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The at-home Coachella experience

I sat down in my desk chair, opened up my computer and clicked on the Coachella live stream on YouTube. As has been my tradition the past few years, I began to pretend I was actually there. And, just by pretending, I was able to enjoy the music and the Read More…

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Don’t go to ‘Late Show,’ Colbert!

I live my life by utilizing truthiness as much as I possibly can. Truthiness? What in the barnacle jumpsuits is that, you sexy man? Cool yo’ pits, brobie, it is the term coined by the wise man named Stephen Colbert, and it means you base your opinions and actions on Read More…

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Harry Potter spinoff will not be magical

When I turned 11 years old, I imagined an adorable owl by the name of Flufferpants tapping at my window to deliver a message from my homeboy Albus Dumbledore. It would be all, like, “Yo, your swish and flicks with your wand are dope, and your charms are utterly magical Read More…

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Cultivating American art

Smoke pranced in curlicues off the end of a cigarette as a Norwegian girl gestured with the hand holding it. “You don’t smoke at all?” she asked with a squint of her eyes, her accent quietly revealing itself. I said I didn’t. She looked up beyond the wooden awning we Read More…

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Don’t hate on modern art

We were looking at a painting that was really a painting of nothing. It had swirls, it had colors, it had, in my mind, a blob that looked like the outline of Jennifer Lawrence drinking tea — but that could just be because the man next to me was talking Read More…

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Music’s power transcends ratings

Music has turned into a status symbol. I’ve seen people force themselves to like a certain band because they got a high rating on Pitchfork or because they’re “hyped.” You must like this band to be cool, you must dislike that band to be cool.   However, this kind of Read More…

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Ridesharing as performance art

Great art transports you from where you are to somewhere you’ve never been before. It changes your point of view. I stood out on the corner beside my apartment, and I waited for my experience to arrive. I had heard from friends what to expect, but everyone told me that Read More…

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Overheard at the Oscars

Ellen DeGeneres is up onstage introducing the presenters for one of those awards that no one really cares about, except if they were nominated. All the A-listers in the audience start to quietly talk to one another in order to escape the snooze-fest. Over in the “Wolf of Wall Street” Read More…

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Rappers will never truly be rock stars

Back in high school, I was infatuated with the rock ‘n’ roll persona. The rock ‘n’ roll sound. The rock ‘n’ roll feel. I grew my hair out, bought a leather jacket and wanted to go to college in New York City to embody Julian Casablancas from The Strokes. I Read More…