Obama’s Howard University Commencement Speech Was One of the Best and Blackest He’s Given

President Barack Obama delivered stirring remarks about the state of American race relations at Howard University commencement Saturday afternoon. The president highlighted the progress of black Americans have made since his graduation from Columbia University in 1983, but also set forth a blueprint for the future. “Change doesn’t happen every four years,” the president said. Read more about Obama’s Howard University Commencement Speech Was One of the Best and Blackest He’s Given[…]

Misty Copeland Made Sure the Barbie Inspired by Her Had a Very Specific Body Type

Yes, Misty Copeland has a Barbie made in her image now — but the patriarchy hasn’t imploded, and racial equality still isn’t a thing. That’s part of why the 33-year-old #BlackExcellence ambassador — the first black female principal dancer in the history of the American Ballet Theater — gave very specific directions for how her Barbie should Read more about Misty Copeland Made Sure the Barbie Inspired by Her Had a Very Specific Body Type[…]

George Lopez On How To Overcome Obstacles

How To Overcome Obstacles And Achieve Success, As Told By George Lopez It was April 23,1984, when George Lopez woke up on his friend’s couch. He had no money to his name, he had just been fired from his job and he had just gotten kicked out of the home he grew up in. That Read more about George Lopez On How To Overcome Obstacles[…]

How To Fall In Love With Your City

Struggling with urban life? We love this great guide from Monocle about how to connect better with your environment. Billions of people live in cities but how many of us actually live in our city? Hugo Macdonald, author of the book How to Live in the City, takes us to New York, Tokyo and London Read more about How To Fall In Love With Your City[…]

How We’ll Remember Kobe: The Ball Player

Hijacking Italian Basketball League warmups as an 11 year old. Destroying a teammate so badly in one-on-one that it nearly caused a riot. Waking up at 5 a.m. to practice while his teammates slept. Rapping The Blueprint in the back of the bus. These are the stories that define Kobe Bryant to those who know him Read more about How We’ll Remember Kobe: The Ball Player[…]

Meet the 25-Year-Old Behind the World’s First Online School for Refugees

In the back of a building in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood, two 25-year-olds built what could become the world’s largest institute of higher education. Kiron—an online educational platform thought up by Markus Kressler and Vincent Zimmer—is the first educational hub for refugees and displaced persons. With its first semester complete, new students will be enrolling for Read more about Meet the 25-Year-Old Behind the World’s First Online School for Refugees[…]