Ava DuVernay Hosts Live Discussion of 'When They See Us' as Korey Wise Protests George Floyd's Death
The Oscar nominated director also launched an educational resource the Netflix to help viewers explore the social and historical context.
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Las Vegas Raiders Owner Mark Davis Says He'll Stand Beside NFL Players Protesting Social Injustice
Davis said he was surprised the protests following George Floyd's death haven't been more violent but urged demonstrators to demonstrate peacefully.
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West threaten former bodyguard with $10M lawsuit
They sent Steve Stanulis a cease and desist letter.
Scenarios when 'Insecure' actor leans on Nigerian background
Nigerian-American actor and comedian Yvonne Orji tells us which side of her dual background she embraces in certain situations.
Minneapolis Police Used Neck Restraints 237 Times, Left 44 People Unconscious Since 2015, Records Show
An NBC News analysis evaluated Minneapolis Police Department records following George Floyd's death a week ago in police custody.
Supreme Court upholds composition of Puerto Rico oversight panel
The decision was unanimous.
Obama says protests could be "a real turning point"
The former president wrote that the protests "represent a genuine and legitimate frustration," and hailed those who are marching peacefully.
George Floyd protester allegedly shot and killed by Nebraska bar owner
A man protesting the death of George Floyd was fatally shot outside a bar in Nebraska, police said. James Scurlock, 22, died at a hospital after he was shot in Omaha late Saturday in the city’s Old Market section, where protesters gathered during a second straight night in response to Floyd’s May 25 death in...
Why Trump Can’t Designate ANTIFA As a Terrorist Organization
For one thing, they are neither terrorists, nor an organization.
Newt Gingrich: What President Trump should say to Americans as unrest worsens
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday advised how President Trump should address the rioting in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Here's what 'Space Force' Viewers Really Think of the Show—And It's Not Pretty
The new series, co-created by Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, hasn't had the most successful launch.
Attention, wrestling fans: WWE launches free streaming network
It will carry over 15,000 wrestling shows, including “Monday Night Raw” and “Friday Night SmackDown.”
Reggie Bush sells Pacific Palisades home for $7.38 million
Former NFL and USC football star Reggie Bush has sold his Pacific Palisades home for $7.381 million.
We expect hotter-than-average summer in D.C. area after cool April and May
The summer of 2020 is likely to be the 11th hotter-than-average summer in a row
Florida charter school holds graduation ceremony on jet skis
Forced to get creative with the coronavirus pandemic limiting large social gatherings, one Florida charter school made sure its seniors still graduated in style.
Increasing Number of Russians Willing to Protest Putin Regime as Trust in Leader Drops to New Low: Poll
Unrest in the nation has mounted as it battles one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks of any country.
Work out your core muscles in just minutes with this great deal
Raise your hand if you miss going to the gym. With lockdown orders still active in some areas, gyms across the country are staying closed. Thus, many individuals are trading a floor filled with various exercise machines for a yoga mat in their backyard or on their apartment floor. Unfortunately, if building muscle is part...
Minneapolis' top cop sued the department in 2007. Here's why it matters today
The lawsuit alleged that city leadership tolerated discriminatory conduct against people of color, including African American police officers within the police department.
Floyd and Chauvin may have crossed paths at work, club owner says
The owner of El Nuevo Rodeo said the two men both worked security during a popular weekly event.
Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of board charged with reorganizing Puerto Rican debt
A board charged with reorganizing Puerto Rico's debt in the wake of financial crisis can continue its work, the Supreme Court held unanimously Monday, rejecting a constitutional challenge that threatened the restructuring of billions of dollars of debt.
After weekend of protests, independent George Floyd autopsy results to be released Monday
The attorney for George Floyd's family, Benjamin Crump, will announce the findings of an independent autopsy Monday afternoon.
The Hartford CEO: Insurance companies can't be expected to cover a business' pandemic losses
Unfortunately, viruses are generally outside the scope of business interruption coverage due to the absence of any physical damage, writes Christopher Swift, chairman and CEO of The Hartford.
Kate Middleton is ‘upset’ rumors claim ‘she resents her duty and hard work,' palace insiders say
Kate Middleton isn’t letting allegations slow her down.
Nikki Bella almost ruined her own engagement proposal
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev's engagement didn't go off without any hitches.
'We lost everything in 10 minutes': Santa Monica merchants survey what's left after looting
The looting hit large chain businesses like Vans, Vons, banks and other retailers in and around the Santa Monica Place mall. But small business owners also were targeted.
MLB, union know they can’t cancel season over money, but they can’t agree on money
The MLB Players Association's proposal has intriguing ideas, but the economic breakthrough remains elusive.
Supreme Court upholds Obama appointment of oversight board dealing with Puerto Rico's financial crisis
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the authority of a special government board with oversight to deal with Puerto Rico’s debt restructuring, which came after a devastating financial crisis.
The Westing Game is a kid’s book that respects you enough to tell you Uncle Sam is a liar
Puffin Books Ellen Raskin’s 1978 novel is a technically perfect mystery. It’s also ideal reading for when you need an escape. Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow, I wish I could experience Knives Outfor the first time all over again, but this time I would like it to also be an extremely charming children’s book”? Then friend, you are in luck, for such a book does indeed exist. It is called The Westing Game, written by Ellen Raskin in 1978, and it is the perfect antidote to the quarantine anxiety blahs for readers of any age. Like Knives Out, The Westing Game revolves around the will of a mysterious billionaire. Paper products tycoon Sam Westing — who would certainly have cleaned up in this, the era of toilet paper scarcity — has been found dead in his mansion. And 16 strangers have been named Westing’s joint beneficiaries, much to their bewilderment. Adding to the mystery: All 16 of them have also recently moved into Sunset Towers, a glittery new apartment building on the shores of Lake Michigan that faces (the narrator points out helpfully) east rather than west, and has no towers. They were all rented their new units by one Barney Northrup, who, the narrator interjects, does not actually exist. “Who were these people, these specially selected tenants?” Raskin writes. “They were mothers and fathers and children. A dressmaker, a secretary, an inventor, a doctor, a judge. And, oh yes, one was a bookie, one was a burglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake. Barney Northrup had rented one of the apartments to the wrong person.” As the body of Sam Westing holds state in the hall of his mansion, dressed as Uncle Sam, his lawyer divides the 16 heirs are divided into eight teams of two. (No two family members canbe on the same team.) Each team gets a set of “clues,” a collection of apparently random words written on slips of paper. The aim of the game, they are told, is simple: “to win.” Baffled, the heirs retire in their teams back to Sunset Towers and try their best to work their clues out, each working through the lens of their own expertise. Perhaps the words are code for a chemical notation, suggests one heir. No, they’re stock market symbols, says Turtle, who is 11 years old and determined to be a businesswoman. What ensues is a technically perfect puzzle-box mystery, one that baffled me when I was 9 and probably would baffle me today if I picked up The Westing Game without already knowing the plot. But it’s also a rich, paranoid allegory of American capitalism. There’s Sam Westing, the domineering and all-seeing Uncle Sam, dangling the opportunity for wealth over the heads of his resentful heirs. And there are the tenants of Sunset Towers, each one from a different social group, competing against their closest family members for the chance at $200 million. Each of the heirs believes that to win, they have to work against one another. But the solution to the puzzle they finally reach suggests that to get their hands on the money, they’ll need to work together. And in the end, it’s only precocious Turtle who grasps the true solution: to win the Westing Game, you have to understand that the point of the game was never to do what Uncle Sam told you to do in the first place. It’s to understand that the game is rigged and played by liars, and pass it by entirely. But Ruskin, who trusts her child readers with hard truths, would never lie to us, and even though capitalism is a cheater’s game, she never cheats, either. That’s why this book endures: Ruskin tells us the truth when she builds her mystery, and she tells us the truth in her allegory, too. So whether you’re reading The Westing Game as a child or as an adult, you’ll always walk away feeling that you’ve been reading a book that respects you. One Good Thing is Vox’s recommendations feature. In each edition, find one more thing from the world of culture that we highly recommend. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
Jay-Z speaks out after calling Minnesota Governor to discuss justice for George Floyd
Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota and Jay-Z are speaking out about a phone call they had over the weekend to discuss the death of George Floyd and where to go from here.
Tropical disturbance likely to develop in Gulf of Mexico to begin official start of hurricane season
The storm, which originally was designated Tropical Storm Amanda in the Pacific, has already killed more than a dozen.
BET Founder Robert Johnson Calls for '$14 Trillion' for Slavery Reparations
The founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Robert Johnson says the recent riots prove that the U.S. needs to "go big" with a "$14 trillion" expenditure for slavery reparations as a way to address racial inequality in America.
Majority of Americans Support Extending $600 Unemployment Payments Past July—but Here's Where It Stands
A new poll shows 58 percent of Americans support extending $600 weekly unemployment payments past July, but top Republicans have said an extension is unlikely.
Brighten your smile at home with the help of this teeth whitening kit
The simple act of smiling is said to boost moods and make people instantly feel happier. Even so, many of us still hide our smiles for fear of showing off pearly whites that … well, aren’t so white. We can thank the daily wear and tear caused by coffee, red wine, soda, and other stain-inducing...
De Blasio calls for firing of NYPD cop who pulled gun on protesters
An NYPD cop pulled his gun on protestors over the weekend — a threat of deadly force that mayor said should have him stripped of his gun and badge.
Halsey says she was shot with a rubber bullet while at a George Floyd protest
Halsey said she was hit by a rubber bullet while joining a protest for George Floyd in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Trump backpedals after 'shooting' threat to Minneapolis protesters
(In May 29 story, corrects wording of Trump tweet in second paragraph; changes headline)
LAPD officers shoot woman after fatal stabbing in Hollywood
Authorities said the woman who was shot in Hollywood was stabbing another woman, who ultimately died in the attack.
AMD's Lisa Su was the highest-paid CEO in the S&P 500 last year
AMD's Lisa Su was the highest-paid CEO of a company in the S&P 500 last year.
Derek Chauvin: What we know about the former officer charged for George Floyd's death
Chauvin had worked for the department for over 18 years at the time of his firing -- and throughout that time, he'd received at least 18 complaints. Here's what we know about the ex-police officer.
Score a Ring Video Doorbell Pro and an Echo Show 5 for less with this refurb bundle
Right now, you can add both a refurbished Ring Video Doorbell Pro and a refurbished Echo Show 5 to your home for an all-time low price with this Amazon bundle.
Impossible Foods forces Nestlé to stop selling 'Incredible Burgers' in Europe
Nestlé will have to lose the adjective "Incredible" to describe its plant-based burgers in Europe, after a Dutch court found that the word infringes on an Impossible Foods trademark.
Stephanie Pratt slammed for tweeting ‘shoot the looters’ amid protests
Twitter users rehashed the reality star's criminal past after she sent the tweet.
NYC mayor reacts to daughter's arrest with pride, praise
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio praised his daughter Chiara after her arrest while participating in a protest over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
2 Dead After Shooting at North Dakota Air Base: Military Officials
Additional details about the circumstances of the shooting weren't immediately released
Michigan sheriff removes riot gear to join George Floyd protesters
A Michigan sheriff removed his helmet and tossed his batons aside to join George Floyd protesters in a moment of solidarity, video shows. “We want to be with y’all for real so I took the helmet off and laid the batons down,” Genesee County Sheriff Christopher Swanson said Saturday at demonstrations in Flint Township, according...
How Amanda Peet, Christian Slater became true-crime couple in 'Dirty John: Betty Broderick Story'
In "Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story," Amanda Peet embodies the titular character who fatally shot her ex-husband and his new wife.
Woman carrying entire Cheesecake Factory cheesecake during Seattle protests becomes Internet sensation
'Looting is disgusting," one Twitter user wrote, before adding, "This is HILARIOUS."
Eli Manning Super Bowl lessons that Peyton is spreading around NFL now
Follow Eli Manning’s lead. Not just the script for his successor with the Giants, Daniel Jones. That’s also the advice quarterbacks across the NFL are getting during the coronavirus pandemic, courtesy of older brother Peyton Manning. Peyton told NBC Sports’ Peter King he is relaying a story of how Eli led the Giants through the...