Atlanta-based. Interested in exploring the nuance of music, people, politics and the dirty stuff nobody wants to look at.
Black Queer Musicians Are Thriving Both in and Out of Major Labels
The ability to live, be, and exist in your own center of gravity remains critical to Black queer artists whose identities already exist in opposition to normative systems of power.
On 'This Is Why,' Paramore emerges from our collective fever dream
In her book Trick Mirror, Jia Tolentino writes of a globe-dominating phenomenon that "is built to distend our sense of identity," "cheapens our understanding of solidarity" and "destroys our sense of scale." Her words, published in 2019, were about internet culture. But a year or so later, you could have mistaken these as descriptions of another kind of viral crisis that has distorted every aspect of life on earth, on and offscreen, practically overnight. Those conditions make fertile soil fo...
The Front Page: Jemele Hill Is Telling Her Truth
Words: Bruce C.T. Wright
Interview: Clarissa Brooks
We’ve all seen Jemele Hill on television and in print, always expertly waxing poetic about the issues du jour with her signature convincing style of communication that’s helped propel her career to enviable heights.
And now, in the inaugural digital cover for NewsOne’s new Front Page editorial series that recognizes and celebrates agents of change around the country making waves in their respective communities, Hill goes into great detail ab...
Terence Nance's Interdimensional Healing
The spiritual practice of Black liberation is the largest task at hand. It requires pulling at the root in every aspect of our lives. Through his sharpest storytelling to date, Terence Nance gives his audience various possibilities on how to face the challenge head-on.
Nance is a director, actor, producer, and the creative leader of the hyper-surrealist HBO series Random Acts of Flyness, which returned for a second season in December 2022. SubtitledThe Parable of the Pirate and the King, the ...
MAVI's clearheaded songs of endurance
On Laughing so Hard, it Hurts, the 23-year-old Charlotte rapper MAVI seeks the strength to sustain. His raps pull salvation from Black spiritual traditions to offset the pernicious influence of fame. "Hope when I get into heaven God hand me a blunt / And it's some Runtz," he raps on "Reason!" later adding, "It's legal for corporal punishment if God your teacher," assigning purpose to the pain. Black folklore has a long history of meeting grief with a prayer and a smile instead of running from...
Georgia On The Line: Inside Stacey Abrams' Race To Make History
Stacey Abrams is campaigning to become the first Black, woman governor of Georgia. With the help of her community, it can be done.
Stacey Abrams walks into the small office we’re meeting in dressed in a red blazer, an undershirt, and dark gray slacks. I can tell she is ready for the end of this 12-hour-long press day. Regardless of her tiredness, there’s no slouch in her walk. She moves through the world as someone who has known her purpose since before she took her first steps. Her winning s...
You Still Here, Ho ?
If Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are seniors in the school of pussy rap, then Flo Milli, Kali, Lakeyah, and Yung Baby Tate are the well-known sophomores. The grandchild of legends like Lil’ Kim, Trina, and Missy Elliott, modern-day pussy rap comes equipped with a sharp eye for sexual prowess, deprioritizing men, and getting to the money, a recipe that’s already elevated stars like Latto, Saucy Santana, and City Girls. Among the later class, Alabama’s Flo Milli has brought cutting bars and k...
The 70 Greatest Beyoncé Songs
For at least the past decade, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has been the world’s greatest living entertainer. Who else can annihilate complex dance routines and maintain pristinely powerhouse vocals for packed stadiums the way she does? Who else can so thoroughly dominate news cycles with impeccable and innovative surprise albums?
Every Song On SZA’s ‘CTRL’ Ranked
SZA’s 2017 Top Dawg Entertainment release of her debut album, CTRL, shifted the foreground of contemporary R&B and remains in the lexicon of classic albums that withstands the test of time and context. No matter where you are in life, hearing SZA’s late grandmother, Norma, utter the words, “Also you black heffa, yeah you, you stand your ground/ ‘Cause I feel the same way/ If you don’t like me, you don’t have to fool with me,” cleanses the soul.
It is easy to say that music is a portal through...
What Could Have Saved Oluwatoyin Salau?
From June 9, 2020, until her death four days later, Oluwatoyin Salau was most likely alone and terrified. She was facing the end of her life, but she had met this kind of death before. Her life in its darkest pockets had told her that she was not worth finding. But across town, other Black girls, the ones who had clothed her, housed her, and deep conditioned her hair just a few days before, were looking for her, desperately wanting to remind Toyin that she was somebody worth saving.
A Man of His Word
by clarissa brooks
photos by cam kirk
styling by bobby wesley
The measure of a man holds a lot of mythology. From ideas of character to valor and all methods of thinking around purpose, it can mean everything and nothing all at once. For Gunna, a man with the leading rap album in the country, his mythology begins and ends with the promises he has made to himself and the people he holds close.
We meet Gunna, dressed head-to-toe in cream knit cashmere alongside a small entourage, wrapping up a ...
A Return to the Black Mountains with Moses Sumney
In late 2021, Moses Sumney released Blackalachia, an hour-long concert film and accompanying live album recorded in the midst of the 2020 summer of uprising. Sumney filmed his feature-length directorial debut in two days with a full crew in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, creating an in-depth exploration of intimacy and vibrancy that leaves those watching unable to see where the lines of majestic nature and performance depart. In the film, we initially encounte...
Meet Saucy Santana, the Rising Star Taking Over More Than Just TikTok
Before their single “Material Girl” became a bonafide TikTok phenomenon, the rising Florida rapper Saucy Santana spent his time as the makeup artist to the Miami rap duo City Girls. Their professional relationship quickly blossomed into a friendship and creative partnership, and it’s not hard to see why. Like the Miami girls that gave us quotable classics like “Pussy Talk,” Saucy Santana is a natural social media star, often appearing in Instagram Live clips and generating micro-trends, like ...
8 HBCUs Received Bomb Threats for the Second Time in 2022
On August 31, 1999, Lawrence Lombardi set off a pipe bomb on the campus of Florida A&M University; less than a month later, on September 22, he set off another and much larger bomb in FAMU’s Perry Paige Hall, causing damage to the historically Black campus, but no fatalities. The fear and anxiety of those attacks are still in the hearts of the students and faculty who live with the terror they endured.
White supremacy is sharpest when it can destroy all sense of safety and autonomy. The lates...
Sylvester Made Us Feel Mighty Real
What is disco, if not a call for yearning? What is gospel, if not a call for redemption? What is praise, if not a call back home? It is in Step II’s murky waters of gospel, Blackness, queerness and Black performance that we find Sylvester, a legend of other worlds.
The deepest corners of the late 1970s New York City club scene birthed a new genre of music that would shift the lives of queer people globally, but for a young boy from Crenshaw with an undeniable falsetto, it would be the beginni...