Juicy J and the Problematic Trope of Twerking College Girls

If  Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J wanted to see some girls twerk for free, all he had to do was visit World Star Hip Hop (WSHH). He had to have known this, since he partnered with the website to publicize a $50,000 scholarship for young Black women. But this week, news surfaced that Juicy JContinue reading “Juicy J and the Problematic Trope of Twerking College Girls”

Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Get Me Bodied” by Beyonce

While you were sleeping, Beyoncé dropped an album last night and basically upset the cosmos. The Beyhive is abuzz, folks. Tread lightly. Although I’m probably her core demographic (black female, 18-45), I’ve never loved Bey like the rest of Black Girl Nation (and the world) seems to. Her videos outperform her music sonically, to me; sheContinue reading “Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Get Me Bodied” by Beyonce”

Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk

How do I love Pharrell Williams? I have already counted the ways, so I won’t tire you all with another Skateboard P post. Another day. perhaps. I remember reading earlier this year that “Get Lucky” would not be the Song of the Summer because “Blurred Lines” would reign supreme. Although that article turned out toContinue reading “Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk”

Praise White Jesus + White Women: Notes on Kanye’s Yeezus Tour

Prelude: Is Kanye a puddle or an ocean?  I am a Kanye West fan. I once thought that Kanye West’s classic “Jesus Walks” meant that he would become hip-hop’s savior from all the ills that kept me from loving it in totality. I now understand that hip-hop itself will never be a vehicle for itsContinue reading “Praise White Jesus + White Women: Notes on Kanye’s Yeezus Tour”

Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Olé Olé” by Lakol

A few years ago, when I still lived in Florida, I was at a party where the DJ put this song on and magic happened. Every single man in the room stopped posting on the wall and grabbed the nearest girl. Someone whisked me off the coach and laughter trailed behind me. Our feet floated,Continue reading “Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Olé Olé” by Lakol”