#menaretrash

If you mindlessly scroll through your social media feeds on a regular basis, especially Twitter, you have probably read or even used the viral phrase “men are trash,” or some variation of it (e.g.,”niggas ain’t shit”) at one point or another. This seemingly trivial yet actually controversial claim is the epitome of the current phase…

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Why Did Prince’s Real Revolution Never Take Off?

A few years ago I favourited a tweet by B.J. Novak that I never forgot. I never forgot this tweet because I knew that it was a prophecy. For some reason, we act like entertainers are immortal, usually because they create media that we have the ability to preserve, well… forever. Our perceived humanity of such…

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Drake as a Culture

  When I was in Leeds in July 2016, we went to the university pub and had a “British Trivia” night. One of the questions was “who currently has the #1 track in Britain?” Four out of five people on my team, including myself, knew that the answer had to be Drake… no question. However, our last member…

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‘Hidden Figures’ and the Importance of Representation

Remember that stand up routine of Chris Rock’s where he expressed that famous quote, “Why the black man gotta fly to something that the white man can walk to?” Well, if you don’t, here’s the video for your convenience. Hidden Figures is not only a film that captures the real life stories of black mathematicians working…

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Kim Kardashian Returns to Social Media… Why Do We Care?

Story time! I have a friend who I met while living in Barcelona in 2015 and we spent four weeks being almost inseparable. She left over a month before I did to go back to her hometown in New York but I didn’t think of getting her number because I had her on Snapchat and Instagram,…

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Top 10 Albums of 2016

Despite how terrible many of the events of 2016 have been, not everyone had a bad year. Honestly, there are quite a few music artists who had an amazing year. 2016 has been an incredible year for music and a year that has seen the emergence of so many new trends that are sure to carry…

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Freedom! ’16

Pop singer, George Michael, has passed away at the age of 53. With the amount of times he emancipated himself throughout his life, whether in his music career or personal life, it is fitting that he passed away on December 25th, a day dedicated to new birth. There has seldom been a more emancipating music video by…

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Not a Teen Choice – Starboy Review

Say what you want about The Weeknd, but he is an incredibly hardworking, prolific artist. The R&B singer-songwriter recently released his third studio album this past weekend after much anticipation (and extensive promotion). The Weeknd claims that his influences for Starboy were The Smiths, Prince, Talking Heads, Bad Brains, and DeBarge – quite an eclectic combination…

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The New MTV

Yes, another piece about how the ‘M’ in MTV should not stand for ‘music’ anymore, and should instead stand for ‘millennial.’ But the fact that so many people are writing on this shows that it is an issue. The MTV VMA’s are probably the one time of the year that MTV actually attempts to showcase…

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For What Would Have Been Michael’s 58th

I don’t know if there will ever be an artist that had as much of an impact on me as Michael Jackson. I can’t even tell you the first time I heard an MJ song, how old I was, or what song it was. I can’t remember because I feel like his music was always…

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