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A Southern White Woman “Wicked” Obsession”

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Any time I confront a group of Southern white women, I’m instantly reminded of countless National Geographic specials. Like herds of animals in the African Sahara, this unique species consume new trends in packs. They invade a concept for a short period of time, “conquer it” (at least in their view) and then move on to the next obsession. Why? It’s in their blood. There’s a reason figures like Scarlett O’Hara stand tall above other female characters in literature: there’s …

In Defense of Justin Bieber

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Kudos to Virginia Sen. Mark Warner for proving himself to be – like most of his D.C. colleagues – completely off-focus. Instead of making headlines for doing anything legislatively progressive, he saw top news billing for saying he would sign a petition to deport Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber. And why has this petition been started? Multiple stories have surfaced in recent weeks of Bieber’s wild lifestyle. He got a DUI, which subsequently produced a memorable mugshot. Investigators have pulled …

Daft Punk, Macklemore & Madonna Head Up Historic Grammys

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In many ways, the 56th Annual Grammys was a mixture of everything right and wrong with modern awards shows. Performances ranged from the inspirational to the outlandish, but all proved to be the type of buzz-worthy segments show producers were eager to achieve. The 2014 ceremony was all about the leading women in music. Beyoncé kicked off the show with a sizzling “Drunk in Love” bit with husband Jay-Z. Lorde kept her angsty persona going with a memorable “Royals” solo. …

A Nintendo Nightmare: How the House Mario Built is Now in Financial Peril AND How to Save It!

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One of my fondest Christmas memories growing up was unwrapping a beautiful box in 1996 that contained a Nintendo 64. My mom had skillfully obtained (i.e. bribed) one from a layaway employee at Target. I sat back in my room all morning long, mesmerized by “Super Mario 64. “ The Nintendo 64 is warmly remembered by guys of my generation. What wasn’t to love? From the revolutionary first-person-shooter “Goldeneye” to the brilliant racer “Mario Kart 64” to the game commonly …

SAG, PGA Shake Up Best Picture Race

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You say you want an interesting Oscar race? Well, we’ve certainly got one on our hands now. While the acting categories are starting to become clearer, the journey to the top prize is more confusing than ever before. First off, let’s talk about the acting statuettes. After securing the Golden Globe, Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor at SAG, putting him in front-runner status. Many thought Bruce Dern, as the older gent in the race, would get a win here, but …

The Predictions: What the Oscar Nominations Could Look Like Tomorrow Morning

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The moment of truth has arrived. Bright and early tomorrow morning, the Academy will announce their nominations for the cream of the crop for the 2013 film year. We all know there will be some surprises. Someone will get shockingly snubbed. Oh yes, and there’s always the issue with the new Best Picture rules of just how many nominees there will be in the top category. Regardless of the outcome, just remember you can check back at The Wise Guise …