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Trump Thanks Omarosa Manigault Newman After White House Announces Her Resignation

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:07:00 -0500

The former Apprentice contestant is stepping down effective Jan. 20, according to the White House. In a tweet, President Trump thanked her for her service and wished her "continued success."

Deathless Prose Added To Our Collective Memories In 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

Fred Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, talks about his top 10 quotes for 2017. The quotes span politics, Hollywood, sports and international affairs.

'Shape Of Water,' 'Big Little Lies' Snag Most Golden Globe Nominations

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:26:00 -0500

Guillermo del Toro's Cold War fantasy The Shape Of Water snagged the most motion picture nominations, followed by The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

'Millennials': Be Careful How We Use This Label

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:03:46 -0500

The Wall Street Journal announced that it would consider how it uses the term "millennial." Linguist Ben Zimmer weighs in on whether this term has painted a whole generation with too broad a brush.

What This Picture Of Beyoncé Tells Us About How Generation Z Connects

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:17:00 -0500

Why talk when you can say it with an emoji or a GIF? "Instead of me telling someone how good I look, I can just send them a picture of Beyoncé in a queen's outfit," Youth Radio's Robert Fisher says.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Revenge, Redemption, And 'Three Billboards'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:00:18 -0500

Martin McDonagh's darkly comic Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri follows a woman eager to get justice after an act of violence. But it also tries to confront race and domestic violence.

The Meaning Of Meghan: 'Black' And 'Royal' No Longer An Oxymoron In Britain

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Whether or not she cares, princess-to-be Meghan Markle has become a symbol of biracial people's coming-of-age, and maybe of the country's collective adulthood on race, writes Karen Grigsby Bates.

Accomplished Actress And Humanitarian Meghan Markle To Marry Prince Harry

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Prince Harry of Wales, the fifth in line to the British throne, has announced his engagement to American actress and model Meghan Markle. She may be best known for her role as Rachel Zane on the TV show Suits, but she's also a humanitarian.

After A Successful Hollywood Career, Robby The Robot Sells For More Than $5 Million

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Last week Robby the Robot, the iconic Hollywood robot created for the 1956 film Forbidden Planet, sold for more than $5 million. Robby was reportedly created for $125,000 and appeared in a number of projects after his debut role.

Who Is Meghan Markle? 6 Things To Know About The Princess-To-Be

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:25:00 -0500

The Suits actress is also a humanitarian activist. She's a self-described foodie with two rescue dogs. And she says she never reads the press coverage of her relationship with Prince Harry.

Patton Oswalt: Falling In Love Again Was Like 'Getting Hit By Lightning Twice'

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:57:52 -0500

After the sudden death of his first wife in April 2016, Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again, and now he has a new Netflix special.

Native Americans Tell Their Own Superhero Stories At Indigenous Comic Con

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 17:46:14 -0500

The second annual Indigenous Comic Con was held in Albuquerque, N.M., this month. It brought together indigenous comic book creators, game designers, actors and even an astronaut.

What's $800 And Already Sold Out? This Lego Star Wars Ship

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:38:00 -0500

Released solely to Lego's "VIP" list, the Millennium Falcon sold out quickly after its September release. The company promises more models through December, but only for its most loyal customers.

Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:34:00 -0500

As a kid, Fallon smiled even when he was in trouble: "There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much.' " Originally broadcast Oct. 12, 2017.

How Charles Manson Left His Mark On Pop Culture

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:00 -0500

The death of Charles Manson yesterday doesn't end his place in pop culture where he's practically immortal. Manson, despite being in prison for horrific crimes, had a large following and inspired different books and movies.