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Emma Carmichael is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Hairpin. She has served as managing editor of Deadspin, Gawker Media’s sports site, where she was previously a staff writer. From February 2012 to February 2013, she was the managing editor of Gawker, the company’s flagship site. Her writing has appeared in The Awl, The Atlantic Online, Daily Intel, Slate, SLAM, and Sports Illustrated. Emma grew up in Brattleboro, Vermont, and graduated from Vassar College in 2010 with a degree in Urban Studies.


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How Pat Summitt Ruined The Best Thing About Women's Basketball

In a kinder world, Geno 'n' Pat would be a sitcom about a bumbling male-female cop duo. Geno would cause trouble, and Pat would be very serious and by-the-book, and she'd occasionally trip on things. Alas, women's basketball is not that world.
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Dropping In On The Demented Utopia Of The Gathering Of The Juggalos

ICP's version of hip hop—politically anti-racist, but very white and non-urban—is the escape plan for the kids who don't ever leave. The Gathering is an annual diversion. Of any of the things Juggalos hold dear, this is the one I might be able to understand now.On the other hand, I never sat with Juggalos in the high school cafeteria.
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Starting In The Basement: A Day At Open Tryouts For The NBA's D-League

One of the first things that Jay Larranaga, head coach of the Erie Bayhawks, tells the 35 players who have paid $150 apiece to possibly have a shot at maybe earning a spot on his NBA Development League team, is that they are not really talented. Well, he doesn't say it exactly like that.
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Celebrating Serena Williams, Tennis Traditionalist

But what Serena reminded us is that, despite a year-long break from the sport, she still cares furiously about tennis, and about winning. This attitude, and this way of expressing it, was in no way unprecedented.
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The Graceful, Oversized Legacy of Yao Ming

The looming size of that body distracted us, at first, from considering what he could do with it. Yao did not start off great. He started off like a project.
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gawker

All the Girls Standing in the Line For the Rap Show: Iggy Azalea’s Sudden Rise

Of all of the self-reflective periods that hip hop has endured over the years, this one might be the most muddled: a culture that has spread far enough to reach a female teenager in Mullumbimby, Australia, and produce a viral video and an inevitable record deal is still doing its best gate-keeping job on a growing force of female rappers.
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Sexile in Guyville: Lady Writers and the Male Celebrities They Profile

The art of the form lies in a seamless two-step between writer and subject that is hard not to appreciate. Plenty of celebrity profiles suffer from the simple balance of an actor protecting an image, and the reporter duly packaging his or her cut-and-dry photo spread. The male-female profile knows no such limitations.
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the awl

Selling Herself Short: The Miscontexualization of Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" arrived just before this Thanksgiving. It could be difficult for anyone who is not a black female rapper (including me, a white female home-recording wannabe rapper) to understand that this is remarkable, and something to be celebrated, but I think Lin Que’s story provides some context. Minaj didn’t just release her first major album, she released the album that Lin Que—and a lot of other female rappers—once refused to record.
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With the Ladies in the Back at an Odd Future Show

Their trick is deciding who gets to be in on the joke; for listeners sensitive to lyrics about rape or homophobia, the trick is deciding if you really want to be in on the joke in the first place. Young white men, Tyler masks strapped on, were clamoring for that right on Friday, while the women tried to find a place for themselves.
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Kanye’s '808s': How A Machine Brought Heartbreak To Hip Hop

The immediate reaction to the album might have been similar to the one in Newport, Rhode Island in 1965, when Bob Dylan went electric at the Folk Festival. We don’t like drastic changes from the artists we’ve come to depend on for a certain kind of musical narrative, even if those artists happen to be going through drastic changes themselves.
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"Make Me Proud": Does Drake Actually Care About Women?

But we’re already accustomed to chauvinism in hip hop; on Take Care, the women who are not Drake’s matriarchs are either treated like impassive, mindless listeners who need to be told they’ve made someone proud, or they need to be put in their place for doing him wrong. The “la da das" are only so distracting here.
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daily intel


Kim’s Decision: How Kim Kardashian Made the Same Mistake As LeBron James

We may tolerate televised spectacles, but we’re affronted when they’re just as publicly unmasked. The interplay between audience and reality star acknowledges our complicity: We’re equal partners in the extravaganza and the collapse. And we don’t like to come out feeling like the chumps in that exchange.
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sports illustrated


Kareem of the Crop

No player in history, not even Lew Alcindor, transformed college basketball more than Baylor's dunk-happy Brittney Griner.
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