Conservatively speaking, there have been approximately 84 quadrillion episodes of television this decade, so narrowing down the 25 best over the last 10 years is on its face a silly thing to do. But we tried it anyway, because, simply put, there was never a better time to be a fan of TV than in the 2010s. The term “peak TV” was coined to define the explosion in content largely thanks to the ascendancy of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, but it’s also come to reflect the spike in quality television as well. So to cast as wide a net as possible, we only allowed one episode per show on our list, and even then, there is every chance we didn’t include at least one of your favorites. This is what comment sections are for, so please reflect with us, in chronological order, on some of the best TV had to offer since 2010, and then share your personal favorites as well. Grey’s Anatomy: "Sanctuary" and "Death and All His Friends" (Season 6, Episodes 23 and 24)First … [Read more...] about 25 TV Episodes From This Decade We’ll Never Forget
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It appears the socially conservative right has racked up a small win against the liberal agenda. Walmart stores will no longer carry trashy feminist Cosmopolitan Magazine in their checkout lines as the result of pressure from a socially conservative group that advocated for such a removal due to Cosmo’s unsavory sexual content marketed to young girls. National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauded the win in a press release. “This is what real change looks like in our #MeToo culture, and NCOSE is proud to work with a major corporation like Walmart to combat sexually exploitative influences in our society,” said executive director Dawn Hawkins. “Further, Cosmo targets young girls by placing former Disney stars on its covers, despite the enclosed sexually erotic articles which describe risky sexual acts like public, intoxicated, or anal sex in detail,” she added. “Customers should not be forced to be exposed to this content when they are … [Read more...] about WIN: Walmart Will No Longer Carry Feminist Trash ‘Cosmo’ At Checkout Lines. Here’s Why.
"If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it" —Beyonce, "Single Ladies" Is Beyonce’s famous line sexist? What does it really mean to "put a ring on it"? And what if you put a ring on it, but then wanted the ring off of it? Source: Syda Productions/Shutterstock Do you ever wonder about how certain cultural rituals developed? While marriage is a worldwide phenomenon, the customs around it vary tremendously by culture and era. If I had another professional life to live, I could enjoy being an anthropologist studying marriage and family. Below, I want to talk about engagement rings, their history, and what is going on with the whole idea. While engagement ring customs are not universal, there are universal aspects of marriage that include similar customs governing courtship, betrothal, and how a promise to marry can be ended. The customs vary, but they often have a lot to do with assuring true intention to follow through. In an era where marriages are founded … [Read more...] about Why We Really Give Engagement Rings
On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking in Cairo, gave an amazingly comprehensive and powerful speech about the Middle East and America’s strength and commitment in which he eviscerated former President Barack Obama for his speech in Cairo in 2009, asserting, “The age of self-inflicted American shame is over.” Pompeo stated bluntly, “Egypt has always been a land of striving. And yet at times, your aspirations and those of your brethren in the Middle East have seemed impossible to achieve. These lands witnessed convulsions from Tunis to Tehran as old systems crumbled and new ones struggled to emerge. That’s happened here, too.” He continued: And at this critical moment, America, your long-time friend, was absent too much. Why? Because our leaders gravely misread our history, and your historical moment. These fundamental misunderstandings, set forth in this city in 2009, adversely affected the lives of hundreds of millions of people in … [Read more...] about WATCH: Pompeo Delivers Rip-Snorting Speech In Cairo, Eviscerates Obama
1959 was arguably the most transformative year for jazz releases. It was a year of exploration for a genre no longer at the center of American pop music, but at a new peak in critical acclaim. As rock n' roll began dominating the charts in the '50s, driven by an influential consumerist youth culture, jazz moved further into experimental territory -- alienating some listeners while also garnering new audiences worldwide. Albums such as Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus and The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman became instant classics and redefined listeners' palettes. While Davis’ Blue would eventually become the best-selling jazz album of all time, the bigger seller circa 1959 was Time Out from the Dave Brubeck Quartet, which not only became the first jazz LP to sell more than a million copies but boasted the first jazz single to sell more than a million copies with "Take Five."Released Dec. 14, 1959, Time Out wasn't 39-year-old Brubeck's … [Read more...] about The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s ‘Time Out’ at 60: Inside Jazz’s First Million-Selling LP