Don’t worry, this is not another think piece about Beyonce’s new song and video, Formation. I simply want to post the video here as an appreciation for the complicated, powerful, Black, queer images in it. Enjoy! (The video is unlisted on Youtube, that’s why I had to just include a tweet that includes a link… Continue reading Formation Appreciation
Music has been just as important to my life as books. It seemed like music was always booming out of the radio, or on tv, 24/7. When I woke up in the morning for school, my grandmother would turn on the little black radio on top of the fridge, to the only station we both… Continue reading R&B Ruled in 2015!
With my mind still on Miami beaches, eclectic art and Cuban cuisine, I chose Clean Up Woman by Miami native and soul legend Betty Wright as Video of Week. We all remember Clean Up Woman, Tonight is the Night, and No Pain No Gain right? Still based in Miami, Betty Wright has been performing since… Continue reading Clean Up Woman
Every time I hear Ain’t No Stopping Us Now by R&B duo McFadden and Whitehead, it lifts my spirits. Even though the song was not written as social commentary, it was interpreted that way, and therefore have infused it with a larger meaning. This song especially has relevance for the current moment we are in,… Continue reading Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
While searching for a video for this week’s “video of the week”, I came across the above performance on http://www.spin.com. During a visit to students at L.A.’s Marcus Garvey High School in 1993, Tupac is speaking to youth and spits the first verse of his classic (and my favorite) Keep Ya Head Up. Keep Ya… Continue reading Keep Ya Head Up
The past year has seen the proliferation of conversations concerning cultural appropriation, specifically in regards to White rappers. The stardom of Iggy Azalea and Macklemore, whom many hip hop fans regard as mediocre at best, seems to have hit a nerve among a lot of people, me included. It’s hard to watch the Iggys and… Continue reading Good Music