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Grieving Chadwick Boseman and Imagining Black Futures

The Black community is grieving the death of Chadwick Boseman together.

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The New York Times

On August 28, the death of Chadwick Boseman was announced, and the news carried with it a particular kind of sadness.

We saw him in 21 Bridges and Da 5 Bloods. He played Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get on Up. We learned to associate him with greatness, even before Black Panther, but the Marvel movie put him over the top. No one else could have played T'Challa. No one else could have brought that energy. Boseman is the one we called king. Now he has gone to be with the ancestors, and those of us still here are mourning this earthly loss.

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Chadwick Boseman Dies of Cancer At 43: Twitter Reacts

The Internet is mourning the passing of the Black Panther star.

Beloved actor Chadwick Boseman, whose portrayal of Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe made him a household name, died Friday of cancer.

The versatile 43-year-old actor also played American icons Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42 and James Brown in 2014's Get on Up.

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Music Features

Good News for BTS ARMY — BTS Doesn't Have to Join the Army (Yet)

The newly passed "BTS Law" allows K-pop stars to defer mandatory military service.

This week South Korea's National Assembly passed a law that is sure to have BTS ARMY cheering them on.

Generally speaking, all South Korean men are required to spend at least 18 months enlisted in the military, with the final cut-off for entry at age 28. But the new legislation — informally referred to as "The BTS Law" — will allow K-pop stars who meet certain requirements to defer until the age of 30.

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"Juno" Star Elliot Page Comes Out As Transgender

"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."

Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page has come out as transgender.

Page, known for his roles in films like Juno, Whip It, and Inception, announced his coming out in a social media post today. "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."

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The Weeknd

Every year, Spotify listeners win out over devotees to other streaming platforms when they unveil their Spotify Wrapped playlists — a data driven analysis of what the year sounded like.

And while this year's personal Spotify Wrapped summaries are still loading, Spotify just released their data for their most streamed global music and podcasts of the year.

Announced the week following the Grammy nominations, Spotify Wrapped feels like vindication for artists who were snubbed by the awards committee, like The Weeknd and Halsey.

The summary also analyzed trends of when and how people were listening to content, noting increased popularity in nostalgia-themed playlists and work-from-home-themed playlists. Spotify users were understandably playing music from home more, which even caused an uptick in streaming music from gaming consoles. Listeners also tuned obsessively into wellness podcasts like never before.

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Are Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Dating?

All we need now is an album...

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky for Fenty Skin

After months of on and off again speculation, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky seem to be dating.

Obviously, this is good news if it's true. Can you imagine? For the coordinating outfits alone, I need it.

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