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Best Moments of Black History Month 2021

From Shmurda to Janet Jackson to Zendaya making that mac and cheese.

Bobby Shmurda on his first day out is a mood

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We made it through another Black History Month, and after the rollercoaster of 2020, this year more than ever we approached the month with celebration and caution.

After the protests of summer 2020 and the fatigue of the election, it felt good just to celebrate Blackness instead of mourn it.

However, there was the risk it would be a month full of Nancy Pelosi in a kente-cloth and other pandering bullsh*t. But we're in the clear, and despite the persisting pandemic, enough Black culture moments broke through the mess to carry us through.
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This Haunts Me: Drake and Nicki Minaj's Date at 7-Eleven

I often reminisce about the simpler times of 2014, when Dricki was a hot topic.

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Has there ever been unrequited love as grueling as that between Drake and Nicki Minaj?

OK, sure, there definitely has been. But if you, like me, were a teenager in the early 2010s, not only were the two rappers the most important figures in Hip-Hop; their consistent flirting made for the biggest "will they, won't they" plotline of the decade.

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I Never Want to Hear About Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" Again

Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page starred in a "Driver's License" skit but we need to be honest: The song is not that good

Everything I've learned about this song, I've learned by force.

When Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" was released in January, it debuted at No.1.The song first became viral on TikTok's star-making algorithm, then went on to break streaming records and top the charts.

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This Haunts Me: Were Those Urban Outfitters Mary Janes Cultural Appropriation?

I'm coming to terms with a pair of shoes that I used to wear loyally, despite irreparable foot pain.

Urban Outfitters Cotton T-Strap Mary Janes

I didn't walk much in high school.

Between 2010 and 2014, the longest distance I had to commute on foot was from the parking lot of my high school campus to the band hall. I spent eight hours a day sitting in classes, stagnant, until the bell signaled it was time to make yet another short trek to my next sitting location. All of this is to say: I didn't often consider the comfort level of my shoes.

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January 20th was a hopeful day for many Americans.

After four years of worrying that the President was going to start a nuclear war via Twitter, it feels good to finally have an adult in the Oval Office. That being said, after Trump, yesterday's the inaugural proceedings were almost jarringly cohesive.

There were no rambling, senseless speeches given by a reality star turned oligarch, the performances were wholesome and uplifting, and the whole event was clearly attempting to emphasize American unity above all else. While this was all admirable, it kind of felt like someone insisting that they're a good driver after careening their Subaru off a cliff. If the Trump administration proved anything, its that America is not united, it is not tidy and wholesome, and it is most certainly not a place where "everyone can just love each other."

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This Haunts Me: Dave Rubin's Bizarre Interviews with Larry King

This week, Larry King was hospitalized with COVID-19. Back in May, he argued with Dave Rubin about the necessity of lockdowns.

Update 1/23/2021: It was announced on Saturday that the 87-year-old broadcasting legend died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. No cause of death was given, but the timeline strongly suggests that COVID-19 was a contributing factor.

In response, Dave Rubin tweeted what would seem to be a heartfelt memorial to his "mentor" and "bonus grandfather," if not for the fact that Dave Rubin pushed for the lax policies that likely led to Larry King being exposed to COVID-19 in the first place. As such, we can only recall Larry's words: "David, that sounds ridiculous."

Update 1/5/2021: Larry King has been moved out of the ICU, and is reportedly breathing on his own in an LA hospital.

Larry King is a legend of broadcasting.

For more than six decades he has worked in radio and television, developing his signature interview style. His nightly CNN show Larry King Live ran for 25 years — into his late 70s. But even after it ended in 2010, King was far from ready to retire.

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