If you missed part one of our totally necessary K-pop bracket, you can find it here! It’s probably worth noting that all results were unanimous after Round 1, meaning we’ve left behind the land of 2-to-1 splits. That’s bad news if you wanted thoughtful debate about the merits of different bands, but great news... Continue Reading →
Ah, brackets. They aren’t just for March Madness anymore. Nope, you can use them any time of year to determine everything from the best snack food to which Disney film reigns supreme. We here at Academic Exiles decided to spend our Memorial Day answering a question that weighed heavy on our minds: What is the... Continue Reading →
Ready for the new BTS album, Love Yourself: Tear? Well if you're not, you will be after playing our drinking game for the K-Pop boyband's epic music videos.
Got7's web series Dream Knight has way more K-Pop boyband shenanigans than anyone can handle--which is why you need to play a drinking game to get through it.
About a year ago, my YouTube homepage was lit up with recommendations to watch several videos of someone or something called Cardi B. Since the YouTube algorithm was so persistent, I decided to finally watch a video. It turned out to be a brash, crass rap track from a woman with a heavy Bronx accent... Continue Reading →
G-Dragon— “Crooked” (2013) A 13yo boy, fearing a spanking, took to the streets of Seoul to express the struggles of being a prepubescent boy in a heartfelt rap. A CEO of a record label, recognizing that this puny rapper would become a global sensation, swooped him up and welcomed him into the recording family. Thus... Continue Reading →
T.O.P.—“Doom Dada” (2013) The fact that T.O.P. drinks a glass of wine in one huge gulp conveys his ridiculous, contradictory persona. He seems to want to come off as a fancy intellectual with his love of wine and fine art, but he’s also a savage when it comes to alcohol and has a penchant for... Continue Reading →
It All Started with Sporcle As much as Stephanie and I attempt to stay on top of pop culture, we were painfully, painfully behind on K-pop. How far behind? Well, we had never even heard of BIGBANG until this past April. I know, painful. Even more painful, we found out about them while they were... Continue Reading →
Note: This is a collaborative piece by both Amanda and Stephanie Unless you’re a rich, cis-male white supremacist, this was just not your year. But we’re not here to dwell on serious issues, like the barrage of sexual harassment/assault allegations that shed light on the dark impact of rape culture in pop culture. We stick true... Continue Reading →