In The Purge: Anarchy, it’s 2023 and the United States is now under the govern of an elite group of politicians known as the Founding Fathers. Crime in this America is virtually nonexistent and the poverty level is less than five percent, due to a national holiday known as Purge Day, where all crime – including murder – is legal for 12 hours. Cue the dystopia.
In its predecessor, The Purge,…
Here are six things everyone’s been talking about this week:1. WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
Choosing to release 8 music videos in eight days as a promotional campaign for his new album, Mandatory Fun, parody-king Weird Al Yankovic has suddenly reestablished his pop culture relevancy in a hilarious way. With Tacky, Foil, and a slew of other viral-worthy releases, Weird Alis making it known that he’ll never…
A video, above, from 1996 has recently surfaced of a then-unknown Kanye West attending the opening of a record store named Fat Beats, showcasing his freestyle abilities for present attendees.
Michael Sam, the openly gay defensive end for the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, rightfully received the 2014…
Okay, maybe not Carrie Bradshaw, but definitely Candace Bushnell.
If you don’t know who Candace Bushnell is, she’s the notorious writer of the New York Observer column that launched the book and TV show of the same name titled Sex and the City. The world has been looking for her worthwhile replacement ever since the column, book and TV show concluded, leaving us wanting a new perspective on dating and sex. Enter Karley Sciortino, the creator of Slutever.com, a blog that picks up where Candace Bushnell left off, featuring dating, relationship and sex advice for millenials. In my opinion, Sciortino’s writing style surpasses Bushnell’s in its rawness and straightforward approach. Blossoming into a Vogue magazine columnist with a regular feature titled Breathless makes it apparent that Karley is more-so following in the fictional character Carrie’s footsteps (who also wrote a column for Vogue magazine on the show), not her creator, Candace. With great advice featuring a more modern perspective, it’s exciting to see where Karley’s work will take her.KARLEY SCIORTINO IS THE NEW CARRIE BRADSHAW Okay, maybe not Carrie Bradshaw, but definitely Candace Bushnell. If you don’t know who Candace Bushnell…
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There’s something insanely respectable about Brigitte Bardot. The woman known for her modeling, acting and singing efforts traded international fame for a quiet life in St. Tropez as a passionate animal rights activist in 1973. Being of french decent, a lot of America’s current generation is unfamiliar with her and should take notice. Brigitte capitalized on the budding sex symbol explosion of the 50′s and 60′s, had a shoulder exposing neckline named after herself and practically pioneered bikini bathing suits at a time when America was too shy to embrace such exposure. Considered a style icon, she also doubled as a driving force behind women’s history being declared the first most liberated woman of post-war France.
Bardot doesn’t make as many headlines as she used to, but she’s still presently pursuing her passion for animal rights. A french muse whose appeal transcended to America, Brigitte Bardot is an idol still inspiring many of today’s models and women that attempt to mimic her trademark look and style. Her most internationally noted feature, And God Created Woman, is part of The Criterion Collection which has selections available on Hulu. Celebrated for her sensuality, vivaciousness and independence, Brigitte remains a personal inspiration and one to those sophisticated enough to know of her.
YouTuber, Roman Atwood, recently released what I feel is one of his most hilarious videos to date titled “The N Word Prank.” Allegedly having moved to an urban neighborhood, he walks around introducing himself to nearby residents using an n-word that is not the obvious one a person might guess in these situations. The results are amusing and simultaneously saddening, proving that racism-based assumption is very prevalent in urban society. Whether Atwood was trying to be funny or prove a point, this video opens a bigger discussion which can be seen in the comment section of this YouTube post.
Brazil has been riddled with over a semi-century history of tragedy revolving around their involvement with the FIFA World Cup. From the deaths amassing a self-hosted 1950 World Cup defeat to the many controversies surrounding this year’s games, Brazil has become notorious for being plagued by World Cup associated contention. The country’s recent decision to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup is no different, a questionable choice for a nation with rural poverty levels affecting a shocking 35 percent (about 18 million people) of the population. Spending an alleged $11.3 billion dollars on public works alone incited protests. Frivolous stadiums were erected near parts of the country where some citizens are living without access to running water. An toll of construction worker deaths happened due to various difficulties with the manufacturing of stadiums related to the games. An overpass proposed to facilitate access to one of Brazil’s World Cup stadiums went unfinished and collapsed, killing two Brazilians and injuring 23 more. The pressure mounting on the success of Brazil’s World Cup team even prompted players to seek psychotherapy and a bus was set ablaze by angered fans when the team lost 7-1 against Germany.
Aren’t sports supposed to be fun?
For a country that only started embracing this supposedly simple sport a little over a century ago, when did the game switch from soccer to sinister? Brazil’s hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is more reminiscent of The Hunger Games than a friendly competition between the footballers of the world and it’s really starting to make me want to turn off my TV.
Ana Mulvoy-Ten is one to watch. Best known for her titular role on the Nickelodeon series House of Anubis, Ana’s talent transcends television. Not only is she charming, English-born and possessing the coolest last name in the industry, but she’s also the recurring muse of noted photographer, Tyler Shields. Appearing in his works submerged under water, suspended in air and wrestling a live crocodile for a Birkin bag are just a few of the compromising positions she’s stunningly executed being in. High fashion modeling is definitely something Mulvoy-Ten should think about pursuing professionally. She’s insanely photogenic.
Ana’s spirited personality radiates from her work to even her twitter feed. It was also recently announced that she’ll be joining the cast of the current fourth season of MTV’s Teen Wolf as a character named Violet. Continuing to make waves in the art and entertainment world, I can’t wait to see what Ana Mulvoy-Ten does next.
THE TRUTH ABOUT FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY
Nothing is as it appears. Never forget.
This album officially started my obsession with R&B.
THE BEST OF THE “KARLISM”
Karl Lagerfeld consistently inspires the world as a designer and visionary, making everyone want to know his opinions about certain things. To creatively feed a curious public, Karl has crafted a section of his official website, Karl.com, called "Karlism." A "Karlism" is a life quote from Mr. Lagerfeld himself and the nine posted above are my particular favorites. Let them inspire you.
The most popular music in the US isn’t always made by Americans. Artists from Britain to Australia are hijacking our charts and airwaves with music that transcends geographical location. I decided to list some of my current favorite imports that I think you should pay attention to, if you don’t already.
Charli XCX is making waves in America for so many different reasons. Not only is the British-born singer responsible for penning swedish Icona Pop's hit song I Love It, but she’s additionally the singer of the catchy hook on Iggy Azalea's current number one single, Fancy. Aside from her musical accolades, she also has superb style and effervescence. I can’t wait to see what influences she provides the music world next. She’s seems like she’s just getting warmed up.
Listen to SuperLove by Charli XCX via SoundCloud
Known for her ever-changing style, numerous musical collaborations and top-notch singing voice, Rita Ora is steadily gaining popularity in North America. With the impending release of her debut US album, Rita is primed to equal the success she’s already experienced in her native UK. I’m hoping she does because my obsession with Rita Ora has existed for some time now.
Listen to I Will Never Let You Down (Gregor Salto Vegas Radio Mix) by Rita Ora via SoundCloud
I was probably one of the only people who wasn’t fond of Ed Sheeran's extremely popular debut single, The a Team, simply because I’m not particular to sad songs. Regardless, I appreciated the sound and lyrical greatness of it. British-born Ed Sheeran is an undeniable talent. He has an incredible singing voice, impressive song writing skill, and great artistry. Gaining lots of pubic attention for being the opening act during Taylor Swift's recent Red Tour, the June 23rd release of his second album, entitled X, stands to further his popularity in the US and around the globe. The new music he’s been putting out is really good and he’s got some insanely appealing remixes on SoundCloud.
Listen to Sing (Trippy Turtle Remix) by Ed Sheeran via SoundCloud
Australian Wilhelmina model and hip-hop artist, Iggy Azalea, is redefining female rap in a major way with her debut album, The New Classic. Featuring the number one hit single Fancy (featuring Charli XCX) and a slew of other noteworthy songs and collaborations, it’s no surprise that Iggy previously supported Beyoncé during the Australian leg of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Continuing to make a splash in America with her catchy songs and unique style, I can only see Iggy’s popularity increase. I really love what she’s doing.