Art & Style

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CANDICE HUFFINE IS THIS WEEK’S ‘WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY’

29 year old Marilyn native, Candice Huffine, has been making headlines ever since being featured on the June 2011 cover of Vogue Italia‘s curvy-issue. Transforming from a typically commercial model to high-fashion supermodel, Huffine has appeared in a slew of other style publications including American Vogue, which she also contributed to. Now the Lane Bryant model

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WINK SPACE: A MESMERIZING LIFE SIZE KALEIDOSCOPE TUNNEL IN A SHIPPING CONTAINER

As part of the 2013 KOBE Biennale‘s challenge of creating environments inside industrial shipping containers for their ‘Art in a Container International Competition,’ Japanese designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki created an installation they dubbed “Wink Space” experimenting with zippers and window-like opening and closing surfaces. The result is a kaleidoscopic tunnel that provides an immersive experience upon entering. The entry

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NICOLA FORMICHETTI IS THIS WEEK’S ‘MAN CRUSH MONDAY’

The Japanese/Italian fashion director and editor, Nicola Formichetti, inspires the world with the many accomplishments he’s made in a relatively short period of time. Transitioning from art director of a boutique to working with numerous fashion publications and brands, Nicola has transcended his noteworthiness as Lady Gaga‘s former stylist into the prominent status of fashion visionary. As the current artistic director for Italian fashion

Entertainment

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6 ACTS THAT ARE KEEPING R&B ALIVE

Let’s face it, the dynamics of rhythm and blues has changed. Graduating from a celebrated smooth tone to a more electronic vibe, R&B has witnessed a sonic change in the form of releases from some your favorite artists like Usher, Mariah Carey, and more. While change can be welcome, R&B has advanced so far from the standard classics of the

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SUMMER SOUNDS: A PLAYLIST

Featuring 10 of the latest Summer-eccentric anthems from Milkman featuring Brandon Skeie, Clinton Sparks featuring TI, Hilary Duff, Becky G, Charli XCX and more, this fun mix of tunes has got a little something for everyone whether you prefer music that’s got a high energy or toned down vibe.

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TONY BENNETT AND LADY GAGA PROVE THAT ‘ANYTHING GOES’ CONCERNING MUSIC

The legendary Tony Bennett and infamous Lady Gaga are no strangers to collaborating and are currently making headlines with the announcement of their impending jazz-driven album that will feature respective duets and solo efforts from the duo entitled Cheek to Cheek. Kickstarting their paired project with visuals that feature a spirited remake of Cole Porter’s track Anything Goes, above, Bennett

Music

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6 ACTS THAT ARE KEEPING R&B ALIVE

Let’s face it, the dynamics of rhythm and blues has changed. Graduating from a celebrated smooth tone to a more electronic vibe, R&B has witnessed a sonic change in the form of releases from some your favorite artists like Usher, Mariah Carey, and more. While change can be welcome, R&B has advanced so far from the standard classics of the

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SUMMER SOUNDS: A PLAYLIST

Featuring 10 of the latest Summer-eccentric anthems from Milkman featuring Brandon Skeie, Clinton Sparks featuring TI, Hilary Duff, Becky G, Charli XCX and more, this fun mix of tunes has got a little something for everyone whether you prefer music that’s got a high energy or toned down vibe.

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TONY BENNETT AND LADY GAGA PROVE THAT ‘ANYTHING GOES’ CONCERNING MUSIC

The legendary Tony Bennett and infamous Lady Gaga are no strangers to collaborating and are currently making headlines with the announcement of their impending jazz-driven album that will feature respective duets and solo efforts from the duo entitled Cheek to Cheek. Kickstarting their paired project with visuals that feature a spirited remake of Cole Porter’s track Anything Goes, above, Bennett

Celebrity

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NICOLA FORMICHETTI IS THIS WEEK’S ‘MAN CRUSH MONDAY’

The Japanese/Italian fashion director and editor, Nicola Formichetti, inspires the world with the many accomplishments he’s made in a relatively short period of time. Transitioning from art director of a boutique to working with numerous fashion publications and brands, Nicola has transcended his noteworthiness as Lady Gaga‘s former stylist into the prominent status of fashion visionary. As the current artistic director for Italian fashion

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9 LESSONS I LEARNED FROM THE ‘KIM KARDASHIAN: HOLLYWOOD’ GAME APP

You’ll sometimes come across something so unusual that it makes you wonder if it’s meant to be taken seriously or merely a joke. That’s the question arising from the popular new mobile game app, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. With laughable advice tidbits like, “dating famous people will get you more fans too,” you have to wonder if Kim

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LEXXI SAAL IS THIS WEEK’S ‘WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY’

New York native, Lexxi Saal, is a force to be reckoned with. The teenage singer has opened up for pop acts such as Aaron Carter, Midnight Red, Austin Mahone and Cody Simpson, to name a few. I’ll never forget the first time I heard her sing. I was in Los Angeles attending a music festival she happened

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Rants

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CONFESSIONS OF A ‘BANG BANG’ DISSIDENT

Let me start this post by saying that I’m a huge fan of Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and think that Ariana Grande is an extremely talented vocalist. This isn’t about them personally. It’s a formal review of their new song ‘Bang Bang.’ Some websites are calling the new Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj backed Jessie J

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MICHAEL SAM’S MOVING ESPY AWARDS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Michael Sam, the openly gay defensive end for the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, rightfully received the 2014 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPY Awards and provided a powerful speech that exuded his appreciation of support from his colleagues and family.

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BRAZIL HOSTING THE WORLD CUP IS THE NEW HUNGER GAMES

Brazil has been riddled with over a semi-century history of tragedy revolving around their involvement with the FIFA World Cup. From the deaths amassing a self-hosted 1950 World Cup defeat to the many controversies surrounding this year’s games, Brazil has become notorious for being plagued by World Cup associated contention. The country’s recent decision to host the 2014 FIFA World

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112 MURDERED BY TEENS REENACTING ‘THE PURGE 2′

The violence in Chicago, Illinois is getting out of hand, but not because of a fake news story that created a viral media panic when it alleged that teens had reenacted events from the new film, The Purge: Anarchy, resulting in 112 deaths. The article was a farcical creation of spoof news site, Cream Bmp Daily. What’s upsetting is

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CONFESSIONS OF A ‘BANG BANG’ DISSIDENT

Let me start this post by saying that I’m a huge fan of Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and think that Ariana Grande is an extremely talented vocalist. This isn’t about them personally. It’s a formal review of their new song ‘Bang Bang.’ Some websites are calling the new Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj backed Jessie J

Tech

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3 KICKSTARTER FUNDED PRODUCTS THAT SHOULD ALREADY BE IN STORES

BLINK The wire-free HD home monitoring and alert system provides a quick and easy way to monitor your home surprisingly without monthly fees. Promising technology that keeps the battery going for up to a full year before needing to be changed, it’s no surprise that this product by Blink has already reached its goal and

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9 LESSONS I LEARNED FROM THE ‘KIM KARDASHIAN: HOLLYWOOD’ GAME APP

You’ll sometimes come across something so unusual that it makes you wonder if it’s meant to be taken seriously or merely a joke. That’s the question arising from the popular new mobile game app, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. With laughable advice tidbits like, “dating famous people will get you more fans too,” you have to wonder if Kim

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BEATS BY DRE WIRELESS HEADPHONES REVIEW

I’ve always wanted a pair of Beats By Dre headphones. I’m sure it was the good ole (subliminal) marketing of Dr. Dre‘s team or the fact that I’m always seeing them on football players, even on game-day fields. For me personally, they truly seemed more appealing than any other popular headband-style earphones on the market.

THE HUNT APP

A must have iOS app for the fashion forward. Have you ever fallen in love with a bag, shirt, or accessory someone was wearing, but couldn’t find it anywhere online or offline to purchase for yourself? Enter the handy app named The Hunt to help you search no further. Downloaders of the app can quickly

Leisure

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THE BEST OF #PALINTVSHOWS

Former Alaskan governor and GOP vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, recently announced the debut of her own internet news programming network, sarahpalinchannel.com. Inspiring a hilarious hashtag on twitter titled #PalinTVShows, here are the best uses of it that have appeared on the social network thus far: Two and Half Brain Cells #PalinTVShows — Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur)

A DEVIOUS SCREENING

If you’ve been following me on twitter, you’d know that I’m a huge fan of the Lifetime Network television show Devious Maids. The second season is debuting soon (4/20/2014 at 10 PM, don’t miss it!) and the Lifetime Network hosted an exclusive event for fans (otherwise known as the #DeviousArmy) of the show, an event

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THE BEST OF #PALINTVSHOWS

Former Alaskan governor and GOP vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, recently announced the debut of her own internet news programming network, sarahpalinchannel.com. Inspiring a hilarious hashtag on twitter titled #PalinTVShows, here are the best uses of it that have appeared on the social network thus far: Two and Half Brain Cells #PalinTVShows — Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur)

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MY FIRST TIME IN TEXAS

Unforgettable is an understatement. Arriving in San Antonio and seeing the river walk and The Alamo, supporting our Oregon Ducks at the Alamo-Bowl and witnessing them win was amazing. I was in the presence of wonderful company and feel like this trip ended my 2013 beautifully… Go Ducks!

Books

Movies

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4 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NETFLIX ENTHUSIAST

Wording the title of this post with “Netflix Enthusiast” was my way of being nice. I really meant Netflix addict. Aren’t we all nowadays? As much as I love the video streaming service, I have one complaint. It can be ridiculously hard to find something decent to watch on there. With all of the Netflix

TV Shows

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BRAXTON SISTERS LIKELY TO RELEASE A GROUP PROJECT THIS YEAR

Braxton Family Values is one of my favorite reality television shows. I’ve been watching the cohorts of Toni, Tamar, Trina, Traci and Towanda Braxton since the very first season. I consider it one of my favorites because of the heart and truth the program possesses. Most shows of its type use the word reality loosely, but this one doesn’t seem

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