As much as mainstream Western music-media outlets compare contemporary African artists to one another, often flattening the expansiveness of their sounds under a single Afrobeats umbrella, some musicians from the continent continue to prove they’re in a league of their own with every new release. Burna Boy’s fifth studio album, Twice as Tall, is the latest testament… Read More The personal and spiritual growth doesn’t stop in Burna Boy’s Twice as Tall
If you let many Black queer folks tell it, Pride isn’t that big of a deal because we’re queer 24/7, all year long. Don’t believe the hype. Read the full story in Medium’s Zora.
Hood feminism is unabashedly angry, a little asshole-like, proactive, and, sometimes, it’s illegal—but in her latest release writer Mikki Kendall argues that hood feminism is necessary for all women to win. Read the full book review in the Chicago Reader.
Imagine an intimate room full of young children playing decorated DIY shakers and other instruments they’d just learned to make from beans, beads, macaroni, water bottles, and rice; or an audience at a senior citizens’ center cheering on an all-Black string quartet; or a crowd that ranges across the ages in between that’s dancing, mingling,… Read More D-Composed redefines classical music
Los Angeles and New York might still be the film industry’s biggest hubs, but Kartemquin Films is a reminder that, with support, filmmakers can thrive in Chicago too. Read the full story in the Chicago Reader.
When I learned The L Word was set for a reboot, unlike many queer folks, I felt nothing. Hear me out: the first season is not well developed–even the biggest of The L Word stans couldn’t and still can’t make it through season one. Read the full story in the Chicago Reader.
Before Superman, the Flash, and Captain Marvel, there was real-life hero Harriet Tubman. The biopic Harriet, directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), plunges into drama right away, showing a young Harriet (then known as Minty), her freeman husband, John, and extended family receiving a resounding “no” after pleading for Harriet’s freedom with her master. Read… Read More Harriet is the heroic biopic Harriet Tubman deserves
Teen heartbreak is real. In 2014, there wasn’t a high school on the south and west sides where you couldn’t find teenage girls passionately singing “Somebody real is hard to find,” the opening lines of Tink‘s “Treat Me Like Somebody” from Winter’s Diary 2. Read the full story in the Chicago Reader.
When young Black girls are presumed missing or kidnapped in the U.S, broadcast news and mainstream publications rarely pick the stories up. But if by chance they do, the care put into the reporting is questionable, if not completely careless and without nuance. Read the full story in The Triibe.
Here‘s editors and contributors reminisce on the best places they traveled this year—and lay out the places they’re dying to see in 2020. Read the full story in Here Magazine.