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…

Kobe Bryant’s Memorial Was A Celebration Of Life

Kobe Bryant’s death signifies the most tragic celebrity death of my lifetime. Sure, the death’s of Prince or Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson caused an immense amount of sadness, but I didn’t feel as connected with those pop culture icons the same way I feel connected to Kobe. Kobe came into most of our lives in 1995, as a high school basketball phenom who was also taking Brandy to prom. From that point forward, Kobe was a fixture in our pop culture lives, especially those of us who loved and…