“Naturally Plastic”: An Interview with Creator Terrell Slater

Representation has always been an issue in the world of Barbie. There have been many complaints of lack of variety in hair color and body types. It seemed as though Barbie may have been taking a step forward in January 2016 with the release of “Curvy Barbie,” but nothing much has been seen from the brand since. But the community who has suffered the most … Continue reading “Naturally Plastic”: An Interview with Creator Terrell Slater

It’s a Cole World After All

In the world of K-pop, there is a certain expectation that comes along with attending a concert. It’s an expectation to be “wowed,” to be dazzled, to be blown off your feet, to have an experience that could cause a fan to label it as the “best concert ever.” It is a mighty expectation to live up to. Sometimes fans forget that the same standard … Continue reading It’s a Cole World After All

BTS Exploration Pt. 1: ‘I Need U’ MV (Regular)

Published on April 29th, 2015, the music video for “I Need U” was a concept unheard of from BTS. Sure they had songs like “Danger” and “Boy in Luv” that talked about the hardships of being a teen in love, but showing deeper struggles (addiction, abuse, depression, etc.) that are experienced in life was left untouched until the release of this music video. As far … Continue reading BTS Exploration Pt. 1: ‘I Need U’ MV (Regular)

From Hawaii to Minnesota, ChicKens Finally Get to Meet KeNNyBoy SLaY at MOA Meet and Greet

As confused shoppers passed by Tomodachi, a store on the third floor of the Mall of America, they had no idea that inside was K-Pop YouTube sensation KeNNyBoy SLaY and the WNAX crew. That’s not a surprise, though, because aside from rapper/artist Salvmaknae and the Minnesota K-pop Dance Crew (MKDC), the land of 10,000 lakes rarely receives a visit from anybody within the K-pop realm. However with … Continue reading From Hawaii to Minnesota, ChicKens Finally Get to Meet KeNNyBoy SLaY at MOA Meet and Greet

Health and K-Pop Part 5 — Post Concert Depression

SHINee, GOT7, BTS, EXO, KARD, G DRAGON, DEAN … the list goes on and on. All of these artists had or will have some kind of tour in 2017, and that is why it is so, so important to know how to handle a common tour illness: Post-Concert Depression. Post-Concert Depression (hereafter known as “PCD”) can be a tricky subject to talk about, partly because some people simply do … Continue reading Health and K-Pop Part 5 — Post Concert Depression

Health and K-pop Part 4 — Dangerous Trends

PFans of K-pop are some of the most passionate people out there, there is no denying that. When new K-pop groups form, the next to come together after that is typically a fandom; those fans who band together out of love, appreciation, and respect for these performers have made a mutual agreement to support this artist through the good times and bad, through thick and … Continue reading Health and K-pop Part 4 — Dangerous Trends

Sorry Bangtan, but BTS Broke Your Record (‘Spring Day’ MV Review)

There is nothing that BTS and ARMY cannot achieve. BTS’ release of the music video for “Spring Day” and their new album “Wings: You Never Walk Alone” has been one of the most highly anticipated comebacks of 2017, which is shown through the record number of pre-order sales that have been recorded for their album. Because their previous album, “Wings,” was the best-selling album in … Continue reading Sorry Bangtan, but BTS Broke Your Record (‘Spring Day’ MV Review)

DAY6 Digs Up Painful Memories in ‘You Were Beautiful’

South Korean band DAY6 has steadily been rising in popularity since their debut in 2015 under JYP Entertainment. After their entry into the music industry with “Congratulations,” the boys came back in 2016 and 2017 with hit tracks “Letting Go” and “I Wait,” sparking curiosity and tugging at the heartstrings of many. While DAY6 has not garnered the vast following that other JYP artists such as GOT7 … Continue reading DAY6 Digs Up Painful Memories in ‘You Were Beautiful’

No, Taeyang Is Not the Justin Bieber of K-Pop [Opinion]

Kpoppers, it’s time to stop the comparisons. Stop comparing BTS to EXO and BIGBANG to SHINee, and please stop comparing all Korean boy groups to One Direction. Stop comparing 2NE1 to Fifth Harmony, and stop comparing Taeyang to Justin Bieber. Just stop. Let the artists be their own persons. Let the music be their own. The only time a comparison should be necessary in the music … Continue reading No, Taeyang Is Not the Justin Bieber of K-Pop [Opinion]

Health and K-pop Part 3 — Depression and Coping

By itself, music can be a fantastic coping mechanism, especially for fans with depression. It can be so easy to channel emotions through song selection and find solace in the lyrics or instrumentals.  One great benefit of listening to K-pop as an international fan is the inability to understand the language at first; while to some it may seem like a barrier in music appreciation, … Continue reading Health and K-pop Part 3 — Depression and Coping