ANGELIKI AMPELOGIANNI

Angeliki Ampelogianni is a Greek writer and poet. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. She currently lives in Oxford with her favourite human and their favourite house plants. In her spare time she enjoys a few too many decaf coffees, and quinoa cheese puffs. … Continue reading ANGELIKI AMPELOGIANNI

From 90’s Hip-Hop to the Neo-Soul: A Black Power Playlist Over the Years

Music has often been a sphere of Black empowerment, with artists like James Brown and Nina Simone, amongst many others, bringing Black experience and pride to millions of listeners. This playlist ranges from hip-shaking to solemn and quiet within just a few songs, a small display of the many sounds and feelings of music dedicated to Black Power. Solange — F.U.B.U. Off Solange’s 2015 album, A … Continue reading From 90’s Hip-Hop to the Neo-Soul: A Black Power Playlist Over the Years

The DMV’s Top 5 Albums of 2020

The D.C. region is a hotbed of talented musicians. And while the region hasn’t quite received the recognition it deserves, the time is now to see the culture as it is: gushing with creative and eccentric musicians. From established stars to up-and-coming talents, these are five of the best albums from DMV born or raised artists in 2020. Wale — The Imperfect Storm Only eight months … Continue reading The DMV’s Top 5 Albums of 2020

Greentea Peng’s Revolution

Greentea Peng’s new music video for her song “Revolution” fuses past and present political movements with her neo-soul stylings to preach self-transformation. Drawing from reggae and hip hop, she creates an altogether new sound that resonates deeply with her message of critical care. The music video itself begins with reference to the ‘60s fear of camera surveillance, set in black and white, and ends with … Continue reading Greentea Peng’s Revolution

Criminally Underrated: Benny Sings Proves Himself Again With “City Pop”

Despite a consistent career and continued performance, the world has still not woken up for Benny Sings. Since 2005, Benny Sings has put out six studio albums, one live album, and a beat tape. His work is consistently impressive, especially his Tiny Desk Concert from Jan. 2016. Benny Sings, known as Tim van Berkestijn, is a 42-year-old Dutch alternative artist that has been pumping out incredible music … Continue reading Criminally Underrated: Benny Sings Proves Himself Again With “City Pop”

“Freeze Tag” Brings Together Tenets of Black Protest Music

“Freeze Tag,” Dinner Party’s lead single from their 2020 album Dinner Party, is a song steeped in signature elements of Black protest music. Featuring vocal performances from Phoelix on the original song, and Cordae on the song’s remix, the track is a melodic, melancholy song that speaks on police violence with clarity. Released amidst a year that saw a greater focus on Black protest music … Continue reading “Freeze Tag” Brings Together Tenets of Black Protest Music

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

Soup’s Up

Originally this was going to be an article (Essay? Piece? Rant? Rant.) about how aggressive religious overtones complicate soup kitchen experiences for non-catholic homeless people in the US. I was going to compare the Sikh temple to the American Catholic soup kitchen (an institution which often shoves as much dogma down patrons’ throats as soup) and talk about how religiously motivated charity doesn’t have to … Continue reading Soup’s Up