On an even broader scale, looking at labels of sexuality is a great way to become increasingly aware of the countless other labels and stereotypes that surround us. It's important to constantly be conscious of the words we are using to identify others, and to ensure we are not using them in ways that negatively limit or categorize them.
Over the years, live music has evolved from concerts to music festivals. Coming in many forms and styles, some festivals are weekend-long camp-outs while others only last one day.
To not acknowledge that the current #Carefreeblackboy movement is not a euphemism for rich black men who can afford to do whatever they want safely is inconsiderate and problematic to black survival as well.
Tidal is a company that has faced constant criticism in the media. Since their launch, people have questioned their motives, called them a flop, and found every avenue they can to try to discredit the entire operation.
The music stopped. Hearts stopped. Holt paused but didn't stop because he had to bow and prove that it was only a performance, that he would wake up tomorrow and rehearse the same solo for his next gig. But really that's a lie, because it wasn't only a performance.
Fortunately, finally, we are being offered great music from real performers that happen to be gay like Sam Smith, but it's not enough. As a black man, I would love to celebrate artists that can offer a multitude of truthful creative stories on a larger scale.
When Warren G first topped charts in 1994 with his inescapable hit "Regulate," featuring fellow West Coast rapper Nate Dogg, hip hop was no place for gays. In recent years, that has started to change... slowly.
The new-wave acts of the early '80s represent everything that mainstream pop acts aren't so free to be today. Imagine One Direction hitting the stage dressed like Kajagoogoo. Would teenage girls still go wild? Would Taylor Swift have dated one of them?
First on the scene to sing praise to the jungle that nurtured her sound, Bridget Kelly has guaranteed she's not only ready to rock our nation, but surpass the expectations of music's most influential King.
When I thought hip hop was becoming a more accepting place with Frank Ocean coming out as bi-sexual, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis releasing 'Same Love' and both becoming commercially successful. 'Rap God' was just a gunshot taking us back in time making us realise that we've got a long way to go.
Frank Ocean returned to New Orleans Saturday, greeting the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival audience with an understated: "A lot has changed." T...
For one, the "coming out" dog and pony show that the media puts on now is getting tired. It should not be breaking news in 2013 for anyone to announce their sexuality. I understand how "momentous" and "unprecedented" all of this is, but I do find it exploitative and repetitive as well.
I sat down with Spencer Day to discuss The Mystery of You and jazz's slow stride to acceptance of gay artists.
While we are celebrating the just the survival of an R&B artist admitting he has had a desire for another man, what we are avoiding is the actual discussion of if we are ready for an actual openly gay black artist in our mainstream world.
Say what you will, but after the spectacle died down and the top honor of the night went to Mumford & Sons' album Babel, at least one thing is clear: We are in the midst of the New Sincerity. Being really into something is cool now, even if that something is, well, God.
Valentine's Day traditionally brings several pages in newspaper classified sections featuring tiny black hearts followed by romantic messages. Perhaps it's a blessing that print editions are dying -- there's something creepy about all those black hearts, as if they bear a curse.