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    Latino Split

    Can Latino Americans Ever Come Together?

    Can Latino Americans Ever Come Together?

    When he was alive, Fidel Castro divided Latinos. The Castro-led revolution in 1959 that sent Fulgencio Batista to exile in Portugal divided those folks who were “haves” under Batista from the “have nots.” And then, as refugees fled Cuba and settle...

    ‘Latino community’? As has never been clearer, we’re a few different communities. And we need to start listening to one another more than we have been.

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    David Clake

    Trump’s Favorite Sherriff’s Moscow Trip

    Trump’s Favorite Sherriff’s Moscow Trip

    Remember Bernie Kerik? You’re forgiven if the name’s rappelled into the memory hole, just one more known unknown from The Bush Years. Kerik was a rising star, who’d started off as Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s driver in New York and eventually became chie...

    Could our next secretary of homeland security really be a gun-loving, Russia-visiting jails boss who’s left a trail of dead inmates behind him?

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    Trump

    Trump Plans to Air Obama’s Iran Secrets

    Trump Plans to Air Obama’s Iran Secrets

    The private files outlining hidden agreements in the Iran nuclear deal may be released in one of President Donald Trump’s first actions in office.Senior officials who will be part of the Trump administration are already discussing what so-far-unse...

    Unclassified documents have been kept in ultra-secure facilities usually used for top secret materials. They could come out in January.

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    Latino Split

    Can Latino Americans Ever Come Together?

    Can Latino Americans Ever Come Together?

    When he was alive, Fidel Castro divided Latinos. The Castro-led revolution in 1959 that sent Fulgencio Batista to exile in Portugal divided those folks who were “haves” under Batista from the “have nots.” And then, as refugees fled Cuba and settle...

    ‘Latino community’? As has never been clearer, we’re a few different communities. And we need to start listening to one another more than we have been.

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    French Ideologues

    The Alt-Right’s French Inspiration

    The Alt-Right’s French Inspiration

    NICE, France—Alain de Benoist is the prolific and quintessentially Gallic icon of France’s New Right, the political and philosophical school of thought that formed in Nice in January 1968—and somehow wound up as a principal inspiration for America...

    Elderly Frenchmen Alain de Benoist and Guillaume Faye are far from household names in Europe and the U.S. But their ideas have fueled white nationalism across both continents.

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    ‘Pizzagate’ Gunman Liked Alex Jones

    ‘Pizzagate’ Gunman Liked Alex Jones

    Editor’s Note: This story has been updated throughout.The real-life consequences of a made-up conspiracy theory swirling around a popular D.C. pizzeria became all too real when a gunman walked into the venue Sunday afternoon.During the presidentia...

    A gunman took a rifle, and apparently a bizarre online conspiracy, into a kid-friendly D.C. restaurant Sunday.

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    Entertainment

    Models celebrate at the end of the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, November 30, 2016.

    Watch: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

    Watch: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

    Every year the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show gets bigger, flashier, and more celebrity-filled. The pre-filmed hour-long runway show will air on December 5 on CBS beginning at 10 p.m. EST.The 2016 edition of the lingerie company’s annual fashion s...

    The 2016 Victoria’s Secret fashion show features Kendall Jenner, musical guests Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and The Weeknd, along with the Victoria’s Secret Angels and that $3M ‘Fantasy B...

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    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    Since she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has made just a handful of public appearances, once at a charity gala in Washington D.C. and the other to deliver a UNICEF award to Katy Perry in New York City last week. Ot...

    ‘Saturday Night Live’ went deep into the Chappaqua woods this week to search for the elusive Hillary Clinton.

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    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump looks towards the media as he arrives at a costume party at the home of hedge fund billionaire and campaign donor Robert Mercer in Head of the Harbor, New York, U.S., December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich - RTSUJH9

    Trump Tweets Against SNL Again

    Trump Tweets Against SNL Again

    This time, he didn't even wait for the show to be over. About halfway through Saturday Night Live's episode this week, President-elect Donald Trump weighed in on Twitter, writing, "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchab...

    Before the episode was even over.

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    SNL’s Trump Goes Twitter Crazy

    SNL’s Trump Goes Twitter Crazy

    Donald Trump is still the president-elect of the United States and Alec Baldwin is still playing him on Saturday Night Live. And this week’s cold open brought us inside a Trump security briefing where the easily-distracted Trump couldn’t help but ...

    In the cold open for this week’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ President-elect Donald Trump would rather retweet teenagers than learn about foreign policy.

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    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    Since she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has made just a handful of public appearances, once at a charity gala in Washington D.C. and the other to deliver a UNICEF award to Katy Perry in New York City last week. Ot...

    ‘Saturday Night Live’ went deep into the Chappaqua woods this week to search for the elusive Hillary Clinton.

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    Donald Glover stars in FX's 'Atlanta.'

    Donald Glover’s Millennial Revolution

    Donald Glover’s Millennial Revolution

    “I don’t see them as priorities, I see them all as one thing. I see them as another form of expressing yourself. I think it’s important to express yourself and show people who you are. It is one of those things where I feel like... I never look at...

    With his extraordinary FX show ‘Atlanta’ and new ’70s-inspired album ‘Awaken, My Love!’ Glover has emerged as one of his generation’s most powerful voices.

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    Mariah's World

    Mariah Carey’s New Show Is a Total Riot

    Mariah Carey’s New Show Is a Total Riot

    It’s Mariah Carey’s time. Both immediately and seasonally.The pop music icon is launching her new docuseries, Mariah’s World, on E! Sunday night, a cleverly timed debut at the height of what’s become Mariah’s season: Christmastime.Thanks to her ca...

    Few reality shows are as fun to watch as ‘Mariah’s World’ and its famous star. Come for the diva. Stay for the diva making fun of herself.

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    RCA Studios in NYC, December 1966

    Nina Simone As You’ve Never Seen Her

    Nina Simone As You’ve Never Seen Her

    See never-before-seen images of Nina Simone recording her classic album ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’ at RCA Studios in New York City.

    See never-before-seen images of Nina Simone recording her classic album ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’ at RCA Studios in New York City.

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    Donald Glover stars in FX's 'Atlanta.'

    Donald Glover’s Millennial Revolution

    Donald Glover’s Millennial Revolution

    “I don’t see them as priorities, I see them all as one thing. I see them as another form of expressing yourself. I think it’s important to express yourself and show people who you are. It is one of those things where I feel like... I never look at...

    With his extraordinary FX show ‘Atlanta’ and new ’70s-inspired album ‘Awaken, My Love!’ Glover has emerged as one of his generation’s most powerful voices.

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    World News

    Assad

    How ISIS Returned to Syria

    How ISIS Returned to Syria

    This is the final chapter in a groundbreaking investigation by Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Roy Gutman that documents Bashar al-Assad’s sinister contributions to the creation of the so-called Islamic State. It demonstrates the dictator’s compli...

    After nearly a decade of sponsoring jihad in next-door Iraq, Assad lost a third of his country to the same proxies.

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    Austrian Referendum

    Far Right Loses in Austria—for Now

    Far Right Loses in Austria—for Now

    BERLIN — It was, once again, unpredictable. For 11 months, the dragged-out hope that Austria would not be the first European country to elect a right-wing populist head of state has rested on the scraggy shoulders of the retired economics p...

    The nationalist right wing in Austria nearly pulled off a win in the presidential election on Sunday but is likely just getting started.

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    The snow capped Popocatepetl volcano lets off a light plume of vapour as a church, which sits atop the pyramid of Cholula, stands in the foreground  November 24, 2006.

    Mexico Is Hiding World’s Largest Pyramid

    Mexico Is Hiding World’s Largest Pyramid

    MEXICO CITY—In 1519, Hernán Cortés and his conquistadors arrived in Cholula, one of the largest cities in central Mexico. Roughly 50 miles southeast from modern day Mexico City, its tens of thousands of residents sat in the shadows of the 17,000 f...

    In the city of Cholula in central Mexico there stands a hill with a giant church on top which hides a manmade pyramid filled with secrets.

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     Excerpt from her bio of her father who was a forger for the Resistance

    My Dad Was a Forger for the Resistance


    My Dad Was a Forger for the Resistance


    When I was little I knew nothing about the story of my father's life. I was the youngest of three children. As far as I could see, I had a father like everyone else's, who always taught me to obey the law. At home he never talked about h...

    As a child, Sarah Kaminsky couldn't fathom her father’s cloudy past, but slowly it came out: he had worked against the Nazis as a forger. She knew she had to get that story told.

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    Austrian Referendum

    Far Right Loses in Austria—for Now

    Far Right Loses in Austria—for Now

    BERLIN — It was, once again, unpredictable. For 11 months, the dragged-out hope that Austria would not be the first European country to elect a right-wing populist head of state has rested on the scraggy shoulders of the retired economics p...

    The nationalist right wing in Austria nearly pulled off a win in the presidential election on Sunday but is likely just getting started.

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    Captain William M. Callaghan

    American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

    American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

    The 75th anniversary commemorations of the dastardly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor seem to be a great gift to the Alt-Right’s xenophobic nationalists. That Day of Infamy – December 7, 1941 – seemingly confirms fears of treacherous foreigners whi...

    In April of 1945, Captain William Callaghan and the USS Missouri were attacked by a kamikaze pilot intent on destroying all on board. His attack failed, and Callaghan stood up to his...

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    Fidel Castro

    Zoé Valdés Bids Fidel Castro Adieu

    Zoé Valdés Bids Fidel Castro Adieu

    PARIS — The moment exiled Cuban novelist and poet Zoé Valdés learned of Fidel Castro's death last Saturday she felt ecstatic, and draped a Cuban flag from the window of her apartment overlooking the Seine. "I was joyous," she told T...

    The legendary Cuban writer who was exiled to Paris will shed no tears for the late dictator, and has slim hope for her home island's future.

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    march through Munich in remembrance of the Putsch. Front row, L to R: Dr. Weber, Goering, Hitler, and Graf. 2nd row: unidentified, Professor Schultze, and Rosenberg.

    Nazi Survivor: Your Silence Aided Hitler

    Nazi Survivor: Your Silence Aided Hitler

    As arts editor for one of Vienna’s principal newspapers, Moriz Scheyer knew many of the city’s foremost artists and was an important literary journalist. With the advent of the Nazis, he was forced from both job and home. In 1943, in hiding in Fra...

    Moris Scheyer’s vivid account of successfully evading the Nazis is finally being published, and the decades have not blunted his anger at those who accommodated the Fuhrer.

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    Captain William M. Callaghan

    American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

    American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

    The 75th anniversary commemorations of the dastardly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor seem to be a great gift to the Alt-Right’s xenophobic nationalists. That Day of Infamy – December 7, 1941 – seemingly confirms fears of treacherous foreigners whi...

    In April of 1945, Captain William Callaghan and the USS Missouri were attacked by a kamikaze pilot intent on destroying all on board. His attack failed, and Callaghan stood up to his...

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    NC Murders

    Brothers Arrested in Mom-Daughter Murder

    Brothers Arrested in Mom-Daughter Murder

    The broken window on Dawn Ward’s trailer was the family’s first warning sign. Inside the trailer, Ward, 40, and her daughter Taylor Carroll, 14, were nowhere to be found. It would be another three days until police found the pair dead at the botto...

    The missing woman’s estranged husband and his younger brother were arrested 800 miles from where she and her daughter disappeared.

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    Warehouse Fire

    Inside the Oakland Party Fire

    Inside the Oakland Party Fire

    Editor's Note: This story has been updated throughout.OAKLAND, California—The only way to the second floor of the warehouse known as the Ghost Ship was up a rickety staircase constructed of wood pallets. The makeshift staircase felt unsteady ...

    At least 30 are dead after a building went up in flames Friday night. I was there and saw why it was so dangerous.

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    ‘Pizzagate’ Gunman Liked Alex Jones

    ‘Pizzagate’ Gunman Liked Alex Jones

    Editor’s Note: This story has been updated throughout.The real-life consequences of a made-up conspiracy theory swirling around a popular D.C. pizzeria became all too real when a gunman walked into the venue Sunday afternoon.During the presidentia...

    A gunman took a rifle, and apparently a bizarre online conspiracy, into a kid-friendly D.C. restaurant Sunday.

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    NC Murders

    Brothers Arrested in Mom-Daughter Murder

    Brothers Arrested in Mom-Daughter Murder

    The broken window on Dawn Ward’s trailer was the family’s first warning sign. Inside the trailer, Ward, 40, and her daughter Taylor Carroll, 14, were nowhere to be found. It would be another three days until police found the pair dead at the botto...

    The missing woman’s estranged husband and his younger brother were arrested 800 miles from where she and her daughter disappeared.

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    Alaska Railroad

    The Coolest Caboose to Alaska’s Frontier

    The Coolest Caboose to Alaska’s Frontier

    “Moose! Moose! We’ve got three moose on the right!” Warren Redfearn beamed with excitement as he directed the passengers’ attention toward the wildlife idling beside the Aurora Winter Train. A stream of “oohs” and “ahhs” followed as the 40 or so...

    For the hardy few travelers who opt to hop on the Alaska Railroad’s off-season Aurora Winter Train, it’s a ride into a real-life snow globe.

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    A demonstrator puts a banner with an image depicting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as he takes part in a protest against Trump, outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, Mexico November 14, 2016.

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    It’s an election year, in a time of economic uncertainty. Running for president is a ranting populist type who has a bestselling book that is part biography, and part shameless boasting. He promises to “make America a proud, rich land again,” rail...

    In his 1935 novel, ‘It Can’t Happen Here,’ the Nobel prize winning author created a demagogue remarkably similar to Trump. He also nailed America’s love affair with demagogues.

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    Tech

    Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast

    Pregnancy Bracelet Lets Dad Feel Kicks

    Pregnancy Bracelet Lets Dad Feel Kicks

    There is nothing weirder, wilder, or more magical than a baby’s movement in utero. For many mothers (it certainly was for me), the quickening, those first flutters, are the moment when a pregnancy starts to feel real, when a bump becomes a baby. A...

    Thanks to the Scandinavians, fathers can choose to be even more involved in their partner’s pregnancy—now where’s that bracelet for morning sickness?

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    Fake Facebook News

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    At first, I created fake news stories stories that were meant to be head-turning: Hillary sold passport-making machines directly to ISIS. Obama won’t say the words “Radical Islam” because it would break an Islamic Spell he thinks he is protected b...

    Here’s what I learned trapping trending algorithms and the people of Facebook, even when I wasn’t really trying to.

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    Cult of Fitness: When ‘energy’ drinks actually contained radioactive energy

    When ‘Energy’ Drinks Had Real Energy

    When ‘Energy’ Drinks Had Real Energy

    By Timothy J. Jorgensen, Georgetown University Modern life have you feeling frazzled? Flagging a bit as you rush through your day? Maybe you’re one of the millions of consumers who lean on energy drinks to put a little extra pep in your step.Thou...

    Millions of people consume energy drinks every day, but back in the day those drinks were a little more, um, energetic.

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    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    For those of us who (despite a big blow to our confidence) still believe in the power of ideas to generate good, Facebook’s fake news problem should be a lightning rod.Nobody wins in a system that rewards lying. If stories stating that Pope Franci...

    Transparent algorithms and unfiltered newsfeeds may not be enough to fix the digital delivery systems that have made fake news a fixture. What’s needed is a software overhaul.

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    Fake Facebook News

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    At first, I created fake news stories stories that were meant to be head-turning: Hillary sold passport-making machines directly to ISIS. Obama won’t say the words “Radical Islam” because it would break an Islamic Spell he thinks he is protected b...

    Here’s what I learned trapping trending algorithms and the people of Facebook, even when I wasn’t really trying to.

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    A Lt. Col. on video games inspiring violence

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Imagine your child, or grandchild, or your niece or nephew, or your friend’s child have gone off to school, the mall, or the theater. Hours later, you hear the breaking-news story every parent in the United States fears most: Shooting in Progress....

    There’s a proven correlation between video games and gun violence, yet we still allow our children free access to these games, breeding an assassination generation.

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    Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    The angry online male masses, seen recently mass-downvoting the trailer for Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters,” Phoebe Robinson’s podcast “So Many White Guys,” and many shows that feature women doing things other than supporting male characters, have turn...

    An online war is taking place over on the Amazon page for Megyn Kelly’s new book, with one-star reviews from Trumpkins popping up and being deleted with lightning speed.

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    Facebook Shitshow

    48 Hours in Facebook’s Unreality

    48 Hours in Facebook’s Unreality

    In the fact-free world of what trends on Facebook, everything is going swimmingly in Donald Trump’s America over the last 48 hours—even if none of it is true.America’s biggest celebrities are flipping to Trump, manufacturing plants are shutting do...

    Mark Zuckerberg thinks it’s a ‘crazy idea’ that fake news on Facebook helped elect Trump. He should look at the most shared stories of the last two days.

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    A Lt. Col. on video games inspiring violence

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Imagine your child, or grandchild, or your niece or nephew, or your friend’s child have gone off to school, the mall, or the theater. Hours later, you hear the breaking-news story every parent in the United States fears most: Shooting in Progress....

    There’s a proven correlation between video games and gun violence, yet we still allow our children free access to these games, breeding an assassination generation.

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    Arts + Culture

    Art Basel

    Politics Fires Up Art Basel Miami 2016

    Politics Fires Up Art Basel Miami 2016

    As 2016 draws to a close, artists have descended upon Miami for Art Basel—where political discourse and stress serve as inspiration for many.

    As 2016 draws to a close, artists have descended upon Miami for Art Basel—where political discourse and stress serve as inspiration for many.

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    William Christenberry’s Haunted South

    William Christenberry’s Haunted South

    The noted photographer, who died this week, returned each year to obsessively and meticulously photograph the ever changing Alabama landscape that shaped his vision.

    The noted photographer, who died this week, returned each year to obsessively and meticulously photograph the ever changing Alabama landscape that shaped his vision.

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    A demonstrator puts a banner with an image depicting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as he takes part in a protest against Trump, outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, Mexico November 14, 2016.

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    It’s an election year, in a time of economic uncertainty. Running for president is a ranting populist type who has a bestselling book that is part biography, and part shameless boasting. He promises to “make America a proud, rich land again,” rail...

    In his 1935 novel, ‘It Can’t Happen Here,’ the Nobel prize winning author created a demagogue remarkably similar to Trump. He also nailed America’s love affair with demagogues.

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    The City Without Jews

    Anti-Nazi Film With the Missing Ending

    Anti-Nazi Film With the Missing Ending

    Anti-Semitism was flourishing in Austria in 1924 when the filmmaker Hans Karl Breslauer first screened The City Without Jews, a prescient silent film about a “legendary republic of Utopia” that collapses when those in power blame economic woes and...

    As Hitler was brooding in prison, a film hinting at the portending devastation for Jews was released in Austria. And then it went missing for nearly a century.

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    1983, pigment print, image, 18 1/4 x 23 inches

    William Christenberry’s Haunted South

    William Christenberry’s Haunted South

    The noted photographer, who died this week, returned each year to obsessively and meticulously photograph the ever changing Alabama landscape that shaped his vision.

    The noted photographer, who died this week, returned each year to obsessively and meticulously photograph the ever changing Alabama landscape that shaped his vision.

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    Buck Angel, Major Griffin Gracy, Shane Ortega

    The Truth About Being Trans

    The Truth About Being Trans

    Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is remembering the time she was arrested, after fighting with a cop and knocking him out. “He tore my silk organza dress, girl. That is not a thing to do. Took me too long to find that dress in my size.”One of the takeaway...

    In HBO’s ‘The Trans List,’ a range of transgender groundbreakers and trailblazers, including Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, reveal how diverse the trans community is.

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    Pedro Almodovar poses for a portrait on August 12, 2016 in London, England.

    The Queer Heart of Pedro Almodóvar

    The Queer Heart of Pedro Almodóvar

    Is there anyone like Pedro Almodóvar?For those who know his work—and for a sometimes-experimental queer Spanish director, that’s more people than you’d expect—he is a rara avis: an artist whose work has grown over the decades, who has known both c...

    The Spanish director’s films are famed for their insane plots, bright colors, and high emotions—and a radical queer sensibility, even when the protagonists are straight.

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    Interview with author Mark Shriver, author of new biography of Pope Francis

    The Pope Prepares for President Trump

    The Pope Prepares for President Trump

    Mark Kennedy Shriver, whose deeply Catholic family has been enjoying private audiences with popes for decades, pulled every string he could think of, including enlisting the help of two cardinals, in order to land an interview with the subject of ...

    Mark Kennedy Shriver, author of a new book about Pope Francis, says the pontiff is not necessarily opposed to Donald Trump: ‘He’s teaching. He is also challenging.’

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    Buck Angel, Major Griffin Gracy, Shane Ortega

    The Truth About Being Trans

    The Truth About Being Trans

    Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is remembering the time she was arrested, after fighting with a cop and knocking him out. “He tore my silk organza dress, girl. That is not a thing to do. Took me too long to find that dress in my size.”One of the takeaway...

    In HBO’s ‘The Trans List,’ a range of transgender groundbreakers and trailblazers, including Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, reveal how diverse the trans community is.

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