An homage to a love triangle about white colonialists is going to present some, uh, challenges to an artist who just wants to make a three-minute music video to put on her VEVO page -- and Taylor Swift found that out the hard way. The singer debuted her vid for "Wildest Dreams" at the VMAs Sunday night, and even the most casual observer would have noticed that -- for a clip that's set in Africa -- it's about as white as a Sunday morning farmer's market.
In that moment of Minaj speaking out, she was not only silencing Cyrus and a system that has far too often told her to bite her tongue, but also the media for constantly being on the white side -- as opposed to the right one, the equal one.
Back when songs had creative lyrics and tunes were memorable, we turned up the volume on our record players and cassette tapes and sang along with the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, and The Beatles. Most of the summer hits from our childhood are still popular today.
San is an amazing artist. After connecting on Facebook, I was able to begin a fascination with his work. Vibrant watercolors popped up on his feed that mostly feature female celebrity or local character portraits.
Remember this time last year when your Facebook feed was littered with videos of friends getting doused with ice water to help raise funds for curing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)? One year later the #ALSIceBucketChallenge is back!
It was 3 a.m. and my cell phone was blowing up. The Twitter handle Twothousandswifteen was now following me. TaylorSwiftUpdates had favorited my tweet, with copious re-tweets by the likes of Tator Swift and Dazzling_Swift. Why the eff was I being digitally accosted by a gang of Taylor Swift devotees?
As the old saying about creativity goes, you can't break the rules until you know them. The same goes for culture. For a brand to employ culture effectively it needs to understand what 'codes' are out there, and which are most culturally salient in order to smash, break and combine them into something that is truly vibrant, new and culturally on point.
During Taylor Swift's "The 1989 World Tour," Taylor Swift captivated an audience Monday in Glendale, Arizona after performing the now sensationalized song: "Ronan" -- first having been performed in 2012 at a Stand Up to Cancer telethon -- Swift chose to sing the piece in honor of "Rockstar Ronan."
It's no wonder that for many people cats are the "purr-fect" pet. Why not treat your favorite feline to a visit at one of New York City's chic cat-centric centers?
There is a sort of classism in rap now. Now rappers act like R&B divas when comparing how many units their music sales as if that has ever actually bared any legitimacy to their skills within the genre.
What a shame that high-caliber musicians could get turned away from music schools simply because they have no desire to read notation. Most schools don't currently have a notation-free track to put them on anyway.
The once emerging country singer was an underdog in a genre that was male-dominated. Her sound and songs were unconventional. Her look pushed back against the big hair and heavy make-up of the musical Dixie queens before her. She was a girl with a guitar and big heart.
Taylor Swift is brilliant. Obviously she is a wildly talented musician. A brilliant businesswoman. And a top-notch fashionista. But on top of all th...
Swift's balladry on women needs some serious reform -- especially if she wants to truly end the phenomenon of women pitting themselves against one another that she so easily accused Minaj of doing.
When Stevie Wonder wrote "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand," the word "all" meant "all people." But that was in 1976. With the rapid advancement of technology, music is gradually becoming a language that can also be understood by computers.
It would be a mistake to diminish their tweets to a "catfight," which conjures the image of two thirteen-year-old girls fighting over a boy, not two serious artists discussing their careers.