‘Dope’: Blackness, Pop Culture, and Growing Up in 2015 (SPOILERS)

Revolving around a circus of coinciding storylines and Malcolm’s issues of self-understanding, ‘Dope’ serves as a humorous representation of popular youth culture in 2015 and a thoughtful look into some of the more prevalent social issues among younger millennials. It’s a ridiculous hood comedy in the way ‘Friday’ is, but it carries a sense of … More ‘Dope’: Blackness, Pop Culture, and Growing Up in 2015 (SPOILERS)

Stop: Rachel Dolezal is not transracial

You can be angry, amused, confused, or some combination of those feelings. Frankly, they’re all valid when it comes to this Rachel Dolezal story. It was all too easy for Black Twitter this week. With trends like #AskRachel and #AreYouBlack circulating, it was extremely hard to take this story seriously: Amidst all this fuckery, however, … More Stop: Rachel Dolezal is not transracial

Drake approaching Kanye levels of influence Pt. 1

Part 1 of 2 posts discussing the similarities between the career trajectories of Kanye West and Drake, as well as the unique position Drake is in to alter hip-hop’s course. Parallels Between 2004 and 2007 Kanye West made his debut with “College Dropout”, and went from the Chicago kid working behind the boards for Jay … More Drake approaching Kanye levels of influence Pt. 1

The Dixon Challenge

An honest, self-identified redneck took to YouTube recently to get real about racism. The man has since been identified as actor/filmmaker Jorge Eugene Moran. He introduces himself on YouTube as Dixon White, however. It appears he has been using the character of Dixon White to make his statements on White privilege more provocative by delivering … More The Dixon Challenge

Is ‘Black-ish’ Racist? (Really tho…)

This past Monday, Andrea Peyser of the New York Post published an article claiming the show ‘Black-ish’ perpetuates racist stereotypes of Black people. Among other ridiculous things like quoting Donald Trump and talking about her daughter’s one Black friend, Peyser says, “In the world of “Black-ish,” well-to-do black people are not black at all. They’re … More Is ‘Black-ish’ Racist? (Really tho…)

Think Bigger: Pros and Cons of Tidal Streaming Services

Summary On January 30th Jay-Z purchased Aspiro, a Swedish tech company that runs two streaming services: WiMP which already has 580,000 paying customers, and Tidal, the service he has now relaunched with a group of 16 highly influential artists joining him as owners. At a glance, the announcement of an artist-owned streaming service is phenomenal. Any … More Think Bigger: Pros and Cons of Tidal Streaming Services