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TikTok: the Home of Cultural Appropriation

With over 680K fans, influencer Gracie Nortron was addressed for her video, released in late June, for cultural appropriation. Norton’s attempts at colonizing agua fresca, calling it spa water, caused an uproar among POC communities, mainly the Latine community, for her lack of credit given to Latine culture. 

Euphoria: A Question of Representation

As Euphoria’s second season comes to a close, it only seems fitting to comment on the new season. Like most people, each Sunday, my knee is bouncing in anticipation for the clock to strike nine, so I can indulge in the gripping show. With that being said, Euphoria is undoubtedly an aesthetic masterpiece. It is filled with breathtaking cinematography, amazing costume design (excuse me while I try and inevitably fail to do some of those incredible makeup looks), and one of the most pitch perfect soundtracks I have ever heard, courtesy of Labyrinth. Sam Levinson overall has done a fantastic job in creating a thrilling show that leaves the audience on the edge of their seat. 

Is There Truly A Light At The End Of The Tunnel? How The Weeknd’s Recent Album Makes Listeners Question The Afterlife

As we begin the new year, a famed artist, The Weeknd recently released his fifth studio album titled Dawn FM on January 7. Most would agree that his recent work is quite different from his previous projects as coming after the success of the acclaimed album, After Hours, The Weeknd had almost any direction open to where he wanted to go next. Dawn FM introduces a new concept and artistry from The Weeknd that clearly was never explored before, but nonetheless, very exciting to see unfold. 

Cat Got Your Tongue? The Purrrfect Evolution of Gotham's Favorite Feline

Out of all the female characters in the DC comic universe, Catwoman is easily one of the most notable. The reason people are so intrigued by her is that she’s an intense and gritty antihero who goes from being the complete adversary of Batman to eventually changing her behavior. She does bad things, but she does them for the right reasons — and there’s something endearing about that.

From “Surface Pressure”to “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”: How Disney’s Encanto Masterfully Employs Storytelling Through Song

Welcome to the Family Madrigal, everyone. Encanto, Disney’s newest animated film has taken the world by storm. Released at the end of 2021, the plot and music from the movie continue to dominate the internet, where a sea of Encanto content remains never-ending. In particular, the film has had a large cultural impact on members of the POC and Latinx community due to its representation of a wide variety of skin colors and hair textures. 

Winter Hair Care Tips for Natural Hair

If you’ve got curly hair, you know the damages that the winter weather can cause for what are usually beautifully, nourished curls. The cold and dry air makes curly hair, which is typically already on the drier side, even more dry. And what does dry, curly hair look like? Absolutely chaos. In the wintertime, curly hair is prone to frizz, flyaways, split ends and more. 

Love Renaissance (LVRN): The Future of the Music Industry

Love Renaissance (LVRN) is an Atlanta-based and Black-founded record label making a name for itself like no other. The label was founded in 2012 by Tunde Balogun, Justice Baiden, Carlon Ramong, Junia Abaidoo and Sean Famoso McNichol while they were students at Georgia State University. Since its inception, LVRN has sat at the forefront of fostering cultural bonds for the up and coming generation of hip-hop and R&B. 

Black Baiting and Zendaya: Why are We Promoted but Not Seen?

Dune, the new sci-fi fantasy epic, released on Oct. 22, 2021, excited fans of the original novel and Zendaya fans alike around the world before its heavily anticipated release. However, the fans of Zendaya around the world would soon be disappointed to find that she barely made an on-screen appearance in the film. The false advertisement of her role sparked a much-needed conversation on Black Baiting in Hollywood.

Weekly Round-Up: Week 1

Hello Hello! My name is Ehren Layne, and this is the first installment of a new series I will be writing for BP called the “Weekly Round-Up.” Each week, I will be discussing my favorite releases across a variety of musical genres. Though these songs will be of different genres, what connects them all is the color of the artist’s skin (blackity black y’all!). With this series, I hope to expose Black and non-Black students to the music of Black musicians across many genres. Not only is this an opportunity for me to discover Black music, but for you to engage with music they may otherwise have. I hope you can join me on this journey through Black music! For week one, I will be reviewing my favorite releases since the beginning of the academic year.  No specific genre is attached to these songs, however, most of them are R&B or incorporate R&B aesthetics.

Easy Halloween Costumes that Celebrate Black Culture

It’s no longer just October, it's full-on “Spooky Season”. While the fall season does bring on excitement for cozy sweaters, apple picking, and everything pumpkin flavored, Halloween is definitely the main character of the fall. With 15 days and counting until Halloween, we’re here to give you some costume ideas that will be hard to top. These looks are cost-effective, trendy, and celebrate Black culture! 

Michaela Coel’s Historic Emmy Win

*Trigger Warning Sexual Assault*  Black women are seldom shown appreciation for their creativity and writing in Hollywood. But recently the award drought for Black female writers in this industry has ended. Michaela Coel made history at the 73rd Primetime Emmys Ceremony on September 19th, 2021, as the first Black woman to win an Emmy for limited-series writing in HBO Max’s “I May Destroy You.” 

Our Favorite Looks From the Met Gala 2021

Did you really think we were going to let the month go by without giving you our thoughts on this year’s Met Gala?! If it feels like it’s been a while since we’ve talked about Met Gala looks, that’s because the Met Gala was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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