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CNN Interviews: 'Think Like a Man' star Michael Ealy on dating
April 24th, 2012
03:52 PM ET

CNN Interviews: 'Think Like a Man' star Michael Ealy on dating

"Think Like a Man" nabbed the top weekend box office spot from "The Hunger Games," making it one of the surprise hits of 2012. Based off of comedian Steve Harvey's advice book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," the film features actor, Michael Ealy. Ealy spoke about his own personal thoughts on relationships with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.

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April 24th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

CNN Music: the band FUN.

By Jonathan Binder, CNN

(CNN) - The band, FUN, or "fun." as they like to stylize themselves, debuted their first album, "Aim & Ignite," in 2009. But for singer Nate Ruess, it was actually a new beginning.

Before there was FUN. there was The Format, a band which Ruess co-founded. But when the success of The Format went sour, he panicked.

“In music, you feel like you only get really one chance to do it, especially in my position because I felt like the band was doing really well,” Ruess recently told CNN. “So just to uproot and start over? I was freaking out.”

For Ruess’s second chance, he knew exactly who to call: Jack Antonoff, guitar player and Steel Train's front man, and Andrew Dost, piano player and former member of Anathallo.

The three musicians first met when their former bands ended up on tour together. And when it came time to start collaborating on music, Ruess felt like he was on the “dream team.”

Now two albums strong, FUN. released "Some Nights" in February. The single “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae, topped Billboard's Hot 100 and the Digital Songs chart for multiple weeks.

Before their recent show at Center Stage in Atlanta, the FUN. trio sat down with CNN to talk about the inception of their music careers, hip-hop’s influence on their latest album, and their sudden success on the hit TV show, “Glee.”

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CNN Opinion: Boy Scouts feel a mother's wrath
Jennifer Tyrrell, center, and Alicia Burns, left, with children speak onstage at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
April 24th, 2012
01:42 PM ET

CNN Opinion: Boy Scouts feel a mother's wrath

By LZ Granderson, CNN Contributor

Jennifer Tyrrell dislikes public speaking so much that when she was in high school, she almost failed marketing because she didn't want to speak in front of the class.

But when the Boy Scouts of America made a decision that hurt her little boy Cruz, she did what any mother would do - set aside her own fear, spoke up and, with the help of family and friends, is fighting back.

"I've never been involved with any kind of activism or anything like that before, so this is all new to me," the mother of four said. "All I know is this has got to stop."

And by "this," she is referring to the Boy Scouts' policy of banning gays and lesbians from being members or serving as leaders.

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CNN Opinion: For president, two pragmatic problem-solvers
In this fall's election, writes Julian Zelizer, both tickets will be headed by practical, nonideological candidates.
April 24th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

CNN Opinion: For president, two pragmatic problem-solvers

By Julian Zelizer, CNN Contributor

This presidential election tells us something unexpected about American politics. For all the talk about polarization and discord in Washington, it appears that both parties will have pragmatic problem-solvers at the top of their tickets.

Democrats have accepted four more years with a pragmatist. President Barack Obama has consistently been willing to anger members of his own party by reaching out to Republicans and often embracing their issues, such as deficit reduction. Rather than a fighting for an ideological agenda, he has instead focused on one problem at a time and accepted the constraints that he faces.

Republicans are settling on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has spent much of his career avoiding ideological purity. By all accounts, one of his virtues as a leader has been his eagerness to delve into difficult problems and his willingness to experiment when trying to find solutions.

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Women and equal pay: a scientific view
April 24th, 2012
01:21 PM ET

Women and equal pay: a scientific view

By John Sepulvado, CNN

Almost 50 years ago, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act. It prohibits employers from paying men or women different wages based on gender.

At the time, women earned almost 59 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity.

Earlier this week, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research released a fact sheet finding men make more money than women in almost every occupation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

So how is it that after 50 years, women have only increased their relative pay by 18 cents?

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