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The Grand Jury Routine
IlLOUminated, Politics

The Grand Jury Routine

  My mother was elected to serve on a Midwestern Grand Jury this summer. She wasn’t allowed to disclose any information about the cases she reviewed, but her jury duty took an obvious toll. She would come home from hearings looking defeated. The routine was always the same: she would drop her keys on the…

OKCupid: Live Dates or Nah? On-Screen Chemistry to Real-Live Awkwardness
Bae Watch, Random Ratchetness

OKCupid: Live Dates or Nah? On-Screen Chemistry to Real-Live Awkwardness

Online daters are no strangers to judgement. The trope of the chubby 35-year-old man playing video games in his mother’s basement stunting like the online Rico Suave is slowly fading, though. As television shows like Patti Stanger’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” become popular in American culture, the old-school trope of hairy mean elderly matchmakers is also becoming…

OKCupid: Messaging Mishaps—Does it go down in the DMs?
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OKCupid: Messaging Mishaps—Does it go down in the DMs?

Yo Gotti really has dudes out here thinking they can ask ladies to Snapchat or FaceTime body parts. It really does go down in the DMs, but not always positively. Here are some of the ratchetest, corniest, and ridiculous messages I received during my time on OKCupid. Since guys are always confounded by the correct…

The Collard Reviews: Night Catches Us
Entertainment

The Collard Reviews: Night Catches Us

“In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington) and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly…

OKCupid: Site Review
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OKCupid: Site Review

The instant gratification generation has revolutionized dating. Swiping left, pouting profile photos, and emoji-driven flirting are hallmarks of millennial tech dating. Choosing a dating site can seem overwhelming, especially when each dating app has its own reputation and stereotypes. Let’s be honest, when you hear “Grindr,” “Tinder,” “Black People Meet,” “Christian Mingle,” and “eHarmony” you…

The Collard Reviews: The Danish Girl
Entertainment

The Collard Reviews: The Danish Girl

  If there’s one thing we enjoyed about Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” film, it’s that Eddie Redmayne’s unusual features transform him into a beautiful looking lady. “The Danish Girl” tells the story of Lili Elbe, a transgender woman who wants to undergo one of the first sex reassignment surgeries to become a transsexual female….

The Collard Reviews: Chi-Raq
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The Collard Reviews: Chi-Raq

  Spike Lee asks, “If the Greek story of Lysistrata was written in 2016, what kind of war would the women try to end? In what kind of environment would an endless war take place? What tactics would need to be implanted to successfully end the long suffering of war?” Enter: the hood of Southside…

Zorro Versus El Chapo
Politics, The Modern Condition

Zorro Versus El Chapo

    (Photo courtesy of Vibe.com) Mexican cartel leader El Chapo was just arrested for the third time. El Chapo runs one of the largest and most lucrative Mexican drug cartels. Using violence, coercion, and lots and lots of dinero El Chapo has the American marijuana, cocaine, and heroin market by the throat. Mexican authorities…

Donald Trump Invites Paul LePage into White Illuminati
Always Right Right-Wingers, Politics

Donald Trump Invites Paul LePage into White Illuminati

Mother Jones reported Thursday, January 7—Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage told a town hall audience on Wednesday that heroin use is resulting in white women being impregnated by out-of-state drug dealers with names like “D-Money.” When asked how he would stifle the trafficking of heroin in Maine, Gov. LePage responded: “”The traffickers—these aren’t people that…

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