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1. Amor Prohibido
Jeff Winkler | Texas Monthly | Aug. 20, 2015 | 36 minutes (9,000 words)
Twenty years after Selena’s death, devotion to the legendary singer is as strong as ever. But who owns her legacy?
2. Here’s What’s Missing from ‘Straight Outta Compton’
Dee Barnes | Gawker | Aug. 18, 2015 | 11 minutes (2,822 words)
Dee Barnes, former host of hip-hop show “Pump It Up!” who was assaulted by Dr. Dre in the early 1990s, looks back on her own experience, N.W.A.’s attitude toward women, and why the movie ignored women artists like JJ Fad and Tairrie B, who were protégés of the group. Dr. Dre released a statement on Friday apologizing ‘to the women I’ve hurt’`
3. The Oral History of the Launch of Epicurious
Eric Gillin | Epicurious | Aug. 18, 2015 | 22 minutes (5,646 words)
Recent history: How to put together a website in 1995 when very few people understood how to put together websites.
4. Welcome to Maternity Hotel California
Benjamin Carlson | Rolling Stone | Aug. 19, 2015 | 29 minutes (7,311 words)
A look at the underground birth tourism industry, in which foreigners visit another country to have a baby. Carlson tells the story of a Chinese couple who paid $35,000 to stay at a maternity hotel in Los Angeles and have their baby and give him U.S. citizenship.
5. The Speakeasy
Dave Madden | Harper’s (metered paywall) | July 1, 2015 | 25 minutes (6,474 words)
A lifelong comedy fan spends a week at Marty’s, a bleak Hollywood comedy club that specializes in open-mic stand-up.