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ICYMI: Issa Rae’s Insecure on HBO

11 Oct

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You can now view the first episode of Issa Rae’s new HBO show Insecure on YouTube. Woo hoo!  If you’ve watched Issa’s hit web series Awkward Black Girl, her new show will remind you of that (but in a good way). It’s funny but familiar. Apparently, many want Issa to continue down her awkward path, as she explained in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon.  Typecasting strikes yet again.

I enjoyed the first episode. It’s good to see black women represented in complex, refreshing ways. And I’m glad she’s bringing issues that black women face to the forefront but with humor. The music is on point too, with Raphael Saadiq selecting the tracks of the show’s premier episode. You can listen to the songs on Spotify  but I also found the listing here if you’re not on Spotify (like myself).

Insecure airs on HBO, Sundays at 10:30pm (way beyond what should be my bedtime).

Looky here.

CRWN Magazine

10 Oct

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A good friend just shared with me that there’s now a lifestyle magazine dedicated to black women with natural hair – CRWN magazine. The first issue was released back in August. I have yet to purchase it. It’s a hefty $20, but perhaps it’s as thick as a book? Maybe? Hopefully? Apparently, CRWN will not only feature everyday black women rocking natural styles but will also include topics of gender, politics, fashion, and so on. Sounds and looks good to me.

P.S.

And back to Solange’s slayage, she released a short film on the creative process she underwent when producing A Seat at the Table. She wrote all the songs. What talent! And the legendary Raphael Saadiq laid the foundation for Cranes in the Sky. I should have known. His sound is timeless.

Looky here.

 

Solange Unleashes the Fire

5 Oct

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Since I keep paying for this url, then I need to type some shit huh? Lol.

Well if you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and give Solange’s latest album A Seat at the Table a listen. I bought it today and absolutely love it. It’s intelligent, earnest, and eclectic. This album is truly a love song for and about black people with songs like Don’t Touch My Hair, F.U.B.U (for us by us), and the pearls of wisdom dropped by No Limit architect Master P.

Also I’m truly thankful for an album that’s melodically and lyrically diverse. I’m so not in the mood for over-saturated songs about romantic coupling. What can I say? It’s not my mood right now and there are so many topics to explore musically.

My favorite song at the moment (if I had to pick) is Cranes in the Sky. Solange released a video on her web site along with a video for Don’t Touch My Hair.

The video for Cranes in the Sky is included below.

PS Anderson .Paak is worth a listen as well. His latest album Malibu is awesome as well as his prior release Venice. I think I enjoy Venice more due to the variety of subjects and its high energy. But both are great!

Akilah Johnson Wins Doodle 4 Google Competition

22 Mar

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Akilah Johnson, a sophomore at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, DC just won the national Doodle 4 Google competition.  Her artwork titled “My Afrocentric Life” was featured on Google’s home page yesterday. This year’s competition theme was “What makes me….me.”

Akilah writes on Google’s web site:

Of all the things I chose to include, the six most special to me are the Symbol of Life (the ankh), the African continent, where everything began for me and my ancestors, the Eye of Horus, the word “power” drawn in black, the woman’s fist based on one of my favorite artist’s works, and the D.C. flag—because I’m a Washingtonian at heart and I love my city with everything in me!

Akilah will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and her high school will receive a grant of $50,000.

Queen Bey is Back with Formation

7 Feb

If you hadn’t heard, Beyonce released a surprise song/video on Saturday just in time for her Super Bowl Sunday 2016 half-time performance alongside ColdPlay.

There are so many things to unpack in Formation — self-love, black empowerment, female empowerment, the pursuit of the capitalist dream, and the devaluation of black life in the forms of police brutality and the horrific devastation that was Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

I salute Beyonce for bringing to attention to these critical issues and the song definitely has radio appeal. Although I’m not the biggest Beyonce fan, I can certainly appreciate her boldness as she matures and blossoms. No doubt Formation will prove to be the black girl anthem for years to come.

And because this is America where everyone’s trying to get paid, there are t-shirts already for sell referencing the song lyrics.  I won’t front, they cute.

Watch Queen Bey Slay…

New Ish

22 Jan

new ish2So Issa Rae has a new web series, The Legend of Human Black Guy. I like the spirit of it which I assume is to humanize the black man. I’ll have to keep watching. And if you’re in the DMV, Issa Rae will be at Sixth & I on February 24th to discuss her collection of essays The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. I’ve got my ticket.

And here’s the first episode of The Legend of Human Black Guy.

Your thoughts?

Also Lupe Fiasco’s latest CD Tetsuo & Youth dropped on Tuesday. I plan to pick up my copy tomorrow from Target. Yes the actual hard copy CD (people still do that). What can I say, I just love Lu and his artwork on the cover! Talk about a Renaissance man….

And if you’re in the Atlanta area, please check out my cousin’s new spot Dream Cafe.  Thus far they have hosted a Vision Board event as well as the venue’s kickoff opening celebration this past Sunday. There are more events sure to come. Shout out to my talented cousin (Nevaina Rhodes) and her generous sponsor! Please support if you can and spread the word down in the dirty.

 

WABGTD Tees for Sale!

16 Jan

wagbtd teeSo I decided to try and get in on this T-shirt selling thing. It seems so simple… You can purchase my t-shirt here. And be sure to check out the back of the shirt.

One more thing.  For those in the DMV, ?uestlove will be deejaying tonight at the Howard Theatre. You know I got my ticket. I always have a blast! If you haven’t heard him spin, be sure to do yourself a favor.

Happy Weekend!

It’s time to party!

 

 

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