5 Things That Didn’t Make Taylor Swift Famous

Survey: how many texts did you wake up to this morning telling you to check Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat? How many times have you read the name Taylor Swift today? If the sum of both of your answers exceeds 100, this is an intervention. And I’m here to help because, contrary to what Twitter may indicate, stuff is happening in the realm of popular culture that has nothing to do with any of the aforementioned celebs or Taylor Swift recording. Some cool stuff, if I do say so myself.

Here are five ways to redirect the conversation at dinner tonight.

1. “Did you cry about Tina Knowles today?”

ICYMI, Tina Knowles was honored with the ESSENCE Inspiring Leadership Award at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival for her work as a designer, philanthropist, and business woman.

But first and foremost, Ms. Knowles is a mother, who helped her daughters become the incredible artists and people that they are today. And to give back a little thanks, Beyoncé, Solange, and other industry notables made her a beautiful tribute video that is sure to make any mother tear up.



Mark your calendars because the original cast of Degrassi: The Next Generation just announced that in celebration of the 500th episode of the show, the original cast will star in a special reunion episode on Netflix on July 22nd. This is the TV we all deserve.


3. “California is getting schooled on LGBT history.”

California public school students will enter the upcoming school year with an updated History/Social Sciences curriculum, which will include more focus on the historical fight for LGBT rights, like the first gay rights advocate groups in the 1950s, as well as the past and present struggles facing gay and lesbian couples trying to get married.

Big win for love and education.

[LA Times]

4. “Yayoi Kusama just made The Little Mermaid even better.”

You may know Yayoi Kusama for her wacky full-room installations or her collaboration with Louis Vuitton, but now you can take a little piece of her genius home with her illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

The book, out July 26th, features the original story of the mermaid who wanted to be a woman, paired with Kusama’s whimsical illustrations. Head on over to The Cut to get a preview of the illustrations.

[The Cut]

5. “M.I.A.’s new video is rather explosive, no?” 

M.I.A. premiered the music video to the first single off her new album, Go Off.

It’s a rather laid back affair, as far as filming was concerned. Instead of the elaborate extras and costuming that her videos normally feature, the “Go Off” video features a series of controlled explosions.

Anyone else oddly satisfied?

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