When I was asked to attend the screening of “Snowfall,” I knew right away the show was going to be a hit. John Singleton has never disappointed, and neither has FX for that matter. Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning-to put it simply, John Singleton specializes in hood classics. He has a unique ability to capture the dichotomy that exists in ghettos from the east to west coast. He highlights the joy, the pain, the oppression, the freedom that surrounds Black folk coming of age in the hood. Singleton has never shied away from telling the stories of people who would have otherwise been overlooked. It’s his mission to not only make his audience understand the characters’ plight, but to also see their humanity. “Snowfall” is no different.
Cardi B is an icon. There, I said it. Her ascent to fame has stirred much debate, particularly over the last year. A diamond in the rough placed under extreme pressure in the Bronx, Cardi B has always been about her SHMONEY, and who can blame her? A product of humble beginnings, she admits she was often at odds with her parents, meaning she had to find a way, or make one-and boy, did she ever.
I don’t know what it is about some white celebrities and their fascination with Hip Hop culture, but I’m starting to get a bit uncomfortable. Over the weekend, Katy Perry made a fool of herself, causing Black people and well meaning white people to experience second hand embarrassment when she performed with rap group Migos on Saturday Night Live. I never thought it would come to this, as I had been a Katy Perry fan in the past. Any enemy of Taylor Swift is a friend of mine. But with her recent shenanigans, I can’t help but wonder if Katy Perry is TRYING to ruin her career.
“See the Alexander Wang T-Shirts You Can’t Buy Anywhere” the headline read.
Out of curiosity, I clicked the link. Instead of finding some mystical T-Shirt made of rare fabric and hand sewn by Black Jesus, I found something more regular. Very regular. I was shocked to find that the T-Shirts we “can’t buy anywhere,” I had bought and worn back in high school. Something told me that a zillion other Black people in the last 30 years had too.
“Some think that we can’t flow. Stereotypes, they got to go.” -Queen Latifah
I don’t remember when I was first exposed to Hip Hop. But I do know that I’ve always loved it. And while I’m a huge fan of Biggie, Tupac, Outkast, and Mobb Deep, nothing made me fall in love with Hip Hop more than knowing that women were using a platform-historically dominated by men-to get their points across.
It’s that time of year of again-time to recap the BET Awards, that is. Last night, our friends over at Black Entertainment Television delivered yet another captivating award show that we’ll remember for years to come. From amazing Prince tributes, to some not so amazing performances, the BET Awards, like always, if nothing else, gave us something to talk about. After watching, I have 9 pressing questions that I need answered.
Early this morning, many of us got the news that rapper Phife Dawg, of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest had gone on to Hip Hop Heaven. *Don’t question me, I’m sure that’s where he is. Most of us were overcome with a range of feelings-sadness, nostalgia, disbelief.
But me? I was mostly sad for another reason. Sure, I felt a void, knowing that Phife Dawg would never write another rhyme or bless another mic, but there was something bigger than that-I was mourning Hip Hop.
(ATLANTA) –On Tuesday, WEtv hosted a red carpet premiere for their upcoming show “Growing Up Hip Hop,” an unscripted series that follows the lives of the children of music legends Rev. Run, Master P, Damon Dash, James DeBarge, Jam Master Jay, Sandy “Pepa” Denton and Treach.
Cast members include Angela Simmons, Romeo Miller, Boogie Dash, Kristinia DeBarge, TJ Mizell and Egypt Criss were on hand to enjoy the festivities with over 500 local influencers at SCADShow, where the screening and Q&A moderated by multimedia personality Ebony Steele – took place. Afterward, guests joined the cast at Whiskey Park for a lively after-party featuring music by DJ Mars and Mizell, which I THOROUGHLY enjoyed, by the way. (Open bar). Click below for more details!
When someone mentions Iggy Azalea’s name, you’re likely to get one of two reactions-sheer annoyance, or utter excitement. While I don’t personally know anyone whose face lights up at the mention of the rapper’s name, (I’m not friends with any tween girls), I’m sure there is SOMEONE out there who really enjoys Iggy’s music. And while it’s true that Iggy Azalea has become a mega popstar over the last year, it’s also become painfully obvious that most Black people think she’s a joke…everybody except T.I. apparently. Because I think Iggy has gotten enough honest feedback about how bad of an artist she is, I try not to make a habit of taking unnecessary digs at the rapper, but today, after reading an article from the Washington Post entitled “How Iggy Azalea Mastered Her ‘blaccent’”, if I don’t talk about the huge elephant in the room, I might implode.