Warning: after reading this post you will feel severely wealthless. Money is important to everyone, but especially to rappers. They rhyme about it, they spend it, and—most notably—they find ways to use it creatively in their everyday lives: Re-decorating, swimming, making it rain, cooling off, balancing, cleaning, bathing, strengthening senses, etc. For rappers, their like-minded affiliates, and unfortunately thirsty people who want to be cool, conspicuously physically cherishing cash is a way of telegraphing that you've finally made enough to say "fuck up some commas" and mean it. And over the past few years, rappers have been saving on their data plans by using money phones. The hilarious visual—using a stack of cash as a phone—has become popular on Instagram, Vine, and in music videos. Money phone MVPs include Soulja Boy and Floyd Mayweather (who isn't a rapper but is the founder of The Money Team), with honorable mentions going … [Read more...] about The definitive guide to using a stack of cash as a phone
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Zachary Stoner Called Himself the ‘Hood CNN’ Chicago Tribune Finds Predators on School Staffs Craig Melvin Puts Bill Clinton on Defense 90% of Editors of Large Papers Are White, 73% Male Memphis Reporter Escapes Deportation, for Now Journalist Not Guilty After Pipeline Arrest ‘All Things Considered’ Airs From Puerto Rico Walter Stovall, Editor, Trainer of Journalists, Dies Texas’ Poor Oversight Leads to Dire Consequences Short Takes Zachary Stoner Called Himself the ‘Hood CNN’ The shooting death last week of a Chicago vlogger — or video blogger — drew the attention of the Committee to Protect Journalists Monday as friends and admirers prepared for a Friday funeral and a GoFundMe page sought to raise money for the service. “Authorities should thoroughly investigate the murder of Zachary Stoner, including whether his journalistic work was the motive for his death,” said Alexandra Ellerbeck, CPJ’s … [Read more...] about Streetwise Video Blogger Slain in Chicago
A Jezebel analysis of campaign finance data has found that of the six active presidential campaigns, four have significant gender wage disparities. Most notably, Ted Cruz’s campaign on average pays male staffers $20,000 more than female staffers, and of the ten highest paid staffers on Bernie Sanders’ campaign, not a single one is a woman. At the end of January, Elizabeth May Davidson, a 26-year-old Iowa field organizer for Donald Trump, filed a discrimination complaint against the campaign for a workplace that was hostile to women: she alleged the campaign regularly paid men more than women for the same jobs, allowed men to take on a more significant role in producing rallies, and that the first time she met Trump, he made a comment about her appearance. Unless an employee files an official workplace complaint like Davidson did, these campaigns are largely opaque, closed shops. The one thing we do have access to, however, is information about pay. We looked at year-end … [Read more...] about An Investigation: Which Presidential Campaigns Have the Largest Gender Wage Disparities?
NPR has compiled a list of what the outlet is calling the “150 Greatest Albums by Women,” as chosen by chief music critic Ann Powers and a cadre of other writers. The point of categorizing albums based on no criteria but gender, as explained by Powers, was to shift “the assumption that a male perspective can stand for all perspectives,” and to recenter women as a vital, dynamic part of the musical canon without reverting back to that perspective. Women are culturally trendy now, as you might have surmised from a glut of “Let’s Get Feministy” style merch in your native ad feed, but if you might remember when we were not—and those of us who’ve been through the “feminism is cool” cycle a few times can predict that there’s a decent chance the tide will turn back around. And, of course, NPR’s list has holes—there’s no Chavela Vargas, for instance, in my eyes a horrifying oversight!—but Powers … [Read more...] about The 150 Worst Albums Made By Men
Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above moments—and a couple dozen more besides—would have made fine additions to our unranked list of the best movie scenes of 2017. But we had to draw the line somewhere, and 25 seemed like the right number, even if it meant leaving out other memorable morsels, cut from good and bad films alike. (Even Justice League came through with a few inspired minutes.) Everyone had their own transcendent experiences in a darkened auditorium this year; consider the list below more of a mixtape of favorite moments than a consensus hierarchy (though just about everyone agreed on the awesomeness of the scene we’ve chosen as 2017’s finest). And as always, beware of plot reveals—although we stuck the climactic scenes at the end, there … [Read more...] about The best film scenes of 2017