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5 iconic shows with relatable female characters

From silly to badass!

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Happy Women’s month! It’s that time of year to look at all the progress we’ve made and be empowered by stunning women everywhere in the world. But, not all of us are put-together as every woman we strive to be. Some of us are sassy, silly, clumsy, and even sometimes, nasty. Here are a few iconic women characters I personally relate to:

Jessica Day from New Girl

Alright, she needed to be here because she revolutionized quirky nerdy girls and made them so charming in being themselves.

Jess is the only lady living in her shared apartment where she struggles to get almost absolutely everything done. Sound familiar? Yes, it’s all of us lost and struggling ladies out here trying to just get through every day.

Jess is awkward and charmingly so which is why, as much as we may not all be as charming when we’re silly, she’s undeniably relatable.

Gina Linetti from Brooklyn Nine-nine

This one was a little bit sombre for lovers of the Nine-nine but, I’ll skip any sort of spoiling. Gina is essentially Brooklyn Nine-nine’s civilian administrator. She’s funny, sassy, and sometimes, reasonably self-absorbed but, seeing her character progress and mature, she deserves to gloat.

She’s sensitive to everyone in the Nine-nine and is surprisingly the voice of reason sometimes. Gina can be a hell of a lot smart when she wants or needs herself to be so the girl deserves all the cred she’s wanted.

Connie Maheswaran from the Steven Universe Series

Connie is Steven’s best friend. She’s a strong and smart character who has stereotypical strict Asian parents. Granted stereotypical, I admit, having strict Asian parents myself, I relate to her a lot especially when she often plots her future while reassuring her parents of her safety.

She struggles a lot with trying to maintain a sense of almost usefulness to the Crystal Gems since she wants to protect the planet she calls home. She may seem like a bland character but she’ll surprise you with how she develops in the series.

Maeve Wiley from Sex Education

I’ll preface Maeve’s description with the fact that I studied under a curriculum that allowed me to discover wonderful female writers, authors, and novelists. I was pretty much introduced to literary concepts and so it was nice to find a character that had an interest in female writers.

When I brought this up with my boyfriend, he then talked about how she seemed cool and gave me a joking glance. To which, I replied saying, “The girl has baggage too and I can relate to that.” Getting by isn’t easy and Maeve has her own demons, which is why I think she’s relatable in how she forcibly portrays someone who juggles the gritty parts of life.

Nairobi from Money Heist (La Casa De Papel)

Alright, alright. Nairobi isn’t exactly someone we can all relate to. She’s right smack in the middle of a messy heist! How are we meant to relate to her character at all? Well, I think if you’ve been in a group project you’ll understand that Nairobi is the one that puts everyone in their place.

Tokyo is too erratic compared to the sensible-under-pressure Nairobi. She gets things done, says things as it is, and still manages to sympathize. To me, she’s the character I admired the most in the series.

There’s a lot of female characters across platforms that we strive to be, but sometimes, we just need someone to make us feel like we aren’t alone. I’m sure you’ll find something you find relatable in unlikely female characters like Nairobi from Money Heist.

There are a ton more women in series than there were before but, I don’t think there’s been enough. It’s slow-paced progress to giving women a safe and supportive platform where they can speak. We obviously aren’t there yet but, we’ll keep pursuing it. So, to all the fabulous, stunning, and true-to-oneself women out there, Happy Women’s month. Let’s keep kicking ass.

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Hundreds of K-Pop songs by KakaoM removed from Spotify

Including songs from IU, LOONA, Dreamcatcher, GFRIEND, SEVENTEEN, MAMAMOO, and more

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K-Pop has been making waves both in South Korea and outside their homeland. And with the recent launch of Spotify Korea, international fans are expecting it to be recognized by major Korean music shows as an additional attempt in making more underrated artists and groups succeed without totally relying on Korean streaming platforms and Korean fans alone. But the recent feud between KakaoM and Spotify put everything to a screeching halt.

What is KakaoM?

KakaoM is a large co-publisher of K-Pop albums by Korean artists. Other than being a music publishing house, they’re also a music and concert production house, events management agency, talent agency, and even a record label. This basically means they can handle everything from handling K-Pop trainees and talents, up to pre-production, production, and post-production phases of a single, EP, mini album, or even a full album.

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Other than KakaoM’s in-house artists like IU (under EDAM Entertainment), Apink, VICTON, and Weeekly (under PlayM Entertainment), as well as non-KakaoM talents such as LOONA, Dreamcatcher, MAMAMOO, GFRIEND, SEVENTEEN, HyunA, and (G)-IDLE, this long Twitter thread shows the full list of K-Pop groups, duos, and soloists that are handled and/or whose albums were published by KakaoM:

Explaining the fiasco

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In an article published by the Korean site NAVER, Spotify has informed that KakaoM was unable to extend the validity of the agreement. Thus, effectively ending the contract today, March 1, 2021. Spotify also reported that they’ve been keeping in touch with KakaoM for a year but to no avail. They even said that KakaoM never informed the artists nor their respective agencies prior to the cancellation.

KakaoM isn’t totally a stranger in such issues. This already happened in 2019 when KakaoM failed to mass produce LOONA’s “[X X]” albums despite the large volumes of album pre-orders. That hindered LOONA from getting their first win in a music show. It even came to a point where they failed to renew LOONA’s songs listed under them in Spotify.

This also has a massive effect among international K-Pop artists and fans in general. With the large number of groups and artists alone, Spotify not only helps them get on a larger scale outside Korea, but it also contributes records to music charts such as Billboard.

Streaming charts have always been a big deal among K-Pop fans. With Spotify’s recent entry in the Korean music industry, fans have speculated that this unsettled agreement between Spotify and KakaoM was due to the fact that they don’t want to lose Melon, which is Korea’s top and largest music streaming platform with 28 million subscribers.

Other than the reliance of chartings and rankings by music shows such as Mnet’s M Countdown, KBS’s Music Core, SBS’s Inkigayo, MBC’s Music Core, and more, the streaming platform is owned by none other than KakaoM. This is a speculation all along but the fact that Spotify has 345+ million subscribers in 170 markets dwarfs Melon alone.

Stan Twitter memes everywhere

Some fans were able to make humor out of this controversy.

With KakaoM’s Melon ownership, international fans have joked around that signing up to Melon will never happen.

The fury of the K-Pop international fanbase might have made KakaoM realize their wrong action.

Orbits aren’t late to the meme party

It seems like every K-Pop fan is transferring to YouTube Music (not even Apple Music)

KakaoM as Thanos, anyone?

Memes aside, Spotify has re-assured fans that this issue is temporary and can still be resolved once KakaoM reaches a new global deal. Fans (like me) are hoping that KakaoM will settle this as soon as possible or this might be a huge loss not just to them, but for fans, artists, and their respective agencies as well.

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Globe’s Virtual Hangouts: Music, campus, K-Pop, and esports

More coming this year

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Last year, Virtual Hangouts brought you music festivals, concerts, youth summits, K-fan meets, and esports tournaments with the #OLTogetherNow. Well, strap up because they’re back.

Globe launched their Virtual Hangouts return with a virtual 360-degree view launch event last February 18. They, of course, had to tease us with sneak peeks of GoJAM, GoCAMPUS, GoKOREAN, and GoESPORTS this year.

GoJAM

Jumping off of last year’s GoJAM, Virtual Hangouts partnered with Karpos Live to bring a concert series featuring local and international acts from Paradise Rising, a music collective born out of Globe and 88rising’s partnership. Talents such as Jason Dhakal, Claudia Baretto, Leanne and Naara, and more are in this year’s line-up.

In light of circumstances last year, GoJAM brought you virtual Wanderland Music Festival 2020 and the Double Happiness: Winter Wonder Festival. So, tune in and wait for any new updates on this year’s events. While on the wait, GoJAM is stepping up their virtual immersive experience with virtual 360 concerts and choose-your-own-adventure interviews in this year’s plans.

GoCAMPUS

GoCAMPUS is bringing in another virtual youth summit and Future Reinvented. Students will be challenged to put theory into practice through a 5G Hackathon where teams make real-life applications of 5G technology.

With these events, GoCAMPUS hopes to reinvent school and learning experiences for students. While, empowering them to eventually bring to life real-world applications of 5G technology in society, industries, and smart cities.

GoKOREAN

Globe and K-Pop sensation BLACKPINK’s partnership and the recently concluded THE SHOW virtual concert aside, GoKOREAN has even more in store.

With GoKOREAN, K-fans get to enjoy interactive activities, like the design-your-own cup sleeves event as a way of celebrating the birthdays of BLACKPINK members. Virtual Hangouts will be having the Kmmunity Fest where fans can have a safe space to mingle and share their love of all thing K-Culture. Kmmunity Fest will be new platforms such as SHOOR, Upstream, as well as Vlive and VLive+.

GoESPORTS

Globe’s ongoing efforts to improve the Philippine esports scene by developing and discovering new esports talents and athletes was loud and clear with their VH UltiCup last year. How? Well, they opened both professional and amateur gamers to the competitive scene and giving them the opportunity to represent the country at the SuperGameFest 2020.

With its recent partnership with Riot Games Southeast Asia, it is no surprise that Globe is paving way for new opportunities for local gamers and enthusiasts. GoESPORTS has a few tournaments on their line-up for this year so keep your eyes peeled for any announcements.

If you’re interested in music, campus learning, K-culture, and esports, you can be part of these upcoming events on Virtual Hangouts simply through the GlobeOne app. On the app, just click on the Virtual Hangouts tab to view the events and join.

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Disney+ now streaming in Singapore

Have you subscribed yet?

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The wait is over. Disney+ is now finally available in Singapore.

If you’ve been longing to stream Disney classics, new shows like The Mandalorian in the Star Wars universe, or just want a feel good flick from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can now do so via the streaming app.

The subscription costs SG$ 11.98 per month or SG$ 119.98 for a year. With it you’ll have access to a library of 500 movies and over 15,000 episodes of some of your favorite shows from Disney Channel.

You’ll also gain access to content by other major entertainment companies like Pixar, National Geographic, and Star.

To sign-up, users need to go to the Disney+ website and you’ll be asked to input your email address so they can keep you updated on how to subscribe. A subscription plan lets the user stream on four different devices at the same time. There are also different profiles for each subscription just like Netflix. However, instead of just five, Disney+ gives you up to seven profiles.

GeekCulture put together a list of supported devices so check them out to see if you have any of them.

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