27 Feb 2016

Internet conspiracy theorists speculate that Katy Perry is actually JonBenét Ramsey, the child beauty queen murdered in 1996

The Internet is buzzing with a new conspiracy theory: is Katy Perry actually JonBenét Ramsey?

Ramsey — a 6-year-old girl from Boulder, Colo. — was found strangled in the basement of her family home in 1996, but to this day, the case remains unsolved. For some reason, this has fueled speculation that the pre-teen beauty queen’s death was actually faked, and she instead grew up to be famed pop star Katy Perry.

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26 Feb 2016

White People, Please Think Long and Hard Before Covering Beyoncé’s “Formation” or Rihanna’s “Work”

We’ve spoken in this space before about the shock Beyoncé single “Formation” and its incontrovertible blackness, how it takes features and behaviors that used to be points of ridicule for people of African descent around the world and turns them into points of pride. We’ve watched pundits, police, and politicians lose their shit over the “Formation” video’s empowering message and arresting imagery, the cop car sinking in floodwaters, the black boy dancing in front of a line of armed law enforcement. We’ve also spoken about Rihanna’s “Work” video and how both song and visual pridefully rep the Bajan singer’s Caribbean roots.

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26 Feb 2016

Anohni Issues Statement About Being Cut From the Oscars Ceremony

Anohni (aka Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons) is nominated for an Academy Award this year for Best Song for “Manta Ray” from the documentary Racing Extinction. Alas when the presenters and performers for the Oscars ceremony were announced only three of the Best Song nominees were listed as performing: Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd. Absent was Anohni and South Korean soprano Sumi Jo (who sings “Simple Song #3,” from Paolo Sorrentino’s film Youth). They were cut due to “time constraints.” Anohni is understandably unhappy about this and posted a long letter on her Facebook page and how this has particularly saddened and embarrassed her and why she has now decided not to attend this Sunday’s Oscar ceremony at all.

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25 Feb 2016

Lorde’s BRITs tribute to David Bowie so much better than Lady Gaga at the Grammys

That’s how you pay respect to a legend.

For the second time in little more than a week, a major music awards show has staged a tribute to David Bowie. But Lorde’s performance at the BRIT Awards in London on Wednesday could hardly have been more different than Lady Gaga’s at the Grammys last Sunday.

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25 Feb 2016

Republican Race Puts Donald Trump and Paul Ryan on Collision Course

WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul D. Ryan, chairman of the Republican National Convention, recent vice-presidential candidate and the highest elected Republican in the country, has one goal for this year: to form a conservative policy agenda for the Republican presidential nominee to embrace.

If that nominee is Donald J. Trump, that may be a waste of time.

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