Category: culture

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President Obama speaks at the NMAAHC Opening

President Barack Obama, speaking at the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, “We’re not a burden on America, or a stain on America, or an object of pity or charity for America. We’re America. And that’s what this museum explains, the fact that our stories have shaped every corner of our culture.”

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UNCENSORED: DC Public Library Celebrates Banned Books Week

UNCENSORED is DC Public Library’s brand for their celebration of Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1), which includes public programming at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library and 25 neighborhood libraries, along with a fundraiser for the DC Public Library Foundation, UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party.

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Renew! Renew! …my iPhone!

So, you know what’s fun? When your smartphone, for no apparent reason, decides to have a complete operating system collapse. I managed to renew, restore and refresh it to factory settings and instead of restoring a backup, I started fresh. I know people say it, but it really is like having a brand new phone (that’s pre-smeared with your own finger grease).

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Hoax vs. Truth. Bias? Confirmed!

While a lot of the sites dealing in satire and hoaxes are making it easier to detect the real news from the fake, it still turns out that people would rather believe the hoaxes than have them debunked.

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Alexandria Library Sit-In (1939)

On August 21, 1939, five citizens of the city walked into library and sat at one of its reading tables. Though surrounded by the wisdom of the ages, they were denied access to the thoughts on the shelves around them for a reason as implausible as the color of their skin. For merely being in the room, they were arrested.

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psthatsme: Balloon Butt

Even when you know art is being not-so-subversively subversive, you can’t help but laugh. psthatsme’s “Balloon Butt” claims to be nothing more than it is…

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“I can’t go home again.”

Talking about systemic racism is a hard conversation, even more so when you’re talking about its effects in a community that is already marginalized. Trying to point out the intersections is often met with resistance and constantly exhausting for those who it most affects.

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WRDBNR (formerly wordboner)

I used to loathe the “see what you missed!” e-mails from tumblr and ello and the like, but this piece by WRDBNR caught my attention while going through my morning reads.

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National Archives: You’re Going to Employ Women

in 1943, The US Department of War (now Defense) issued a pamphlet “You’re Going to Employ Women” to help their hiring managers understand just what these strange beings were and how to fit them into the workplace.

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Dining Alone? No Problem!

While dining alone isn’t as awkward as it used to be, there are still some places that could better learn how to cater to and serve parties of one. Just please don’t say “By yourself tonight?” or “Just one?” when I ask for a table…