We Gon' Let Taylor Break Her Lil' Record, But the 2018 American Music Awards Show Belonged to Us 

Real talk? We knew what the 2018 American Music Awards were gonna be about before the first statuette had even been awarded. The intention of the evening was made clear the second it was announced that Taylor Swift only needed three more wins to unseat the much-beloved late, great Whitney Houston as the female artist…

NFL Picks Maroon 5 For Super Bowl in America's Biggest Black Music Scene Because... Of Course

In keeping with its trend of appeasing fans who believe God so loved the world he gave us his only begotten son whose name is either Tom Brady or Donald Trump, the National Football League decided to overlook the 1,203,034 musical acts in Atlanta, Ga. and announced that Maroon 5 will perform at halftime of Super Bowl…

Face-Off: What Did Cardi B and Nicki Minaj Have in Common at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards?

If there’s one event I look forward to every year, it’s the MTV Video Music Awards—I’ma let you finish, but hear me out on this: While the Grammys may be the highest echelon of music ceremony, rivaled only by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, no event has annually given us as many memorable performances and…

Lauryn Hill, Style Icon? 20 Years After Miseducation, the Singer Fronts Her First Fashion Campaign

I love Lauryn Hill’s music. Like many of you, I grew up with her—in tandem with her, really; when Lauryn and I were both 18, our black student union booked a then relatively-unknown New Jersey rap group called the Fugees to perform in the cafeteria of our small liberal arts college in New York. And when I was trying…

You Gotta Put Me On: For the Artists Who Haven’t Quite Reached Mainstream Success but Are Killing the Game

When black people who are musically inclined choose to pursue a career as an artist, they are proclaiming that they not only believe in their talent but also don’t subscribe to the conventional ways of making an American dream a reality. These people are dreamers with thick skin. Rejection is palpable when you choose…