Music

Smoke Signal: Building the Past, the Present, and the Afrofuture

Today’s Afrofuturist art blurs the lines between present and future, fact and fiction, and fantasy and reality.

Cultural Disruptors: City Girls Flip Misguided Stereotypes into Their Superpower

City on Lock is their ethos at its finest—taking the stereotypes stacked against them as bold, Black women who demand good sex and long money, and flipping them into their super power.  Read more »

Sound Out: Coming Home to Lavender Country

Queer country artists have been making their voices known for decades. Read more »

Petty, Egotistical Barbs Overshadow J. Cole’s Important Message

Holding people, including Black celebrities accountable for their inaction or misguided action, isn’t an attack or an attempt to create undue separation between Black men and Black women.  Read more »

Greater Expectations: Through Music, Dua Saleh Nurtures Personal and Political Identity

 “My brain was manufacturing new language because I was refusing to be seen as a woman.” Read more »

More Than Stans: Stop Dismissing the K-pop Fandom’s Political Power

Anyone who’s paying attention to how K-pop stans use social media aren’t surprised that they’ve mobilized on behalf of a larger social movement.  Read more »

Audible Anger: Women in Rock Validate and Honor Anger

The very emotions rock centers, like anger, desperation, and full-bodied passion, are often weaponized against women. Read more »

Done Searching: Kehlani Powerfully Conquers Growings Pains on New Album

Kehlani has always worn her heart on her sleeve. Read more »

So Wonderful and Warm: In “Watermelon Sugar,” Harry Styles Centers Women’s Euphoria

In “Watermelon Sugar,” women’s sexual bliss is the entire event. Read more »

Leave Summer Walker (And Her Nose) Alone

Instead of condemning Black women, like Summer Walker, who choose to alter their bodies, we should interrogate how the world made their existence in their inherited bodies hostile. Read more »

BitchTapes: Soundtracks from Fantasy Films

In this BitchTape, Rekha Shanker takes us on a fantastical journey, shining a light on soundtrack-born songs that help us suspend disbelief. Read more »

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