ABC’s popular dance competition, Dancing With The Stars just concluded its 16th season. Aside from crowning American Idol‘s Kellie Pickler and dance partner Derek Hough as the winners, the finale featured performances by Psy, Jessica Sanchez, and Pitbull.
Psy showed off some dancing skills of his own with his performance of his hit single “Gentleman”. Of course the Korean performer brought along his impressive backup dancers decked out in gold pants and all. Slowing down the pace, Jessica Sanchez performed her rendition of the Pitbull and Christina Aguillera hit “Feel This Moment”. The Filipino-Mexican artist sang her own touching balled version of the normally upbeat song.
Check out the performances below and let us know which one is your favorite!
Students at Humboldt State University looked at 150,000 tweets containing slurs from June 2012 to April 2013. The students carefully observed each tweet to determine if the word was being used in a positive or negative light and created the Geography of Hate. The goal of the project was to examine social media and determine how much it has become a platform for hate speech. Social media is often tied very closely to the offline world so this is a good indicator of actual hate speech.
“The prominence of debates around online bullying and the censorship of hate speech prompted us to examine how social media has become an important conduit for hate speech, and how particular terminology used to degrade a given minority group is expressed geographically,” says Monica Stephens, a geographer at Humboldt State. ““Ultimately, some of the slurs included in our analysis might not have particularly revealing spatial distributions. But, unfortunately, they show the significant persistence of hatred in the United States and the ways that the open platforms of social media have been adopted and appropriated to allow for these ideas to be propagated.”
The map above plots tweets which used the word “Chink” in a negative way. Click on to see more slurs plotted out:
Much to the excitement of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fans, director Ang Lee announced his plans to produce a sequel to the internationally-acclaimed film. Released in 2000, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was extremely well-received in the Western world gaining critical acclaim, a handful of awards, and a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Lee has thus far revealed that the film will star Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh. He has expressed that they are working on the script adamantly and will not stop working on it until it’s improved and in excellent shape. He has also revealed that they plan to produce both an English and Mandarin version of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 instead of dubbing the Mandarin film. Both versions will be filmed separately to maintain originality.
Donnie Yen, who is casted in the lead role aside Michelle Yeoh, is hoping to have a breakthrough performance with his new role. We’ve waited 13 years for this sequel and we certainly hope for the best.
Its been 10 years since DBSK debuted in 2003 and their achievements have been astounding. The group has gained a heavy fanbase in Korea, Japan, and the US. Within these 10 years, we’ve seen the boys progress into charming men and U-know Yunho definitely seems to embrace it. Yunho recently posed for a Highcut photoshoot and claims that if he never joined DBSK, he’s probably be married by this age. Check out the photo’s below:
Keanu Reeves, who is most often recognized as Neo from The Matrix Franchise (1999-2003), began his acting career in 1991. Now 22 years later, Reeves has decided to step behind the camera for his directional debut film Man of Tai Chi. The martial arts movie was filmed in China, has Chinese dialogue, and also stars stuntman Tiger Chen (Reeves’ martial arts trainer) as the protagonist while Reeves will play the antagonist.
Reeves has received help from legendary fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping who choreographed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Much excitement has been surrounding the film and we wish the best to Reeves as he begins his career in directing.
Check out the official trailer below:
During the American Idol Season Finale, Psy performed “Gentleman” live alongside a handful of talented backup dancers. The impressive choreography got the audience up on their feet dancing and even earned Psy a standing ovation from the American Idol judges. Other performers of the night included current American Idol judges Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, and former judge Jennifer Lopez. Check out Psy’s impressive stage presence and energy below:
Recently, Selena Gomez has been finding herself in quite some trouble. And no, this time it’s not concerning Justin Beiber. Her performance for her hit single “Come and Get It” is questioned for its Bollywood style outfits and the usage of a Bindi.
After her performance at the MTV Movie Awards, The Universal Society of Hinduism demanded an apology for the performance claiming that it was insensitive. They pointed out that the Bindi is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance which Selena has no actual correlation to. Twitter users have also been voicing their opinion that Selena’s cultural appropriation is not cute.
This didn’t seem to phase Gomez, however, since she continued with the get-up yesterday at the Billboard Music Awards. This raises the question- is this performance racist? In previous posts, we have found fault in those who use yellowface and blackface and is this not the same thing? Others argue that Selena’s performance does nothing to insult the culture. They point out that she is actually embracing and celebrating Hinduism and indeed- Gomez shows no sign of placing a negative light on Hinduism.
But is it right to celebrate a culture when you don’t know the struggle behind it? Is it right to only use what you think is pretty (the outfits, the dancing, the bindi etc.) without understanding the deeper meaning behind the traditions? Is it fair to dress up in a certain culture to “celebrate” it, but have the option to take off the outfit/the identity whenever you please? Check out the performance below and let us know what you think.
AUTHOR: Kanara Ty
ISSUE: Spring 2013
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ISSUE: Spring 2013
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