Russia, explained

Russia, explained

By this point you’ve probably heard something regarding Russia and their relation to the 2016 presidential election. Given all of the other craziness going on across America recently, it’s easy to have forgotten about Russia but new details have emerged that The Culture should be aware of:   What happened? For a full timeline of everything that went down please go here. But for those of you with a limited amount of time (or attention span) here are the highlights: Last summer the Democratic Party’s computer systems were hacked by…

Take Em All Down

Take Em All Down

  Over the past few months debate has been raging around whether or not to take down statues commemorating Confederate figures. Now before getting to my thoughts on them, let’s quickly shoot down the arguments I’ve heard for why they should stay: “They’re trying to erase our history!” Answer: The Confederacy literally seceded from the United States so unless you claim to be a Confederate over an American I don’t see how that’s “your” history. These same people will cry about every kid getting participation trophies nowadays but still agree…

What is going on in Lynn?

What is going on in Lynn?

  “Lynn, Lynn the city of sin, never go out the way you came in.” A quote many know (I’ve even heard it said by people while in Texas) but very few understand the implications of. The rhyme actually highlights and further reinforces the negative reputation that Lynn unfortunately has. Is the reputation justified? There’s points to be made on both sides but either way it shouldn’t be something we celebrate. Lynn is the birthplace of For The Culture so it’s near and dear to our hearts. Our mission is…

We Need New History

We Need New History

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana We’ve all probably heard some version of this quote before. It’s usually taken at face value as a reminder to learn from your mistakes—a sensible and not very controversial piece of advice. However, when applied on a macro-scale I believe this simple quote uncovers the root cause for a lot of the problems in our Culture today. How do we “remember the past” today? I definitely didn’t have parents that would sit me down and tell…

NO ES UN PRESIDENTE

NO ES UN PRESIDENTE

I tried to go on vacation to get out the insanity that has become our country only to find it waiting for me in Madrid, the cultural heart of Spain. A not-so-gentle reminder that we’re an international laughingstock right now. It’s 5 months into this presidency and there’s already enough comedic material to create a theater show, literally making money off of the fact we have a terrifying manbaby at the wheel. Look at you Donny, always creating jobs. The Europeans are many things. Hairy, completely OK with nudity (sometimes…

Divided States of America

Divided States of America

“America is more divided than ever.” It’s a phrase we’ve heard a lot in the past year, so much so that I think by now we’ve pretty much accepted it as fact. The sky is blue. Donald Trump is orange. America is divided. But take a second to stop guzzling from the media fire hose and think—are we really more divided now than ever? It’s a bold claim when you think about America’s history. We’re really more divided than the high-profile assassinations of the 60s? Than when immigrants of any…

The 5 Best Kendrick Verses You Probably Haven’t Heard

The 5 Best Kendrick Verses You Probably Haven’t Heard

In anticipation of Kendrick Lamar’s new album expected to be dropped on April 7th, we wanted to provide The Culture with a few of his tracks that may have not made it onto your radar. Enjoy! Birds & the Beez – ScHoolboy Q & Kendrick Lamar This is arguably the most personal Kendrick has ever been on a track about another rapper, who just happens to be his boy and fellow Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) phenom ScHoolboy Q. He speaks his praises of Q and predicts his future success years before everyone…

Enough Already With the Political Guests

Enough Already With the Political Guests

Trump’s first speech to Congress was so far the only entry on his presidential highlight tape (the blooper reel is full of gems though). The “impressive” feat was that he spoke like a grown up for an hour but people on all sides of the political spectrum quickly starting throwing the word “presidential” around like teenagers saying “lit”. I could pick apart all the bat shit crazy stuff he said and explain why looking “presidential” for an hour means nothing when your actions speak much louder than your teleprompter words….

No, ‘Get Out’ is not racist against white people (but it should wake some of them up)

No, ‘Get Out’ is not racist against white people (but it should wake some of them up)

 “I don’t care if this is actually an entertaining movie or not I find it atrocious that anyone can support such outright racism.” Now I’m sure your first guess is that this is talking about Malibu’s Most Wanted. But you quickly realize that we’ve stepped into a whole different arena as soon as you read the next sentence saying “It’s blatantly pushing a racist stereotype agenda against white people.” This lovely (and misguided) take is actually targeted at ‘Get Out’, the new racially-charged horror film about a young black man’s first…

Alternative Facts: “I have a great relationship with the blacks.”

Alternative Facts: “I have a great relationship with the blacks.”

February marked the start of Black History Month so obviously Donald Trump had to take time out of his busy schedule trying to send our society back 100 years in order to speak to the group he has a great (although self-proclaimed) relationship with. You can find the full transcript of his speech here and boy are you in for quite a read. Now how does one even begin to summarize the incredible journey African Americans have had to endure in their ongoing struggle for justice in a society designed…