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…

The Holiday Trump Didn’t Make “Very Famous”

With the current climate the world is in, and after Trump’s ridiculous claim, it’s the perfect time to address what Juneteenth is. For the people who have never heard of Juneteenth: don’t feel bad. If there is one thing you should take away from the protests that have grown across the country, it is that being open to learning is the perfect place to start. Juneteenth, also know as Emancipation or Freedom Day, is a holiday that celebrates the official end of slavery. You read that right. For many years,…

#BlackLivesMatter: A Trending Hashtag or a Civil Revolution

The black community has always faced criticism when speaking out about the oppressive forces we face in the world. Yet, the music we make, the art and fashion trends we create, and the slang that originated within our communities are heavily used amongst our critics. After the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, the Black Lives Matter Movement was founded the following year by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. From the very beginning, this civil rights movement has been condemned by people who say they do not want…