Experiencing The Outer Space That Was Built For You

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Science has always been an integral part of human society and continues to be the foundation of progress. And while, for centuries, it has been associated with stereotypical nerdy white men (think Bill Nye or Ben Stein), that isn’t the case anymore. “Hidden Figures”, for example, dismantles this image by showcasing the revolutionary African American women who contributed to placing man on the moon–a historic triumph for the human race. Even more heart-warming is that the box-office-hit film was co-produced by Pharrell Williams who utilized his love affair with science to contribute to this important story. Also, in case you haven’t noticed, Drake is currently performing in front giant projections of Pluto and Mars. Both artists bring forth a fresh perspective on science to a new audience–something that we desperately needed for a long time–and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.  Continue reading “Experiencing The Outer Space That Was Built For You”

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A Whole New World: Six Songs You’ve Never Heard Of Yet

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The world is so vast that it’s nearly impossible to hear all the amazing music that comes out of every continent. Even worse, is that we’ll all go to the grave without hearing a beautiful and exotic rendition of trap beats from a faraway land. WAAAAAH! Although the internet is at our disposal to discover these sounds that can become heavily rotated gems, it’s still difficult to keep up. Many don’t even know where the hell to begin, but don’t fret because I’m here to offer a head start. From Iran all the way to Japan, here are six dope ass songs you never heard of–and you need to add to your weekly playlist. Continue reading “A Whole New World: Six Songs You’ve Never Heard Of Yet”

Virtual Reality: The New Wave of Content

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Originally written in 2015.

The New York Times’ Virtual Reality  series is a watershed moment in journalism for various reasons. The first, is that it gives news consumers a first-hand account of an important event. This is ground-breaking because we are now able to be “present” while news is being reported without actually being there. Continue reading “Virtual Reality: The New Wave of Content”

How Artists Of Caribbean Heritage Are Shifting Popular Culture

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It’s no secret that the Caribbean influence has been around for quite some time now. These past few years in particular, it appears as clear as day as widespread fascination with West Indian sights and sounds have been magnified to the tenth power. This is due to global superstars of said heritage or experience who seamlessly weave it into their music and visuals, ultimately leaving an impact on popular culture. As a result, they’ve created an undeniable shift that continues to expand.  Continue reading “How Artists Of Caribbean Heritage Are Shifting Popular Culture”

Migos Teaches Us To Trust The Process

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On Friday at midnight, Migos dropped their second studio album, Culture, which is everything we hoped for and more. Eager listeners, including myself, counted down the hours until their latest effort appeared on iTunes, and other digital music platforms, for our ears to bask in its goodness. Not only was it a momentous occasion because we gained some new tracks from them to bump in our cars or earphones but it was also a victorious moment–that the Atlanta trio is finally receiving the proper recognition they deserve.  Continue reading “Migos Teaches Us To Trust The Process”

From Porn To Pop Music: An Unlikely Transition

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While adult entertainers are prevalent in the public eye there’s still a heavy stigma attached to them–especially those from the porn industry. Naturally, the transition from that arena  into the “normal” entertainment arena is very challenging for those actors and actresses. Despite being, you know, human and having a multitude of interests that extend beyond steamy xxx scenes, they are still viewed as freaks (no pun intended) and sex maniacs, by larger society. Thankfully, the non-prudes of the world have the ability to view these actors and actresses for what they are; people. As such, these supporters serve as the core fan-base of said individuals who wish to successfully transition from pornography into other creative professions like music. However, it takes a lot of convincing the general public of their worth to earn a musical artist’s most coveted title: pop singer.   Continue reading “From Porn To Pop Music: An Unlikely Transition”

R&B Lives On: The Evolution of Rhythm & Blues In The Digital Age

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Many r&b lovers say that their beloved genre has died but, did it really? Although it went through a rough patch over the past few years with content that resembled trap records instead of hopeless love songs (due to the popularity of their increasingly bad-boy front-men), the genre is alive and well. As a matter of fact, r&b simply went through a major face lift and has morphed into something beautiful for the new age. Continue reading “R&B Lives On: The Evolution of Rhythm & Blues In The Digital Age”