OZY Must-Reads

OZY Must-Reads

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Many 30-somethings are obsessed with Instagram, including Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov. He has stabilized a war-ravaged republic and stands accused of murdering hundreds, but he also seems to love posting pictures of furry animals. Kadyrov is not a typical president, but then again, there’s nothing typical about him. As instability rises among the North Caucasus leaders, he remains in power — in all of his human-rights-troubling, social-media-loving glory.

Sophie’s College Choice

Do skyrocketing college costs make a second child unaffordable? Raising a child has always been a major financial undertaking, but putting more than one child through college may soon look like financial suicide.

You may think college costs are bad now, but consider what they will be like in the 2030s, when a baby born today would attend school. Not only will parents spend a minimum of $217,000 to raise a child to age 18, but, according to an analysis of 2011 College Board data, tuition and fees for a graduate of the class of 2034 will top $288,000 (in today’s dollars) at an average-priced four-year private college and $123,000 at an average-priced public college.

Tereré: Paraguay’s Social Tea

Many people have heard of maté, a tea made with hot water and yerba maté leaves, commonly found in Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil. Coffee shops across the United States are beginning to offer yerba maté tea bags as it grows in popularity. However, in the small, landlocked country of Paraguay, where temperatures average 95 degrees in the summer and often reach 110, tereré reigns supreme as the nation’s drink of choice.

We All Enjoy a Good Badass

Accomplished black actors have long faced a weird catch-22: Go dirty or don’t go at all.

So while Avery Brooks (who played Hawk in the 1980s potboiler private-eye TV show Spenser: For Hire) was a classically trained Shakespearean actor, we know him as Hawk and not Hamlet. The now-avuncular Morgan Freeman was just “Easy Reader” on the kid show The Electric Company until he broke out as the pimp Fast Black in the 1987 film Street Smart.

Now, while you might expect a caustic commentary on equal acting opportunity, this ain’t about that. This is about five kickass actors and the fact that, in the end, we all enjoy a good badass.

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