Music

(Black) Girls Need Love Too: R&B Creates New Standards for Situationships

This generation of Black women R&B artists are seeking clarity and setting new relationship standards for themselves—and their devoted fanbases.

Solo Act: R&B Music Made My First Apartment Feel like Home

Our physical living space is closely tied to our emotional needs. Read more »

What the Conversation about Harry Styles Reveals about Queerbaiting

What do fans of potentially straight, queer icons like Harry Styles actually want?  Read more »

Father Knows Nothing: Purity Culture Stunts the Sexual Growth of Black Girls

The concept of virginity derives from white-evangelical, patriarchal notions that have been used to control and regulate the bodies of women. Read more »

This Woman’s Work: FKA twigs’s “MAGDALENE” Dissects Female Martyrdom

FKA twigs not only treats her album’s namesake as a source of spiritual strength, but considers how often women are stripped of their agency and their voice—even when they’re the heroine of their own stories. Read more »

BitchTapes: Sanctuary

Who better to create a playlist about sanctuaries than someone who spends the majority of her days surrounded by books? Read more »

Tanaya Winder Wants to Fire You Up

Hurt and pain have to be worked through in order to move forward and find peace. Read more »

Miley Cyrus Might Be Pansexual, but That Doesn’t Mean She Cares about Queer People

It’s clear that Miley Cyrus’s intention of protecting the LGBTQ community only goes as far as it protects her personally.  Read more »

“Norman Fucking Rockwell!” Is a Case Study in Political Apathy

Aside from a smattering of references to the counterculture movement of the 1960s and ’70s, Norman Fucking Rockwell! appears to have little to no meaningful connection to its namesake’s work. Read more »

Me Who?: Debbie Harry’s “Face It” and the Challenge of Addressing Outmoded Rape Narratives

The urge to superimpose the cultural context of today on the difficult truths of the past risks erasing them. Read more »

What Critiques of Normani Reveal about Racist Expectations of Black Women Artists

Music critics and listeners alike give Black pop stars hell—especially when they’re women. Read more »

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