Does Drake's 'More Life' live up to the hype?

Drake's just dropped his highly-anticipated playlist, "More Life," which feels more like an album. General consensus seems to be pretty darn positive; Drizzy continues to reign at the intersection of pop and hip-hop. That said, Drizzy can be a polarizing rapper. Not everyone is feeling Drake's "More Life." In fact, some music critics and rap fans think Drake is finally suffering from all the hype.…
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Is 'Iron Fist' the first Marvel flop?

"Iron Fist" is Netflix's final Marvel superhero installment before "The Defenders" debuts in summer 2017. "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones" and "Luke Cage" all garnered critical praise and excelled among fans—but critics are all calling "Iron Fist" Netflix and Marvel's first flop. Some fans argue "Iron Fist" rules. Detractors say "Iron Fist" falls under the white savior trope, and the show is also just…
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Most influential pop music icon: Michael Jackson or Madonna?

Michael Jackson and Madonna are the crowned King and Queen of Pop. Both legends shaped pop music and influenced generations of artists. MJ's magical dance moves, visually-compelling music videos and showmanship inspired today's top entertainers. Madonna's reinvention, sexual freedom and female empowerment not only pushed boundaries, but helped future pop divas to continue that legacy. While MJ and…
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Should the U.S. government pay reparations to Black Americans?

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has introduced a bill to examine reparations for slavery in every session of Congress for the last 20 years, to no avail. 245 years of slavery, Jim Crow, and institutionalized racism have created a vast wealth gap between black and white Americans—and the U.S. government has, in the past, paid reparations for injustices committed against other groups. But some argue repara…
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Is the BDS movement inherently anti-Semitic?

The movement to boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) Israel is gaining traction on college campuses—but critics say the movement is anti-Semitic and unfairly maligns Israelis. Critics point to the movement's founders, who deny Israel's right to exist and want to see the destruction of the state of Israel. Proponents of BDS say it's a grassroots movement and organizers cannot control who participates…
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Victorian literature's greatest heroine: Jane Eyre or Elizabeth Bennet?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennet are two of literature's most beloved characters. Jane Eyre, eponymous heroine of Charlotte Brontë's novel, is an orphan who survives deprivation and abuse to become a governess for the mysterious Rochester. Elizabeth Bennet of "Pride and Prejudice" is born to the upper classes, but is one of five sisters with paltry inherit…
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Is the live-action version of 'Beauty and the Beast' any good?

The highly anticipated live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" hits theaters on March 17. Beasties are ecstatic about the retelling of the Disney animated classic. Critics argue the remake is exactly the same as the original and doesn't add any new substance other than being live action. Is "Beauty and the Beast" a pointless remake? 🎥🌹…
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Should the U.S. negotiate with North Korea?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is rejecting nuclear talks with North Korea, saying diplomacy has "failed" and all options are "on the table." Tillerson's statements have some people worried the White House is blindly going down a path that will lead to war with North Korea. Some analysts say it's too early to worry—Tillerson's statements could be standard posturing to deter North Korean escalati…
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Should Donald Trump apologize to Barack Obama?

Nearly two weeks ago, President Trump accused his predecessor of wiretapping his residence—a felony. Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and the House Intelligence Committee have now said there is no evidence of any wiretap at Trump Tower. Critics say this is proof that Trump leveled a libelous falsehood at Obama, and should come clean. It's time to apologize. Trump supporters say the president is only w…
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Should Congress approve the White House's new budget?

The Trump Administration just released a budget proposal that includes a down payment for a border wall and increases spending on defense, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security—while cutting funds for the EPA, State Department, and many other agencies. Supporters are hailing this move as the big-government spending cuts we need. Critics say it doesn't save taxpayers money—it just transfers fundi…
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