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Taunts, Tweets, and Black Girl Genius

March 6, 2013
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Taunts, Tweets, and Black Girl Genius

By Salamishah Tillet “Baby girl genius,” is what I muttered when I saw Quvenzhané Wallis shine bright on the television screen last Oscar Sunday night. Beaming in midnight blue and flexing her bity arms, she was a sight never seen at the Academy Awards before.  It was not simply because at nine-years-old, she was the...
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On Beyoncé, Benedict, and the Volition of Women

March 1, 2013
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By Lisa O’Neill At a school mass at my all girls’ Catholic High School, the priest said a homily about chastity, and in particular, sex before marriage. “Let’s say you are about to get married and you are going give your husband a gift, the gift of yourself and your sexuality,” he said. I...
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It’s a Wrap: After the Academy Awards

February 25, 2013
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It’s a Wrap:  After the Academy Awards

The 85th Annual Academy Awards have come and gone. According to some, including my 11-year old daughter Mason (a TFW Collective Member), the show was the “worst ever.” I have to agree; it was spectacularly awful, from Seth MacFarlane’s not-so-edgy sexist, racist, and just plain ugly jokes, to strange blasts from the past, to...
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Op-Ed: The Dangerous Limits of Race at the Academy Awards

February 24, 2013
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Op-Ed: The Dangerous Limits of Race at the Academy Awards

By Roya Rastegar We are far from a “post-racial” society. The films nominated for Best Adapted or Original Screenplays reveal an intensifying compulsion to engage race in America. Beasts of the Southern Wild. Lincoln. Django Unchained. Argo. Zero Dark Thirty. Flight. The high profile of these films positions them at the nexus of popular...
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Zero Dark Thirty and the Problem of Pakistan

February 24, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty and the Problem of Pakistan

Zero Dark Thirty has been the subject of heated debate since its early release on Christmas Day last year. A number of reviews have focused especially on the film’s deployment of torture as a plot device, and a few Hollywood stars have even organized an appeal against the film ahead of the upcoming Academy...
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Drunk On A Plane: Or, Why I Loved “Flight”

February 23, 2013
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Drunk On A Plane: Or, Why I Loved “Flight”

Almost a decade ago, I eagerly awaited the release of Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, thinking it was a boxing movie. It wasn’t, really—any more than Flight is a movie about flying. Yet both films are very much about gravity: the histories, behaviors, demons, dreams, and failures—technical and otherwise—that can pull people fast, flat,...
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Django in Philly

February 23, 2013
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Django in Philly

By Quincy Scott Jones On my last New Year’s Day in Philadelphia, I did what I always do on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia: I watched the Mummers Parade.  For those of you who didn’t grow up in the Delaware Valley region, the Mummers Parade is a 112-year-old parade featuring clowns, floats, and perhaps...
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild": An Affective Review

February 23, 2013
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild": An Affective Review

I have a confession:  I didn’t like Beasts of the Southern Wild.  And I don’t fully understand why. Don’t get me wrong; there were a number of wonderful facets to the movie. The beautifully textured cinematography and score were, at times, literally breathtaking. Quvenzhané Wallis’s portrayal of Hushpuppy was both perfectly quiet and understatedly...
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A Sliver of Silver in "Silver Linings Playbook": A Look at Mental Illness in Film

February 22, 2013
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A Sliver of Silver in "Silver Linings Playbook": A Look at Mental Illness in Film

Hollywood is notorious for the ways it presents and brandishes mental health to mass audiences.  In the rare instances in which a major motion picture even introduces concepts of mental health, critique inevitably swirls around the overall message the writers and actors are trying to achieve. If I think K-Mart sucks, do I meet...
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Five Things "The Sessions" Gets Right: Sex and Disability on Screen

February 22, 2013
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Five Things "The Sessions" Gets Right: Sex and Disability on Screen

So much of criticism, feminist critique included, hinges on highlighting what is wrong. In the case of film reviews, we so often ask what on-screen narratives convey about difference and the status quo. For an industry the prides itself on innovation, misogyny occupies the limelight so often that one might even call it formulaic....
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Corporate sponsors pressure FIFA to clean up its act - CBS News


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Corporate sponsors pressure FIFA to clean up its act
CBS News
Corporate sponsors of FIFA such as Visa (V), Adidas and Coca-Cola (KO) are raising concerns about the growing bribery scandal around soccer's governing body as it opens its annual congress today in Zurich. Visa was especially irate, saying in a statement ...
Scandal Creates a Tricky Spot for FIFA SponsorsNew York Times
Advertisers are threatening to revoke FIFA sponsorshipsThe Week Magazine
Here's how major FIFA sponsors are reacting to the scandalFortune
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Carter seeks ways to improve Iraqi training, equipping - Fox News


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Carter seeks ways to improve Iraqi training, equipping
Fox News
U.S. military leaders are looking for ways to improve and speed up the program to train and equip Iraqi forces, including options to better prepare Sunni tribes to join the fight, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday. Getting equipment to the battlefield ...
Palmyra: IS 'kills 20 men' at ancient theatreBBC News
Carter seeks ways to improve Iraq trainingUSA TODAY
Ancient Sites in Palmyra Unharmed, Islamic State Shows in Photo EssayVICE News
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It's so hot in India right now the roads are literally melting: At least 1400 dead in ... - National Post


National Post

It's so hot in India right now the roads are literally melting: At least 1400 dead in ...
National Post
It's so hot in India right now that the streets are literally melting. Soaring summer temperatures in India have left more than 1,400 people dead over the past month, officials said Thursday. Most of the 1,412 heat-related deaths so far have occurred in Andhra ...
Hospitals overwhelmed as India heatwave deaths near 1500The Daily Star
India heat wave death toll passes 1400CTV News
More Deaths Seen in Deadly Indian Heatwave Touching 50CBloomberg
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Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops on special missions - Reuters


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Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops on special missions
Reuters
MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin on Thursday declared all deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations to be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending soldiers to fight in eastern Ukraine. Putin, who has ...
License decision on Ukraine TV station postponedWashington Post
Ukraine Seeks Arms as Putin Makes Russian Troop Losses SecretBloomberg
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EU Referendum: British Youth Council calls for meeting with David Cameron to ... - Mirror.co.uk


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EU Referendum: British Youth Council calls for meeting with David Cameron to ...
Mirror.co.uk
The British Youth Council is calling for a meeting with David Cameron to let 16 and 17-year-olds vote on the EU. The EU referendum bill was published this morning, and the in/out vote is set to take place in 2017. But under-18s are denied a say despite being ...
David Cameron kicks off European diplomatic tour to overhaul Britain's EU placeDaily Mail
Cameron love-bombs the EUDeutsche Welle
Cameron begins whirlwind European tourNewsweek
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Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal possible by June 30 - Times of India


Times of India

Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal possible by June 30
Times of India
ATHENS: Iran's foreign minister is holding out hope that a "sustainable, mutually respectful" deal can be struck with world powers in talks over his country's nuclear program before the current deadline of June 30. Mohammad Javad Zarif says an agreement ...
Will Nuclear Deal Boost Iran Moderates or Hard-Liners?Wall Street Journal
Amano says Iran deal could include military sites accessPayvand
Iran's Zarif hopes for nuclear deal within "reasonable period of time"Reuters

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US Military Mistakenly Ships Live Anthrax to Labs in Nine States - Newsweek


Newsweek

US Military Mistakenly Ships Live Anthrax to Labs in Nine States
Newsweek
Vials of the Anthrax vaccine sit on the counter at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina waiting to be dispensed to Marines, January 24, 2003. Reuters. Filed Under: U.S., anthrax, U.S. Military. WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. ...
Anthrax May Have Survived Process to Kill It, U.S. General SaysBloomberg
Anthrax at US Air Force base in South Korea; 22 possibly exposedWashington Post
Is Your State On The List? US Military Accidentally Sends Live Anthrax To 9 StatesDaily Caller
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Row over South China Sea: US seeks Asian countries' support to corner China - Times of India


Times of India

Row over South China Sea: US seeks Asian countries' support to corner China
Times of India
WASHINGTON: By releasing video of Beijing's island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action. The release ...
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter rebukes China over Spratlys rowThe Australian
Carter defends US military flights over China's artificial islandsFox News
Maritime disputes test China's peaceful rise: KempDaily Mail
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Iran Group Stages Cartoon Contest to Ridicule ISIS - NBCNews.com


NBCNews.com

Iran Group Stages Cartoon Contest to Ridicule ISIS
NBCNews.com
A total of 280 works were selected from 800 submissions and put on display in the exhibit, said the executive editor of the contest Mohammad Habibi, according to state-run news site IRNA. The winners will be announced on Sunday. Militias backed by ...
Syrian al-Qaeda chief says no plans to attack WestYnetnews
Syria's al-Nusra front has no plans to attack the West - and instead wants to ...The Independent
Al Qaeda Syrian Branch Leader: We Have No Plans To Attack The WestCBS Local
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England town bans mankinis in the name of peace - CBS News


CBS News

England town bans mankinis in the name of peace
CBS News
LONDON -- It was one small ban for mankinis, one giant step for an English seaside resort town. Officials in Newquay say crime has fallen since they cracked down on stag parties - the days-long, booze-fuelled British version of the bachelor party -- wearing ...
UK beach's ban on Borat-style mankinis is helping its reputationMashable
English resort sees crime fall after mankini clampdownBurleson Star

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