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NY Times Calls Shonda Rhimes 'Angry Black Woman,' Now Everyone's Angry

43 min 51 sec ago

Shonda Rhimes, the woman whose golden touch has produced an entire night of programming on ABC this year, is arguably one of the most powerful women working in TV. And the New York Times just made a big mistake by crossing her

Rhimes took to Twitter Friday to air her issues with the writer of a profile piece after being characterized as an "angry black woman," a phrase that appeared, in a presumed failed attempt at being cheeky, in the first line of the story. ("When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called 'How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.')

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More about Tv, Television, The New York Times, Scandal, and Entertainment

Howard the Duck's Comeback Is Complete With This Mondo Portrait

50 min 37 sec ago

Not since Robert Downey Jr. got the Iron Man gig has anyone had an improbable career rebound via a Marvel movie quite like Howard the Duck.

After suffering nearly 30 years of being a punchline, the irascible anthropomorphic waterfowl returned in Guardians of the Galaxy as a … well, a punchline. But it was a funny punchline, and served to remind us that before he was George Lucas’ second greatest career embarrassment, Howard the Duck was a viable part of the Marvel comic book universe.

SEE ALSO: A Big, Bold Prediction for Marvel's 'Expanding' Cinematic Universe Plans

And just to be sure that Howard the Duck is neither gone nor forgotten, Mondo, the online curator of art, toys (and some very cool music on vinyl), is releasing a portrait of the satirical character (though there’s nothing satirical about the print, exclusively shared with Mashable, above and in full form below). Read more...

More about Comic Books, Entertainment, Film, Tv, and Spider Man

10 Things We Learned About Social Media Users' Charitable Habits

52 min 9 sec ago

As the #IceBucketChallenge campaign showed us, social media can be a powerful medium for charitable organizations.

However, the precise nature of the relationship between social good and platforms like Facebook and Twitter can often be unclear. Do social media users really absorb the message? Do people use activism on a social platform instead of actually donating money to a charitable cause?

See also: Social Media Users Are More Charitable Than You Might Think

To further understand the relationship between social media and charitable causes, we gathered data through a SurveyMonkey Audience survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, age 18 or older, who identify themselves as regular social media users. Read more...

More about Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Charity, and Social Media

In South Africa, OneWorld Futbol Delivers 1 Millionth Unbreakable Soccer Ball

1 hour 12 min ago

A young company with a one-of-a-kind technological innovation is celebrating a milestone that's enabling tens of millions of children worldwide to better access the power of play

OneWorld Futbol, founded in 2010, produced and delivered its millionth ultra-durable soccer ball at a school in South Africa with the help of Chevrolet, its founding corporate partner, the companies announced on Monday.

See also: Indestructible Soccer Ball Brings Sport to Kids Who Need It Most

The millionth ball was delivered as part of a ceremony during which Chevrolet and local partner, Dreamfields Project unveiled a new soccer pitch at the Mabu-a-tiou girls' primary school in Hammanskraal, South Africa, on Saturday Read more...

More about Soccer, Social Good, South Africa, Africa, and Us World

Just 2 People Dancing on the Side of a Building

1 hour 21 min ago

Dancing is a dangerous sport. But dancing on the side of a building, suspended in the air, inches away from glass windows is just treacherous.

Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber took a leap and executed a vertical dance performance on the side of the Oakland, California, city hall — all while suspended a scary distance off the ground.

Jon Hamm, Other Celebs Step Up in White House PSA to Stop Sexual Assault

Apple's eRase Product Washes Your Brain of U2 Memories

Gwen Stefani Grinds on Jimmy Fallon While Lip-Syncing 'Call Me Maybe'

Gatorade's Pitch for Derek Jeter Will Give You Goosebumps Read more...

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Sunday's Climate Protest Could Be a Turning Point on Global Warming

1 hour 32 min ago

This Sunday, upwards of 100,000 people are expected to take to the streets of New York City in a worldwide climate protest that organizers say will be the largest and most diverse in history

If these numbers prove correct, then the "People's Climate March" will likely mark the moment when global warming transitions from being a science and policy issue into a full-fledged social movement. Perhaps it will become as large as the gay rights and civil rights movements. But even if it doesn't, it could play a crucial part in changing the political environment on this seemingly intractable issue

As a sign of the march’s import, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will “lock arms” with protesters in New York, a highly unusual step for a someone in his leadership position. The march is intended to help build the social movement while also prodding world leaders to make meaningful commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when more than 120 of them gather at a U.N. Climate Summit that Ban is hosting on Tuesday. Read more...

More about Global Warming, 350.Org, Us World, Politics, and Us

James Franco: I'm Not the Selfie King

1 hour 38 min ago

James Franco is many things: film star, director, soap opera alum, former Oscar host, poet, Broadway lead, film school graduate, heartthrob, teacher. But please, Internet, he's not the selfie king.

During a small press gathering this week to promote his new AOL On Originals series called Making a Scene — a humorous collection of digital shorts that mashes up two iconic films in one (like Dirty Dancing and Reservoir Dogs), Franco said he's undeserving of the title of the web's premiere selfie expert.

See also: What Are the Top 4 Viral Videos of All Time?

"I wouldn't call myself a selfie king," Franco told Mashable. "If you look at Justin Bieber's Instagram account — and then look at Ashley Benson and Selena Gomez, too — they have a lot more selfies than me. I wrote an article about selfies in the New York Times and it just stuck." Read more...

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Joan Rivers' Facebook Page Accidentally Promotes New iPhones

1 hour 41 min ago

Fans of the late comedian Joan Rivers saw an odd message on her Facebook Page Friday morning that appeared to be a plug for the new iPhones.

#D’OH > The late #JoanRivers promotes #iPhone6 from beyond the grave. Steve Jobs could not be reached for comment http://t.co/N3qEEAgYKR

— Merry Morud (@MerryMorud) September 19, 2014

The status update was quickly pulled. The account has a little more than 1 million followers.

See also: Best of Joan Rivers Video Captures Her Most Memorable Moments

TMZ, which spotted the status update, speculated that it was "clearly the result of a pre-negotiated deal with Apple." Read more...

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iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Which Should You Buy?

1 hour 59 min ago

As you may have heard, there are two new iPhone 6 devices available today. And as lines for Apple's new Jesus phone stretch into the stratosphere (or don't), there's a big question on plenty of would-be buyers' minds: Should I buy the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus?

See also: Which iPhone 6 Do You Want?

It's a good question and one that isn't limited to Apple smartphones. For the last few years, the chasm between a large smartphone and a phablet has shortened, but the truth is, in practice, there is still a substantial difference between a 4.7-inch (or even 5-inch) phone and one that is 5.5 inches. Read more...

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Egypt's New Internet Surveillance System Remains Shrouded in Mystery

2 hours 22 min ago

In June, a leaked document revealed that the Egyptian government was looking for a sophisticated new tool to monitor its citizens social media and Internet activities

Three months passed. Then, on Wednesday, anonymous government officials reportedly confirmed that a local company called Systems Engineering of Egypt (SEE or See Egypt) had won the bid to develop the system, which would allegedly allow the Egyptian government to sniff and analyze Internet and social media activity, as well as intercept Skype, WhatsApp and Viber conversations

See also: WikiLeaks Exposes Countries That Use Controversial 'FinFisher' Surveillance Tech Read more...

More about Censorship, Surveillance, Egypt, Internet Freedom, and Us World

Nick Frost to Appear in This Year's 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special

2 hours 28 min ago

English comedian Nick Frost is going to spend some time with the Doctor this Christmas

BBC America announced on Friday that Frost — along with Misfits alum Nathan McMullen and Michael Troughton, son of second Doctor Patrick Troughton — will appear in this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special

See also: 'Doctor Who' Explained in 25 GIFs

#DoctorWho Christmas special guest stars! pic.twitter.com/3NiHGF4oqN

— Doctor Who on BBCA (@DoctorWho_BBCA) September 19, 2014

“Frost at Christmas — it just makes sense!" Steven Moffat, the show's lead writer and executive producer, said in a statement. "I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago, and it's a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS.” Read more...

More about Television, Doctor Who, Entertainment, and Tv

ISIS Continues Propaganda Campaign With 55-Minute 'Flames of War' Video

2 hours 30 min ago

Two days after releasing an explosion-ridden 2-minute trailer, the Islamic State, released the full-length propaganda video titled "Flames of War" on Friday. (The militant group is also known as ISIS or ISIL.)

The 55-minute video is narrated in English by someone with what sounds like a North American accent and shows a series of scenes from ISIS battles in Syria and Iraq, as well as recordings of speeches by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The video looks to be mostly a propaganda and recruitment tool, with messages declaring that "the fighting has just began."

See also: Slave to Terror: One Woman Sold to ISIS Tells the Story of Her Escape Read more...

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Thousands of Ravens Fans Line Up to Trade In Their Ray Rice Jerseys

2 hours 47 min ago

Thousands of Baltimore Ravens fans are streaming into M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, to exchange their Ray Rice No. 27 jerseys, the team's former running back who the NFL indefinitely suspended after TMZ leaked video footage of Rice knocking out his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator. The incident has since sparked a national conversation about domestic violence.

The Ravens invited fans to visit the team's home stadium between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday if they want to swap their Rice jerseys for another player's jersey. A league representative will be on hand to verify that the exchanged jerseys are authentic, though fans can only exchange one jersey per person. Read more...

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Jon Hamm, Other Celebs Step Up in White House PSA to Stop Sexual Assault

3 hours 5 min ago

The White House's new campaign to stop sexual assault and rape reaches out to everyone.

Celebrities including Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington, Questlove and others appear in the "It's On Us" campaign, urging others to step up to help put an end to sexual assault rape culture as a whole. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also appear in the video.

To learn more about the campaign or to get involved, you can visit ItsOnUs.org.

Just 2 People Dancing on the Side of a Building

Apple's eRase Product Washes Your Brain of U2 Memories

Gwen Stefani Grinds on Jimmy Fallon While Lip-Syncing 'Call Me Maybe'

Gatorade's Pitch for Derek Jeter Will Give You Goosebumps Read more...

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How to Get the iPhone 6 Without Waiting in Line for Hours

3 hours 9 min ago

If you haven't pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and still want to be among the first to own the device, there's a good chance you'll be facing a long line at the Apple Store today or this weekend.

Most Apple stores get pretty big shipments of new iPhones; that's the obvious choice, but not the only one. In fact, you can get the iPhone 6 (16GB) for below the recommended price at Walmart ($179, instead of $199), and you'll probably have to wait less, too.

See also: The iPhone 6 Chaos Could Include Biggest Crowds Since the First iPhone

Before we dive into alternatives, let's draw our attention to the behemoth line that wrapped around the flagship Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York 24 hours in advance24 hours. For those who are inherently impatient, the clip below will give you nightmares. Read more...

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How Thought Leaders Approach the Climate Change Conversation

3 hours 11 min ago

Climate change: It's as important a topic as it is polarizing. And it's a conversation that needs to happen now — in fact, a new report states that the next 15 years could determine the fate of the Earth's climate.

The conversation of climate change, and what we can do to slow its effects, is one of the most prominent topics of this year's Social Good Summit, with multiple panels on the agenda

See also: What to Expect From This Year's Fascinating Social Good Summit

Leading up to the Summit, LinkedIn asked its Influencers to share insights on some of the world's biggest social good conversations. Here are excerpts of what six of these thought leaders, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Kim, had to say about the climate change issue. Read more...

More about Linkedin, Climate Change, Social Good, United Nations, and Social Good Summit

A Man Waited 2 Days in Line for an iPhone 6 to Try to Win Back His Wife

3 hours 21 min ago

Apple may have added features to the iPhone 6 that help with "reachability" — but will it help a Bristol area man reach his wife after their recent divorce? Yet to be seen

Darius Wlodarski is heartbroken after splitting with his wife of 20 years about a month ago. Before they broke up, he promised himself that he'd get her an iPhone 6, so he waited 44 hours in line at the Bristol Apple store.

See also: Devastated Australian Drops His New iPhone 6 on Live Television

The Polish-born man doesn't give specific detail about the reason for their split, but he explains that he "wasn't the best husband or father." Read more...

More about Iphone, Apple, Viral Video, Iphone 6, and Watercooler

Stop Motion Animation Explained in 2 Minutes

3 hours 41 min ago

Stop motion is an animation technique that's been around for more than 100 years, so you’ve probably encountered it somewhere

Maybe you’ve seen a big-budget feature film like The Nightmare Before Christmas; or maybe you've just watched someone's funny Vine video.

See also: The Beginner's Guide to Vine

But do you know how stop motion animation is done?

Whether you’re animating a feature or a quick video to share on social media, the principals are always the same. This Mashable Explains video will show you the basics. Subscribe to us on YouTube to catch every episode Read more...

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Happy 40th Birthday, Jimmy Fallon: A GIFtrospective

3 hours 42 min ago

Jimmy Fallon turned 40 on Friday. The big 4-0. Officially over the hill.

No matter if he played bit roles on Spin City or hosted iconic late-night talk shows, Jimmy has tackled his career with the ultimate enthusiasm

See also: 14 'Late Night' Videos That Prove Jimmy Fallon Rules the Internet

Even though he is entering a new phase of his life, Jimmy remains that goofy, fresh-faced comedian we knew and loved all the way back to his SNL days

Happy birthday, Jimmy, you royal King of Late Night. Read more...

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Alibaba Market Cap Tops $225 Billion on IPO Debut, Passing Facebook

3 hours 53 min ago

Watch out, Facebook, you've got company in the $200 billion club

After a two-hour delay on Friday morning, Alibaba stock began trading at $92.70 a share, well above its IPO price of $68 a share, giving the company a market cap of nearly $230 billion. That puts Alibaba value significantly above Amazon's market valuation, a company it's often compared to, and on par with Facebook.

See also: Alibaba: What You Should Know About the Most-Hyped IPO of the Year

Alibaba raised $21.8 billion from its public offering, making it the largest U.S. IPO of all time and further establishing the company as a giant on the world stage. The company is now trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock ticker "BABA." Read more...

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