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Shonda Rhimes -- Happiest 'Angry Black Woman' EVER

Shonda Rhimes proved she's not "an angry black woman" Friday night at the Smithsonian in D.C.... by smiling from ear to ear... hours after she sparred with a critic.The 44-year old "Scandal" creator was being interviewed for an NPR segment…

Smithsonian’s “Wilderness Forever” Photo Exhibit and Contest

yesterdayOdd : Neatorama

Mountain Goat Kids, Mount Evans Wilderness, ColoradoImage: Verdon Tomajko In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History is featuring an exhibit of photography from wilderness areas across the United States. Show More Summary

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Wonder Woman's real "secret origin" has been revealed th anks to author Jill Lepore's historical detective work, as featured in this article on the Smithsonian website. Read more...

Ming: 50 Years that Changed China – exhibition reviews

Credits: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C Alt Text: Portrait of Yang Hong (1381-1451), Ming Dynasty 'Magnificent' British Museum show dazzles with 'Ming bling' but also raises some historical questions Hot...Show More Summary

Bill and Camille Cosby loan private collection to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

One of the world?s preeminent private collections of African American art will have its first public viewing later this year at the Smithsonian?s National Museum of African Art. ?Conversations: African and African American Artworks in...Show More Summary

USS Enterprise Miniature Out For Refit

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : TrekToday

Fans hoping to see the original USS Enterprise miniature seen in the original series will have to wait a while, as the ship has been taken away for “conservation work.” The ship’s home since 2000 had been in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in the museum gift shop. But why conservation instead of […]

Wonder Woman's secret history

4 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

In Smithsonian, Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman, profiles everyone's favorite Amazonian princess. Read the rest

Original USS Enterprise departs for refit

The original miniature of the USS Enterprise seen in Star Trek: The Original Series has been on display at the Smithsonian National Aire and Space Museum since the 70s, but a few days ago was taken out of it's home in the museum gift shop (where it has resided since 2000). Show More Summary

Comedian Bill Cosby Gives Voice to African-American Artists By Loaning His Massive Art Collection to the Smithsonian

It's no secret that beloved comedian Bill Cosby is an art collector and has, over the years, amassed a pretty impressive collection. Today, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Africa... via

Smithsonian scientists discover tropical tree microbiome in Panama

Human skin and gut microbes influence processes from digestion to disease resistance. Despite the fact that tropical forests are the most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystems on the planet, more is known about belly-button bacteria than bacteria on trees in the tropics. Show More Summary

Bill Cosby, wife loan private art collection to Smithsonian

After amassing a private collection of African-American Art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition planned at the Smithsonian Institution.

Smithsonian Moves Original USS Enterprise Model Out Of Gift Shop To Prep For Big Hall Display

The studio model for the USS Enterprise from the original Star Trek series is on the move. Earlier this week the ship was removed from its latest display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, in preparation for move to a new location within the museum. The model will also be […]

Smithsonian receives diamond donation from Rio Tinto

last weekArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian?s National Gem and Mineral Collection recently expanded thanks to a significant donation of Australian diamonds from Rio Tinto, a British-Australian multinational metals and mining corporation. The gift includes 500 carats of rough diamonds from Rio Tinto?s Argyle Diamond Mine in the remote northwest region of Australia. Show More Summary

Watch Chris Pine Play A Crazy Bearded (Almost) Naked Billionaire in ‘Stretch’

Joe Carnahan’s Stretch features a Chris Pine you may not recognize. The first video clips from the movie have now been released, including a gag reel. Check out Star Trek’s new captain as a crazy billionaire below. Smithsonian Last year Chris Pine reteamed with his Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan to shoot the comedy thriller […]

Ex-Gays: Put US In The Smithsonian

last weekLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

According to a report on the right-wing CNS News, the "ex-gay" crackpots at PFOX are screaming for inclusion in the Smithsonian's LGBT history exhibit. The exhibit's curator is not only open to that, he plans on including materials from numerous anti-gay groups. Show More Summary

Smithsonian traces pieces of Star-Spangled Banner

Sunday, Saturday 14th, is the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s penning of the poem that would become the national anthem of the United States. Fort McHenry, target of the British bombardment during the Battle of Baltimore that inspired Key’s poem, is hosting a panoply of commemorative events this weekend, culminating in the Dawn’s Early [...]

The Anacostia Art Gallery Will Close Next Month, But Juanita Britton Isn't Going Anywhere

She will be honored tomorrow by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. [ more › ]

Watch Now! MSNBC goes into The Smithsonian’s LGBT collection

last weekLGBT / Lesbian : After Ellen

Curator Katherine Ott gives a behind-the-scenes look at artifacts from America's gay history. The post Watch Now! MSNBC goes into The Smithsonian’s LGBT collection appeared first on

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