The Dangers Of Artists Not Controlling Their Stans

Experts discuss how artists have the power to intervene in dangerous or overzealous behaviors by their most devout fans, known as stans. Nicki Minaj has been trending again. Following the release of her No. 1 single “Super Freaky Girl,” Minaj has been embroiled in one online drama to the next, with her overzealous fans — better known as the “Barbz” — battling anyone who shares a conflicting view or opinion on social media. But the attacks don’t just extend to other rappers and celebrities. Jo

Beyoncé’s Great Resignation Anthem 'Break My Soul' Offers Fans Their Own Renaissance

Since Beyoncé released her Billboard-charting number one single “Break My Soul” from her seventh studio album, Renaissance, fans have dubbed it the new anthem for The Great Resignation. The album, which was released on July 29th, has been at the center of many conversations – and rightfully so. An ode to disco and house, Renaissance serves as a dance-inspired love letter to Black queer pioneers of dance music from the past and present. Not only did the award-winning singer offer fans a deeper l

Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Honors Black And Queer Dance Music's Legacy

Beyoncé’s Renaissance serves as a love letter to Black queer pioneers of dance music from the past and present. Beyoncé has again taken over the cultural zeitgeist with her new album Renaissance. Infusing genres such as disco, house, R&B, and pop, the project is joyous, sexy, and grown, resulting in a meticulously-sequenced album that feels like one of the best hour-long DJ experiences you’ve ever wanted to have on the dance floor. An integral part of Beyonce’s 16-track long dance party are th

Black Queer Artists Deserve To Be Awarded In Spaces That Claim To Be For Them

When it comes to the BET Awards, nominations for Black queer artists — especially out queer men — have been far and few between. Since the beginning of his career, Lil Nas X has mastered the art of controversy. The rapper has used his platform to create waves of discourse — and sometimes even dysfunction — with his wild antics. From videos with satanic imagery to even selling blood-infused sneakers, he not only agitates the system but continues to find new ways to propel himself forward in the

Jada Holmes Turns Everyday Things Into Fashion—And Goes Viral in the Process

Have you ever looked at a bottle of Hidden Valley ranch dressing or a bag of Ruffles potato chips and thought, That would look cute as a purse? That’s exactly what Jada Holmes thinks. Photos of the 23-year-old Richmond, California, resident have permeated social media that show her taking everyday items—including a gasoline canister and a literal table—and turning them into unexpected accessories, and the results are oddly enticing. Using the handle @afropuffjada, Holmes has amassed more than 5

What We’re Not Talking About When We Talk About Last Night’s Slap

It’s all anyone can talk about: the Slap. Some have sided with Will Smith, some are calling for his arrest, and some have even called for the Academy to take back his Oscar for Best Actor. “The Academy didn’t protect Chris Rock! They negligently condoned what happened by not removing Will Smith. Then gave him the highest award while applauding him! It is a privilege to be given this award which he has tainted with his actions. Remove the Oscar,” one person wrote on Twitter. “He could have kill

TikTok’s “Hoochie God” Is Not Afraid to Say What Needs to Be Said

Nia Jones, who is better known as Hoochie God, is using her platform not only to create dialogue and inspire laughter, but to offer a safe space to Black women both online and in real life. When I first became familiar with her account on Twitter, her insightful and witty humor was enthralling. The Houston native is bold, loud, and unapologetically Black. And if the size of her platform is any indication, it looks like I’m not the only one that thinks so: She has amassed more than 267,000 follow

Moments That Made Euphoria Season 2 So Memorable

Missing Euphoria already? So are we. Debuting in 2019, the popular HBO original series has already become a cult classic among fans. The show has received rave reviews and ranked millions of viewers every episode. The season 2 finale drew in nearly 6.6 million viewers, and Euphoria is the second most-watched program behind Game of Thrones. The series has also taken social media by storm, becoming one of the most tweeted about shows of the decade. The series follows Rue Bennet, played by Zendaya

Why Ashley Banks is One of Bel-Air's Most Important Character Updates

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot, Bel-Air, continues to push new boundaries with its character development. While many fans enjoy the more dramatic, updated version of the Peacock original series, some are not happy with the changes. Bel-Air, which premiered Sunday, February 13, 2022, has expanded from the 20-minute American comedy that we remember into a full-on hour-long drama. Jabari Banks plays Will, leading the new cast in this sitcom re-imagining, charting the highs and lows of Will Smi

Why You Should Be Watching Abbott Elementary

The sitcom is a "mockumentary" about a group of passionate teachers and a quirky principal at a Philadelphia public school, Abbott Elementary. Despite the odds stacked against them, the characters are determined to help their students succeed. The stars of the show are Quinta Brunson as Janine Teagues, Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie, Janelle James as Ava Coleman, Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa Schemmenti, Chris Perfetti as Jacob Hill, and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard. Whether you are n

How Grand Crew Successfully Explores Vulnerability and Black Male Friendship

NBC's Grand Crew is changing the landscape for how Black characters, mainly Black men, are portrayed on television. The how hasn't even reached ten episodes and is already being hailed as the next classic. Grand Crew charts through the personal and professional lives at a local wine bar as they navigate through their experiences and offer one another support. The all-star cast includes Nicole Byer as Nicky, Carl Tart as Sherm, Grasie Mercedes as Fay, Justin Cunningham as Wyatt, Echo Kellum as N

How the Bel-Air Reboot Offers a Grittier, Up-To-Date Version of the '90s Sitcom

Peacock's Bel-Air isn't the family-friendly, American sitcom you remember. The Will Smith produced reboot offers a darker, grittier story about the boy from West Philly. First premiering in 1990, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air tells the story of a young Will Smith who finds himself having to move in with his aunt and uncle, Vivian and Phillip, and their three children, Hilary, Carlton, and Ashley. And like the classic theme song says, after a confrontation with some gang members goes awry, the str

We Can All Relate to Kat's Toxic Positivity Meltdown

From ‘no more bad vibes’ to ‘be happy,’ the positivity movement has flooded social media, bringing with it all kinds of catchy quotes and phrases meant to inspire. And while there can be benefits to engaging in optimism and positive thinking, you can have too much of a good thing. That’s where “toxic positivity,” or the relentless pursuit of optimism, comes in.’ This way of thinking tends to rely on rejecting difficult or unpleasant emotions and putting on a cheerful, often falsely confident, f

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a New Queen of Heartbreak

Summer Walker’s Still Over It, which debuted in November, is a work of radical honesty. With her sweet, dark, hypnotic tone, Walker invites fans into her world, showcasing how it feels when happily ever after never happens. Throughout the 20-track album, she opens herself up to the public, walking us through her heartbreak—from sadness to anger to relief in her newfound freedom. And in what might be the most vulnerable move of all, she allows the man who broke her heart his own place within the

LGBTQ+ Protests Against Dave Chappelle's The Closer Remind Us That Words Matter

It's been three weeks since Dave Chappelle sent social media into a firestorm with the release of his latest Netflix project, The Closer. The one-hour special seemed to focus on members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans women, making them the punchline of several of his jokes. However, for members of the LGBTQ+ community, the comedian's latest special isn't all "jokes" and can be dangerous. At one point in the hour-long stand-up, Chappelle even went out of his way to refer to himself

'Where the Money Reside' viral star Relly B is not done with his 15 minutes of fame

‘Where the Money Reside’ viral star Relly B is not done with his 15 minutes of fame It’s been several months since the 24-year-old Louisiana native Durell “Relly B” Smylie went viral after tweeting his now-famous homemade promotional video — a special to customers interested in purchasing a new car. From there, “Where the money reside” was born. Raking in nearly 3 million views across Twitter in less than one day and with over 10 billion impressions to date, Smylie became a viral star. His cat

Yeehaw: Beyoncé Has Done It Again! Get Into Her Western-Inspired Ode To Black Cowboys

Beyoncé has sent social media into another firestorm with her latest, rodeo-inspired Ivy Park Collection. Paying homage to her Texas roots, the singer’s popular Adidas x Ivy Park collection is intended to highlight Black cowboys’ and girls’ often-overlooked legacy and their impact on southern culture and the American rodeo. In a teaser trailer on the Ivy Park website and Instagram page released on Aug.3, featuring actor Glynn Turman (of Cooley High, The Wire, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), the

My Pandemic 30

Vodka Yonic features a rotating cast of women and nonbinary writers from around the world sharing stories that are alternately humorous, sobering, intellectual, erotic, religious or painfully personal. You never know what you’ll find in this column, but we hope this potent mix of stories encourages conversation. Thirty pounds. That’s how much weight I have gained. Toward the beginning of the pandemic, I was like millions of Americans who decided to get fit. I started working out, ate all my le

I Think It’s Time We Give Adam Lambert His Flowers Too

It’s been nearly a month since rapper and social media darling Lil Nas X gave his “controversial” performance on SNL. Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, has taken the world by storm since he dropped “Old Town Road” back in 2019. Whether it’s going viral on Twitter, participating in a new TikTok trend, or shutting down Republican governors, the star definitely knows how to stay relevant – proving he’s more than a one-hit-wonder. It’s been amazing to see how welcoming the world has

What's the 411: How Mary J. Blige Influenced Hip-Hop And R&B Fashion

For over three decades, Mary J. Blige, the de facto Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, has always been a trendsetter. The word style icon gets thrown around a lot, but for the multi-platinum, Grammy-award-winning artist, whose soulful vocals helped redefine the genre with a hip-hop edge, it’s even more fitting. From music to film, the R&B-singer-slash-actress has carved out a legendary career for herself that has spanned generations. Even early on, with her signature streetwear style, Blige was always sett
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