Vox Populi

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Video: Eleanor Ambos

. Eleanor Ambos is an unlikely tycoon. Since arriving in New York from her native Germany at age 20, she has transformed a modest interior-design business into a small empire, … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The Inner Life of the Cell

. In 2006, Harvard University teamed up with XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell. The … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Night Shift

. As dusk rolls in over Nairobi’s purple sky, two men approach a villa in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. One is Abraham, a young Kenyan, coming from one … Continue reading

November 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ian Boyden: Spider Field

for the Dalai Lama on his 82nd birthday First leg I awoke to an island held by cloud a meadow held by mist that had returned to admire something it … Continue reading

November 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Operatico Politico: Rock Opera vs. Trump – Queen Edition — “Alternative Rhapsody”

    . Is this the real life? Did he just post that Tweet? Well, it’s been exactly one year since Donald Trump was ‘elected’.  To mark the occasion, Operatico Politico’s … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Operatico Politico: Rock Opera vs. Trump (Queen Edition)

. Well, it’s been exactly one year since Donald Trump was ‘elected’.  To mark the occasion, Operatico Politico‘s new installment of satire is here!  This time, we tackle an a capella version … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: What a White Savior is and Why it’s a Problem

. The white savior is a literary and cinematic trope portraying a white character rescuing people of color from their plight. Critics have observed this narrative in an array of … Continue reading

November 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: When We Were Knights

. How can you express everything that you want to somebody you love, knowing that if you don’t, that might be the last opportunity that you have? That is a … Continue reading

November 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: A Night at the Garden

. What would American fascism look like? A 1939 New York rally offered more than a hint ‘We, with American ideals, demand that our government shall be returned to the … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Stop Telling Women to Smile

. Stop Telling Women to Smile is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh which attempts to address gender-based street harassment by placing in public spaces drawings of women with captions … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Bessie Smith, “St. Louis Blues”

. Josh Jones writing for Open Culture says of this scene: Released in 1929, the “flawed, but absolutely essential” film St. Louis Blues frames Bessie Smith’s character through the lyrics … Continue reading

October 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Amid crime and blight, Natalie Thomas plants peace and community

. Since 2011, Natalie Thomas has been the caretaker of the Unified Positive Effect Community Garden at the corner of Climax Street and Estella Avenue in the Beltzhoover neighborhood of … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Breath

. A film about the invisible life-force. Breathing is at the essence of being human, but not just because it keeps us alive. Like laughter and facial expressions, breathing is … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Marsha Gordon: Blade Runner’s chillingly prescient vision of the future

Can corporations become so powerful that they dictate the way we feel? Can machines get mad – like, really mad – at their makers? Can people learn to love machines? … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · 1 Comment