Macklemore vs. Macklemore: A Man and His Image
LGBTQ / Music / Race / Religion

Macklemore vs. Macklemore: A Man and His Image

Okay, so in all likelihood you’ve already heard about why people are speaking Macklemore’s name again, but I just want to take a crack at describing it. Despite his liberal social justice branding, Macklemore, the white infant rapper, was the subject earlier this year of a huge race-centered controversy over his numerous Grammy wins at … Continue reading

#feminism: Lena Dunham and ‘trendiness’ as feminist praxis
Culture / Feminism / Music / TV

#feminism: Lena Dunham and ‘trendiness’ as feminist praxis

The recent hullabaloo about feminism becoming “trendy” has produced myriad opinions on the phenomenon, most with a heavy dose of hand-wringing. They fret over a lack of theoretical sophistication, or even comprehension, from celebrities and point to working relationships with less-than-feminist (and some downright anti-woman) men to discredit any opinions they dare voice. While remaining … Continue reading

HBO Solves Their Diversity Problem By Going With the Very First Idea They Had
Music / Race / TV

HBO Solves Their Diversity Problem By Going With the Very First Idea They Had

This past Friday, HBO released a hip hop mixtape. Ooh! Ooh! For a new David Simon show about 90’s gangsta rap? Nope. For…the upcoming Entourage movie? Out of guesses, motherfucker, it’s Game of Thrones! Yeah…so HBO wants to diversify their viewership. Nothing wrong with that! They probably felt the need to reach out because the … Continue reading

Podcast Recommendation: “Prior Volumes” Drops Some Obscure Music History
Class / Culture / Music / Race

Podcast Recommendation: “Prior Volumes” Drops Some Obscure Music History

If you’re into music and counternarratives to US history, Prior Volumes is the freshest you’re going to get. No seriously, it was born yesterday, and judging by its first episode, it shows a lot of promise. Prior Volumes creator and host, Chris Angotti, interviews author Rickey Vincent about the short run of the Black Panther’s … Continue reading