What’s in a name: ‘Nigga’ v. ‘Hotep’

"Nigga" is passed around like high-fives in today's society. Hip hop has allowed for the term to become more mainsteam, and through musical waves it travels through multiple communities, cultures, and countries. However, the origin of the term still stings the oppressed people that it was made to remind of our alleged inferiority. Because of …

‘Truly yours, your biggest fan’: Nicki Minaj, Her Barbz, & Stan Culture

Although not having a following doesn’t equate to making unworthy art, the entertainment world is only a shell of itself without its consumers, and a lot of these “fan armies” are taking away from one of the most critical aspects of this world by attacking those with opposing opinions on their favorite celebs. If a …

Families being separated is about all people of color

History has a dirty habit of repeating itself. Especially if we don't learn from it and our mistakes. You'd pretty much have to be blind to any form of news to not know anything about the current immigration crisis that is plaguing the U.S. From the travel ban that was reinforced by Congress over the …

Black music month: Female frontrunners

Female artists are able to reach high levels of success as more than simple sex objects with catchy choruses. Stories from women across the spectrum are being told in increasingly unique ways, continuing to clear the path for this next generation of musically-inclined women to express themselves as they see fit. From the negro spirituals …

don’t touch my hair

It's a notion that every black woman feels at one point or another, and Solange Knowles captured the frustration and politics of the subject beautifully on her A Seat at the Table album in the song Don't Touch My Hair. For one, as black women, we're statistically at the bottom of the social, economic, professional totem …