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Downtown L.A. mosque imagines empowered role for Muslim women

The women sit on their knees, watching intently as a slightly sheepish sister in a pink head scarf crosses the beige floor and approaches the dais. After a moment, her jitters are gone and, in a booming voice, she recites the Islamic call to prayer.

'Emerging Voices'

The Financial Times tries to pay some attention to 'Emerging Vocies' with a couple of pieces, including Literature has liberated Africa's authors by Maya Jaggi and Arab writers begin to make their mark by Hannah Murphy. Well-meaning, no doubt, but.....

A Gritty, Powerful NPR Tiny Desk Concert: Black Dub (Trixie Whitley and Daniel Lanois)

YouTube Trixie Whitley is the heir to the amazing voice of the gone but not forgotten Chris Whitley, and in this Tiny Desk Concert with Daniel Lanois she digs deep. This is the real deal, folks. At the NPR Music offices, Trixie Whitley and Daniel Lanois brought a variety of instrumental...

Friday Night Music: First Aid Kit

Johanna and Klara Söderberg, two sisters from Stockholm with amazing voices, make up the indie-folk duo First Aid Kit. I’ve been listening to them around the clock since coming across them late last year. Here’s a track from their lush, orchestral, country-influenced 2014 album, Stay Gold:

As a Drone Captures Global Voices at 10, a Few Thoughts from Cebu

I was blogging and tweeting frenetically, trying to capture the conversations in panels and halls, soaking up as much news and perspective as I could from friends around the world.

GOP Warmer to Obama’s Trade Plans Than Dems

“When discouraged Americans argue that they’ve been hurt by trade, their voices should not be ignored,” Sen. Wyden said.

‘American Sniper’ thrills Baghdad crowd: ‘Shoot him! He has an IED!’

The post ‘American Sniper’ thrills Baghdad crowd: ‘Shoot him! He has an IED!’ appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

Cartoon: Super Bowl XLIX

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at To license this cartoon for your own site, visit The post Cartoon: Super Bowl XLIX appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

The Faces Behind The Voices Of Disney Villains

8 hours agoOdd : Geekologie

This is a short video from Buzzfeed showing the faces of 12 voice actors behind infamous Disney villains. It was nice to finally put a face to Ursula's voice. Speaking of Ursula -- I'd trade my voice and legs for a fin in a heartbeat if it meant she'd wrap those beefy tentacles around me. Show More Summary

Newswire: Idina Menzel tries to get “Let It Go” out of her head by starring in a new sitcom

Since voicing the role of Elsa in the hit Disney animated film Frozen, Idina Menzel has been cursed to wander the Earth, desperate, while the malevolent strains of the inescapable earworm nightmare ”Let It Go” ring in her ears. And so,...Show More Summary

Financial Blogger Profile of "Mish" on Equities.Com

Daniel Banas at Equities.Com interviewed me last week via phone for their profile series on "the most distinct and noteworthy voices in the world of financial blogging."The interview transcript follows. First a few words... I am honored to be on that list.The interview kicked off with a question on how I got started. Show More Summary


9 hours agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

Chris Porter brings his deep strong voice with emotional stories in his upcoming (due out early March) debut solo album This Red Mountain. Porter has been working relentlessly on the content of this album for some time. The songs tell the stories of his real life and have meaning and conviction that the listener can truly [...]

Andrew Gelman’s mistrust of behavioral economics

Gelman, a Columbia statistician and political scientist, voices his discomfort with the behavioralist research and policy attitudes of recent years: I see a common thread in a lot of the counterintuitive, tabloid, Psychological-Science-type...Show More Summary

Verizon will allow customers to opt out of insidious tracking tool

Verizon will allow users to opt out of what's called a "unique identifier header" or UIDH, a digital ID that's used to track its customers' browsing behavior. Security researchers are voicing concerns about a "zombie cookie" exploitShow More Summary

Also.Also.Also: A Bronzed Anus is Actually Super Cute? and Other Stories We Missed

11 hours agoLGBT / Lesbian : Autostraddle

The women activists of #BlackLivesMatter, anal bronzing, Rachel Maddow, a week of being harassed on twitter, douchebags catcalling their own mothers, Google is not a library, the whiteness of voices in public radio, I think Modern Farmer is going to be ok, teenage brains, and more!

Shakira and Gerard Pique welcome a second baby boy

Shakira has a new little voice in her life: The singer and her boyfriend Gerard Pique have welcomed a second baby son.

Christina Aguilera Gushes About Her Daughter And Reveals How Her Son Max Is Dealing With His Big Brother Status!

Awwee, Christina Aguilera's motherly happiness is apparent! The Voice coach opened up for the first time about her 5-month-old baby girl, Summer Rain, and she's just over the moon in love with her baby girl! [ Related: Christina Shares An Adorable Snap Of Her Daughter! ] While chatting with Extra on Thursday, she said: "I have a chill [...]

Adam Curtis’s Bitter Lake, review: a Carry On Up the Khyber view of Afghanistan

We all need stories ‘to help us make sense of the complexity of reality’, intones the sensible sounding voice of Adam Curtis at the start of his new documentary about… Continue reading The post Adam Curtis’s Bitter Lake, review: a Carry On Up the Khyber view of Afghanistan appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Can Blind Auditions Change the Ratio of Women in Tech Journalism?

I am a huge fan of The Voice, especially the early episodes when a celebrity judge chooses a contestant based on talent and then discovers the person on stage looks nothing like what they expected. Sometimes the contestant isn't even the same gender. Show More Summary

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