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


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The Mandalorian gave beloved character “Baby Yoda” a real name, and it’s really not what anyone wanted

Disclaimer: spoilers for all of The Mandalorian’s second season If you’re anything like the rest of The Mandalorian’s fans, you were probably sticking around for the cute creature the titular... Read more

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Fowl Play: Recipe for Seduction is brilliant in its insanity

I have been home from Georgetown since March 17. That means I have been home for over 26,000 15-minute increments of time. A lot of them have been spent in... Read more

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Top K-Dramas of 2020

This packaged deal includes my absolutely objective Top 5 K-Dramas for you to binge this winter.  But wait! There’s more. I added an additional 5 dramas that everyone’s raved about... Read more

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Mismatched: A story of an unlikely, unexpected pair

Scrolling through Netflix looking for a fun, quick show to watch over Thanksgiving break, I came across the Netflix mini-series Mismatched. Based on Sanhya Menon’s bestselling book When Dimple Met... Read more

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The Crown season 4: How soon is too soon?

The latest season of The Crown is by far the cruelest depiction of the Royal Family. The series is one of the most serious retellings of royal history seamlessly blending... Read more

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QUIZ: Which character in The Crown are you based off of your Thanksgiving meal?

Happy Thanksgiving and happy Season 4 of The Crown (Hello, Princess Diana)! I hope you took time off from quizzes over Thanksgiving break, but I’m here to give you one... Read more

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Dash & Lily dares to be the best Christmas rom-com ever

It’s Christmas in New York City. The lights are magical, the caroling groups sing on every corner, and the streets are somehow not overrun by tourists. You can have the... Read more

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 is prescient, funny, and way oversimplified

After spending over a decade in development hell, it’s hard to think of better timing for the release of The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), a flawed, overstylized, but... Read more

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QUIZ: Which Studio Ghibli movie are you?

If there has been one thing saving me from the pit of hellish despair that this past year has been, it is the blissful nostalgia of Studio Ghibli. I mean,... Read more

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Miley Cyrus proves she has a voice for rock with viral TikTok covers

Anna and Samantha explore the recent TikTok covers of Miley Cyrus. The success of her covers suggests Miley Cyrus has a voice for rock.

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The Weekly List: Keep calm and Mario Kart

The vast wilds of TikTok are a treasure trove of distraction. If you are at least vaguely familiar with the application, you know how it goes: you’re contemplating working on... Read more

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Kim Kardashian West’s 40th birthday bash backlash

Lordy, lordy, Kim K’s forty! As the days of honking car parades fade, COVID-19 birthdays have become the norm rather than the exception in the year 2020. Certainly, Kim Kardashian... Read more

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QUIZ: Which of the seven totems of Los Angeles are you?

Since I’ve come to Georgetown, I have fully embraced that being from Los Angeles is my personality. So when season two of Netflix’s You came out last December, I was... Read more

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Emily in Paris is a binge-worthy, one-dimensional show that people can’t stop hating on

Emily in Paris is the new Netflix show that we either love to hate or hate to love. The titular character, Emily Cooper, (Lily Collins) is a Chicago native, marketer,... Read more

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See you space cowboy: An ode to Cowboy Bebop

“3, 2, 1—Let’s Jam!” So begins the romping, jazzy, magnum opus of the theme song, “Tank!” and thus every episode of Cowboy Bebop. After all, in a spaceship like the... Read more

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Dodie starts countdown for debut album with ‘Cool Girl’ single

Despite all of the chaos, 2020 has been a shockingly good year for new music. Joining the ranks of anticipated music releases is English singer-songwriter Dorothy Clark, known by her... Read more

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Colorful liminalities in TXT’s “Blue Hour”

“Have you guys looked at the sky at 5:53?,” asked TOMORROW X TOGETHER (or TXT) member Taehyun last Monday during their comeback show. He was alluding to the Korean name... Read more

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Ariana Grande is back on top with presidential ‘Positions’ music video

Pop powerhouse Ariana Grande has made her official comeback with her new single “positions,” from her upcoming sixth album of the same name, on October 21. To add to the... Read more

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The ethics of resurfaced media collaborations amidst a pandemic

Viral. It’s a term that’s held a lot of weight over the past seven months. With a viral pandemic circulating around the globe, and new TikTok dances racing through the... Read more

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Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor is a dazzling horror love story that captivates hearts (and nightmares)

Mild Spoiler Warning: I vaguely discuss some details that give away parts of what happens toward the end of this show. It’s nothing in depth and nothing too explicitly obvious,... Read more