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Rare Tape Of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Game To Be Archived

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Actors onstage during a performance of Fallujah. The Long Beach Opera production is based on the combat experiences of a U.S. Marine in Iraq, and was co-written with an Iraqi-American. Keith Ian Polakoff/Long Beach Opera hide caption

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An Iraq War Opera Finds A Vein Of Empathy

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Michelle Obama Promotes All-Star Song 'This Is For My Girls' At SXSW

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Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Rosalee, a housemaid who runs for freedom in the new WGN show Underground. She says the drama unfolds like a spy thriller. Sony Pictures Television hide caption

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New TV Drama Recounts Heroic Escapes On The Underground Railroad

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Louis Armstrong and Barbra Streisand have a laugh on the set of Hello, Dolly! The 1969 musical comedy won an Oscar for its score, co-composed by Lionel Newman. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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What Musical Family Has The Oscars On Lock? Hello, Newmans.

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As legend has it, women's film careers are "cursed" by winning the best supporting actress Academy Award. (From left) winners Marisa Tomei in 1993, Jennifer Hudson in 2007 and Mira Sorvino in 1996. Barry King/Liaison/Getty Images; Dan MacMedan/WireImage/Getty Images; Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Behind The Best Supporting Actress Curse? Plain, Old, Unmagical Sexism

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The Weeknd —€” known for his falsetto range —€” performs in Las Vegas earlier this year. Bryan Steffy/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Are There So Many Tough Guys Who Sound Like Ladies On The Radio?

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Diane Warren co-wrote the song "Til It Happens to You" with Lady Gaga. It has been nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar for Best Song. Emily Shur/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Diane Warren On 'Til It Happens To You,' A Modern Anthem For A Hard Truth

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Guillermo & Joaquin, 2013. Catherine Opie/Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles hide caption

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'I Do Like To Stare': Catherine Opie On Her Portraits Of Modern America

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Comedian and actress Grace Helbig is a star on YouTube. "Having an audience that listens to and resonates with your creative ideas is invaluable," she says. Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP hide caption

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How Do You Measure Passion? Figuring The Value Of Social Media Followers

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2016 Pritzker Prize Goes To Chilean Architect Alejandro Aravena

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Amanda Saab cracked jokes, showed her creative side and even cooked bacon (which she didn't eat) during her time as a contestant on MasterChef. Greg Gayne/FOX hide caption

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In 2015, TV Broke Ground By Showing Relatable Women In Hijab

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Ellsworth Kelly, shown before one of his huge pieces at Peter Carlson Enterprises, Sun Valley, in 1996, has died at the age of 92. Clarence Williams/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Artist Ellsworth Kelly, Master Of Colorful Abstraction, Dies At 92

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In the 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" Clement Clark Moore describes Santa as a "jolly old elf." Above, a 1918 illustration of the poem, by William Roger Snow. GraphicaArtis/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Santa An Elf? Discuss

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What American Muslims Do On Christmas: New Traditions Emerge

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