Stop Telling Women To Smile

As we enter into Women’s History Month, it is important to remember that the fight for equality is far from over. While we celebrate, and commemorate the prolific wonder-women of our past, it is also important to experience the women of our present. The women who are using their positions, their talents, to aggressively combat hegemonic societal norms that stand in the way of progress … Continue reading Stop Telling Women To Smile

Behind the Portraits: The artists who painted the Obama’s Smithsonian portraits

Kehinde Wiley is a New York based artist who grew up in Los Angeles. Wiley’s works consist of large portraits of black and brown bodies. The complexity of Wiley’s work stems from the “juxtaposed inversion” of the subject and stylistic aesthetic for his portraits. Wiley started his career in portraiture by painting images of local men in harlem against bright textile backgrounds reminiscent of the … Continue reading Behind the Portraits: The artists who painted the Obama’s Smithsonian portraits

Black Panther: The Album

Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’, directed by Ryan Coogler, is set to debut on February 16th, right in the heart of Black History Month. This movie, with it’s diversified predominantly black cast, has created quite a hype, especially with it’s trailer, and its announcement that the films soundtrack was to be created by Kendrick Lamar, Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith, and the rest of the crew at Top … Continue reading Black Panther: The Album

Indie Music for Beginners

Indie music, or independent music, originated as a music genre that was produced independently from major commercial record labels. Throughout the past few years, and because of the ease streaming services provides to listeners, indie music has been popularized, and diversified. Indie, or Alternative, is an interesting genre of music, because it doesn’t have one specific sound, and features artists that pull from many different genres … Continue reading Indie Music for Beginners

Images by Hozier

Andrew Byrne, more commonly known as Hozier, is an irish singer/songwriter who captivated the world with his hit track ‘Take me To Church’. ‘Take Me To Church’, the first track on his 2014 self titled album ‘Hozier’, is a beautifully dark ballad discussing the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, and their antipathy towards homosexuality. This song was released in 2014, and was accompanied by an … Continue reading Images by Hozier

Rap-Indie: Popular Rap/Hip-Hop songs that sample your favorite Indie bands

Hip-hop/Rap producers have a long history of sampling previous songs in the production of their new music. Most sampling comes from older hip-hop/rap songs, or older music in general, although as the genre of hip-hop/rap diversifies, so does its samples. Many of your favorite hip-hop/rap songs may be sampling music of other genres without you even knowing. Here is a list of popular hip-hop/rap songs … Continue reading Rap-Indie: Popular Rap/Hip-Hop songs that sample your favorite Indie bands