Neda Ulaby http://nwpr.org en 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television http://nwpr.org/post/i-kinda-stole-show-laverne-cox-and-path-prestige-television "My femininity was seen as a problem that needed to be solved."<p>Laverne Cox is talking about her childhood in Mobile, Ala. She remembers being routinely chased and beaten by classmates after school. Cox was born biologically male, and her gender identity was confusing and threatening not just to other children but to the grown-ups in her life as well. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 47122 at http://nwpr.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television John Green's 'Stars' Shines Bright On The Silver Screen http://nwpr.org/post/john-greens-stars-shines-bright-silver-screen It's a writer's fantasy. You author a book. It hits the young adult jackpot. It sells 10 million copies. Hollywood actors fight for parts in the movie.<p>Welcome to John Green's reality. Not too long ago, in New York City, he introduced a screening of the film based on his novel, <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em>, to an audience of hundreds of teenagers ecstatically screaming his name. They cried copiously throughout the film, which follows a romance between two teenagers with cancer.<p>The next morning, in his hotel suite, Green appeared somewhat dazed. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:57:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 47027 at http://nwpr.org John Green's 'Stars' Shines Bright On The Silver Screen NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian http://nwpr.org/post/nsa-coverage-garners-pulitzers-post-and-guardian Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 44371 at http://nwpr.org Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace' http://nwpr.org/post/coming-out-basketball-how-brittney-griner-found-place-peace Brittney Griner is 23 years old, 6 feet 8 inches tall and one of the best female basketball players in the world. She was the WNBA top draft pick last year, and in college she set records for the most blocked shots in a season and the most career blocks in history — for male <em>and</em> female players. She's so good that the owner of a men's team — the Dallas Mavericks — has said he'd recruit her.<p>Now, Griner is also an author. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 44060 at http://nwpr.org Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace' Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 http://nwpr.org/post/dance-music-legend-frankie-knuckles-dies-59 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPrGnh7QUDo</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 43717 at http://nwpr.org Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest http://nwpr.org/post/picket-line-oscars-visual-effects-artists-protest Hundreds of visual-effects artists are planning to picket the Academy Awards on Sunday for the second year in a row. They're hoping to bring attention to what's been happening in their industry.<p>The field is losing jobs and relocating to countries with bigger subsidies for employers. It's the result of a technical revolution that's changed the profession since it kicked off in the 70s with Star Wars creator George Lucas' visual-effects company, Industrial Light and Magic.<p>At first, visual effects was mostly engineers creating special effects with cameras, high-speed motors and models. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 42171 at http://nwpr.org A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition http://nwpr.org/post/baby-didnt-bump-these-moms-out-competition Let's be clear: Olympians handle the physical challenges of childbirth differently than most of the rest of us.<p>Aretha Thurmond is a discus thrower who'd already competed in two Olympics when she went to the hospital in labor.<p>"So I get there and they're like, 'Yeah, whatever, you're 4 centimeters dilated. Go walk around the hospital and come back,' " she says.<p>Thurmond's hospital was part of a university, so she headed straight for its track, where she power-walked for the next two hours. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:22:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 40395 at http://nwpr.org A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful http://nwpr.org/post/amiri-barakas-legacy-both-controversial-and-achingly-beautiful One of America's most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.<p>Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 39808 at http://nwpr.org Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base http://nwpr.org/post/youtube-powerhouse-looks-beyond-its-gamer-base One of the most popular channels on YouTube is aimed toward people who play video games. It's got tons of content — thousands of game reviews, how-to videos of people gaming away enthusiastically, even little homemade movies that people have made using video-game software.<p>That last format is a user-generated phenomenon called machinima — "little m" machinima. "Big M" Machinima is a company, and it wants to be a new media empire. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 39137 at http://nwpr.org A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base Hollywood's New Strategy: Supporting Chinese-Made Blockbusters http://nwpr.org/post/hollywoods-new-strategy-supporting-chinese-made-blockbusters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqZb1bUKJQ0</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 37798 at http://nwpr.org Hollywood's New Strategy: Supporting Chinese-Made Blockbusters