Morgan Freeman Sounds Epic, Even After Inhaling Helium (Video)

The Memphis-born, Mississippi-dwelling Morgan Freeman is one of our favorite Southerners. He’s a man of class, and a thrilling example of hard work paying off. He’s also one of the most distinguished, regal men we know–something we learned during our Paper Napkin interview with him.

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Fresh Corn Polenta with Avocado and Tomato Salad

Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four — for under $20, in under 20 minutes. Today: Summer’s best supper, ready in less than 20 minutes.

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These Six Characters Show Why Louisiana’s the Happiest State

Given its abundance of drive-through daiquiri shops, Louisiana’s dominance on this new list of the happiest cities in America isn’t surprising. Said list, which was released in a paper from professors at Harvard and the Vancouver School, found that the top five happiest cities were Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport-Bossier City, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria–all of them in Louisiana.

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Get Your Gaudy On With Persian Shield

For lasting color in your garden, don’t get hung up on flowers. Plants with brilliant foliage can add just as much impact for a much longer time. I saw a great example of this yesterday in a beautiful garden in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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Staff Picks: Where We’re Doggin’ for National Hot Dog Day

From the ballpark to the backyard, hot dogs–or franks, or wieners, or frankfurters, or footlongs, or weenies–are as American as apple pie. No, more American. They’re as American as baseball. No, more! Hot dogs are as American as hot dogs.

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Master The Crop Top Like Reese

  One of our favorite Southern starlets, Reese Witherspoon, masters the season’s hottest trend: the crop top. The Southern icon manages to pull off all of the latest trends while making them flattering and even timeless. As with any look that shows a little skin, the key to keeping the crop top classy is balancing it with a more conservative cut elsewhere. […]

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The High-Low Guide to Washington, D.C.

Think D.C. is all Politics and power suits? Time to look past the bills and the laws and break out for the old landmark haunts and neighborhood newcomers that are helping define the District as a city on the rise.

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5 Reasons Why Forecastle is Our Favorite Festival

If you haven’t heard of Louisville, Kentucky’s Forecastle music festival, you’re missing out on one of the best festivals not just in the South, but in the country, and a weekend in one heckuva city too.

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Three Things You’ll Be Drinking This Year

D.C. bar owner Derek Brown (Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Columbia Room, The Passenger, Southern Efficiency) and his team are on a mission to help you drink better. There exists no pretense or snobbery, just a drive to educate and a love for spirits and their cultural significance.

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Eat Like Beyoncé — Five Restaurants She’s Visited in New Orleans

Queen Bey’s monarchical title’s based on more than just empty fanfare. She sings like a queen. She commands the stage like a queen, as proven by her On The Run Tour with hubby Jay Z that stopped at the New Orleans Superdome last night. The power didn’t even go out this time.

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