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Jordan Peele's 'Us' explores the horror of doppelgangers

Today 08:05 GMT

After conquering Hollywood with his directorial debut, "Get Out," Jordan Peele is back with "Us," a horror film with a middle-class African-American family in the center.

Jordan Peele didn't need spooky makeup to create chilling characters: The same actors play the mirror version of themselves — and that's horror in itself. Read more: Use spiders, use the dark: Why horror films and the Walking Dead are good for you. Born in New York City in 1979, Jordan Peele is one of the hottest new talents in US cinema.

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Source: The Guradian

Reparations: Democrats renew debate over how to heal the legacy of slavery

Today 09:55 GMT

“But trying to move the nation in the moral direction, so even if there is at any given moment a low degree of support for doing the right thing, true political leadership would mean that one would promote doing the right thing and try to bring public sentiment along.”

But, they argued, the root causes remain clear: “The inequities outlined herein have a direct correlation to the legacy of slavery and the turbulent aftermath of Reconstruction, both of which shaped not only the racial climates of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the socioeconomic landscape of our nation.”

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Source: Fox News

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes allegedly faked her voice to make it sound lower

Wednesday 21:50 GMT

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes made headlines for a number of outrageous things she did when she was considered a Silicon Valley sensation, but some close to the disgraced former CEO have only recently revealed her stunts also included changing her voice to make it sound lower.

The strange timbre of Holmes's voice was revealed after Stanford professor Dr. Phyllis Gardner told ABC Radio’s podcast “The Dropout” that she recalled Holmes’ voice being higher when they first met. ELIZABETH HOLMES BOUGHT DOG SHE CLAIMED WAS ‘WOLF’ AS THERANOS COLLAPSED, REPORT SAYS. “When she came to me she didn’t have a low voice,” Gardner said.

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Source: Reuters

Haka ring out as New Zealand deals with trauma of shootings

Today 08:59 GMT

Members of rival New Zealand gangs gathered in unity on Wednesday to slap their thighs, thump their chests and stick out their tongues in a traditional Maori haka to commemorate the victims of last week’s mass shootings in Christchurch.

Haka expert Te Kahuata Maxwell said those being performed over the past week were a response to the trauma the community felt. “It’s the Maori way of dealing with death, it’s the Maori way of expressing grief, it’s the Maori way of expressing love.

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Source: Fox News

83 gargantuan black holes spotted guzzling down dinner at the edge of the universe

Monday 19:05 GMT

Quasars are the brightest objects in the universe, and they are found only around black holes that are millions of times the mass of Earth's sun.

(The black holes themselves emit no light or energy, of course, though friction from the matter that swirls around and ultimately into a black hole's "mouth" does spit out immense light.) The quasars and their central black holes are 13 billion light-years away from Earth, meaning scientists are seeing the objects now as they appeared only 800 million years after the universe formed.

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Source: Fox News

Black activist group urges NAACP to revoke Jussie Smollett’s Image Award nomination

Tuesday 22:44 GMT

Project 21, a prominent black leadership network, on Monday called for the NAACP to rescind embattled “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series,” which was announced before he was charged with staging a hate crime. “Everyone has a reason to be disappointed with Jussie Smollett right now, and these accumulated reasons justify the NAACP taking swift and appropriate action to remove him from consideration for its Image Award,” Project 21 co-chairman Council Nedd II said in a statement.

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Source: BBC

England's Danny Rose backs Raheem Sterling in criticising portrayal of black players

Wednesday 20:54 GMT

England full-back Danny Rose says players were "over the moon" to see Raheem Sterling criticise the media's portrayal of black players and says the winger was "spot on" in his analysis.

"It's sad really but he's 100% spot on with what he said," Tottenham defender Rose told BBC Sport before England begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against the Czech Republic on Friday and Montenegro on Monday. "The stick he used to get from the media was bang out of order.

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Source: The Guradian

Khloé Kardashian says we should show love to racists – but why coddle them?

Tuesday 19:05 GMT

Over the weekend, Khloé Kardashian posted on Instagram about a T-shirt that seemed, at first glance, forgivably mawkish.

Khloé Kardashian was accused last year of editing her daughter’s skin colour in pictures to make it appear lighter, a few months after she had hit back at cruel remarks made online about the toddler’s complexion. It is hard to be colour-blind in this society of racists that Kardashian seeks to “love” when these people actively hate others – her daughter included, whether she chooses to see it or not.

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Source: The Guradian

Can legal weed ever beat the black market?

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

In Canada and the US states where weed is legal, the illegal market has proven to be a tenacious competitor – and it’s likely to remain so for years.

“Hundreds if not thousands of companies who intend to shift into the legal market are forced to participate in the [gray market] infrastructure that has been in place for decades,” Berryessa said. In January 2018, the month California’s adult market opened, he says, there were about 200 fully legal pot shops in California, compared with roughly 4,000 gray market dispensaries.

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Source: Fox News

Preening college admissions officers and entitled celebrities -- here’s why the whole scandal was inevitable

Monday 20:00 GMT

The celebrity college-admissions cheating scandal has two clear takeaways: an elite college degree has taken on wildly inflated importance in American society, and the sports-industrial complex enjoys wildly inflated power within universities.

The unquenchable desire of college admissions officers to engineer racial diversity led to a cheating scandal far more consequential than this one. Michael Landry and his wife ran a vaunted college prep school in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, that subjected its students to sadistic physical abuse and emotional humiliation, while inventing their college credentials out of whole cloth.

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Source: Fox News

Puzzling number of men tied to Ferguson protests have died

Tuesday 08:59 GMT

Six deaths, all involving men with connections to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, drew attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister was at play.

"Here in St. Louis, unfortunately, we have allowed the culture of crime and violence to morph into dimensions that anybody's at risk any day, any time," said James Clark of the nonprofit Better Family Life.

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Source: Reuters

Wastewater - private equity’s new black gold in U.S. shale

Tuesday 05:09 GMT

His company is one of dozens opening sites like this one that handles, not the lucrative oil, but the shale industry’s dirty secret: wastewater.

While U.S. oil production has reached record levels on account of the shale revolution of the last decade, much of the supporting infrastructure has failed to keep up, including how to transport the large quantities of water used in the hydraulic fracturing process and the water that is produced from wells alongside oil and gas.


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