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  She’s baaaaack… The one and only Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott is about to return to the scene with her seventh studio album, tentatively titled Block Party.  Missy gave us a little taste of what is to come via “9th Inning” and "Triple Threat," tracks from the upcoming LP featuring her longtime friend and collaborator Timbaland.       It’s been seven long, anxious years (for us, at least) since Missy dropped Cookbook, an album that graced us with beloved dance party jams like “We Run This” and “Lose Control"--but by the sound of...
A lot of things come to my mind when I think of James Cameron. Kickass director. Deep-sea explorer. But defender of female action heroines? Not at the top of my list. Maybe it’s because of his notorious hair-trigger temper on set, or perhaps his string of infidelities and failed marriages--the two most high profile being to Katherine Bigelow and Linda Hamilton--but somewhere along the line I forgot that this was the man responsible for such legendary badass female characters as Ellen Ripley (from the Alien series)...
  If you enjoyed the cacophonous hooks of Micachu and the Shapes’ 2009 debut Jewellery, you’ll be happy to hear much of the same on the band’s second studio album Never. The LP may seem languid upon first listen, but it packs a punch. Although she’s classically trained, frontwoman Mica Levi finds merriment in the use of nontraditional instruments and household objects on Never—therein lies its uniqueness. The first track “Easy” starts off with what sounds like a cowbell gone mad. Caught up in a whirlwind...
  Forget tasteless tofu dogs: this collection of plant-based recipes proves backyard barbeques need not be dominated by meat. Better yet, the ingredients here are found at any grocery store—no specialty vegan pantry required—and the recipes are so simple it’s easy to make several courses on a single grill. At a recent barbecue, friends devoured the scrumptious slip-n-sliders, garbanzo-bean-based burgers flavored with spices and soy sauce. The tiny burgers were a snap to make and paired well with both the string bean and arugula salad and the...
In a recent interview with Tom Brady, designer and director Tom Ford made some interesting age-related comments about the football player’s wife, the absurdly gorgeous supermodel Gisele Bündchen. The Internet has had it out for Ford since the interview came out in VMAN, calling for his head on a pike because he dared to talk openly about the fact that Gisele will someday age--and further, that it's unfortunate that the fashion industry will consider her less important and beautiful when she does show visible signs of...
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