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  • Feminism

    Summer Jam: ‘Fat Girls’ by Briki fa President ft. Ninene

      ‘Fat Girls’ by Briki fa President ft. Ninene has a sick beat, an inclusive message (“100 lbs, 200 lbs, 300 lbs, 400lbs… if you a fat girl, then hold it down…”), body positivity… Will it get all the kudos that Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Base‘ got? I *suspect* not. Why not? Because ‘Fat Girls’ features black women comfortable with their bodies, making no apologies…

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  • Random Asides

    Bad Chart Thursday: How Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, and My Little Pony Can Kill You

    University of Sydney researcher Dianna Theadora Kenny recently wrote an article titled “Music to die for: how genre affects popular musicians’ life expectancy,” about her research into early mortality and causes of death among popular US musicians by genre, complete with head-banging charts.* The first chart, according to Kenny, “plots genres over time (oldest to youngest genres), showing the average…

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  • Skepticism

    The Worst Thing Brian Dunning Has Done for Skepticism

    Brian Dunning is fairly prominent amongst skeptics for his podcast, Skeptoid. He’s prominent amongst FBI agents for his conviction for wire fraud. (The case has been ongoing since 2011, but Dunning’s sentencing is April 28, 2014.) For those who are unfamiliar with the skeptical community, it is based in large part on exposing frauds, so this criminal’s continued popularity with…

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  • Feminism

    A Shout-Out to LGBT & Pro-LGBT Rappers

    There are many people of color in hip-hop who have come out in favor of LGBT people: A$AP Rocky, Snoop Lion, Beyonce, T-Pain, T.I., as well as Mr. Beyonce, Russell Simmons, Will Smith, and 50 Cent (I am aware that some of them might be problematic). I consider B. Dolan to be an honorable mention because he rapped in favor of a black trans woman, which is, arguably, less career-friendly…

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