Hulu’s ‘Ramy’ is back—with even more provocative questions for the Muslim-American diaspora

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In its second season, Ramy Youssef’s series about a first-generation Egyptian American doesn’t shy away from exploring the thornier aspects of the protagonist’s life. There aren’t many shows that are willing to drag their title character through the mud of a moral obstacle course the way that Ramy has. Ramy Hassan (the fictional alter ego of creator Ramy Youssef) is hot off season one , where he was a selfish, misled twenty-something eager to get the most out of his life and live it in a way that is in line with his faith. Read Full Story

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Racism is built into U.S. cities. Here’s how architects can fight back

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Police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic are two health crises that disproportionately impact black Americans. Architects, who take an oath to protect the “health, safety, and welfare” of the public, must be part of the solution. I am an architect. I’m also the daughter of a man who lost his life to the coronavirus. My father was an African American artist from Detroit who was just shy of his 80th birthday when he died in April. We’ll now have to celebrate his birthday without him. Over 100,000 Americans will not be celebrating their next birthday with their families as a result of this pandemic. The statistics tell us that COVID-19 is disproportionately infecting and killing black Americans. Read Full Story

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Watch James Baldwin’s brilliant 1965 speech in which he explored why Black Lives Matter

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The writer’s analysis of “the American dream” and what that meant for the black community is a must-watch today. On February 18, 1965, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. debated the concept of the American dream at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Baldwin and Buckley were polar opposites. Baldwin, an eloquent champion of the humanity of black people, had made it his life’s mission to highlight the nuances of what it was like to be black in a country that was built by, but not for, you. Buckley, a conservative who grew up wealthy, also examined race in his writings, but he often touted the notion that black people were inferior, and championed a new rising of the south (he later changed his views). Read Full Story

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Michael Lewis’s new podcast explores inequality via the coaching boom

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The bestselling author returns with season two of his ‘Against the Rules’ podcast, shifting focus from the decline of referees in society to the proliferation of coaches. Since his first book was published back in 1989, Michael Lewis has been famous for explaining complex concepts and operations to people in a way that both entertains and informs, whether it’s Wall Street ( Liar’s Poker , Flash Boys ), sports analytics ( Moneyball ), Silicon Valley ( The New New Thing ), or government agencies ( The Fifth Risk ). Read Full Story

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I was the White House’s chief information officer: Let’s not compromise our privacy in the fight against COVID-19

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Theresa Payton, who saw how the 9/11-inspired Patriot Act undermined our civil liberties, wants us to ask serious questions about deals to allow tech giants such as Apple and Google to get access to new streams of user data to help combat the pandemic. For the second time in a generation, Americans are having to make critical choices that will affect our fundamental way of life in order to defeat an insidious enemy. In 2001, we watched in horror as nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens were killed and thousands more injured when fanatics launched hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Today, more than 41,000 Americans have joined the tens of thousands of victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Full Story

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The science-backed ‘Future Self’ strategy can pave the way to greater success

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Benjamin Hardy, PhD, explains why identity is far more important than personality, how it is actually the driver of personality, and how to frame your own future self, so you can stop living your life based on who you’ve been. When Matthew McConaughey won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2014, he gave a riveting speech about how he succeeds in life. A big part of his “success” formula has to do with the person he explains as his “hero,” who happens to be himself 10 years into the future. Read Full Story

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The definitive ‘Insecure’ friendship status rankings heading into the season finale

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As the fourth season of Issa Rae’s acclaimed series draws to a close, we take a look at the protagonist’s key relationships. Insecure fans have been dealing with Issa Dee’s drama for the past few years. We started season one watching her live an awkward and unfulfilled life—uncertain about love, uncertain about her job, and constantly unsure of her life choices. The one constant had always been her friendships, especially with Molly (Yvonne Orji). Their sisterhood was an assuring underlying theme. There was comfort in knowing that no matter how much Issa (Issa Rae) frustrated us with her sometimes questionable actions, she could always turn to Molly. Read Full Story

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