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(Don’t) pass the aux cord

It was cool at the time

“Do you have anything else?” Marco, my chummy Uber driver, hadn’t meant to embarrass me. When he first handed me the aux cord and told me to blast some “dope tracks,” he thought that he was doing something fun for both of us. Had any other young adult slid into
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You should listen to this

During every conversation I have with somebody about music, we always end up with the same type of exchange. I’ll recommend a song to a friend or ask my roommate if I can play her a neat tune, and they’ll say sure. When the music starts, they always already know
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The life cycle of my edgy alter ego

It was cool at the time

I once secretly courted two lovers at the same time. Donning a light pink pea coat, I would meet the charming, stylish blonde in the coffee shop. We’d chat about snowball fights or the local dojo, and then I would excuse myself. I’d switch into a letterman jacket and hustle
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White boy talks ‘Girls’

Cutting Room Floor

When Lena Dunham first unveiled her new comedy “Girls” in the spring of 2012, she publicly marketed it as HBO’s own comment on “Sex and the City.” It wasn’t that much of a stretch. Four white women live in New York and have romantic misadventures. Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna
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Arts diary of DC, in six parts

Arts Abroad

I. Three days before I turn 20, I move to Washington, D.C. It’s August, and I’m here for a semester “abroad” with the UC Washington Program (UCDC). While it’s not international, D.C. is so cosmopolitan that it may as well be on the other side of the world. On my
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Half-chocolate, half-vanilla

It was cool at the time

I’m sure you know this already, but in case you forgot, my birthday is coming up in a few weeks. Like most people, I love birthdays. If I’ve accomplished nothing else in a year, at least I’ve stayed alive another 365 days, and that’s absolutely cause for a party. I’ve
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Hollywood takes step closer to irredeemability

Cutting Room Floor

This past Wednesday, a video surfaced from TMZ, showing a German Shepherd Hercules, being forced into rough waters allegedly on the set of the upcoming film “A Dog’s Purpose.” The director of the film, Lasse Hallström, tweeted that he was “very disturbed by the video,” while Amblin Partners and Universal
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Remembering Tilikum: the public impact of documentary ‘Blackfish’

Cutting Room Floor

About a week ago, in the early hours of Jan. 6, Tilikum — Seaworld’s best-known orca and the star of Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s 2013 documentary “Blackfish” — died at age 36. Captured wild in Icelandic waters, Tilikum was long known as the notorious perpetrator of three homicides over a period of
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Media chains POC artists to cultural narratives

Cutting Room Floor

Spotting the few POC artists in the relatively homogenous pool of American media may be the easiest “Where’s Waldo?” yet. We tokenize them, celebrating their successes as if they singlehandedly solve the lack of diversity plaguing the entertainment industry. We force their cultural narratives upon them, demanding their roots to
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The divine comedy

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m an atheist. I’m a total cliché of what the media makes the typical (moderately) liberal youngster out to be. My Sunday rituals consist of watching new episodes of “The Simpsons” and catching up on the previous week’s “Conan.” No church or bedtime prayers for me. I’ve
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