Must we state the obvious? Jay Z’s more than a black businessman #diversity #inclusion #race

So Jay Z launched Tidal.com this week, his new music streaming service. I poked around a little. It looks like a haven for music lovers. For a fee you can gorge yourself on whatever genre of music you want, and apparently you’ll be able to access exclusive content from artists as well. JayZ

My beef came yesterday morning as I drove to the train. I habitually flip through my favorite stations on the off chance they’ll actually play a song rather than talk, and Jay Z was the topic of discussion. Some rapper/artist-type person — I don’t know who because his comment got on my nerves and I immediately turned on a CD — offered this opinion: I think it’s a great (or something along those lines) thing because as a businessman, as a black business man; that’s when I turned him off. Continue reading “Must we state the obvious? Jay Z’s more than a black businessman #diversity #inclusion #race”

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You Can Be a Feminist and Love Modern Music #feminism #music #Drake #diversity

I ran into this article where For Harriet writer Michelle Denise Jackson discussed her quandary — being a feminist and simultaneously loving ratchet music.Drake

You know ratchet music. You may have nearly broken a finger or two frantically pushing buttons on the radio while driving to get away from it. Whereas I look forward to riding in my car just so I can listen to Drake and crew on 107.5 or 92.3 in Chicago.

Sometimes I jam so hard my Sonata turns into a little mobile dance club. In my more enlightened moments, I know I shouldn’t be listening to this music. I should be writing a blog on how horrible it is that a Muslim couple and her sister were killed this week — a very obvious hate crime in my opinion — but the music is an escape from that reality. Continue reading “You Can Be a Feminist and Love Modern Music #feminism #music #Drake #diversity”

India Arie does much to promote black beauty in new video. #diversity

Her lyrics say create the game and you create the rules, and I couldn’t agree more.  It may be a struggle; but we who are different than the norms society puts forward – despite increasing levels of diversity in all realms of engagement – are up for the challenge. With consistent self-love most folks will … Continue reading India Arie does much to promote black beauty in new video. #diversity

“I got $30 cash; makin’ it rain!” @chrisbrown Love More (Explicit)

Hate the star or love him, @chrisbrown’s Love More song and video are pop culture perfect. Twitter mentions, all the latest movies, cheap product placements, @NICKIMINAJ is beautiful and absolutely vulgar, we even get a lil’ irreverent slamming of a racially motivated bent. It’s young and edgy, rude and silly – pearls, curls and booty … Continue reading “I got $30 cash; makin’ it rain!” @chrisbrown Love More (Explicit)

Locked Out of Heaven

I first heard this song in Mexico. Too much beauty – and sun and margaritas by the pool – had driven me temporarily into the shade of the room. I’d heard of Bruno Mars, but this was my first deliberate listen. I remember thinking, how ironic, a Puerto Rican star is singing in English in … Continue reading Locked Out of Heaven