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Movies like Summer of Soul can reclaim America’s important buried history

B.B. King as captured in Summer of Soul. | Searchlight Pictures Lost history comes to vibrant life in Questlove’s new documentary, and it’s a total blast to watch. Two summers ago, I wrote about Woodstock. 2019 marked the 50th anniversary…

The refreshing, bad romance of Venom: Let There Be Carnage

It’s Venom! | Courtesy of Sony Pictures What superhero movies can learn from the campy alien symbiote. Twelve years ago this month, Italian American singer, songwriter, and actress Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta gave us a ballad about the erotic thrill…

Six, the long-delayed pop musical about Henry VIII’s wives, is glorious nonsense

Left to right: Abby Mueller (Jane Seymour), Samantha Pauly (Katherine Howard), Adrianna Hicks (Catherine of Aragon), Andrea Macasaet (Anne Boleyn), Brittney Mack (Anna of Cleves), & Anna Uzele (Catherine Parr), in the new musical Six. | Boneau/Bryan-Brown Six was supposed…

The $5,000 quest for the perfect butt

The quest for the perfect peach can be costly in more ways than one. | Getty Images How the Brazilian butt lift, one of the world’s most dangerous plastic surgery procedures, went mainstream. When she woke up from surgery, Kayla…

How Shang-Chi’s post-credits scenes shape the future of the MCU

Simu Liu in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. | Jasin Boland/Marvel Spoiler alert! Spoilers follow for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings introduced a new hero,…

Donda: The hype, the controversy, the music, the Kanye of it all, explained

Kanye West onstage at the “Donda by Kanye West” listening event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music Group Kanye’s new album Donda spent the last 18 months in flux…