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Renee Graham

Monday, December 30, 2013
Among Renee Graham's standouts include Idris Elba's (left) performance as Nelson Mandela in the film, "Long Walk to Freedom." (Participant Media)

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham has her year-end standouts in film, television and music of the past year.

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Monday, December 16, 2013
The sci-fi action thriller "Snowpiercer," directed by Bong Joon-ho and based on the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige," comes to the U.S. next year.

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham says there is a lot of exciting original work coming out of South Korea. She shares her 10 favorite films by Korean directors.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Allen Stone is one of Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham's favorite R&B singers. (Lonnie Webb)

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham has noted a trend recently: for the most part, the biggest acts in mainstream R&B music are white men — and that’s not being viewed with derision.

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Friday, August 9, 2013
Johnny Depp is pictured in an scene from the movie "The Lone Ranger." (Disney)

Critics are starting to ask what’s happening with the once highly respected actor. “The Lone Ranger” is one of the biggest box office bombs of the summer, and it’s earned Depp even more negative reviews.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Quadron's new album "Avalanche" is one of three that Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham recommends.

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham recommends three new albums: “Sound the Alarm” from Booker T. Jones, “Avalanche” from Quadron and “No Beginning No End” by Jose James.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Kanye West "Yeezus"

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham calls Kanye West’s new album “Yeezus” the cultural flash point of the week, with songs like “I Am A God,” “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead.”

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Whitney Houston, left, sings the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl. Christina Aguilera, right, sings the national anthem at the 2011 Super Bowl. (AP)

Alicia Keys is slated to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. We take a look at the most famous and infamous renditions of the notoriously challenging song.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
New Years Day brunch salad.

Are you still looking for special recipes or music to help you ring in the New Year? Two of our favorite experts have given us a dance mix and recipes, including this decadent salad.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Writer John Cheever.

Even though he has won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for his short stories, John Cheever may not be at the top of your reading list — and Here and Now pop culture critic Renee Graham thinks that’s a shame.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Funk legend George Clinton at the Berklee College Of Music (Here & Now/Jesse Costa)

“To me, funk music lifestyle is: do the best you can, and after that, funk it. Play in a band, go to school, learn all the technology, the intellectual part of the music. But when you get right down to it: funk it,” says Funk artist George Clinton.

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Monday, February 13, 2012
Singer Whitney Houston, performing in London in 2010. (AP)

Whitney Houston went from modeling and singing Gospel to becoming one of the best-selling R&B artists of the 20th century.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
From left, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis are shown in a scene from "The Help." (AP/Disney)

The blockbuster movie, “The Help,” has been nominated for four Academy Awards and gained widespread praise. But some people in the African American community say it’s an example of black stories written by white people that don’t always ring true.

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Monday, January 23, 2012
Etta James performed during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans in 2006.(AP)

Here and Now pop culture critic Renee Graham says that Etta James was an extraordinary woman who even as a teenager had a full-grown sound.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Rooney Mara, shown in a scene from "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." (AP)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is popular with young people, even though it includes sexual violence against women.

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Monday, October 31, 2011
Actress Janet Leigh in the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic thriller "Psycho." (AP)

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr and Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham examine Alfred Hitchcock’s 1950 classic film “Psycho” to see if the film still packs a wallop.

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Monday, September 26, 2011
The Supremes with Diana Ross, front, Cindy Birdsong and Mary Wilson dance with their arms in the air as they perform in 1968. (AP/Frings)

We mark the 50th anniversary of The Supremes and The Temptations with Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Marvin Gaye's 1971 album, "What's Going On."

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Marvin Gaye’s landmark CD “What’s Going On.” Here & Now’s Renee Graham remembers getting the album for her ninth birthday: “There were so many things being said in that song that I heard my parents talking about.”

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pop culture critic Renee Graham is going to deconstruct Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” for us this week. Is there another song you’d like us to linger on?

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Monday, February 14, 2011
Artist Cee Lo Green performs in New York. (AP/The Weather Channel)

Yes, it’s nice to hear romantic songs on Valentine’s Day. But what if your love life isn’t going so well? Here and Now’s Renee Graham shares songs of love gone wrong, including music from Cee Lo Green and the Smiths. We want to hear your dystopian love song picks too.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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Here & Now’s Pop culture critic, Renee Graham, and resident chef, Kathy Gunst, share their music and food picks for the New Year.

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