Here’s Why Ariana Grande’s “7 rings” Is Not Cultural Appropriation

Now, before we get into some things, I do not speak for the entire Black community and this is simply my opinion. The way I understand cultural appropriation is as such: “A person (likely from a culture with higher socio-political capital) lifts elements of a culture that is not theirs and uses it for (usually monetary) gain. While they do this, they actively denounce the … Continue reading Here’s Why Ariana Grande’s “7 rings” Is Not Cultural Appropriation

Why Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Is One of the Most Important Songs of 2018

Just months after dropping one of the most intelligent and acclaimed pop albums in recent years with her fourth studio album, Sweetener, Ariana Grande surprise-released “thank u, next” following her breakup with SNL comedian, Pete Davidson. On a number of levels “thank u, next” challenges the current parameters for pop music in the current landscape and songwriting from the female perspective. The song has also proved … Continue reading Why Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Is One of the Most Important Songs of 2018