Following the tragic events in Waco, many are wondering why the same kind of "thug" narratives about violence, crime, and gang activity aren't being attached to white bodies. Directly critiquing the "black on black crime" racist defense of white violence, #stopwhiteonwhitecrime is a poignant clap back to the recent backlash against the riots in Baltimore.
Erykah Badu: On & On
What is better than Neo-Soul? Nothing. We won't accept any other answer. Love. Afrofuturism. The struggle. Neo-Soul speaks to all of those things. Here are some of our favorites (in no particular order).
Best line(s): "The mothership can't save you so your ass is gonna' get left". We're loving the Afrofuturistic themes.
Best Line(s): "Warm as the sun dipped in black". The lyricism is enough to make us just want to fight the air.
Lauryn Hill: Sweetest Thing
D'Angelo: Brown Sugar
Best line(s): "Brown Sugar babe, I gets high off your love
I don't know how to behave". Doesn't it just make you feel things?
Best line(s): "Shouldn't I realize?
You're the highest of the high". Just...ugh. The magnificence.
The Roots: You Got Me
Best line(s): "If you were worried 'bout where
I been or who I saw
What club I went to with my homies
Baby don't worry you know that you got me". Erykah Badu's vocals just add everything to this song. And don't think we forgot about Jilly from Philly.
First Lady Michelle Obama has been catching hell from right-wing media for her recent commencement address at Tuskegee University, in which she openly condemns racism, (I'm honestly baffled that this is radical) and speaks about her life's path as a black woman. While not everything she says is perfect, (we fix a broken system by voting? Really?) We can't deny the power of such an elegant, educated woman speaking her truth when she knew she would be criticized for it. Watch the whole speech below:
Its the first day of May and we can't think of a better video. We dare you to not catch feelings!
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