• Using the Simpsons to explain how Asian Americans are overlooked

    Hollywood has offered up few Asian American stars. But one of its most well-known is a cartoon: Apu from "The Simpsons." Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian American character who operates the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store in the fictional town of Springfield and is known for the catch phrase "thank you, come again," has served as the animated series' running immigrant punchline for almost 30 years. "What bothered me about Apu is how he stood in for my parents, replacing their real stories and real struggles and their really complicated lives with an accent," said comedian Hari Kondabolu in his documentary "The Problem with Apu," which airs Sunday on truTV. Since there were so few Indian Americans

  • Daily Beast among digital sites eyeing sale

    Digital media is facing a reckoning. The start-ups that were once the darlings of the industry are facing budget shortfalls and revenue declines as they struggle to survive in an over-saturated market where Google and Facebook lay claim to the vast majority of ad dollars. Now, the bubble is bursting and many of these companies are looking to sell. In the latest evidence of volatility, CNN has learned that IAC is entertaining potential buyers for The Daily Beast, the news and opinion site launched nearly a decade ago by former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown. "IAC has made it known it's a seller and various outlets are taking a look," one source with knowledge of IAC's sales pitch said. "They're

  • Plans for £8.5m artist centre go on show

    The latest plans for an £8.5m centre to commemorate a world-renowned artist have been revealed. Gainsborough's House wants to redevelop a former labour exchange building at the rear of its existing museum in the centre of Sudbury, Suffolk. The plans include a gallery showing the best of Thomas Gainsborough's full-length portraits. Museum director Mark Bills said the project would "give the nation a centre for one of its greatest artists". The plans were drawn up following a public consultation earlier this year. Thomas Gainsborough was born in 1727, the youngest of nine children, and spent much of his childhood sketching in the woods and fields surrounding Sudbury. 'Enormous support' He left

  • Are grandparents spoiling kids?

    A study says grandparents tend to give high-sugar snacks as treats. The University of Glasgow found that this is having a bad effect on children's diet and weight. We asked some grandparents if they were guilty.

  • Reliable Sources podcast: Tracing the roots of conservative skepticism in the media

    S. E. Cupp's conservative views haven't changed since she started hosting her own show, "SE Cupp Unfiltered," on HLN. But by virtue of her being part of the media business, "a close family member who does not believe the media, does not believe me, and thinks I am fake news," she said. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Cupp's anecdote is a reminder of how personal polarization can become, and a lesson about how hard it is these days to break through the thick layer of conservative distrust in the media. That skepticism "runs deep," Cupp wrote in her latest op-ed for CNN Opinion's series "Free Press: What's at Stake." "Believe me, President Donald Trump didn't invent it," she wrote. While

  • Taylor Swift cements chart reputation

    I'm sorry, Taylor Swift can't come to the phone right now. Why? Because she's busy selling thousands of albums. Reputation has shifted 84,000 copies this week, giving the star the third UK number one album of her career. It has also become 2017's fastest-selling record by a female artist, despite being unavailable on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. Swift's previous number ones are 1989, which sold 90,000 copies in week one, and Red, which managed 61,779 copies. In her home country, Swift is set to top the Billboard charts after racking up more than a million sales of Reputation - the only record to achieve that milestone this year. But in the UK, where the star has yet to give

  • Jamie Oliver bans teen daughter's selfies

    TV chef Jamie Oliver has said he has banned his 14-year-old daughter from sharing selfies, describing them as the unhealthy "sugar of social media". "We ban Daisy from doing selfies and mainly she doesn't, but a couple slip up," the father-of-five told the Lifestyle News Hound podcast. Oliver, 42, says he is among the first generation of parents learning to deal with children sharing photos online. He and wife Jools regularly post family photos on their own Instagram pages. But Oliver, a prominent campaigner for healthy eating, described teenage girls' use of Instagram as "frightening". 'Pouty lips' He said: "I'm going to generalise massively here, but from my observation so far, at 13 to 14,