Album Review: Daley – Days & Nights

Posted on March 20, 2014

This UK soul singer seemingly came out of no where. His sleeper hit “Alone Together” featuring Marsha Ambrosius steadily grew in popularity for months, first bringing his name and one-of-a-kind flair stateside. And now, after an agonizing wait dotted with a string of other singles, his debut album has been released. And it does not disappoint. Days & Nights is truly an artistic masterwork of an album. The opening track, “Time ...

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Toni Braxton and Babyface ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce’ Album Review

Posted on March 20, 2014

Once upon a time, Toni Braxton announced her retirement from music. Then Babyface brought her back to her senses. And thanks to his efforts, we have the Love, Marriage & Divorce. Thank you Babyface. Led by the singles “Hurt You” and “Where Did We Go Wrong“, the album seemed to be shaping up like a 90′s nostalgia album. We all miss the magic they made then, and this seemed to be a retread of that same territory. However, ...

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Macklemore and the Appropriation of Rap

Posted on March 20, 2014

Before the 2014 Grammy telecast even began, some of the winners were announced. And the controversy started early with the news that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won 3 rap Grammys. Yes. They pretty much swept the rap category. And when you look at who he was up against for Best Rap Album (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West, and even Drake), Macklemore’s win feels like a slap in the face. . There are the obvious questions. How do ...

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The Grammys Are For White People

Posted on March 20, 2014

When I watched the 2014 Grammy broadcast, I cussed. A lot. And with each minute that passed in the over 3 1/2 hour show, it got worse. I woke up the next day with that same seething anger inhabiting every cell in my body. But now that I’ve had a few days to let my Grammy furor die down, I’ve gotten a little clarity on the proceedings. The Grammys used to be my favorite award show. The performances were great. The best of the music ...

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Oliver Stone & Michael Arceneaux Miss the Mark on MLK Movie

Posted on March 20, 2014

It was announced this week that Oliver Stone‘s Martin Luther King Jr. movie was scrapped because the King family didn’t approve. Apparently, they didn’t like the idea of including anything alluding to his alleged infidelity in the first big screen adaptation of his life. And they’re right. Stone, not one to hold his tongue, shared his opinion on the decision on hisTwitter page, stating: “The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, ...

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Gay Really Isn’t New So Move Along People

Posted on March 20, 2014

Last week, a gay couple posted some pictures on Instagram (like they usually do) and sparked an internet-wide conversation. Some were smitten with the image of the couple doing their girls’ hair. Others were appalled because gay appalls them. So really, people repeated the arguments they’ve already been making. Personally, I didn’t get the fuss. It’s 2014. It seems like everyday another state is legislating gay marriage into ...

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Book Review: Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts Jr.

Posted on March 20, 2014

There are a lot of stereotypes that plague black America. There’s the deadbeat dad, the teenage thug, the baby mama, and so many more unflattering representations. But in his 2009 novel Before I Forget , Leonard Pitts Jr. throws those stereotypes in your face, showing that underneath the generalizations there is humanity. The novel is centered around the family of James Moses Johnson Jr., a famous soul singer from the 70′s. He’s well ...

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The Paradoxical Hunt for Reasonable Love in an Unreasonable World

Posted on March 20, 2014

We live in a society that has come to be dominated by reason. We are encouraged to make the logical choice. We try to speak with political correctness. We judge through stereotypes first. We racially profile with laws like “Stop and Frisk” and Arizona’s SB1070. We do these things because they are reasonable, right? Friend to the blog, Kiese Laymon, makes a case for a different outlook on people and relationships in his article for C...

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The Unremarkable SNL Casting of Sasheer Zamata

Posted on March 20, 2014

Everybody was so excited about SNL‘s worst kept secret: they were auditioning black women to join the cast. And yesterday, news broke that the coveted position went to Sasheer Zamata. We’ll see her first on the return episode of SNL onJanuary 18th, featuring Drake as the host and musical guest (the melanin will be overflowin’!). With that announcement, people thought it was the second coming of the Civil Rights Movement. Now we get ...

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Duck Dynasty: Faith. Family. Guns.

Posted on March 20, 2014

My son attends a private, religious school. Among other things, he is taught to value all life, and he scolds us each and every time we kill a fly. Even when we try to explain it away, he doesn’t understand because he lives in a world of absolutes. And maybe, just maybe, he’s got something there. Over the holiday, Duck Dynasty‘s Robertson family announced the release of a line of guns called “Duck Commander“. They are painted ...

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