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My President Was Black

A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next<p><i>“They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”</i><p><i>— F. Scott Fitzgerald,</i> The Great Gatsby<p><b>I.</b><p>In the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration, he and his wife, …

African-American News

The Definitive Oral History of How Clueless Became an Iconic 90s Classic

On the 20th anniversary of the film, this excerpt from Jen Chaney’s new book features discussions with the film’s breakout stars and Hollywood veterans on the movie that became a fashion template and cultural touchstone.<p>In mid-July of 1995—when American culture was fixated on such matters as O. J. …

How Ford Models Changed the Face of Beauty

The little-known story behind a pair of young newlyweds in post–World War II Manhattan who launched the era of the supermodel.<p>When Eileen Otte and Jerry Ford eloped to San Francisco in November 1944, in the midst of World War II, it was hardly surprising that Jerry should declare his profession as …

Suburbia and Its Common Core Conspiracy Theories

Why middle-class white parents are up in arms about the new standards<p>This March, millions of school kids will take new standardized tests that are designed to accompany the Common Core standards. As that deadline looms, anxiety grows in suburban communities. Conspiracy theories, too, have grown out …

Education

America's Largest Black Boarding School Is Thriving

This Mississippi institution was founded to educate the illiterate children of freed slaves. It's still helping disadvantaged students today.<p>PINEY WOODS, Miss.—"Those who think they can't are usually right," reads a sign in the grass outside the girls' dormitory at Piney Woods Country Life School. …

Black History

Rekindling an Old Flame

When the heat is fading, a few tricks to bring it back<p>Sometimes it can seem like a fire is completely extinguished. The room has gone cold, and darkness is sweeping over everything. But, is the flame totally gone? Here are a few things to remember when trying to bring it back.<p><b>Give it room to</b> …

Oxygen

Saving School Choice Without Undermining Poor Communities

Republicans and Democrats are at odds over how to overhaul No Child Left Behind so it better supports low-income children. But what if they're missing the point?<p>The House of Representatives is slated to consider an overhaul of the bill this month, and Senate legislation is moving forward in …

Education

It Really Might 'Get Better' for LGBT Teens

A new study lends support to the idea that bullying and depression decrease over time.<p>In September 2010—spurred by a slew of media reports about LGBT young people committing suicide—sex columnist and gay-rights activist Dan Savage posted a YouTube video with his husband, Terry Miller, directly …

Mental Health

It's Been 15 Years Since Leonardo DiCaprio Took a Risk on a Movie

Hot on the heels of Titanic, The Beach was a critical and commercial failure, but it also featured a remarkable performance from an often-predictable actor.<p>On February 11, 2000, Leonardo DiCaprio launched himself back into movie theaters with a splash and a dive off a high cliff, playing …

Danny Boyle

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You: The BeyHive

Now that she is back on the road, now that the Internet is again awash in pictures of her sweating on stage in Glasgow, running through sold-out crowds in London in costume, it seems as good a time as any to talk about what for many young women was the most important big live show of the past two …

The New Face of Heroin

Eve Rivait rode her first horse when she was five, too small to get her feet through the stirrups, let alone give the animal a kick that registered. …

The Drugging of the American Boy

By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many …

31 Ways 2013 Was The Most Boston Year Ever

Wicked awesome.

You Need To Hear This Orchestral Version Of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop"

Even if you hate the original, you will be floored by this string quartet arrangement.

An Intimate Look at the March on Washington

Fifty years ago, photographer Leonard Freed captured the spirit of the protest through the faces in the crowd.<p>The anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is most often memorialized as the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, his famous words …

Classixx (No 1,579)

<b>Hometown</b>: Los Angeles. <b><br>The lineup</b>: Michael David and Tyler Blake. <b><br>The background</b>: Disco and synthpop occupy different cultural spaces and cater to different demographics, but both are amply served by Classixx, who aren't to be confused with ancient synthpop group Classix Nouveaux although the LA pair …