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Interview: Singaporean Popstars Sobs on Gas Stations, Blue Takis, and Selling Out

Three no-nonsense bodies hurried about me, loading their equipment quickly into the back of an Uber and piling into the backseat with some friends. I sat up front with the driver, who initiated a conversation about the various B-list celebrities and cultural icons he had the chance of driving around all week thanks to SXSW (he was particularly stoked to tell us that the Red Power Ranger graced the same seats we were sitting in).

Had I wanted to embarrass them, I likely would have mentioned that

Interview: Coming into your own with Haru Nemuri

Back in college, I first wrote about Haru Nemuri’s Shunka Ryougen for a music column I led on behalf of my university website. Sitting across from the poetry rapper and her team nearly ten months later inside of a WeWork in downtown Austin, I struggled to articulate how important the project meant to me as a young adult who at the time, found herself growing increasingly frustrated at the broken systems of the world around me.

Hailing from Japan, Kimishima Haruna contained a sense of controlled

Interview: Breaking the Machine with Helen Ganya

Like many others, when I teeter on the edge of an existential crisis, I often wish so very badly to fly to some far-off foreign country, scrap my identity, and start over with a fresh blank slate. Facing the tough reality that all of this requires money that I do not possess, I disable my Instagram account instead… only to return a few days later (begrudgingly, of course), but nevertheless with a lightened spirit.

Helen Ganya has accomplished the musical equivalent of that. Since her rebrand fr

Interview: Sabrina Song on imposter syndrome & staying true to yourself

As a first-time SXSW attendee, I was equal parts excited for a week full of music and nervous to be setting foot on Texas soil. Another thing I didn’t realize I was, until about three hours in on the first day, I was wholly unprepared. In my attempts to navigate the near-endless list of events and shows that SX had to offer, I spent weeks before the conference listening to as many artists as humanly possible to compile a hefty list of live acts I was excited about.

One artist wowed me on first

Firsts with Hojean: Festival Performance, Headline Tour, and 'Swing EP'

It’s an unbearably hot day. The sweltering heat in Pasadena has reached heights that allowed for drink vendors at 88Rising’s Head in the Clouds fest to charge criminal prices ($15 for a 16 oz drink) — and get away with it. Bullets of sweat bead across virtually every attendee’s hairline in sight and I was no exception. However, I was not deterred, my eyes glued on the 88 Stage, lying in wait for the 3 PM act.

Hojean, an Atlanta-based, Korean-American, indie R&B singer-songwriter and self-procla

A Career of Trailblazing: Josie Ho, From Hong Kong to the World

Josie Ho stands across from me as an assistant refreshes her makeup. I take this chance to recollect my thoughts, open my reporter’s notebook, and take in the person mere inches away from me — someone many would call a cultural icon. I would find myself in agreement with the epithet. It would be inaccurate to call Josie Ho a jack of all trades, and would really do more justice to call the Hong Kong actress, singer, and director for what she really is: a virtuoso in the art of wearing many, many

Interview: Honey J, choreographer, artist, and dance pioneer

It’s time for the dancers to step into the spotlight.

Model, dancer, and choreographer HaNee Jeong, known by her stage name Honey J, is paving her own way into uncharted territory in the dance realm. The leader of the winning group HolyBang in the Korean dance competition Street Woman Fighter in 2021, as well as the main female backup dancer for Korean hip hop singer Jay Park, Honey J is the first artist to be signed to Jay Park’s new label, MORE VISION.

With a vision for a fresh take on the b

Tackling Asian America’s Mental Health Stigma: A Talk with ‘Dealing with Dad’ Director Tom Huang

At this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, dozens of films represented the cinematic talent of various Asian communities across the globe, but only one film spoke true to the often convoluted Asian American experience.

Director Tom Huang’s latest, Dealing with Dad, follows the story of Margaret (Ally Maki) and her two brothers Larry (Hayden Szeto) and Roy (Peter S. Kim) as they navigate the road to treatment for their father (Dana Lee)’s depression. Margaret returns home to find her father st

On the power of pure rage: A conversation on the makings of 'The Girl on a Bulldozer'

Tedious chores moonlight as signifiers for a young adult’s coming of age. Paying taxes, doing your own laundry, learning how to cook. During my college days, I often winced and skimped as much as I could on the “essentials,” hoarding weeks of dirty clothes to save on trips to the dormitory wash-and-dry machines. So goes the story of a low-income child of immigrants, who shares an innate and intimate understanding of frugality as if inherited and handed down through their genes.

And although we

My Dollar Tree makeup & skincare haul included a dupe for a cult moisturizer

A make-up find saved me $20 compared to its name-brand alternative

COMPACT DEAL I got a 13-piece makeup & skincare haul at Dollar Tree for $16.25 – they even had a dupe for a cult favorite moisturizer

YOU may have heard the expression "pain is beauty," and the saying couldn't be truer than it is on wallets.

Makeup and skincare can cost an absolute fortune — but does it have to? Or could I find cute and effective products at my local Dollar Tree?

An overwhelming percentage of online shoppers

I used the Filteroff dating app, I didn't find love but a feature saved me agony

The premium feature means red flags are filtered out for you, no swiping necessary

SINGLES IN YOUR AREA I used the Filteroff dating app where dates last 10 minutes – I didn’t find love but a feature saved me a lot of agony

HAVE you ever wished that you could leave a date 10 minutes into it?

That quickie timeframe is a built-in feature of the video-based dating app Filteroff, which I recently put to the test for a month of first dates.

Essentially virtual speed-dating, Filteroff is different

We're competitive eating champions, we ate a 21 lb turkey in seven minutes

TWO national eating champions once devoured a 21-pound turkey in under seven minutes but here's the gag — they did it just for fun.

Miki Sudo, Major League Eating's third-ranked competitive eater and #1 Female Competitive Eater, started her career on a whim.

Her friends at the time had complained to her about their failed attempts at finishing a large bowl of pho from a restaurant for a cash prize.

When she saw photos of the meal they didn't have the appetites to conquer, she didn't think it

I earn six figures & can't afford a home - it's harder than ever but I have tips

GOOD MOVE I earn a six-figure salary but can’t afford a home even though I’m a finance expert – it’s harder than ever, I have tips

A FINANCIAL life coach who makes over six figures has revealed that despite her salary, she can't afford a home in her high-cost-of-living area.

Tawnya Schultz (@tawnyaschultz), a TikToker and personal finance expert, encouraged others to look at homeownership only when they were ready.

The content creator brings in $200,000 living in Lake Tahoe, California, outsi

I'm America's most youthful grandmother - my three anti-aging secrets at 50

KEEP DREAMING I’m America’s most youthful grandmother – I’m 50 but get mistaken for my son’s girlfriend, my three anti-aging secrets

WHEN Donnazione Cargill visits the doctor, she's elated to see her blood pressure is the same as her 20-year-old daughter's.

She's often mistaken for said daughter's sister, or her son's girlfriend, and finds the whole thing hilarious.

At 50, Donnazione, a mother of three and the grandmother to a four-year-old, claims to be America's most youthful granny.

And s

I'm an anti-aging specialist — 3 budget beauty trends that are worth the hype

BUDGET BEAUTY I’m an anti-aging specialist — three budget beauty trends that are worth the hype, the last is all about your lashes

SCROLLING through social media, there seems to be a new viral beauty trend every day - with no discernible way to pick out the good from the bad.

James Kojian, a board-certified anti-aging specialist, has revealed what he believes to be the most cost-efficient and effective anti-aging trends to The U.S. Sun.

If you're on a budget and don't want to waste your money

I tried Prince Harry's Elizabeth Arden 'todger' cream and got a dewy glow

BY now, it feels like almost everyone's heard the spicier details of Prince Harry's book, especially the bits about, well ... his bits.

Harry spilled on his R-rated usage for a cult beauty product, and we decided to put the cream to the test — but for its actual, intended purpose.

The Duke of Sussex's little soldier has been the talk of the town after the Prince shared a story about the time he got frostbite on a trip to the North Pole — on his South Pole.

Harry, who was underprepared for the

What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases

Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column, “What’s Hot in Music This Month.”

This month, we want you to know about the next project from promising new band Black Country, New Road, listen to the low-profile, rising shoegaze artist Parannoul, and rock out with Aminé at House of Blues.

Senior Terriers may remember the 802.1x concert held in the spring of 2018, headlined by rapper and songwriter Aminé. The artist had gained notoriety with his debut single, “Caroline,” which the singer refers

What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Boston Concerts, New Releases

Welcome, Terriers, to our new column, “What’s Hot in Music.” This month, get settled into the groove of the semester with some angelic, relaxing tunes from rising star Linying, have a night out with friends to see the iconic Boyz II Men, or stay up all night waiting for the (potential) drop of Ye’s highly anticipated Donda 2.

There Could Be Wreckage Here, Linying Singaporean song-writer Linying may have had a stressful time going in and out of the studio meetings with various producers for the

Baby Keem Gives Fans Maximum Effort On “The Melodic Blue” Tour

On what would have been a relatively quiet Sunday night for most, hip-hop fans dutifully filled up Boston's tiny Paradise Rock Club from front to back, and began chanting "Baby Keem" with increasing intensity, as they attempted to coax Baby Keem onto the stage for his most recent stop on the "Melodic Tour." The sound engineer, after seeing how anxious the fans were, decided to tease them by dangling one finger above the sound system as if he was about to start the music, and bring Keem out-- onl

Freddie Gibbs, Roddy Ricch, Lil Uzi Vert & More Hit Day N Vegas

Day N Vegas wrapped up its music festival for the first time since 2019. The three-day event also marks the first major music festival since the Astroworld tragedy just one week ago, and thus, fans and promoters themselves went into the event with both care and caution. The festival went off without a hitch, apart from a disgruntled Uzi after his set was abruptly cut off.

Apart from Lil Uzi Vert, the star-studded lineup included artists like Baby Keem, Doja Cat, Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, Post Malone,

Who Is Malu Trevejo?

Malu Trevejo is a name that's recently come into the pop culture lexicon, thanks to an announcement of a Travis Scott Cactus Jack signing which has since seemingly been overturned (more on that later). The young star was born in Cuba, and immigrated to America at the age of 12, settling in Miami, Florida with her mom, where she would grow her now-impressive following.

Malu, who has been belly-dancing since she was a kid, began to find followers through the app (now TikTok), thanks to


“I would challenge all organizations who adopt Juneteenth as a holiday to not just do the performative gesture of making it a holiday.”

This year marks the first year that Massachusetts is celebrating Juneteenth as an official state holiday, since Gov. Charlie Baker signed the holiday into law last July. Institutions across the Commonwealth added the occasion onto their academic calendars for the first time as well, with Boston University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technolo

Boston musicians reflect on long term impact during uncertain times

With city shutdowns and stay at home orders, every work sector has been hit hard. But Boston’s creative community has been struggling to stay afloat as event cancellations attempt to flatten the curve.

Genie Santiago, a Boston-based rhythm and blues musician, said COVID-19 lockdowns have meant much more than mere forced-seclusion inside her home. She had recorded a single to be released in May, she said, but the work can no longer be completed by then.

“I have a new single and we just finished

Gallant uses music to bring mental health struggles to new light

Two weeks ago, singer-songwriter Christopher Joseph Gallant III, known as Gallant, was busy preparing for his tour in promotion of his latest studio album “Sweet Insomnia.” With venue closings and safety precautions being taken against large gatherings due to COVID-19, all of Gallant’s shows have since been postponed or cancelled, including his show at Paradise Rock Club which was scheduled for March 18.

In his newfound time, Gallant has been focused on finding peace in the surprises of simply
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