In the wake of #BlackLivesMatter, the Black community has taken the opportunity to invite our happiness and joy into the discussion about our humanity. #BlackGirlMagic, #BlackGayJoy and, most famously #BlackBoyJoy, allow for a more inclusive dialog about the full range of emotions that we all, including Black folks, experience.Read More
If even 10% of the people who idolize Beyonce actually decides to do the amount of work on their craft that she does, with the same level of seriousness, they just might be able to change the world.Read More
Sometimes my cynicism shows. I admit it. I don’t like to acknowledge it’s existence, but yes, especially when it comes to pop culture, I am naturally inclined to eschew popular thought and “form my own opinion.” Never admitting that my opinion is filled with bias.
Which brings me to my initial reaction to Blonde, the new album by Frank Ocean.Read More
I was learning how to be myself and how to interact with other men who were like me. It’s one of the fondest memories I have of those early years of accepting my sexuality. That space, that experience is sacred. It was the first time I was myself.Read More
20 years ago The Fugees The Score achieved what their debut Blunted On Reality couldn't. The album’s organic sound was crafted by Wyclef Jean, and was anchored by a talented MC/singer, Lauryn Hill, who was ripping mics left and right on guest spots in between albums. It was the kind of record we didn't want to end, and a career we wanted to see flourish. That career didn’t. By 1997 all three members were working on solo efforts, and the group essentially broke up.
The winner of the solo wars - Lauryn Hill.Read More