On Billboard, R&B and Country Music & Respecting Black Art

A couple of days ago I was scrolling down my Twitter timeline, as one does. I came across a tweet from Billboard‘s official chart account. The tweet listed the top five titles on their Top R&B Albums chart for the week dated June 15, 2019: Free Spirit, Khalid Long Live Love, Kirk Franklin American Teen,…

Nicki Minaj, Roman Holiday, and Why the Culture Needs to Reevaluate Itself

If you’ve been on the Internet at all over the past few weeks, you’ve seen the rise of the latest viral meme: Nicki Minaj’s 2012 track, “Roman Holiday.” Twitter users have been using the track as the background to hilarious sped up videos of everything from dancing Simpsons’ characters to cars speeding down the highway….

3 Biggest Takeaways from ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

Late last night (or early this morning, depending on your timezone), Netflix released the fifth installment of the critically-acclaimed anthology series, Black Mirror. A macabre rumination of technology and interpersonal human relationships, Black Mirror is a series that quickly captivated fans around the world with its dark humor and ingenuity. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is essentially a choose-your-own-adventure interactive ninety-minute…

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…

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…

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…

Why Terry Crews Is One of the Most Important Voices Right Now

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…

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…

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…