The History of the Holy Grail

The Holy Grail

As far as history-spanning, full-on conquests and religious iconography go, few objects have a more fantastical, bloody, and legendary tale than the Holy Grail. From medieval crusades to Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code, the cup of Christ is one chalice with a spectacularly wicked narrative that spans well over 900 years. Said to give the drinker immortal life, the cup is as much pop culture reference as it is a holy relic; one that has been on the minds of the world for almost a millennium. The all-encompassing infatuation has expanded throughout Western art and literature, and all began, according to legend, with Joseph of Arimathea’s trek to bring it to the British Isles, where it became the main quest for King Arthur’s round table knights. From being shared among the disciples at the Last Supper to capturing the blood from Christ as he was crucified, the tale is fantastical, long, and full of adventure.

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By any means necessary: Malcolm X’s controversial struggle for black freedom

Malcolm X

In 1960s, the United States was shaken by racial tensions and fledgeling social movements. Discouraged by the shortcomings of the civil rights movement and its apparent inability to secure freedom and self-determination for African American people, one remarkable black man utters the motto that would electrify black communities for decades – (fight for freedom and equality) by any means necessary. That speech Malcolm X gave at the 1965 founding rally for the Organization of African American Unity, perfectly encapsulated the frustrations of African Americans who had grown tired of being told to be mindful and patient as they wait for equal rights to finally be granted. His radical message of racial justice was instrumental in guiding the ideology of the trans-national Black Power movement in the 1960s and 1970s, and boosting the self-esteem of black communities the world over. He would be a member of the Nation of Islam for 12 long years before finally leaving in 1964, and meeting a tragic end soon after at the hands of his former comrades.

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The History of Hardwicke’s Marriage Act (And The Beginning of The Wedding Industry)

It’s a no-brainer how lucrative the wedding business is—in the United States alone over $72 billion is attributed to the sound of marriage bells each year, and if you want to break it down, that’s $20,000 average event planning budget, 6,200 weddings per day, and over $8 billion spent on wedding gifts per year. But …

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