India Arie reminds us to continue to breathe through the injustices we are witnessing in her new song "Breathe," inspired by the last words of Eric Garner.
It has been a full 18 months since R&B singer, Jazmine Sullivan, released her third studio album--Reality Show. We still believe that the album is a black feminist and Womanist masterpiece. Sullivan revels in the joy of an unpredictable and dangerous love, celebrates black women's bodies, and reads the fvck bois for filth. Check out her performance of one of our favorites:
The Black Girls Rock awards last night were incredible. So many talented and powerful black women in the public eye were recognized for their accomplishments, and so many dazzling performances were delivered. Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the night, and awards were given to Rihanna, Gladys Knight, Shonda Rhimes, Amandla Stenberg, and the three founders of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors.
There were especially standout performances from Brandy and Jazmine Sullivan.
Beyonce's "Formation" video is PEAK BLACKNESS and there is really no other succinct way in which to say that. Get into it:
Before we count the levels of blackness in this fabulousness, we must make an offering at the altar of Queen Bey. We offer our BeyHive membership fees and our collective wigs:
Messy Mya (RIP) opens the video and asks: "What happened at the "N'awlins?" The reference to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Messy Mya's unsolved murder in conjunction establishing shots of N'awlins is already gut wrenching enough, but the slayage continues throughout the entire video.
Recently, I heard someone say that there is no political music today, no protest anthems, and no artists willing to use their platforms to speak out against white supremacy. I laughed at them.
Check out this freestyle by Moise Morancy, entitled "90s Babies." If this doesn't give you an appreciation for the black millennials in your life, we're not sure what will!
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.
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