Tom Hanks receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom (U.S. Government)

At some point in time, I imagine we’ve all had at least one “Say it ain’t so” moment where we found ourselves genuinely disappointed by something a celebrity did or said. It’s practically an inevitable part of growing up, as when you idolize people you don’t actually know, you’re all but guaranteed to be let down at some point along the way. One day you’re singing along to their latest party anthem, the next they’re getting arrested for assault. One day they’re co-starring in the greatest comedic film trilogy of all time, the next they’re leading a low-speed police chase…

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(If you missed Pt. 1 or Pt 2, they’re available here and here, respectively)

Snoop Dogg

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(As you probably guessed from the title, this is the second part of my series discussing my seven favorite rap voices in the history of rap voices. If you missed the first part, here’s a link.)

Method Man

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When it comes to history’s even somewhat memorable rappers, their songs tend to be as unique as their fingerprints. It doesn’t matter if they all dive headfirst into the latest slang or line up for a signature beat from the exact same producer — from the moment they’re released, the songs almost always remain unequivocally theirs.

Rappers borrow lines from one another all the time, but one of the reasons rap lacks other genres’ rich history of formal cover songs is that the artists tend to personalize their material, referencing themselves in their compositions far more frequently than their rock…

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Hello and welcome to Great Moments in Singing the Same Thing Over and Over Again, where we take a minute to examine and appreciate some of history’s finest and most lyrically efficient songs. Like the Fonz preparing to run a comb through his magnificent head of hair, a true artist recognizes when they’ve already reached perfection, and instead of doing something different, simply decides to do the same thing all over again.

Our journey begins with arguably the most popular title in the Sisqo library, none other than “Thong Song.”

The second single off of his solo debut

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Billy —

Look, I tried being nice. I tried being distant. I tried dropping hints, but nothing ever worked. I never meant to hurt your feelings, but after your latest outburst, you’ve clearly demonstrated that there’s no point in subtlety, so I’m just going to come out and say it:

No. I do not love you, now that you can dance.

Honestly, how am I even supposed to feel about that kind of question? While I do commend you for adding the mashed potato and the twist to your repertoire, let’s be honest here: Those incredibly common dances aren’t all…

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On February 10, 1989, World Wrestling Federation president Vince McMahon altered the course of human history in a manner that could never be reversed. Trying to avoid paying the fees that sporting events typically have to pay their state athletic commissions, McMahon pulled back his industry’s veil of secrecy during a New Jersey senate hearing, officially clarifying that professional wrestling wasn’t so much a legitimate sporting event, but a form of entertainment, right down to the predetermined outcomes. Sure, some had their doubts prior to this moment, but at that point, the secret was finally out: Pro wrestling wasn’t completely…

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Hey gang, let’s talk about Papa John. But only for a minute, because we really need to talk about the idea of “Papa John” and his place in society.

As you might remember, John “Papa John” Schnatter got in a bit of trouble back in 2018, capping off a negative PR streak with some questionable race-related behavior in a meeting with a client, including, but not limited to, using the N-word during the call.

As was likely suggested by more than a few of his co-workers, friends, people he saw at the grocery store, etc., Schnatter stepped down as CEO…

D-Nice’s DJ sets have become an Instagram staple — and the source of some enduring life lessons

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On March 18, 2020, Derrick Jones set up some DJ equipment in his kitchen, went live on Instagram, and immediately began to change the world. That might feel like an exaggeration — just put it in your back pocket and we’ll revisit it later.

Jones grabbed some wine, started playing music, and just like that, the “Homeschool social distance dance party” was born. What followed was nine hours of digital festivities, virtually attended by the likes of Common, John Legend, and LL Cool J, in addition to thousands who prefer using their real names when they go to work.


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Since the onset of the pandemic, many of us have been living like the bright-eyed young soldier in the war movie with his whole life ahead of him, making his way through the treacherous jungle and saying things like “I’ve got a girl back home, and as soon as I get out of here next week, I’m gonna give her my class ring” (right before he takes a poison dart to the neck or gets mauled by a tiger or something): Day after day, we find ourselves carried by hopes of a brighter future, even when that future just means…

Chris Rosenthall

You may know me as Joe the policeman in the What's Going Down episode of That's My Momma.

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