Call it the original "Great Escape." On May 13, 1862, just over a year into the Civil War, an enslaved man named Robert Smalls, who labored on a Confederate steamer in South Carolina's Charleston harbor, set into motion a daring plan. As his great-great-grandson Michael Boulware Moore explained, "He saw that the Confederate crew had left, and he knew that oftentimes they left for the evening, not to come back until the next day." For Small and six other slaves and their families, the stakes couldn't have been higher. "They knew that if they got caught, that they would be, not just killed, but probably tortured in a particularly egregious and public manner," said Moore. Disguising himself in the top hat and long overcoat of a Confederate captain, Smalls piloted the ship past Fort Sumpter towards the Union blockade, and freedom. "It really blew people's minds because, you know, it just was beyond what people thought an enslaved person could do," Moore said. "Not every great story has to … [Read more...] about Reconstruction, one of the most misunderstood chapters in American history
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SAMSUNG'S wacky new folding smartphone has only been out a week, but users are already reporting major issues with the wallet-busting gadget. Early reviews of the gizmo say it breaks within days of use, despite Samsung delaying the Fold's launch by six months to fix durability issues. The £1,800 phone was briefly cancelled just before it hits shelves in April when review samples broke after a few days. Some journalists reviewing the device noticed the screen stopped working, while others broke the device completely by accidentally removing a screen protector. Samsung pulled the launch and spent months altering the design to make it more durable. It was finally released in the UK September 18. But it seems that despite Samsung's best efforts, the phone is still on the flimsy side.Samsung's £2,000 G5 folding phone slammed after YouTuber reveals 'soft Play-Doh screen' can be scratched with a fingernail After just one day with the Fold, TechCrunch writer Brian Heater reported the … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Fold breaking ‘in just a few days’ AGAIN six months after first botched launch
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is good news for Star Wars fans. The Respawn-helmed game, along with The Mandalorian on Disney Plus and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, form a powerful trio that could make 2019 one of the best in Star Wars history. Released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 15, is fairly new, but you can get a deal on the game right now, if you're willing to get a console to along with it. That said, we'll likely see more discounts this coming Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so if a bundle isn't tempting and you're strapped for cash, it might be best to hold off for now.Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is one of our top 2019 holiday gift recommendations; it also earned an 8/10 in our Jedi Fallen Order review. "Fallen Order becomes perhaps the strongest conception of what playing as a Jedi Knight ought to really be like," wrote Phil Hornshaw. "It's true that Fallen Order borrows liberally from other action games, but those elements work together with Respawn's combat and … [Read more...] about Black Friday 2019 Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Deals (Xbox One Bundles)
By & by Sarah Grossbart | Fri., 22 Nov. 2019 6:00 AM Share Tweet Email David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock At this time last year, Scarlett Johansson's romance with Colin Jost had reached the carefully dissect every ring she dares wear on her left hand levels of seriousness. Such was the case when the couple made their second annual appearance at the American Museum of Natural History Gala last November. As the pair posed together at the same NYC event they used to debut their relationship a year prior, the actress chatted with People about her love of the institution's old gem room: "I know they are redoing it now, but I just have such vivid childhood memories of crawling around the carpeted floors and watching how gold is made for the millionth time." But it was the black-and-gold gem on the fourth finger of her left hand that was pulling focus. As it turns out, the art deco-style stunner was more of an … [Read more...] about Why Scarlett Johansson Has Found Her Forever Match in Colin Jost
Long before we had kids, before we were even married, my wife, Jenny, started buying a children's book nearly every time she traveled to a new city. For a while we weren't sure we wanted to have children. But if we did, it was important to Jenny to have something beautiful, an illustrated record of where she had been, to pass on to them. So when we did end up having a baby, in the summer of 2015, we brought her home to a bookshelf already half-stocked with books. In that first year of EJ's life, I remember often reading to her from one of my favorites, "A Baobab Is Big," by Jacqui Taylor. Jenny had bought it in Cape Town, South Africa. As I read, I pointed out things to our daughter - the tree that looked like it had been planted upside down, the unfamiliar animals, the way the words rhymed - but I never said a word about the color of the main character's skin. The fact that this little boy's arms were darker than hers, darker than mine - why would I ever draw attention to that? It … [Read more...] about Children’s books can help start a conversation about race. Parents have to continue it.
More than 1,500 complaints of unwanted sexual approaches, many targeting children, have been made against popular social networking apps in Apple's App Store, in contrast to what Apple prominently markets as a "safe and trusted place," according to a Washington Post investigation. The complaints about popular social media platforms that connect strangers in video conversations, known as "random chat apps," serve as digital cries for help. "A man who is sick in the head and disgusting decided to show some things that shouldn't have been shown," read one review of the app Monkey in September. Another one from last month warned, "This is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Predators are all over this site." Using a machine learning algorithm to identify App Store reviews containing reports of unwanted sexual content, racism and bullying, The Post sifted through more than 130,000 reviews of six random chat apps, all but one of which were ranked in the top 100 for social networking by Apple … [Read more...] about Apple says its App Store is ‘a safe and trusted place.’ We found 1,500 reports of unwanted sexual behavior on six apps, some targeting minors.