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My week has been rather stressful: the election results were distressing, I'm churning out my thesis, and I'm cramming for my GRE next week. This presents a range of emotions that I haven't been able to articulate. Enter Don Draper. I love Mad Men, and had noticed his effective use of "what?" to express a multitude of feelings: astonishment, confusion, disappointment. This video, a compilation of the best Don Draper "what?"s both spoke to me and made me laugh out ... Read More

Black Girls Rock-ing on BET

BY Mary S in Boob Tube |

Black women have long been part of rock music’s cultural landscape, from Lauryn Hill to Betty Davis to Tina Turner to Missy Elliot. But mention people who rock, and black girls will rarely show up at the top of a list most likely populated by aging white dudes with expensive guitars. Black Girls Rock Inc., a New York based non-profit whose mission it is to empower young women of color through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service ... Read More
Who caught last night's salute to the Women of SNL on NBC? It was incredible. It was like one of their many "best of" DVD's that you usually buy for 50 cents at stoop sales (pre bed-bug craze), but instead of only compiling clips featuring one cast member, they spotlighted all the best bits done by these spectacular comediennes over the past 35 years. It's really about time for the show to finally give props to these women who have historically made up less than ... Read More
I can't report as to the mood on the ground, but from the view from my television on Saturday, the National Mall looked packed with rationality at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Musical guests ranging from The Roots to Tony Bennett performed, and appearances were made by the MythBusters, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and even R2D2. It was clear that, while the Rally didn't necessarily have one definitive political statement-and that ... Read More
“Funny or Die,” Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s infamous website has decided to take on the time-old task of convincing young people to vote. We’ve seen similar campaigns taken up in the past by the likes of P. Diddy (Vote or Die) and Sarah Silverman (The Great Schlep) but this brand new line of video installments will feature dozens of celebrities including Aziz Ansari, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Ron Livingston, Kal Penn, Gillian Jacobs ... Read More
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