All posts by J. Fergus

J. Fergus is a New York transplant living in Snoop Dogg territory. When ze's not defending East Coast rap, ze bakes red velvet cupcakes, writes screenplays and takes short walks on long beaches.

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Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” music video attempts to make a declaration about third-wave feminism (and big butts), but falls into the intersectional trap of the hyper-sexualized black woman. Over the past few years, artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj have been making a very important, collective statement about the strength that stems from embracing your body. Minaj’s “Anaconda” video continues in this vein, to the point of excess. Yes, it’s her ass and she can do what she wants with it, but she’s only in the clear if we canRead More
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At an undisclosed date in the next few weeks, Original Unverpackt will be launching their flagship store in Berlin, Germany. The crowdfunded supermarket puts food like cereal and rice in dispensers to be poured into reusable containers. Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski dropped out of college to pursue this venture which received most of its capital from private investors, but made 108,900€ (about $145,500) more than doubled their expected goal. While most grain items will be available from the aforementioned dispensers, non-bulk items such as produce, dairy, meat, and non-foodRead More
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Robin Williams was a grand entertainer who shared himself with the world for a few decades. To help you through this difficult loss, I’ve compiled a list of great films starring this legend that are a few clicks away on Netflix. The Fisher King You’re still harboring this deep sadness over this substantial loss to the entertainment world, so have yourself some emotions with this Terry Gilliam film that earned Williams an Academy Award nomination. World’s Greatest Dad Okay, now pull yourself together and check out this dark comedy fromRead More
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As the open comment period for net neutrality comes to an unexpectedly extended close, the FCC is now accepting comments on Comcast’s potential Time Warner Cable acquisition for more than a month. Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the two largest cable and internet providers in the country. Should this deal go through, Comcast would be the leading provider in 43 of the nation’s top 50 markets. While the two companies do not currently compete directly, such a move would hinder the business practices of smaller providers. The public outcryRead More
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Despite BBC Worldwide’s efforts to keep the new season of Doctor Who under wraps, the scripts for the first five episodes leaked online last week. On Sunday, in an attempt to regain some control of the news cycle, BBC Worldwide released the official trailer for Doctor Who’s eighth season, but a rough cut of the premiere episode surfaced the same day. BBC Worldwide recently opened its HQ for Latin American operations in Miami. Last week, BBCMiami.com’s private servers became accessible in public indexes, like Google, exposing sensitive materials from scripts toRead More
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When you’re just starting out in a relationship, there are tons of things you can do that set your lady friend on edge. Your girlfriend probably won’t say anything because she’s embarrassed or crushed by the societal pressure to not seem crazy doesn’t want you to see her angry. In no particular order, I’m here to set the record straight. 4. Touching her legs. Spoiler alert: many women shave their legs. There is a very tiny window in which shaved legs remain silky smooth. If you’ve caught a woman outsideRead More
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Last year, despite my initial doubts about the show, I gobbled up the first season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.” Although I ultimately enjoyed the experience, I just couldn’t bring myself to give it five stars and felt a little dirty even giving it four. As time went on, I discovered that other people, especially those of “otherness” felt the same way. While there’s still some lazy writing in certain moments, this new season persuades me to change my mind by addressing the issues that made the showRead More
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  Travel While I would normally delve into what we’re doing wrong and what we’re doing right, when it comes to travel and relocating, millennials are just doing whatever they can. Staying Home With crushing student loan debt and an unforgiving housing market, many recent graduates have chosen to stay with their families and hope for local work. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the student loan debt for borrowers under 30 reached $322 billion by the end of the 2012 fiscal year with similar figures forRead More
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In the wee hours of this Friday morning, a short video surfaced on Tyrese Gibson’s Facebook page. The video shows Gibson, Dr. Dre, and a sizeable, but intimate group of friends drunkenly celebrating a multi-billion dollar deal with Apple for Beats. A press release from either company has yet to become public and, considering Dre essentially confirms the deal’s success in his jovial exchange with Gibson, the video was swiftly pulled from Gibson’s page. Naturally, however, the video had already been uploaded to Youtube: In the past couple of days,Read More
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Based on a Ken MacLeod short story, “Scattered” displays life in the near, paperless future. Sugar substitutes come in colorful pills instead of packets and a photograph’s value becomes more than sentimental. The short film holds an interesting premise, but lightly stitches paper’s absence from the world into a reasonable narrative. While attention is paid to some macro and micro consequences, the film never addresses the obvious environmental effects “the Rot” pandemic would cause. The short story “The Surface of Last Scattering” executes the idea more eloquently by avoiding anyRead More