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Mary J. Blige on Her New Documentary, New Sound and Her Dream Collaborator

Blige debuted a film about her latest album at the Tribeca Film Festival last night.<p>For her 13th studio album, Mary J. Blige decided it was time to take her sound in a completely different direction. Flying out to London in the summer of 2014, Blige entered the studio with the likes of Sam Smith, …

Mary J. Blige

Is Support for Income Redistribution Really Falling?

With stagnant wages and rising inequality already emerging as key issues in the 2016 Presidential race, there is, naturally, a lot of interest in how voters view the prospect of the federal government adopting more redistributive policies, such as raising taxes on the wealthy. Intuition and …

Income Inequality

16 Awesome New Books To Read This Spring

Spring into reading a new book.

Miley Cyrus's new Wrecking Ball video says young women should be sexually available

But the real sadness is that Cyrus's implied message need not be true – as other successful young female artists are proving<p>Another day, another Miley Cyrus controversy. Last time it was twerking at the VMAs; this time it's the video for her new song, Wrecking Ball (hypocrisy disclosure: scroll …

Farmers' market food doesn't mean safe food

Farmers' markets are a great source of fresh, local produce, without the corporate feel of a grocery store. They also don't observe the same labeling, packaging and food safety laws that grocery stores do, but asking a few questions at the market can ensure you're getting what you pay for and …

Agriculture

Alter egos: 12 master tailors to trust

The fit club - 12 master tailors in S.F. to trust with tiny tucks or big-job alterations to transform your wardrobe from functional to form-fitting fabulous<p>Many San Franciscans happily live in hoodies, yoga pants and jeans. But we also wear gowns to the Opera, suits to the Symphony and vintage …

Clothing

UCLA student fights world hunger with Global Ties

When Steven Ng realized his parents would have a difficult time paying his tuition to UCLA, he started an accessory design firm to help relieve the burden. Then, while still a student, he turned his sights on a bigger financial problem, this one with global implications - world hunger.<p>"I'm a …

Sustainability

Kid Cannabis: The Wild Rise and Violent Fall of a Teenage Weed Kingpin

How one kid in Idaho moved $18 million worth of pot without telling his mom<p>Nate Norman was hanging out with his buddy Topher Clark when he came up …

Quit Stereotyping Teen Moms

I started dating Trent when I was 18 and he was 21. Three dates in, I was hooked. We spent all our free time together, going for drives out in the country, watching the latest movies or just sitting around talking. We were also having the copious amounts of sex you would expect from a couple of …

Parenting

What I Learned From Growing My Hair Out

Now that people like Beyonce and Coco Rocha have taken the plunge and cut their hair off, it seems like every other news outlet is running a story on the pros and cons of going short. So I’d like to offer all would-be Beys some short-haired wisdom, from the perspective of someone who’s been there …

Hair

CIA confirms Area 51. Will 'Project Axillary' defuse alien conspiracy theories?

Few places are as well-known in America’s cultural mythology as Area 51, said to house remnants of crashed alien space ships. A new declassified CIA …

Writers should take a year off, and give us all a break

This is a tricky piece for me to write. I'm a publisher, after all, whose job it is to find authors, help them develop ideas for books, and edit their writing for publication. But I have a confession to make, a growing conviction that won't go away: I much prefer readers to writers.<p>Let me qualify …

Ready to drop shopping for the right supermarket

Lately I've been shopping for a new supermarket.<p>This task is not as simple as it sounds. Like most people, I go to the supermarket at least once a …