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


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The D’Amelio Show: is TikTok fame all that great?

If you’re on TikTok, you probably know the app’s biggest star. In 2019, 15 year old dancer Charli D’Amelio began posting on the popular app. Two years and 124 million... Read more

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The Weekly List: a poem a day

Poetry is fun and begs less commitment than a novel, or even a short story. But it can be difficult to find the middle ground between elementary school acrostics and... Read more

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Love Island Season 7 is a mess, and not the fun kind

After 18 months off the air, Love Island UK was poised to make an impressive comeback. Yet somehow this year’s season managed to be an almost grueling viewing experience, rather... Read more

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Emily Mortimer’s The Pursuit of Love dazzles on Prime Video

To be honest, you only need to watch the scene in the first episode of Emily Mortimer’s The Pursuit of Love, in which Lord Merlin (Andrew Scott!) sensually dances to... Read more

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The Vil A Cookbook

There’s no need to be embarrassed.  I mean, sure, it’s only Wednesday and you’re heating up your fifth microwaveable Trader Joe’s curry of the week. And yeah, your “charcuterie board”... Read more

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Modern Love’s second season doubles the charm

The Emmy-nominated series Modern Love has returned to Amazon Prime for its second season to showcase a new collection of heartwarming and sorrowful tales (or rather the intimate glimpses into... Read more

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Quiz: What Type Of Cheese Are You?

This summer, I worked at a local Northern Virginia cheese store as a cheesemonger. Because of the specificity of this job, I now have too many opinions about cheese and... Read more

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The Weekly List: 10 songs to remind you of summer

A second COVID summer has come and gone too quickly, as all summers do. Classes are picking up, pens are collecting in the bottom of my backpack, and my coffee... Read more

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Quiz: Which famous Virgo are you?

From now until September 22, the *best* star sign is in the spotlight… It’s Virgo season! An earth sign, with the Virgin as its symbol, this section of the Zodiac... Read more

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Coffee Chat: La Jolie Bleue

Let’s set the scene.  For 1.33 years of my young adult life, my afternoon intake of iced nitro cold brews on the brick sidewalk of an overpriced yet picturesque neighborhood... Read more

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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