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Disco's Out... Murder's In!

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 11.29.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

It's easy to forget these days that punk used to be scary. It's true. Punk's original nihilism freaked out everyone from the squares to the hippies. Over time, some of that nihilism has been whitewashed with revisionist histories, rendering something more PC for TV.

If Back to the Future Passed the Bechdel Test

Mindi Westhoff | Posted 11.20.2015 | Women
Mindi Westhoff

Lovers of the Back to the Future franchise, like me, desperately want at least one film in the trilogy to pass all three parts of the Bechdel test: That two or more named women have a conversation, and they discuss something other than men.

Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer 30th Anniversary

Kenyth Mogan | Posted 11.16.2015 | Arts
Kenyth Mogan

On November 15th, 1985 Hallmark Card's beloved character, Rainbow Brite, lit up the big-screen in her first feature-length film; Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer. Produced by DIC Entertainment the film was distributed by Warner Brothers and followed three very successful television specials that also helped promote a line of dolls by Mattel.

25 Development Facts Behind the Back to the Future Trilogy

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.22.2015 | Entertainment

As the 30th Anniversary of the original Back to the Future is being celebrated, we look back at the surprising facts and trivia surrounding the eventual franchise that has stood the test of time.

Did I Tell You I'm Going to the Madonna Concert?

Lori Ferraro | Posted 10.15.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

I am going to see Madonna in concert this Saturday night. Now I am well aware that some of you will be excited for me, and some of you will roll your eyes. For me this concert will be epic. Legendary. Mind blowing. I may explode in a pile of lace gloves, layered belts, crucifixes and gummy bracelets -- if you see all that stuff lying in a pile on the sidewalk Sunday morning, it's probably me.

Rock Hudson: The Shot Heard 'Round the World

Bruce Ward | Posted 10.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Bruce Ward

The shock of this revelation was many-fold: AIDS was considered to be a gay disease, and here was the fantasy he-man -- a likable, non-threatening Hollywood action figure, admired by men and lusted after by women, proclaiming that he was gay.

Reflecting on Art and AIDS While Awaiting Grace Jones

Charlie Vázquez | Posted 10.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlie Vázquez

We arrived and it was clear -- by the bold signage on the street-facing windows -- that we'd be surrounded by Picassos, Basquiats and Warhols for the evening, not to mention a lively mix of queer downtown nightclub celebrities, veteran rock stars and young artists dreaming of gracing the surrounding walls one day.

How to Think About Modi's Visit to Silicon Valley

Priya Satia | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Priya Satia

The Indian community of Silicon Valley is preparing to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with open arms next week, in a route stop that has outshined the PM's ultimate U.S. destination -- his meeting with President Obama.

MTV Generation Must-See Documentary: Quiet Riot "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back"

Lori Ferraro | Posted 09.15.2015 | Arts
Lori Ferraro

Having grown up in the Eighties I am fortunate to consider myself part of the MTV Generation. From the second that rocket ship was set into space, that astronaut planted that flag on the moon, that guitar riff played in the background, I was hooked.

Psych! The Outrageous Shopping Adventure of a Modern Valley Girl

Lisa Gastaldo | Posted 08.28.2015 | Comedy
Lisa Gastaldo

Staring at the Gap Kids-clad child, I pondered what will be his shopping community. Will it be valley, or carny, or some new society? Perhaps it will be a hub of vending machines devoid of all human contact. A wave of chocolate-chip.

21 Beauty Products That Every '80s Kid Remembers

Allure | Posted 08.28.2015 | Style

If you spent your childhood watching Alf with your E.T. doll while dreaming of one day being as cool as Molly Ringwald, then be prepared to travel back in time (no DeLorean needed) with these totally tubular '80s beauty products.

Raise the Boombox: 6.5 Ways to Bring the 80s to Work

Jack Stahlmann | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Jack Stahlmann

Movies from the 1980s have so many iconic moments; I'm a sucker and will gladly sit through the commercials just to watch them on cable. And the other night it hit me that we could learn a lot from movies made three decades ago.

A Love Letter to My 1980s Mall

Lori Ferraro | Posted 08.13.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

It pains me to say it out loud, but I think malls are dying -- and not the quick and easy way, or in their sleep. But slow, painful, gasping for their last breath kind of deaths.

Whatchu Talkin Bout Willis? 10 Reasons Why Life Was Better #BackInTheEighties‪ ‬

Eric Wallace | Posted 08.11.2015 | Comedy
Eric Wallace

Everything was better #BackInTheEighties‪. Well, besides the Internet, nobody wants dial up to make a comeback so the 80's can keep that one. But as far as I'm concerned, everything else was better.

6 Reasons '80s Childhoods Weren't As Great As We Think

Mandy Waysman | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Mandy Waysman

All right, so maybe if you got past the attacking trees, snakes, arctic swim lessons and broken bones, it wasn't that bad. But some great thing all parents should add to their childrearing arsenals today? I don't think so.

Here's What MTV Was Really Like In The '80s

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 07.29.2015 | OWN

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Two Very Different Shows; One Common Theme #GayLivesMatter

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Whether dark or joyous, there is much to gay culture and in this time of merging, blending, homogenization, it's nice to have two reminders of how fabulous gay culture can be, and how far it has come with so far yet to go.

The Milestone Moments In Every Boomer's Life

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.03.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

As a whole, baby boomers came of age during the early 1950s through the late 1970s. Let's take a glance at boomers' lives through a kaleidoscope of defining social moments.

What Did Steve Jobs Get Wrong in His Career?

Quora | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology

Every business leader should feel better after learning two things about Steve Jobs.

Meeting Teen Idols as an Adult

LJ Charleston | Posted 05.29.2015 | Entertainment
LJ Charleston

Imagine telling my teenage self that if I was very patient, when I'm in my late 30s, I would meet the idols of my youth. Duran Duran: Twenty-four years later, 85 million-plus records later. Me: Three sons later, a long career in journalism later. It finally happened.

I On Exceptional Living: Nikki Haskell's Newest Project -- Flashback To The Future

Irene Michaels | Posted 05.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Irene Michaels

Last December, I re-introduced you to the fabulous Nikki Haskell. You may remember her as the host and producer of The Nikki Haskell Show.

Ski Fashion Throughout the Years: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Liftopia | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel

In Norway, skis have long been an integral part of rural farm communities, allowing people to navigate in the harsh winter snow. The word "skíð" in Norwegian literally means, "split piece of wood."

The Teenage Diary -- The Original Blog

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

I painstakingly wrote out the lyrics to a Richard Marx song -- what is more dramatic than that? NOTHING.

Nirvana or the Disenchantment of Love in the Life of a Seminarian

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

By the time I was 18, I realized that I had a rather strong libido, but I also discerned that God was calling me to be a Roman Catholic priest. That's a bummer, too strong sex drive and wanting to be a priest, who takes a vow of celibacy!

I On Exceptional Living: Nikki Haskell's Newest Project -- Flashback To The Future

Irene Michaels | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Irene Michaels

Nikki's newest project, Flashback To The Future, will incorporate classic footage with new interviews, parties, and fabulous fun. She's on a mission to make old things new and take us all along for the journey. How will she do it?