You stood and put your hair up. It made you a different man. You got hard and decided you were why. ...more
Tags: Asian, Asian American, beyonce, bodies, body image, Brian Lin, Cardi B, Consider the Lobster, dating, David Foster Wallace, fat, fatness, grindr, infinite jest, LGBTQ, los angeles, Monogamy, queer, queer bodies, queerness, Racism, relationships, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story, Trayvon Martin, Vincent Chin, weight, whiteness
Natalie Diaz discusses her new collection, POSTCOLONIAL LOVE POEM.
Tags: appropriation, basketball, beyonce, colonialism, Copper Canyon Press, cultural appropriation, displacement, Fort Mojave, graywolf, graywolf press, identity, Indian, Indigenous, Janet Rodriguez, language, LGBTQ, mojave, Natalie Diaz, Native American, poems, poetry, pop culture, postcolonial, Postcolonial Love Poem, postcolonialism, queer, reservation, rez, sports, When My Brother Was An Aztec, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
You will now find some version of the list below. It is imperfect. ...more
Tags: 10cc, Allman Brothers, american music club, Amon Düül II, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Arvo Part, Astor Piazzolla, Beastie Boys, Beck, belle and sebastian, Bent, Best of Lists, beyonce, Big Star, Bill Crofut, Bill Frisell, billie holiday, Blondie, bob dylan, bob marley, Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Brian Eno, bruce springsteen, Buddy Guy, Built to Spill, Buzzcocks, Captain Beefheart, Carl Stone, Carmen McRae, Carol King, cat power, Charles Mingus, Charlie Hayden, Chrissie Hynde, Cocteau Twins, Crazy Horse, d'angelo, Dave Brubeck, david bowie, david byrne, dB's, death cab for cutie, depeche mode, Derek and the Dominos, Digable Planets, Dionne Warwick, Duke Ellington, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Edith Frost, Eliane Radigue, Ella Fitzgerald, Elliot Smith, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Eric Dolphy, Erik Darling, Fairport Convention, fleetwood mac, Flying Burrito Brothers, Frank Ocean, frank sinatra, Frank Zappa, Frederic George Handel, Fripp & Eno, Galaxie 500, Galt MacDermot, Genesis, Gentle Giant, George Harrison, Gillian Welch, Glenn Branca, Glenn Gould, graham parker, grateful dead, Gregg Allman, Guided by Voices, GusGus, Harry Smith, Hatfield and the North, High Fidelity, Howard Shore, Husker Du, Jack Bruce, James, James Brown, Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, Joanna Newsom, John Cale, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Joshua Redman, Judee Sill, Judy Collins, kanye west, King Crimson, KT Tunstall, la monte young, Lauryn Hill, Leonard Cohen, lists, liz phair, Lothar and the Hand People, louis armstrong, Madonna, marshall crenshaw, Marvin Gaye, Massive Attack, Max Indian, Meredith Monk, Meshell Ndegeocello, mission of burma, Morcheeba, Music, music criticism, Nas, neil young, Neutral Milk Hotel, new order, nick cave, nick drake, Nick Hornby, Nina Simone, Nirvana, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, NWA, Oren Ambarchi, Otis Redding, Patti Smith, Paul Simon, Pavement, Pearl Jam, Pere Ubu, Phil Spector, Philip Glass, Pink Floyd, PJ Harvey, prince, Procol Harum, Professor Longhair, Public Enemy, Public Image Limited, Queen, R.E.M., radiohead, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ravi Shankar, Ray Charles, Return to Forever, richard and linda thompson, rick moody, rickie lee jones, Roxy Music, Rufus, Rush, Sam & Dave, Sarah Vaughan, Shawn Colvin, Silver Apples, Simon & Garfunkel, Simple Minds, Skylab, Sly & the Family Stone, Soft Machine, Sonic Youth, Sonny Rollins, Spacemen 3, Sparks, Steely Dan, Steve Forbert, Steve Reich, Steve Tibbets, Stevie Wonder, Sun City Girls, Sun Ra, swinging modern sounds, T. Rex, Taj Mahal, Talking Heads, television, terry riley, the beach boys, The Byrds, The Chieftains, The Church, the clash, the cure, The Doors, The Fall, the feelies, The Flaming Lips, The Jackson Five, the jam, The Jayhawks, The Kinks, The Lounge Lizards, The Magnetic Fields, The Mekons, The Minutemen, The Modern Lovers, The Necks, The Pharcyde, the Pixies, The Pogues, The Police, The Pretenders, The Pretty Things, the rolling stones, the roots, The Sea and the Cake, The Sex Pistols, The Stone Roses, The Stooges, The Tragically Hip, The Velvet Underground, The Verve, The Who, The Zombies, Thelonious Monk, They Might Be Giants, This Mortal Coil, Thunderclap Newman, Todd Rundgren, Tom Petty, Tom Wait, Toots and the Maytals, tracy chapman, traffic, Tunng, U. Srinivas, U2, Van Morrison, Violent Femmes, Warren G, Wilco, Willie Nelson, World Party, Wu-Tang Clan, XTC, Yes, Young Marble Giants, Zero 7
Tyrese Coleman discusses her debut memoir, HOW TO SIT.
Tags: autofiction, ava duvernay, beyonce, colorism, essay writing, first book, How to Sit, Kathy Fish, LaToya Jordan, Lemonade, Mason Jar Press, masturbation, memoir, Michelle Obama, Music, Open Book Award, Sex, sexual abuse, sexuality, Smokelong Quarterly, Toni Morrison, trauma, Tyrese Coleman, writers of color
The most important idea within the book is that our anger, in all its shapes, is justified. ...more
Tags: #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, #WhyIDidntReport, activism, Andrea Dworkin, beyonce, book review, Caro Macon, Cortney Tunis, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, erica jong, Ernestine Rose, feminism, feminist, Good and Mad, Kavanaugh, Maria Stewart, Mark Lilla, Monica Lewinsky, ntozake shange, Pantsuit Nation, rape, Rebecca Traister, review, Sandra Bland, Septima Clark, sexual assault, the Grimké sisters, Trump, white fragility, white privilege
Michael Arceneaux discusses his new memoir, I CAN’T DATE JESUS.
Tags: 37 Ink, Atria Books, beyonce, Black, church, family, freelance, freelancing, gay, God, hot take, I Can't Date Jesus, Internet, LGBTQ, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Michael Arceneaux, Music, queer, religion, Sade, Sam Irby, Samantha Irby, student loans, writing process
I saw myself on the big screen—the strong black woman that I am, and the stronger black woman I aspire to become. ...more
Tags: Anne Helen Petersen, beyonce, black femininity, Black Panther, body image, body positivity, colonialism, Comics, Danai Gurira, diet culture, dieting, Dominique Dawes, female bodies, femininity, Film, gender inequality, Jennifer Epperson, Lubbock, Lupita Nyong’o, patriarchy, race, representation, Serena Williams, sexual violence, sexuality, slavery, stereotypes, strength, Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud, Wakanda, women's bodies
Let’s take the women in our lives, and the women who came before us, off the pedestals but also, out of the graves of irrelevancy. ...more
Tags: adolescence, audre lorde, Bari Weiss, bell hooks, beyonce, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Demeter, eileen myles, feminism, feminist, Gloria Steinem, Hades, Hillary Clinton, idols, intersectionality, Katie Roiphe, Lena Dunham, Lidia Yuknavitch, Marissa Korbel, matriphagy, Meg Wolitzer, memoir, mentors, mothering 2018, Mothering Outside the Margins, mothers, mothers and daughters, mythology, Persephone, rebellion, teenagers, The Chronology of Water, The Female Persuasion, The Thread, This Is Love
“The reality is that the way that I’m expressing myself on this record is coming from a place of vulnerability that is very much in the tradition of R&B.”
Tags: Album of the Week, Arca, Asma Maroof, beyonce, Danny Brown, Gorillaz, Jam City, Kelela, Kendrick Lamar, Music, R&B, Romy Madley Croft, Sabina Sciubba, Solange Knowles, Take Me Apart, Warp
Female friendship, however necessary it is in our lives, and for all the joy it brings us, for all its love and support and kindness and generosity, can be a real mindf***k when it ends. ...more
Tags: 30 Rock, beyonce, By the Sea, Deborah Tannen, Diana Gettinger, Ex-Best, female friendships, Frances Ha, friendship, gender, Girls, Greta Gerwig, Gwenyth Paltrow, Hayley Krischer, Jon Hamm, Kahlil Gibran, linguistics, Madonna, Monica Hewes, Noah Baumbach, Romy and Michelle, Shakespeare in Love, Steel Magnolias, Tel Aviv, The Prophet, Thelma and Louise, therapy, winona ryder, You Were Always Mom's Favorite, You're the Only One I Can Tell, You're Wearing THAT?
Adichie is far more significant than her accusers seem to know. ...more
Tags: Africa, African literature, apartheid, beyonce, Biafra, Buchi Emecheta, Check It, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, colonialism, Cry Freedom, feminism, Feminist Current, gay, gender, genderqueer, Igbo, Internet, jargon, Kenyatta, language, LGBTQ, Lumumba, maps, Media, Nigeria, Nurudin Farah, patriarchy, Philadelphia, queer, Raquel Rosario Sanchez, Raquel Willis, Rest for Resistance, Ronald Moten, Sarafina!, Sarah T., Sarah Trembath, Sembene Ousmane, Temple University, TERF, The Joys of Motherhood, The Root, Thelma Ravell Pinto, Thembani Mdluli, trans, transgender, transphobia, Xala
Yona Harvey talks about her path to becoming a poet, Winnie Mandela as an artistic inspiration, and what it means to write more publicly.
Tags: A Poet's Craft, A Rumpus Interview, Amiri Baraka, beyonce, black femininity, Black Panther, black women, black writers, Cave Canem, collaboration, Comics, Deesha Philyaw, Doug Kearney, Hemming the Water, Howard University, Imani Owens, Imani Tolliver, Jessica Abel, Joel Dias-Porter, King, Lucille Clifton, Lynda Barry, Marvel, poetry, Ragdale, Robert Hayden, Roxane Gay, Sonia Sanchez, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Crew, The Force of What’s Possible, trauma, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, We Are KING, Winnie Mandela, Women Writers of Color, World of Wakanda, writers of color, Yona Harvey, Zachary Robbins
On the Hollywood stage—amidst gasps, jaw drops, and pearl clutches—we witnessed one final, beautifully coded failure and an over-the-top dethroning of the serious. ...more
Tags: Adele, All About Eve, Barry Jenkins, beyonce, Britney Spears, camp, Damien Chazelle, Dan Cronin, Faye Dunaway, Film, gone with the wind, Joan Crawford, Jordan Horowitz, La La Land, LGBTQ, Madonna, Mildred Pierce, Mommie Dearest, Moonlight, musicals, Notes on Camp, queer, susan sontag, The Oscars, The Wizard of Oz, titanic, underdog, Warren Beatty
After collaborating with the likes of Beyoncè, SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, Drake, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and Solange, 28-year-old British singer, songwriter and producer Sampha has finally released his first solo album, Process, via Young Turks. A significant and evocative title, anticipating the changes happening as listeners work through the LP’s forty minutes: the personal growth Sampha undergoes in taking his […]
Tags: Album of the Week, beyonce, Drake, electronic, Frank Ocean, hip-hop, Jessie Ware, kanye west, Music, process, R&B, Sampha, SBTRKT, Sierra Leone, Solange, soul, Young Turks
This show’s true strength is its diverse portrayal of African-American subjectivity and morality, amongst both the male and female characters. ...more
Tags: Alfre Woodard, atlanta, ava duvernay, beyonce, Cheo Hodari, david simon, Devil in a Blue Dress, diversity, Do the Right Thing, Faith Evans, female characters, Gabrielle Union, Gang Starr, Glory, Harlem, He Got Game, hip-hop, Kerry Washington, Kevin Avery, Luke Cage, Malcom X, Marvel, Marvel Comics, Method Man, Mike Colter, Netflix, Queen Sugar, Racism, racist, Raphael Saadiq, Rebecca Bodenheimer, representation, Rosario Dawson, RZA, selma, Shonda Rimes, Simone Missick, Social Media, Spike Lee, television, The Wire, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Treme, twitter, Viola Davis, w. kamau bell, Wu-Tang
Men will not protect you anymore. At Jezebel, Madeleine Davies advises that “now is a time for fury and force.” Mark Binelli looks into life on the border town of Nogales for Guernica. Here at The Rumpus, Matthew Clair writes about how we must do more than simply gaze upon suffering; actions speak louder than images.
Tags: anxiety, beyonce, essay writing, essays, Guernica, Jezebel, Madeleine Davies, Mark Binelli, Matthew Clair, Nogales, Peter Severson, Sarah Fawn Montgomery, Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, The Billfold
Want to craft spy thrillers? Learn science writing. The science infusing Fantastic Beasts, and where to find it. This is why you talk like a cowboy. Turn off Beyoncé if you want to actually write today—lyrics hurt productivity.
At the Guardian, Zadie Smith writes about why dance is important for her and for her writing: The connection between writing and dancing has been much on my mind recently: it’s a channel I want to keep open. It feels a little neglected—compared to, say, the relationship between music and prose—maybe because there is something counter-intuitive about it. […]
Jay Z, Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, and Big Sean performed at a Get Out the Vote rally in support of Hillary Clinton this weekend. Trump’s response: a critique of Jay Z’s use of “bad language.” Because he’s the best person to demand all people follow the rules of “proper conduct.” Watch clips from the performance after the jump.
Instagram: an app powerful enough to blow a million Think Pieces to smithereens in everything it says about female relations. ...more
Tags: amy poehler, Ariana Grande, bell hooks, beyonce, break-ups, breaking up, cheating, Cyber-stalking, demi lovato, feminism, Hillary Clinton, infidelity, instagram, Internet, Jon Ronson, Kayko, Lemonade, Madeleine Albright, meme, Michelle Goldberg, MJ Corey, patriarchy, relationships, Roxane Gay, Shine Theory, sidechick, Social Media, stalking, subtweet, Taylor Swift, Tina Fey, Tumblr, warsan shire
Jesus Christ, this book is like, Toni Morrison/Susan Sontag good. This book is first viewing of Beyoncé’s Lemonade good. This book is Simone Biles good. ...more
Tags: Amanda Cross, Americanah, Amy Fox, Become a Name, beyonce, Bhagavad Gita, Big Freedia, Carolyn Heilbrun, Cheryl Strayed, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, chloe caldwell, Chloe Schama, Curtis Sittenfeld, Dorothy Day, Edward Helfers, Equity, FARAH GOES BANG, fiddler on the roof, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, gawker, Hillary Clinton, Katy Steinmetz, Kelsey Osgood, Kristin Dombeck, Laura Goode, Lauren McKeon, Lemonade, Lin Manuel Miranada, Meera Menon, motherhood, myriam gurba, Octavio Paz, one hundred years of solitude, Sarah Smarsh, Sesame Street, Sex, Sister Mischief, The Labyrinth of Solitude, The Long Loneliness, The Read Along, Tracy Clark-Flory
If you make a visual album and get nominated for crazy amounts of awards, you should probably honor your performers. Beyoncé gets this (or her people do, which is close enough to the same thing), once again proving that she stands apart as an unbelievable performer and public figure. In case you didn’t catch the VMAs, Beyoncé made sure […]
It’s not hyperbole to say that everyone is losing their minds over Frank Ocean’s release of Endless, Blonde, and Boys Don’t Cry Magazine. After a four-year wait between albums, this outpouring offers a lot of incredible material to unpack. Blonde’s credit list alone makes perfect fodder for music writers, listing David Bowie, Brian Eno, Kanye West, Jamie xx, Kendrick Lamar, Elliott Smith, Beyoncé, the Beatles, André 3000, and Pharrell, among others. Add in Ocean’s […]
Tags: André 3000, beyonce, blond, blonde, Boys Don't Cry Magazine, Brian Eno, david bowie, Elliott Smith, Endless, Frank Ocean, Jamie xx, kanye west, Kendrick Lamar, new release, Pharrell, Posivibes, The Beatles, This Week in Posivibes
One thing that interests me about Beyoncé is who her predecessors are, and how she’s a kind of symbol for all the different ways that black women are revered but also surveilled in a really intense way, put on display. Morgan Parker’s poetry collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, comes out in 2017. […]
Andi Zeisler, co-founder of
Bitch and author of the new book We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrl to CoverGirl, discusses capitalism, breast implants, pop culture, and feminism. ...more
Tags: advertising, advertising industry, alanis morissette, Alli Maloney, alternative culture, American Tobacco Company, Andi Zeisler, Axe Body Spray, beyonce, BFF, Bitch, Blogs, branding, breast implants, Bust, capitalism, cigarettes, CoverGirl, Dove campaign for real beauty, empowerment advertising, feminism, Feminism and Pop Culture, gendered capitalism, Girl Power, green Carpet, independent media, Mentor, Meredith Brooks, mother jones, Ms., MTV, Nirvana, pop culture, prius, Riot Grrl, Sassy Magazine, Social Media, Spice Girls, Taylor Swift, the Beastie Boys, Unilever, viral videos, VMA Awards, We Were Feminists Once, zine
Think about the stories you have inside that scare you. That’s what you should be writing. ...more
Tags: a year and a day, anne lammott, autobiographical fiction, beyonce, creative nonfiction, death, fiction, grief, husband, james agee, Lemonade, Leslie Pietrzyk, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, pears on a willow tree, plot, point of view, short stories, teaching writing, this angel on my chest, Tyrese L. Coleman
In addition to his song “Spiritual,” which deals with the issue of police brutality, Jay Z has released a playlist of songs to get us through the crushing violence lately exposed by social media. “Songs for Survival” includes music by Beyoncé, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Common, Outkast, Gil Scott-Heron, Fela Kuti, Kendrick Lamar, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Kanye West, and others. You can listen to […]
Tags: beyonce, black lives matter, Common, Curtis Mayfield, Fela Kuti, Gil-Scott heron, James Brown, Jay-Z, kanye west, Kendrick Lamar, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, OutKast, playlist, Posivibes, songs for survival, Spiritual, This Week in Posivibes
The violence of the past days has left the nation in a state of shock, and citizens are reacting with the full range of human responses to crisis. Many artists can be counted among those who demand we respond as a country to the violence against black bodies. To name a few: The Game and Snoop Dogg organized a protest against police brutality in […]
At Seven Scribes, Daniel José Older examines the critical conversation surrounding Lemonade. In particular, Older addresses critics who wield the idea of an artist’s intention depending on the race of their subject, using intention as “a bludgeon to chastise creators of color or protect white artists.”
None of the imagery of Lemonade is foreign to those of us who grew up in the South or who have Southern roots. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 90s, Alice Walker, american south, Baduizm, beloved, beyonce, Chloe Bailey, cornrows, Deep South, destiny's child, eric garner, Erykah Badu, Halley Bailey, Ibeyi, Jourdan Dunn, Lemonade, Mama's Gun, michael brown, nineties, pop music, Southern, Terryn Hall, The Color Purple, Toni Morrison, Trayvon Martin, warsan shire, Wendy Williams, women of color, Zendaya