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The week of August 8, 2015 was: helllllllo Lenny Kravitz; wishing we worked for Netflix, and who knew Alexander Skarsgård would look so crazy hot in drag? (Then again, he looks hot in anything … or nothing.) Also, adorable owls.

Mash-Ups in the News:

#QueridaKellyOsbourne, We Do More Than Clean Toilets

We think Kelly Osbourne was trying to make the point to Donald Trump that he doesn’t value the integral role Latinos play in American society and the incredible contributions they are making every day. What she actually said was, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”

 via Huffington Post

Refugees Welcome: A New Website in Germany

It’s like an AirBnB for refugees to find room shares with Germans so that they can get out of mass housing. Love this.

via AJ+

My Interracial Family Needs its Own Action Figures

It turns out there still aren’t toys out in the world that really rep Mash-Ups. This article taught us about a new company making toys that you can customize just for your family!

 via Washington Post

Drinking Milk is Easy and Awesome in America

In Uganda, dairy farmers lose up to 50 percent of their product to spoilage because they have no access to refrigeration. Same in Brazil.

via NPR

Google Translate Will Change Travel Forever

You can hold your phone up to any sign in a different language and it will translate that sign, and keep the same design. Oh, hi future! You sure are neat!

via Nat and Lo

Why Did Islam Disappear From Hip Hop?

Remember when Easy E rolled with the Nation of Islam? When references to Allah and Mecca were common in hip hop? This article explores why and how that’s changed.

 via Vocativ

Texas Refuses Birth Certificates to Children of Undocumented Immigrants

It’s not that the kids aren’t U.S. citizens, it’s just that it will be really really really hard for them to do anything because they are being denied birth certificates (which are necessary for, you know, going to school). Tejas! At least 38 percent of your population is Hispanic. Maybe it’s time to rethink your position, no?

via Dallas News

The Seoul of Atlanta

50,000 Koreans live in the exurbs of Atlanta and they are making very delicious food there. Pork on pork on pork.

 via Garden & Gun

The Problem We All Live With: Schools

MUST LISTEN. What’s the number one strategy proven to cut the achievement gap? Integration. Integration gives everyone access to the same teachers and tools. There’s so much more. Please please listen. You will learn and cry.

 via This American Life

What if Hogwarts Was an HBC?

OMG Harry Potter played by Dwayne Wayne.

 via Buzzfeed

We’re All a Little Bit Racist … Right?

This article talks about a crazy study where people tested their biases and then took drugs that put them to sleep and then messages about differences were played while they were sleeping and then when they woke up they took the tests again and were 50% less biased. WHAT.

via NPR

Learning to Speak Lingerie

In Egypt, many lingerie stores are owned by Chinese immigrants. The Chinese immigrants mostly have no preconceived notions about religion. This makes for interesting conversations about nighties and Islam.

 via New Yorker

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