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13 Hidden Meanings And Messages Behind Childish Gambino's Brilliant Music Video, "This Is America"

Blink and you just might miss some of these.

Rap & Hip-Hop

Seven Words And Phrases That Have Racist Origins

The English language is constantly evolving, with new words and phrases spreading among us like an infection - we hear things, then we say those …

12 Facts About Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella about venturing into the moral depths of colonial Africa is among the most frequently analyzed literary works in college …

Is Charles Bukowski a Self-Help Guru? Hear Five of His Brutally Honest, Yet Oddly Inspiring, Poems and Decide for Yourself

I don't know if he’s been replaced as a major influence on young, restless (and almost exclusively male) aspiring writers, but once upon a time—if …

16 Optical Illusions Your Brain Will Refuse To See Correctly

"Wait, what?!" –Your brain<p><i>This post was translated from Japanese.</i>

Graphics

These Wireless Earbuds Can Translate Up To 37 Languages In Real Time

We live in a world with a lot of barriers; natural, political, and of course linguistic. It can often feel like there isn’t much we can change about …

Earbuds

Remember Langston Hughes’s Anger Alongside His Joy

Reading Langston Hughes’s poetry is like going to church.<p>And by church, I mean the type of church where the congregation calls out “amen” as the pastor preaches. Where people wearing their Sunday best — big hats and polished shoes — wave their hands giving praise, shouting, “I know that’s right!” …

Black History

The One Trait for Success that Overshadows All Others | Inc.com

There are many different ideas about the characteristics a person must possess or develop to become successful.<p>At the top of many people's lists are traits like integrity and self-confidence. Clearly, it is hard to climb any mountain if you don't have the self-confidence to trust yourself, and the …

Self-improvement

‘You must leave immediately:’ This bar will kick you out if you say ‘literally’

Kardashians, you’ve been warned: One verbal misstep in this bar could get you sent out the door.<p>Continental, a bar in New York City’s East Village, …

New York City

An Artist Reversed The Gender Roles In Sexist Vintage Ads To Point Out How Absurd They Really Are

"Show him it's a woman's world."

Visual Art

The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world

When you are the first person to arrive in a meeting room, do you think of it as being empty or full?<p>If you were raised in the West, a meeting room is made for people to meet. Therefore, if there are no people in that room, then of course it must be empty. As philosopher Henk Oosterling remarks, in …

17 Inspirational Quotes By Martin Luther King Jr. About Speaking Up When It Matters | Inc.com

• "The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict."<br>• "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."<br>• "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 8 Most Underrated TED Talks That Defined 2017 | Inc.com

Every day, somewhere in the world, it is likely there is a TED or TEDx event going on. This speaks to the power of a brand that has flourished for more than 30 years, providing thought-provoking talks on the simple premise of "ideas worth spreading."<p>This can be a double-edged sword -- there are so …

Digestion

20 Common Phrases You've Been Saying Wrong Your Entire Life

Like most writers, I tend to cringe every time someone tells me they have a "deep-seeded" belief.<p>Hey, it happens to the best of us.<p>We're all guilty …

White Owners Apologize After Naming Asian Fusion Restaurant 'Misohawni'

The owners defended the name at one point, saying, "You can't please everybody."<p>Two white owners of a Johannesburg, South Africa, restaurant have apologized after they landed in hot water for their establishment’s tasteless name.<p>Ryan Vermaak and Fabio Di Cosmo recently issued a statement regarding …

Feminism

Ending a text with a period not only seems less sincere -- it makes you seem more negative, too

New research suggests that the rapidly changing language of texting is happening for a reason. The study, published in <i>Computers in Human Behavior</i>, …

Language

3 TED Talks That Will Help You Raise Successful Kids | Inc.com

Parents today have it rough. Don't overschedule your kids, they're told, but don't fail to nurture their passions. Beware helicopter parenting, but if your kid gets anything more than a scratch, you're a terrible mom. Be authoritative, but not authoritarian. Keep tech use within healthy bounds, but …

TED Talks

Was this poem written by a computer or human?

<i>Timo Kuilder</i><p>Put your bot-sniffing skills to the test, and see how you do.<p>How would you feel if you read a poem — and then found out it was written by …

Africa has been failed by westernisation. It must cast off its subservience

One of the greatest ironies in the history of the collapse of any civilisation must be the initial interaction between Africans and Europeans. The Igbos in the east of Nigeria, for instance, initially saw the Europeans as madmen of strange appearance and ill-formed ideologies. On banking, the Igbos …

Africa

Alias Grace: an astonishingly timely portrait of the brutality of powerlessness

The Netflix adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s mid-19th-century-set novel tells us about the post-Weinstein era like nothing else<p>“I can hear in his voice that he is afraid of me. A woman like me is always a temptation, if possible to arrange it unobserved: as whatever we may say about it later, we …

Literature

Political street art sightings from across the country and around the world

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> My name's Hunter Schwarz, and I co-write CNN's COVER/LINE newsletter, about the intersection of politics and pop culture. I've written about and photographed political street art across the country, from a mural of the Obamas in Washington, DC, to a 14-foot Donald Trump posted …

Donald Trump

Chilling Virginia Political Ad Shows Republican Trying to Run Over Kids of Color

In the past, a campaign ad featuring a Confederate flag-waving pickup truck running down a group of young children would have seemed …

Muslim Ban

The best high school in America helped create the fast-growing AP program — but now it does things differently

"We have decided over the time that teaching to the AP is not the best way of teaching US history," Andover head of school said. Emma Fierberg/Business Insider<p>Phillips Academy, a boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts, that is often pegged as the best high school in America, thinks about the …

Startling maps show every terrorist attack worldwide over the last 20 years

On October 31, New York saw the deadliest terrorist attack since 11 September 2001, when 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov drove a truck down a bike lane, …

A philosopher ponders the death of the American dream

Philosopher Richard Reeves has come to a harsh conclusion about inequality in the US. “America has a meritocratic market but an unfair society,” he writes in the book <i>Dream Hoarders,</i> published earlier this year.<p>In Reeves’s view, the US is now a relatively “fair” society for people 25 and older. …

Education

How Stalin Hid Ukraine's Famine From the World

In 1932 and 1933, millions died across the Soviet Union—and the foreign press corps helped cover up the catastrophe.<p>In the years 1932 and 1933, a catastrophic famine swept across the Soviet Union. It began in the chaos of collectivization, when millions of peasants were forced off their land and …

‘The Power’ is our era’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

Excitement about Naomi Alderman’s dystopian novel “The Power” has been arcing across the Atlantic since it won the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction earlier this year in England. Now, finally, Americans can feel the jolt of this extraordinary book for themselves. Alderman has written our era’s …

Books

'Faces And Places': Poignant And Personal

In 2011, I was sitting in a dark theatre when JR, the environmental artist, was announced as the recipient of the TED Prize. JR’s canvas is the world. He uses his work as a photographer of faces to capture humanity and then prints out huge images, which he pastes on crumbling walls of the world ― …

Langston Hughes - That Is My Dream! - Book Review

That Is My Dream!<p>By Langston Hughes and Daniel Miyares<p>Schwartz & Wade<br>$17.99<br>ISBN 9780399550171<br>Published 10/03/2017<p>Children's / Children's Picture<p>Buy …