The Menace to Black Virtuosity: Politicizing and “Urbanization” of Music Genres

On April 23rd, 2016, Beyoncé dropped her sixth studio album LEMONADE. The world stopped again as she continued with including strong and gritty visuals for hard hitting songs; but, there was a certain stillness in the air about how to define the album. While some turned to calling LEMONADE R&B, including the Grammys Recording Academy, others were puzzled as the project touched on different genres. Beyoncé gave us a taste of an artist’s ability to bounce from genre to genre on each song. She gave us smooth R&B with “Pray…

The Unassisted Supremacy: Disney is the Queen of Pop

The headline says it all and I’m not taking it back. If you’ve ever logged into Twitter Dot Com, you already know that we spend a lot of our time reminiscing about our childhoods. I’m 21, born in 1998, and I don’t know what category age group I fall into, but I do know everyone who I grew up with share this same opinion. In a time where my Grandma wasn’t a fan of me watching BET or MTV so I snuck behind her back, or watched from the hallway…

The JOY Is Mine: We Need This Brandy Monica Verzuz

Ever since the release of “The Boy Is Mine” on May 19,1998, we have established our allegiances to one of the two vocalists. The acrimonious duet, wherein two acquaintances discover they are vying for the affection of the same gentleman, firmly and indelibly cemented the two young artists within the cultural consciousness of an entire generation. For many of us, this Verzuz is a culmination of a 22 year battle between two formidable R&B divas. We have waited for this moment. Whether you are sittin’ up in your room having…

Call It By It’s Name

These past few months of increased racial tension, due to the deaths of people like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have led to the creation of a new group: “The Karens.” To begin: thoughts and prayers to those who are actually named Karen and don’t fit into this category, thankfully. You must be having the worst time with this trend. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, a “Karen” is a white woman who uses her white privilege to justify her action or perform her daily racist,…

Kylie Jenner and the ‘Copyright Infringement’ of the Black Woman

By Frenshea Love I ain’t gone lie, when I first saw Kylie Jenner’s latest picture I was like, okkayy Beyonce.’  It wasn’t until I jumped deep into the comment section that I realized it was not Queen Bey. It was Kylie Jenner parading in her likeness.   Besides my usual distaste for the Kardashian clan, the picture further disturbed me. On Facebook, Maceo Cassell responded to Kylie’s picture with this collage and wrote, “If copyright infringement was a person.” Beneath the layer of comedy, Cassell’s remark illustrates the assault against…