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Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Death, Ranked: Links You Need to See

It’s safe to say that this world needs more Rick Ross bawse living and Leighton Meester. Remember that as you venture into your weekend and allow yourself to indulge in both as often as needed. … Read More

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Hinge: The Dating App That Doesn’t Really Care About Gay People

Online dating! We can agree that it is, officially, the worst, correct? (Well, dating is pretty awful already, but then when you add selfies to the mix, not much good can come from it.) The failure of online dating sites is, basically, that the whole business model is based on keeping you single. I mean, common sense, right? Does OKCupid want you to find the love of your live and leave the site? Probably not. But the site has been such a success that it has spawned plenty of other free sites and apps that cater to a generation of people who find themselves socializing online more often that in real life. The problem with these sites, though, is that they fail to truly consider the vast demographics of their user base, particularly those who don’t fall into the typical heterosexual communities. … Read More

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Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Shaolin’ Museum Tour Could Change Music Culture

Yesterday, iconic rap collective Wu-Tang Clan announced, in Forbes of all places, that they’d be releasing only one copy of their new album, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in ShaolinThat one copy could fetch up to multiple millions of dollars, a price tag reflected as much by the LP’s container as by its rarity: it comes in an engraved silver-and-nickel box that took three months to carve. As Wu member RZA eloquently phrased it, “This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.” Now, this might sound like Nipsey Hussle’s $100 mixtape strategy on steroids, or another example of hip hop as pop culture’s most financially aspirational artform. But it’s not, because the millions this double album will fetch are not nearly as interesting as what Wu-Tang Clan will do with Once Upon a Time in Shaolin before it heads to auction. … Read More

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Ginuwine Performs “Pony” on ‘Arsenio’: Links You Need to See

Ginuwine (and citizens of Planet Earth at large) need to find Channing Tatum and thank him profusely for thrusting “Pony” back in the spotlight — at this point it’s only right. Watch a nostalgia-inducing performance, and more, in today’s links. … Read More

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You Don’t Have to Be Cynical to Worry About Upworthy

It was only a matter of time until someone wrote an in-depth profile of Upworthy and its founders, and happily, the task fell to Nitsuh Abebe, whose excellent article on the Internet’s feel-good sensation appears in this week’s New York magazine. Throughout the piece, you get the sense that Abebe is struggling with the same reaction that plenty of people have to Upworthy — there’s something mildly off-putting about it, but it’s hard to put your finger on exactly what. And it’s hard to hate, or even dislike, Upworthy without feeling bad about doing so. … Read More

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Lil B Hosted a Twitter Open Forum on Rape Culture

Lil B is no stranger to the weird, debatably “toxic” world of online feminism. The prolific Bay Area rapper — creator, most recently, of 101-song mixtape 05 Fuck Em, dropped on Christmas Eve — regularly dispenses pearls of wisdom to his nearly 900,000 Twitter followers, from the relentlessly positive (“Try and get good grades in school for Lil B, i love you and thank you for trying”) to the endearingly weird (“i wanna send respect to all the animals that die everyday like walrus and others who people tend not to talk about and forget about”). The Based God has sounded off on behalf of his female fans before, most notably in response to Wendy Davis’ pink-sneaker clad filibuster this past June. … Read More

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