Politics

Flavorwire Interview: George Takei on Japanese Internment, Hollywood’s Race Problem, and His Broadway Show ‘Allegiance’

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Based on true events, the Broadway musical Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, who, along with 120,000 other Japanese-Americans, are forced to leave their homes and become imprisoned in internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The show’s star, George Takei, was an internee as a child, and he based his performance on his own family’s stories, the stories of other Japanese-Americans, and the research he has conducted throughout his lifetime.
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The Most Progressive ‘Roseanne’ Quotes About Women, the Working Class, and More

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The Conners first took a seat on their beloved, ratty couch back in 1988 on this day. Roseanne, named after the show’s outspoken matriarch (played by comedian Roseanne Barr), centered on the working-class struggles of the family in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Riffing on the real-life Roseanne’s no-nonsense attitude, the series tackled serious and sensitive subjects like poverty, obesity, homophobia, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, and alcoholism when few shows would.
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Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Bandleader Jon Batiste on How Music Can Unite America Right Now

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Perhaps even more than Michael McDonald, Jon Batiste’s whole thing revolves around taking it to the streets. The Stay Human bandleader and come September, the official “musical friend” on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show has built his career around the kinds of performances that are common in his hometown of New Orleans. But his spontaneous shows aren’t not some flashmob gimmick: Batiste grounds his approach in pure humanism, so much so that it borders on political.
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Flavorwire Premiere: JiHAE’s “Brave Ones” Gives Voice to Her Father’s Vietnam PTSD

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The Vietnam War inspired some of the most powerful songs of its era, but it’s rare to hear it discussed by younger artists in the 21st century. This generation’s got its own political battles to fight, but from where New York rocker and multimedia artist JiHAE stands, our present is more connected to our wartime past than we want to acknowledge. It’s why she wrote “Brave Ones,” off her forthcoming album Illusion of You, after watching her father struggle with PTSD in the decades following his service in Vietnam.
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Photos of a Bizarre College-Age Fan Club That Worships Putin as a Pinup

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Most Americans seem to know Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, from the controversial, anti-Putin Pussy Riot protests and the many GIFs that mock his absurd attempts at establishing a hyper-masculine image in the media. But there is a segment of the Russian population that idolizes the political figure, including a group of teens and 20-somethings who look at Putin as a kind of pinup.
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