Racism, Rap and Why White America Does Not Want to Think About Them

Fox News is known to make thoughtless and harmful statements on contemporary American politics and culture, and this week it was Geraldo Rivera’s turn to spurn controversy over the popular news network. In an interview, he discussed his strong feelings against the hip-hop genre, claiming that it has “done more damage to black and brown people than […]

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter Passes Away

On Easter Sunday, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter died in his sleep at his home in Toronto after a long battle with prostate cancer, he was 76 years old. Rubin turned a troubled childhood of petty crimes into a passion for sport. Named “Hurricane” after his incredibly quick hands, Carter would win fight after fight, KO-ing the […]

Mississippi’s Anti-Gay Bill is Our Worst History Repeating Itself

On Thursday Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill many argue could facilitate discrimination against the LGBT community. “I am proud to sign the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act today, which will protect the individual religious freedom of Mississippians of all faiths from government interference,” is the quote Gov. Phil […]

Where is home? A rare piece of American and German History

The 75th anniversary of World War 2 so here’s an interesting piece of history to learn about. The documentary is called Brown Babies by WUSA executive producer and award winning journalist, Regina Griffin. This documentary gives a very different view on what it means to be African-American. Griffin takes us back to World War 2 […]

Consider the following: Diversity

This week I had the opportunity to visit our wonderful capitol of Washington D.C. It was all that I could expect in most ways. Cute little houses, great food and a very fast paced metro system. But one thing that surprised me about D.C. was not the lack of diversity, but in essence the seemingly […]

Is that news? I mean it happens all the time.

What is it about pain, anger, suffering, anguish, and death in America, that has desensitized us, it boils our blood at the time, much like the news that the innocent were done wrong? But then we sink back into complacency and sit there, like bumps on a log, until something else comes along. What and […]

Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

Nelson Mandela, former South African president who led his country to multiracial democracy, died at age 95. South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed the news late Thursday. “He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.” A state funeral will […]

Volcanoes and Changing Weather

Christianity was introduced to Ireland at around 423. However, it did not have much presence until 500 with the flowering of Irish monasticism. Churches, monasteries, and intricate stone high crosses popped up all over the Irish countryside and with it the priests and monks and other trappings of the religion. But it wasn’t just about […]

The Significance of an American Holiday

July 4, 1776 is the day generally recognized as when America declared its independence from Great Britain. It is the day all Americans set aside in remembrance of the struggle for freedom, and the beginnings of a new country’s struggle for recognition and independence. In reality, the day may not be all that significant if […]

Pope Announces Resignation

For the first time in nearly 600 years, the Pope has stated that he plans to resign from his position as head of the Catholic Church. In a declaration announcing his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI stated that due to his “advanced age,” he will be stepping down at the end of February. Pope Benedict XVI, […]

Presidents Party with the Best of Them

Presidents know how to party, too. The tradition of the Inaugural Ball (or balls, in modern times) takes place after the Commander in Chief takes the oath of office on Inauguration Day. Guests at the balls are provided with food, music, and a night of dancing. Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term […]

King Louis XIV

As many people know, King Louis XIV was one of the most powerful, liked, and influential kings of France. Louis XIV had a strong hand on his rule over France. It was almost as if he had no other choice but to rule this way. In order to maintain his strict and powerful image King […]

World Heritage Sites

World heritage sites are specific locations around the world that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chooses based on a criteria of human cultural impact and biological and ecological significance. Currently there are 962 locations deemed to be world heritage sites: 745 of those are cultural sites; such as archeological ruins and […]

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

If you are like me, the fascination with vampires in the 21st century is probably extremely unbearable. With movies and television shows such as The Twilight Saga, Dark Shadows, True Blood and Blood Ties, the vampire craze is becoming quite agitating and the thought of spending $10 at the theater to watch yet another vampire film is probably […]

Recounting “Six Four”, Tiananmen

(AP Photo/Sadayuki Mikami) “Today’s June 4th? ‘Six Four’ is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protest in 1989.” That was how I was reminded of the event yesterday; my mother stopped in the middle of her daily chores by that date. Without looking up a single news source, she continued knowingly, “Hong Kong will have […]

German History Still Relevant?

While everyone knows, or at least should know, Germany’s infamous history is still very relevant in the minds of Germans. You could do one of two things to verify this. You could either take a walk along the trail that follows the path of the former Berlin Wall or you could simply just speak to […]