September 18th, 2014

Local Stops: Ladies Fight Cheating Dickbag Boyfriends And Slut-Shamey Dress Codes

Three girls team up to surprise their cheating dickbag boyfriend in the real-life version of John Tucker Must Die.

Bad-ass teenage girls rebel against their slut-shamey dress code in Staten Island.

Talented actress (and Ryan Gosling’s baby mama) Eva Mendes gave birth to a baby gosling.

What is this, a sequel for ants? Zoolander 2 is on its way.

Bill de Blasio’s has used his favorite word 80 times.

Photo of the day by Rishi Bandopadhay.

‘Broad City’ Ushers In A New Era Of Female Friendships (And Pink Dick)

In show filled with weed being pulled out of vaginas, pink dicks, yogurt-eating ladies on islands populated only by mail, and conversations about what dog you would bang (if you were a hypothetically a dog, obviously Abbi!), it would be easy for the characters to get lost in the nonsensical nature of the plot. But somehow in the Broad City universe the most shining plot point and the main focus of each and every show is the friendship between main characters Abbi and Ilana.

The realistic nature of Abbi and Ilana’s friendship is what often draws the viewer amidst the show’s cloak of absurdism. Their friendship seems real — mostly because it is real — and brings the show beyond the stoner comedies we know and love and into a new level of well… stoner comedies we know and love that’s only inhabited by Broad City.  In many ways, Abbi and Ilana’s friendship is an homage to the famous female friendships we’ve seen throughout the history of TV. From Lucy and Ethel in I Love Lucy to Leslie Knope and her poetic land-mermaid Ann Perkins in Parks and Recreation, the friendship demonstrated between Abbi and Ilana follows a well-worn path of feminist friendships occupying the television landscape.

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Hillary Loves To Keep ‘Em Guessing

“Hello Iowa, I’m back!”

That was Hillary Clinton’s opening line when she addressed the crowd at the famous Iowa Steak Fry last Sunday. It marked the former Secretary of State’s first time back in Iowa since the state practically ended her presidential hopes in 2008, when she arrived in third place in the state’s caucus.

Hillary keeps flirting with the media and dodging questions about the 2016 presidency. But it’s pretty obvious that she’s running. The Clintons have been campaigning for offices since the early 1980’s, and it’s become their default setting. When Hilary walked away from her position as Secretary of State in 2013, the common consensus was that she was getting ready to run for president again in 2016. Since then, Clinton has been focused on making money; she’s been cashing in on speaking gigs and spent the summer selling her new book, Hard Choices. She even got into a little controversy by saying in an interview that the Clintons were “dead broke” when they left the White House.

For Democrats, Hillary seems like their only viable option, even if they don’t feel particularly excited about her. Read more…

What NYU Students Are Saying On Yik Yak

The social app Yik Yak, which started as a trend among southern fraternities and sororities, has gained momentum among colleges across the country, including NYU. Co-founded by Furman University graduates Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington in 2013, Yik Yak serves as a platform where students may post anything, from vignettes of campus life to random thoughts, with complete anonymity. One user described the app as a bulletin for “basically the things I can’t post on Twitter.” Yik Yak acts as a “virtual bulletin board” within a 1.5 mile radius and is targeted specifically towards college campuses. Posts, or “yaks,” are visible for a few hours (where it can be up-voted, down-voted, or commented upon by users within in the area) before it disappears.

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New York Artists With A Story To Tell

It is no coincidence that some of the most prominent musicians come from New York City. There is something about this crazy city that seems to either arouse excitement in aspiring pop music artists, or in the case of many alternative rock artists, drive the  soul to musical expression as a way of self-expression.

With that in mind, here are some New York based bands with that special and unique east coast sound that got us feelin’ some type of way.

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NYU Street Style From The First Few Days Of Fall

Yesterday’s incredibly beautiful weather spurred us to Washington Square Park, and we spotted many of you doing the same — and looking fabulous,  we might add. There were many hybrid getups suggesting that, as we transition from summer to fall, it’s not quite clear for which season’s styles and temperatures we should be dressing for. The effect is an interesting mélange of fabrics and patterns that can only be seen in this short-lived seasonal purgatory. Read more…

It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That NYC Swing

You kids these days with your bass-dropping and your fresh beats and your anacondas. Don’t you yearn for some variety in your music? Something new and exciting? Or, you know, something older than your grandparents?

Now, don’t get me wrong—I love pop music. The artists of today are every bit as talented and creative as those of yesteryear. But there will always be a very special place in my heart for swing music and swing dance, the only style of dance that lets you say “jitterbug stroll” and then throw a stranger over your head on the same dance floor.

Most folks are surprised when I tell them that I’m a swing dancer. In fact, a lot of people think that swing music went the way of other trends of the 1930s, like overstuffed shoulder pads and nascent fascism. But swing music and its accompanying dance styles have been making a huge come back around the world, and our own fair New York City has been the host of one of the decade’s most vibrant revivals. Read more…

Project Pay Attention Wants You To Be Aware Of Your Everyday Candor

In the fall of 2010 a wave of young people committed suicide after gender-related bullying and harassment filled them with a sense of hopeless alienation. 18-year-old Rutgers student Tyler Clementi was one of these young people, and his suicide in particular has lead to widespread media coverage and public awareness of LGBTQ issues such as bullying and harassment.

Around this time, writer Dan Savage began a campaign called “It Gets Better,” which inspired thousands to post videos online sharing their stories and encouraging viewers’ wills to survive.

Joe Salvatore, a Steinhardt professor and then-Faculty in Residence at Third North, was deeply affected by the story of Tyler Clemente and followed the aftermath closely. He saw the benefits in a movement like “It Gets Better” but also saw potential for further steps—for action rather than just words. Thus began the NYU Office of Residential Life and Housing’s initiative, Project Pay Attention.

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If We Were Really “All In This Together,” High School Musical Would Have Been More Inclusive

I’m a millennial. I had TV access during my childhood and adolescence. I liked music. It was so that the High School Musical craze hit me like a wrecking ball in the days of yore—namely, 2006. Disney got me hooked on the short commercials months before they set the premiere date: for us Brazilians it was July 31st, a crisp wintery Monday. From the very beginning and probably until my deathbed, HSM was very important to my personhood.

Over the years, I’ve had time to revisit the first movie many, many times. I never watched the second or the third, though, as a matter of principle. Initially, I was scared of being let down, and later on I felt like they weren’t relevant anymore. That was until last week, when I finally got my shit together and decided to watch the entire trilogy. And I loved it.

Now, I’m a Media Studies girl. I can be what some *cough*assholes*cough* might call a Social Justice Warrior, in that I say the word privilege unironically because it’s a thing that exists. I care about media representation a lot, because I have a brain capable of empathy which recognizes that marginalized groups are treated poorly by society, a problem which directly relates to lack of appropriate representation. So HSM, trivial as it may seem, did not escape my dissection. Read more…

What The Celebrity You Lie About Spotting In NYC Says About You

New York City is one of the most interesting cities in the world, full of exciting parties, breathtaking art, and glamorous celebrities. It’s like a slightly more honest Los Angeles, and as an NYU student you’re right in the heart of it.

Or you would be if you didn’t have classes, internships, and the alluring prospect of staying in your dorm and hiding from your feelings with Netflix and snacks. But when your family and friends back home ask how you’ve been doing in the city, you can’t let them know you’re not living a life of intrigue and luxury in one of the most exciting cities in the world. That’s why you may have to exaggerate and casually mention seeing some celebrity on the way to rehearsal. It’s no big deal. “NBD” you may text your cool mom. After all, who’s going to tell your parents you didn’t see James Franco? James Franco? Probably. Dude’s everywhere.

As for which movie star you should tell your friends you saw exit Starbucks, there’s plenty of options. And every star you falsely name-drop reveals just a little about you.

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