2015 VMAs through the eyes of a UC Berkeley student

As we pushed our first reading assignment of the semester aside — unfinished — and propped in front of the TV, we were oblivious to the coming whirlwind of Hollywood drama. This year’s MTV Video Music Awards were one jaw-dropping moment after another. Where do we start? Miley? Kanye? Nicki? Let start with
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Valerie’s Views: On conforming to pop

For some people, pop is an ironic indulgence. It’s reserved for jam sessions in the car with the squad or lit-as-fuck college party playlists. Amid the increasing relevance of social media and the concurrent growth of digital noise, identities validated by exclusivity now demand greater interest in niche genres. A
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Pussy power

State of the art

“Your wife in the backseat of my brand-new foreign car.” Cut to a shot of a perfect blonde, beautiful wife hanging — quite literally — nakedly out of the backseat of Rihanna’s still-sparkling foreign car. “Don’t act like you forgot,” the Barbadian beauty raps head-on into the camera, her eyes
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Cher Lloyd’s sophomore album not quite worth the break

After her first studio album, Sticks + Stones, “X Factor UK” alum Cher Lloyd has been pushing back the release date for her recent album. After much delay, Lloyd has released her sophomore album, Sorry I’m Late. Sorry I’m Late is best described as an explosive emotional roller coaster. It
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Nicki Minaj: Roman Reloaded

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will propel Nicki Minaj further money-wise, but its factory-made, routine sound does not show her pushing for artistic growth. The sophomore album brings confusion to whether she strives to be a commercial success, an independent female rapper or a performance artist. Despite being part of the
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When you see doubles on Halloween

The witch, the ghost, the Nixon mask — Halloween costumes can be classic but a bit stereotypical. For instance, look at what people searched this year on the Internet: some of the top Googled Halloween costumes were Nicki Minaj, Charlie Sheen and Angry Birds. These fan favorites are aligned to
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