My Favorite TV Shows Part 1

Been gone from the site for awhile. But I'm still committed to doing lists. And here's my favorite TV shows. You can tell that I haven't watched that many dramas. I'm attempting to rectify that now, but as of now most of the shows I've watched are animated or sitcoms. Are these in order? That's hard to say, these shows cover a wide range of genres, so it's pretty hard to compare them. But these are the first ones to come to mind so collectively these might be my favorite shows. But this isn't a greatest to least list. I'm pretty sure there are no spoilers here. Well maybe the pictures. This is part 1:

Avatar: The Last Airbender

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If you've seen my other blogs or follow me at all, you know how much I love this show, so I'll keep it short. This show is one of the few shows the hit the entertainment trifecta for me: Action, Comedy, & Drama. It manages to excel in all parts of that trinity with great set pieces, great art, and most importantly the characters. I don't think anything else needs to be said.

The Legend of Korra

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I frequently see people say they love The Legend of Korra, but it's not as good as The Last Airbender. I can understand that perspective, but I don't really agree. They're just different in my opinion, can't really explain. I mean they're in the same universe, the showcase some of the same concepts and of course characters. However they seem to carry different. . . emotions I guess. Two that to me are equally interesting and complex, different but equal and this is the clencher: I love Aang. I mean you don't understand I LOVE Aang. But Korra is probably the stronger character and that makes her story just as, if not more interesting. Again they're different, but equal to me. Just know I love both of them.

The Good Wife

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I started watching this show during the summer and preceded to watch every episode, back to back over the course of 3 or 4 days. I was completed addicted. I watched many law shows. But never one that has been able to keep my interests like this. I was instantly engaged into the characters and their lives.The cases were somehow in the background and the foreground, and managed to be both funny and though provoking. And at the center, Alicia's arc, as she attempts to restablish her career and keep her family afloat. I am desperately waiting for the season 7 premiere.

Cowboy Bebop

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This was the first anime I ever watched with a 26 episode format. I didn't think that was something I was going to like, since at the time, I only engaged in anime with continuous stories(and no less than 100+ episodes). But what I ended up getting was a well crafted story with more pathos and complexity than some of those shows had in their entire run. Spike will go down as one of the most bad***, coolest characters of all time. In my heart, I've always wanted a sequel to this show, but as it stands it's one of the best character stories ever committed to film.

One Piece

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This show follows a predictable formula. Luffy and crew show up to an island, make friends, and then precede to throw a wrench into whoever's evil plans are happening at the time. I mean it is a Shonen, so of course it follows that path. The reason I love the show is first because the characters are so funny, the action scenes are great, and it's just pure insanity and fun.

Ed, Edd, n Eddy

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I don't like using the words underated or overrated. They come from a place of arrogance. They assume that if a lot of people love something, but you don't, then there combined love is unfounded or not real and I don't like that. . . where was I going with this. Oh yeah Ed. I wouldn't say underrated, but I have always felt this show was overlooked amongst the other breakout Cartoon Network shows. It had a long run, but doesn't seem like it held in the public consciousness like say Dexter's Lab or Powerpuff Girls, and while I love those shows. If we're talking about pure comedy, Ed, Edd, n Eddy is the best hands down to me. It is probably my favorite comedic cartoon. The Eds and their adventures are just hilarious, and I've haven't stopped laughing at them since I was a kid, and I'll be laughing at them into old age.

Steven Universe

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I don't typically get to watch t.v. because of my college duties. But I'm currently on Fall Break, so I decided to pick a show to watch. I literally started watching this show on Tuesday and watched every episode until yesterday and then rewatched them and now I can't stop thinking about it. Steven, Garnet, Amethyst, & Pearl feel as real as any of the people I now. But what really got me was I didn't think this sugary looking show would be touching on themes of PTSD, identity crisis, LGBT, helplessness, weakness, & love. I think at the heart of this series is LOVE, in all it's forms. It's just fantastic! And now I'm sad, because It's now on hiatus.

Daria

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Once again, I don't like using words like underrated, but I've always felt like Daria was and overlooked show. I mean this show managed to focus on the complex relationships between peers, while satrizing the American public school systems. And before it was done, it had covered the angles of the complex families. And at the center is Daria, the character who at the beginning of the story appears a shining knight sitting on high and by the end is more like a sour knight, sitting not to high above the surface. And Jane her more realistic friend, the true star!(kidding), who in my opinion every one has a little bit of Jane in them.

Regular Show

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Now this is probably the most insane show that I've ever liked or can really remember. I mean I know Ren and Stimpy was insane, but I've have't seen that since I was like 4. Mordecai and Rigby's adventures are just insane. But like a lot of Cartoon Network shows, there's a fair amount of character behind all of the zaniness.

Dexter

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Like most dramas I've seen, I started watching this show randomly. I saw it on Netflix one day, and decided to just give it a chance. And it's story, about an insane man fighting to keep his 'addiction' in check was just intriguing. Even this shows series finales, ranks among my least favorite finales of all time, doesn't change the fact that I was hooked on it for eight seasons and it kept my attention up until that last moment. The concept brought me in, but it was the character's past and his possible future that kept me engaged.

The Bernie Mac Show

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This show is hilarious, but of course it is, it stars Bernie Mac. But you know why it's so great? I love lots of sitcoms: Martin, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, Good Times, the list goes on. You know the problem every sitcom has? Eventually they stop being funny. Either by running out of concepts or taking concepts in wrong/headshaking ways(I'm looking at you Family Matters). That never happened to The Bernie Mac Show, it remained funny/gut-busting hilarious the entire 104 episodes it was on air. I think it was because it didn't feature a lot of the typical sitcom plotlines, and really took it's premise, a unique premise at that, to heart in all of its plots. And it made for fantastic TV. You're always in my heart Bernie Mac.

Futurama

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This is the first 'adult' cartoon I ever saw. I used to watch it with my Uncle(of course I did). However like so many shows of my childhood, I didn't really get to enjoy them until after I was grown and went back to them. That goes double for this. Because from childhood to rediscovery, I had forgot all about this show. Woe is me, that I spent some 10 years without being able to watch this show and it's hilarious. I know people like to watch these adult shows to watch babies curse and sex jokes and stuff. But my favorites(Futurama, Archer, American Dad), all have enough character and enough depth to actually make the stories engaging.

Good Times

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Good Times is always heralded as one of the great sitcoms, so chances are you've seen it. Or heard about it. Now while this show does suffer from the aforementioned Sitcom Curse, the first three seasons are so hilarious that it still manages to be in my top five sitcoms easily. The struggle of the poor, damn near starving, Evans family is as funny as it is tragic at times. And as one of the key shows to show the struggle of African-Americans at the time, I've got nothing but love, respect, and admiration for this show.

Archer

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I stayed up till like 4:00am once and was flipping through channels, and I ended up on this show and it's unique animation style and it intrigued. I had to find out about it. Thankfully, at the time, they had the first two seasons on Netflix and I preceded to plow through them. Never had I seen a show so dedicated to callbacks, running gags, references. Well sure Family Guy does that too, but 1st I think Archer manages to integrate MUCH less obnoxiously. And 2nd I actually enjoy Archer's plotlines and characters. Even though they're terrible people, even Lana, they're just so funny and somehow likable that I couldn't stop watching even if I wanted to. . . and I don't want to.

Justice League

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Though I watched this show when I was younger, I didn't get to appreciate it and it's characters and plotlines until I was much older.It was after I had become a comic fan and it was then that I realized all the care and wander they managed to cram into this show. The roster alone is insane. Some of these characters and concepts had never made to the silver or small screen. It was always action packed and fun. This show made me proud to love comics and the superheroes that inhabit them. Not that I needed that, but it made me feel it nonetheless.

Law & Order: SVU

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Out of all the dramas I picked, this show probably is the least complex of them all. Don't get me wrong this show can get really dark, as the subject matter implies, but not really complex The biggest character flaw the character's have to fight through is overzealousness, but they never change so it's not an arc or anything. But sometimes you don't need that. Sometimes you just want to sit back and see terrible people get the A$$ kicking they deserve. This show has over 300 episodes and I've seen them all at least twice, so that says something about my dedication right there. I don't think the show's been the same since Stabler left, though I'm biased because I greatly dislike Olivia, but I still tune in each season to try it out, also I really like Barba.

The Sopranos

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I think watching something when it's out of the zeitgeist is important to get true feelings about it. The Soparanos was a phenomenon while it was on and for years after it was done, but I was six when it premiered so of course I didn't watch it then. I watched it later, way after it was off of the common tongue and it's hype had simmered down. After all that time, was the hype and praise it garnered really deserving? Yes, yes it was.

Martin

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I stand by the first two seasons, being some of the funniest moments on T.V. ever. I mean the banter between Martin & Pam alone is enough for the price of admission. The third season is fine, if a little boring The last two seasons border on terrible. The fifth season is obvious why since the two leads couldn't be on screen together, but the fourth was either written by new people who were trying to make a new show, but with Martin's ratings or by the same people the first time on a lot of cocaine. Either way doesn't take away for the the hilarity and some of the genius of the comedy.

Seinfeld

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This is another show that I heard was awesome for years before I ever actually watched an episode. And was it as funny as everyone said it was? Almost. Don't get me wrong, it's still hilarious. It helps that the jokes and humor come from the characters, and they're timeless. It's just that some of the plots aren't as funny to my modern brain(read this page for more clarification).Sitcom Curse affects this show as well, though I got to say it seems like the most fitting finale for any show ever. Doesn't take the hilarity away from this show either.

Burn Notice

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I don't really like the USA Network programming. While I am a fan of dramedies, I don't like the silly atmosphere of a lot of their shows have. I managed to watch this show essentially by accident and I was pleasantly surprised by the tone. I never watched a show like this. I mean I'm not sure it's unique, essentially Michael and his pals are the A-Team, but it was new to me and I fell into it. The glue that held it all together was the spy advice of Michael between episodes. I feel like that is a very interesting way for the story to be communicated and connected. Also these characters are pretty awesome!

American Dad

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I was so glad that this show came out different than it's thematic brother. This show plays out much more like a sitcom, and I think it's better because of that. It's all about the character interactions, sure they're stereotypes, but the American Dad writers proceed to subvert, lampshade, & deconstruct those stereotypes over and over. All of the main characters are funny and when this show takes a turn towards the surreal, it always gets me. It's so funny and strange and subversive and weird..

Revolutionary Girl Utena

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This is one those shows that is confusing even years after watching, but this show would qualify for one of my favorites no matter what. One of the great joys of life is finding a piece of art that profoundly touches you. And this is what this show is. Three years after watching it, I still think about the symbolism, the motifs, and THAT ending. It's one of those shows that can make you feel good, and then make your skin want to runaway from your body. It pinballs between all of these things to be one of the most complex shows I've ever seen. Now the best symbolism is symbolism that even if you don't understand it, the story can still be understood fully. . . and Utena doesn't completely manage that, but even if you ignore all of that, you're still into an insane slightly incoherent story, possibly about love. . . maybe.

Adventure Time

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This show is still a phenomenon, even though it's popularity has waned, it's still in everyone's ears and that's for good reason. Like the other two current Cartoon Network shows on this list. The show manages to be a colorful ball of insanity with enough serious moments to really make you consider tearing up.

Key & Peele

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Satire an parody are both extremely hard things to do well. I don't even have to name the people who do it terribly and without merit, you already know thier names. I think it's few people in the modern age who attempt it, let alone do it well. I felt like Key & Peele was at the forefront of that. Over five seasons they managed to pick apart race, vampires, sci-fi, funerals, the president insult comedy, police brutality, profiling, action thrillers, war movies, slavery, cheating, and even moments that don't fit in a category like when someone tries to take your joke. They came out of nowhere(actually I use to watch the pair on Madtv), blew my mind, and didn't overstay the welcome, you can't say that about most shows, let alone one this good.

The Twilight Zone

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Suspenseful, Twistful, Thrilling, Shocking, Imaginative, Powerful, & all in half hour self contained stories. Nuff Said!

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My PS4 Games

I just got a ps4 recently and these are the games I have for it, with some opinion stuff on the side. FYI I haven't finished any of these games.

Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain & Ground Zeroes

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The whole reason I was dedicated to getting a PS4 is so I could get this game. This is arguably my favorite video game series. And I wasn't disapointed. This is essentially what I've always wanted. Unending stealth action! Ground Zeroes was quick, but I had Phantom Pain to play right behind it so that didn't matter to me.

Bloodborne

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I love this game, but also F#$% this game. This is the hardest game I've ever played. And I've played Mega Man 2 and Ghosts and Goblins and Contra 3. It's this the haunting atmospheric world that really gets me. I haven't gotten far yet, but it's very enjoyable.

Velocity 2X

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It baffles the mind that no one is ever talking about his game. Part space shooter, part side scroller. All speed. I played Velocity Ultra on my Ps3 and loved it, but the gameplay is taking to a whole new level here.

Transistor

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I first played this game on the PC, but it didn't work well on my PC, so I deleted it and waited until I got my PS4 to play. It's one of my favorite RPGS now. Another must-play. The characters and narration is fantastic.

Skullgirls 2nd Encore

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This is a pretty interesting and unique fighting game. The story and character designs are awesome. The only problem is, there aren't a lot of characters, but then again it is an indie fighting game.

The Last of Us Remastered

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This is the game that was bundled with my system, and I'm so glad I picked this bundled. I missed this game on the last generation, and I think it was worth the wait.

One Piece Pirate Warriors 3

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I'm a One Piece nut, so I had to pick the game up. It's the One Piece universe over the Dynasty Warriors Model. It's pretty enjoyable, alone for the aesthetic, but the combat is extremely fun with local co-op.

J-Stars Victory Vs+

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This game is a crossover between the Shonen Jump manga series. It's like something I dreamed about as a kid. As a fighting game it's pretty basic, with basic combos. The difficulty comes more more evasion and position of the maps.

Rocket League

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This is the only sports game I have, and it's really the only one I care about. Big hit around my friends. I'm a story nerd, so I kind of wish there was some type of story, but i'm still a great fan.

N++

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Game motivated by momentum, and extremely difficult. There are thousands of levels, so I've barely cracked the surface of the games.

Thomas Was Alone

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I actually bought this game for my PS3 and beat it there, but this game is crossbuy though. It's probably the platformer with the best story.

Onechanbara z2 Chaos

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This is the kind of game you feel mildly ashamed to let someone see you playing. The sexualization is taken to super extremes, like no other game I've ever seen. But in practice it's a pretty fun game, it's just a visceral hack and slasher with lots of colors and terrible one liners. It's like a goofy Japanese b-movie.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles': China

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I don't really like the Assassin's Creed games like that. But this 2-D stealth game really caught my eye, though I haven't gotten far in it.

Shantae: Risky's Revenge- Diretor's Cut

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I originally had this game for my iPhone, but I deleted it because the platformer was too hard on a touch display. So I was glad it got released on PS4 it one of my favorite platformers.

Dust: An Elysian Tail

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I bought it because it was a Metroidvania, but I don't have an opinion yet, because I just started.

Trine Enchanted Edition & Trine 2: Complete Story

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Cool concept, haven't had much play time.

Strider

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This is a really fun metroidvania title. It's my first installment of the Strider series though, and I haven't gotten too far.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition

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Had to buy this game, since I missed it in the last generation. I've played through the story and it was pretty good. Pretty standard Elseworld stuff. The combat is good, but it seems very different from most fighting games, I don't know if that's good or bad.

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Favorite Literature Part 1

I've done other favorite things like.... I've read more than I"ve participated in any other media, so it makes sense to do this. Gotta break it up though. Here's Part 1

The Arabian Nights

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Watchmen By Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

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The Book Thief By Markus Zuzak

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Othello By William Shakespeare

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A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

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Sandman By Neil Gaiman

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A Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burgess

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'The Tell-Tale Heart' By Edgar Allan Poe

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Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

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Rita Hayworth & The Shawshank Redemption/Hope Springs Eternal By Stephen King

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Storyteller By Leslie Marmon Silko

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Y: The Last Man By Brian K. Vaughn

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Devil In A Blue Dress By Walter Mosley

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'Dry September' By William Faulkner

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'The Most Dangerous Game' By Richard Carroll

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'The Man Who Liked Dickens' By Evelyn Waugh

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Fragile Things By Neil Gaiman

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52 By Morrison, Rucka, Johns, & Waid

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Apt Pupil/Summer of Corruption By Stephen King

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She-Hulk By Dan Slott

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The Book of Lost Things By John Connolly

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Candide By Voltaire

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

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A Good Man is Hard to Find By Flannery O'Conner

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'The Sky is Gray' Ernest J. Gaines

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The Tempest By William Shakespeare

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Solar Storms By Linda Hogan

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Red Woman With Backward Eyes By Marijo Moore

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Yellow By Don Lee

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The Question By Dennis O'Neil

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Planetary By Warren Ellis

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Anthem By Ayn Rand

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Sabre-Tooth By Peter O'Donnell

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Modesty Blaise By Peter O'Donnell

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Carrie By Stephen King

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'Cask of Amontillado' By Edgar Allan Poe

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A Retrieved Reformation By O. Henry

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Some Gorgeous Women

Awhile ago I did two lists called: Gorgeous Western Animation Women & Gorgeous Anime Women, where I listed quasi-attractive fictional characters. Now here's real beautiful women, because why not? There are literally too many gorgeous women to list, so I just picked them as I thought about them. None of the pics are explicit, so there shouldn't be any problem

Keani Cochelle

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6'1. 36D-26-47. This is my dream woman.

Cubana

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Janelle Monae

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British Heav

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Bria Myles

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Olivia Jensen

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Kateria Manning

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Ayisha Diaz

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Sagaleeyaa

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Rosie Huntington-Whitley

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Jennifer Esposito

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Nitty Scott, MC

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Rihanna

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Scarlett Johansson

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Christina Applegate

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Angie Harmon

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Rocky Rivera

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Solange

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Corinne Bailey Rae

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Alicia Keys

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Diane Neal

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Denyce Lawton

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Favorite Characters Part 4.

A little while ago, I started doing a list that focused on my favorite characters. I'm not a genre snob, so I've chosen characters from movies, literature, comics, video games, even art. Here's

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

And here's part 4:

Mother Sarah

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Sarah is just awesome, simple as that. No not really it isn't simple as that. Sarah is the inhabitance of a post apocalyptic world. Nuclear holocaust has left most of the planet devastated. Most people are dead, and the few that are left are total a-holes. And then there's Sarah. In a world of terrible people. Sarah still manages to be a comparatively compassionate and good person, despite the terrible people and the terrible changing world. No matter how many terrible things happen, and terrible terrible things happen, Sarah manages to stay determined in spite of that. But then she's got a mission. In the terrible chaos, Sarah is separated from her family, and then essentially turns into a terminator in her quest to reunite with her children. And that's all, that becomes a living power source to keep Sarah going and kick a lot of a-- in the process.

Renee Montoya

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She was supposed to come in Part 1 . . but I forgot. That doesn’t speak to her character though. She’s still one of my favorites, by far. Gotham Central was a great series, one of my favorites, and that's where I first got acquainted with Renee. I mean I had seen her in the awesome Batman: The Animated Series. But I didn't get to appreciate the series, until I was older. So I didn't get to know the character until Gotham Central. It's always great in superhero comics, when they show actual human beings dealing with the number of problems in the world. That is opposite to Spider-Man, he shows humanity in himself and has human problems, but he can also throw cars around. Not even Batman fits this. No that's why stories like Gotham Central & Damage Control are so cool. Anyway back to Renee. Renee Montoya is a detective in Gotham City, one of the first places ever, and she just wants to keep people safe, without getting killed, frozen to death, or looking inadequate next to Batman. One of the best arcs, is the one where her sexuality is exposed and she gets kidnapped by Two-face. So she was great there, but then came 52 came out and she was cemented as one of the best. No longer a detective, no longer a protector, no longer anything really. She's just a woman sitting at a bar, drinking whenever she can, and bedding every pretty face she can. Then she meets Vic Sage and everything changes. She gets intrigued, she trains, she works hard, and the she's The Question, carrying in the footsteps of him, and following his example. She's tough, great fighter, and strong. And like him she doesn't have superpowers, but continues in the face of justice anyway. Wonderful, wonderful Renee.

Jenny Sparks

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Jenny Sparks is just real. She's an extreme character of course She's basically a bit of a jack---. She's crash and rude. She's also the best. The Authority is a weird series, it's kind of like Watchmen in that it seems like Warren Ellis doesn't want us to like his characters, but he makes them way too awesome. There's no way you can't at least admire their strength and tenacity. Jenny is the exemplar. Jenny is a lighting shooting high flying and a leader in every sense of the word. She's a part of Stormwatch, and later the Authority. She is forced to take command and control when a variety of terrible and perplexing tragedies attack. But she always manages to stay cool. Smoking a cigarette and being bad---.

Po

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Po, even the whole Kung-Fu Panda franchise, is the exemplar of never judge a book by it's cover. He's a fanboy of the highest order. He's got action figures of his heroes, he daydreams about fighting with them. . . he dreams about fighting with them, and kung-fu is basically all he thinks about. And he finally gets a chance to prove himself, and he sucks, at least at first. See the thing about Po is he's one of the incarnates of determination. He doesn't give up, even though he doesn't, initially, show any aptitude for the martial arts. Slowly but surely, it turns out destiny was right. The power was in him all along, he just had to realize that. Po is great, because he's one of the great pure characters. He's pure-hearted, determined, enthusiastic, and he's a great fighter.

Makoto

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Fighting game characters aren't really big on deepness, or nuance. And their motivations usually don't go any further than wanting to fight or winning cash money. Makoto's different. Makoto is the only practitioner of Rindoukan Karate. And she is on a single-handed mission to show it is the strongest in the world. Why? After her father's death, the reputation of the dojo and the style, and she commits to that one mission with unwavering, roaring, unstoppable diligence. That is even more apparent in the Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki , where she is even more focused, and challenges every other student to battle on the first day of school. Like Po above, she's just determined. In fact, she literally can not stop thinking about that glory. And that's what makes her so likable, also she's so absolutely cute!

Maggie & Hopey

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Maggie Chascarillo & Hopey Glass, two of the stars of one of my favorite comic series, Love & Rockets. They are two Latin American women who are best friends, and sometimes lovers, who are basically just normal women trying to make through life and love. They experience romantic comedy esque adventures, but also some fairly dramatic stuff concerning their other friends and lovers. Maggie and Hopey's story cannot be rightly condensed, not in my opinion. The only way to experience this is to read the comics and experience it yourselves. You'll be glad you did.

Mercy St. Clair

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Mercy St. Clair is a bounty hunter from the long running comic Trekker. It concerns itself with Mercy's assorted jobs that put her in danger all around space. I didn't even know Trekker existed until the Trekker Omnibus came out a few years ago. It was one of the best comic purchases I made. So what's so great about Mercy? Just like every bounty hunter protagonist, she appears to be all business all the time, and that is partially solidified by her professional and cold nature, but sooner than later the reader realizes she's good natured, pretty good natured at least. She doesn't abstain from killing, which is kind of treated as morally ambiguous, but the people she's after are killers and kidnapper and hijackers, so she's justified in my opinion. Like a lof of characters in this particular part she's just awesome, but she's got enough nuance and development that has allowed Trekker to be continuously produced since 1987.

Voodoo

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WildC.A.T.S. Street Smart was one of the first comics I ever read, and event though I was pretty confused by it, it did get me intrigued in comics. That's where I first got acquainted with the character of Voodoo. I thought she was cool and funny there, but I didn't have context. Then I picked up Alan Moore's Voodoo miniseries and I really grew to like the character there.She was still cool and sexy, but she was also dynamic and smart. This is one of my fav comics, I don't won't to spoil it, Alan Moore did write it, so you don't have to take my word for it. You might not have liked her in WildCATS, but you'll adore after the miniseries, at least I did.

Rainsford

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I'm a literary nut, so Rainsford is a no-brainer. For those who don't know, Rainsford is the protagonist of 'The Most Dangerous Game' If you don't know the character or story you've probably watched something influenced by it. As the story and Rainsford have been referenced, parodied, and alluded to for 90 years. Rainsford is the proto-manly adventuring type, with intelligence to boot. From Rambo to the protagonists of the Predator films, many characters have Rainsford pumping through their blood. Refuse to spoil the story, it's a short one check it out and experience the character. Or watch the movie version starring Joel McCrea(Left).

Wally West

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I know a lot of people love Barry the most, but since he died 8 years before I was born, Wally was the only flash that I knew. And he's always been one of my favorites. I first fell in love with him on the Justice League animated show. I've always saw him as a Spider-Man parallel. There both kind of goofs. They like to crack jokes. And it's bad news when they get serious and aren't goofing off.

Ashima Gang

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Ashima is a character from the novel and movie The Namesake, she is debatably the protagonist or deuteragonist of the story. It concerns her adaption to the customs and culture of America, and the conflict that comes between her more adjusted husband, and her wholly Americanized children. She's just a beacon of strength and honesty. Her concerns will seem weird to those not involved in the culture, but there so earnest, that you can't help but feel for her anyway. Ashima manages to maintain her strength and her identity is this strange new place, while fighting to keep her family together.

Josephine "Jo" March

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Jo is a character from the young adult classic Little Women. She's the character that most people like, so I won't go too in depth. She's just the best. She's independently minded. She's smart and strong willed. Alcott had a natural writing style that endured her characters and made them realistic, but she clearly put the most workin Jo, as she is essentially the protagonist as compared to the others. All of the characters are realistic, but only Jo is real, at least in my book. She's a writer and a reader, so she gets points for that off the start. She's the emotionally charged and dynamic character in the series, and she's just great.

Octavia

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Had to get a screenshot of the character from the tv movie. That's why her eyes are closed. Can't spoil anything about this one. Octavia is a character from the award winning short story 'The Sky is Gray'. It concerns herself and her son James. That's all I can say, Just read it.

Monica Rambeau

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Once again another awesome character. I first got introduced to Monica when I read the Thunderbolts and she came to kick Captain Marvel's a-- for stealing her name again. And I thought it was hilarious. However I got to love her in Nextwave, another of my favorite comic runs. She's one of my top avengers. She's strong, smart, a leader. She's just great.

The Narrator(The Tell-Tale Heart)

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This guy is just insane. And like I said in another list that's entertaining. He is the exemplar of the unreliable narrator. The best part about him is how much he wants the reader's approval. Before the story is even started he's already rationalizing his actions and his twisted mind. He desperately wants us to agree with him. But how could we after we find out what he's done, and for the reason. Won't spoil it. If you haven't read the Tell-Tale Heart, I recommend looking at the UPA cartoon, it's the best way to experience the story and the character.

Shoshana

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I love revenge characters. Not that I agree with taking revenge necessarily, but it makes for intrigue in character nonetheless. 'He Who Fights Monsters'. and all of that. Shoshana doens't seem like a terrible person though, but that might just be because of the company. Anybody can look favorable next to a Nazi. Even the Joker turned his nose up to The Red Skull, and the story treated that as righteous indignation. So maybe Shoshana's revenge plot is morally dubious at best, but it's still intriguing nonetheless. And her udder contempt and focus on destorying the nazis. A lot of people felt tricked since the movie was more focused on her, but Tarantino did the right thing in my opinion. Shoshana is where the depth is.

Django

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Django's like the anti western hero, then he's an exemplar, then he's a deconstruction. That many layers he has to be great. Well he doesn't have to, but he is nonetheless. I mean one minute he's a victim, the next he's an ace, then he's an almost too convincing fake villain. He's just complexity. And it helps that as active as he is, he doesn't talk that much. The things he says are deliberate, more deliberate than his actions even. Him and Shoshana are essentially transplanted characters. The only difference is Django gets to be more active is his revenge. That doesn't make him a better character than her, but that's a different layer. Ultimately though because he's a gunslinger, some find him more entertaining, I wouldn't necessarily say that, but he's great nonetheless.

Walter Lee Younger

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Walter Lee Younger is the protagonist of Lorraine Hansberry's seminal 'A Raisin in the Sun. Walter represents the festering inadequacies and frustration that African-Americans had during the 1960s. Ms. Hansberry uses Walter as the measure of black struggle. But not just that, as he also embodies the way that failure can change and inhabit us. The title of the play comes from a famous Langston Hughes poem that goes

"What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?

Walter, and partially his family, embody these words and it's what makes Walter one of the great screen and stage characters. Being played by Sidney Poitier doesn't hurt anything.

Ben Reilly

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I know a lot of people who hate Ben Reilly, mainly because of the Clone Saga length, but I've always endured myself to him. I mean he's just as much a hero and selfless as Spidey is. For example, at some point during the Clone Saga, Peter was put in jail for murder I believe. So what does Ben do? He takes Peter's place in jail so that Pete can be with his wife and work the case. He's just a stand up guy, and I've always like him for that. There were parts of the Clone Saga where I actually felt for Ben more, where I almost wanted him to be the real Spidey, not really but kind of, but he's a great character in his own right. And he's still one of my favorites as the Scarlet Spider.

Luba

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Luba is the protagonist of the 'Palomar' side of the Love & Rockets comic. She is an archetype of strongly written women. She's independent, she's strong, she's sexually liberated, she works hard. But like all strong characters she's fallible. She faces just as many tragedies, as she does victories, actually more tragedies. Love and Rockets might get absurd with women physique, but it's stories are always real, and heartbreaking and Luba and her family is typically in the center of it all. But even up into her 60s she still remains fiery and strong. She falls, but is never truly broken down, even if she does soften.

The Absinthe Drinker

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This is the first character from a painting included on my lists. The Absinthe Drinker is a painting by Pablo Picasso. This painting has a story, but because we can only see a frame, we don't know what it is. But the central character is full of intrigue either way. Why is she sitting by herself? Why is she drinking absinthe? Is she lonely? Why is she sitting so intently? Why is she sitting so uncomfortably? What is she contemplating? What has caused the grief on her face? So many unanswered questions. But then answers don't necessarily make character interesting. Picasso manages to create one of the most striking portraits I've ever seen, just trough body placement. I wish I could know more about her.

Gilgamesh

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Every tragic greek hero is taking queues from Gilgamesh here. As he is the exemplar of the tragic hero, the anti-hero, and the epic hero all in one. He is the protagonist of arguably the oldest epic poem ever, The Epic of Gilgamesh. And it revolves around Gilgamesh, a super strong Hercules type, dealing with a very real human problem, his own mortality. Can't spoil the story, just know that Gilgamesh becomes a real character through his grief over death and the fate of his friends.

Ted

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Won't spoil this either.Just read 'I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream.' Ted is a sacrificial lamb and an extremely strong character, and not in the way you might think. Just read the story.

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Favorite Video Games Part 1.

I've been doing a lot of favorite lists, so now I'm going to do favorite video games. This is part 1. Let me know what your favorites are.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

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Super Metroid

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Mass Effect 2

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

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Metroid Prime

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Crash Bandicoot: Warped

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Device 6

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Beyond Good & Evil

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Portal

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Monster World IV

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Rayman Legends

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Mass Effect 3

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Far Cry 3

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Portal 2

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Superbrothers: Swords & Sworcery EP

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Metroid Fusion

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Super Mario World

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Dig Dug

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Dragon's Crown

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Guacamelee

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Saints Row The Third

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Crash Bandicoot 2

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Borderlands 2

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Velocity 2x

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Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

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I remember when this game came out, everone I knew hated this game. And I was the only one speaking up for it. Now with the 3ds version, everyone loves it.

Transistor

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Telltale's The Walking Dead

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Fallout 3

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Child of Light

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Beat Sneak Bandit

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

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Bastion

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Arkham City

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Ni No Kuni

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Bayonetta

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Dragon Age Inquisition

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Adventure Bar Story

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Mega Man 2

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Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

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Sly 3

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Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal

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Jak 2

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Donkey Kong Country

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Frogger

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80 Days

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Creatures Such As We

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Favorite Singers

I did Favorite Hip Hop Artists. So I'm doing favorite singers. As far as singers go, I mostly stick to R&B and Pop.

NO GOATS, too boring.

Janelle Monae

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Solange

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Corinne Bailey Rae

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Rihanna

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The Weeknd

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Ellie Goulding

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SZA

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Ne-Yo

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Ezperanza Spalding

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Justin Timberlake

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King Krule

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Jessie J

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THEESatisfaction

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Jhene Aiko

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Taylor Swift

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Usher

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Beyonce

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Not as much as I used to, but still.

Alicia Keys

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Frank Ocean

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Chris Brown

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Aaliyah

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Rita Ora

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Lili K

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Kiara Lanier

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Lyndriette

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Haim

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Mickey Guyton

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Kiesza

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Favorite Singers

I did Favorite Hip Hop Artists. So I'm doing favorite singers. As far as singers go, I mostly stick to R&B and Pop.

NO GOATS, too boring.

Janelle Monae

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Solange

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Corinne Bailey Rae

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Rihanna

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The Weeknd

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Ellie Goulding

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SZA

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Ne-Yo

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Ezperanza Spalding

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Justin Timberlake

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King Krule

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Jessie J

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THEESatisfaction

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Jhene Aiko

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Taylor Swift

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Usher

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Beyonce

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Alicia Keys

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Frank Ocean

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Chris Brown

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Aaliyah

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Rita Ora

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Lili K

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Kiara Lanier

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Lyndriette

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Haim

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Mickey Guyton

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Favorite Hip Hop Artists

Here's my favorite hip hop artists. Why? Because why not. I love rap, so I thought I just do a quick list of them. Are they in order? Arguably. I mean J. Cole & Kendrick are my two favorites.

I made sure not to include any GOATS on this list, those lists are done to death.

J. Cole

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Kendrick Lamar

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Earl Sweatshirt

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Nitty Scott, MC

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Rocky Rivera

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Ab-Soul

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Elliphant

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Chance The Rapper

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Big KRIT

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Childish Gambino

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No Name Gypsy

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ASAP Rocky

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Isaiah Rashad

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Angel Haze

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Lola Monroe

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