The Sweetest Thing You Missed about Beyonce’s Grammy Performance

The most touching thing about Jay and Bey at the Grammys: an impromptu prose poem Wasn’t her leaning into him while he rapped. Wasn’t the grin on his face watching her strut. Wasn’t the grip of his hands on her fatty. Wasn’t the hug and kiss they shared. Wasn’t even the surfborting they pantomimed (BeyContinue reading “The Sweetest Thing You Missed about Beyonce’s Grammy Performance”

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”

Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Back and Forth” (Aaliyah)

Before the controversy about R. Kelly and alleged underage marriages, before Dame Dash, before Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned, and before the tragedy that saddened the world–Aaliyah was a fly Detroit girl whose debut single gave me my first Friday feel-good tune. I had no girls to pick up (I was 12), I had noContinue reading “Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Back and Forth” (Aaliyah)”