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Lady Gaga Schooled Everyone On How to Make a Political Statement ❤️🏈🎤🙌🏽



There’s no need for an instant replay of Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl 51 halftime performance. Drones. Aerial stunts. The mic drop. We all saw it.

The 30-year-old pop star blew the roof off the NRG Stadium in Houston Sunday night and electrified the audience with a spellbinding performance that subtly schooled America, and pretty much the rest of the viewing world, on how to properly make a political statement.

As the days leading to Gaga’s halftime moment unfolded, speculation brewed heavy of whether or not the unpredictable performer would address the tumultuous political climate in the United States.

The artist has never let a moment slip to make a pitch for a cause in the past. In 2010, she walked the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet with four military service members affected by the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gay and lesbian service members. That same night she changed into a raw meat dress to urge the military not to discriminate against gay men and lesbians from serving in the army. She told British Vogue she chose to wear the controversial dress to point out the law prevented the military from enjoying “the greatest cut of meat” America has to offer. In 2016, Gaga shared the stage during her performance at the Oscars with 52 survivors of sexual assault to raise awareness that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men will be raped by the time they finish college.

At the halftime extravaganza, however, Gaga ultimately took a more insidious approach in expressing her passion for inclusivity of all people. She didn’t make a direct statement opposing the current state of political affairs. Instead, she kept a political poker face by practicing what she preaches.

Starting off the 13-minute set with “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land,” she reminded people that our nation belongs to everyone.

She reminded people to accept and embrace themselves and others with “Born This Way.” Over 100 million people watched her sing and dance to celebrate these lyrics:

You’re black, white, beige, chola descent

You’re Lebanese, you’re Orient

Whether life’s disabilities

Left you outcast, bullied, or teased

Rejoice and love yourself today

‘Cause baby you were born this way

No matter gay, straight, or bi

Lesbian, transgendered life

Despite how people may feel during this divided time, Gaga reminded everyone to just dance and that everything will be okay with her hit “Just Dance.”

Instead of shoving her personal views down everyone’s throat like most people do all over social media, Gaga normalized equality and acceptance and lead by example. She captivated everyone with a stellar performance. In a recent interview with Michael Strahan, Gaga said:

“I have an opportunity with this performance to show a different part of this country that those who think that they are so different from me and my fans — to see that our hearts are really the same.”

That’s how you make America great again! We just have to remind people that we’re not all that different from one another. Our actions have to unite people to demonstrate that everyone matters. We need to make the people around us feel good and feel safe — not different or threatened.

It should be easy.

Making America great again doesn’t come from pushing your views down someone’s throat and trying to force them to see things your way. It doesn’t come from a political post on Facebook. It comes from our actions. Gaga figured it out. Everyone expected her to do something controversial. While on the world’s biggest stage, she chose not to divide people with a message that could come across as threatening to people who don’t see the world the same way she sees the world. She knows the world is divided enough. She knows that if you want others to see things your way, or at least consider it, then you should let your actions lead the way. People have a better chance at following examples when they’re not forced to see things a certain way. When someone can see for themselves that the result of practicing certain views leads to a positive impact, they’re more likely to follow. It’s human nature to want to figure something out on our own — but sometimes we need some guidance from someone who is brave and strong.

Thank you for this lesson, Lady Gaga. Here’s to hoping people will take note.

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Eeeeooowwww! Cardi B Just Shattered Two of Beyonce’s Biggest Records



Cardi B has her finger on the pulse of her success. Fresh off her debut album drop, a Saturday Night Live pregnancy reveal, a special co-hosting gig on The Tonight Show and a Coachella performance that was straight fire, the 25-year-old is finding new ways to outdo herself. This time, she shattered two of Beyonce’s Guinness World Records. Truth.

The Invasion of Privacy rapper now holds the titles for most simultaneous Billboard Hot 100 entries by a female and the most simultaneous Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries by a female. (Get it, Cardi B!)

Queen Bey previously held the title with 12 tracks all charting at the same time following the release of Lemonade in 2016. Cardi B now has 13. Eeeeooowwww!

So, Nicki Minaj, what’s good?

On another note, Cardi B’s rise is bustling beyond Friday night playlists, too. Even Bernie Sanders is a fan. Cardi recently weight in on Social Security during an interview with GQ, telling the mag she felt President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was “the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.”

Sanders tweeted about it.

So again, Nicki, what’s good?

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Avicii Is Dead at 28, Here’s What We Know



Swedish artist, DJ and producer Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died April 20 according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.  The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

Avicii retired from live performing in 2016, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

Last year, Avicii posted the following message to his website:

For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.

Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.

The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.

Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.”

Gone too soon, his music will live on for generations. Here’s one of Better than the Weekend’s favorite Avicii hits from back in the day, blasting all day in honor of his contribution to music.

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MTV Is Bringing Back ‘YO! MTV Raps’ In a Big Way



Thirty years after its premiere on MTV, “YO! MTV Raps” legacy continues to have a lasting influence on hip-hop and pop culture.  To celebrate this milestone anniversary, MTV will reinvent the franchise for a new generation as a both a linear and digital series across its platforms. To kick things off, show alumni, artists and fans will gather for the “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” on Friday, June 1st at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, which will be live streamed by MTV.

After its debut on August 6th, 1988, “YO! MTV Raps” became the premiere source for all things hip-hop.  The advent of the series was crucial to the rise of hip-hop, and created a worldwide appreciation of the genre, which has since become one of the most influential in mainstream music.

The “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” will bring together an all-star line-up of the series’ alumni and hip-hop legends including Big Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew, Eric B & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, Fat Joe, Yo-Yo, Onyx, EPMD, Flavor Flav, YBT Tap the bottle reunion, Black Sheep, DAS EFX, Special Ed, Pharcyde, Brand Nubian, Nice & Smooth, Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Kid Capri, DJ Skribble, Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T-Money and others for a night to remember.

The event will also feature special tribute videos from Eminem, Method Man, Redman and more.

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