Author: MB_PrettyWild

XXL 2018 Freshman Prospects: Why the Lack of (Musical) Diversity is Worrisome for Hip Hop’s Future

To the dismay of the at-the-time girlfriend, in high school, I was in the running for Biggest Flirt of the graduating class.  My gift of gab granted me the “honor,” while some of my peer’s acumen, leadership ability, sporting prowess, and general congeniality earned them other best-in-class accolades known as superlatives.  It was an eclectic

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Snapchat’s Fall From Grace: Why the Redesign Missed Its Mark

Snapchat has always been the enigma in the social media gamut, but it serves a niche desired and demanded.  Unlike the viral-fueled mediums of Instagram and Facebook, Snapchat ate market share for its ability to connect your nuclear interpersonal relationships, rather than exposing you to the great beyond.  Add to that the promise of secrecy

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The Eagles Rise but Philadelphia Falls: When Did We Start Celebrating Victory with Masochism

On Sunday, roughly 103.4M people across the world were treated with what could have been the best Super Bowl to date.  The record-breaking global audience received the entire gamut of the NFLs offering, including a stellar halftime performance by Justin Timberlake, topical and tactile advertising campaigns, and of course, an absolute barn burner of a

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You Can Take Tacombi Out of Nolita, But You Can’t Take Nolita Out of Tacombi

Well, maybe you can. Three weeks ago, the infamous taco hot spot, Tacombi, cut the ribbon at a nueva location in the heart of Midtown. Likely in search of the coveted foot traffic the “neighborhood” is known and loathed for, spot #4 for the Mexican syndicate is spot #1 for tourists — as the best

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The Chainsmokers “Sick Boy” is the Struggling Artists War Cry

The Chainsmokers received their now perennial hat tip from The Academy, as their Billboard topping single w/ Coldplay “Something Just Like This” awarded them a nom for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 60th Annual Grammys.  While they ceded the title to “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man, the hometown heroes of NYC were

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Remembering Warren Miller. Lessons Learned Below Freezing.

I’ve never been able to say that snowboarding is my favorite sport, but that’s just because it’s not the category I’d rank it within.  Sporting is normally regarded and defined as a competition, where one’s skills and wits are pitted against an opponent mandating a one-sided triumph.  Snowboarding has never finalized in a win/loss scenario

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“Sizing Up” Hurricanes Point Guard Chris Lykes. Why Everyone Loves an Underdog.

At some time during my 4-year tenure at the University of Miami, I wised up and came to terms with the weight our reputation carries in the collegiate hierarchy.  By virtue of our self-anointed, perennial swag, the Hurricanes will always be pegged as the Bond villain rather than the protagonist of the Cinderella Story, regardless

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Pretty Wild: Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B. Who is Hip Hop’s Queen B?

We all know the follies of taking shortcuts in life, but unfortunately, cutting corners is human nature.  Behavioral psychologist Amos Tversky made the textbooks labeling these tendencies as heuristics, which he describes to be the mental dots we connect to save ourselves time and energy.   When it comes to female Rap emcee’s, our availability heuristic

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