Why You Should Hop on the Janelle Monáe + Wondaland Bandwagon

25 Aug

WondalandJanelle Monáe = Natural hair goddess + activist + amazing singer + spunky dancer + leader of Wondaland Records.

She and her Wondaland crew, artists she hand-picked to join her label, have been touring the country showcasing their new music.

And they are FIRE! 🔥 🔥 🔥

I got a chance to see them last week when they stopped in Los Angeles. Unlike other concerts and music festivals I’ve been to, where the artists play there music in the background while they lazily half-sing along to the lyrics, Janelle actually gets into the performance. She sings live, dances along, and has a lot of fun on the stage.

Everyone in Wondaland, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty, and Deep Cotton, also has an electrifying stage presence. Between the vocal skills of St. Beauty and Roman GianArthur to the fun lyrics of all of Jidenna’s songs, to the energy Deep Cotton had on the stage, the show was EPIC.

These up-and-coming artists are extremely impressive.

Jidenna
You may have caught this beautiful man in Janelle’s “Yoga” video, or, checked out his song “Classic Man” and the remix with Kendrick Lamar. Not only does he have the face of an angel (a very sexy angel) and the style of the gods, he’s pretty fun to watch on stage. He cracks jokes and his songs are all catchy.

Roman GianArthur
When I first heard Roman on Jidenna’s “Classic Man,” I thought he was another rapper—but actually, this man has a smooth voice. With guitar in hand, his songs will give you the feels.

St. Beauty
Everything about St. Beauty is, well, beautiful. They have soft, angelic voices and striking looks p. They’re hair would be included on anyone #NaturalHairGoals Pintrest board. Basically, Black Girl Magic oozes from their pores.

Deep Cotton
I couldn’t quite make out what Deep Cotton was singing above their loud rock music, but they were quite entertaining to watch. They are the epitome of the “carefree black man,” and they enter a genre that isn’t quite as welcoming of black men.

Not only are all of these artists talented, but also, they contribute to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In every city the crew performs, they also march and protest with local organizers and activists. They’ve also put a new song called “Hell You Talm Bout,” which highlights recent cases in police brutality.

Wondaland = Talent + Consciousness

After seeing the show, I’m about to go buy their EP, the Eephus.

By the way, they have a few more shows coming up. Visit their website to see if you can get tickets.

How to Manage Your Emotions After Hearing About Yet Another Case of Police Brutality

5 Aug

Every day it seems another black person is killed by the police. We all know the statistics. We’ve all seen the video footage. We’ve all felt an increasing outrage at the fact that black people live in danger from a system that neither protects nor serves.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven to work pissed off about another case of police brutality. And the only thing I can do about my anger in that very moment is crank up Kendrick Lamar as I roll into the parking lot not giving a single fuck about who hears the blaring music. Then I stroll into the office and pray to God no one asks me how I feel about the incident before I’ve calmed down with my morning tea.

But like protestors quoting one of Kedrick’s latests: “We gon be alright.”

To help manage your anger, fatigue and other feelings about current race relations in the U.S., these two creative examples of black excellence have a few solutions (that also happen to be funny):

Calling in Black

Racial Discussion Fatigue Syndrome

The Confederate Flag is Anti-American, NOT a Symbol of Southern Pride

3 Aug

To all the folks that say the Confederate Flag = Southern Pride:

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Southerners are known to be very nationalistic. You guys love America. You’re probably more proud of America than any other region in the nation.

And that’s great for you.

But y’all are fucking up with this Confederate Flag nonsense. Waving that flag has to be one of the most un-American things you can do.

If that has never crossed your mind, please let me explain YOUR history.

As we know, back in the 1860’s, the South got wanted to succeed from the Union (because they wanted to keep black people enslaved—but you, never mind the whole race thing, cuz I know the minute I bring up race, Confederate Flag-lovers get all defensive. And more than half of y’all won’t even acknowledge that slavery even existed, but we’ll discuss that on another day).

So the South decided they wanted to do their own thing and not be part of the U.S. anymore. Then the U.S. and the Confederacy went to war. During that time, the Confederate Flag was created.

Do we not see how the flag is an anti-American symbol? It was created to identify troops that were fighting against the Union. The flag symbolizes succession and war for a separate nation. It’s “Southern Pride” represents a goal to be its own independent, non-U.S., slave-owning nation.

That flag should have been made illegal immediately after the South was defeated in the Civil War. It should not have made its way onto public, government-owned property or any stage flags. No one should have to look at that disgusting symbol of American hate.

So I’m calling BS on this “Southern Pride” argument. If you’re so damn proud, wave the American Flag, and celebrate your state by voting and serving on juries.

And for all the Black folks who wave the Confederate Flag:

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Annoyed 1…Just…. Ugh… Go read a history book—one where the Egyptians aren’t white.

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