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Representation was a major buzzword in 2018, and widespread calls for increased diversity beyond the scenes have led to noticeable improvements on screen. In particular, people of color and the LGBTQ community celebrated visibility wins thanks to movies like Black Panther and shows like Pose. Although there’s one community that’s had to struggle a little bit more this year to be h..Read More
By Jon Higgins From films to television to music, 2018 marked a much-needed change in the way we saw queer representation in entertainment. With certain Black and Brown LGBTQ+ artists owning their talent and identity, a usual theme during most of the year was visibility. In 2018, we saw more Black and Brown LGBTQ+ artists creating from a place of truth while centering the voices of..Read More
Time must move differently in K-pop. That's the only logical explanation for how BTS, some of the busiest and most famed Korean artists on the planet could put out two albums (Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer) — furthermore to their third Japanese studio album, Face Yourself — two mixtapes (J-Hope's Hope World and RM's mono), release their first-ever English track wit..Read More
By Clarkisha Kent On April 26, 2018, Janelle Monáe came out as pansexual. I remember because I practically sh-t myself as I frantically let one of my editors know that I wanted to write about it. I required space to digest what this announcement meant, considering that it had come only one day before the release of her third album and “emotion picture,” Dirty Computer. https://..Read More
Fifth Harmony once made a song in which they declared they're "Better Together," however this year may have proven otherwise. The group's four remaining members — Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani, and Dinah Jane — reported in March that they could be taking a indefinite hiatus while pursuing solo careers. And so they have done just that, with promising efforts that prove the ..Read More
We are gathered here today to honor memory all of the celeb couples who broke each other's hearts — and our own, in the process — this past year. From the veteran pairs we thought would last forever (looking at you, Channing and Jenna) to the ones who habitually seemed like a ticking time bomb (uh... I'll let you determine that for yourself), there were as several breakups as ther..Read More
"Have I lost myself, or have I gained you?" A singer croons, his breathy timbre floating over a smooth melody like smoke from an ember. The lyric is a pretty conundrum, not unlike the artists in back of it. A lot has been mentioned about Korean order BTS, their enthusiastic fans (known as ARMY), and their unprecedented success on the U.S. Charts this year, nevertheless insufficient ..Read More
By Trey Alston Despite dethroning Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" from the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2017, Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" felt like some cosmic joke. The track, which was the initial No. 1 from a women rapper since Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing), seemed to set Cardi up to be the next internet rap star, in the vein of Trinidad James, to cr..Read More
Another year, another Chris to crown. By right now, we're well aware of the fact that there really are four handsome Chrises dominating Hollywood and running amok with our fragile emotions. 2018 took a toll on each person, yet Pratt, Evans, Hemsworth, and Pine really contained things down, with three of the four starring in one of the biggest films of the year and the other spending q..Read More
This past summer, in a Vulture interview headlined, “How to Write a Song in 2018,” Charli XCX let's in on a sobering secret about contemporary songwriting. She revealed how, eager to head off streaming’s dreaded “skip rate,” a metric that measures whether or not a listener moves on from one song to the next in much less than 30 seconds, pop writers are right now pandering to..Read More
Camila Cabello only took 390 days to release her debut, self-titled album soon after her highly publicized departure from the girl categorize that brought her fame. That’s the same album that, since its release at the best of 2018, has led to Cabello scoring two more multi-platinum singles, a Grammy nomination and two major wins at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. It’s not s..Read More
There’s a line on Sweetener that sits on its very last song, “get well soon.” On an otherwise timeless, delicate ballad about the familiar concept of leaning on your companions and getting out of your own head, there’s a point where she forcefully commands: “Unfollow fear and just mention, ‘You are blocked.’” I think about this line a lot. Most artists desire to prepar..Read More