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Barack Obama Presidential Portrait
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Obama Portraits Ask: Where Are You Coming From? And Where Do You Want to Go?

In one word, the Obama portraits are: cool.

Fleetwood Mac, "Rumours," Warner Bros, 1977.
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Career Overview: Fleetwood Mac

Despite its release dating back 40-ish years, “Rumours” manages to sound new with every listen, its lyricism idiosyncratic enough to eschew cliché, yet general and humanly true enough to be universal. It’s a voyeuristic look at the heart of Fleetwood Mac, the story of their numerous entanglements: a fortuitous and complicated meeting of musical styles and love stories.

Screenshot from "Mulan"
Arts

Top 5 Disney Musicals

​With Spring Break coming up faster than those too-old chocolates from Valentine’s Day, you’re sure to be clocking in some quality couch time. What better to get you relaxed and ready for vacation than some lighthearted, nostalgic Disney classics?

Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monáe in the music video for "Make Me Feel."
Arts

Music Video Breakdown: ‘Make Me Feel’ by Janelle Monáe

In “Make Me Feel,” Janelle Monáe has created something feel-good, and watchable, and incredibly fun to watch.

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'Endless Thread' is NPR's Guide to Reddit

In his new podcast “Endless Thread,” host Ben Brock Johnson of WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, dives into the vast expanse that is Reddit and picks out some of its hidden gems. With producer Amory Sivertson, Johnson tells the public some of the entertaining stories that inhabit random corners deep within the bowels of Reddit. The stories chosen by this duo are wildly unique, surprising, and often touch upon issues deeper than one might initially think.

Gal Gadot at the 2016 Comic Con.
Arts

This Year in Pop Culture: 1985

As Passion Pit would say, 1985 was a good year—for pop culture, that is.

Looming Tower Hulu Picture 5 Upcoming Shows
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5 Upcoming TV Shows to Get Excited About

The glut of new shows that January and February bring each year has passed, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still new shows being released.

Drake in the "God's Plan" music video.
Arts

Music Video Breakdown: 'God's Plan' by Drake

Over the course of the video, Drake saunters through the streets of Miami, brightening the days of unsuspecting community members with donations—groceries, scholarships, cars, literal stacks of cash.

SZA in the "All the Stars" music video.
Arts

Music Video Breakdown: 'All the Stars' by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

The music video for Lamar and R&B goddess SZA’s “All the Stars,” the pair’s single from the recent “Black Panther” soundtrack, is visually stunning and mysterious. One would expect nothing less from a creative team that includes Lamar, SZA, and director Dave Meyers.

Jessie J in the "Bang Bang" music video.
Arts

Woke Queen: Feminist Theory in Jessie J’s Lyrics

When Jessie J sings about her “dick,” she is calling for a restructuring of phallic inheritance in service of women’s liberation. Does it get more woke than that?

Alto's Odyssey
Arts

'Alto's Odyssey' Launches Genre to New Heights

“Alto’s Odyssey” succeeds with such beauty and grace, one forgets that what one is playing is “just” an endless runner, “just” a game for a phone or tablet. “Alto’s Odyssey” isn’t just the best of its genre—it’s better than its genre.

West Cork Cover
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West Cork: A True Murder Mystery

“West Cork” is a podcast released by Audible, Amazon’s e-book and podcast distributor, in which Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey delve into the murder of Sophie Tuscan du Plantier, which took place in 1996 and remains unsolved. Within the first five episodes, this true-crime series paints a complex picture of a quiet town shaken by a violent act. It investigates a murder which, despite being more than 20 years in the past, represents a real source of fear and even danger for the residents of this Irish town.

Justin Timberlake in "Supplies"
Arts

Music Video Breakdown: 'Supplies' by Justin Timberlake

As J.T.’s attempts at political activism play out on screen, it becomes clear that he has taken on too much too fast too soon. This attempt to tackle Trump, #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, gun violence, and anti-Muslim discrimination in one four-minute music video is not tasteful.

Dua Lipa in "IDGAF"
Arts

Music Video Breakdown: 'IDGAF' and Consumerism

Hidden behind Dua’s icy demeanor is a level of incisive commentary producible only by a young firebrand—an Albanian Karl Marx adorned with a single diamond earring.

Migos in "Stir Fry"
Arts

Music Video Breakdown: 'Stir Fry' by Migos

Although Migos may have fallen short of an artistic statement, a coherent plot, and even an inoffensive video, they have succeeded in producing a visual spectacle that is, if nothing else, entertaining.

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