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CODY FROST EXUDES A POLISHED PUNK SPIRIT WITH NEW SINGLE “HIGH/BYE”

Fans of The Voice UK will surely recognize (and likely already follow) the pop talent that is Cody Frost. Since the now-17 year old made her blind audition debut on the program in 2016 and subsequently cemented herself as a fan favorite, she has honed her image as a bona fide electropop and punk artist.…

THE HITS (AND A FEW MISSES) FROM THE 2021 GRAMMY AWARDS

Let’s address the elephant in the room first, and for once we aren’t talking about the pandemic. The Grammys have always, and particularly in the last few years, been riddled with issues relating to racism, bribery, an out-of-touch academy, and an unspoken pay-to-play structure that deeply disadvantages many artists without the proper connections. Complaints and…

AUSTRALIAN ELECTRONIC TRIO CROOKED COLOURS KEEP US DANCING THROUGH LOCKDOWN WITH NEW SINGLE “NO SLEEP”

It's not often you hear a track that you seamlessly picture at either a crowded nightclub or your morning coffee shop, but for Australian dance trio Crooked Colors, that's just another track in their discography. The indie band, consisting of Phil Slabber on vocals and guitar, Leon Debaughn on keys and Liam Merrett-Park on Drums,…

LAUREN PATEL EMPHASIZES SOUTH ASIAN REPRESENTATION WITH HER FILM DEBUT IN “EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE”

When Lauren Patel attended an open call for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, she thought she was just going for some early career audition experience. Little did she realize she had just walked into the room that would award her with her screen acting debut, and on the big screen no less. With limited acting experience…

WHAT SHOULD HAVE SCORED 2021 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS ACCORDING TO GEN-Z AUDIENCES

With the announcement of the 2021 Golden Globes nominations, the largely predictable round of backlash surrounding the Academy’s choices has officially begun. Awards season is all well and good for us pop culture junkies, but over the last couple of years it has become increasingly apparent just how behind the times the committees that select…

SOPHIE WAS A PIONEER IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD

On Saturday morning, groundbreaking experimental pop artist and producer Sophie Xeon, more known mononymously as SOPHIE tragically died in what her publicist described as a “terrible accident.” According to the official statement, “true to her spirituality, [SOPHIE] had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell. She will always be here with…

ALL THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS’ INAUGURATION

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 was a historical day for America. The United States government inaugurated our 46th president, Joseph R. Biden, who garnered the most individual votes of any candidate in history, and left behind the voice of a leader who in four years spent more time dividing the nation than progressing it. Kamala Harris,…

THE MOVIES WE ARE MOST EXCITED TO FINALLY SEE IN 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic may not be over yet, but with the vaccine rollout officially underway, we can at least be permitted to feel a quiet creeping hope for the year to come. With the novel coronavirus changing the movie industry as we know it in 2020, the biggest blockbuster films on everyone’s radar have been…

THERE’S STILL A LONG ROAD AHEAD FOR THE SMITHSONIAN’S TWO NEW MUSEUMS DEDICATED TO WOMEN AND LATINX

The two newest upcoming additions to the Smithsonian, The National Museum of the American Latino and the American Museum of Women’s History, will be fantastic strides in the soon-to-be Biden Administration’s slow but assuring work towards widespread cultural education and acceptance. In December 2020, Congress officially approved legislation that will create the two museums, backed…

FOLLOWING THE “WOMB RAIDER” EXECUTION, TWO DEATH ROW IMMATE’S LIVES CAN BE SPARED IF JOE BIDEN ACTS QUICKLY AFTER INAUGURATION

On the morning of Wednesday January 13, 2021, at 1:31am, the first federal execution of a woman took place in the United States since 1953. The woman, Lisa Montgomery, was given a lethal injection in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she was being held in the town’s prison complex. In 2004, Montgomery drove over 170 miles…

THE ART WORLD IS NOT AS PREPARED AS IT SHOULD BE FOR BREXIT

The never-ending story of Brexit is seemingly hitting it’s next significant landmark. Four and a half years since Britain officially voted to leave the European Union in May of 2016, the two parties have reached an agreement, which was subsequently accepted by Parliament, regarding upcoming trade and travel guidelines. On Friday, January 1, 2021, these…

HOW PIERRE CARDIN (1922-2020) PIONEERED THE MODERN DAY BUSINESS OF FASHION

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, the French Academy of Fine Arts officially confirmed the death of renowned Italian-French designer Pierre Cardin. He was 98 years old. The cause of death was not reported, though his family verified his death was at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Cardin was known as one of the most influential…

THE TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2020

Despite, or perhaps because of, the tumultuous and emotionally taxing behemoth that has been 2020, this year has actually been pretty good for music. In the wake of a global pandemic, a reckoning of racial justice reform, a slogging American presidential election, and a dozen more grievances, musicians found themselves affected by 2020 in multitude…

THE BEST, WORST AND JUST PLAIN MEH NETFLIX ORIGINALS OF 2020

Netflix has a bit of a problem. When the streaming service first entered the world of original content in the early 2010’s with shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, they quickly established themselves as synonymous with the notion of “quality television” (we don’t need to talk about Hemlock Grove). Like…

WE ALL KNOW THE GRAMMYS ARE OUT OF TOUCH, SO WHY DO WE STILL RAGE OVER SNUBS?

Another year, another round of ire and backlash over the Grammys. Hardly fertile ground, even for 2020. Last week, the official 2021 Grammy nominations were released, and instead of the usual communal “meh” or “huh?” that has typically followed the announcement in the last half decade or so, this year people are angry. Yet again,…

WITH TRUMP GONE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, WILL POP MUSIC BRIGHTEN UP AGAIN?

It’s been hard to ignore the explosive 2020 election, even for many non-Americans. Tight races in over a half dozen battleground states, baseless claims of voter fraud by the Trump administration, and slew of weak lawsuits challenging the result that have almost collectively (and gratifyingly) gone nowhere. And that’s just the last week. As for…

THE 2020 ELECTION: WHERE WE ARE, HOW WE GOT HERE, AND THE MANY PLACES WE MAY GO

The 2020 Presidential Election results need no real introduction, but just in case you are one of the many still outstanding apolitical Americans who still bafflingly don’t see the value in your vote, here’s one anyway. On Saturday morning, after what seemed like the longest week of 2020 (and that’s saying something), major news outlets…

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