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Odd Future: The Death of XXXTentacion and Rap’s Generational Crisis

Rap had never seen an XXXTentacion before. The rapper, who was shot and killed on Monday, was an anomaly for many fans, an artist who rose to …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Blurred Vision, Burning Eyes: This Is a Lasik Success?

Ever since he had Lasik surgery two years ago, Geobanni Ramirez sees everything in triplicate.<p>The surgery he hoped would improve his vision left the 33-year-old graphic artist struggling with extreme light sensitivity, double vision and visual distortions that create halos around bright objects and …

Medicine

The 11 Smartest Documentaries on Netflix

Expand your mind with stories about conjoined twins, false confessions, and the time John Huston went off to fight in World War II.<p>Perhaps the quickest way to <i>Matrix</i>-download new knowledge into your brain is to consume it in documentary form. All you have to do is plop yourself in front of a screen …

Porn Industry

Quotes from Anthony Bourdain on life and travel: I'm going to 'die in the saddle'

Outspoken host of <i>Parts Unknown</i> Anthony Bourdain has died, his employer announced Friday. Bourdain was known for his love of travel, food — and his colorful commentary.<p>"His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique …

Parts Unknown

Meet the people who still use Myspace: 'It's given me so much joy'

Almost every day, Kenneth Scalir takes a trip to the library or a cafe near his home in Sherman Oaks, California, to spend about an hour on his favourite site: Myspace.<p>Scalir, 48, is one of a dwindling group of people still committed to what was once the most popular social networking platform in …

Social Media

Seeing ‘Solo’ Solo: Brave Movie Lovers Hit Theaters Alone - WSJ

By<p>John Jurgensen<p>When Claire Wixted went to see “I, Tonya” in February, she felt like she was the one on display. A 27-year-old working in media advertising, she had decided to go to the movies alone for the first time, and was worried other moviegoers were watching as she picked out a single …

Die Hard

Conan O’Brien on the Future of Conan, the Tonight Show Mess, and Boring Guests

Within the relatively unchanging landscape of late-night TV, Conan O’Brien has had an unusually eventful career. There were his rocky early days on</i> …

Comedy

This Map Shows the Best-Paying Company In Every State

You don't have to be a top executive to make six figures.<p>You may think earning a big salary means climbing the corporate ladder. Not necessarily.<p>Many …

New Jersey

‘Arrested Development’: We Sat Down With the Cast. It Got Raw.

Perhaps no moment better defines “Arrested Development” than a recent attempt by Tony Hale, who plays the high-strung, blissfully immature (and one-handed) Buster Bluth, to set up a promotional clip on “Conan.”<p>“I don’t even know how to explain this,” Mr. Hale said.<p>The show, created by Mitchell …

Comedy

5 'bad' foods that are actually good for you

<b>These unjustly maligned foods are making a comeback, hopefully to your kitchen.</b><p>Dietary advice is notoriously fickle. It is constantly evolving, …

The 7 Best True Wireless Earphones of 2018

This definitive guide to the best true wireless earphones of 2018 explores everything you need to know before buying your next pair of true wireless …

Consumer Tech

Why Cinco de Mayo Is Celebrated

Behind the color and music of Cinco de Mayo lies the Battle of Puebla, the 1862 victory of the Mexican people fighting to be free from colonial domination.<p>Parades, brightly colored dresses, sizzling street food, festive music, and laughter fills the streets every May 5, a date circled in …

World History

You’re doing it wrong! Here’s the perfect way to watch every Star Wars film

The Star Wars franchise spans multiple generations across various media, from movies to video games, comic books, novels, and TV shows. Yet, despite …

Star Wars

These Fascinating History Podcasts Will Make You Fall In Love With The Past

<b>Last Updated: May 2nd</b><p>A great podcast is all about being able to tell a great story. The medium thrives on masterful storytellers recounting and analyzing a moment in time that may have been forgotten or misread. It’s all about weaving threads together and adding insight along the way. That’s why …

Podcasting

The Most Inclusive U.S. Cities, Mapped

A new report finds where post-1980 economic growth has been accompanied by inclusion of low-income residents and communities of color.<p>Heads up, cities: Economic growth does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with economic and racial inclusion.<p>That’s the finding of a new, in-depth analysis by the Urban …

Melissa McCarthy: From $5 in the Bank to Million-Dollar Mogul

If you step up to a negotiating table in Hollywood, pray you never find yourself on the other side of Melissa McCarthy’s “fists of justice.” That’s how her husband, comedian and <i>Bridesmaids</i> costar Ben Falcone, refers to the 47-year-old actress’s fiery resolve to get the roles and production deals …

Michael Kors

The Five Types Of Nicolas Cage Movies

Our Hollywood Taxonomy series, which just turned 3 years old, is all about the pursuit of clarity through categorization — using box office data and …

Box Office

Kendrick Lamar, 'Press Democrat' Claim Pulitzers. Here's The Full List Of Winners

<b>Updated at 4:44 p.m. ET</b><p>Out of more than 2,400 submissions, distinguished projects in just 21 categories earned gold Monday as winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes.<p>"They include books, music and drama that inform us, that challenge our conventional notions of creative expression and that push us to …

Kendrick Lamar

From crack cocaine to Mar-a-Lago: The unusual journey of the MyPillow man

The pillow salesman had so much crack cocaine pounding through his bloodstream he hadn’t slept for two weeks, he would later say. Even the drug dealers were counseling Mike Lindell to slow down.<p>It was March 2008, and the Minneapolis-area entrepreneur’s life was in free fall. Marriage broken. House …

Salvation Army
Comedy

How a Virus Spreads Through an Airplane Cabin

Traveling by plane greatly increases our chances of getting sick, or so many of us are wont to believe. To be fair, it’s not uncommon to come down …

Public Health

Where Hate Groups Are Concentrated in the U.S.

Organized hate groups are found in 340 counties—but those counties spread across every state of the union.<p>Hate in America is on the rise. There are currently nearly a thousand known hate groups in the United States—an increase of 4 percent just this past year, according to the Southern Poverty Law …

Hate Groups

Cardiologists Set the Record Straight on Eggs, Coconut Oil, Gluten, and More

While the big pillars of a heart-healthy diet haven’t changed much over time, it <i>can</i> be difficult to keep track of those smaller details that seem to …

How Rap Became the Sound of the Mainstream

When Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert was 20 years old, he uploaded a few songs to SoundCloud, a free music-sharing platform. The tracks got a couple …

Your guide to fashion smartwatches

Smartwatches are a lot of fun and exceedingly useful, but they’re hardly fashionable.<p>Maybe you’re gearing up for a night on the town, or just have an exquisite sense of taste, and you’re looking for something a little more stylish than watches like the Moto 360, LG Watch Style, and Casio WSD-F20. …

Hip-hop’s television takeover

The ceremony for the 60th Grammy Awards is still two weeks away, but already music’s biggest TV night has made history.<p>For the first time, hip-hop artists dominate the majority of nominees chosen in the academy’s top categories, including record, album and song of the year.<p>But that sound you’re …

All the ways you can make a difference this MLK Day

<b>(CNN) —</b> Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not just a federal holiday where you take off work. It's also meant to be a national day of service -- a time for action. "You can have a person in your own house that needs help. Your neighbor needs help. That is the whole premise," said Carmen Coya van-Duijn …

The Shot That Echoes Still

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, fifty years ago this April, marked a blow to the struggle for racial equality from which the nation has still not healed. In an essay published in Esquire in April 1972, James Baldwin reflected on attending the funeral, and how King’s death signaled the …

Black History

The best games of 2017

It had just turned April when we declared that 2017 was a great year for video games. The post-holiday quarter is usually fairly quiet for new releases, but in 2017 it brought us legitimate contenders for game of the year in <i>The Legend of Zelda:</i> <i>Breath of the Wild</i>, <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i> and <i>Persona 5</i> -- …

America's top 10 chain restaurants ranked

People love to pick on chain restaurants. Like used car salesmen, the mass feeders are easy targets. Their uniformity and ubiquity seem to go against a culture increasingly bent on personal customization.<p>Indeed, it has been a rough past few years for casual chains, whose customer base has been …

Olive Garden