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

Does Miley Cyrus’ New Image Signal the Death of Shock Pop?

Among the most talked about performances at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards was one by Miley Cyrus, but not for the reasons you may think. Miley, whose performances the past few years have turned heads for their wacky costumes and deadpan sexual innuendo, surprised the world Sunday with something different. A simple, gimmick-free song. #BBMAs … Continued


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