The Grammy Conundrum

As hip-hop culture grows more diverse in voice and representation, the Grammys seem slow to catch up. The genre easily boasts several vibrant subgenres and possible spinoff styles of music. They might even deserve categories of their own. But during the industry’s most recognizable awards show, all artists who rap are lumped into the same lane. In this day and age, that’s akin to lumping all singers into the same genre just because they sing. Alas, it seems that hip-hop still may have miles to go before being fully recognized as more than just “rap music” in the eyes of those handing out the coveted golden gramophone. But who’s really responsible for this? Read More →

Racial Diversity in Pop Music

According to data compile by Vocativ.com, Pop music is whiter than it’s been in more than three decades. Only four of the Best New Artists Grammy winners over the past 15 years have not been white. Click here to read more.

Timberland Ends Collaboration with A.P.C

Timberland’s president Stewart Whitney recently announced that the company will no longer be collaborating with fashion brand A.P.C.  The decision was in response to racist remarks made by Jean Touitou during his A.P.C fashion show in Paris

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Looking At The YG x RVCA Collab

RVCA is one of the leading lifestyle clothing brands out in the market today. They specialize in board-sports with the beach, surfing, and skateboarding being a huge part of their identity.  In attempt to expand their niche and brand, they teamed up with Compton native, YG.

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Is The Accent Fake Or Cultural Assimilation?

There is no question that Australian-born Iggy Azalea has commercial appeal with a number of songs all over the radio airwaves. However, some critics have questioned why she has dropped her native Australian accent. Is she fakin’ the funk or is she assimilating to American/Hip-Hop culture. Click here to read more.

Multiculturals Are The New Mainstream In Music Consumption

“Modern music is being shaped by confident multicultural consumers,” says Mónica Gil, Nielsen’s senior vice president/multicultural growth and strategy. “These are trailblazers and they know it. As the country faces a demographic shift, this population is poised to influence the growth of music companies.” Click here to read more.

Broadway’s First Black Cinderella

It was announced yesterday that Keke Palmer will be joining the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as it’s leading lady — becoming the first black woman to play Cinderella on Broadway. “It’s honestly one of those things that I can’t believe is really happening,” Palmer told the AP. “I’m very excited. Very excited and nervous as well — a bunch of feelings all at once.” 

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