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The Real Bob Ross: Meet The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees

Don't be fooled by his mild PBS persona; the beloved painter was actually an exacting artist and businessman with — brace yourself — naturally straight hair.
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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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AfroPunk Acts To Free Your Mind And Your ... Ears

This year's AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn features artists who are expanding the universe of punk and ideas about who belongs there.
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First-Time Nominations Reveal The Changing Face Of The Emmys

Cuba Gooding Jr., Rami Malek and Constance Zimmer all have one thing in common: this year is the first time each has been nominated for an Emmy. Their nominations hint at deeper changes in television.
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Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Jacqueline Woodson

For our series "Next Chapter," the author of the award-winning YA novel "Brown Girl Dreaming" talks about how going to a largely white college made her aware of her blackness in a new way.
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Ed Sanders, Author Of Manson Family Biography, To Sell Massive Archive

Sanders wrote the definitive book on the Manson Family ("The Family.") He's currently working on a book about Robert Kennedy. He's decided to sell the assembled work on which he's based his research.
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Herman Koch Gets Meta In 'Dear Mr. M'

Linda Wertheimer talks to the Dutch writer about his novel: A teacher has an affair with his student. She breaks it off. He disappears. And then a writer comes along, and turns the story into a novel.
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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.
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Nina McLemore's Clothes Are A 'Weapon' Of Powerful Women

Nina McLemore designs clothes for powerful women: Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Janet Yellen, Elena Kagan and others. She talks about how fashion can help women stand out in political office.
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In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick

In Tom Wolfe's first book of nonfiction in 16 years, he argues that the development of speech, not evolution, has made humans what we are today — evolution, he says, applies only to animals.

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