Music and Pop Culture

Our takes on the latest music and pop culture news.

ESPN Got Some ‘Splaining to Do

As the dynamic of predominantly black bodies being used to generate enormous profit for white billionaires becomes more glaringly problematic, it would behoove ESPN, the NFL, and any other relevant acronym to at least pretend like they care about inclusivity.

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LaVar Ball is a Trickster

The continued fascination with LaVar Ball makes it pretty clear that, for as much as nonblack folks try to act like they understand black Americans, they really don’t know a single thing about us because, if they did, there would be nothing novel about him.

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Diluting Blackness

by Marquise Griffin

I put up a huge poster in the school’s cafeteria that said, “Everyone is black because we’re all descended from Africa. Join BSU.” The All Lives Matter folks would have been so proud.

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Get Out Analysis [w/ Spoilers]

by Marquise Griffin

Get Out is a reminder to not take things at face value, to continually be wary of people’s intentions, especially when it involves purposefully placing a black person in a predominantly white space.

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Sampha’s Process and Living with Death on You

by Justin Danzy

I don’t believe, however, that I’ve ever heard someone come to grips with death quite like Sampha does on his debut album, Process. It’s a slow-burning, at times disorienting project that beautifully captures the grieving process that comes when a loved one dies and also the process of picking up the pieces and putting oneself back together in death’s aftermath.

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Nerd-in-Chief

by Marquise Griffin

Barack Obama expanded the cultural conversation and lens of black intellectualism and transformed how I perceived my own black identity.

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