Mariah Carey Wins Christmas and Takes a Video Victory Lap

On Thursday, Mariah Carey released the “Make My Dreams Come True” version of the video for “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and the video might be mis-titled. The new video accompanies the 25th anniversary reissue of her Merry Christmas, which includes the song, and the video really suggests that she believes all you want for Christmas is her. Watching it and the original video from 1994 back to back says so much about who and what Carey has become.

Better Christmas Music Through Science

“Love’s Not Just for Christmas” isn’t only a good song. It opens doors to a host of good questions from the first upward sweep of strings. Just before they reach a crescendo, a buoyant piano pumps out chords over which a female R&B singer describes a domestic vignette from the holiday season. “The whole world smiles as there’s only love in the air,” she sings before the female vocal ensemble that back her step warmly into the bouncy chorus that concludes with the title sentiment.

Jindenna, The Internet Win Essence Festival 2016

If you weren’t in the Superdome or the Convention Center this weekend, the story of Essence Festival was #closedforessence. A photo of a sign in Walk-Ons’ door that announced that the bar was closed for repairs started the meme as the timing, along with the history of bars and restaurants closing during the Essence Festival and Bayou Classic weekends, made the closure suspicious.

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