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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 04, 2020. 6 comments

Coachella 2020: Megan Thee Stallion Is Taking Her Knee Talents to the Desert, Frank Ocean to Emerge From His Secret Hiding Place and More

Coachella 2020: Megan Thee Stallion Is Taking Her Knee Talents to the Desert, Frank Ocean to Emerge From His Secret Hiding Place and More

Another year, another chance to descend upon Indio, Calif., and get your desert life to the soundtrack of your favorite artists.

Per usual, Coachella will span two weekends. This year, the festival will take place on April 10-12 and April 17-19.

Megan Thee Stallion will be continuing her shine, taking the stage on the first night of each weekend (April 10 and 17). So, if you want to know what...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 11, 2019. 8 comments

Camp Flog Gnaw Audience Gets in Their Feelings and Boos Drake Because He’s Not Frank Ocean

Camp Flog Gnaw Audience Gets in Their Feelings and Boos Drake Because He’s Not Frank Ocean

Apparently, it was God’s plan to have Drake appear as a headliner at this past weekend’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival, but the congregation wasn’t having it.

For those of you who are unfamiliar and wondering why I just completely made up a couple of words, Camp Flog Gnaw is an annual music festival and carnival curated by Tyler, The Creator. Beginning in 2012, the festival was originally called...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 09, 2019.

Royalty in Our DNA: A New Crop of Magazine Covers Make Us Majestic

Royalty in Our DNA: A New Crop of Magazine Covers Make Us Majestic

A pair of ruffed pages; three queens; a member of modeling royalty...as the October and November magazine covers made their debut, we were delighted to see blackness front, center and regal, as we should be. Vogue placed Jaden and Willow Smith and supermodel Jourdan Dunn atop its Italian and British covers, respectively, while Essence paid homage to the history-making moment of all three of...

Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Mar 05, 2019. 14 comments

10 Thoughts About Solange’s New Album, When I Get Home, Because Enough Time Has Passed to Talk About It For Real, For Real

10 Thoughts About Solange’s New Album, When I Get Home, Because Enough Time Has Passed to Talk About It For Real, For Real

At the intersection of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, at midnight on March 1, 2019, Solange Knowles, aka Solange, aka Solo, aka The Knowles We All Love to Love, dropped her fourth album—the one right after the expectations-creating A Seat at the Table, so we all care—When I Get Home (WIGH).

I had some immediate thoughts since I listened to it probably a solid five times before...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 11, 2019. 3 comments

Frank Ocean Resurfaces on GQ—and Makes Us Wonder If He’d Rather Be Seen Than Heard

Frank Ocean Resurfaces on GQ—and Makes Us Wonder If He’d Rather Be Seen Than Heard

If you’re a rabid Frank Ocean fan, this post may not be to your liking. Not because we have any beef with Ocean; Blonde remains lovely, and we agree that his hiatus from the musical landscape has once again gone on too long. So obviously, we were excited to see him appear on the cover of GQ’s new music issue—because what’s up with that music, Frank?

That said, we were wholly confused by his...

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Kiera Manison Kiera Manison Dec 26, 2018.

I Wish I Cared About The Frank Ocean Sophomore Album That Will Never Ever Be Released

I Wish I Cared About The Frank Ocean Sophomore Album That Will Never Ever Be Released

At a time when many felt like R&B had fallen off — kidnapped by Canadians and let down by Chris Brown — Frank Ocean's Channel Orange saved us. Not only was the music on point, it was different and inclusive, as multiple songs — "Bad Religion" and "Forrest Gump" specifically — contained unambiguous references to male love interests. It was a great, creative, and artistically well-put together...

Damon Young Damon Young May 07, 2018. 24 comments

Will There Ever Be A Lemonade Moment For Black Men? (If So, Who Will Create It?)

Will There Ever Be A Lemonade Moment For Black Men? (If So, Who Will Create It?)

Last Thursday, I sat on a panel at The New School with Jamilah Lemieux, Johnetta Elzie, Terrell Starr, and Chris Witherspoon to talk about how new media affects and informs social activism, art, journalism, writing, and our understanding of what it means to be Black. Oh, and Lemonade. We definitely talked a lot about Lemonade. Because it was FDALD (five days after Lemonade dropped) and both...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Dec 31, 2017. 11 comments

10 Songs That You Just Gotta Listen to All the Way Through to Hear the Musical Magic

10 Songs That You Just <i>Gotta</i> Listen to All the Way Through to Hear the Musical Magic

In 2016, Netflix released a documentary titled The Art of Organized Noize about Atlanta’s legendary Organized Noize Productions. The trio, consisting of Patrick “Sleepy” Brown, Rico Wade and Ray Murray, is responsible for creating the sound that put Atlanta on the national hip-hop map through iconic groups Outkast and Goodie Mob. While discussing how older music formats used to be of varying...

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Yesha Callahan Yesha Callahan Dec 14, 2017. 2 comments

Frank Ocean’s Father Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Him

Frank Ocean’s Father Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Him

Last year, after the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Frank Ocean wrote a tribute post to the victims, and in it he recalled an incident when his father, Calvin Cooksey, used a homophobic slur toward a transgender teen. It’s that simple recollection that has prompted Cooksey to file a $14 million defamation lawsuit against his son.

Cooksey claims that since that Tumblr post, he’s...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Oct 14, 2017. 14 comments

10 Current Artists I Don’t Ever Want to Hear Sing the 1st Verse of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ (Since That’s the Only Verse Y’all Know ... Shit, Me Too)

10 Current Artists I Don’t Ever Want to Hear Sing the 1st Verse of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ (Since That’s the Only Verse Y’all Know ... Shit, Me Too)

Before we get going, let me be very clear: I’m a fan of every artist I’m including on this list. With that being said, c’mon, son. Also, I don’t believe that you have to be a “church-strong” singer to be considered a good singer. Being able to use your voice is just as important as having a strong voice; not everybody can be Teddy Pendergrass, Phyllis Hyman, Whitney or Donny. However, all of...

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Yesha Callahan Yesha Callahan Aug 18, 2017. 6 comments

Solange Wins 1st Grammy and Shares Frank Ocean’s Grammy Diss

Solange Wins 1st Grammy and Shares Frank Ocean’s Grammy Diss

Solange won her first Grammy Sunday night, but unless you were tuned into the Recording Academy’s Twitter account or social media, you probably wouldn’t have known that because the win wasn’t aired.

Solange won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance for her song “Cranes in the Sky” from her 2016 album A Seat at the Table, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last October, making it her first...

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Michael Arceneaux Michael Arceneaux Aug 17, 2017. 5 comments

Breaking: Migos Can Record With Frank Ocean and Still Be Guilty of Homophobia

Breaking: Migos Can Record With Frank Ocean and Still Be Guilty of Homophobia

I hate when my favorite ignorant rappers remind me of just how ignorant they are. Like, I already know how trifling I am listening to your mindless, misogynistic, materialistic but incredibly enjoyable, bop-friendly music. The last thing I want to know is that you say trash things without a trap beat. I need this escapism under Habanero Hitler’s America. Don’t ruin it for me. Damn.

Last month,...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Aug 23, 2016. 24 comments

So, Let's Talk About This Frank Ocean "Blonde/Blond" Album.

So, Let's Talk About This Frank Ocean "Blonde/Blond" Album.

Pigs flew and hell froze over for a weekend as Frank Ocean finally dropped not one, but two projects with his long form video "Endless" and his looooooooooong anticipated follow up to Channel Orange, Blonde, which is stylized as Blond according to every musical publication. Thing is, if it's labeled as Blond on the cover, why are we saying its stylized aside from the fact that Apple Music...

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