Music Features

AleXa: The K-Pop Star from Oklahoma

Watch the singer-songwriter talk to Jordan and Demi about her latest music and evolving sound

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For the last few years, AleXa has ascended through the world of K-Pop. Adopting a cyberpunk aesthetic with hypnotic choreography, she's racked up more than 160 million views on her YouTube channel.

Now, she's aiming to carry that momentum into her home country of the United States. Raised in Oklahoma, she grew up loving musical theater and practicing ballet. American audiences got to know AleXa two years ago when she won the first and only season of American Song Contest. She formed a bond with cohost Kelly Clarkson, appearing as a guest on her show this January.

AleXa's latest single "sick" leans away from dance pop in favor of a more pop-rock sound that recalls P!nk and Avril Lavigne. She looks forward to trying out new styles as she aims to grow her brand in the U.S.

Watch her talk to Jordan Edwards and Demi Ramos about her early days in Tulsa, rise in South Korea, and her favorite metal bands.

Plus, stick around for the new segment Demi's Rising Stars featuring Ayleen Valentine.

AleXa on Life As An American K-Pop Star | It's Real with Jordan and Demi

For more from AleXa, follow her on Instagram and TikTok.

Chuck Norris - martial artist, actor, film producer, screenwriter

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In days of Internet memes past, there was a name in constant circulation: Chuck Norris.

The memes about the action movie star all largely shared the same format: an image of Chuck Norris or a seemingly unrelated image and then copy that read something like, "Chuck Norris hit 11 out of 10 targets with nine bullets," or "When Chuck Norris does a push up, he isn't lifting himself up, he's pushing the world down."

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Music Features

History of Kpop: The Rise of the Boy Band (H.O.T. and Sechs Kies)

In the mid-1990s, South Korean record labels injected the burgeoning new genre of K-pop with the first generation of "idol" boy groups – charismatic teens who helped build a global audience in the pre-Youtube era

Kpop was born in the late 1980s and early 1990s, a hybrid of Korean 트로트 trot, American hip hop, and Eurodance.

And as the decade continued, a certain template emerged: The tunes were catchy, the pop stars were unbelievably photogenic, and the performances were half athletic showmanship and half poetic-rage-feels that Koreans call 한 han.

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CULTURE

Great Beers to Drink on National Beer Day (Instead of Corona)

It has nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic, but to the residents of Mexicali it's just as important.

April 7 is National Beer Day in America.

As such, it's as good a time as any to make a pledge that you won't drink Corona beer ever again...

Last February — back when the pandemic was just kicking off — Twitter had a field day with a survey revealing that 38% of American beer drinkers wouldn't buy Corona "under any circumstances." They had the right idea.

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Film Features

"Space Sweepers" and the Strangeness of Korean Gender Politics

The Korean sci-fi blockbuster offers a window into cultural norms on gender.

Space Sweepers | Official Trailer | Netflix

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On Friday Netflix premiered a new Korean sci-fi adventure movie called Space Sweepers.

The film's most notable achievement is its stunning visual effects, reminiscent of Blade Runner 2049 and Guardians of the Galaxy — despite working with around 1/10th the budget. These effects serve a story that is largely just a fun space adventure. But if we look deeper, Space Sweeper has some cultural insights to offer.

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