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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. 

Silk Sonic: The Duo Bringing the 70s Back

A smooth, sensual take on 1970s Funk, “Leave the Door Open” captures the essence of black love in an expressingly braggadocious, yet thoughtful fashion. The harmonies are reminiscent of the Isley Brothers - low, soft background vocals floating atop simple drum progressions matched with tenderly soaked tenor vocals.  

Brent Faiyaz Gravity Cover

Brent Faiyaz’s Latest Releases

Brent Faiyaz's continuum of unexpected gem droppings. The midnight Twitter drop on January 29th, 2021 of "Gravity" that then was followed by "Circles" and three other singles that Faiyaz linked to a DropBox that continue to leave his fans in shock and amusement.

American Skin’s Take on Racism in the US Today

The release of the movie American Skin comes at a monumental time in America due to the uprising of the Black community following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmed Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. It was almost as if the resurrection of Civil Rights Movements was revived this summer as cities across America were filled with Black Lives Matter protests. 

Brent Faiyaz Gravity Cover

Brent Faiyaz’s Latest Releases

The continuum of gem droppings by Brent Faiyaz with the new single "Gravity" on January 29, 2021. The unannounced Twitter drop of "Circles" and then link to a DropBox with three more songs that continue to shock and leave his fans in amazement. 

Jazmine Sullivan’s Heaux Tales: An album for women, by women

After a 5-year hiatus, one of Philly’s best Black female vocalists, Jazmine Sullivan, has returned to the R&B/Hip-Hop scene. The release of Jazmine Sullivan’s 2021 album Heaux Tales has been met with critical acclaim, as the album explores love, sex, and power from a female perspective. Jazmine does not bite her tongue on this album: this project is for women, by women. 

WUSA9 Protesters gathered in from on the Nigerian EMbassy to #EndSars on the first day of protests, October 11th. 

#EndSARS DMV

Thousands of young activists in the Washington, D.C. area rallied to support Nigerian efforts to eliminate that country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, also known as SARS, a notoriously corrupt and brutal police force. 

Remembering Chadwick Boseman

The death of actor Chadwick Boseman on Aug. 28 came as a shock to members of various communities. The late actor was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, a diagnosis that he chose to keep private. His family announced that he died at his Los Angeles home at the age of 43, surrounded by loved ones, with a message on Twitter.


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