Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Music

CONCERTS AFTER CORONA

WHAT WILL THEY LOOK LIKE? Picture this: it’s January of 2020 and you have just received tickets to a Harry Styles concert as a holiday gift. You spend the next few weeks planning outfits, religiously listening to Fine Line, imagining what it’s like to breathe the same air as your...

WHAT TAYLOR SWIFT’S ‘FOLKLORE’ MEANS TO QUEER FANS

A MUSICAL ANALYSIS AND REVIEW Earlier this summer, Taylor Swift dropped her eighth album with only a day’s notice. ‘Folklore’ seems to take Swift a few steps back to her country roots and away from the mainstream pop of her past few albums. Made entirely during isolation, Swift describes ‘Folklore”...

BALLROOM CULTURE

APPROPRIATION VS APPERICAION “I’m so into voguing right now.” When Vanessa Hudgens said these words while a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, she created a ripple felt throughout certain populations of the queer community. Almost instantly, Hudgens received backlash for her comment. Was Hudgens paying homage to queer culture? Or...

THE AFROCENTRIC ARTISTRY OF ‘BLACK IS KING’

A FASHION REVIEW  Beyoncé’s Black is King is a visually stunning masterpiece that venerates various African cultures in all their distinct majesties. This glorious celebration of black innovation and triumph was an impeccable synthesis of Beyoncé’s legendary vocal prowess and lavish costume designs, the latter eliciting discussions about the garments’...

FASHION IN EARLY 2000s MUSIC VIDEOS

A TIMELINE OF LEGACY AND INFLUENCE The early 2000s were a glorious celebration of Hip Hop and R&B, the airways dominated by crunk and masterfully-crafted R&B albums. The effects of such an influential epoch of music can still be felt in modern music videos, particularly in the wardrobe. A...

MEN’S FASHION IN MUSIC VIDEOS

TRENDS OVER THE YEARS Men’s fashion in music videos is often overlooked in comparison to that of female artists. There is a variety of iconic looks across multiple genres and male musicians have flaunted fashions that ranged from creative and experimental to reflective of their era while somehow being timelessly...

THE 2020 VMAs RECAP

WHO, WHAT, WEAR Needless to say, 2020 has been an adjustment period for all of us. The entertainment industry in particular has been a strange new normal to figure out. One major adjustment has been awards shows, which have had to halt or postpone their usual celebrity gatherings that fans...

CHARLES MINGUS: A PIONEER OF POLITICAL ACTIVISM IN MUSIC

Music can be an outlet of activism in almost any sense. Whether that be political activism or not, music is about storytelling, it is about singing the words that you may be too afraid to speak. Music provides a voice without the need to create the words. Finding a...

ARTIST TO WATCH

RAVEENA AURORA Who is Raveena? Originally from Queens, New York City, Raveena Aurora, mononymously known as Raveena, is an American R&B, pop, and experimental singer and songwriter. She has been writing songs since she was 13, but it was right after she graduated college that she wrote her debut EP, “Shanti,”...

HOW BLACK PEOPLE INFLUENCED POPULAR MUSIC GENRES

How Black People Influenced Popular Music Genres  For a very long time, Black culture and music have been a vital music inspiration for all genres of music from Country to Blues and Rock & Roll to house music.  Many modern popular music artists achieved great fame in their careers with...