Happy MLK Day

How Hit Show Insecure Teaches You To Get What You Want in Life

 

https://moneyish.com/heart/how-hit-show-insecure-teaches-you-to-get-what-you-want-in-life/

RIP Aretha Franklin, Soul Legend

“This is America” – Childish Gambino’s Masterful Visual Thinkpiece

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While Kanye is out here scoopy di pooping, Childish Gambino puts out This is America, a political think piece and mini documentary disguised as a music video. Loving seeing artists going meta like this – there are so many interesting layers to this thing. If you watch only the background, you see the America of social unrest, gun violence (notice how brutally the people are killed while the guns themselves are not only easy to access but are treated well and handled with care), domestic terrorism (the reference to the Charleston church shooting is pretty obvious), racism and fear (see: the end). Actually, if you watch only what’s going on in the back, it’s pretty scary and menacing. Looking only at the foreground, however, you see happy, talented and creative black children dancing, seemingly oblivious to what’s going on behind them as they do the latest dances (including some dope African ones likes the gwara gwara – choreographed by @sherriesilver, one of the best African dancers around, and also performing as one of the school kids in the video. Afrobeats and African dance styles are defo working their way into the American mainstream – could have a whole other conversation about the modern Africanisation of Black American music). Another q is: Are the kids dancing to cope? Or dancing because they don’t know better? If the latter, the track itself features a number of ad libs from rappers (incl Quavo, Young Thug, 21 Savage…) who you could say are themselves distracting the youth from the real background troubles. Super dope. Lots of food for thought. Watch the whole thing. #childishgambino #thisisamerica #art #activism #donaldglover

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Beychella and Beyonce’s Homage to Black Culture

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Besides being an incredible singer and performer, the thing I love about Beyoncé is the amazing amount of black cultural references she manages to fit into one show. The HBCU theme, stepping, Black Greek culture, the variety of different shades of women (notice they all wear tights that actually match the colour of their skin), the body positivity, the Egyptian/African looks in her costumes, the Black Panthers (no, not the film) looks, musical nods to Fela plus to so many other more recent and current styles and dances (she loves her dutty whine parts!), singing the African American National anthem… I could go on. There’s so much cultural pride, education and information going on here!! Not to mention: all executed with excellence!!!✊🏾I don’t consider myself part of the Beyhive per se but man – credit where credit is due!!! #beychella #coachella

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