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Black Women Have Long Celebrated Their Sexuality Through Music

From Lucille Bogan in the 1930s to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion today, Black women have long celebrated their sexuality. Hess Love’s “Heauxin’ Blues” playlist proves this. Black sexuality has been celebrated in song for generations. Suffice it to say, we been talking about, singing about, rapping about fucking. However, many “respectable” Black folks...


Kill Your Idols Before Empty Platitudes and Capitalism Kill You

The cults of personality that surround our “faves”— political, entertainment, or otherwise — are a result of misguided worship of wealth and status. By Adrie Rose Once again, Nancy Pelosi did something entirely boring, commonplace, and—frankly—insignificant that has white liberals frothing at the mouth. Nancy Pelosi has had a career characterised by violent indifference to...


10 Black Women Who Shaped The 2010s With Their Gifts

These Black women were saving graces of the 2010s by sharing their culturally-impactful art, gifts, and passions with us. The 2010s were a long and strenuous decade. Longer than most of us wanted it to be. And it was a decade particularly marred by economic turmoil, stark changes in political parties, ideologies, and consciousness; the...


Why It’s Necessary to Call Nicki Minaj Out For Her Sexualization of Pocahontas

Nicki Minaj has participated in the continuation of the hypersexualization and erasure of Native women in our culture via lateral oppression. By Arielle Gray [TW- discussion and mention of sexual assault against indigenous women.] Nicki Minaj proverbially broke the internet with the new cover of PAPER Magazine that dropped last week. The cover shows three versions...


Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj’s Rap Battle Is Bigger Than Hip-Hop Culture

There is no magical rap world where female rappers all get along, sit in Pinterest-inspired reading nooks, and help each other write lyrics about how great each other are — and here’s why. Have you heard the “ShETHER?” Have you heard “Another One?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncg8taqgf_4 As a body-positive, slut-supporting, hip-hop rap battle and petty enthusiast, I found...


Tkay Maidza Brings New Bounce to Hip-Hop

Zimbabwe-born Australian rapper Tkay Maidza makes infectious synth-heavy pop crossed with hip-hop, bursting with African polyrhythms and girl power. If you haven’t heard Tkay Maidza yet, you’re missing out. The 20-year-old recording artist is based in Adelaide, Australia. Her family immigrated from Zimbabwe when Maidza was five. Maidza grew up performing at family parties, where she’d sing Nicki Minaj and...