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Spectre teaser trailer: five things we learned about the new James Bond

The debut teaser for trailer for Spectre has been released, giving us a minute and a half’s glimpse into the 24th official Bond movie, which will see Daniel Craig starring as 007 for the fourth time. Director Sam Mendes also returns after the $1bn success of 2012’s Skyfall, along with Ralph …

James Bond

The Neverending Nightmare of Amanda Knox

How a naive kid from Seattle was coerced into confessing to a brutal murder and wound up sentenced to 26 years in an Italian jail

Her killer did a bad job. It was amateur work: There were bloody fingerprints and footprints all over the apartment, and the killer even defecated in the toilet and …

Murder

Amanda Knox verdict: The real evidence and why (almost) everything you think you know about the case is wrong

An Italian court annuls a murder verdict. We may never know what happened, but most of the U.S. media has it wrong

Today Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito’s convictions for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy were annulled, bringing this divisive case to a final …

Amanda Knox

Michelle Obama, Race and the Ivy League

The education of a future first lady.

In 1988, a group of black students at Harvard Law School compiled a report designed to recognize the growing achievements of black students on campus and share their wisdom with newcomers. The longest essay in the 50-page newsletter was written by a 24-year-old …

Michelle Obama

Southern Baptists Discuss Race, Slavery and Segregation

The Southern Baptist Convention is taking its biggest step to date to confront the legacy of support for slavery and segregation that still looms …

Race & Ethnicity

New Terminator Genisys TV Spot Lands | News | Empire

As Arnold Schwarzenegger explains in the new issue of Empire, Terminator Genisys is untethered from the fiddly business of having to dot all the 'i's …

Terminator

Question about Michael Brown leads to beating

When one man sat down next to a second man in a St. Louis light rail car and asked him his opinion on the shooting of Michael Brown, it was not the beginning of a discussion.

It was the start of an assault, police said.

The second man, who was white, didn't want to answer the question. Then the first …

Michael Brown

Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

Southern Baptist leaders were supposed to be talking about bioethics this week at a summit in Nashville, Tenn. That changed in December after a New York grand jury declined to return an indictment in the police choking death of Eric Garner.

When Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist …

Race & Ethnicity

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said …

Chant

Alabama officer faces civil rights charge after leaving Indian grandfather partially paralyzed

A federal grand jury indicted the Alabama police officer who slammed a 57-year-old man from India to the ground, leaving him partially paralyzed, the …

Civil Rights

White supremacy’s gross symbol: What the “the stars and bars” really represent — and why

It didn't take long before the Confederate flag became a symbol of racism, expert James McPherson tells Salon

As my colleague Paul Campos noted earlier this week, the Supreme Court will hand down a ruling later this year on whether a state can stop its citizens from purchasing specialty license …

White Supremacy

Star Trek 3 to veer closer to spirit of original TV show, says Simon Pegg

The next Star Trek film will be closer in spirit to the original television show, according to co-writer Simon Pegg.

In a conversation with Comic Book Resources, Pegg revealed that he hopes to inject an element of Apollo-era optimism into Star Trek 3, which will be the first new film in the …

Star Trek Into Darkness

The Unbearable Softness of Get Hard

Despite flashes of humor, the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy falls flat.

It’s a transformation that’s been underway for some time, but I think we can now say it’s official: Will Ferrell has gone from being this generation’s John Belushi to being this generation’s Dan Aykroyd. I mean this not in …

Will Ferrell

Douglas Booth: 'I'm a 90-year-old trapped in a young body'

Douglas Booth is trying to dissuade a dog from having sex with his leg. “No humping, Barry – I knew you when you were a puppy!” Booth has evidence, too: video footage of the young actor in a vest, cradling the photographer’s whippet on a previous shoot, found its way on to the internet two years …

Miley Cyrus

Matthew McConaughey to lead wine fraud drama The Billionaire's Vinegar

Matthew McConaughey is to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, a drama about one of the world’s most infamous wine frauds.

The film will be adapted from Benjamin Wallace’s book of the same name, subtitled The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, the rights to which were sold back in …

Matthew McConaughey

The Audacity of Talking About Race With the Ku Klux Klan

Can conversation help end bigotry? An improbable example suggests that it would be unwise to discount the possibility.

When musician Daryl Davis first met a member of the Ku Klux Klan he was the only black man in a country band. They were playing a gig at an all-white venue in Frederick, Maryland. …

Ku Klux Klan

Philadelphia has a Ferguson problem: “You’re telling a lie and backing it up with lies”

Police shootings -- and the whiff of protected cops -- has #blacklivesmatter trending in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey keeps a carefully cultivated image: a soft-spoken reformer, a new kind of “21st century” cop. In a city where police are more often associated with …

Philadelphia

5 Books That Changed My Perspective of the World

"What is your favorite book?"

I've been asked this question numerous times throughout my life. Even now as a 19-year-old college student, I find this question nearly impossible to answer. I've read hundreds of books in my lifetime; how can I pick just one as superior to all the others?

I think this …

Literature

'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

The FX series Justified, which is in its sixth and final season, is based on the novella Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard. Leonard was an executive producer of the series until his death in 2013. The show's creator and showrunner, Graham Yost, says he has made it his mission to stay as true as he …

Elmore Leonard

The truth is still out there: 5 mysteries we hope the “X-Files” reboot will resolve

From the alien invasion to a Mulder-and-Scully sex scene, "The X-Files" has plenty of material for new episodes

When Fox announced its six-episode reboot of the cult classic “The X-Files” with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, X-philes across …

Mystery

Teenage Jihad: Inside the World of American Kids Seduced by ISIS

On the day he planned to make his sacred journey, or hijra, to the Islamic State, 19-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan woke up before dawn at his house in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, Illinois, and walked to the nearby mosque to pray. It was Saturday, October 4th, 2014, an unusually cold morning, …

Religion

Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd review – ‘Catholic, controlling and celibate’

December 1943 was a low point in the life of Alfred Hitchcock. “I was alone and I didn’t know what to do,” the director recalled. Despite the pleasure he took in scaring his audiences, Hitchcock himself was “a shuddering, shivering human being”, in Peter Ackroyd’s words. During this unhappy period, …

Psychogeography

Police deny claims that officers beat Ferguson shooting suspect

A man accused of shooting and wounding two police officers during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department last week - while possibly aiming for someone else in a crowd of demonstrators - was arraigned Monday, according to the St. Louis County prosecutor's office.

Jeffrey Williams, 20, is …

Policing

Ferguson: A story about race told in black and white

FERGUSON, Missouri — On one side of the street, a group of mostly white protesters held "I Love Ferguson" signs. On the other side stood the activists, who called for an overhaul of the local police force as they tore an American flag to shreds before throwing its tattered remains into the dirt. …

Ferguson, MO

Ferguson Just Ousted A Bunch Of Officials, So Why Are People Still Protesting?

People tell BuzzFeed News why they continue to demonstrate even after a major shake-up in Ferguson city leadership.

FERGUSON, Missouri — Last Friday night, a group of older, mostly white demonstrators gathered in front of the Ferguson Police Department. They held signs displaying the words “I Love …

Policing

Kenneth Goldsmith talks about reading Mike Brown's autopsy

The father of ‘uncreative writing’ caused controversy over his reading of ‘The Body Of Michael Brown’

The conceptual writer, founder of UbuWeb and advocate of "uncreative writing" Kenneth Goldsmith has caused a furore after reading a poem called "The Body Of Michael Brown", a "remix" of Michael …

Mike Brown

How the Media and Obama Made Ferguson Even Worse

One cheer to the Justice Department for debunking “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” But the president has behaved horribly through this whole thing.

Three shots rang out early Thursday in Ferguson, Missouri, that severely wounded two police officers. Our thoughts and prayers are with these brave officers …

Ferguson, MO

Ferguson flooded with record requests after Brown shooting

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson officials were inundated with thousands of open-records requests from media outlets and the public following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer.

In response, the St. Louis suburb sought payments of thousands of dollars …

Ferguson, MO

Claim of racial profiling in gun conviction case dismissed by court

Ontario's highest court dismissed an appeal Monday from a man who argued his gun offence convictions were the result of racial profiling.

Law (Canada)

These Actual Text Messages from San Francisco Cops Reveal the Scope of Police Racism

Stemming from a collection of legal documents filed in a California federal court on Friday, the San Francisco Police Department is investigating a …

San Francisco Politics