun's website on …


Here are the 10 new TV shows that are dominating the internet

This could be the biggest fall for television remakes, revivals and spinoffs. That could just be what the major networks really needed to cut through today's very dense TV landscape, because it's working.

Business Insider partnered with Amobee Brand Intelligence — a company that provides marketing …


Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

Earlier this month, almost 2,000 radio fanatics gathered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to listen in as Marc Maron, the neurotic and sometimes gruff comedian and podcast host, interviewed Fresh Air's Terry Gross. He is known for being vulnerable and bringing his personal life into his …

Marc Maron

Letterman’s Goodbye: The Last Great Talk Show Host Retires and a Generation Fades Into History

David Letterman will host his last Late Show tonight. We’re not just saying goodbye to Dave, but to an entire generation of comedy.

“I don’t like that David Letterman,” a dear friend’s grandma once said to me, “he’s always grimacing.” Though it’s hard to say exactly how many years ago that was—a …


Box Office: 14 Huge Memorial Day Weekend Flops (and Hits)

Memorial Day Weekend tends to be one of Hollywood's most lucrative runs at the box office. But sometimes, the frame delivers a dud or three. (We're looking at you, "Super Mario Bros.")

As George Clooney's "Tomorrowland" and the remake of "Poltergeist" hit theaters this weekend, here's a look at …


We’ve Never Had a Better Depiction of Office Life Than Mad Men

Read the rest of Slate’s Mad Men coverage.

When Mad Men premiered eight years ago, it felt at times like the series was all but glorifying alcoholism, …


Hypocrisy in "Game of Thrones" outrage

I should preface this by saying I don’t watch Game of Thrones very often. The gratuitous sex and gore is a little more than I care about seeing. I’m …

Conservative News

4 Summer Movies That Change the Face of On-Screen Heroes

The White Knight isn’t dead, but he’s taken a beating this year. It’s about time.

The white knight. He means well—that trope of all kinds of fiction—what with his quest to rescue the fair maiden from a terrible tyrant and then make her his grateful bride. But who says she needs rescuing? And who …

Black Widow

Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets

I read “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” when I was around 10, hidden, as usual, in a big upholstered chair in a back corner of the house. In one of my favorite scenes, a sixth grader named Nancy is mad at her friend Gretchen, who has just gotten her period for the first time. Nancy thinks …

Judy Blume

David Letterman's Long Shadow

The departing host might be the last true innovator in late-night comedy.

The simplest way to understand David Letterman's impact on late-night comedy, 33 years after his debut, is to look at the current state of his competition. For all the talk of the genre's generational turnover and its …

David Letterman

Willie Horton Revisited

W illie Horton. The name is enough to make a politician blanch. Ever since 1988, when the George H. W. Bush presidential campaign machine wielded the …


The Epic Story of Orson Welles’s Unfinished Masterpiece

The Other Side of the Wind was going to be Orson Welles’s comeback, perhaps even topping Citizen Kane—but to this day, it remains unfinished (though that may change soon). In an adaptation from a new book about the 45-year struggle to make the film, Josh Karp reveals why Welles’s last movie is the …

Orson Welles

America’s Cities Mirror Baltimore’s Woes

Amid all the happy talk about the revival of U.S. urban areas, we have ignored the intractable problems of the nation’s inner cities, many of which date back to the ’60s.

The rioting that swept Baltimore the past few days, sadly, was no exception, but part of a bigger trend in some of our core …


Radar developed to detect small drones

Last year a radio-controlled drone came within 20 feet of an airliner landing at Heathrow.

Recently Manchester airport closed one of its runways for 20 minutes after reports of a drone nearby.

Currently radar technology can not spot the drones, but a new piece of equipment being made in the UK could …


Why Fox News Had The Best Baltimore Coverage

In its coverage of Baltimore, the Fair and Balanced network had its world turned upside down.

When there’s a riot going on, what channel do you turn to? Watch MSNBC if you want information packaged in the language and symbols that echo the story you already know to be true. Watch CNN for the bland …


What Racism Has Done to Baltimore - The New Yorker

Somewhere between the ball game played to an empty stadium and the arrest of six police officers on charges including manslaughter and murder, …


TV’s white-guy industrial complex: Sunday morning’s shocking lack of diversity has gotten even worse

If it's Sunday, it's lots of white dudes (and not much else)

It was hard to be especially angry when the news broke last week that Jake Tapper would be taking over as host of CNN’s Sunday show “State of the Union,” replacing Candy Crowley, who stepped down as anchor last year. Tapper is, after all, …


Film review: Is Avengers Age of Ultron Marvel-ous?

The sequel to the 2012 hit is one of the summer’s most anticipated blockbusters. But does the comic book epic live up to the hype? Critic Nicholas Barber has an answer.

There is an abundance of good jokes in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the best of them is in the dynamic opening action sequence. …


Baltimore Prosecutor Says Evidence in Freddie Gray Case 'Compelling'

The Baltimore prosecutor who on Friday announced charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray said evidence was "compelling" and pledged to prosecute the case fairly.

"As a prosecutor my job is to seek justice and to apply justice fairly and equally to those with and without a …


Law Enforcement Reacts To Baltimore Officer Criminal Charges

The surprise announcement of criminal charges in Baltimore Friday morning definitely got the attention of police officers. The decision has been welcomed by protesters, but it's causing dismay for law enforcement across the country.

"The specter of criminal charges being filed against police …


The Man Who Beat HIV at Its Own Game for 30 Years - Issue 23: Dominoes

For Kai Brothers, 1981 marked the beginning and the end of a golden era. That was the year he turned 19, moved to San Francisco to join one of the …

San Francisco Bay Area

Baltimore Protester Who Confronted Geraldo Says It's Not About Some Viral Video, 'It's About Black Lives'

The Baltimore resident who challenged Fox News' Geraldo Rivera this week over the networks coverage of the Freddie Gray protests has spoken out. "This issue is bigger than some clip of me, it's about Black Lives," he told Media Matters.

"I have been out protesting for almost two weeks now without …

Viral Videos

The Freddie Gray case exposed a major problem with Baltimore police

Like many big cities in the US, Baltimore has a police force that doesn't come close to representing the racial composition of the general population, according to the Center for Public Integrity (CPI).

The city’s officers are 50% white, despite the population being 28% white, according to CPI …