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Jodie Landon
Jodie Landon

Seeing Myself and Other Suburban Black Girls in Jodie Landon

As the only black female character on "Daria," Jodie offered both a glance in the mirror and a glimpse of my future.
Britt Julious
2.6.18
TELEVISION
TELEVISION

'Laguna Beach' Reboot Is a Boring Mess About Surf Bros Who Lack Chest Hair

Where MTV's original succeeded because of drama between Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari, "Siesta Key" flounders due to its focus on generic guys in boardshorts.
Mitchell Sunderland
8.1.17
INTERVIEWS
INTERVIEWS

Sick, Sad World: The Voice of 'Daria' on Being an Iconic 'Misery Chick'

Tracy Grandstaff (and her unforgettable monotone) spent five years as the voice of Daria, the angsty role model of both 90s girls and their Tumblr-blogging disciples. We caught up with Grandstaff to talk about how her strong, smart female character has...
Lauren Oyler
12.15.16
film
film

The Deadly History of Female Assassins in Film

From the Zoe Saldana in "Colombiana" to Angelina Jolie in "Salt," female assassins proved they wouldn't let men get away with seizing their power and leaving them feeling both violated and vulnerable.
Amanda Arnold
11.15.16
POP
POP

Britney Spears's Backup Dancer Shares What Happened at Her Best and Worst VMAs

On the eve of Britney Spears's return to the VMAs, background dancer Aminah Abdul Jillil looks back on dancing with her during the iconic "I'm a Slave 4 U" and "Gimme More" VMA performances.
Mitchell Sunderland
8.28.16
reality tv
reality tv

Head over Hills: The Undying Love Story of Heidi and Spencer Pratt

In the mid-2000s, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt gained widespread notoriety by playing the villains on 'The Hills.' After spending five months with the two, we quickly learned their love was never mere tabloid fodder.
Mitchell Sunderland
2.12.16
music videos
music videos

The Cinematic History of Madonna and David Fincher

Two notoriously exacting talents—the ingénue, the wunderkind—seized on each other's velocity at precisely the right moment.
Raza Syed
1.10.16
MTV
MTV

Will Miley Cyrus Be a Total Disaster at the VMAs? A PR Expert Weighs in

We asked a PR expert what could go wrong on Sunday night, and what could go very right.
Monica Heisey
8.28.15
tv
tv

Remembrance of Things Past: Looking Back at MTV's 'The Hills'

Was the hit TV show an edgy postmodern commentary on the nature of reality—or just really, really boring?
Lauren Oyler
8.2.15