Some words over coffee with Jordan Hawkins

Daniella Hagopian Arts & Entertainment, Culture

This post has been edited for clarity. D: How long have you been doing music? Do you remember when you wrote your first song? J: It’s been a long time. I grew up singing in the church. I picked up piano, then guitar. I started writing around 12 years old. D: Who’d you grow up listening to? J: Erykah Badu, …

Nipsey Hussle: The People’s Champ

Mahala Herron Arts & Entertainment, Culture, News

Rapper, activist, father, husband, and more, Nipsey Hussle, was a pivotal Black man in not only the Los Angeles community, but all over the world. He taught through his music and overall character about health, ownership, and education in the Black community. On March 31, 2019, he was shot six times in front of his Los Angeles Marathon store. Prayers …

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” Receives Four Oscar Nominations

Melody Gulliver Arts & Entertainment

Jordan Peele’s 2017 social thriller, “Get Out,” received four Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Following the Oscar reveal, Peele expressed his gratitude via Twitter. “Right now I’m just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you,” wrote Peele. Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, is a testament …

Recy Taylor, Rape Survivor and Civil Rights Activist, Dies Days Before 98th Birthday

Melody Gulliver Black History, Culture

Recy Taylor, daughter of Alabama sharecroppers, passed away ten days before her 98th birthday in her Abbeville nursing home. Taylor had become a prominent civil and women’s rights activist after surviving a traumatic rape during the Jim Crow era. In 1944, 24-year old Recy Taylor was brutally raped by six white men while walking home from church in Alabama. With …

Grammy President Denies Race Problem In Beyonce’s Loss

Melody Gulliver Arts & Entertainment

Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Following Adele’s album of the year Grammy victory, criticisms about race in the music industry have dominated post-Grammy conversations. Critics asserted Beyonce’s Lemonade “dominated critical discussion in 2016” and her grammy-loss reflected racial bias and lack of diversity in the Recording Academy. Adele called attention to Lemonade’s significance and apparent “snub” during her acceptance …