NEW MUSIC ALERT: John Legend’s New Music Video Reminds Us A Man-Made Border Cannot Separate Love

John Legend’s new music video for “Surefire” is an ode to the power of love in the face of xenophobia. The video, directed by Cole Wiley, premiered on Monday via YouTube and tells the story of a young Muslim woman and a Mexican immigrant’s fight to be together. The couple faces prejudice, family disapproval and… continue reading →

SOLANGE ON ASSERTING BLACKNESS IN WHITE SPACES: “TEAR THE GOT DAMN WALLS DOWN”

This past Thursday, Solange performed two intimate shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The performance, titled “An Ode To”, was conceptualized, choreographed, directed and composed by Solange, whose Saint Heron platform will also be curating a stage at AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2017. “An Ode… continue reading →

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o will costar in a buddy movie directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix

Call it the revenge of the disruptors. After a dramatic negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has nabbed a film project pairing Grammy winner Rihanna with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, in a concept that began as a Twitter sensation. Ava DuVernay (Selma) will direct, and Issa Rae (Insecure) is writing the screenplay. According to… continue reading →

NEW MUSIC ALERT: DADDY YANKEE FT. LUIS FONSI’S NEW BANGER CLIMBING THE CHARTS ‘DESPACITO’

In an article out this week by Rolling Stone, Daddy Yankee commented on the success of “Despacito,” his huge international hit with Luis Fonsi. According to Rolling Stone, the song had the second fastest climb to a billion views on YouTube ever, only behind Adele’s “Hello.” The song is poised to do as good or… continue reading →

#MUSICMONDAY: LISTEN TO FRANK OCEAN, A$AP ROCKY, LIL UZI VERT AND QUAVO’S NEW SONG “RAF”

Back in January of this year, ASAP Rocky took to Twitter to release a snippet to one of his new tracks, tentatively titled “Please Don’t Touch My Raf.” In the latest episode of Frank Ocean‘s blondedRADIO, the official version of the song is released. Simply titled “Raf,” the track features Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo and… continue reading →