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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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10 Recent Nonfiction Books to Read for Black History Month

Black History Month focuses on history, just like the name suggests. It also suggests, for some people, reading only older, classic books about the history of black people in the United States. Not that we’d ever discourage anyone from revisiting the classics, but there are many recent books worth reading on the matter of the “African-American experience,” however you choose to define that. Here are ten of our favorite recent memoirs, history books, and biographies that deal with the black experience in America. … Read More

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Questlove to Release a Book on ‘Soul Train’

Questlove is on a roll this year: fresh off the release of his acclaimed memoir Mo’ Meta Blues, America’s #1… Read More

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‘Parks and Rec’ Will Be Just Fine Without Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe

Well, it couldn’t all be good news. After weeks of squee-inducing Parks and Recreation casting announcements (Henry Winkler as Jean-Ralphio’s dad! Sam Elliot as Eagleton’s answer to Ron Swanson! Kristen Bell as Leslie’s Eagelton doppelganger!), BuzzFeed broke a bummer: Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe will both leave the show midway through the season. Parks and Rec fans across the Internet are literally crying their eyes out. But should they? … Read More

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Questlove’s Memoir is Out and Apparently It’s Pretty Great

Musical jack-of-all-trades Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is usually pretty soft-spoken, but when he opens his mouth, he’s almost always got something… Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. As Gawker gleefully reports, it’s definitely time to take off those yellow rubber bracelets. Lance Armstrong has stepped down as chair of the Livestrong charity and lost his Nike endorsement deal just a week after a US anti-doping agency released their report on his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

2. Obligatory Janis Joplin… Read More

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Questlove’s Sweet Instagram Photos of David Cross and Amber Tamblyn’s Wedding

Of all the celebrity weddings we wish we could attend — and actually, there aren’t many — David Cross and Amber Tamblyn’s ranks near the top of the list. It’s not just that we like the couple, although we do think they’re excellent. But we’re mostly jealous that they got Yo La Tengo to be their wedding band, and also figured their guest list would be a lot more fun than some Kardashian-style affair. So we’re grateful that, thanks to Questlove, we can see for ourselves just how fun the party was. Warming Glow points us to The Roots drummer’s Instagram account, where he posted several photos of last weekend’s festivities. Click through to play paparazzi and see some of our favorite shots from the woodsy wedding. (Yes, Amy Poehler fans, there is something here for you.) … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we practiced 20 pickup lines for the subway. We hoped dictionaries everywhere weren’t offended by the addition of words like F-bomb, man cave, and sexting. We explored a Hezbollah theme park in the Lebanese town of Mleeta. We wondered which Expendables 2 star was the most expendable.… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Thank god Jimmy Fallon decided to do another installment of his hilarious Downton Abbey parody “Downton Sixbey” — and this time we have Whoopi Goldberg playing Questlove’s mother. [via Vulture]

2. The critical consensus to the premiere of Kanye’s 26-minute “sensory experience” at the Cannes Film Festival seems to be that… Read More

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A Brief History of Music’s Most Epic Afros

The new Mars Volta album is out this week, and while we’ve not always been able to digest the band’s multi-part prog opuses, we’ve always admired them for at least one reason: their hair. We don’t want to be overly superficial here, but core Mars Volta duo Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López have sported two of the best Afros in music over the last decade or so, and the duo’s hair has inspired serious Afro envy in irredeemably white and boringly straight-haired music journalists like us. So to celebrate the release of Noctourniquet, we thought we’d have a light-hearted look at some of the other glorious ‘fros that have bedizened the world of music over the years. Who did we miss? … Read More

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