Iggy Azalea: 21st Century Black Face

Iggy Azalea was one of the most successful breakout rappers of 2014; she also represents the best (i.e., worst) example of cultural misappropriation. Since before the conception of her mainstream career, she has openly and bluntly made derogatory remarks about various races, subsets of people, and has made a career out of cartoonishly imitating ghetto […]

“Skinny Bitch”: Why Skinny-Bashing is a Problematic Rising Trend

On August 4th, 2014, Nicki Minaj dropped her latest single, the immediately catchy “Anaconda,” which samples Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 classic “Baby Got Back.” In the song, Minaj raps proudly about her¬†large derri√®re and all of her male suitors due to her, um, assets. The cover art (below), which shows Minaj squatting with her back to […]

Mary Lambert Hits Hard with #BodyLove

No words. Just listen. Mary Lambert is the¬†profound¬†singer who was¬†largely responsible for the success of “Same Love” last year post-SCOTUS and the fight for marriage equality. She continues to fight for equality, this time on the body image-front. Once you get over the surprise of the spoken-word “Body Love Parts 1 & 2,” it’s not […]

Dancing in the Dark: 17 Thought-Provoking Songs By Women About Female Perception, Identity, & Body Image

Mainstream pop music isn’t always about sex, love, and booze. More often than not, if you listen closer, it’s about so much more, especially where female pop singers are concerned. This is a problem. 5 Stereotypes of Women in Pop Music: They’re shallow. Their music is shallow. And fluffy. And shallowly fluffy. All they sing […]

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” Is A Bouncy, Body-Positive Summer Jam That Brings The Booty Back

Some of you might have heard about Meghan Trainor, the 20 year old musician from Nantucket who has written songs for Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter (the girl who plays spunky best friend Riley on Girl Meets World), among others. If you haven’t heard of Trainor, well, you’re about to because her debut single, “All […]

Adam Lambert + Queen = Everything

Freddie Mercury may have passed away nearly 23 years ago, but his spirit is¬†1,000% present as¬†Queen takes the stage with American Idol finalist the bone-chilling-jaw-droppingly talented Adam Lambert on their new international tour, billed as Queen + Adam Lambert.¬†Walking into the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, it was impossible not to feel the energy […]

#AskThicke Proves That Glorifying Rape Really Isn’t Cool, Score 1 For Human Decency

2013’s Song of the Summer was the mostly unexpected, hugely inappropriate “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, a song that both raced to the top of the charts, despite Thicke not having a hit since 2006’s “Lost Without You,” and glorified rape and promoted rape culture at the same time. Don’t believe me? Check out the […]

‘Me. I Am Mariah … the Elusive Chanteuse’: A Benchmark Mariah Carey Record

Originally Published on May 27th, 2014; Updated on June 24th, 2014 “I’ll just sit right here and sing that good old school shit to ya/I won’t fool ya” Mariah coos on the first verse of “Dedicated,” a breezy throwback jam to 1980’s hip hop featuring hip hop heavyweight — and probably one of the last […]

Lady Gaga Closes Roseland Ballroom, Minds Were Blown

Originally Published on April 7th, 2014; Updated on June 24th, 2014. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Minds Were Blown. Altered. Changed forever. On April 6th, 2014,¬†Lady Gaga performed at Roseland Ballroom, the¬†penultimate show before the iconic venue closed forever EVER. On April 7th,¬†Gaga performs the¬†final show before embarking on her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour. Arriving at […]

Looking In

On Saturday night in Central Park, my homegurl Mariah Carey performed with the New York Philharmonic for the¬†MLB’s All-Star Charity Concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy. I didn’t get to go because I already tickets for Cinderella on Broadway, but I wish I did because she performed one of her most rare cuts, a song […]