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Miranda realized Hamilton would be useful for educators years before the show was completed, when he performed what would become its opening number at a White House event in 2009. Since that video surfaced online, “the No. 1 YouTube comment has been, ‘My teacher showed us this in APUSH,’” Miranda says. “I think teachers used just that one clip for the past six years as their intro to Hamilton.”


What he never anticipated was the scope of the Hamilton teaching phenomenon. The playwright has heard from “lots of teachers and educators” about bringing Hamilton into their curriculum. “I get videos from 4-year-olds to college students … of them performing songs from this show,” he says. “They’re learning songs they like and weirdly learning U.S. history in the process.”


Over the holidays, Miranda received a text about students raising money to buy their social studies teacher tickets to Hamilton for Christmas. “It’s very surreal and beautiful.”


The trend has made its way to the opposite coast. In Los Angeles, Angelica Davila, an eighth-grade teacher and self-professed musical theater nerd, heard the Hamilton songs and immediately began planning an American Revolution unit. Davila works at a small charter school where faculty teach a variety of subjects and 95 percent of students are Hispanic. So she handed out a packet dividing the characters and songs into three categories—political, military and personal—and had them choose one figure on whom to write a five-page biography. “I teach a lower-income Latino population,” she explains. “They’re really into hip-hop and R&B—especially ’90s hip-hop—and [Miranda] draws a lot from classic hip-hop. There are Biggie and Tupac references everywhere in the show. My kids were really drawn to that.”


The eighth-graders started requesting Hamilton as background music even when they weren’t working on those projects. When it came time to choose a song to perform in the school’s annual winter concert, they picked Hamilton’s opening number. And though they are young, the kids picked up on the show’s racial inclusivity (Davila made a point of showing YouTube clips and interviews).


“Not only is this the music they love to listen to on their own free time, they’re seeing faces that look like theirs telling American history,” Davila says. “It’s really challenging for them to relate to American history when their stories are not being told. With this musical and with the casting of the show in particular, they finally have a chance to see themselves in our country’s history for the first time.”

It seems fitting that a plant called Mary Jane could smash the patriarchy.

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So Tatiana takes Tatiana’s identity and soon meets two more Tatianas. Another Tatiana is hunting them, so Tatiana shoots Tatiana. But Tatiana doesn’t die. Tatiana turns out to be the  sister of Tatiana. Another evil Tatiana wants to control all the Tatianas. Tatiana ass-kicks Tatiana. Then Tatiana has to kick a lot of ass to keep her daughter, Kira, safe.
—  Graeme Manson, A summary of orphanblack via Newsweek

In a October 1987 article, Newsweek portrayed bisexual men as “the ultimate pariahs” of the AIDS epidemic. Dr. Alan Rockway, bi activist and person with AIDS, spoke against the stereotype. Dr. Rockway was also a pioneering psychologist who helped write and defend the first LGBT employment non-discrimination ordinance to be approved in a major city. Dr. Rockway’s contributions are often “bisexually erased” and he is often misoriented as a gay man instead of being properly identified as bisexual. Photo Credit: WYPR News (x)

A co-worker at the LGBT non-profit I worked at told me bisexual history was “difficult to find,” and that is why we only teach people about gay and lesbian history. That’s not just lazy, it’s ridiculous.

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson may have failed in his bid to own a football club, but there’s no stopping him from living out his sporting dreams on the big screen.

The singer, 24, is being eyed by film producer Adrian Butchart to play Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy in a film about his life, reports MailOnline. The inspirational movie will chart the 29-year-old footballer’s rags-to-riches tale, from making medical splints to scoring goals in 11 consecutive Premier League games in 2015.

Butchart, who previously wrote the Goal! films about the sport, is hoping to appeal to Tomlinson’s love of football, as well as his clear schedule since One Direction went on hiatus in 2015.

In 2013, the pop star was signed by his boyhood club Doncaster Rovers and played in various reserve and charity games.

A year later, Tomlinson joined forces with the club’s former owner John Ryan in a bid to buy the team, even setting up a crowdfunding page to support the takeover. But the pair only managed to raise £757,000 of the £2 million they were seeking.

In scenes that could be ripped from a screenplay of its very own, the singer later claimed he was “misled” about the proposed buyout by his business partners. He said: “I was explicitly told that the deal to buy the club was not dependent on the money raised by crowdfunding. Unfortunately, I was misled.”

As for the Vardy biopic, Tomlinson may have some time yet to prepare for the role. Butchart says he is waiting to see if the football ace can pull off any more incredible feats during Euro 2016 in June.

“We are keen to shoot the movie as soon as possible, but we are now going to have to wait until after the Euros to know where the story ends as these unbelievable events continue to unfold,” he told MailOnline. “There are two things that seemed impossible a few weeks ago, Leicester to win the Premier League, and England to win the Euros. But with every match, fiction and reality seem to be coming together, the story keeps writing itself.”

The year 2014 was one of contradictions, with stories only brought to life because of those journalists willing to go where the stories were.

The Sochi Olympics were a time of inclusion and world harmony as nations gathered in Russia to put differences aside and celebrate the love of sport, but weeks later Ukraine and Russia were at each other’s doorsteps, playing a game of political chess that would topple one country’s president, redraw borders, and forever alter Russia’s world image.

The U.S. legalized gay marriage in many states, while countries like Uganda and India took leaps backward, arresting gay people in the name of civility. 

Health care reform took hold in America, opening access to medical care, but on the other side of the planet Polio was making a comeback in Pakistan and the Ebola virus was ravaging West Africa.

During the yearly U.N. general counsel meeting, nations talked of peace and yet Syria and Iraq burned under the onslaught of ISIS, girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram and militias slaughtered each other in the Central African Republic.

The journalists below are some of the people who felt compelled to take the risks, to tell the stories, to go deeper than the vast majority would ever dream, so that we could better understand what is happening around the globe. Their pictures took us to the front lines, often at great danger to themselves. In some cases, they got too close and tragically we are now deprived from seeing the world as they saw it.

This is not every photojournalist we lost in 2014, this is only one small group, representative of the nearly 100 journalists who died while performing their job. They brought us the news we should know and reminded and why we should care.

If there is any lesson to be taken, it is this: pay attention, act, question and care for each other.—Shaminder Dulai

Learn more about these journalist and see their work here.

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From deep within the Newsweek archieve comes this first person account penned by Muhammad Ali himself and his reflections on the storied “Rumble in the Jungle.”

Take a walk down memory lane with us 40 years later.

“The greatest fight I ever had was the Thrilla in Manila against Joe Frazier in 1975. But the greatest thing I ever did was not going to Vietnam. People said to me, "Boy, you’ve got a lot of nerve.” I said, “You’re going to Vietnam, you’re probably going to get killed. You’re the one with the nerve, not me.”

But the Rumble in the Jungle was a fight that made the whole country more conscious. I wanted to establish a relationship between American blacks and Africans. All the time I was there, I’d travel to the jungles, places where there was no radio or television, and people would come up and touch me, and I could touch them. The fight was about racial problems, Vietnam.“

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During the middle of our breakfast one early morning in January, the flaxen-haired actor Gillian Anderson abruptly asks me if I recall the coffee shop scene from Pulp Fiction. You know, the one where Honey Bunny and Pumpkin plot how they’re going to rob the joint? “I don’t know why. It’s a mixture of the music and some aspects of our conversation, but this feels like a parallel universe,” she says, except ours is inside the Trump SoHo New York hotel. “Like, what if all of a sudden those two people”—she points to a couple plunging into pancakes at a nearby table—“have alien beings inside them and something is going to crawl out of their skulls?” 

Newsweek, February 2015