Louis Armstrong’s “Go Down, Moses” is a Protest Song

Louis Armstrong’s 1956 recording and release of the song, “Go Down, Moses” builds upon hundreds of years of Black protest. Standing up to the racist and often limiting strategies of white elites, whether in government or music, releasing this song was a seminal moment in the Black protest music canon. Negro spirituals are religious songs sung by Black folks, combining the spiritual and religious themes … Continue reading Louis Armstrong’s “Go Down, Moses” is a Protest Song

How “Alright” Became an Anthem for BLM Protests

Black protest music is one of the oldest genres we can conceive of. Building on African rhythms that have been impacted and empowered by life in Africa as well as the trauma of slavery, colonialism, and all of their consequences, Black protest music has been an avenue for Black folks to represent themselves and push back against the oppressive forces that have tried to eradicate … Continue reading How “Alright” Became an Anthem for BLM Protests

Ryal Releases Enchanting Video for “Thunder (Solo on the Dancefloor)”

Ryal is back with another enchanting video, this time for their evocative single, “Thunder (Solo on the Dancefloor).” We covered their single when it dropped, highlighting the nostalgic and danceable qualities of the song.  The video brings out similar feelings as the song, creating a viewing experience without much dissonance. The video features Sam Given free-form dancing in a studio alone, emphasized by lead singer … Continue reading Ryal Releases Enchanting Video for “Thunder (Solo on the Dancefloor)”

November’s Best: Meg Thee Stallion, Kali Uchis, Lou Phelps, Drop World-Shaking Albums

Kali Uchis — Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)∞ Kali’s newest album is almost totally in Spanish, a departure from her mostly-English albums beforehand. Embracing her native language brought about new sounds all over the album, departing the more poppy sounds on Isolation and opting for a more grand, supervillain theme on Sin Miedo. The transition goes over beautifully, as Uchis is able to present … Continue reading November’s Best: Meg Thee Stallion, Kali Uchis, Lou Phelps, Drop World-Shaking Albums

Toni Morrison’s Jazz & SZA’s CTRL: Roadmaps for Navigating Love in Hate [Longform]

Mutually empathetic relationships are crucial components of happy and fulfilling lives. To give and receive love is so important, but that can often be clouded by personal insecurities exacerbated by outside pressure. In the American social order, masculinity has been toxically constructed with the goal of oppressing and breaking down non-masculine ideals as a means of holding men above others. Heterosexual relations feature plenty of … Continue reading Toni Morrison’s Jazz & SZA’s CTRL: Roadmaps for Navigating Love in Hate [Longform]

Voting Initiative with GEN-ZiNE: Get Out and Vote!

We’re excited to announce this collaboration with GEN-ZiNE, an initiative to help voters register and vote this fall. Check out their website for a tool to better inform your voting choices. And here are some posters they’ve drawn up to print out and post around your school, neighborhood, or community! And here’s the QR code if you’re looking to make your own. Continue reading Voting Initiative with GEN-ZiNE: Get Out and Vote!