If the audience is uncomfortable watching <em>The Help, </em>that's appropriate, says actress Octavia Spencer: "People <em>lived </em>this discomfort." Spencer plays Minny Jackson — an African-American maid in 1960s Mississippi — in the film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's controversial novel.
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The movie adaptation of the best-selling book, The Help roared into theaters this week, racking up more than $5 million in box office receipts on its opening day.
It closely follows Kathryn Stockett's novel about life among well-to-do white women in 1960s Jackson, Miss. The book told that story in large part from the point-of-view of the black women who served them — which earned Stockett both praise and condemnation.
Last week’s downgrade of the country’s credit rating had markets reeling this week. And recent polls show the American public has little confidence the federal government can fix the country’s financial mess. It’s one of the topics our media partners at Colorado Public Television and Colorado Inside Out are discussing.
When economist James Heckman was studying the effects of job training programs on unskilled young workers, he found a mystery.
He was comparing a group of workers that had gone through a job training program with a group that hadn't. And he found that, at best, the training program did nothing to help the workers get better jobs. In some cases, the training program even made the workers worse off.
<strong>A Meeting Of Great Minds:</strong> During his 1966 visit to South Africa, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy met with anti-apartheid activist Chief Luthuli and later spoke publicly about their meeting. Because of a government ban on media coverage of Luthuli, it was the first news many had of their leader in more than five years.
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In June of 1966, just two years before he was shot and killed in Los Angeles, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy went to South Africa to speak out against apartheid. There, at the University of Cape Town, he gave a speech — known as the "Ripple of Hope" speech — that would be repeated over and over again and even etched onto his tombstone.
In that speech, Kennedy told a crowd of white, anti-apartheid students,