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Things We Saw Today: Looking Back on George Michael’s Legacy as a Music Icon and Gay Rights Legend

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2016 has taken yet another musical legend from us: George Michael. You probably were just jamming out to “Last Christmas” yesterday, which is one of his many hits. The musician tragically passed away yesterday at age 53. He is already remembered for his musical talents, but also for his gay rights advocacy. What’s more, George Michael has left behind a long history of charitable donations, most of which were anonymous and not known about until now, after his death. (image via MandyJC72 on Flickr)

  • In less tragic and more hopeful news, Carrie Fisher seems to be on the upswing, after having suffered a heart attack last week. According to her mother, Fisher is now in stable condition.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has continued to clean up at the box office all weekend, clearing $523.8 million worldwide, according to CBR.
  • Be careful about guarding your iPhone with a thumb-print, parents, because your kid could get around that while you’re sleeping. This enterprising 6-year-old girl ended up spending $250 on Pokemon merch by borrowing her napping mom’s thumb-print.
  • A couple of years from now, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be entering the DC movie universe as Black Adam. Perhaps, several years after that, Black Adam will meet Superman. Maybe. Maybe not. In any case, The Rock posed for this Instagram photo with Henry Cavill yesterday, and the caption seems to suggest their two DC characters might meet on screen… someday…

What’d you see out there today?

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Maddy Myers, journalist and arts critic, has written for the Boston Phoenix, Paste Magazine, MIT Technology Review, and tons more. She is a host on a videogame podcast called Isometric (relay.fm/isometric), and she plays the keytar in a band called the Robot Knights (robotknights.com).