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September 9, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Detangling the hair wars fought by African Americans

My recent column sticks up for 7-year-old Tiana Parker, an Oklahoma girl forced to choose between her school and her hairstyle. The Tulsa girl was sent home from school, on the first day no less, because her hair was styled in dreadlocks. She kept her hairstyle but switched to a new school that will hopefully be more interested in what’s in her head, rather…

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0 Comments | Topics: African Americans, Afros, children

August 13, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Ashton Kutcher on what he learned from Steve Jobs

This week’s biggest surprise: Actor Ashton Kutcher gives a surprisingly inspiring and smart speech at the Teen Choice Awards. In a brief acceptance speech, Kutcher channels Apple founder Steve Jobs and champions nerds with three pieces of advice. Juju Chang of Good Morning America posted it on Facebook, calling it “remarkable.” I could not resist…

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0 Comments | More in Video | Topics: Apple, pop culture, technology

March 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods, Facebook: Stars, they’re just like us

Even though the unveiling of Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods’ relationship on Facebook was as carefully orchestrated as a Broadway musical, announcing the relationship on Facebook actually makes them more like the rest of us. Who hasn’t gone “awwwww” over the Facebook update that a friend “is now in a relationship?” That’s a prompt for me…

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March 14, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Pi Day. Call it what it is: Nerd Appreciation Day

I understand that we are a city of nerds. Between the software engineers and the aerospace engineers in this city, there is nothing we love so much as an elegant proof, clean code and Seattle Repertory plays about troubled, genius scientists. Today mathletes unite in celebrating Pi Day. It’s March 14, or 3.14. Please call it what…

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