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Banksy and the Problem With Sarcastic Art

Duke Ellington - A Concert Of Sacred Music (1965 premiere performance) Why the Wingdings font exists. Wingdings is the font made entirely out of symbols.

Why the Wingdings font exists

But why? It seems as bizarre as it is ubiquitous. What is Wingdings thinking? The Reason This "Racist Soap Dispenser" Doesn't Work on Black Skin. At a Marriott hotel in Atlanta, the soap dispensers have a little bit of a race problem.

The Reason This "Racist Soap Dispenser" Doesn't Work on Black Skin

An African-American guest of the Dragon Con sci-fi and fantasy convention visited a bathroom in the event's host hotel and discovered the soap dispenser, from a British company called Technical Concepts, wouldn't sense his hands. When his friend, a white man named Larry, tried after him, out came the soap. This ordeal was captured on film. And while there's plenty of giggling in the video, it's because of sheer absurdity of a technology that is meant to sense motion, not skin tone, yet is inoperable based on pigment. "I wasn't offended, but it was so intriguing, like 'Why is it not recognizing me? '" 7 Underappreciated Black Fashion Bloggers You Need to Know. By L.

7 Underappreciated Black Fashion Bloggers You Need to Know

Laura Burge of Sometimes reading all about the new fashions and styles leads you to images that don’t fit your style. The most talked about, and anticipated styles have been on blogs for weeks but what are the bloggers of color and curves loving in the fashion world? After carefully shopping for the perfect accessories and dresses for your special occasion, you wonder how it would look on a curvy, woman of color like yourself. All of the speculation is killing your vibe, and you need answers and confirmation that you are making the best style choices. Here’s What Happens When You Color Instead of Watch TV for a Week. Usually when adults are looking to relax or let off steam they hit the gym, head to happy hour or zone out in front of the television — all of which are solid options.

Here’s What Happens When You Color Instead of Watch TV for a Week

But there’s another stress-relieving activity gaining popularity — and it’s one you probably haven’t done since elementary school: coloring. Yes, you might want to trade that yoga mat in for a coloring book to reach a whole new kind of namaste. The increase in interest toward this childlike pastime has stemmed largely from the recent popularity of The Enchanted Forest, a coloring book by UK-based illustrator Johanna Basford. The book has been topping best seller lists and sold 226,000 copies in just a month (her first coloring book has sold 1.5 million copies since its release in 2013).

Most Prisoners Are Mentally Ill — The Atlantic. Occasionally policymakers and activists will talk about how the justice system needs to keep mentally ill people out of prisons.

Most Prisoners Are Mentally Ill — The Atlantic

If it did that, prisons would be very empty indeed. A new Urban Institute report points out that more than half of all inmates in jails and state prisons have a mental illness of some kind: Percent of Inmates Who Have Mental or Mood Issues The most common problem is depression, followed by bipolar disorder. Types of Mental Issues Among State and Federal Inmates. Kendrick Lamar on His New Album and the Weight of Clarity. Photo LOS ANGELES — Following the success of his major label debut, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city,” in 2012, the rapper Kendrick Lamar did not indulge in earthly luxuries.

Kendrick Lamar on His New Album and the Weight of Clarity

Instead, he got baptized. Google CFO's Touching Farewell Note Almost Redeems Google+ Patrick Pichette started working at Google when its only social network was called Orkut and stayed long enough to see its most ambitious effort, Google+, wither.

Google CFO's Touching Farewell Note Almost Redeems Google+

Triggered: Objects Mistaken For Guns. Two seconds.

Triggered: Objects Mistaken For Guns

That’s how much time it took Cleveland police officers to shoot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black boy who was carrying a toy gun in a park near his home earlier this year. The officers later said they mistook the toy for a real gun. Rice later died from his injuries. Hip-Hop Sampling - Copyright Criminals. Demographic analysis for "seriously"

Every President’s Executive Orders In One Chart. President Obama is due to announce an executive action Thursday, one that will change the legal status of millions of immigrants and is likely to be remembered as a major effort to change the country’s immigration system.

Every President’s Executive Orders In One Chart

The action would reportedly allow up to 4 million undocumented immigrants legal work status, and an additional 1 million protection from deportation. It would be one of the most wide-reaching executive actions in history. That has made Republicans furious. Watch a woman perform Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” as a dramatic monologue. Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns. A student takes notes at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Do teachers really know what students go through?

If you’re lucky enough to earn a living from your art, you’re probably white. The paints might be colorful, but the professionals, generally speaking, are not. (Wally Santana/AP Photo) The thing about racial diversity among working artists in America is that it pretty much doesn't exist. Nearly four out of every five people who make a living in the arts in this country are white, according to an analysis of 2012 Census Bureau data by BFAMFAPhD, a collective of artists dedicated to understanding the rising cost of artistry. The study, which surveyed more than 1.4 million people whose primary earnings come from working as an artist, represents a broad population of creative types in the country, and reveals a number of troubling truths.

The lack of diversity is, for instance, even more pronounced for those with art school degrees — more than 80 percent of people with undergraduate art school degrees are white, according to the analysis. The racial gap among artists in America isn't, of course, a question of desire, talent, or ability. “Hashtag Activism” “Hashtag Activism”

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist. Are Americans getting dumber? Our math skills are falling. Our reading skills are weakening. American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist. Study Shows How Classroom Design Affects Student Learning. As debate over education reform sizzles, and as teachers valiantly continue trying to do more with less, a new study suggests that it might be worth diverting at least a little attention from what’s going on in classrooms to how those spaces are being designed. The paper, published in the journal Building and the Environment, found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact, positive or negative, on a student’s progress over the course of an academic year.

The difference between the best- and worst-designed classrooms covered in the study? A full year’s worth of academic progress. The study was conducted over the 2011–12 academic year, with 751 students in 34 classrooms, spread across seven primary schools in the seaside town of Blackpool, England. Are Teachers Distracting Students With Bad Interior Design? Few environments feature such a cacophony of decor as the elementary school classroom. Colorful bulletin boards, scientific posters, state maps, and student artwork tend to cover nearly every inch of wall space. Yet a new study on classroom design from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that all that educational flair may not be all that great for getting kids to learn.

The study, carried out over two weeks, examined 24 kindergarten students who were taught six lessons on topics they had not yet learned in school. Half the lessons were taught in a highly decorated classroom environment, with posters and art all over the walls, and the other half were taught in a classroom with no decoration. The Literary United States: A Map of the Best Book for Every State. The Transformation of Justin Bieber From a White Youth to a Black Man  In what took Usher most of his 20-year music career to accomplish, it took Justin Bieber just a short five years to reap similar financial success and actually surpass his mentor. Usher Raymond IV was an R&B phenom who started his career much like Bieber as a young teen and is among America's top selling artists. He saw something special in the young star during their initial meetings. Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today.

The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class.

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