Gaga comes back for the Throne

It’s been 2 years since Lady Gaga has been on the pop scene with new music. In between her worldwide tour, her hip surgery, and side projects (art installations)– she’s been low on the radar, but last week, that changed. Her new album entitled ARTPOP was released on November 11– it included a wide array of songs, some inspired by hip-hop, some inspired by “rave techno”. She kicked off her album with a concert in Brooklyn entitled artRave– basically a rented out warehouse full of art installations created by the one and only Jeff Koons, and performed her new songs for her fans.

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With the excitement surrounding a new album, Gaga has been promoting ARTPOP in many different ways. She created a new interactive application for smartphones, she released special edition CDs for sale, and she announced that she would be hosting Saturday Night Live on November 16.

She performed two songs, “Gypsy” and “Do What U Want”, one of her more popular singles with R. Kelly. However, the performance with R. Kelly got serious criticisms from the viewers.

In the performance, R Kelly and Lady Gaga groped, touched, and danced with each other sexually, and even simulated a “sex scene” on stage fully clothed. But what’s the big deal? We saw Miley Cyrus’ performance with Robin Thicke, we watched Madonna kiss Britney spears on stage at the VMAs.

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The song “Do What U Want” has a double meaning. Gaga sings:

“You can’t have my heart and

You won’t use my mind but

Do what you want with my body”

and

“I walk alone

But then I trip over myself and I fall

I, I stand up, and then I’m okay

But then you print some shit that makes me wanna scream”

These lyrics imply her relationship to the media, and this song addresses the fact that the media has objectified her, and she’s essentially “giving” her body to the media so that her talent, soul, and well-being stays unscathed.

The performance may have been racy, but it conveyed the underlying message of the song, an ugly truth that many of the viewers are unaware of.

 

Starbucks fall menu brings joy to the world

The leaves have turned, the air has become crisp, and the fall/winter menu at Starbucks is back in action. When walking into the Starbucks on 9th st, one is greeted with the sounds of cappuccino machines running, baristas calling out orders for the customers, and the strong smell of coffee.
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With the new fall menu, more customers contribute to the already-hectic rush hour to grab a red coffee cup filled with the warm, fall flavors. Hannah Smith, student at Mizzou talks about her love for Starbucks, especially in the fall.

“For some reason the fall flavor a taste a lot better than the originals.

Pumpkin spice has to be my favorite in the holiday red cup–it’s so festive!

It makes the waiting period between now and Thanksgiving bearable.”
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Caramel bruleƩ, gingerbread, and pumpkin spice are a few of the festive drinks Starbucks has to offer during the fall/winter season. With the holidays approaching, the atmosphere in world-wide coffee shop chain is universal and can be recognized anywhere, not just Columbia, MO.

Oh my Africa!

October. It’s a month of change. The leaves turn color, people change into other people on halloween, starbucks changes its menu, and overall, it’s a great month.

However, a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article while on Facebook. It was a post about a girl’s 21st themed birthday party. Ok, sounds pretty normal, except for the fact that the theme was African theme. As I scrolled through the images, her guests wore tribal clothing, KKK cloaks, and even took the liberty wearing black-face.

Not only are these costumes incredibly offensive, the guests clearly did not understand the implications of what they were wearing, again, reinforcing the idea of white privilege

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Photos from the African themed party.

After many angry comments and concerns regarding the photos from this party, the birthday girl defended herself and claimed that her love for Africa and their culture was the main reason behind this party’s theme, and that when her guests chose to attend in blackface, it was not her responsibility or intention. SHe then said “but how can people be annoyed that the majority of the people at the party were celebrating another countries culture.”

Well, for those who must not be well-educated on the concept of the Ku Klux Klan and blackface, perhaps the party was not a horribly controversial one, because not only do these costumes reinstate racism, but they refer to the degradation of a race through hateful means.

After releasing her statement, birthday girl deleted all social media accounts and could not be reached for any comments post-horror party. Perhaps she realized how offensive her guests actually were, and nothing she could say could take back the disrespect and awful implications of this mindlessly thought-out party.