It's a little surprising to learn that at one point, 19-year-old biracial actress Amandla Stenberg was seriously considered for one of the coveted leading roles in the film Black Panther. While an undeniably talented actress who is no stranger to the genre (Hunger Games, anyone?), Stenberg would never be mistaken for a purely African woman.
The boy looks into a microscope and sees his desire take form. The teacher lets her hair down. We see her propped on a table, her pencil skirt showing off her butt, her blouse tied in a knot to display her midriff, like Britney Spears in "Hit Me Baby One More Time." Now she's sweaty and naked. Now she's wearing a little black dress and they're dancing close. She's not passive, not threatened. She loves the attention. She loves the male gaze. This is, then, what the video's going for: Récamier as sex fantasy, as object of desire. But then something weird happens. The perspective shifts all of a sudden, and we see the world through the teacher's eyes. She wants the boy, more than anything, but no, he's not available to her. She looks for him in the hallways, in the classrooms, until she finds him with another girl. He looks at her blankly. She cries milky white tears. read more
A High School Student Faces Expulsion for Noticing the Square Root Symbol Looks Like a Gun No adults seem embarrassed by this reaction. They should be. What's really happening here... is administrative ass-covering. If something bad happened because they didn't treat this incident seriously, he says, then parents would get angry with him. It's reminiscent of how the TSA will freak out at any jokes about bombs or guns, yet has a terrible record for assessing risk at airports. Any suggestion that schools should adopt airport-like security absurd and self-defeating.
In the coming years, the company [SpaceX] hopes to launch 4,425 interlinked broadband-internet satellites into orbit some 700 to 800 miles above Earth, plus another 7,500 spacecraft into lower orbits. That's nearly 12,000 satellites, more than twice the number of all satellites launched in history, according to a tally by the Union of Concerned Scientists. ... The scale of the proposal, informally known as Starlink, is incredible. In the coming years, the company hopes to launch 4,425 interlinked broadband-internet satellites into orbit some 700 to 800 miles above Earth, plus another 7,500 spacecraft into lower orbits. That's nearly 12,000 satellites, more than twice the number of all satellites launched in history. The satellites will be used to "bathe" the Earth in high speed internet radiation. read more
NPR's Code Switch discusses whether or not it's appropriate to label Donald Trump's statements, such as allegedly referring to certain countries as "s---holes", calling Mexicans rapists and supporting a Muslim ban, as racist. read more