On growing up poor and the importance of ‘Hamilton’

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12:  Lin-Manuel Miranda of 'Hamilton' performs onstage during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Lin-Manuel Miranda of 'Hamilton' performs onstage during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Six years and two weeks ago,  I moved to America after a lonely childhood in a working-class town in rural Australia, so far from the world that it took three months for the “Teen Vogue” magazines I obsessed over to reach us. A week ago, I ate a Vegemite and
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Emmy nomination for ‘Maron’ is well-deserved

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There’s so much good television that it’s impossible to keep up, and as the Primetime Emmy nominations announcement approaches — set for July 14 — nominee speculation is all the rage. The comedy category was a particularly heavy hitter this past season. Emmy love of recent years has gone to
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Tunesday: Battle the summer blues

Though summer isn’t usually categorized as a melancholy season, something about going home, lighting sparklers and slipping into cyan swimming pools leaves a nostalgic sensation in its wake. Sometimes every happy summer memory feels fleeting. After the moment ends, you find yourself one fewer summer adventure away from returning to
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Picks of the week: Rise up singing

Sometimes, especially lately, the world seems to be a miserable abyss of despair. When oppressive forces make us agoraphobic and Facebook newsfeed rumination makes us claustrophobic, it feels like there’s no good in the world and no way to spread it. But there is: You can dance. Dance all over
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Picks of the week: Midsummer adventures

Summer has been flying by and as we approach mid-July, most of us are trying to soak in our time away from the library and lecture halls as much as possible. With more free time on our hands, these picks might just help you cram in a few adventures by
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Tunesday: When rap is nice to women

While we don’t expect artists such as the Ying Yang Twins or Nate Dogg to sing love ballads at weddings, their derogatory lyrics toward women tend to leave a bitter taste in our mouths. But not all rap songs objectify women — some of them are actually empowering. We’ve curated
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Picks of the week: A very Berkeley Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is upon us, but that doesn’t mean that you have to totally fill your week with white-bread hotdog buns and classic American low culture. Treat this week as an opportunity to stay sophisticated, taking in the heights of the East Bay’s cultural offerings, all still inspired
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Tunesday: Roll the credits

The not-so-great part about the real world: You don’t have a soundtrack playing in the background that’s tailored to every moment of your life, like in movies. The cool part about the real world: You can totally pretend. Here are some songs for the especially transformative moments in your life,
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Tunesday: Summer jams

The summer we once craved in the midst of final exams and papers is finally here in the form of beach days, ice cream cones and late-night drives. With no more study sessions or trips to the library (for a good three months), we can finally sleep in and take
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