The Week’s Best Pop-Culture Writing (A Month Ago…..)
A while back my article "Intro to Diddy" for The Village Voice was included on The Atlantic’s list of the week’s best pop-culture writing. Quite an honor so I thought I’d put it up here!
College courses on P. Diddy? We’re interested. Check out our picks for the week’s best pop-culture writing: http://t.co/PeSnkPBL8E— TheAtlanticEnt’ment (@TheAtlanticENT)August 9, 2014
Well, I forgot to post this when it first ran, but here is my most recent piece for VICE on two gentlemen from the UK who traveled to the Turkish-Syrian border this summer to teach refugee children how to box. The article chronicles their trip to a town called Reyhanli, but also deals with some of the larger problems that plague Syrian refugees today, specifically the young women displaced by the conflict. Check it out!
Intro to Diddy: Are Courses that Focus on Pop Culture Enriching for Students or Colleges?
Well, it’s that time again. I’m back in the Village Voice this week with an article on how college courses centered on pop culture and celebrity are taking hold at major universities on the East Coast. The cartoon above kind of says it all, but I got to sit in on “Sean Combs and Urban Culture” at NYU and speak to the professors of “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus” (seriously) at Skidmore and “Politicizing Beyonce” at Rutgers. This is the second article in a row for the Village Voice where I used the word “twerking”, so I apologize in advance for that. If you’re in NYC grab a copy of this thing in the real-life, honest-to-goodness, ink and paper version of the Village Voice because it’s cool and stuff.
This was last night, but thanks to everyone (all ten of you know who you are!) who came out and caught Lorelai’s — aka The Gilmore Boys — first show ever at Arlene’s. It was super gnarly and very radical.
Well, 30 years ago today Ghostbusters, one of the greatest cinematic achievements in the history of mankind, was released to the masses and I had the opportunity to write about what made it such a huge hit for Complex Magazine. While doing “research” for this I discovered that there is an entire Tumblr devoted solely to Rick Moranis gifs — the aptly titled rickmoranisgifs.tumblr.com. Also, Janine Melnitz will forever be wifey material.
Read my article here: http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2014/06/what-made-ghostbusters-work
BRUCE DA GAWD