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Alice Walker reads from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple and activist, participated in a panel celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication on Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. At the event sponsored by the The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR, Walker, actress Ruby Dee…

KKK member arrested for ‘menacing’ black man with gun at Ohio march

A member of the Ku Klux Klan was arrested in Mount Victory, Ohio over the weekend after he allegedly pulled a gun and threatened to shoot a black man during a march. Kevin Allan Gibbs, 22, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to the…

Gray whale rescued from discarded fishing net off California coast

Rescuers over the weekend spent seven hours trying to carefully free a gray whale that became entangled in a discarded fishing net off the coast of California. “It was getting very frightening towards the end of the day because we were running out of time,” Dave Anderson, who works with…

Passengers subdue crazed flight captain who screamed about bomb

Passengers aboard JetBlue Flight 191 on Tuesday restrained the flight’s captain after he began screaming about a bomb and had to be locked out of the cockpit, according to the Associated Press. Passengers said the flight captain left the cockpit to use the restroom. When he exited, he began screaming…

Colorado cop investigated for shoving man on video

Officials in Fort Collins, Colorado are investigating after a Loveland man formally complained that an officer shoved him without provocation — and the incident was caught on video. A video posted to YouTube on Sunday showed 24-year-old Matt Hefferon being shoved by officer Dan Calahan and then arrested by officer…

Zimmerman friend: ‘People proudly call themselves coonasses’

A friend of a Florida neighborhood watch leader who gunned down an unarmed teen last month says that people shouldn’t judge his pal for using a racial epithet because in some parts of the U.S., “people proudly call themselves coonasses.” After reviewing a 911 call George Zimmerman made before killing…

Pat Robertson blames homosexuality on ‘demonic possession’

Televangelist Pat Robertson says that demons are most likely to blame for the men who “sin” by having “cheap sex with other men.” Monday’s broadcast of The 700 Club featured the story of Shawn, a married man who began to have affairs with men after his wife had a baby.…

Turkish company uses Hitler to sell shampoo

A Turkish company is hoping that images of Adolf Hitler will entice men to buy their shampoo. The Turkish company Biomen has come under fire after they created an advertisement that uses black and white footage of the German dictator urging customers to purchase their “100 percent male shampoo.” “If…

Filmmaker James Cameron tweets from deepest point on earth

Filmmaker James Cameron, famed for his cinematic hits Titanic and Avatar, has achieved another historic first, becoming one of just a few people to explore the depths of the Marianas Trench, and the first to do so alone. The filmmaker, who is also a National Geographic explorer, reached the deepest…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: It was ‘creepy’ to become an internet meme

During a recent appearance on On the Verge, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by host Joshua Topolsky how it feels to be an internet meme, someone whose image appears in animated gifs and other contexts completely separate from his own identity. “Initially it was really weird and creepy,” Tyson…

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