Maryland Rye Whiskey Has Finally Returned. But What Was It in the First Place?

BALTIMORE — H.L. Mencken, the Jazz Age scribe who loved Baltimore and booze in equal measure, spared no opportunity to praise his state’s famous rye whiskey. It was, he said, “the most healthful appetizer yet discovered by man.” The Mencken family doctor, he added, apparently approved: “He believed and taught that a shot of Maryland…

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The Least Vegas Neighborhood in Vegas

Azia Skeen discovered Las Vegas’s little-known (to tourists, anyway) Arts District by chance. Her plane home to San Diego was delayed, and at 19, she was too young to gamble in the casinos. With 12 hours to kill, she wandered into the Arts District, an 18-square-block area of low-slung commercial properties and current and former…

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Ava DuVernay Joins Prada as the Co-Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council

Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain Filmmaker, screenwriter, and activist, Ava DuVernay has always been on the frontlines of the fight against oppression, using films like 13th to address the racial injustices plaguing the black community, and her Twitter platform to support Colin Kaepernick’s NFL protest and denounce «white privilege.» Now, DuVernay is bringing her fight to…

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Valentine’s Day in Times Square

Image Rosa Torres and Randell Alston were one of two couples selected by the Times Square Alliance to have their wedding ceremony in the center of Times Square on Valentine’s Day.CreditSara Kerens for Times Square Arts Alliance Couples migrated to Times Square this week for the annual Times Square Valentine Heart celebration. Some got married,…

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Wait —: Wait — Beyoncé Is Not Actually a Vegan

“Wait —” is a weekly newsletter in which Caity Weaver investigates an unanswered question in the news and pop culture. Sign up here to receive it in your inbox. How long is life? According to Official Rules set on behalf of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, life is a period of up to 30 years, beginning at…

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Transgender Man Awarded $120,000 in Discrimination Case at Iowa Prison

In 2015, Jesse Vroegh, a registered nurse working in an Iowa prison, asked his employers at the state Department of Corrections to allow him to use the men’s restrooms and locker rooms at work because he was transitioning from female to male. But the department denied his requests, citing its concerns about the “rights of…

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Fashion review: Marc Jacobs and the Ghosts of Fashion Past and Future

Marc Jacobs, on the Runway and Backstage 9 Photos View Slide Show › Image Landon Nordeman for The New York Times New York Fashion Week came to an end Wednesday in the empty, echoing wine-dark Armory on upper Park Avenue where a few small rows of metal stools faced each other across a truncated mirrored…

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Social Q’s: I Shouldn’t Have to Tell You This Is Racist

I am an active member of my homeowners’ association. I am also African-American. While meeting at the home of the president of the association, I noticed that she had a row of African-American iconography lined up in her kitchen: a collection of ceramic “Mammy” jars. They made me uncomfortable. Do I have an obligation to…

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Hungry City: Inspiring Loyalty, and Serving Chickenjoy at Jollibee

The first McDonald’s opened in the Philippines in 1981, ready to conquer. Instead, it met its match: Jollibee, originally a small suburban ice cream franchise that started selling burgers in the late 1970s. By 1984, it had clobbered its American rival, cornering the fast-food market on its home turf and still dominating it to this…

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El Espace: Do We Need Another ‘Ugly’ Betty?

El Espace is a column dedicated to news and culture relevant to Latinx communities. Expect politics, arts, analysis, personal essays and more. ¿Lo mejor? It’ll be in Spanish and English, so you can forward it to your tía, your primo Lalo or anyone else (read: everyone). In the 1999 Colombian telenovela “Yo Soy Betty, la…

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