(Emily Dembinski/Illustrations director)
“It’s bigger than black and white, it’s a problem with the whole way of life.”
The lyric comes from rapper Lil Baby’s recent single “The Bigger Picture,” a protest anthem and social commentary track speaking against police brutality and racial injustice.
As students are being released from their academic demands, artists are also gearing up to release several new albums set to hit airwaves this season. So while switching out closets with fresh summer clothes, it’s also the perfect time to trade in pop hits from the spring – like Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica” – for some sunny new tracks.
Hollywood has helped craft a particular cultural image of the police – just, diligent and trustworthy – but it’s overdue for a rewrite.
The recent Black Lives Matter protests have brought about a necessary reckoning with institutional racism and policing in every corner of our culture.
Flickering fireflies and tinkling ice cream trucks signal summer’s long-awaited arrival – and with the season comes a collection of rising artists who are bringing the summer heat.
John Legend is living up to his last name in his newest release, “Bigger Love.”
In his seventh studio album, the artist maintains his trademark piano-driven pop and soul instrumentals while evolving lyrically to reflect his growing relationships.
In the midst of protests and calls for justice, the timing of Spike Lee’s newest joint couldn’t be better.
“Da 5 Bloods” is Lee’s first film since his 2019 Academy Awards Best Picture nominee “BlacKkKlansman” and it packs just as tough of a punch as its predecessor.
Activism isn’t about perfection or performance – it’s about education and endurance.
Following the recent killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, supporters and allies of the Black Lives Matter movement have taken to the streets to protest police brutality and systemic racial injustice.
Warning: spoilers ahead.
Beth Smith is a forgettable name but an unforgettable character.
In the season four finale of “Rick and Morty,” the real Beth Smith returns donning battle gear and a “Mad Max” undercut.
Lady Gaga transports all of her little monsters to the land of “Chromatica” in her long-awaited sixth studio album.
Returning to her electro-pop roots, Lady Gaga’s unapologetic lyrics and nostalgic disco beats make “Chromatica” the ultimate summer dance party soundtrack.
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