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A Leftist Reading of Ariana Grande's "Positions" Music Video

Ariana Grande isn't writing the "Communist Manifesto" with this one, but the video opens the door for a core tenet of leftist work: imagining alternative structures to create a different world.

Ariana Grande in "Positions"

Upon first listen, focused more on the visuals than the lyrics, I assumed Ariana Grande's "Positions" was about the professional multidimensionality of women.

This did not turn out to be the case. Interpret the actual lyrics however you will, the song is a certifiable banger; and, more importantly, the video Makes Some Points.

In the David Meyers-directed visual of the lead single and title track of her new album, Ariana Grande is President. She struts around the recognizable rooms of the White House in recognizable Jackie O-inspired outfits, but the world she is living in seems not to be ours. How can it be when she's surrounded almost exclusively by women and BIPOC?

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The Cranberry Juice-Drinking, Longboarding Warehouse Worker Who Made Stevie Nicks Join TikTok

Nathan Apodaca, AKA @420doggface208, is bringing the relief and escapism we all need. Mick Fleetwood agrees.

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It's become something of a legend at this point.

Nathan Apodaca was on his way to the Idaho potato factory where he had worked for over 13 years when his trusty old Dodge Durango's battery went out.

"I was just sitting there, and I'm like, 'OK, I'm not gonna sit here and wait for nobody to pull some jumper cables,' " he told NPR. "'I'm not gonna flag anyone down.' So I grab my juice, grab my longboard, started heading to work."

The 37-year-old pulled out his longboard and a jug of his beloved Ocean Spray cranberry juice and began making his way to work. Then he took out his phone.

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