The Packaging of Female Empowerment in Popular Music

Cardi B releases her long-awaited debut album. Drake releases his new song and video for “Nice For What.” Janelle Monae releases her new song and video for “PYNK.” What do these events all have in common? Easy answer, they all encourage women’s empowerment. There is, however, a slight problem in how these are being perceived…

The Revolution Is Here.

When Gil-Scott Heron said, “the revolution will not be televised,” though just a metaphor, it is a mantra of sorts that has been taken literally, figuratively, and skewed into different interpretations of the phrase. Some believe that because he said that, perhaps the revolution will be televised, while others take the term and twist it…

Healing America’s wounds

How do we fix a system that was never broken to begin with? Most may disagree with this statement but what is sad is that some feel like the system is doing everything it was designed to do, and in a way that is true. The other night Orlando’s premier gay night club, Pulse, was…

We’re All Useless [a thinkpiece]

The other night my roommate made a subtle but profound statement about life.He said, “There is so much useless information in the world that makes it hard to find the information that’s actually useful.” This quote arose from a brief conversation about the internet, and how it is the greatest invention of man but also…

Open Letter #1: 2015 wrap-up series (part 1)

Why is it that the most profound thinkers are the quietest, and in some cases the saddest people? Einstein himself had a psychological therapist. And even with no insight to his intelligence, Robin Williams, a man who put smiles on the faces of everyone who knew him or his work, hated himself just as much…