Also inside: Get to know Black Panther stars Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright, and Janelle Monae drop a mysterious new album trailer.
Also inside: Kendrick Lamar buys out a Black Panther screening for L.A. kids and Meek Mill petitions for his release.
Also inside: Lena Waithe gets another series pickup, new Frank Ocean music, and news about Angie Thomas’ second book.
Also inside: A film for every day of Black History Month and new music from Big Freedia.
Also in side, Mary J. Blige joins the cast of a new Netflix series, the All That cast reunites, and Regina Hall heads to Showtime.
Also inside, JAY-Z pays tribute to Trayvon Martin, Terry Crews escalates his sexual misconduct case to the L.A. District Attorney, and The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani inks a deal with Apple.
Also, the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack becomes a surprise hit, Leslie Jones steals the Olympic spotlight with hilarious live tweets, and New Music Friday.
Also, National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward preps 2 new books, Chance the Rapper executive produces a new documentary, and Nas pays tribute to black music legends for Black History Month.
Also: J. Lo duets with Cardi B, Kevin Hart lands an animated pilot at FOX, and Trevor Noah calls out Philly authorities for the post-Super Bowl mayhem.
In today's brief, a look into China's hip hop ban, a casting shakeup on the set of The Hate U Give, the possibility of hip hop at next year's halftime show, and more.
The DGA honors Jordan Peele but snubs Melina Matsoukas, Dodge ignites controversy with its Super Bowl ad, Lena Waithe speaks out about Aziz Ansari, and more.
The Eagles plan to show support for Meek Mill at the Super Bowl, Tiffany Haddish finally speaks out about her Oscar snub, and 2 Dope Queens gears up for its big HBO debut.
Black Panther's soundtrack listing hits the web as advance ticket sales climb and stars buy out screenings for underserved communities. Find out about this and more!
Leslie Jones brings her hilarious POV to the Winter Olympics, Childish Gambino resurrects his 2011 EP, Teyana Taylor preps a new album, and much more!
Early reaction to Black Panther sends the Internet into a frenzy, Drake adds yet another achievement to a long list, and Quincy Jones gets candid. Get all the details and more.
Bruno Mars sweeps the Grammys, Jennifer Hudson gears up to play Aretha Franklin, Jemele Hill leaves SportsCenter, and much more.
All my life, I've been ridiculed for being a black person who "speaks white". Well, I have some thoughts about it...
Freelancers might do unconventional work but it's still work that has an impact.
The Grammys continue to reward the safe choices over daring selections from hip hop artists. When will the Recording Academy catch up with the times?
For some reason, people think it's okay to lowball freelancers and question their worth. Breaking news: it's not.
Are we all just walking Google Ads, our smartphones and minds nothing more than ad space?
In my 20s, there was only one way to become a "real writer". Is it so wrong for me to hold onto that definition, even as the world, and the industry, completely transform around me?
It's easy to be angry in these times, but what about those of us chasing happiness?
Not only will 2018 be the best year for me personally and professionally, it’ll be the best year for my content.
2018 is about being the BEST I can be. For the greater good. For those I hope to influence. For my family. For my friends. But most important, for me.
I want 2018 to be the year of WORDS.
Have you ever been told you "speak white"? This week's podcast dives into what it means and why it's problematic.
I'm talking about work this week, with a little help from Upwork, Microsoft, and...Tyler Durden.
Representation: what does it mean and how do we get it?
If writers and creatives at all levels don't demand respect and fair pay, how will they get it?
Is it okay to hold onto your old school dreams, even as the world transforms at record speed?
Is it possible to be happy when everyone else's heads are exploding?
The first podcast of 2018! A look into the new direction of the show and the website.
A petty confrontation with another tenant in my building revealed a much darker subtext lurking underneath.
An actual blog post and not a personal essay, for once.
In the grand scheme of things, will your legacy consist of the images you curated or the contributions you've left behind?
Reflections on the last year of my life, and a few focuses for the next one.
I’m a jagged piece that doesn’t fit into the puzzle.
Once upon a time, I found pride in being called an "influencer". But now, that label is a thorn in my side.
I considered myself pretty healthy...until I fainted due to mild dehydration. Now I'm revisiting the basics of everyday health.
New York is a demanding place-one that most New Yorkers are proud to live in. But maybe I've reached a point where the city has asked for too much.
A year and a half into my freelance journey, I've learned a lot. It'd be selfish of me to keep all this info to myself...
New York City's subway has been in a state of constant decline for the last 10 years. It's time for the MTA to get its shit together.