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The Crucial Message That's Missing From So Much Children's Media

Elizabeth Howley | Posted 04.10.2015 | Women
Elizabeth Howley

The highest grossing animated movie of all time does something that other areas of pop culture find hard to do: it shows true consent.

Pills n' Potions: The Entrepreneur Version

Tamara Holder | Posted 04.01.2015 | Small Business
Tamara Holder

Like Nicki said in her song "people will love you and support you when it's beneficial" and they might even wish bad on you. Nevertheless, let the space between where you are now and where you want to be inspire you.

Rick Rubin Explains How Kanye Wrote His Newest Song

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment

Rick Rubin has worked with and produced some of the most iconic artists in history -- Kanye West, Jay Z, Adele, Johnny Cash and Beastie Boys, to name ...

Sasha Frere-Jones Is Leaving The New Yorker To Annotate Lyrics

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.12.2015 | Media

The New Yorker's veteran music critic Sasha Frere-Jones is leaving the magazine to join Genius, a website devoted largely to annotating popular song l...

Review: Bittersweet

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.18.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Zoukis

Luckily for Anne-Simone, no one cares about the fluff dispensed by the suits. What listeners care about is the music. Fortunately, Anne-Simone delivers the goods.

What Was the Meaning of the "Hanging Tree" song in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Quora | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

There are several parts in the book that suggest this song is a rallying cry for rebellion against the Capitol's oppression that has meaning even before Katniss uses it for the rebellion.

The Big Butt Trend Is Not Empowering For Women

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

Must we really celebrate big butts by deriding small ones? Does there always have to be at least one body type that's not as "good" as the others, leaving some subset of women clamoring to try to feel better about their loathsome, not-as-sexy selves?

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Say Cheese

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

One day I took a picture of my daughter and her first love. She looked so happy in it, like the sun bursting through the clouds. I gave the photo a name. I called it, "This is how you make me feel."

Teens Fight Back Against Ronald And The Burger King With Catchy Rap Song

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.04.2014 | Teen

There are a number of reasons not to say "I'm lovin' it" to fast food in America, but these Oakland, California-based kids say it in a powerful, catch...

These Commonly Misheard Lyrics Are Way Funnier Than The Real Ones

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.16.2014 | Comedy

We all have that friend: You're in a bar, a song starts playing, and they inevitably start belting out lyrics. You're not sure what lyrics they're sin...

This 'Party' Anthem Has A Message No One's Hearing

Jessica Chassin | Posted 09.10.2014 | Teen
Jessica Chassin

He relates to teenagers, expressing that he's been there and gave into peer pressure. He also uses his own life experience to explain not only that excessive drinking isn't cool, but also that it can lead you to a perilous and poisoning path. So why don't young people respect that?

The Piano Man and Nostalgia: On Listening to the Words We Sing

Alan Krinsky | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
Alan Krinsky

After about three and a half decades of listening to his music, I saw and heard Billy Joel perform live recently at Fenway Park. Even though it was a stadium show, the sound proved stunningly sharp. His voice was strong and the lyrics quite clear. The audience, however, puzzled me.

A Rhetoric of Their Experience

Hannah Berkman | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

"Bones and hip hop have become such a big part of my experience here at Cal that I feel like our raps are just the rhetoric of that experience." Ben G...

An Open Letter to Rap Music (For My Daughters)

Mike Heenan | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Mike Heenan

If you choose to forgo "Happy Birthday" for crooning about your "Magic Stick," you'd better be the guy in the Gandalf getup passing goodies out to the party-goers. You will NOT be "making it rain" around my girls unless you are a sprinkler technician.

The Sondheim Cure: a New Year's Gift to Awaken Your Sleeping "Muse"

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I knew Stephen Sondheim's lyrics before I knew who Stephen Sondheim was. I was a little ghetto girl when I fell in love with West Side Story back in ...

Ain't I a Man?

Edward M. Weinman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Edward M. Weinman

On a beer-drenched stage, a microphone once electrocuted him, but he kept singing. Bart Cameron, the lead singer of Seattle indie band The Foghorn...

Arctic Monkeys' New LP, AM Is the Stuff Legends Are Made of...

Rock Genius | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Rock Genius

It's this collection of love songs, laments and tales of a night out that will be remembered as the point where 27-year-old Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys ceased becoming "just another band" and became one of the biggest bands on the planet.

It's In His... WHAT?

Posted 09.04.2013 | Comedy

If you wanna know if he loves you so, it's in his ... what? We know everyone mishears song lyrics, but maybe not as badly as this girl....

Bob Dylan's Not Dead Yet (But He's Gettin' There)

Sarah Flanagan | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Sarah Flanagan

On September 11, 2012, Dylan released his 35th studio album, "Tempest." Unlike his work from the '60s and '70s, Dylan does not unleash his scathing wit on rivals, old lovers or enemies here. "Tempest" is a conversation with death.

Official Tristan Prettyman Video for 'Never Say Never' Is Here!

Maria Burnham | Posted 09.25.2013 | Arts
Maria Burnham

For those of you that love the song "Never Say Never" off of Tristan Prettyman's latest album, "Cedar + Gold", I have now brightened your day with this new video released by Tristan.

Tristan Prettyman -- Musician, Writer, Woman: Part Two

Maria Burnham | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Maria Burnham

A few weeks back I posted a blog about singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman. Not only is she a talented writer and musician, but she is also a growing woman who has embraced love, heartbreak, and life, and she is not afraid to share her experiences with those around her.

My Daughter Wants to Download Raunchy Music

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

I could say no to the song. She would ask me why. I would say that I thought the lyrics were inappropriate. She would ask why, then I would either have to explain the metaphor, or choose NOT to explain, which would then just make her feel confused, and perhaps even ashamed.

Tristan Prettyman-Musician, Writer, Woman-Talks About Love: Part One

Maria Burnham | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts
Maria Burnham

Today I had the privilege to chat with singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman about life, love, heartache, and what it feels like to be a woman in her early 30's.

My Own Educational Exchange Trip: Cuba or the Danube-a?

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Travel
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Randee Mia Berman

When I heard rumors about Jay-Z and Beyonce heading to Cuba, I was feeling pretty confident about my trendy choice to go that way. But then I bagged Cuba, and booked a flight to Vienna, Austria, home of the Lipizzaner stallions and Wienerschnitzel.

'Spicy' Calypso Lyrics Banned In One Country

Reuters | Neil Marks | Posted 05.01.2013 | Black Voices

By Neil Marks GEORGETOWN (Reuters) - Calypso lyrics decrying corruption and excess have so irked Guyana's government that new songs fro...