New York Times

How to Profile a Pop Star Without Asking About Her Music: The Theater of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Times’ Magazine Cover Story

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Yesterday, the New York Times posted the cover story of this weekend’s magazine, a profile of Nicki Minaj by celebrity profiler Vanessa Grigoriadis. So far, much of the response has focused on its last few paragraphs, in which the diminutive rapping pop star dresses down the reporter for an ill-advised use of the word “drama,” ends the interview, and sends her packing to he hotel lobby.
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Scrabble Acknowledges the Importance of Vaping: Links You Need to See

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The unbelievable things that can happen in a day! First, the Boy Scouts of America have finally admitted that their longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and their national president called for change…mic drop. No, wait. Pick that mic back up — that’s not all. Second, the story of how Kimye got together is different than you think: Kim pursued Kanye. And third, that stickler for proper words, that jerk who never, ever gave you pointz for creative spelling—Scrabble—just added thousands of new words that include slang like “obvs,” “sexting,” “vape” (about which Flavorwire’s Jonathon Sturgeon wrote extensively) and “cazh” (as in “casual”). Now that mic can be dropped.
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How Do We Fight a Culture in Which “Pretty Hurts” Workers, From Sweatshops to Nail Salons?

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In the past two weeks, investigative journalism has woken us up to the price, in human terms, of cheap beauty. First, John Oliver and his team reminded us about the sweatshops, child labor, and unsafe conditions that go into our “fast fashion.” Now, The New York Times‘ Sarah Maslin Nir has published a long exposé of conditions in New York City nail salons (short answer: they’re abysmal) that is setting social media ablaze. Reactions have ranged from self-flagellation and self-righteousness among salon clientele to questions about the best way to fix the situation: Tip better? Organize? Abstain?
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Chernobyl and Its Radiant Creative Culture Lures New Yorkers

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It started with a Geiger counter. Just as the Girls tour of Greenpoint generated buzz about that secluded, environmental hazard-plagued, northern nook of Brook, the Chernobyl Diaries tour of Chernobyl has already begun generating excitement and lifting the stigma surrounding the abandoned nuclear power plant and its environs. As they may or may not say in real estate, “it was only a matter of time.”
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