What you see before you is a list that I hope will be read as an intervention. Nearly 50 women who play a role in NPR compiled and voted on this list. It features albums by artists who identify as female — including some by mixed-gender bands, like Fleetwood Mac and X, that, in our view, relied on women’s creativity for their spark. These albums were released between 1964, the year The Beatles invaded America and set in motion what can be called the “classic album era,” and 2016, when Beyoncé arguably ushered in a new period with her “visual album” Lemonade. The point is to offer a view of popular music history with women’s work at the center. The list does not represent an “alternate history.” It stands for music history, touching upon every significant trend, social issue, set of sonic innovations, and new avenue for self-expression that popular music has intersected in the past fifty years.
How the ‘Psych’ Guys Made ‘Stranger Things’ Star Shannon Purser Cry at Comic-Con
Yahoo had the pleasure of welcoming many stars of television and film to our suite at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, so we decided to bring back one of our favorite segments: “Stars Asking Stars.” From Kingsman: Golden Circle star Jeff Bridges to Stranger Things stars David Harbour, Paul Reiser, and Matthew Modine, we had stars ask a question to the next group of guests at our suite who would then answer it, and then ask something themselves.
We’ll have the entire piece for you soon, but there was one moment that was so sweet that we had to get it out right away. At the end of our interview with Psych stars James Roday and Dulé Hill, they had a question for Stranger Things star Shannon Purser. Purser, as you undoubtedly know, played the quickly-iconic role of Barb. While Barb’s (and Purser’s) future with the show seems unlikely to continue, Roday and Hill had a question for her nonetheless.
‘Stranger Things’ star Shannon Purser got emotional when she saw a video message from ‘Psych’ stars James Roday and Dulé Hill (Photo: Yahoo)
“Where’s Barb?” asked Roday.
“Where’s Barb?” Hill followed.
“And when are we going to get some of that?” said Roday.
“We want some Barb action,” Hill added.
What followed is easily the sweetest and most endearing moment that we experienced at Comic-Con. Purser immediately started to tear up.
“I need to have a moment,” said a beaming Purser. “I love that show so much. Why am I crying? I’m fine. I love that show so much. Where’s Barb? Barb is still living in Atlanta with her parents and she’s working. She’s a working girl.”
“I’m such a baby,” Purser joked. “I grew up with [Psych]. My sister is also a huge fan. It’s just so ridiculous, and like I said, I don’t know why I’m so emotional about it, but it’s just so funny and the writing was great. I’m really sad that it’s over.”
When we mentioned that Psych will return with a holiday movie this winter, Purser smiled.
“The holiday movie is coming and I’m so happy.”
Check out Purser and co-star David Harbour talking about the Emmy windfall for Stranger Things:
Look, if all of this really just boils down to you being uncomfortable with a woman being in a position of power, here’s a tip: Why don’t you lock yourself in a shed, build yourself a time machine and fuck off back to 1950.