No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler

It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire. » 10/21/14 4:47pm 9 minutes ago

Ebola Panic Really Shows How Clueless Folks Are About African Geography

You would think that most people have at least a semi-firm grasp on the idea that Africa is not one small place with a single culture. That something that occurs in one isolated part of Africa does not mean the entire continent (which has 54 countries and thousands of ethnicities and languages) is similarly affected.… » 10/21/14 3:50pm Today 3:50pm

Can the NFL Change Domestic Abusers? A Conversation with Beth Richie

Beth Richie is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago with an extensive body of work in criminology, feminism, violence against women, the carceral state and the sociology of race and ethnicity. She's the current director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy, and was recently named as… » 10/21/14 3:10pm Today 3:10pm

The Identity of Man Negotiating Release of Nigerian Girls Is Suspicious

Last Friday, it was announced that Nigerian officials and leaders of Boko Haram had reached a cease-fire deal in Chad that could potentially lead to the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April. But various sources have become increasingly doubtful of Boko Haram's representative—a Saudi Arabian man named… » 10/21/14 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

Botched Season 2 Trailer Promises More Awful Plastic Surgery Screw-Ups

"I'm literally dying for a nose job. Who wants to look natural?" says a person in the trailer for the second season of Botched. The E! show that spotlights society's obsession with cosmetic enhancement is returning in 2015, which means more crooked breasts, nose jobs and questionable out-of-country plastic surgery… » 10/21/14 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

Chicago Voter to President Obama: "Don't Touch My Girlfriend"

It's important for a president to get out of D.C. and interact with normal, everyday people every now and then— even when those normal, everyday people happen to be Mike Jones, a Chicago early voter who heckled President Obama with "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend" when Obama happened to be placed next to… » 10/21/14 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

You'll Be Seeing a Lot More of Leslie Jones on SNL

Comedian Leslie Jones has earned a spot as a season regular on Saturday Night Live (or what they call a featured player). Jones was one of the black writers that SNL hired following heavy criticism over their lack of diversity. The gig started off rocky for her, though, after controversy over her Weekend Update bit… » 10/21/14 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

New Yorkers Sick of Sarah Jessica Parker Turning Up at Their Door

My, my, it's the juiciest Manhattan property ownership kerfuffle since Vogue's Lauren Santo Domingo started digging a geothermal well under her Gramercy Park townhouse! Apparently, the owners of the West Village building used as Carrie Bradshaw's home in Sex and the City are livid over an illicit photo shoot for SJP's… » 10/21/14 12:40pm Today 12:40pm

Piers Morgan on Monica Lewinsky's Twitter Bullies: She's Asking For It

After Piers Morgan's show was cancelled in February, America got a bit of a respite from his particular brand of insufferableness. But thanks to the magic of the internet and a woman named Monica Lewinsky, Piers is back, writing for the Daily Mail Online about the internet hate Monica has received, the internet hate… » 10/21/14 11:45am Today 11:45am

Rachel Maddow Endures Tricksy Politicians With Sleater-Kinney Jams

Rachel Maddow, bastion of political information in bold frames, shared her top five punk songs to help us survive the midterm elections on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Not sure if you've noticed, but the Democrats are chasing black folks around while Colorado politicians who've long been against a women's right to… » 10/21/14 11:30am Today 11:30am