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Little Richard’s rock ‘n’ roll brought the margins to the center. Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images

The 1950s queer black performers who inspired Little Richard

Little Richard honed his craft as a teenage drag queen. In everything from his hairstyle to his lyrics, we see the influence of gay contemporaries like Esquerita and Billy Wright.
Matt ‘Airistotle’ Burns performs during the 2017 Air Guitar World Championships in Finland. Eeva Rihel/Lehtikuva via AP

How air guitar became a serious sport

An ethnomusicologist traces the origins of the practice, from early 20th century 'air conductors' to Joe Cocker's air riffing at Woodstock to the rise of international competitions.
Was Kyrie Irving’s leadership style a factor in the Boston Celtics’ struggles this season? AP Photo/Matt Slocum

The pitfalls of the narcissistic NBA player

A group of researchers figured out which NBA teams featured the most egotistical players, and then tracked their performances over the course of a season.

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