Monday, Aug 14, 2023

Explained Culture


How teenagers from the Bronx invented hip-hop 50 years ago

August 13, 2023 7:19 pm

On August 11, 1973, Clive and Cindy Campbell threw a party in their apartment building in the Bronx, New York. DJ Kool Herc's beats that evening marked the birth of hip-hop.

Finding X: Why the letter is used for all things unknown

August 10, 2023 9:47 am

With Twitter being renamed as 'X', we take a look at a unique letter in the alphabet that has few words beginning with it but great versatility in terms of usage.

Hiroshima Day: How the mushroom cloud boomed and bloomed across pop culture

August 07, 2023 10:37 am

On the one hand, the looming form fed easily into a military and jingoistic pride. On the other, it provoked sheer terror with its vision of godlike destruction funneled straight up to the heavens. 'Oppenheimer' presents the latest entry in the iconography of the mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb.

Bild Lilli: The ‘adult’ doll on which Barbie was modelled

July 28, 2023 10:17 am

As Greta Gerwig‘s Barbie continues to set global box offices on fire, a look at the German doll which was its inspiration.

BBC podcast claims to reveal Banksy's voice: the mysterious British artist, his notable works

July 24, 2023 9:56 am

Often making a political comment, Banksy's works are anti-establishment and anti-war. Here is what is known about the artist and his paintings.

'He's just Ken': Why Barbie's boyfriend was created and how he evolved over time

July 21, 2023 4:05 pm

Just as Barbie, Ken has transformed over the decades with as the conversations surrounding the dolls change. The narratives circulated by Mattel around Barbie and Ken’s relationship, also reflect, to an extent, the changing American pop-culture.

Bans, feminist backlash and more: The many controversies of Barbie through the years

July 21, 2023 11:43 am

Though over 300,000 Barbies were reportedly sold in its very first year of production, the doll has found itself in the midst of controversies since its very birth. Several mothers found the doll too sexual when it launched, as early as 1963.

Kanwar yatra concludes for the year: The religious significance of the pilgrimage, steps taken for safe conduct

July 18, 2023 8:43 pm

What is the Kanwar Yatra, and what arrangements were made for its orderly conclusion this year? We explain.

With the 'Barbie' movie, how the brand is attempting a makeover for the modern age

July 21, 2023 11:53 am

The upcoming film, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, is part of a larger rebranding attempt from a brand that had struggled to connect with modern consumers.

‘Super Mario’ turns 40: Why the iconic video game remains the industry’s biggest triumph

July 16, 2023 12:23 pm

July 14 marked the 40th anniversary of the release of "Mario Bros.", the video game that drove a multibillion-dollar industry and cemented the appeal of one of the most iconic pop culture characters in history.