Mary Rose Somarriba is executive editor and culture editor of Verily Magazine.

Viral Video Overreach: Kanye West Edition

Last week Kanye West unveiled a music video for a song “Famous” that seems to be the latest bid to break the Internet. Perhaps since marrying Kim Kardashian, West has been infected with the reality-TV bug of trying to out-outrageous others in his field, because in this video, West includes a depiction of himself, his … Continued

Celebrities, Music

Is Beyoncé Beyond Feminism?

As you’ve probably heard, Beyoncé released her second surprise video album this weekend. The album, called Lemonade, aired as a one-hour feature on HBO on Saturday, and has since been available to viewers and listeners on her husband Jay Z’s streaming music site Tidal. I have had my criticisms of Beyoncé’s past albums, but this … Continued

Celebrities, Entertainment, Music

Enough with the Rape Scenes on ‘Game of Thrones’

Spoiler Alert for something I wouldn’t recommend watching: In Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) marries Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) in a dark and dismal ceremony. While the wedding itself isn’t as grim as other weddings on the show have been (Red Wedding, anyone?), what follows the exchange of vows is … Continued

Entertainment, Television

ESPN’s Britt McHenry is a ‘Mean Girl’

Late last week, ESPN sideline reporter Britt McHenry had a rude awakening. And I mean rude, literally. She was filmed saying very rude comments and has been suspended from her job for a week. Turns out McHenry had a bad day. She got her car towed and was upset about that. She made rude comments … Continued


Stripping for a Good Cause?

Nude photos of female celebrities are in the news a lot these days. Most of them were stolen and leaked, because few women choose to share such things publicly. But one celebrity has intentionally released a nude photo of herself. Alicia Keys says she hopes her nude pregnancy photo will “make the world a better place.” Keys released the photo … Continued