Independence Day: My First July 4th as an American Citizen

July 5, 2017

There were 101 of us from 33 countries on the third floor of a federal building in downtown Manhattan last Thursday morning, all there for our naturalization ceremonies as new U.S. citizens. In a neat stroke of timing, this set of personally momentous moments would happen before July 4th, Independence Day. Bring on the hot dogs and fireworks, andwho can forget?Taylor Swift stars-and-stripes merriment. We sat next to each othersmartly…

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These Modern Witches Want to Cast a Spell on You

July 5, 2017

Gala Darling reveals that her spiritual awakening was like the moment in The Wizard of Oz whenDorothy wakes up, miraculously transported from the sepia world of rural Kansas to the technicolor land of Oz. Darling is standing beside her altara round, pink table laid with energy-charged crystals and magic candlesat The Wing, an all-women social club in Manhattan where 60 members and guests have signed up for her Radical Self-Love…

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Alt-Right Boss Attacks Trumps Repulsive and Creepy Fanboys

July 4, 2017

In Washington, D.C., on Sunday afternoon, the two camps of the pro-Trump far-right showed just how much they hated each other. They held their own separate diminutive events, just a mile apart, with leaders of each rally taking time to insult or diminish the attendees and organizers of the other. Reuters Rhys Baker of Washington, DC reacts to U.S. Park Police instruction to remove himself from the vicinity of a…

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8 out and open transgender celebrities you should know about

July 3, 2017

“Basically, my soul is like male,” JakeZyrus told Oprah Winfrey in 2014, then identifying as a lesbian. “But I’m not going to go through that stage where I change everything.” Three years later in June 2017, Zyrus changed his name to Jake Zyrus online and officially came out as transgender. The change brought about massive support across the internet for the formerGlee star, as Zyrus joined the ranks of such…

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Kendall and Kylie Jenners Cultural Insensitivity Hits a New Low

July 1, 2017

Exclusive scene from a future episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians/Life of Kylie/the soon-to-be announced 24/7 Scott Disick livestream: Kendall Jenner, sleep paralysis spokeswoman/Kris Jenners favorite supermodel, is sitting at a white marble table somewhere in Calabasas. There is no food on the table, even though weve been specifically told that Kendall and Kylie are meeting up for lunch. There is, however, a dusty can of Pepsi in the…

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The Most Important Burger Moments in History

June 29, 2017

Given how many hamburgers humans put away a year, its hard to imagine a time when the fast food favorite didnt exist. In actuality, that time wasnt all that long ago. While David Michaels traces the origins of the dish back to 1st century Rome in his new book, The World is Your Burger: A Cultural History, the modern version, he notes, really began showing up in the late 1800s….

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Diddy Threw Shade At Kendall And Kylie Jenner Again And Fans Are Calling Him Out

June 25, 2017

Diddy, what is your problem, bro? richest man of the year can’t stop throwing shade at Kendall and Kylie Jenner and fans are not having it. Noticeably photoshopping the famous sisters out of a star-studded selfie at the Met Gala this past year, Diddy consequently started the famous hashtag #diddycrop, igniting an ongoing Jenner/Diddy shade series. Kylie posted the original photo from the Met Gala, showing herself, sister Kendall and…

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17 things you never knew about ‘Chocolate Rain,’ one of YouTube’s earliest viral hits

June 25, 2017

Back in the late aughts, it was still something of a novelty to have internet celebrities. YouTube had been around for a few years, but it was mainly used to share clips from existing media sources like TV and film.And thats where people like Tay Zonday, whose real name is Adam Nyerere Bahner, came in. While at the time of his rise to stardom there had already been song-based memes…

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13 things you didn’t know about ‘The Magic School Bus’

June 23, 2017

The Magic School Bus. Magic School Bus Rides AgainOf course, the original was a product of its time. Elementary school students now operate on a much different level of thinking and technological prowess. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has mentioned the new show will get an upgrade, which includes the students utilizing modern classroom tech. The Magic School Bus. 12 fascinating facts about The Magic School Bus Screengrab via Netflix 1)…

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25 fascinating things you never knew about Reddit, the front page of the internet

June 22, 2017

Reddit has become one of the most powerful sites in the online world. It averages between 10 and 12 million unique visitors and over 100 million pageviews per month, an audience size that can instantly make news and videos go viral. Their users help create new memes, push news stories no one else is covering, and boost content that would otherwise go undiscovered by the masses. The site has become…

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8 Reasons Why Being 19 Is Your Hardest Year

June 19, 2017

Adulting is hard. Its especially hard when youre thrown into it before youre even ready. This is exactly what being 19 is like. Youre no longer a teenager safely under your parents wings. Youre thrown out of the nestand told to fly. So, basically, a lot of 19 is falling and falling . Weve all been there and can totally sympathize. It does get better, believe me. But, up until…

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Russian Hackers Have Gone After Britney Spears

June 13, 2017

Britney Spears is an icon for many reasons. She literally taught us all how to dress like a slut before we even really knew what dressing like a slut was, her 2004 “Im A Slave 4 U” performance is in VMA history, plus I have seldom entered a room without first screaming Its Britney, bitch!!! And my name is not fucking Britney, or even Brittany. With her Las Vegas residency…

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20 facts you didn’t know about ‘Gangnam Style,’ the most popular video ever

June 12, 2017

In honor of its five-year anniversary, here are 20 facts about Gangnam Style that will remind you just how invasive the song really was. Because let’s be honest, you tried to forget it. 20 OPPA facts about “Gangnam Style” 1) Gangnam Style was Psys 18th single The accolades are as follows: Most liked video online First video to be viewed more than 2 billion times on YouTube Largest Gangnam Style…

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50 Possible Signs You May Have Colonial Mentality

June 10, 2017

Liam Desic / unsplash As a Filipina, Ive frequently struggled checking myself for signs of colonial mentality. The attitude is rooted so deep in my mind that sometimes I dont realize Im committing it. If youre a woke Pinoy (or any other colonized race for that matter), you can relate to how challenging it can be to maintain the right amount of national pride so that it doesnt become blind…

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Wonder Woman is greatbecause it had to be

June 5, 2017

Diana Prince, the demi-goddess of Themyscira who saves the world from Nazis, first made her comics debut back in October 1941s . It was so popular with readers that she was given her own solo series just a year later. But the girl with the golden lasso would have to sit on the sidelines while all her male counterparts got a shot at Hollywood. George Reeves donned Kal-Els cape in…

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18 Insanely Smart Celebs That Graduated From Ivy League Colleges

Ah, college. How I miss thee and your disgusting dorm rooms. I went to Penn State, and let me tell you, when I say we had disgusting dorm rooms, I freakin mean it. Im talking pee-on-the-walls-of-the-elevators-in-the-freshman-dorm-buildings disgusting. But you know what schools dont have disgusting dorm rooms? Ivy Leagues. And you know whos not a celebrity but likes to pretend she is? Me. Unsurprisingly, there are lots of celebrities who…

May 28, 2017
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Nicki Minaj Finally Comes for Remy Ma, With Help from Drake and Lil Wayne

In the hip-hop world, not all beef is created equal. There are gradations of drama, with bad blood ranging from a nasty tweet to a decade-long turf war between two feuding labels. And when it comes to the art of the diss track, theres a difference between coming for someone directly and shading the hell out of them (if you dont know what shade is, take two hours to watch…

May 20, 2017
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Is Trump Trying to Kill the EPA, or Just Starve It?

The Trump administrations internal battle over the environment is shaping up, with some surprising combatants on both sidesand a giant question mark in the middle, in the shape of the president himself, who this morning proposed a 30 percent cut in the Environmental Protection Agencys budget. On one side are the pragmatists, such as Defense Secretary James Mattis, who told the Senate Armed Services Committee that climate change is real…

May 14, 2017
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