Alexis Borochoff, 6:34 pm
The creator of an award-winning web series, “Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae uses her show to portray a comical upbringing as an African American in mostly white Potomoc, Maryland. When her family moved to a more diverse city, Rae said she was constantly bullied for “acting too white.” Today, she is working on an HBO comedy series, “Non-Prophet,” to further document her awkward experiences. Here are 15 up-and-coming female comedians you can expect to see more of.
Alexis Borochoff, 12:00 pm
It’s not folklore but a true condition called foreign accent syndrome. This rare situation occurs when a person suffers a head injury and starts speaking in a different accent. In some cases, the patient wakes up and speaks a whole different language, despite never learning this language. You may have heard of men with symptoms of pregnancy or people with crocodile skin. Here are 15 weird diseases or syndromes we never heard of that actually exist.
Alexis Borochoff, 1:20 pm AFKI Original
Protecting the environment in an oppressive society, Kenyan feminist Wangari Maathai made many enemies. Kenyan’s officials sought to criminalize her movements. This included buying off and privatizing land she worked hard to protect and making it illegal for her to be on the premises. Fortunately, the government backed off from trying to take down the Green Belt Movement after former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and other western officials put pressure on Kenyan officials.
Alexis Borochoff, 11:21 am
Kanye West can’t exactly walk on water, but Yeezus says he can see sounds. And that’s pretty nifty for a man who compares himself to Shakespeare. A sixth sense allows some famous people to experience music, words and sounds in ways the rest of us can’t. Here are 15 famous people with synesthesia.
Alexis Borochoff, 2:00 am
King Leopold II of Belgium was the inspiration for Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.” This story is no Mother Goose tale and is far from a compliment. When Conrad ventured across the Congo under Leopold’s reign, he was shocked by its brutal condition. Oh the horror, the horror. Many people think of Adolf Hitler, Kim Jong-Un or Idi Amin as the worst dictators. King Leopold II deserves to be on that list for his crimes in the Congo.
Alexis Borochoff, 2:07 pm
Time to make that trip halfway across the country to see Nana? Life is short but the road ahead is long. Listen to complete sets of audio books. Plop in the unabridged version of the book you’ve been wanting to read and let James Earl Jones or other celebrity narrators accompany you throughout your journey. You’ll feel accomplished for finishing up that book by the end of your trip. Here are 15 ways to kill time on a road trip.
Alexis Borochoff, 2:20 pm
“It was the food! Don’t touch the food!” These were the distressing last words of famous Irish actor Richard Harris as he was wheeled out to the ambulance from a hotel. He died from Hodgkin’s disease. Harris played magician Albus Dumbledore, protector of the boy who lived, in the first two Harry Potter movies. In their dying hour, some people are capable of great humor, of regret, love, and awareness. Here are 15 famous last words that will make you think about living.
Alexis Borochoff, 11:20 am
A stray kitten named Dewey Readmore Books (yes, that is his name) seeks shelter in a library one bitterly cold winter. He’s barely alive when the librarians take him in, but grows up to be a healthy, loving cat who inspires many. This uplifting book, “Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched The World,” turns into a real tearjerker toward the end. He dies. Sorry, but you knew that was coming. Nothing makes us cry harder than stories of human friendships with animals. Here are 15 books about animals that are total tearjerkers.