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Oct. 16, 2017

The Hype List: What to check out this week, including Jessie Ware, ‘Lore’, ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’

Welcome to our weekly recommendations column, in which we highlight all of the pop culture you need to know about.

We asked experts to grade Marvel Comics’ diversity efforts over the last three years

This comes on the heels of the company's 'Legacy' launch, which reverts several iconic characters to their tried-and-true roots.

Dan Savage talks queer history, gay body dysmorphia and his continued crusade for sexual education

The "Savage Love" columnist reflects on 26 years of advice-giving and the hurdles facing LGBTQ youth.

St. Vincent’s ‘Masseduction’ is about how great sex won’t solve your problems

With her newest album, Annie Clark has made a true rarity: a record that captures sex’s joyful essence without making it seem like a cure-all.

Eminem’s Trump trashing went viral — but he’s not the only pop star tearing into the president

Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, The National, Marc Anthony and Lupe Fiasco have also recently lobbed insults at the commander-in-chief.
Oct. 6, 2017

The performances that made me an actress: Rachel Bloom on ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’

The 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' star also recalls how 'Steel Magnolias' taught her about the concept of death.

Sept. 11, 2017

On ‘Insecure,’ black is beautiful. Here's how its creators navigate lighting designed around white skin.

Meet Worriers, an openhearted punk band that counters hate with ‘Survival Pop’

"I think [hopeful-sounding music is] the only way any of us are going to get through certain things that are happening right now," singer-guitarist Lauren Denitzio said.

Eminem’s Trump freestyle is for white people

But if it takes someone who has reaped the rewards of whiteness as successfully as Donald Trump has to denounce him, then so be it.

Want an antidote to toxic reality TV? Watch ‘Terrace House.’

This Netflix co-production offers a different vision for reality TV — one that isn't as wrapped up in pettiness and pointless confessionals.
Oct. 11, 2017

Eminem just released a 4-minute rap slamming Donald Trump

Shady's back, back again, with a rap criticizing Donald Trump.

Why I made a funny video about HIV

Comedian Michael Henry's new short "This video is about HIV" is about, you guessed it, HIV.

The ‘Queer Ghost Hunters’ webseries aims to end the erasure of gay ghosts

Where are all the gay ghosts?

How the “Cosplay Is Not Consent” movement changed New York Comic Con

The 200,000 attendees were greeted by a massive sign with tall letters spelling out "COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT." Here's what the movement is all about.

Why the Sundance documentary ‘Dina’ is about your relationship, too

The "real-life romantic comedy" isn't just the story of two people with Asperger's who love each other — it's a story of intimacy and compromise.
Oct. 9, 2017

The Hype List: What to check out this week, including ‘Marshall,’ St. Vincent, ‘Jane the Virgin’

Welcome to our weekly recommendations column, in which we highlight all of the pop culture you need to know about.

As long as men like Harvey Weinstein run Hollywood, we will not see true parity for women in media

These men don’t act on their own; they are part of a culture that rewards their behavior.

5 cosplayers of color speak out on the real issues plaguing the community

They're fighting to have their craft taken seriously while courting sponsors who would rather fund more, say, “mainstream”-looking cosplayers. But that won’t stop these real-life superheroes.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees aren’t an embarrassment, but they’ve got a long way to go

Nina Simone raged against the machine before many of us were even born.

‘American Horror Story: Cult’ is a critique of white female privilege

The latest season of Ryan Murphy's anthology series is taking a particularly incisive look at how white women are complicit in Donald Trump's rise.