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Analyzing the Super Bowl Protests by Jefferson Geiger

From the moment Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones—who performed as the original Schuyler sisters in "Hamilton: An American Musical"—added their own flair to "America the Beautiful" by throwing in the word "sisterhood," I could tell that Super Bowl LI was going to be politically charged. With 113 million Americans watching the game, it’s the one of the most effective soapboxes, albeit one with a $5 million per 30 seconds of airtime price tag.

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We Need The Public Arts by Jefferson Geiger

I can’t believe I need to make this argument in 2017, but here we are. We need the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Ronald Reagan attempted to kill the NEA in 1981, Newt Gingrich wanted to in the 90s, and now it looks like Trump’s team is planning to do the same along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Obama’s Legacy as the President of Pop Culture by Jefferson Geiger

In two days Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. But, before that happens I want to look back at what Barack Obama has done for the world of popular culture. From that first fist-bump people knew it was going to be different.

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A 2016 Retrospective by Jefferson Geiger

I've tried to come up with a fitting intro for days. However, there's no way I can aptly summarize the highs and lows of 2016. So, if I can be selfish for a bit, I'll focus only on my highs here. As you probably know, I all but officially stopped freelancing and became a full-time reporter. I wrote about my first week here. Yet even before that I wrote some stuff that I'm proud of. Which brings me to this list.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016 by Jefferson Geiger

'Tis the season to find a special gift for friends, family members and loved ones. As a young culture connoisseur I am frequently asked for recommendations on the latest and greatest things. So for the next month my column will be devoted to giving you my picks on what 2016 has to offer

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I'm Sorry For My White Tastes In Music by Jefferson Geiger

The first album that I ever bought with my own money was Creed’s “Human Clay.” The first concert I ever attended was Nickelback with 3 Doors Down. If it pains you to read those sentences, trust that it pained me even more to write them. Thankfully cultural tastes aren’t solidified at birth and mine have improved over the years.

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