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How “Old Town Road” revealed a deep divide within country music

How “Old Town Road” revealed a deep divide within country music

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards air on Monday, August 26, and will feature performers such as Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, and Lil Nas X. Along with Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X is one of the artists to receive the most nominations heading into the night, picking up eight total nominations for their…
How the Manson family became a pop culture trope

How the Manson family became a pop culture trope

The murders that the Manson family committed in August 1969 claimed seven lives over two nights, and they struck dread into the hearts of people all over Los Angeles. It took months for the police to crack the case — which came to be known as the Tate-LaBianca murders, named after three of the victims,…
Jane the Virgin’s joyous series finale is a perfect hour of television

Jane the Virgin’s joyous series finale is a perfect hour of television

The series finale of Jane the Virgin is an hour of pure joy. It’s an hour in which other emotions — all of the big, dramatic telenovela emotions that Jane the Virgin can and has indulged in before, like grief, fear, anger, betrayal — simply aren’t allowed to exist. Any moment that could simmer over…
The twist ending of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, explained

The twist ending of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, explained

Note: This article contains major spoilers for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and in particular the end of the film. If you haven’t seen the film yet and do not wish to be spoiled, read the spoiler-free review instead. Before Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Cannes premiere, director Quentin Tarantino made waves (and…
From Backstreet Boys to the Lion King: Why we crave nostalgia

From Backstreet Boys to the Lion King: Why we crave nostalgia

The Backstreet Boys are playing sold-out shows across Canada this week and their latest album “DNA” topped the charts when it dropped earlier this year. The recent release of both live-action versions of The Lion King and Aladdin took many ’90s babies on strolls down memory lane. READ MORE: ‘The Lion King’ review: Live-action version…
Why the ending of Game of Thrones elevated the worst of fan culture

Why the ending of Game of Thrones elevated the worst of fan culture

Game of Thrones’ ending left many fans disappointed with what they viewed as lazy or misguided storytelling, or sloppy writing that abandoned many of the show’s longstanding plot threads. Among the most hotly debated, even confusing choices the show made was the issue of who would finally rule what was left of Westeros. After the…
A podcast about the making and meaning of pop music

A podcast about the making and meaning of pop music

Switched on Pop reveals the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. Every Tuesday, musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic. You’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked. You can listen to it, and more Vox podcasts, here…
Blue Ivy’s Red Hair Is The Best Part Of Beyoncé’s New Music Video

Blue Ivy’s Red Hair Is The Best Part Of Beyoncé’s New Music Video

Very few people can upstage Beyoncé — yeah, we said it. Wherever the singer goes, all eyes turn to her, and all other humans are forgotten. That is, unless Blue Ivy Carter is around. Case in point: Last week at the L.A. premiere of The Lion King, in which Beyoncé is the voice of Nala,…
The Best High Impact Sports Bras

The Best High Impact Sports Bras

And so, over the years, I’ve been on a quest for a high-impact sports bra that could contain my run-away breasts. For a long time, I thought it was hopeless. I would buy a size down, and wear two sports bras at a time to keep things in place (and to create a nifty pocket…
The problem with sex testing in sports

The problem with sex testing in sports

The recent controversy surrounding South African runner Caster Semenya has raised a question in the world of sports: What kinds of naturally occurring advantages should be regulated and why? For swimmer Michael Phelps, the advantages of having a wide wingspan, long torso, and producing low amounts of lactic acid are celebrated. But for Semenya, whose…

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