Fact-Checks / March 23, 2022 Wordle Has Not Become More Difficult After Being Bought by The New York Times

By Leelyn Ellis On Monday, Jan. 31, The New York Times announced that they had bought the popular online game Wordle from its creator, Josh Wardle. Along with the announcement has come some hesitancy about the future of the game, including its difficulty and access. Users familiar with other games by The New York Times...

Covid-19, Fact-Checks, Health / March 23, 2022 Fake News is not to Blame for Vaccine Hesitancy

By Olivia Green In July 2021, President Biden claimed that social media platforms were “killing people” by facilitating the spread of vaccine misinformation. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell cosigned the statement declaring that misinformation is to blame for low COVID-19 vaccination rates. The debate that followed brought up questions surrounding the public’s belief in vaccine...

Enduring Myths, Quick Hits / October 20, 2020 The Tragic Outcome of the Myth “Black People Can’t Swim”

By Samantha Chaney Many Americans reminisce about the summers of their childhood when they back stroked through the deep end of their backyard pool or horsed around in a neighborhood public pool. However, many Black children never had an opportunity to create those memories. Lack of access to facilities has left many Black people unable...

Economics, Enduring Myths, Fact-Checks / January 9, 2020 Is Financial Literacy the answer to closing America’s Huge Racial Wealth Gap?

By Alexandra Banks News of Jay-Z making a business deal with the NFL and rapper Nas and Will Smith investing in an app to teach teenagers financial literacy has once again sparked an age-old debate on whether black people are smart with their money. You often hear in casual conversation or see on social media...

Quick Hits, Technology / November 11, 2019 ‘Urban Dictionary’ Gives a Whole New Meaning to Some Choice Words

By Danielle Robinson Have you ever read something online that contained a word that you didn’t quite know the meaning of? Or maybe you’ve heard a friend use a term that seemed completely out of context. Well, you’re not alone in your confusion. Urbandictionary.com is a crowdsourced website created to give meaning to slang terminology,...

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What You Should Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal
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What You Should Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Niaja Smith WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to pull the United States out of the historic deal that it and more than two dozen other countries negotiated under former President Barack Obama to halt Iran’s efforts to build nuclear weapons. Speaking to the United Nations this week, Trump called the agreement “an…

How ‘Fences’ Was Built
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How ‘Fences’ Was Built

Denzel Washington’s film adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences,” which premiers on Christmas Day, is being praised as an original remake of the Broadway play. However, this story has been an essential work in American theater for more than 30 years, and it didn’t originate with Washington. Oscar-winning actor James Earl Jones originally portrayed Troy Maxson,…

Does Moving to Canada Trump Staying in U.S.?
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Does Moving to Canada Trump Staying in U.S.?

“I’m moving to Canada!” Many people who are concerned about living under Donald Trump as U.S. president have been repeating this sentence in recent weeks and months. On Election Day, the website of the Canadian immigration office broke down completely. Too many people tried to get information about the immigration process in Canada on Tuesday,…

Black Men: Are They in College or in Prison?
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Black Men: Are They in College or in Prison?

Many people consider it common knowledge that more black men are in prison than in college. “A third more African-American men are incarcerated than in higher education,” according to Jason Ziedenberg and Vincent Schiraldi, who wrote the 2002 report from the Justice Policy Institute, “Cellblocks or Classrooms: The Funding of Higher Education and Corrections and…

#nomakeup with a little help?
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#nomakeup with a little help?

Alicia Keys launched a movement after she published a letter on Lena Dunham’s blog, Lenny, in May, stating that she has had enough of wearing makeup everyday. Her reason is simple: “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my…

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George Clinton on the Mothership, the Smithsonian — and Funk

The Mothership is the space vehicle of George Clinton aka Mr. Funkenstein and his wingmen of Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication. As part of the Parliament-Funkadelic theory, it existed as a fictional vehicle of funk arrival to engage fans who were down with the P-Funk movement. After the success of his hit “Chocolate City,” Clinton says, the Mothership was later developed into a physical…

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