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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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Buhari Leads in Nigeria Presidential Vote as Protests Endure - Bloomberg


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Buhari Leads in Nigeria Presidential Vote as Protests Endure
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Main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari speaks after casting his vote at a polling station in the "Gidan Niyam Sakin Yara A ward" at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015. Photographer: Pius Utomi ...
At the moment Nigeria's ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has more votes ...BBC News
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Iran, powers push for nuclear deal as clock ticks toward deadline - Reuters


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Iran, powers push for nuclear deal as clock ticks toward deadline
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers ramped up the pace at Tuesday's negotiations over a preliminary deal on the Iranian nuclear program, as their self-imposed deadline approached and both sides warned it was crucial to ...
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Paper: Germanwings co-pilot Lubitz feared medical problems could prevent him ... - CNN


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Paper: Germanwings co-pilot Lubitz feared medical problems could prevent him ...
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Cologne, Germany (CNN) Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz may have deliberately crashed Flight 9525 in the French Alps because he was afraid his medical problems could prevent him from flying, according to German tabloid newspaper Bild.
Russell Brand blames Germanwings crash on 'plague of mental illness ...The Independent
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Overview: global perspectives on Yemen - euronews


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Overview: global perspectives on Yemen
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Yemen is embroiled in a bitter civil war between Houthi forces, who have captured the capital Sanaa, and troops loyal to the President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Because of its religious divide between Sunnis and Shias; its critical position in the Gulf; as well ...
Saudi-led strikes again hit Yemen overnightHindustan Times
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Fishmonger found guilty of murdering two British medical students in Borneo ... - Daily Mail


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Fishmonger found guilty of murdering two British medical students in Borneo ...
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A fishmonger has been sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of two British medical students who were stabbed to death in Malaysia. Aidan Brunger and Neil Dalton, both 22, were attacked in a bar in Kuching, Sarawak in August while on a work ...
Borneo British Medical Students Murder: Local man convicted of killingHuewire News
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Malaysian fishmonger to be hanged after convicted of killing two British medical ...Irish Independent
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Singapore teenager charged over critical Lee Kuan Yew video - The Guardian


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Singapore teenager charged over critical Lee Kuan Yew video
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Amos Yee Pang has been charged with three offences. Photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images. Associated Press in Singapore. Tuesday 31 March 2015 03.50 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 31 March 2015 04.08 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on ...
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Kashmir floods: All 16 bodies recovered, Jhelum below danger mark - Hindustan Times


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Kashmir floods: All 16 bodies recovered, Jhelum below danger mark
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A shopkeeper carries goods down a flooded road in Srinagar after heavy rainfall on March 29, 2015. Parts of Srinagar were waterlogged following sustained rains since March 28. (AFP PHOTO). Share. Police have recovered all 16 bodies from the ...
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Washiqur Rahman: Another secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh - CNN


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Washiqur Rahman: Another secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh
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(CNN) When American writer Avijit Roy was hacked to death on a Dhaka, Bangladesh street in full view of horrified onlookers, blogger Washiqur Rahman doubled down. Fundamentalists were choking free thought in his secular Bangladesh, he wrote.
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Leaders' personal info revealed in Australian G20 summit privacy breach: report - The Globe and Mail


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Leaders' personal info revealed in Australian G20 summit privacy breach: report
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A published report says personal details of world leaders attending last November's G20 summit in Australia were accidentally disclosed to the organizers of an Asian Cup soccer tournament. The Guardian says an Australian Immigration Department ...

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General Election 2015: Tories will give Britain a job 'for everyone who wants one ... - The Independent


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General Election 2015: Tories will give Britain a job 'for everyone who wants one ...
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Britain under the Conservatives will have the highest employment rate in the developed world and a job “for everyone who wants one” by 2020, David Cameron said last night. Outlining one of his most audacious targets for another term as Prime Minister, ...
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