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It aspired to change the world of media. Instead, Ozy flamed out in classic old school style

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Ozy was always more than a tad pretentious. “Who in their right mind would name their company after Ozymandias?” one friend recently asked. …


The Art of Don the Con

Following the Great Recession, many people learned this lesson the hard way: don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

Before he was mixing presidential politics with personal quid pro quos, subpar-to-mediocre businessman Donald Trump was mixing his name and image (or, his brand) with a slew of crooked companies and poppycock products. This included everything from personalized vitamins to Vodka, steaks sold exclusively through The Sharper Image®, and vastly…


Companies that can’t offer Black workers money, security, and positions in leadership should expect to lose their talent

A friend said something to me about white-collar jobs that has stuck with me for weeks now. He said that the reason there’s so little representation in the corporate world is because there’s so little room for Blacks to be mediocre.

He didn’t mean mediocre in the sense of underperforming…


Performative displays of allyship are no substitute for substantive activism

Pride Month, at it’s core, is a commemoration of rebellion; a period to honour and remember the 1969 Stonewall riots; where predominantly POC members of the LGBT+ community rioted in response to the police raid of the Stonewall Inn. The riot was a turning point in LGBT+ activism, which beforehand…


Putting a dollar value on the language of the internet will be weird

For over a decade, the image of a young girl smirking in the foreground as a home in the background is engulfed in flames has circulated as fodder for countless memes. The picture, known simply as Disaster Girl, though originally taken by an amateur photographer — who then entered it…


Object of the Week

Bucatini is so 2020

Enlarged view of a new type of pasta called “cascatelli.” The pasta has a U-shape with a ribbed outer edge.

Object of the Week is a column exploring the objects a culture obsesses over and what that reveals about us.

The 21st century has been a time of constant technical innovation — and a time for ridiculously overthinking food. These seemingly unrelated meta-trends have now coalesced in cascatelli, a brand…


Number Crunch

The cost of not giving black films and filmmakers the funding, support, or distribution they deserve

Number Crunch logo in the top right corner, above the text “$10 billion: How much revenue Hollywood loses out on every year by undervaluing Black films and filmmakers Source: McKinsey & Co.” Behind the text is a film slate illustration.

$10 billion: That’s how much the American film and TV industry stands to gain in annual revenues, a 7% increase from the baseline, by addressing racial inequities prevalent in the industry, according to a recent study by the consultancy McKinsey, and reported in Deadline.

The McKinsey study found that Black-led…


The private club chain was saddled with debt. Now it’s prepping for a hedonism boom—and plans to IPO

When Nick Jones, the founder of Soho House, the chain of swank private member clubs, began plotting his invasion of Hong Kong more than a decade ago, he never could have predicted how bad the timing of its actual debut would be. The city, a former colony of the British…


Over the past few months, the popularity of Clubhouse, the invite-only, live-audio app, has reached a fever pitch, exploding to 2 million users and reaching a $1 billion valuation in January. …


Number Crunch

Americans are obsessed with British royals, but it’s Oprah who reigns supreme

Number Crunch logo above the text “17.1 million: Number of viewers who watched Oprah’s two-hour interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on CBS. Source: Wall Street Journal.” Behind the copy, there is an illustration of a giant eye with an outline of the crown in its iris.

17.1 million: That’s how many viewers tuned into Oprah’s two-hour interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on CBS last Sunday, according to preliminary data from Nielsen, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

In the bombshell interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared additional context surrounding their departure…

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