culture

April 20, 2019

Legal Weed: Here's Where Every 2020 Presidential Candidate Stands on Marijuana Reform and Legalization

With an ever-growing field of contenders running for president, especially in the Democratic Party, once-fringe measures like marijuana legalization have become a litmus test for the candidates’ commitment to progressive politics.  
April 20, 2019

420 Day: Who Started The Marijuana Celebration Ritual, and Should Weed be Legalized?

Cannabis—a way of life for some and a controversial topic for others. But there's no doubt that it has the potential to affect everyone in the U.S., whether it's the politicians debating legalization or cancer patients trying to get medicinal marijuana.
April 20, 2019

Microsoft faces down a brand new declare that pro-diversity hiring isn’t honest to white males

Microsoft employees have been using an internal message board to criticize the company’s pro-diversity efforts, referring to the hiring of women and minorities as “discriminatory” against white and Asian men, according to a report from Quartz. Microsoft has left these threads untouched, drawing criticism from other employees who feel the company talks up its diversity and inclusion efforts, but takes little meaningful action to reinforce them at a cultural level.
April 20, 2019

Science doesn’t clarify tech’s variety drawback — historical past does

Editor’s note, April 19th, 2019: We’re republishing this story today because of a report at Quartz that — like the infamous memo from former Google employee James Damore — some Microsoft workers are now internally criticizing the company’s diversity policies, suggesting yet again that biological differences may make women less suited for engineering jobs. This story may help explain why that logic is flawed.
April 19, 2019

Sanders claims she didn’t lie, regardless of Mueller discovering

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders pushed back Friday against allegations that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report exposed a culture of lying at the White House.
April 19, 2019

Africa Rising: The Art Scene on the African Continent is Thriving

A new generation of women and men are spurring change by starting businesses, organizing innovative projects, and inspiring important conversations. A continent rich in resources, and people are the richest resource of all; it is a youthful and growing population with a contemporary mindset and definitive African roots. Extending far beyond the confines of canvas and the studio, the fibers of contemporary African art interweave with the patterns, textiles, and sands of the past. Together, they voice a complex multi-thread story that is mirrored in the landscapes of the voluptuous continent that they narrate. Viewed as a panoramic whole—from the creative hotspots of South Africa, the thriving music scene in Mali, the vibrant fashion community in Dakar to the myriad of art galleries in Lagos—there is a cohesive and powerful sense of change in the air.
April 19, 2019

National Garlic Day: Health and Nutrition Facts About the Plant Shunned by the British Royal Family

Garlic is a perennial favorite ingredient found in stalwart comfort foods. But how much do you know about it? Is it a herb or a plant? Is it from Italy or China?
April 19, 2019

US wins WTO case in opposition to China over grain exports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Trade Organization handed the United States a win Thursday in a trade dispute with China, ruling that Beijing did not fairly administer quotas on U.S. wheat, rice and corn.
April 19, 2019

Halsey Praises BTS' Success After The Group Makes Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019

Halsey wrote a congratulatory letter to BTS after the seven-member South Korean boy band made Time’s 100 Most Influential People list on Wednesday. They were featured alongside celebrities like Dwayne Johnson, Khalid and Ariana Grande.  
April 19, 2019

Behind the Caribbean Curtain

On the morning of his first major show, Paul Anthony Smith is nervously watching gallery assistants hang a few last pieces. “I’ve been working on this since last fall,” says Smith. “Having the works here—it looks strange. I’m letting everyone into my world. They’re not just mine anymore.”