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2015 VMAs: “Kanye For President” Derails a Series of Calculated Tweetable Moments

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When it comes to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, it must be asked: did we somehow forget about Kanye West? Since the nominations, the announcement of Miley Cyrus as host, and the subsequent beef surrounding both of those things, the hype around this year’s VMAs (August 30) had been surprisingly bereft of Kanye. What Would Miley Do? had basically become the refrain, and in the end the answer was (delightfully): Miley.
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10 Songs About Classic Hollywood Icons

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An international star who excelled in Hollywood roles as well as those in her native Sweden, actress Ingrid Bergman would have turned 100 years old today. Bergman was recently honored during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, an image of the Notorious star (photographed by David Seymour) used for the poster.
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‘Straight Outta Compton’ and the Politics of Modern Day Minstrelsy

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As I’m sure me and you, your mama and your cousin too, are aware, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton. The press has gone to great lengths to discuss the film’s misogyny, its colorism, and its erasure of women. I’m still slack jawed a week after finding out the film’s director F. Gary Gray was the person who taped the 1991 TV segment that ultimately led to Dr. Dre’s assault of Dee Barnes — an incident that, of course, was omitted from Straight Outta Compton. Gray commits a monumental feat in cowardice, and the twist is something I’m more used to seeing in caper films from the ‘40s. Life is stranger than fiction.
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What It’s Like Working Backstage at the VMAs

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The MTV VMAs are known for their outrageous moments. Sometimes they’re planned, like the Madonna and Britney Spears kiss that Christina Aguilera never got over, and sometimes they aren’t, like Kanye’s “I’mma let your finish” moment that Taylor Swift will never get over. But some of the most telling moments of the show happen off-camera, where the online streams are off-limits and celebrities get real. The audience never sees them. Although the stories get told within a certain segment of the music industry, the average Joe doesn’t hear a peep about them. But I do.
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Watch: Beck and St. Vincent Perform “Dreams” with Taylor Swift

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During her concert in Los Angeles on Monday, Taylor Swift surprised audiences with guest appearances by Ellen DeGeneres and Alanis Morissette; last night’s inclusion of more surprise guests was thus a little less of a surprise — though the guests themselves were, perhaps, more surprising. Beck and St. Vincent joined Swift onstage at the Staples Center to sing Beck’s “Dreams.” 
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