ART, ARTISTS, MUSIC, THINK & LEARN

How SZA Reimagines the Glory of Black Femininity

“Black Girl Magic”.  A contemporary phrase that addresses the brilliance and power that black women around the world embody, these three seemingly simple words honor the enduring trials and tribulations of being both black and female in societal structures developed by racism and patriarchal definition.  Being existentially a minority within a minority, the media ( […]

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ART, THINK & LEARN

The pressure on the mind and black art

Almost 2 weeks ago, Kanye West entered a psychiatric facility due to an episode of psychosis fueled by severe exhaustion and overworking. This eventually led him to cancel the remainder of his massive Saint Pablo Tour and be treated in a Los Angeles facility. This is coming only months after Kanye’s influential protege Kid Cudi entered a rehabilitation facility […]

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ART, THINK & LEARN

The (r)evolution of “Queer” in Contemporary Music

Following the release of Frank Ocean’s monumental new album, Blonde , the topic of sexuality cascaded through the internet. As a publicly non-heterosexual, black man in hip-hop, the reactions to his album reflected the state of the public view on the LGBTQ community within society. Although the album (accompanied by a zine, pop-up store, and […]

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ART, MUSIC

Black magic at the VMAs

This year’s VMAs was laced with surprises, chaos, and beautiful people…like most would expect. But we can all agree that this year was different from previous shows in the sense that it took much more value in artistry rather than commercialism. There was an overall deeper sense of creativity and diversity compared to last year’s […]

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ART, ARTISTS, MUSIC, REVIEW

A dissection of Beyonce’s #LEMONADE

The Queen B has graced us with her creative presence once again. Completely out of the blue, Beyonce released her latest album, LEMONADE, on Tidal. The unexpected album came with a short film to accompany, which premiered on HBO this past Saturday. This is her second visual experimentation with music, following her self-titled album in 2013. Full of surprises, emotions, […]

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ART, BRANDS

Blondey McCoy for Palace Spring/Summer 16

A cheeky adolescent with a buzz cut was the chosen face for Palace’s Spring/Summer 16 campaign. The face, known as skater Blondey McCoy was shot by photographer Angelo Pennetta. This is the cult skatewear label’s second drop for Spring 2016, the first released in February which attracted massive mania, much to no one’s surprise. Staring intriguingly […]

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