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The Voice’s takes on all things media and culture.


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Tributes to Naya Rivera

Three Voice writers pen tributes to Naya Rivera, a woman that paved so many paths for so many young people.

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10 of the best movies about baseball

Roman is a Giants fan. Annie is a Dodgers fan. By the rules of all things sacred, the two of us should not be friends. Yet somehow, we are, even... Read more

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Dodie Tries to Forget in “I Kissed Someone (It Wasn’t You)”

Prior to the release of her debut album, Build a Problem (2021), Dodie shared one final snippet for fans to enjoy, “I Kissed Someone (It Wasn’t You).” The artist had... Read more

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Billie Eilish returns to stardom with single “Your Power”

Following her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (2019), Billie Eilish became a household name, winning multiple Grammy Awards and dominating charts. This year, she... Read more

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“Deja Vu” Proves Olivia Rodrigo’s Songs are Really Just That Great

We’re barely halfway through 2021, but it’s hard to think of the breakout stars of the year without mentioning Olivia Rodrigo. In January, the High School Musical: The Musical: The... Read more

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The Weekly List: Feel free to sue me if every single one of these five The Wilds season two theories is wrong

Spoiler warning: nothing I have listed is confirmed for season two, but all the theories detail major plot points from and information that is uncovered throughout the first season. The... Read more

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The Weekly List: Ten animal pairs I’d rather watch fight than Godzilla and Kong

I’ll be honest; I know nothing about Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). I have not seen the film and I do not plan to. I have not seen any previous Godzilla... Read more

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QUIZ: Are you a man, or are you a muppet?

You reflect on your reflection, and you ask yourself *the* question: What’s the right direction to go?  It’s an age old question. An eternal quest for identity. The universal struggle... Read more

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The Weekly List: We Ranked 10 Toms

Everyone always talks about the Hollywood Chris Industrial Complex, the members of which include the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Chris Pine. But what about the Toms? There... Read more

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The Gossip Girl Reboot: Will it be Re-loved?

I have watched 423 hours of Gossip Girl. Hypnotized by the sky-high penthouses and unbelievable scandals, I’ve replayed all six seasons five times, memorizing the lead characters’ every impulse and... Read more

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Ranking 10 Sebastian Stan Haircuts

There are three important things to know about me for this exercise. The first is I am a big Marvel Cinematic Universe fan, no matter what my friend Julia says... Read more

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QUIZ: Which dairy alternative milk should you try?

There’s nothing worse than a glass of cow’s milk. Luckily, there’s a plethora of dairy alternatives for us non-milk lovers to try! Whether you’re looking to spice up your coffee... Read more

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All the Vault Songs from Fearless (Taylor’s Version) Ranked

It feels like 2008 all over again. After having perhaps the most productive quarantine creative process with the albums folklore (2020) and evermore (2020), Taylor Swift started 2021 not by... Read more

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The Weekly List: Six Haunting Hours With Chunky The Panda

You’re driving along with your group of buddies down a country road. The sun will be setting soon, and everyone is tuckered out from an exhaustive bout of road trip... Read more

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Race & Roses–What The Bachelor franchise’s racial controversy has to say about the role of race and representation in the media 

ABC’s The Bachelor has long been criticized for its fast-tracked television love stories and, more importantly, its lack of racial diversity. As the first Black Bachelor, Matt James’ role as... Read more

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The Bachelor’s transformation should be painful—and it should be public

The six million Americans who tune into the Bachelor every Monday (and everyone who watches it after) are not here for love.  Honestly, the purpose of the franchise, the promise... Read more

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BONUS DISH PIT CONTENT: Cocaine, Alien Scientist Cucks, and the Dalai Lama

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Nora Kelly and Ethan Soil of the Canadian post-punk band Dish Pit. For a full profile of the band and a look... Read more

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Beyond Awards Season: Underrated media from 2020

Most people measure a year with a calendar, but for movie and music buffs, a year is defined by its films and albums. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating a ripple... Read more

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The “Fake Pietro” Problem in WandaVision

**Spoiler Alert! Contains spoilers for WandaVision** Let me start by setting the record straight: WandaVision is great. Stylistically speaking, it is one of the most ground-breaking projects from the Marvel... Read more

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The Weekly List: 10 Books to Read this Spring

I’m back with another list of book recommendations! Is anyone surprised? You shouldn’t be. I know I am personally looking forward to reading outside as the days get longer and... Read more