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Think of the top women rappers of our time: Cardi B. Megan Thee Stallion. Nicki Minaj. They all showcase a signature style that involves multicolored wigs, skyscraping heels and designer logos on everything. But that blend of high fashion, femininity and attitude began before any of them, pioneered in the 1990s by the original queen bee: Lil' Kim. Ahead of its time, Kim's ingenuity – and her place in the fusion of fashion and hip-hop – has not always been recognized. Host Brittany Luse and fashion journalist Scarlett Newman make the case for why it's time Lil' Kim gets the credit she deserves. You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenaMin or email us at
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Alley died of cancer that was only recently discovered, her children True and Lillie Parker said in a post on Twitter. The Emmy-winning actress was known for roles including Rebecca Howe on Cheers.
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As the second season of HBO's The White Lotus comes to a close, creator Mike White reflects on how it examines the dark side of sex, and how at its heart is a mix of Laverne & Shirley and Survivor.
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NPR has launched its complete Books We Love list for 2022, our quirky collection of staff and contributors' favorite books of the year. Here are eight of our most recommended picks.
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