It’s not just “I Kissed a Girl” — or the inclusion of Migos on “Bon Appétit” — it’s the lack of conviction and muddled intentions of a pop star who has no problem selling records and concert tickets to gay fans, but won’t be true to them in a time of great social change, where even the smallest, most subtle statement would have a resonant impact.
In fact, I’d take it one step further and state more bluntly that 2016 was the year where hypermasculinity and male superiority won over social progress and equality. The all-too-real reality show of male bravado that was 2016 has been nothing if not a wake-up call.
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 […]
What is it like to live in constant fear and self-doubt? It’s probably not a concept many understand. I don’t quite understand it myself. It’s a feeling that’s indescribable, in all the worst possible ways. It’s a knot-in-the-stomach, tears-on-deck, total-confusion-and-borderline-depression, all-consuming sort of feeling. When I was in undergrad, the professor I had for Autobiography […]