A Black Lady Sketch Show Is a Much-Needed Jolt to TV Comedy

The exact particulars of the apocalypse are unclear—what caused the disaster; what precise form, or forms, the fury took—and all that we, the viewers, know of what happened is that it’s referred to as The Event and that Earth’s remaining survivors are four black women. Fortunately, post-Armageddon life comes with delightful upsides."We don't have any mediocre white men getting promoted over us," one points out. "We don't have Sally Mae calling us all the time like I'm fucking her man," adds another. The scene, which jolts and spellbinds with the affecting draw of a Last Poets cipher, is just one of several fluorescent currents from HBO’s dynamic and dynamite six-episode series A Black Lady Sketch Show, which debuts tonight on …

Tattoos, tans and techno: the photographers capturing the unseen Beirut

Ravers, semi-naked sun-worshippers, booming queer culture we meet the photographers chronicling a new generation of Lebanese shaking off the trauma of civil war Parties are a privileged place, a space for exploration, a time for fusion, says photographer Cest Beyrouth (This Is Beirut), at the Hezbollah) into their skin. The men told Ammar that tattoos provided a way to express their solidarity with Hezbollah without carrying out extremist behaviour. Of the typical tattooed subject, Ammar says: Hes not a fighter, he doesnt hold guns or go to war, but his message is, Im not afraid. Ammar also points out, however, that they dont go to pray. Some are partying every night and dating Their life is the opposite from that …

Donald Trump met with Twitter’s CEO

Can you picture a scenario in which Oreo cookies are discussed at a House Financial Services Committee hearing? No? That’s OK. No need to imagine hypotheticals, because as it turns out, on Tuesday HUD Secretary Ben Carson name-dropped the popular Nabisco sandwich cookie on the stand. He accidentally mixed Oreo cookies up with REO, a common real estate term. Casual! After California Congresswoman Katie Porter asked Carson to explain a disparity in REO rates, she took the time to confirm that he actually knew what REO stood for. And it’s a good thing she double checked, because Carson most certainly did not know. pic.twitter.com/GPsOCgQDxT — Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 21, 2019 After the hearing, Carson tried to recover from the …

Sole to the highest bidder: Sotheby’s to auction rare Nike sneakers

Nikes famous Moon Shoe and limited-edition trainers produced by Kanye West, Air Jordan and Adidas will be sold Sothebys in New York has announced its first-ever auction dedicated to sneakers. The auction house will sell 100 pairs of the rarest sneakers ever produced, including a sample of one of the first Nike running shoes with a pre-sale high estimate of $160,000. The Nike Moon Shoe is one of only 12 pairs created. It was designed by Nike co-founder and track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympics trials and the pair up for auction is handmade, according to streetwear marketplace Stadium Goods, which is teaming up with Sothebys for the event. Other sneakers include 2011 and 2016 versions …

How war-shattered Aleppo is preserving its culture

Thousands of Aleppians are using a Facebook group to share their way of life before the Syrian war Going to the hammam was once a beloved ritual for Aleppo resident Atef Shikhouni and his friends. Recalling the boisterous, joyful experience, the 55-year-old wrote: Here is a man shouting, Where is the soap? while another one is asking for the shampoo and a third wants someone to rub his back. It becomes very noisy. After spending some time in the sauna, it is time for the rubbing man. He uses a rough loofah to rub my body mercilessly and I pray it will end without any damage. But that was before the outbreak of war in Syria. Today, the bath is …

Vampire Weekends Ezra Koenig: Rock music is dead, so it’s more joyful to me’

As his band gear up for Glastonbury, the singer talks about his Jewish politics and how there are musicians far more privileged than him If you have never been to Glastonbury, you will always get people telling you that its just got a different vibe to other festivals, man. Even platinum-selling musicians. Its like being in some weird medieval village, says Ezra Koenig, frontman of Father of the Bride in May, and like the previous two, it went to No 1 in the US and Top 3 in the UK. It came six years after the last one, Neo Yokio, which starred Jaden Smith and Jude Law; he also fell in love with the actor and director west African highlife …

5 Queer People on How They Found Their Chosen Families

It's a fairly common tale in the LGBTQ+ community: Queer people move away from home and build new families of their own. They go to cities, find friends and partners, and form a network. Since many queer individuals are rejected (or just simply tolerated) by their families of origin, this new support network is a place where they can shine and be their authentic selves. Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Pose knows this. Yet, with the spread of social media, messages boards, and apps, the ways in which LGBTQ+ folks find each other has changed dramatically. Some still find their chosen family IRL, but others do it by popping up in someone's DMs. To mark the conclusion …

#KimOhNo: Be Grateful That Kim Kardashian Is Bad at Puns

It’s a Kimergency, y’all: Kim Kardashian has named a line of shapewear Kimono. Japanese kimonos are nothing like full-body fat flatteners. They’re imbued with cultural significance that Kardashian is ignoring for the purposes of a confusing pun. They’re no less than the sixth victim of Kim Kardashian’s kwest to kapitalize on kultures not her own. Naturally, people are pissed. You can watch the roast sizzle over at #KimOhNo, which is both a rallying cry for informed discussion about cultural appropriation and a better pun than Kim’s. Emma Grey Ellis Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift Emma Grey Ellis MTV's 'Most Meme-Able Moment' Honors Internet Culture—Barely Emma Grey Ellis The Sad Meaning Behind the Game of Thrones Coffee Cup Meme When Kardashian announced …

Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old-Timey YouTube

Early humans probably didn't survive by starting fires the cartoon way, scrubbing a stick between their palms until snap, crackle, poof! It's not that the technique doesn't work; it's just really slow and can leave you with enormous, puffy blisters across your palms. To demonstrate, John Plant, the YouTuber behind the channel Primitive Technologies, flashes his torn-up mitts for the camera, scratching at the yellow sores on his already dirty and calloused hands. Then he sits on the ground, shoeless and shirtless, and hits a rock with another rock until he bores a hole through the middle. He puts a straight stick snapped from a nearby tree through the hole and twists tree bark into twine, which he wraps around …

Dressed to kill: why were obsessed with the clothes on TV

Whether its Killing Eves stylish assassin or the pals in Friends, its TV, not models, that is inspiring our wardrobes and with good reason It feels safe to say that at this moment, more people around the world are lusting after the style of a serial killer than ever before. Thats globalisation for you, but thats also the grip that our favourite TV characters have on our wardrobes. Anyone who has been watching the second series of Killing Eve cannot fail to have noticed the bold, stylish and often bizarre outfits worn by Jodie Comers Russian assassin character, Villanelle. Many of the items she wears, from her velvet jumpsuits to satin coats to silk dressing gowns, are selling out despite …

‘It’s long overdue’: the first exhibition for Native American female artists

In a groundbreaking new exhibition, the often unseen or uncredited works of Native American women are being celebrated Walk into most museums and there might be something missing on the wall labels beside Native American artworks an Apache dress from the 19th century might just read: Title, year, materials. Whats missing? Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists is the first ever museum retrospective of Native American and Canadian female artists. It opened at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and until 18 August, over 115 artists from 50 Native communities are being given the credit they deserve. This is the first, believe it or not, show devoted to Native women artists, said Jill Ahlberg Yohe, who co-curated the exhibit with …

PhotoEspaa: where glamour meets grit in pictures

The work of nearly 300 photographers and visual artists is on display at venues across Madrid and six other cities for this years festival USSR in Construction magazine, from the exhibition Avant-garde and Propaganda, Russian Books and Magazines from the Archivo Lafuente 1913-1941 at Crculo de Bellas Artes. International Womens Day march, Madrid, 2019 by Donna Ferrato. From the exhibition Holy at Crculo de Bellas Artes Among the many highlights is a comprehensive overview of photography projects by Stephen Shore, Josef Koudelka, Lewis Baltz, Sophie Ristelhueber and Raymond Depardon, who were officially commissioned to chart the changing landscapes of From the series Like by Eduardo Nave, at Galera Juan Sili Esauira, 2012 by Leila Alaoui from The Moroccans at Casa …

Get on one, comrade! The story of Russias post-Soviet rave scene

For a brief period in the early 90s, anything seemed possible for the pioneers of a new youth culture. But as a new film reveals, things didnt turn out quite as hoped In 1991, the Soviet Union finally crumbled under the weight of its own contradictions. As the walls came tumbling down, it looked as though a space was finally opening up for young people to express themselves after the crushing conformity of the communist years. For us it was awesome when the Soviet Union fell, because we could fool around, says artist Illya Chichkan. And thats exactly what we did. We experimented with psychedelics and psychotropics. We tried everything. Rave promoter tsky was equally optimistic: It looked like the …

Liam Gallagher: As It Was review rock’n’roll rebel grows up

The charismatic swagger remains, but this disarming portrait of the former Oasis singer reveals a newfound humility Bros raised Liam Gallagher to respond: strange days indeed. This disarming portrait of pops pre-eminent monobrow picks up where Oasiss toxic 2009 tour. As It Was follows Liam through a challenging transition period. Their familiar braggadocio is still on display within five minutes, the films subject can be heard declaring I know how great I am but the opening half-hour describes the failures of multiple projects close to the singers heart: rebound band Pretty Green, the dissolution of his Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

While You Were Offline: The Saga of Trump’s Tax Returns Rages On

Hello. Yes, it's time once again for While You Were Offline, WIRED's deep dive into everything the internet has been talking about over the past week. What'd you miss? Well, apparently tensions are rising between the US and Iran, and North Korea is missile testing again. Oh, there's also the US-China trade war that's brewing. In terms of more pleasant distractions, last week the name Archie became a thing again, although to be honest, Archie's been a thing again for a while now. Oh, and the Met Gala brought camp to a mainstream audience that apparently didn't understand what camp was and maybe still doesn't understand it now. Regardless, Billy Porter and Ezra Miller looked amazing. And finally, an errant …

Gaga and Bradley set the meme-osphere and our loins ablaze this week with their Oscar’s performance All the Memes

Image: MASHABLE COMPOSITE; HBO, NETFLIX, KFC, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, GETTY IMAGES/AMY SUSSMAN, GETTY IMAGES/GARY MILLER, GETTY IMAGES/JEFF KRAVITZ, vicky leta / mashable May is National Masturbation Month, and we’re celebrating with Feeling Yourself, a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure. So far, 2019 hasn’t been a particularly sexy year. When you think about, we’ve all had to watch a lot of straight-up nonsense go down. Green Book won the Oscar for Best Picture, Jeff Bezos’ “sexts” leaked, and Sonic the Hedgehog got a full set of human teeth, for goodness sake. Gross! A bunch of this year’s pop culture moments have been genuinely disappointing, but we’re not going to let that harsh our self-love vibes. From sexy fashion statements and …