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Belinda Qaqamba Ka-Fassie poses at a community space where women cook and sell meat. She started drag as an escape from oppression she felt at Stellenbosch University for being "black, Xhosa, poor, queer and effeminate." "It is through pageantry and performance that I became more inclined with my queerness and how boundless expression should be," she says. "Drag became the therapist I never had." Lee-Ann Olwage hide caption

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PHOTOS: Drag Queens In South Africa Embrace Their Queerness And Tradition

Even though they face discrimination, they proudly embrace their heritage in the way they dress.

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Texas Cities Try To Assess Scope Of Damage In Imelda's Aftermath

The National Weather Service in Houston said the amount of rainfall in Houston and Galveston on Thursday was "one for the record books. At least two deaths have been blamed on the storm.

Three variations of the AR-15 rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif., in a 2012 photo. On Sept. 19, 2019, Connecticut-based Colt's Manufacturing Co. said it was suspending production of its version of the AR-15 for the civilian market. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Colt Suspends Manufacture Of Controversial AR-15 For Civilian Market

The gun-maker says it will concentrate instead on fulfilling contracts from the military and law enforcement for the semi-automatic weapon that has come for many to be associated with mass shootings.

A new study found that investors were significantly more likely to bet a company's stock price was going to increase if the company had more women on staff compared with other companies. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Investors May Prefer Companies With More Women In The Workforce

A new study found investors were significantly more likely to bet a company's stock price was going to increase if the company had more women on staff compared with other companies.

Antonin Dvorak predicted that American classical music would draw from African American traditions. A new article wonders why American classical music has remained so white. Karen Chan /Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Why Is American Classical Music So White?

Early American composers could have shaken off their European sound and mined the rich trove of African American music. They didn't. And one historian believes we're worse off because of it.

ISIS attacks abroad and a series of deadly right-wing attacks in the U.S. have fueled a demand for more information on extremist networks. Understanding them is the first step in fighting them. But there has been little discussion about potential harm to the researchers tasked with looking deep inside the world's most dangerous movements. Stuart Kinlough/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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'It Gets To You.' Extremism Researchers Confront The Unseen Toll Of Their Work

Day after day, researchers are immersed in the propaganda of ISIS and neo-Nazi factions. But there's almost no discussion of the mental toll of examining the world's most dangerous extremists.

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50 Years Later, The Archies' 'Sugar, Sugar' Is Still 'Really Sweet'

Fifty years ago, the song "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single by the cartoon band would go on to be named 1969's song of the year.

50 Years Later, The Archies' 'Sugar, Sugar' Is Still 'Really Sweet'

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New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out Sept. 20

Our shortlist of the best albums out this week includes Brittany Howard's masterpiece, Jaime, sad bangers from Tove Lo, a profoundly beautiful, debut solo LP from Mountain Man's Molly Sarlé and more.

New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out Sept. 20

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Cokie Roberts was one of NPR's most recognizable voices and is considered one of a handful of pioneering female journalists who helped shape the public broadcaster's sound and culture. She died Tuesday. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Remembering Cokie Roberts: Family Announces Reception, Funeral Mass

A memorial reception will be held on Friday night at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., from 6 to 8. A funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew The Apostle in Washington. The longtime NPR journalist died earlier this week at the age of 75.

Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies At 75

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