Category Archives: Entertainment & Culture

Jun
22
2020

Black Fathers Matter

22, Jun

By Katie Kieffer


Fathers matter. A child without a good father figure grows up with a disadvantage that cannot be erased by money, education or fame. Activists claim that whites and police are primarily responsible for holding blacks back. In truth, black father figures are the foremost differentiating factor in their offspring’s quality of life.

69 percent of black children are born to unmarried mothers, according to the latest data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In contrast, the CDC reports that 28 percent of non-Hispanic whites are born to unmarried mothers. Continue reading

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Dec
22
2019

A Dragon for Christmas

22, Dec

By Katie Kieffer


Red fire, green scales, and sharp white teeth for Christmas?

On Sunday afternoon, I went on a walk. Home after home is decked with wreaths, garlands, lights, a nativity scene, and then… a dragon! A father was energetically inflating a nine-foot red, white and green dragon. “Our theme is red, white and green!” he exclaimed to his wife and child. Continue reading

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Jun
18
2019

Girl in a Red Balloon

18, Jun

By Katie Kieffer

Red Balloon

Two legs—jutting from a large red balloon—struggle to navigate between rows of gawkers. Women follow the red balloon girl—each covered from head to torso in a brightly colored balloon. They look like walking gumballs. Continue reading

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Jun
11
2017

Fathers Count: Who Were Hillary and Bill’s Fathers?

11, Jun

By Katie Kieffer


Hillary Clinton once wished her dad a Happy Father’s Day by commemorating her mother. And likely not by accident. Both Hillary and Bill Clinton were raised by fathers who set poor examples—a reminder of the crucial role fathers play in raising society’s future leaders.

Certainly, Jackie Robinson is an example of a man who developed himself into an upstanding leader in spite of a deadbeat dad. (Robinson’s mother raised Jackie and his four siblings alone after their father abandoned them.) So, the point of today’s column is to encourage men to be great fathers—not that an imperfect father determines one’s future. Continue reading

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Jun
05
2017

I Know What You’re Reading This Summer

05, Jun

By Katie Kieffer

Girl Reading Book

The average American child will spend 405 hours this summer watching TV and Internet videos: Be a great example and read. Reading is proven to make us healthier, happier and wiser. So grab a cold Corona (keeping this example to yourself, at least for now) and pick up a book!

One evening while staying at Sea World Orlando, I looked up from dinner to notice a family of four eating beside me. All four were peering at smartphones or tablets (including the children who both appeared to be under the age of six). Continue reading

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Feb
13
2017

What Normal People Want

13, Feb

By Katie Kieffer

Millennials

Less than 1% of American adults identify as transgender and most Americans support President Trump’s recent immigration order—but you would think (from how much we publicly discuss refugees and sexual identity) that most Americans are LGBT open border activists.

Most Americans are very ordinary (a.k.a. sane) people who couldn’t care less whether Bruce Jenner adopted the name “Caitlyn” and identifies as transgender. The average American is also a generous and welcoming person who supports our country’s “melting pot” heritage. (There’s a reason why Budweiser’s 2017 Super Bowl “Born The Hard Way” commercial about its German founder’s immigration to the U.S. was a huge hit.) Continue reading

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Jan
30
2017

Super Bowl LI: Hillary Clinton Plots Revenge

30, Jan

By Katie Kieffer

Super Bowl Trophy

Beware: Hillary Clinton loves that you love football—and the fact that Super Bowl LI is on pace to be 2017’s biggest live TV event fits perfectly into her plot to exact revenge on President Trump.

Around 140 B.C., corrupt Roman politicians found a way to placate their impoverished citizens into surrendering their inalienable right to voting privileges and political representation—in exchange for discounted entertainment and food. As a result, the Roman poet Juvenal coined the famous term “bread and circuses.” Continue reading

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Jan
23
2017

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

23, Jan

By Katie Kieffer


Respect (just a little bit) is all I’m askin’ of my sisters marching in Washington D.C. and around the world—a little respect for our new President.

Aretha Franklin’s power ballad inspired me to call out the juvenile behavior I’m witnessing in hundreds of thousands of my fellow females who last Saturday participated in one of the largest single-day marches in American history: “Women’s March on Washington.” Continue reading

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Jan
02
2017

White Male Survival Guide 2017

02, Jan

By Katie Kieffer


By Katie Kieffer China got it wrong: 2017 is not the year of the rooster—it’s the year of the white male. 2017 is the year the white man takes back his worth. Black Male Supremacists. Unheard of. Brown Male Supremacists. … Continue reading

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Nov
07
2016

5 Celebrities Who Won’t Leave Country If Trump Is President

07, Nov

By Katie Kieffer

Tom Brady

So maybe we’ll loose Cher, Lena Dunham and Whoopi Goldberg—but many beloved athletes, tech entrepreneurs, actors and entertainers will stay in America if Trump becomes our next President.

“If ROMNEY gets elected I don’t know if i can breathe same air as Him,” Cher tweeted (grammar errors hers) in the 2012 election cycle. This time around, Cher tweeted that if Trump is elected: “I’m moving to Jupiter.” Dunham and Goldberg issued similar threats. Continue reading

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