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The next generation of beatboxers blowing up around the world

The next generation of beatboxers blowing up around the world

BEATBOXING IS A VOCAL FORM that blew up as one of the original elements of hip-hop in the 1980s. Early masters from that era such as Doug E. Fresh still rock crowds on occasion, as in this clip of beatboxing and freestying with Will Smith from 2012.These days, beatboxers are more influenced by electronic music and dubstep than rap or hip-hop, says Kaila Mullady, a 21-year-old beatboxer from Long Island.

As an Asian-Canadian, I can’t count how many times this has happened to me

As an Asian-Canadian, I can’t count how many times this has happened to me

SO MAYBE the above scenario is slightly exaggerated. Then again, for many citizens of Canada/USA/England/Australia who are of Asian descent, it’s probably bang on. I’m Filipino by heritage, but was born and raised in Canada. I’ve always considered myself Canadian first and foremost. The worst part is, I don’t look like a typical Filipino.

Coastal dwellers may want to move to higher ground after watching this new footage of the Japanese tsunami

Coastal dwellers may want to move to higher ground after watching this new footage of the Japanese tsunami

In March 2011, I sat on the edge of my chair, paralysed by the footage pouring into the media of the destruction caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The clip above — a video that only recently emerged — illustrates the disaster as it developed.1:50 – Small wave appears on the surface of the river; note the water level has dramatically reduced and sirens begin to wail.

15 weird New Year’s traditions from around the world

15 weird New Year’s traditions from around the world

First of all, let me say that the North American tradition of kissing the person in closest proximity to you at midnight is totally weird. It’s kind of gross when you really think about it, and the whole concept inevitably puts a lot of pressure on everyone in a social situation without a significant other.

What you learn in the in-between moments

What you learn in the in-between moments

The in-between moments happen between inhaling and exhaling. Between serving tea and waiting for it to cool. Between an unexpected revelation and a thoughtful response. They are heavy, pregnant moments, held private and sacred.I spent hours lying in post-meal relaxation with my Argentine host mother, head on a pillow and fan turning above.

Notes on codification and commodification in travel writing

Notes on codification and commodification in travel writing

Find more tips like these in the curriculum of the Travel Writing program at MatadorU.Commodificationcom·mod·i·fy (kə-mŏd’ə-fī’)tr.v. com·mod·i·fied , com·mod·i·fy·ing , com·mod·i·fiesTo turn into or treat as a commodity; make commercial: “Such music . commodifies the worst sorts of . stereotypes” (Michiko Kakutani).