Posts Tagged Music

Feministing Jamz: DJ Ushka on music, migrations, and cultural appropriation

If you don’t know DJ Ushka yet, it is definitely in your interest to get to know her. Born Thanu Yakupitiyage in Sri Lanka, DJ Ushka is currently based out of Brooklyn (via Thailand). When she’s not working as an immigrants’ rights organizer, she’s incorporating the music and resistance of the global south into eminently danceable mixes. I had the pleasure of chatting on the phone with DJ Ushka a couple weeks ago, and we talked feminism, migration, and the ways DJs can participate in — and resist — cultural appropriation.

I also asked her to pick out ten songs or videos she was feeling. She ended up giving me eleven, and you know what? That is really great news for ...

If you don’t know DJ Ushka yet, it is definitely in your interest to get to know her. Born Thanu Yakupitiyage in Sri Lanka, DJ Ushka is currently based out of Brooklyn (via Thailand). When she’s ...

Feministing Jamz: Listen to this awesome cover of Lorde’s “Royals”

If you remember, Vero’s post about the Grammy award-winning song “Royals” kinda blew up the Interwebs by pointing out the cognitive flaw in Lorde’s cultural critique of music, youth, and consumer culture.

Vero rightly pointed out something that didn’t sit well with me either. The concern I shared with Vero was that while the lyrics serve as a valid critique of the excessive consumerism in hip hop (and the entire music industry, really), for casual listeners, they run the danger of becoming just a racialized backhanded indictment. Lorde’s “Royals” definitely made me wince in places even though I kind of liked the song in a fairly meh music season of 2013 (before King Bey blew everything up and ...

If you remember, Vero’s post about the Grammy award-winning song “Royals” kinda blew up the Interwebs by pointing out the cognitive flaw in Lorde’s cultural critique of music, youth, and consumer culture.

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Drunk in (same) love: 2014 Grammys open thread

 


I’m still feeling some type of way about the Grammys since they gave a platform to a known perpetrator of domestic violence. But I do think they’re worth interrogating as a cultural touchstone reflecting the most popular and commercially successful music of today. That’s a long way of saying: here’s an open thread for your Monday morning! What do you think about last night’s Grammy Awards?  

 


I’m still feeling some type of way about the Grammys since they gave a platform to a known perpetrator of domestic violence. But I do think they’re worth interrogating as a cultural ...

6 ways Beyonce’s new album gave me LIFE in GIFs

**This is not a Beyonce thought piece.

When we were all having #Scandal withdrawal last Thursday night, Beyonce dropped a surprise album, complete with a video for every song. As Sesali wrote yesterday, about the “Haunted” video in particular, “I think King Bey used the scenes to push back on our (sub)conscious societal fears.” The visuals for the album cover a myriad topics that have been on King Bey’s mind all of these years.

And while the album did spark a big debate over whether Beyonce, who samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s now famous TedTalk “We Should All Be Feminists,” can self-identify as “feminist,” for me the visual album game me new life.

Here are the reasons why in GIF ...

**This is not a Beyonce thought piece.

When we were all having #Scandal withdrawal last Thursday night, Beyonce dropped a surprise album, complete with a video for every song. As Sesali wrote yesterday, about ...

Beyoncé shows us what we really fear in “Haunted” video

In the video for her song Haunted, Bey takes a casual stroll through a haunted mansion. As she makes her way down the hall, she glances into the various rooms, each one containing a “frightening” or “freakish” scene. But I think King Bey used the scenes to push back on our (sub)conscious societal fears. So according to Beysus, what are some of the things our society fears?

In the video for her song Haunted, Bey takes a casual stroll through a haunted mansion. As she makes her way down the hall, she glances into the various rooms, each one containing a “frightening” or “freakish” ...

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Best feminist music videos of 2013

It’s that time of year: 2013 Best Of lists are making the rounds, and we’re not about to be left out of the party. In a year that was quite frankly super embarrassing for white pop stars, who were showing their asses and being racist extra hard in 2013, we want to give play to some of the folks who got it right.

It’s that time of year: 2013 Best Of lists are making the rounds, and we’re not about to be left out of the party. In a year that was quite frankly super embarrassing for ...

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The formidable Ta-Nehisi Coates on Alec Baldwin, language and bigotry.

Sorry Twitter, we’re not going to pat you on the back for appointing ONE woman to your board.

Moms on wall-street, dads at home: marriages that experiment with the intersection of money, work, family, and power.

What isn’t there to love about Kristin Wiig

Madiba walks with us.

An in-depth look into one of Chicago’s thriving business markets: heroin.

The formidable Ta-Nehisi Coates on Alec Baldwin, language and bigotry.

Sorry Twitter, we’re not going to pat you ...

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