Decoding all those ‘Stranger Things’ ’80s pop culture references

It’s 1985, and the only thing Hawkins, Indiana, has more of than bizarre supernatural/pseudo-scientific phenomena is a plethora of pop culture touchstones. One can be a major “Stranger Things” fan and either be too young to have any memories of the over-the-top decade in which Season 3 is set, or emerged from the Reagan Era with too-fuzzy recall, perhaps owing to when you didn’t “Just Say No.” – RSS Channel – Entertainment

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Kaepernick Is ‘Spokesperson for the Black Culture,’ Says Trinidad James

Colin Kaepernick isn’t just an athlete with a platform — “he’s the spokesperson for the black culture” … so says rapper Trinidad James.  After Kaepernick reached out to Nike with concerns about their Betsy Ross Flag shoe, Trinidad says the…


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The Thrones Effect: How HBO’s Game of Thrones Conquered Pop Culture (Unabridged) – Gil Kidron, Theo Gangi, Valentina Carias, Gemma Smith, M.J. Johnson, Anthony Peter Medina, Abishai Aziz and Ashaya Al-Doory, Chris Christian & Noga Ariel Galor

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The Thrones Effect: How HBO’s Game of Thrones Conquered Pop Culture (Unabridged)

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Publish Date: May 1, 2019

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Drake Addresses “Culture Vulture” Tag, Triggers Wiley

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Drake is known for co-opting various styles, so inevitably he got slapped with a culture vulture tag, by some—in particular UK grime artist Wiley. This was among the topics the Toronto rapper addressed during a recent sit down with BBC Radio 1’s 1Xtra Rap Show.

Speaking to DJ Tiffany Calver, the 6 God dismissed any culture vulture rhetoric as a manifestation of haters.

“I hate that people think that me being into music from these kids that are trying to like make it and trying to build a name for themselves is like, ‘Oh, that’s some culture vulture,” he said. “What does that even mean? I don’t understand. Would you rather me not acknowledge anything or support? That’s some real confused like…hater sh*t.”

While Drake has been known for liberally hopping on the waves of, for example, the trap rap styles of the Migos or grime aesthetics of Skepta, he does give the originators their props.

He added, “I see it a lot. I’ll never understand how supporting somebody’s song or even going a step further giving somebody a song or linking so, I’ll never understand how that’s not viewed as something admirable.”

Drake then added that it was Wiley’s comments that got under his skin. In turn, Wiley took to social media to respond, and he feels a ways.


We’d bet good money this gets squashed sooner rather than later. Listen to a portion of the BBC Radio 1 interview below.

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Culture Club – Live at Wembley

Culture Club

Genre: Concert Films

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Release Date: December 8, 2017

The Iconic Multi Platinum Selling 80s Pop Legends, Culture Club return home for the holidays and perform "Live At Wembley", after a hugely successful 60 city world tour featuring ALL ORIGINAL MEMBERS Boy George, Roy, Mikey and John, along with an explosive horn section and mindblowing backup soul singers, the band ignites the stage before a sold out hometown crowd.

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Produced by WIRED Brand Lab for Slack | In the fifth episode of ‘The Future of Work’, WIRED Brand Lab discusses how culture is shaped at WIRED by increasing transparency between employees and leadership. WIRED’s Director of Brand Development Ryan Aspell sits down with Executive Director Matt Stevenson, Executive Assistant Shaquille Cheris, and Activations Associate Manager Lara Winkler to share how AMA’s on Slack are integral to that process.
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‘Fyre’ torches ‘influencer’ culture behind failed festival

“Fyre” — Netflix’s version of a pair of dueling documentaries — is positively bonkers, a feature-length look at the planned Fyre music festival that went spectacularly awry. But beyond the first-person accounts, it’s a larger examination of the ability to sell consumers an image, and an “influencer” culture built around turning eager social-media users into marketing ambassadors. – RSS Channel – Entertainment

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I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture (Unabridged) – A. D. Jameson

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Damon Dash Calls Lee Daniels Total ‘Culture Vulture’ Over $2 Mil Debt

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The Hip-Hop Love Blueprint Celebrates Rich History Of The Culture

Hip-Hop has been in existence for over four decades and its rich history is deserving of continual examination and reverence. UK-based art and design studio Dorothy has unveiled its new Hip-Hop Love Blueprint that pays homage to founding fathers DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, while also honoring current culture leaders Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar among several dozen others, all using the circuit diagram of the turntable.

From Dorothy:

Our Hip-Hop Love Blueprint celebrates over 700 MCs, DJs, producers, turntablists, musicians, graffiti artists, b-boys and b-girls who (in our opinion) have been pivotal to the evolution of hip-hop, from pioneers such as DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash to present day superstars such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar.

The prints pays homage to the godfathers of hip-hop (Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets) but takes its starting point as DJ Kool Herc’s Back to School Jam in the Bronx, New York in August 1973 – the party that is widely regarded as the birthplace of hip-hop.

The print weaves it way through many different scenes and record labels including early old-school innovators (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Cold Crush Brothers), golden age heroes (Run–DMC, Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Eric B. & Rakim), hip-hop collective Native Tongues (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love), politically charged hip-hop (Public Enemy, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Lauryn Hill), legendary East Coast artists (The Notorious B.I.G, Nas), legendary West Coast artists (Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre), gangsta rap (Ice-T, N.W.A, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg), hardcore (Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep), Southern rap (Lil Wayne, T.I., Outkast) underground hip-hop (Company Flow, MF Doom, Aesop Rock), turntablism (Invisibl Scratch Piklz, The X-Ecutioners), trip-hop (Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead), UK grime (Wiley, Skepta and Stormzy) and legendary producers (DJ Premier, J Dilla, Madlib).

Also honored in the blueprint are b-boy and b-girl crews like the New York City Breakers and Rock Steady Crew. Graffiti writers also get props such as Lady Pink and Futura 2000.

The blueprint is screen printed metallic gold with a cobalt blue background. Check out the piece in full by following this link.

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Barack Obama Chooses Culture Artist Kehinde Wiley To Paint His Presidential Portrait

While Donald Trump continues to go out of his way to destroy Barack Obama‘s legacy, the 44th President of The United States is choosing to have his likeness immortalized on a canvas by none other than Kehinde Wiley.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced that Kehinde Wiley has been tapped to paint the official presidential portrait of the last real President the country has known.

Kehinde Wiley is known for his large-scale portraits of young Black men wearing the latest in Hip-Hop attire. Some of his more notable work includes portraits of The Notorious B.I.G., Michael Jackson, LL Cool J and other music legends.

For the portrait of Michelle Obama, Amy Sherald has been tapped to capture the grace of the former First Lady.

Needless to say, we can’t wait to lay eyes on the final product.

Don’t be surprised if Donald Trump taps Bob Ross to do his presidential portrait when his time comes.*

[*We know.]

Thank you Mr. President.

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Carrie Brownstein on Rock, Writing and Celebrity Culture

Carrie Brownstein, in her New York hotel room, is working on a Saturday. But she’s had her coffee and is running on West Coast time, so she’s wide-eyed, clear-headed, and ready to dive into conversation with the same enthusiasm most reserve for a plate of eggs at noon on a weekend. The Sleater-Kinney guitarist, writer, and Portlandia and Transparent actress has always been curiously eloquent. That quality has become obvious …
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Zen Culture – Thomas Hoover

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Zen Culture

Thomas Hoover

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: August 20, 2010

Publisher: Thomas Hoover

Seller: Smashwords

Anyone who examines the Zen arts is immediately struck by how modern they seem. The ceramics of 16th-century Zen artists could be interchanged with the rugged pots of our own contemporary crafts movement; ancient calligraphies suggest the monochromes of Franz Kline or Willem de Kooning; the apparent nonsense and illogic of Zen parables (and No theater and Haiku poetry) established the limitations of language long before the theater of the absurd; 400-year-old Zen architecture seems to be a copy of modern design ideas such as modular space and a California marriage of house and garden. Zen values experiencing things over analyzing them. Perhaps if we can take the power of direct perception, sharpened by the devices of Zen art, back to everyday activities, we will find a beauty in common objects that we previously ignored. Selected Reviews The notoriously grumpy Kirkus Reviews said, “Thomas Hoover has a considerable gift for expressing his appreciation and understanding of various arts associated with Zen. . . . These are deftly treated, with a concise synopsis of the historical development of each; and together Hoover’s discussions provide an excellent introduction to the aesthetics of Japanese culture.” Library Journal said, “Hoover covers the ground in an easy and informative way, describing the origins of Zen itself and the Zen roots of swordsmanship, architecture, food, poetry, drama, ceramics, and many other areas of Japanese life. The book is packed with facts, the bibliography is excellent, the illustrations few but most appropriate, and the style clear and smooth. A most useful book for all collections.” Asian Studies declared, “Highly recommended. ZEN CULTURE moves easily from the political climate that gave rise to Zen to the cultural areas – art, architecture, theatre, literature, flower arrangement, design, archery, swordsmanship – where Zen has manifested itself.” As for the influence of the Zen aesthetic, the Houston Chronicle said, “Hoover suggests we need only look around. Modern furniture is clean, simple lines in unstained, unadorned woods. And that old fad became a habit, houseplants. These are all expressions of ideas born with Zen: understatement, asymmetry, intuitive perception, nature worship, disciplined reserve.” “Highly recommended,” said The Center for Asian Studies. “Western intellectuals have tried to represent the height of Buddhist mysticism within the pages of mere books, reducing an ineffable experience into a written report. Predictably such attempts have failed miserably. ZEN CULTURE by Thomas Hoover comes the closest to succeeding,” said Hark Publishing “ZEN CULTURE, concerned as it is with the process of perception as much as with actual works of art, can open our sense so that we experience anew the arts of both East and West, ancient and modern.” declared the Asian Mail. And to go multi-media, NYC-FM in New York said, “Hoover takes us on a grand tour of Zen archery and swordsmanship, flower arranging, drama, food, gardening, painting, poetry, architecture. His book is essentially one by a connoisseur.” Tags: Zen History, Haiku, Zen, Ceramics, Archery, Landscape Garden, Stone Garden, Ink Landscape, Zen Architecture, Sword, Katana, No Theater, Noh Theater, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Flower arranging, Ikebana, Zen Ceramic Art, Raku, Shino, Ryoanji-ji

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A Visual History Of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” In Pop Culture

No one can predict just how well a great song will perform in future years and that can be applied a million times over for Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Released in 1995 for the Dangerous Minds’ soundtrack, the song has taken on a pop culture significance that honestly does match the track’s hard aesthetic. Twenty years later, the OG Compton rapper is still eating off the fruits of its labor.

Actress Brittany Snow recently stopped by stopped The Ellen Show to promote Pitch Perfect 2 and admitted that “Gangsta’s Paradise” was her “go-to” song. In all her Anglo-Saxon glory, she performed the Grammy Award-winning hit to prove there were no boundaries the song couldn’t eclipse.

Flip through the gallery below to see all the other places Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” popped over the years where you least expected it to.

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Don’t You Forget About ‘The Breakfast Club’: 22 Times Pop Culture Paid Tribute To The ’80s Classic

It’s been three decades since “The Breakfast Club” was released, and the ’80s classic continues to live on.

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Elvis lives on in music, culture as fans mark his 80th birthday

Handout photo of Elvis Presley in the front yard of his home at 1034 Audubon Drive, MemphisBy Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) – Happy birthday to the King! Elvis Presley would have been 80 years old on Thursday, an occasion that will be marked with a multi-day celebration in Memphis, Tennessee at his Graceland mansion. The party will include birthday cake, movie screenings and an auction of artifacts like his first driver's license and first acetate recording. Even though he died in 1977, Presley remains one of the best-selling artists of all time and still deserves the title of the "King of Rock and Roll," according to fellow musicians and fans. …

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How ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Critiques Our Culture

American Horror Story: Freak Show (which airs Wednesdays at 10 on FX) is set to wrap soon, with only three more episodes left in the season. This installment is set in the early 1950s, which was an era generally characterized as conservative and repressive, prone to McCarthyism, racial segregation, and female domestic confinement. As such, it’s appropriate that the season arc concerns itself with the topic of “freaks,” being set in such a traditional era.

The season also explores classism and social privilege, with the affluent mother and her sociopathic, spoiled son. They live in obscene wealth, with sprawling manors displaying both their decadent splendor that their affluence provides, as well as the emotional distance, isolation and subtle yet divisive separation in their familial relationship. The son, Dandy Mott, is the epitome of the excesses of wealth and privilege taken too far to its detrimental conclusion. Dandy is apparently incapable of finding satisfaction in anything. The world is seemingly at his fingertips, and yet he’s consumed with a constant, gnawing feeling of ennui and Feminine Mystique housewife-like malaise. The only way he’s able to slake his boredom is through murder.

In one episode, in a scene classically indicative of the urban legends/cautionary tales-of-morality format, a pair of teenage lovers are about to have sex in a park when they are interrupted by a homicidal, maniacal clown bent on a murder rampage. The boyfriend is brutally stabbed to death (which is a phallic, penetrative symbol akin to sex itself) and the girlfriend (with her classic girl-next-door, blonde-haired and blue-eyed features) is taken hostage by the clown and imprisoned, along with a young boy. The couple is punished for their loose or lack of appropriate sexual mores, a la the custom of anyone who drinks, does drugs, has sex or engages in any other “wild” behavior always dies in horror films. The young boy represents the impressionable, vulnerable, wholesome young children of America collectively at large. As such, his danger and imprisonment reflects the fear that’s instilled and instigated whenever seemingly morally questionable or taboo, controversial behavior is displayed. From the War on Drugs to gay marriage to sex education and abortion, the question is always, “what about our nation’s children?” It’s what’s always called upon as reasoning or explanation for a necessary traditional, conservative schema or paradigm. Thus, the clown (symbolic of deviance, nonconformity, and shock-and-horror-eliciting reactions) threatens America’s children.

An interesting aspect to the character of the murderous rich kid Dandy Mott is that he wants to run away and join the circus. He’s ostensibly the most “normal,” WASPish person around, and yet he feels like he’s painfully different (which, in a way, he is). He teams up with the unhinged clown in a spree of murder, torture, kidnapping and imprisonment. It’s worth noting that all the killers are white male characters (the rich kid, the strongman, the con man, and the clown). Thus, evidently the real dangers to society are those at the top of the social hierarchy, those whom appear to be innocuous and hide in plain sight. As current events have shown, this is a woefully true observation.

The homicidal rich kid’s sociopathic nature is presented as being due to inbreeding of affluent families, and apparently his father had the same psychosis. His psychotic nature is looked at as being a sign of his familial prestige. His mother even tells him, “These mental perversions are an affliction of the extremely affluent… It becomes a rite of passage to have a psychotic or two in the line. Jack the Ripper was a Windsor, for god’s sake.” He also has an unnaturally close relationship to his mother; his character is very reminiscent of Norman Bates from Psycho and Bruno from Strangers on a Train. He desperately wants to be an actor, is effeminate and melodramatic, prone to bratty histrionics and temper tantrums. There is an inferable gay vibe to his character, yet again equating nonheteronormativity with pathology and psychosis. At one point, he says (in a workout scene recalling American Psycho), “This body is America: strong, violent, and full of limitless potential.” It seems to be a succinct summation of the dark nature of American capitalism and imperialism. His wealth essentially ensures his legal insulation or clemency. It’s a pay-to-play legal system wherein those who can afford to hire the most skilled and most expensive lawyers have a much better chance in court. Plus, as recent current events have sadly shown, there’s an inherently institutionalized racism to the so-called justice system. After discovering Dandy Mott’s true nature, Gabourey Sidibe’s character brings a cop to his manor to arrest him. Dandy Mott offers the cop $ 1 million to shoot her, which the cop does without the slightest hesitation. The scene is a scathing yet all-too-true indictment of American corruption, greed, racism, yuppie culture, and ruthless capitalism. Evidently, these “American horror stories” are truly American in essence and consequence.
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EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Henchman Connects Bobby Shmurda’s Arrest To Attack On Rap Culture

(AllHipHop News) The arrest of Bobby Shmurda has been one of the biggest rap related news stories of the week. The “Hot N***a” performer being charged with gun possession and conspiracy in New York has garnered a lot of opinions from people associated with the Hip Hop community.

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Shmurda’s label representative Sha Money of Epic Records issued a statement, Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill chastised the public for making fun of the Brooklyn native, and now James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond is offering his thoughts on the matter. The incarcerated former artist manager reached out exclusively to to address the 20-year-old entertainer’s latest run-in with the law.

“With everything happening with Bobby Shmurda there’s a need for a rap expert on deck, because the culture is under attack,” Rosemond tells “If they can use 50’s lyrics against me as an executive to prove murder then we all in trouble.”

Earlier this month, Rosemond was convicted of hiring a gunman in the murder plot that left G-Unit associate Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher dead in 2009. The killing was allegedly connected to the street war between 50 Cent’s G-Unit and Rosemond’s crew.

According to reports, Shmurda previously stated he felt New York City police were targeting him. Earlier this year, he was arrested for another gun possession charge, and later arrested again for smoking weed in public. In October, Shmurda even taunted the NYPD in an Instagram post. He wrote, “So da bum ass cops locked me up yesterday Fa some bulls**t made me miss.”

[ALSO READ: Jimmy Henchman Found Guilty In “Murder-For-Hire” Plot Against G-Unit Associate]

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