“Before we get too excited about the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act, let’s consider this: First they upheld the individual mandate (which has no enforceable policy—you can be charged a penalty that you don’t have to pay necessarily.) Second, it struck down the mandate that states have to participate in the Medicaid expansion, which would cover tens of millions more under Medicaid. So if states, and likely most of the Southern states, opt out of expanding Medicaid and face no penalty for doing so, what you now have is the possibility that more poor and working class people are forced into purchasing on the individual market. This is an even bigger win for private insurance companies.”—
Despite Chris Rock’s protestations (“It’s just people singing over rap beats!”), R&B had a fruitful and vibrant decade from 1990 to 2000: The rise of New Jack Swing, the innovation of hip-hop soul, a bevy of breakout stars, and the ever expanding and collapsing boundaries of the genre.
To celebrate the Age of Irony’s best booty shakers and slow jams, VH1 is airing “40 Greatest R&B Songs of the ’90s” on Thursday night at 9 p.m. With the assistance of stars like Usher and Keith Sweat, the countdown special tips its hat to smashes like Ginuwine’s “Pony,” Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly,” and Bobby Brown’s immortal “Humpin’ Around.”
Want to know what’s on the list? Check out a preview of what made the cut only on EW.com. Feel free to join in on the speculation, too. Which Destiny’s Child song will grace the countdown? How high will TLC make it on the list? Was “All My Life” so amazing you just had to dance to it on your wedding day?
Sometimes I just sit around and think about some great injustices in TV, like Arrested Development only had 3 season while 2 and 1/2 men has had 80 bajillion, Ashton Kutcher is the richest cast member from That 70s Show, Olivia Wilde is the most a-list person from The OC, and Blake Lively worked with Oliver Stone while Leighton Meester is in an Adam Sandler movie.