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Chris Hayes is an unlikely news presence: He grew up in New York City, directed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first ever musical (the two attended Hunter College High School in Manhattan), and wanted a career in theater. Instead, he got into journalism by happenstance, writing freelance for an alternative newspaper in Chicago while waiting tables and attempting to turn the stage into his profession. But if it had all worked out the way he had wanted, the...
As soon as the guest schedule was released for the week, it was clear that last night's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah was going to be one to keep tabs on. The guest with Noah, now in the midst of his second year hosting the political satire program after taking over for Jon Stewart last year, was none other than outspoken conservative "pundit" Tomi Lahren, who works for Glenn Beck's online network The Blaze. If you...
With November 2016, and our potential apocalypse—er, presidential election—rapidly approaching, it's high time we appreciate the White House of the past eight years. And, finally, a lot of people have taken to doing just that, and there is no better time to continue to do that than today: President Obama's 55th birthday, his final one in the Oval Office. Setting politics aside, the Hawaiian-born president has easily been the coolest to ever lead the executive branch, IMHO, by doing...
Mychal Denzel Smith’s vital debut memoir Invisible Man, Got The Whole World Watching adopts its title from a song on Mos Def’s 1999 debut album Black On Both Sides. It’s the perfect metaphor for Smith to stand upon as a soapbox to speak on the duality of how black male identity is flattened, commodified, and consumed voraciously by the American masses. Check the ratings on this week’s NBA Finals or that ever-growing number below...

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