Music critics are often scared or unwilling to let music evolve.

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Rolling Stone critic David Fricke got it wrong to such a degree when he reviewed Kid A by Radiohead in October of 2000 that re-reading it in 2021 is just as embarrassing for me as it was when I first read it upon the album’s release. Kid A broke major…


Homophobia is at the forefront of current rap related discourse.

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Anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments have seemingly always been present to some extent in hip-hop music and culture. However, there has always been some degree of backlash for that type of behavior. For example, throughout the 1990s Eminem received a lot of public criticism for homophobic lyrics. …


Andrew’s behavior and Chris’s journalism are exposing these men for what they are.

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There is cancel culture and there is cancel worthy. Governor Andrew Cuomo is of the latter. Of course, the accusations against him have not been tested in a court of law, and one can, therefore, make the “innocent until proven guilty” argument. But there is a difference in being able…


The CDC has fallen short, and the media has taken it too far.

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— Before you read this, please get vaccinated.

Thursday, on his increasingly outlandish show, “Prime Time,” drama king Chris Cuomo adamantly hammered home the misleading point that the CDC holds no responsibility for the public’s confusion about vaccinations and their efficacy as they relate to Covid and the Delta Variant…


There has never been a more lucrative time for motivated servers.

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Restaurant servers make money based on a few factors, all of which have little to do with how the restaurant is performing as a whole — unless, of course there is no traffic, in which case the establishment and its employees would fail regardless. Otherwise, a server’s money is dependent…


Writing for something gave me a shot at everything.

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What does one do with a degree in the arts? That was a question I asked myself after dropping out of law school in 2010. Law school was a goal for me since 2004, the time I realized that a BA in philosophy was worthless for making money but useful…


Complacency is the problem.

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Though the Covid Delta Variant is causing a bit of a stir, I have to admit that it has not been difficult for me to return to “normal” in the least. In large part, that speaks to the fact that I am extremely lucky given the almost nonexistent, negative, medical


Even the worst addiction can be overcome.

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Introduction

No recovery from drugs and alcohol is equal. Therefore, I can only speak for myself and from my own experience, meaning that — in this essay — I will try my absolute best not to assume that any actions, methods or treatments that worked for or failed me can be…


J. Cole’s new album, “The Offseason,” taps into the universal human condition of transformation and change.

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With the release of J. Cole’s 6th studio album “The Offseason” this past Friday, I think it is timely to take a look at one of the songs that appears on that album, “The Climb Back.” This song, in particular, is especially appropriate given the subject matter and the timing…


Many restaurants miscalculated the value of their employees, and it has come back to bite them.

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Hourly and lower-tiered salaried workers in the restaurant industry find themselves in an unfamiliar position because of the Covid-19 pandemic — one of increasing power. As with many or most things in business, it comes down to simple supply and demand: There are just not enough workers to fill all…

Joshua Gane

Josh writes for RapTV. He has a BA in philosophy from UNC and a MA in English from NC State.

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