Akilah takes a well-aimed jab at Donald Trump’s VOICE program.
Amelia Tait at the New Statesman looks at the disturbing trend of boyfriends humiliating their girlfriends on social media. (Content note: Tait blames the girlfriend in question for ‘allowing’ the degrading to occur)
Jagger Blaec examines the gentrification of hip-hop and rap by white musicians, in the face of Miley Cyrus returning to her squeaky clean white “roots.”
George Monbiot breaks down the history of neoliberalism and how it has failed us.
Michael Cragg explains how Beyoncé’s 4 marked the turning point in her career.
Yes, another essay on Lemonade – Rawiya Kameir looks at the political significance of Bey’s latest album.
This week I’ve been listening to 4 and Humanz and I’ve been absolutely living. 4 is such an underrated album and there are so many absolute bangers. My favourites are Love on Top, Lay Up Under Me, Countdown, I care, and 1+1, AND Grown Woman which isn’t on Spotify and that breaks my heart.
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Marcus H. Johnson argues that the white left continues to not meet black people’s needs and expectations, and that this led to Bernie Sanders’ loss. Interestingly, he also notes that white leftists spout similar rhetoric as the white right.
Kim Kimble, one of Beyoncé’s hair stylists, talks through the different looks she and her team created for Lemonade.
Pop Culture Detective analyses a pedophilic trope he calls ‘Born Sexy Yesterday,’ which involves women with adult bodies but the mind of a child, and their sexualization. Unsurprisingly, he gets much less hate than Feminist Frequency.
Anne Thériault explains why staying alive when you’re suicidal is the most selfless thing you can do.
Margaret Atwood discusses being haunted by The Handmaid’s Tale and what her novel means in the age of Trump.
Olayemi Olurin explains all the different excuses men will use to not take you seriously.
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