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Sean P. Means
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FILE - This Aug. 10, 2014 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the Teen Choice Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Swift says she’s releasing her first full-length pop album on Oct. 27. The 24-year-old revealed in a livestream via Yahoo! on Monday , Aug, 18, that “1989,” named after her birth year, is her “first documented official pop album.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
The Cricket’s Daily 3: Is Taylor Swift’s new video racist?

Here’s what’s happening today in pop culture:

• Taylor Swift announced her new album, "1989," and released a video for the first single, "Shake It Off" — drawing criticism that the singer was misappropriating or mocking black culture. [Vulture, The Huffington Post, Consequence of Sound]

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• NBC announcer Don Pardo, who intoned "It’s ‘Saturday Night Live’!" for 38 of the show’s 39 seasons, has died at the age of 96. Pardo was also the announcer on the original "Jeopardy!," with quizmaster Art Fleming. [Los Angeles Times]

• A new set of posters for "Dumb and Dumber To" cleverly spoofs the ads for Scarlett Johansson’s "Lucy." [Entertainment Weekly]

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