Does Cardi B Benefit from Colorism?

A commonly accepted definition of colorism: “Discrimination based on skin color, also known as colorism or shadeism, is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color.” (Source) Cardi B’s meteoric rise to the top of the rap game has been nothing short of historic and inspirational. Her first entry on the U.S. … Continue reading Does Cardi B Benefit from Colorism?

How Do You Solve a Problem like Asia Argento?

Yesterday, the #MeToo movement was faced with an unusual and unexpected conundrum. The New York Times reported that Italian actress and director, Asia Argento, made a deal to pay off a male actor who accused her of sexual assault. The New York Times claims to have legal documents showing that actor and musician, Jimmy Bennett, alleged Argento sexually assaulted him in 2013. At that time, Bennett … Continue reading How Do You Solve a Problem like Asia Argento?

Censorship Won’t Stop Colin Kaepernick

On August 2, a tweet went viral concerning the censorship of Colin Kaepernick’s name in a song on the latest Madden 19 soundtrack. The song in question is YG’s “Big Bank,” one of the songs of the summer. “Big Bank” features guest verses from Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz, but it was Big Sean’s guest verse from which the controversy arose. The lyric reads: “Feed me … Continue reading Censorship Won’t Stop Colin Kaepernick

Why Terry Crews Is an American Hero

On Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, Terry Crews gave a moving and intelligent testimony full of hard and honest truths. Last October, during the wave of Hollywood-centric sexual assault/misconduct allegations and the rise of the mainstream era of the #MeToo movement, Crews went public with his own story of sexual assault. Crews tweeted that “this … Continue reading Why Terry Crews Is an American Hero

The Story Behind These Never-Before-Seen Photographs of Kendrick Lamar

Last night, two photographs of Kendrick Lamar made the rounds on Twitter. In the photographs, Kendrick sits serenely on his tour bus draped in neutral hues. The person behind these stunning photos taken after a Championship Tour Stop? 18-year-old filmmaker and photographer, Braylen. I got the chance to ask Braylen some questions about his incredible experience that night, his future plans, and more. Here they … Continue reading The Story Behind These Never-Before-Seen Photographs of Kendrick Lamar

How Did Beyoncé Become a Feminist Icon?

A Study of the Emergence of Fourth Wave Feminism Through the Lens of Beyoncé’s Career (2008-2016) In 2008, a new wave of feminism emerged in American society; this wave focused on sex-workers rights, social justice, social media, reproductive justice and more. At the forefront of this movement was none other than Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. Beyoncé had always been an undercover feminist through her lyrics with … Continue reading How Did Beyoncé Become a Feminist Icon?

On Hip-Hop, Black Male Youth, and Mental Health

2017 was an intriguing year for music in hip-hop and mental health. From the traditionalists, JAY-Z and Kendrick, to the new school, Logic and Lil Uzi Vert, mental health has been a reoccurring topic in many of the radio singles, album tracks, and mixtapes released this decade. The obvious starting point is Logic’s Grammy-nominated track with Alessia Cara and Khalid, “1-800-273-8255.” The #3 peaking single … Continue reading On Hip-Hop, Black Male Youth, and Mental Health