Pop Culture

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The Jezebel Stereotype and Hip-Hop

Are black female artists fueling the jezebel stereotype or attempting to reclaim the narrative surrounding their sexuality?
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The Resurgence of Tarot

What does the newfound popularity of tarot tell us about society?
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Bella Thorne and Celebrities Inhabiting Shared Spaces

Us and them? What are the responsibilities of celebrities when participating in shared, communal spaces?
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Are Loot Boxes “Quite Ethical”?

Recent rulings have called the loot box mechanics used in franchises like FIFA and Star Wars Battlefront "gambling for children." What's the danger?
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On “Dog-Wagging” News: Why What “Lots of People” Say Isn’t Newsworthy

Focusing public attention on any one thing inevitably means exercising discretion. How does one wield it responsibly?
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Should Hugh Hefner be Buried Next to Marilyn Monroe?

The founder of Playboy has remained controversial even in death - especially as he will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, without obtaining her consent.
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Christmas Music and Emotional Manipulation

Songs like Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" attempt to harness holiday sentiment to support charitable causes. Should they?
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The Gillette Controversy: The Best an Ad Can Be?

Should Gillette be in the business of activism and is their message objectionable?
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Hilaria Baldwin and Fake Identities

What can the case of Hilaria Baldwin tell us about cultural appropriation and passing as other?
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Jay-Z and the NFL: Hypocrisy or Suite Participation?

What, if any, obligation does Jay-Z, as a high-profile advocate for social justice and a recognizable brand, have to not condone or distract from the NFL's many public relation problems?