Actor Shannon Kook poses on the cover of the 2016 Haikus with Hotties calendar.
February 4, 2016 "Haikus with Hotties" is more than just a cheeky calendar — it's challenging the way Asian-American men are portrayed in the media.
Natalie Cole performing in New York in 2015
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January 2, 2016 The influential singer not only lived up to her father, Nat King Cole's legacy, she forged a new one entirely her own. NPR's Scott Simon looks back on a 2013 conversation with the late Natalie Cole.
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One of the trendiest videos in India in 2015? This comedy sketch on Indian weddings.
January 2, 2016 Viral videos come from every corner of the planet. Here's a look at some of the year's most popular YouTube videos from the developing world.
Priyanka Chopra plays Alex Parrish in ABC's Quantico.
December 10, 2015 Priyanka Chopra is the first South Asian woman to play a lead in a network TV drama. She has an advocate in a venture capitalist who has made it her business to meld South Asian and U.S. pop culture.
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Can these cartoon pals help reduce the stigma of cancer treatment for children?
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April 24, 2014 Kids don't want to look different, especially if the reason they look different is because they've lost their hair to chemotherapy. If Hello Kitty's gone bald, too, maybe it won't feel so bad.
Marvel superheroes: they've arrived.
May 7, 2013 There was a time when superheroes confined themselves to the pages of comic books piled up in a kids room. Now they're on the big screen and in the mainstream of pop culture. Commentator Adam Frank says there are winners and losers in this transformation.
What is a "tea blend?"
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April 29, 2013 It looks like tea is joining the ranks of fan fiction and fan art as an option for expressing your love for the likes of everything from Downton Abbey and Doctor Who to Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. One company is selling crowdsourced fandom blends inspired by customers' favorite TV shows, books, movies and comics.
NPR's Cheryl Corley and producer Brakkton Booker followed Tuesday's Republican National Convention events with a trip to Tampa's trendy Ybor City neighborhood.
August 29, 2012 In Tampa, the phrase "Republican Party" can take on a whole new meaning as it gets later in the day. While politicians try to stir up emotions with prime-time speeches, nightclubs offer a different outlet.
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Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball ham it up at the chocolate factory in a famous food-centric episode of "I Love Lucy."
August 6, 2012 Lucille Ball was never funnier than when she was playing with her food. In honor of her 101 birthday, which would have been today, we share three of our favorite food clips from "I Love Lucy."
President Obama meets with actor George Clooney, U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Princeton N. Lyman, and human rights activist John Prendergast (far left) at the White House on March 15.
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May 10, 2012 On Thursday, some of Hollywood's top stars and deepest pockets will congregate at the Studio City, Calif., home of actor George Clooney to mingle with President Obama and raise money for his re-election campaign. At least one conservative group is deriding Obama as a "celebrity president."
These days, some colleges are offering more than your typical sociology or public speaking electives.
August 17, 2011 Ever wanted to learn gender politics in black satire, based on a Dave Chappelle skit? How about earning credit for watching and discussing The Wire? The Root takes a look at quirky college electives offered at colleges across the nation.
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