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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Still Struggles With Race

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the movie everyone is talking about. It's breaking records with each subsequent day it is in theaters. And after successfully avoiding spoilers before seeing the film for myself, I can say that the actual content of the film was overwhelmingly successful by staying true to the spirit of the franchise. But the Star Wars film franchise ...

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Joss Stone’s Billboard “#1 Reggae Album” Is Further Evidence of Our “Adele Problem”

This week, I wrote an article that more than a few people were upset about critiquing British singer Adele. In 9 Black Soul Singers That Move Us More Than Adele Ever Could, I made the claim that even though Adele is talented, the showering praise she receives is unwarranted. And despite claims from commenters that everything doesn't have to "be about race" or that we ...

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The NAACP Image Awards Nominations Leave Much to be Desired

This week, the nominees for the 47th NAACP image Awards were announced. And the further down the list I read, the larger my disbelief grew. Not because they got it all wrong. Just because they overlooked some really great talent from the past year. I can only guess that this was more of a "who you know" than a "what you know" thing. Read More

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‘The Wiz Live!’ and the Audacity of Blackness on TV

The airing of The Wiz Live! on NBC was a landmark moment in television history. Not only did the all-Black cast slay the 3 hour production, but it was also a ratings monster posting 11.1 million total viewers and a 3.3 demo rating in preliminary returns. But most importantly, it is another sign of the changing entertainment landscape. Read More

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How Erykah Badu’s “But You Caint Use My Phone” Changed My Views on Music

Erykah Badu just released a mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone, and it immediately breathed much needed life into music. But more importantly, it gave me new appreciation for Drake's "Hotline Bling" and insight into how my own preferences won't allow me to enjoy certain musicians. Read More

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The Difference Between Whitewashing And Diversity in Hollywood

The outrage is real. As the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens draws nearer, the bigoted cries of #BoycottStarWarsVII keep coming. But white tears about being "marginalized" and fears of being "targeted for genocide" are nothing new. Outside of the sheer outlandishness of these claims, they point to an undying campaign of white folks trying to keep societal ...

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It’s The Same (Epic) Missy Elliott in Her ‘WTF’ Video

Missy Elliott is back. And she ain't neva changed. In her new video for her single "WTF," Elliott stays true to the artist she has always been. She comes with a number of outrageous outfits from a mirrored sweatsuit with matching makeup to mashups of futuristic and hip hop elements from the 80's. And the dancing is epic from start to finish. Read More

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Tamar Braxton Gives ‘The Real’ R&B On “Calling All Lovers”

Tamar Braxton's last album Love And War was critically acclaimed and earned her a few Grammy nominations. But after her highly publicized loss to Rihanna in the R&B category, Braxton doubled down on straight R&B on her new LP Calling All Lovers, and we heartily support it. Read More

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Spike Lee Adapts Aristophanes Play For ‘Chi-Raq’ Film

When plans for Spike Lee's Chi-Raq were announced, the uproar was immediate. Some denounced the title alone. Some saw the film as a play to make money on the backs of those that have lost their lives. And while I still don't see the necessity in using the name "Chi-Raq," the first trailer for the film points at it being much more than expected. Read More

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Janet Jackson’s ‘Unbreakable’ Shows the Power of Production

On Janet's comeback album Unbreakable, it is all about delivering classic Janet in every way. Let's face it: Janet Jackson has never been a vocal powerhouse. She fits much better in the "entertainer" category than with vocalists like Whitney Houston, original Mariah Carey, Jill Scott or Jennifer Hudson. But, like Madonna, she has been successful in the music ...

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