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Critical and Curious

Charisse L'Pree

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Critical and Curious

Critical and Curious

Charisse L'Pree

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Exploring pop “trash” through the lens of media history and theory, as well as representations of race, class, and gender with the Ambassador of Pop Culture, Bob Thompson, and Charisse L'Pree, professors at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Season 2 KEANUS IN PRODUCTION NOW!!

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Supernatural Keanu

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