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Beyoncé makes black feminism accessible in her Coachella film 'Homecoming' -- building on the education she's delivered for years

"If you surrender to the air, you can ride it." This Toni Morrison quote opens Beyoncé's Netflix film "Homecoming" about her historic and groundbreaking performance at last year's Coachella, in which she became the first black woman to headline the festival since its founding in 1999.

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Mike Pence's invitation to an evangelical college has sparked an uproar on campus

Taylor University, a private evangelical Christian college in rural Indiana, has selected Vice President Mike Pence as its featured commencement speaker this May, and many from the Taylor community are deeply upset and alarmed. For those on the outside, the news that a largely white evangelical Christian school in Pence's home state of Indiana would invite him as its graduation speaker seems hardly surprising, considering that for decades white evangelical Christians have constituted the largest religious bloc in the Republican Party, according to the Washington Post. But as Taylor alumni, faculty and students have told Salon — some of whom asked not to be named — the invitation has been met with substantial dissent and backlash.

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The performative bickering of Kellyanne and George Conway: What's the end game?

I had been convinced that there was no odder couple than my parents, who've long been separated and whose personalities and livelihoods could not be more divergent, until conservative lawyer turned chronic President Trump critic George Conway began to gain popularity for his fervent and relentless Trump takedowns, on social media and in op-eds, despite the fact that he is married to Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump's closest aides.

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'Be stupid': These are the most outrageous details in the college admission cheating investigation

It became clear almost instantly that the college admissions scam, also known as Operation Varsity Blues, went beyond the usual tactics rich people rely on to get their unqualified children into top schools. These weren't cases of legacy admission — a scam in itself — and as Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said, "We're not talking about donating a building so that a school is more likely to take your son or daughter. . . We're talking about deception and fraud."

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Parkland grad explains why they march: 'Because we have to. We're afraid for our lives.'

When Parkland graduate Delaney Tarr stopped by “Salon Talks” this fall to talk about an essay collection she and her peers wrote called "Glimmer of Hope," she didn't want to dwell on details of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one year ago that completely changed her life. She didn't come to talk about grief—her and her peers have done hundreds of interviews that dwell on that. She came to talk about action and hopefully, inspire it.

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Gwyneth Paltrow is a human after all?

Actress and businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow is many things. She's the face and mind behind the expensive and controversial beauty and wellness empire GOOP, which has featured products like the Jade Yoni Egg and Psychic Vampire Repellent. She's a mother to Apple and Moses Martin. She won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for best actress for her role in "Shakespeare in Love." And yet, Paltrow has become best known in recent years for pretentious, elitist one-liners that situate her so far outside of normalcy and reality that "unrelatable" does not feel like a strong enough word. Like when she took credit for popularizing yoga, or once said, "I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin." In her words and actions and brand, Paltrow always appears not quite human — until now.

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'Game of Thrones' final season: Here's what we know about the last stretch of HBO's beloved show

The Golden Globes may have aired last night, but for "Game of Thrones" fans, the big news was a brand new first look from HBO featuring a whopping five-second teaser of season 8. Only HBO would determine that during a major award show would be an ideal time to release anything of importance, but The Thrones often conjures a drop-everything-this-is-not-a-drill type of energy and social media filled fast with utter excitement. Believe it or not, even with only five seconds of content, there is a lot to discuss.

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Ellen's Kevin Hart interview, 'haters' and the celebrity victim complex

Ellen didn't challenge Kevin Hart once as he painted himself as the sole victim of a "malicious attack."

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What could millennials kill off in 2019? Weddings and becoming parents

Data suggests millennials are getting married and having kids later in life, because both are so expensive

Instead of waiting for the next Wall Street Journal article to drop featuring "experts" from some random industry discussing what millennials have killed now, let's predict what's next. My guess: Millennials will kill weddings and becoming parents.

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These 10 women of 2018 wouldn't be silenced

It's been 26 years since the so-called "Year of the Woman," when a record number of women were elected to Congress in 1992. Four senators and 24 representatives were sent to Capitol Hill, following contentious Supreme Court hearings for then-nominee Clarence Thomas, who was accused by Anita Hill of sexual harassment.

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Sam Bee's 'Full Frontal' moral compass: Why her brand of comedy is more important than ever

"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" aired its holiday special Wednesday night, titled "Christmas on I.C.E." With immigration and the treatment of migrant families staying prominent in national news coverage this year and a regular topic on "Full Frontal" as well, it made sense that Bee would end the year reminding viewers that whether we celebrate Christmas or simply enjoy some time off and spend it with loved ones, we shouldn't forget the many migrant families whose lives remain in limbo.

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Millennial panic stories tell us a lot about Boomer guilt

Have you heard? Millennials have killed the canned tuna industry. Why? Because apparently we don't own can-openers.

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Facebook admits that its Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg asked for research on George Soros

Ever since the New York Times ran an expansive investigation revealing that Facebook had hired the Republican-affiliated firm Definers Public Affair to conduct opposition research and to circulate negative stories about Facebook critics, among them the progressive billionaire philanthropist George Soros, the tech company's response has been steadily shifting.

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Have Joe Biden and the Senate Really Learned the Lessons of Anita Hill?

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who was chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991, when Anita Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, recently weighed in on how to assess the sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. "I think they should do an FBI investigation. We did that for Anita Hill, it took two days," Biden said, during an interview with NBC's "Today."

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Botham Jean -- And How Black Men Shot By the Police Are Dehumanized After Death

Attorneys representing the family of Botham Jean, the black man who was killed by an off-duty Dallas police officer in his own apartment, claim authorities are trying to discredit the victim.

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Veterinarians Report That Some People Are Abusing Their Pets to Get Opioids

Drug Enforcement Administration officials are alerting doctors to a fairly new and potentially widespread development in the opioid crisis: In the hunt for drugs, some people are abusing their own pets to obtain narcotics from veterinarians, according to a new report by the Courier Journal in Louisville, KY.

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'BlacKkKlansman' and White Women: Spike Lee’s New Film Indicts Their Investment in White Supremacy

The new Spike Lee-directed film "BlacKkKlansman" begins with a scene from the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind." In it, Scarlett O'Hara discovers the rows and rows of injured and slaughtered bodies at a train yard following the Battle of Atlanta. As the camera pans out, a battered Confederate flag buckles and billows in the wind, in what appears to show honor and resilience, despite the flag's shabbiness and the Confederacy's defeat.

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'Sexual Assault of Men Is a Real Problem and Not a Joke': Samantha Bee Calls For #MenToo

Samantha Bee had an important message for viewers on TBS' "Full Frontal" Wednesday: Sexual abuse happens to men, too. Thanks to some men standing on the front lines like Terry Crews and Anthony Rapp, both of whom have come forward accusing powerful men of sexual assault, it's not totally off the news cycle radar. (Though Crews was attacked by some on social media for not responding to his assaulter with violence.)

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Watch Stephen Colbert’s Hilarious Re-Enactment of FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s Explosive House Hearing

Stephen Colbert isn't one for deep dives, but Thursday night on "The Late Show," the host ripped into House Republicans over the dysfunctional, combative hearing in which FBI agent Peter Strzok was questioned extensively in front of the House Judiciary Committee, with digs into both his credibility and his judgement. Colbert dedicated his entire opening monologue to the battle in Congress Thursday.

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Michelle Wolf Taunts Ivanka Trump: 'Is Your Nickname Herpes?'

Michelle Wolf addressed the whiplash speed of last week's news on her Netflix show "The Break" Sunday, covering the continued separation of more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents, Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his resignation from the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court upholding Donald Trump's Muslim ban.

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New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Trump: 'I Don’t Think He Knows How to Deal With a Girl From the Bronx'

In the last 48 hours, since first-time politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat incumbent and assumed heir to Nancy Pelosi's House Minority Leader role Rep. Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary in New York, much of the mainstream media has been playing catch up. Thursday night, she spoke in front of a late-night audience for the first time.

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Michelle Wolf Blasts CNN As 'Complicit' in Spreading Trump's Lies: 'You’re All getting Paid and We’re All Getting F**ked'

No one rips into reporters like Michelle Wolf. In a nod to her controversial White House Correspondents Dinner monologue where she pulled no punches on the state of journalism, the comedian returned to the topic Sunday during her Netflix show "The Break."

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Roseanne Barr Falsely Claims Her Racist Comments About Valerie Jarrett Were About Anti-Semitism

Roseanne Barr had a very active night on Twitter. It seems her strategy since being fired from ABC over her racist and vile tweets is to actually tweet a whole lot more.

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Stephen Colbert Makes Impassioned Plea to Stop Trump's Treatment of Immigrant Families: 'If We Let This Happen in Our Name, We Are A Feckless Country'

Stephen Colbert switched gears Thursday night, moving away from jokes to "the conversation everyone should be having," he said. On the "Late Show," the host broke down attorney general Jeff Sessions' and the Trump administration's new policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the Southern border. In a powerful statement — part explanation, part public charge — Colbert underscored that the onus of this cruelty is on us all.

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School Valedictorian Lulabel Seitz Tried to Speak About Sexual Assault -- Then Her Microphone was Cut Off

It was supposed to be one of the most joyous moments of Lulabel Seitz's life. She had earned the distinction of being the valedictorian of her class at California's Petaluma High School, and she was also the first member of her family to graduate.

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Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Has a Vile Take on Anthony Bourdain's Death

Since the news arrived Friday morning that beloved chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain had committed suicide, the world has been collectively mourning. Well, except for Alex Jones.

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Where is Melania? John Oliver Has a Theory

First Lady Melania Trump has been mysteriously absent from the public. She hasn't attended a public event in almost a month, and now, her spokesperson told ABC News that Melania will not accompany President Donald Trump to Quebec for the G7 meeting nor to Singapore for the historic North Korea summit on June 12. Her spokesperson did not specify why, even though Melania joined the president during last year's G7 trip to Italy.

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New Details About the Sexual Assault Allegations Against George Takei Suggest the Media Got It Wrong

In November 2017, "Star Trek" icon and activist George Takei was accused of sexual assault, stemming from an incident that allegedly took place in 1981. The report was first published by The Hollywood Reporter (THR). Later, Scott Brunton, the former model who accused Takei, said he was also drugged by the actor.

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Why Does Israel’s Illegal Separation Wall Still Stand?

The 400-mile wall meant to divide Israelis from Palestinians along the West Bank features concrete slabs that rise to more than 25 feet tall in some sections and exists as a fence in others. Construction started in 2002 by Israel for "security," but according to the international community and law, its existence is illegal, given that the overwhelming majority of the "separation barrier" stands not inside Israel's borders or even on the Green Line that splits Israel from occupied territory, but inside the West Bank.

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Steve Bannon Tried to Suppress Black Vote: Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower

Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and a former employee of the firm, told Congress Wednesday that the company ran voter suppression campaigns, which targeted black Americans and other liberal demographic groups. He said that those orders came from Steve Bannon, former chief executive of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and later Chief Strategist in the Trump White House.

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Welcome Back, 'Murphy Brown': Just in Time to Take on 'Alternative Facts and Fake News'

The reboot of the 1990s-era sitcom "Murphy Brown" will arrive not just 30 years after it first premiered on CBS, but to an almost unrecognizable terrain of journalism, cable news and politics. The network released the first trailer for the revival Wednesday at its upfront presentation, the annual reveal of new shows for advertisers. Much of the original cast — star journalist Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen), features reporter Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), investigative reporter Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto), and executive producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) — will return to characters reimagined and reinvigorated to take on "this crazy new world of alternative facts and fake news," as Bergen declares in the trailer.

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