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Tinashe Drops Tracks, Is Maybe Dating Calvin Harris. What Now, New World?

In the past 22 hours, we have emerged from Plato’s demonic cave only to discover that our true reality is constructed by schemers and scammers, and public relations specialists have established their primacy as our shadow government. Adding to the Calgon bath of tea in which we’re currently soaking to the point of…

Katy Perry's 'Rise' Makes Me Feel Like an Olympian Instead of a Worthless Lump of Skin and Bone

Over the past several years, Katy Perry has proven herself to be a master of several things: dating men who I’d never recommend for her if I were her friend, shading Taylor Swift, and—my personal favorite—the empowerment anthem. Songs like “Roar,” “Wide Awake,” “Part of Me,” and “Choose Your Battles” are montage-ready…

Watch Alvin Ailey Dancers Perform to Ibeyi's Music

In June, Alvin Ailey Dance Company choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti showed “Deep,” an ensemble routine set to the music of Ibeyi. There are no more live performances of this specific work, but the clips live on here, with Bigonzetti setting the dancers’s right angles and perpendicular shapes to Ibeyi’s smooth, soothing…

Get Ready to Rock the F Out to the Democratic Convention's Spotify Playlists 

So much goes into planning a national party convention! You have to work out transportation and housing logistics with the host city. Prepare the venue(s). Develop a schedule of speakers and panelists. Field media requests. Beg celebrities to drop by. And coordinate an army of over 10,000 volunteers and DNC staffers,…

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Kanye West Teaches Us Fame Begets Fame, In Perpetuity

In 2008, when the artist Vincent Desiderio finally put down the brushes on an 8' x 24' painting he’d been working on for five years, the stock markets were in decline but his cancer was in remission. He’d first shown “Sleep” four years earlier in a solo show at Marlborough, the New York gallery that represents him,…

Fuck Yourself Up With the Amazing Music From Last Night's Game of Thrones

I watch Game of Thrones. There, I said it. I watch that dumb, awful show every single stupid Sunday night because I’ve invested so many hours of my life that—at this point—I can’t very well back out now. I generally watch the first few minutes focused on my meal (I don’t take my first bite until the credits have…