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It sure looks like Melania Trump copied her speech from Michelle Obama

This is very weird. One of the more uplifting sections in Melania Trump’s convention speech tonight is eerily similar to a passage from Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008. Here’s the key moment in Trump’s speech tonight: My parents impressed on me the value of that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. Show the values and morals in in the daily life. That is the lesson that we continue to pass on to our son ...
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Bitter’s Kiss Is the Musical Lovechild of Lana Del Rey and Lorde

By Rebecca Bohanan "Who are you trying to impress when you pray?...How many things can go on in a day/That you stay on your knees so long?" starts "The Rope," the lead single from New Jersey singer-songwriter Chloe Baker, known on stage as Bitter's Kiss. The track, like many songs on Bitter's Kiss' self-titled debut album, is so well-anchored by its atmospheric arrangement and Baker's enchanting voice that if you aren't listening closely, you might miss the lyrics' poignant exploration of teen suicide, made apparent with lines like, "There's a quicker way to heaven if you can find yourself a ...
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Gorgeous Photos Show How This Charity Is Helping Kids In Cuba ‘Free Their Minds’

By Carolina Moreno Rene Lecour remembers feeling like an outsider as a teen until he found a place in what he calls the "punk rock BMX skate culture." But during a family skate trip to Havana in 2010, he learned that creative outlets for young Cuban kids who feel the same way are few and far between in the communist country."I saw a group of teens that reminded me a lot of myself," the 48-year-old skate aficionado told The Huffington Post. "I remember that being a teen in itself was never easy, especially for those of us who never really ...
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Check Out 25 Breathtaking Libraries From All Around The World

By Jade Walker That's the theme of this year's National Library Week, an annual awareness celebration sponsored by the American Library Association. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. ...read more Read more here: Check Out 25 Breathtaking Libraries From All Around The World ...
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Vintage Photos Of The First Modern Olympics Show That Sports Are Timeless

By Alexandra Ma ATHENS, Greece -- As the world prepares for this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, an exhibition in Greece is taking visitors on a digital journey back to the first modern Olympic Games in Athens 120 years ago. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Benaki Museum, Costa Navarino Luxury Resorts and the Athens International Airport, and features historic photos taken by German photographer Albert Mayer during the 1896 competitions. Prominent Greek visual artist Eva Nathena, who curated the exhibition, used Mayer's archived photos in a modern-day video art installation.The 1896 Games were a turning point in ...
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The Erotic Truths of Art: The Force Behind Instagram’s Famous Couple, Mitch and Sally

By Samantha Matcovsky There is a right way and a wrong way to view the situation. The wrong way: A man and woman take sexual, revealing photos, post them on the internet and subtly bask in the attention of strangers. The right way: Australian couple and artistic duo, Mitch Gobel and Sally Mustang, view sex as it should be -- organic, beautiful and inspiring. Instead of squirreling away the precise subject that drives them to create, something that they both expressively value, the couple turns it into art. They take a leap and post images of their art on social ...
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Blockbusters Should Learn To Be More Like The New ‘Jungle Book’

By Matthew Jacobs Disney is on the reboot warpath, rejiggering just about every primo animated property in glistening live action. It started in 2010 with Tim Burton's candy-coated "Alice in Wonderland" and became considerably more promising last year when "Cinderella" swirled to life at the hands of Shakespeare maestro Kenneth Branagh. Both were immensely lucrative, and the formula was crystallized: coat a few A-listers in hyper-saturated hues, nix the synonymous sing-alongs and make sure the villains are teed up to maximum camp (Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, Angelina Jolie's Maleficent) or contemptibility (Cate Blanchett's Wicked Stepmother). But with Disney's newest live-action ...
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Art Cologne 2016 (VIDEO)

Art Cologne 2016 (VIDEO)

By VernissageTV This year, Art Cologne, the world's oldest art fair for modern and contemporary art celebrates its 50th edition. The launch of the fair in 1967 - back then called The Kunstmarkt Köln '67 - was sparked by the urgent need to revitalize the lackluster art market in West Germany. Founded by the Cologne-based gallerists Hein Stünke and Rudolf Zwirner, it had a profound impact on the international art market. The success of Kunstmarkt Köln triggered the launch of other art fairs, the most successful and enduring of all the reactions was Art Basel, founded in 1970. For the ...
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A Child Shall Lead Them

By George Heymont Not everyone wants to raise a family. But for those who do, procreation isn't always the result of "doin' what comes naturally." Gay couples (as well as heterosexuals struggling with infertility issues) are often faced with a difficult decision: Adopt or adapt. Either route is accompanied by risk and expense, which can put prospective parents on a white-knuckle path with regard to their patience, hopes, expectations, and finances.Those who opt for in vitro fertilization (IVF) have no guarantee of success.Those who contract with a surrogate mother may face the surrogate's crushing postpartum decision to keep the child ...
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Forget Twitter, This App Provides You With A Real-Life ‘Follower’

By Priscilla Frank Today, the words "I followed you" most often mean something along the lines of: my Internet presence appreciates your Internet presence and thus, thanks to the click of a button, I will now be made aware of your online activities.Occasionally, however, when someone says "I followed you," they mean, quite literally, that for the past 24 hours he or she has been physically tracing your footsteps, staying hidden from view, and monitoring the banal details of your daily life. Especially if that someone is artist Lauren McCarthy.McCarthy, an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn, is the inventor ...
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“Something Here” — Japanese Street Photographers

By Satoki Nagata © Shin NoguchiJapanese Street PhotographersSatoki Nagata Japan is one of unique countries in the world. Geologically, Japan is located in the far East from the Western world, and close to China, one of the cradles of civilization. Japanese people have developed their own complicated culture for centuries within the various isolated islands, and with some influences from the rest of world. Japanese people seem less enthusiastic to communicate with people outside of their country, even in modern times but the internet has changed the situation practically as well as mentally in various fields, including photography. Many street ...
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Americaville

By Carl Corey "Their idols are silver and gold, the work of man's hands." Picture 7182• Hudson, WI © Carl Corey / Americaville -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. ...read more Read more here: Americaville ...
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First Nighter: Ike Holter’s ‘Exit Strategy’ About Failing Public Schools Not Sufficiently Strategic

By David Finkle Since Ike Holter's Exit Strategy, a Primary Stages production at the Cherry Lane, takes place in a foundering Chicago high school called Tumbldn, you wouldn't be surprised to encounter at least a few students dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But in his cast of characters Holter only includes one student, Donnie (Brandon J. Pierce), who does fit the profile. The rest are teachers Arnold (Michael Cullen), Pam (Deirdre Madigan,) Sadie (Aimé Donna Kelly), Luce (Rey Lucas), Jania (Christina Nieves) and assistant principal Ricky (Ryan Spahn), and the disturbing shock of Exit Strategy is that every one ...
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Dakis Joannou: On Art Dialogues

By Lilia Ziamou "It is about being in a dialogue." -Dakis Joannou Dakis Joannou is a Greek collector and the founder of the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, a non-profit institution established in 1983. "Being in a dialogue" was the common thread that ran through my conversation with Dakis Joannou. He spoke passionately about DESTE's vision and his conversations with artists, collaborators, and art itself. The Beginning of the Dialogues Dakis Joannou has always been interested in art and in the early 80's, as this interest matured, he started exploring ways to be an active participant in the dialogue around ...
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11 Times Beverly Cleary Totally Got Your Childhood — And Life

By Claire Fallon Happy birthday, Beverly Cleary! The legendary children's book author turns 100 on Tuesday. Though the increasing strength of the children's and young adult fiction markets have given kids today many more options, from The Hunger Games to John Green, it's hard to graduate to adulthood without having benefited from Cleary's wisdom about what it means to be a kid -- and her accompanying droll humor.When Cleary began writing children's books in the 1950s, honest and non-didactic books for kids were a rarity. Her squirmy Ramona Quimby, normal kid Henry Huggins, and cast of characters from Klickitat Street ...
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Thieves Swipe Andy Warhol Soup Cans Collection From Missouri Museum

By Chris D'Angelo A collection of pop artist Andy Warhol's iconic "Campbell's Soup Cans" prints has been stolen from a Missouri art museum. The FBI on Monday posted a $25,000 reward for information leading to the artwork's recovery.The seven stolen prints, which the FBI valued at $500,000, are part of a collection of 10 owned by the Springfield Art Museum, in Springfield, Missouri, since 1985, according to KCTV News.The museum said in a statement the burglary occurred sometime after hours on April 6 or early April 7. Its exhibition where the Warhols were on display -- entitled "The Electric Garden ...
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A conversation with Kenny Scharf

By Aline Pimentel If you are an avid fan of NYC art history, you are no doubt familiar with Kenny Scharf, well known for his work during the East Village art scene of the 1980s. His work is largely made up of paintings of pop icons in various mediums and with a sci-fi perspective. Kenny's track record is impressive, his work having been displayed in museums all across the country, including the Whitney, which chose his work for the 1985 Whitney Biennial. I jumped at the chance to meet Kenny and recently caught up with him in the Hamptons to ...
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The Manly Pursuit of Desire: I Have Met Big Brother and His Name is Mark Zuckerberg

By Perry Brass Author Perry Brass in Cuba, Feb. 2016, at the Morro Fortress, during the Havana International Book Fair. My Facebook page is "no longer available." This means my 2,200 former Facebook friends cannot find out about my books, or what I am doing as a writer, since I use my Facebook page almost entirely for professional reasons. Since February I have been "blocked." Why, I have no idea but it has to do with the books I write being banned "forever" from being advertised or promoted because of their titles and possibly covers--The Manly Art of Seduction and ...
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Chita Rivera Looks Back On Her Storied Career At New York’s Café Carlyle

By Curtis M. Wong You can't keep Chita Rivera down for long.The singer-actress had originally been slated to debut her new cabaret show, “An Evening of My Favorite Songs,” at New York's Café Carlyle in January, but a pelvic stress fracture required her to postpone her performances until April.Of course, Rivera, 83, isn't one of Broadway's most venerable icons for nothing. If her dazzling performance at “Broadway Backwards” on March 21 is any indication, the two-time Tony Award winner will be back with the same vigor and vim that's made her a star for over 60 years when she takes ...
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Artist’s Tender Illustrations Show The Kind Of Father She Wishes She’d Had

By Caroline Bologna Ukrainian artist Snezhana Soosh believes father-daughter relationships can be truly magical. That's the inspiration behind her series of illustrations that depict the bond between a dad and his little girl. From playing board games and puppet theater to chasing the monsters away at bedtime, each illustrated scene is incredibly sweet."I always wanted to have a tender and loving relationship with my own father, but he didn't know how to show his love so most of the time was distant and cold," Soosh told The Huffington Post. "I was observing other fathers with their daughters and so loved ...
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What It Takes to Be an Asian Female Hip-Hop Dancer and Choreographer

By Robert Kuang Hailing from Hong Kong and New Zealand, Karen Ng has danced on Good Morning America, New York Live with Ben Aaron, ABC Live, and showcased her choreography at B.B. Kings, Times Square Arts Center, and the NYC Dance Parade. She has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note Jazz Club, NYC Summerstage, Shakespeare in the Park and more. She has also produced and performed her own projects with Triple8Funk Dance Company, Soul in Motion, All Aboard Burlesque, and has brought Byron Cox (House Dance Project) and Waack It Out with Jayshri Nand to Auckland. You were ...
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The Real Housewife of 11th-Century Scotland

By George Heymont New breakthroughs in technology have a long history of disrupting the status quo. When I first learned how to type, it was on a manual typewriter that, if you hit the carriage return handle hard enough, might fall off the desk. Having progressed through Selectric technology (with changeable fonts) and customized "accounting" typewriters with extra-wide carriages and the ability to tab to the next decimal point, I was thrilled when word processing programs hit the marketplace in the 1980s.No longer did I need to worry about trying to type a document on seven carbon sets with the ...
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The Best Bobby in Sondheim

The Best Bobby in Sondheim’s ‘Company’

By Courtney M. Soliday Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Stephen Sondheim's Company! Please let us know in the comments your favorite Bobby. If you're NY1 trash like me, you'll love this throwback interview about Company: Any Broadway buff owns multiple versions of the same musical. My collection is on iTunes because Apple TV is easy. It is a shame I cannot put my movie collection, which includes Les Mis x2 and the Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour, on display. I prefer the Live Les Misérables with Norm Lewis: I have already watched Raúl Eduardo Esparza as Bobby this week. For ...
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The “Garden” of New York: Why the Lower East Side is Different

By MutualArt Lower East Side at Dusk. Photo: Jens Schott Knudsen.The Changing Face of the Lower East SideManhattan's art scene is one that fluctuates and migrates. Watching it over time, it starts to look like a natural process, like herding patterns, or erosion: galleries pop up in neighborhoods where rents are relatively low; attracting more galleries and other businesses; rents rise and property values go up; stalwart, established galleries remain and smaller galleries start to move out, finding lower rents in a different neighborhood; the process then repeats. In the 1950s and 60s the 10th Street Galleries were established as ...
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Sanders Takes Wife On Best Date Ever To See “Hamilton” Musical

By Sebastian Murdock When it comes to date nights, Bernie Sanders showed on Friday night that he's one helluva class act.The Vermont senator and his wife, Jane, took a brief respite from his Democratic primary campaign to catch the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton in New York City.Sanders seemed to really enjoy himself!That's Bernie at Hamilton, literally cried pic.twitter.com/K2849YNB4r— Hunter Igoe (@igoefaster) April 9, 2016Though perhaps not as much as the other attendees who got to see both an amazing play and a presidential candidate. THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE @SenSanders @HamiltonMusical— Hunter Igoe (@igoefaster) April 8, ...
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19 Reasons Smoke Bombs Are The Hottest Wedding Photo Trend

By Kelsey Borresen The next smokin' hot thing in wedding photography? Colorful smoke bombs.With their pretty plumes in all colors of the rainbow, smoke bombs add a dreamlike quality to wedding portraits that sparklers just can't compete with. But don't be fooled by their billowing beauty; these smoke bombs can get quite hot, so be sure to give them time to cool down before properly disposing of them. And use common sense -- i.e. avoid dry fields, forests or any other area that could potentially catch fire. Head here for even more safety tips.Below are 19 magical wedding pics that ...
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Contemporary Artists Are Reinterpreting 17th-Century Japanese Erotica

By Priscilla Frank Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be suitable for work environments.If you're not familiar with shunga, the early Japanese tradition of creating explicit images of sexual activity, welcome to the pleasure dome. Literally translated to "spring pictures," shunga date back to Japan's Edo period, from approximately the 17th to 19th centuries, when the country was experiencing a boom of economic growth and a new abundance of leisure time. That meant more art, more horniness, more erotica. While Edo-era Japan was characterized by a strict social order, and sexual digressions like adultery were strictly forbidden, there ...
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The Moment Audra McDonald Hit ‘Bottom’ And Almost Gave Up On Broadway

By Lisa Capretto Audra McDonald has made history as the star with the most Tony Awards under her belt, but there was a time when the actress truly believed she would have to give up her dreams on ever setting foot on Broadway's big stage.As McDonald tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" in this weekend's upcoming interview, she envisioned her time at the prestigious Juilliard School as a powerful jumping off point for making her long-held Broadway goals a reality. However, McDonald's initial experience there took her in a completely different direction."I entered into the classical vocal program, so, all ...
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One Poet’s Ode To Her Resting Bitch Face

By Jenavieve Hatch If you're a woman who doesn't smile for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, then you've likely been accused of having a resting bitch face. Poet Olivia Gatwood turned her resting bitch face-induced shame into art. In a two-minute slam poem, she exposes resting bitch face for what it actually is: a symptom of the much greater societal issue of how women's bodies are constantly under surveillance and subject to the approval of men.The poem begins by laying out the many instances in which women are perceived as "mean girls" or "bitches" -- wearing headphones ...
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Back To The Sixties

By George Heymont On May 24, 1966, one of my favorite musicals opened on Broadway. Not only did Mame receive rave reviews from critics, Jerry Herman's musical catapulted Angela Lansbury into a new phase of her remarkable career. As we look back from a vantage point of 50 years, it becomes obvious that the success of Mame stood smack in the middle of a golden age of musical theatre. Not only did 1966 begin with several long-running hits packing in audiences, some great talents were entertaining audiences.Over at the St. James Theatre, Carol Channing was nearing the end of her ...
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