BatGirl has been an icon for those with disabilities for years, so DC Comics' decision to reboot the iconic comic hero was controversial. Now just four years later, Marvel is rebooting BatGirl again — and this time she's going hipster.
And the Latin Grammy for best immigration reform plan goes to ... Barack Obama! The Latin Grammys, held on Thursday night in Las Vegas, delayed the start of the show for the announcement of new executive actions on immigration, and then cheered the new rules for the rest of the night.
Mike Nichols died earlier this week at the age of 83. He's been celebrated for his comedic genius and his contribution to entertainment — contributions that were influential on a young (and less young) Kurt Andersen.
Despite over half of Brazilians claiming African descent, black Brazilians face widespread racism — which often manifests itself in violence. For the women of Miss Black Power Brazil, resistance against racism comes from a natural place — their hair.
Street vendors and hawkers are a vital part of life for many Indians, who get their daily needs like fruit and vegetables from carts and stalls. But as malls and supermarkets spring up around the country, the hawkers are struggling and worried for their survival.
A Buddhist statue was meant to simply ward off trash and graffiti on a rough Oakland corner. But it became a community gathering place for the area's Vietnamese immigrants, who turned the site into a beautiful shrine.
If you're familiar with Gordon Ramsay, you probably know how high-pressure professional kitchens can be. But in the face of long-running verbal and physical abuse from their bosses, some French cooks have created a manifesto to put an end to kitchen hazing.
Before he achieved crossover fame on the 1960s TV show 'Hee Haw', musician Buck Owens helped pioneer a new kind of country music: the so-called Bakersfield sound.His Carnegie Hall concert was a milestone for Owens and for country music.
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" raised millions of dollars to fight famine in Ethiopia in the 1980s. Now the song is coming back with a new group of stars and new lyrics to try and do the same for the Ebola epidemic.
The Dalai Lama prohibits his followers from praying to what he considers the malevolent deity of Dorje Shugden. But adherents of this practice, many of them western converts, say the Tibetan religious leader is guilty of persecution.
There's nothing like a little American exceptionalism to roil some feelings in Europe. Perhaps you've seen the latest Cadillac ad — a tour de force in American pride. But it's engendering a pretty cold reaction from reporter Gerry Hadden's French in-laws.
Because the word's origins are murky, it's difficult to know just how insulting calling someone a "coonass" used to be. Today, some Cajuns view the word as an ethnic slur, while others have embraced it as a badge of honor.
The military picked up plenty of slang and phrases over the course of its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and pretty much all of it is unprintable or unknown to people who didn't serve. Here are a few choice terms that you can put to use.
It's been about 200 years since you could see a cow-hand on horse-back in Britain. But now a nature reserve in southern England has hired 30-year old Lisa Hawthornthwaite to mind the cattle on its land.
A UNESCO project went online today. It's the World Digital Library. It's a collaboration among libraries and cultural institutions around the world that are making some of their treasures available on line. The World's Alex Gallafent has the story.