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by Jessica Romera February 4, 2014
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Beyoncé course now available at Rutgers University

Beyoncé fans rejoice: New Jersey’s Rutgers University will now offer a class on the R&B icon. The course, called “Politicizing Beyoncé,” will examine themes of “American race, gender and sexual politics,” according to Rutgers Today. The class will be taught by a PhD student from the department of women’s and gender studies at the University, who told the campus paper that the lectures will revolve around comparing the singer’s music to works by prominent figures in the Black Feminist Movement, like that of Alice Walker, reports Rolling Stone.


Trent Reznor infuriated after this year’s Grammy snub

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor took to social media to express his anger after being cut off at this year’s Grammy Awards, reports Rolling Stone. The performance closed the awards ceremony with NIN’s song “Copy of A” and Queens of the Stone Age’s “My God Is The Sun.” The performance also featured Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. The show was allegedly running too long, forcing producers to cut part of the performance. Reznor then tweeted “Music’s biggest night. . . to be disrespected. A heartfelt F*** YOU guys.” The night’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, later apologized to Reznor in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.



Rob Ford defends Justin Bieber

Notorious Toronto mayor, Rob Ford, has jumped to the defence of pop star, Justin Bieber. The 19-year-old was arrested in Florida earlier this month for drag racing and driving under the influence, but was later released after posting bail set at $2,500. More recently, Bieber turned himself in to Toronto authorities after allegedly assaulting his limo driver, according to Rolling Stone. In a statement Bieber’s attorney claimed that, “We anticipate that this matter will be treated as a summary offense, the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the United States.” The pop star is set to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on Feb. 14.


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