Florida Does Not Need Your Thoughts and Prayers

The tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, marks the eighteenth school shooting in the United States in 2018. The Parkland shooting is already among the top ten deadliest mass shootings in modern American history. Let’s get straight to the point, you (American politicians and the like) can all throw your thoughts…

Is Relatability Killing The Music Industry?

All too often, I hear people say that the music industry is dead. Now, maybe that is due to the decline of digital/physical sales, the profitability (or lack thereof) of streaming, or the greed of record labels. I argue that we, as consumers, may have killed the music industry. In past eras we looked to musicians…

The Problem With Kevin Spacey

Last night, October 29th, Kevin Spacey released a statement responding to sexual assault claims made by Anthony Rapp; in the same statement, Spacey also officially came out as a gay man. Firstly, I respect Spacey’s decision to come out and applaud him for doing so. Nevertheless, this statement is the absolute worst thing in recent…

2018 GRAMMYs Predictions: The R&B Field

Now that the eligibility period for the 2018 Grammy Awards has officially ended, it’s time to discuss potential nominees. In this 8 part series we will discuss our predictions for the General field, the pop, rock, and rap categories, and one random group of categories. This was probably the hardest group of categories to predict…

I Stand With Jemele Hill

Say her name. Jemele Hill. Say her name.   It was recently reported that ESPN will be reprimanding sports commentator, Jemele Hill, with a two-week suspension following her comments calling Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” Jemele Hill said absolutely nothing but the truth. What kind of country are we living in that people get job…

What Can Pop Culture Learn from Colin Kaepernick?

Let’s just get this out of the way: pop culture, or at least American pop culture, is black culture. Our dance moves, our slang and vernacular, our fashion, our music, and our hair has shaped decades of American pop culture and to a greater extent, society as a whole. The media loves black people to…

My Pro-Blackness Is Not Anti-White

After a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in August, I gained such a deep level of understanding of the conception of my culture, that my outlook on life changed for the better. Black culture was birthed out of slovenly slave ships, inhumane slave owners, ruthless whips, idiotically hateful laws,…