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Michigan Man Receives New Car, Ditches 21 mile walk

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 8:00am 2/8/2015 at 8:00am

Every once in a while, fortune favors those who work hard enough to earn it. This is one of those times.

Last week, the Detroit Free Press ran a story about a man named James Robertson. For the past ten years, 56 year-old James has dealt with a 21 mile commute...

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Leslie Eastman Chats #LikeAGirl on San Diego’s KOGO AM 600

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:30am 2/5/2015 at 8:30am

When San Diego’s talk station KOGO AM600 announced they were going to chat about obnoxious Super Bowl ads, they asked listeners to call in with the ones they wanted to discuss.

Instead, I sent a producer I knew my piece, I am apologizing #LikeAGirl for Super Bowl Ads’ #WarOnMen. As a result,...

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Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t care about politically correct comedy

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 5:03pm 2/4/2015 at 5:03pm

The race relations debate in America has become a caricature of its former self. What was once a serious conversation about ending discrimination and hatred has become a three ring circus of hand-wringing and recriminations over whose office, TV show, or university has the largest representation of minority members.

It’s...

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New J-Lo Movie Makes “First Edition ‘Iliad'” a Thing

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 1:38pm 2/4/2015 at 1:38pm

In 2015’s America, no one expects greatness from a romantic thriller starring Jennifer Lopez; but every once in a while, something makes its way into the genre that is so incredibly ridiculous we can’t help but serve it up for censure and recriminations.

Lopez’s latest flick, “The Boy Next Door,” has...

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Groundhog predictions are in: Al Gore hardest hit

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 2, 2015 at 8:30pm 2/2/2015 at 8:30pm

If you were hoping to dust the snow off the lawn chair to start working on your tan, you’re going to have to wait a few weeks, at least according to Punxsutawney Phil.

Phil the groundhog saw his shadow today, so six more weeks of winter it is.

Punxsutawney Phil is no...

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Radical Brownies: Not your average girl scout

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 2, 2015 at 3:15pm 2/2/2015 at 3:15pm

In Oakland, California, one alternative scout troop is far more socially active than their counterparts across the globe—and they’re not affiliated with the Girl Scouts.

They call themselves, “Radical Brownies.”

Their mission? “The Radical Brownies empower young girls of color so that they step...

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I am apologizing #LikeAGirl for Super Bowl Ads’ #WarOnMen

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10:02am 2/2/2015 at 10:02am

While Professor Jacobson was surfing the Twitter stream during the Super Bowl, I was savoring the free market creativity of American advertisers.

The runaway favorite commercials feature cute puppies and horses. One particular ad, however, brought out an entirely different animal in me: The Mama Grizzly.

I have a serious recommendation to T-Mobile...

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It’s the Patriots vs. the Seahawks—and of course, the commercials!

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 6:02pm 2/1/2015 at 6:02pm

I don’t know about you, but after a wild week in politics, I’m more than ready for a little queso, a few silly commercials, and maximum football saturation.

For those of you who, like me, have chosen to forego an expensive cable TV subscription in favor of a long term...

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Good on you, Michelle Obama

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:08pm 1/28/2015 at 12:08pm

Michelle Obama made waves this week with her decision to not wear headscarf during her visit to Saudi Arabia. Although reactions to her decision were mixed, the reaction on social media gave birth to a hashtag accusing the first lady of immodesty—a heady violation in one of the few remaining countries...

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Famed King Tutankhamun Mask Disfigured in Repair Attempt

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 8:30pm 1/25/2015 at 8:30pm

Egypt has three icons that symbolize its ancient glories:

1) The pyramids
2) The Great Sphinx
3) The golden mask of the boy king, Tutankhamun.

And while the pyramids...

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#Deflategate rolls on (Reader Poll—did the Patriots cheat to beat the Colts?)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 23, 2015 at 4:14pm 1/23/2015 at 4:14pm

Today the NFL issued a statement regarding its investigation into whether or not the footballs used in the AFC Championship game were deflated the New England Patriots cheated by using strategically deflated footballs in their battle against the Indianapolis Colts.

To be fair to the NFL, from the looks of the...

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3 YouTube stars interviewed Obama, because at this point, why not?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 23, 2015 at 1:15pm 1/23/2015 at 1:15pm

I didn’t expect to enjoy President Obama’s sit-down interview with YouTube stars Bethany Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green, first because before today I couldn’t name a “YouTube star” to save my life, and second, because of a variety of rapid-fire thoughts involving things like gravitas and Presidential and I’d like...

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Dove’s #RealStrength pro-Dad Super Bowl ad will make you cry

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 3:00pm 1/22/2015 at 3:00pm

I love, love, love when companies and brands go pro-Dad. Last year, Cheerios released a “How to Dad” series of ads that were adorable and quite perfect in their ability to silence the ridiculous “dumb Dad” meme.

This year, one company has upped the ante on featuring fatherhood in its marketing....

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Always fight with love: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1:45pm 1/19/2015 at 1:45pm

First and foremost, Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

In 1983, President Reagan signed Martin Luther King, Jr. day into law. Even so, it wasn’t until 2000 that all states observed the day as intended. 2000. That’s… incredible.

So called ‘controversial figures’ are always difficult to discuss. Regardless of what I write,...

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Next Up: Diversity Test for Oscar Noms

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:11pm 1/15/2015 at 8:11pm

The Oscar nominations have been revealed, and everyone is talking about this year’s nods, snubs, and most importantly—the racial and gender makeup of the Academy and its nominees.

Of course. Here we go again. We’re barely over this weekend’s

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Beyoncégate 2015: Whose narrative is it anyway?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:24pm 1/13/2015 at 7:24pm

Former Governor and possible presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had some strong words for the Obama family in defense of traditional values and responsible parenting—and of course, they’re making waves all over the media.

From AP:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, of double standards in...

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Everything is about race…even the Golden Globes

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 12, 2015 at 12:00pm 1/12/2015 at 12:00pm

I remember when Halle Berry won her Best Actress Oscar back in 2002 for Monster’s Ball; it was such a huge deal–she beat Judi Dench! It was the same year Denzel Washington won for Training Day, and everyone agreed that entertainment awards would never be the same because an actor and...

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