For only the fifth time in Billboard history, a Christian album is sitting at the top of the charts this week. And you can probably guess who's behind this feat: Lecrae's been quietly building a hip-hop empire for the past few years, recording music where the faith is forceful instead of forced, and the beats are compelling instead of corny. If you haven't heard Anomaly yet, you're missing out on one of the better hip-hop albums to be released this year and, lucky for you, the whole thing is on Spotify. Check it out here. It makes excellent background music for our conversation with Lecrae from the latest issue of our print magazine ... Discuss
It’s yet to be seen if we’ll ever get an all-female sequel to the classic action comedy Ghostbusters, but Krispy Kreme has found another way to celebrate the movie’s 30th anniversary. From Sept. 29 through Oct. 31, the pastry chain will be selling two custom Ghostbusters donuts filled with green slime cream. Just in case you where wondering who you gonna call to pre-order five dozen, the answer is, well, your local Krispy Kreme store ... Discuss
As part of the build up to the MLB playoffs on TBS, Bryan Cranston has created this video about a fake one-man, baseball-themed theater show. Sure it’s six-minutes long (which is basically an hour in internet time), but watching Cranston channel his inner sketch comedian is totally worth it ... Discuss
Teen heartthrob. Respected actor. Noted dancer. Is there anything Leonardo DiCaprio can't do? Besides win an Oscar? Well, there's at least one more thing to scratch off his bucket list: become the United Nations' new ambassador of peace. What exactly that means is sort of tough to say, but according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Leo is "is not just one of the world's leading actors," but he also has "a longstanding commitment to environmental causes." That's very true, and DiCaprio's commitment to raising awareness about the environment does seem to be more than just the usual lip service stars are supposed to pay to a cause ... Discuss
In an interesting 2012 interview, Fred Armisen explained his beliefs that "hipster" isn't as much a subculture as it is a word people use to criticize anyone or anything that makes them insecure about their own coolness. It's a good point but, then, if there is no such thing as hipster, who is the target audience for the "Grably"? It's a beard comb made out of vinyl records, which definitely sounds like something a hipster would use, if hipsters were in fact a real thing. Which they aren't, which means there's no one around to buy the Grably ... Discuss
The oldest church in Amsterdam—the famous Oude Kerk—recently hosted a massive funeral … for the Facebook “Like” button. The campaign, which also included the launch of the trippy “Like4Real” website, serves as a high-concept art project meant to raise awareness about the rise of misplaced online activism. The project uses various global religious-like symbols to promote “Enlikement”, which is encompassed in their manifesto (you can read it in its entirety here):
Not too long ago, this development led to a miraculous occurrence. A new technology turned the act of Liking into a commodity, hence into a symbolic totem and a new belief, at a time when faith in religion and our monetary system is crumbling … And now society has forgotten the real act of Liking … And instead of taking action to make change happen, our activism has been reduced and confined to the square inches of our computer screen activism has become clicktivism … We as a society need to focus on real actions and intentions, rather than the symbolic reward bestowed on things by a mouse click.