I can't help but be irritated by the general population's tendency to celebrate this mainstream feminist neophyte and ignore, or worse, lambaste, Nicki Minaj, who has proven herself a well-informed feminist and articulate representative for women of color and women in general.
I used to hate Taylor Swift. And then Taylor Swift ignored what I thought of her and kept on making music, and my girls kept dancing to her songs about break-ups.
Though it's unusual in these times for a celebrity to be admired by three generations of women I wasn't surprised when my daughters gave my mother a Taylor Swift keychain. They purchased it with their 83-year-old grandmother in mind while at the pop star's recent concert.
A blue-eyed blonde pop star collided with a buxom Black rapper on Tuesday and in doing so, in tweeting at Nicki Minaj, Taylor unwittingly stumbled upon an aspect of feminism she might not have considered yet: a feeling of being marginalized because of your race as a woman.
I'm a die hard Taylor Swift fan. I listened to Fifteen on my first day of high school, nervously tapping my feet to the lines; "Take a deep breath as you walk through the doors/it's the moment of your very first day."
I'm 28 yrs old. I'm cool. I will not freak out. I will remain calm. I am an adult. That was what I tweeted a few days ago in Washington DC, hours before I walked into Nationals Park to see Taylor Swift perform her 1989 World Tour.
I think I'll listen to Taylor Swift each June from here on out to celebrate and commemorate what I saw at the concert -- and to remind myself what Pride is all about.
How Swift has moved completely past musical styles, hometowns and ideology, and yet managed to watch her fanbase continue to grow every year, is testament to her impressive business acumen and strategic planning.
Whether you are a Taylor Swift fan or not, there is no denying that this songstress is one of the biggest and most successful music acts in the business today and on her way to becoming one of the most profitable female artists in history.
In short, you've got nice weather, new tunes, and no excuse to stay indoors. So, get up, get out, and get your share of the fresh air.
You've heard about Taylor Swift's leadership in the soft power of artist rights. You may not have heard about the commercial collision--literally--at the heart of the conflict.
She cleverly uses her social media profiles -- Twitter, Facebook, Instgram, YouTube and Tumblr -- to showcase her unique brand that portrays her as open, genuine, caring and passionate about causes close to her heart -- like aspiring music artists.
In the middle of the terrace barbecue, I was thinking about Alice, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Airplane, and the White Rabbit, all marching to the tune of their own inner fife and drummers. All in the name of Independence.
The American Experiment itself is an idea as much as it is a national experience. It is an idea that transcends place and provides a baseline on the macro level for the ideology of a country, as well as on a micro level for the life of an individual.
Fashion is fickle and comes in waves, rushing up onto the shores of consciousness, soaking the landscape so it becomes more than a trend, before receding to be re-invented, a decade or two later.
Taylor Swift said "no" to Apple. Malala Yousafzai said "no" to the Taliban. Oncologists are saying "no" to Big Pharma. Blacks and whites together a...