Culture, Features

Data Oruwari’s Art Gives a New Face to African Goddesses

I remember the first time I saw Data Oruwari’s work. It was on Instagram and I was just lazily scrolling along. Through the noise of food posts, funny clips, selfies, other beautiful photos and the rest, a photo of her piece “Egungun Oya” stopped me. It was otherworldly, pulsing with a quiet but strong energy. Simply, […]

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Culture

Just a Girl: Why Girlhood Still Matters in Music

“The future is female.” It’s an old slogan from a 1970s shirt and by looking around these days, the future is already here. Lady Gaga became the first woman to headline Coachella in 10 years, Bozoma Saint John of Apple Music raised the bar for all women, particularly of color, within the upper echelons of […]

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Culture, Politics

How to Outlast a Donald Trump Presidency

You’re not still in a bad dream. Donald Trump is on his third month of being the leader of the free world. Every time I hear a buzz on my phone and see the dreaded news alert, I flip my phone over in hopes ignorance will really turn to bliss. There is no universal way […]

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Culture

London Illustrator POLLY NOR Draws Women in Their Most Unapologetic Form

London illustrator POLLY NOR has accumulated an Instagram following of over 300,000 followers with her satirical drawings of women infamously accompanied by demons. Sometimes these demons appear when the illustrated woman of choice looks in the mirror, explores her sexuality, or prepares to choose an outfit from a pile of clothes that she hates. Sometimes […]

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Culture, Politics

Watch President Obama’s Full Farewell Address

President Obama just gave his official farewell address speech in his hometown of Chicago, IL, full of bittersweet moments, heartfelt thank you’s, and most importantly, solutions to some of America’s most deep-rooted problems. The 44th president discussed everything from race relations and economics to national healthcare and the current threats to democracy that America is […]

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Culture, Opinion

Juli’s Top Ten Ls of 2016

For anyone reading this who does not know what “catching a L” means and chooses to abstain from urbandictonary.com, it’s “catching a loss.” Example: if you wake up after drinking a whole bottle of wine and check your bank statement to reveal you spent $300 buying useless shit on Amazon, you took the L (loss.) […]

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Culture, Opinion

Where Does Music Blogging Go From Here?

“I want to start a blog.” We were barely through one beer and this catch-up lunch date with a friend had already turned into a “how-to-start-a-blog” seminar. I had known her for only a few years, but we shared common attributes: both college educated and driven, but still with strong ties to the middle-class Bay Area […]

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Culture

It’s Just a Preference: Old and New School Hip-Hop

Hip-hop has been around for over 30 years and in those years, it has changed. A lot. Beginning with the break beats and sing-song flows to the frenetic, boundary pushing sounds we have today, there’s a lot about hip-hop we can admire. As hip-hop has evolved though, some of its history and culture has been pushed […]

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Culture

Don’t Make America Great Again.

It’s 11:20 AM on November 9th and Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States of America. I am eating a muffin, drinking a coffee and pretending that my life will not change. It probably won’t; I am white, upper-middle class and educated. I scroll through social media. It feels like someone died, condolences […]

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Culture, Opinion

Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks Could Care Less About What You Think

Sharing their official audio for “Daddy Lessons” on Soundcloud, Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks have made it clear that social media doesn’t dictate what they can or can’t do. The ladies opened up this week’s Country Music Awards 2016, boosting ratings to the highest they’ve ever been in CMA history. While the mash-up was arguably […]

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Culture

The Juice is Bringing Cozy Vibes Back to Los Angeles One Party at a Time

Good Sport Creative’s The Juice is LA’s alternative party that focuses on bringing cozy vibes back to a glammed out Los Angeles scene. Often stigmatized by Hollywood and celeb-only codes, the traditional Los Angeles party scene has outgrown the desires of new party-goers who are now looking for casual events that allow them to wear their Sk8-Hi’s and […]

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Culture

The Evolution Of Cuffing

If you are already lost by the title, I’ll make it clear: I’m not referring to sleeves. There has never been an exact day we declared as the beginning of “cuffing season.” ‘Tis the season when your newly single friend who three months prior was drinking wine, posting a photo with the caption “#mygirls” and […]

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Culture

10 Podcasts You Should Binge Listen to Right Now

Podcasts. They make everyday life more interesting. Instead of being tied down for hours on your bed or couch binging on Netflix, you can zen out during traffic, or make the time fly at work. There’s a certain intimacy that regularly listening to a podcast brings. It’s easy to grow a connection to the hosts, laughing with them […]

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