‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ doc shows Malian music can’t be stopped

Music was as essential as air for those living in the west African country of Mali. Then the Islamist militants flooded in and banned music, choking off an integral part of Mali’s culture.

Instruments were burned, radio stations were ripped apart and musicians were tortured. The feature-length documentary, “They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile” shows what life was like when jihadists tried to stop the music. It opens this weekend in New York at the Village East Cinema … Read more ...

BBC #100Women: Talking about self image, careers and gender roles in Oslo

Does a woman’s successful career affect her relationship? What are some self-image issues for women who are over 35? How do we raise our boys to be men who respect women’s boundaries?

Interesting questions, right? Well, I joined a group of American women in Oslo to discuss these and much more as part of the BBC’s 100 Women Season, which is an annual series focused on sharing more women’s stories.

Our group of Americans in Oslo for the BBC's #100Women series.

Our group of Americans in Oslo for the BBC’s #100Women series.

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A parent’s nightmare: Kyron Horman missing after school science fair

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With each black man’s death I ask: Are you my Emmett Till?

Do you remember that children’s book, Are You My Mother? It’s where a bird goes around asking a kitten, a cow, a dog and others if they are its mother.

I feel like I’m that little bird when it comes to the spate of black men being killed. With each  Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin or Amadou Diallo, I’m asking: Are you my Emmett Till?

Protests in New York City after the grand jury decided not to issue an indictment in Eric Garner's death. By Otto Yamamoto.

Protests in New York City after the grand jury decided not to issue an indictment

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Wordless Wednesday: My stolen cell phone is in California

I managed to GPS my phone this morning. It's the blue dot, in California.

I managed to GPS my phone this morning. It’s the blue dot, in California.

As many of you know from my previous post, the people who now have my stolen cell phone have been taking pictures and they are showing up on my cloud. I used Google’s device manager this morning and saw that familiar blue dot, 620 miles away.… Read more ...