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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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“Star Trek” TOS Enterprise at The Smithsonian

Neither Paramount Studios nor The Smithsonian couldn’t know the cultural impact Star Trek would have when they donated the original U.S.S. Enterprise model in 1974. After decades of neglect, it’s getting a proper restoration and display in the main hall.

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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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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…

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Go Up, Go Down, or GTFO!

This post is mainly to test a new feature I’m trying to add to the blog, but there’s some of my fun rambling attached as well! — I’ve written more than a few posts about elevators, people and elevator etiquette before, and as much as I try to ignore it, it still baffles me…

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SUPERSQUAD for espnW IMPACT25

For their annual IMPACT25, espnW teamed up with Marvel Comics artists to transform the honorees into a SUPERSQUAD! What do you get when espnW IMPACT25 honorees Carli Lloyd, Lydia Ko, Serena Williams, Ronda Rousey and Misty Copeland join forces with...

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Back to the Future is History

Today’s the day, but I noticed this gem earlier this week. http://just-shower-thoughts.tumblr.com/post/131382899149/after-this-week-back-to-the-future-will-take After this week, Back to the Future will take place entirely in the past. Yep, the events that took place in The Back to the Future Trilogy are...

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Ahmed Mohamed, Inventing While Brown

#IStandWithAhmed because a 14-year old student bringing a homemade clock to school to show their teacher should be encouraged, not feared. All of these stories come across as Charming and Nostalgic tales of a nerdy little kid on his way...

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Racebent Justice League …s

Facebook’s “On This Day” reminded me twice this week of some Justice League art I’ve enjoyed over the years. But oddly on nearly the same day a few years apart. In case you aren’t familiar with the concept of racebending…...

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Syracuse Prof’s Star Trek Class Goes Global

I love when seminal works of fiction, fantasy and science fiction are given their proper due. Previously available only for enrolled Syracuse University students, professor Anthony Rotolo will now offer a free and open “Star Trek” class to the public,...