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Grindr allows for anonymity in a way that other dating apps do not. Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

Relationships

How gay men justify their racism on Grindr

When gay men were confronted about writing ‘no Blacks’ or ‘no Latinos’ on their profiles, many of them became defensive.
A painting for the U.S. Army’s Stars and Stripes newspaper shows a downed pilot fending off sharks with a knife. Ed Vebell/Getty Images

History

Before Shark Week and ‘Jaws,’ World War II spawned America’s shark obsession

As part of the nation’s massive wartime mobilization effort, millions of Americans, for the first time, traveled abroad – where many had their first encounters with the marine predators.
Nathalie Jolivert, ‘World Championship: Dessalines Pa Ap Pran Go l,’ Acrylic on Canvas 90 in x 192 in. (c) Nathalie Jolivert

Literature

4 Haitian novels that beautifully blend history, memory and reality

Confronted with centuries of exploitation by their country’s ruling class and foreign powers, Haitian writers warn against the impulse to seek solace in outside intervention or cynical humor.
George Green – the son of distiller Nathan ‘Nearest’ Green – was one of seven generations of the Green family who worked for the Jack Daniel’s distillery. Wikimedia Commons

Food

The story of Nearest Green, America’s first known Black master distiller

Black Americans’ contributions to some of the country’s most iconic dishes and spirits are finally starting to be recognized in the media and in museum exhibitions.
For years, the market was inundated with heavy IPAs. Now drinkers are starting to push back. Bruce Milton Miller/Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Food

For some craft beer drinkers, less can mean more

Thanks to shifting tastes and improvements to the brewing process, more craft brewers are offering low-alcohol and nonalcoholic options – and are going toe to toe with America’s beer giants.
Recent space flights by multi-billionaires highlight the extreme economic inequality in America. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Music

Why Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Whitey on the Moon’ still feels relevant today

In 1970, Gil Scott-Heron penned a spoken word song called ‘Whitey on the Moon’ that criticized the 1969 Moon landing. A hip-hop scholar explains why the song still reverberates today.

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