LIL MUSIC REVIEW: GOLDLINK – DIASPORA

Even though black identity is a deeply rooted tree with an infinite amount of branches, I often think that many of us have shared experiences. It's the singe on the back of your ear from the hot comb. It's smooth melodies of 70s or 80s or 90s tunes strutting into your ears on a Sunday morning as you stumble out of a good night's rest, signaling: it's time to clean. It's Chamillionaire. (I don't...

[BLOGMAS] LET’S TALK ABOUT IT – SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT (NETFLIX)

Hello beautiful people, I hope you're having a stellar December and an awesome holiday season. We just had our first snowfall, so it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over here :) If you're stuck in the house, you're probably looking for something new to binge watch. I'm always looking for something to dive into; I just finished watching all of Scandal (I have so much to talk about with...

LIL MOVIE REVIEW: IT

I never considered myself to be afraid of clowns. But, the night after I saw "IT" I could not get the movie's villain, the creepy clown Pennywise, out of my head. I thought: "Did the movie change me?" Pennywise is one creepy son of a bitch. Generations of children know that to be true, thanks to the iconic 90s miniseries "IT". The 2017 movie, based on the mini-series and Stephen King's...

lil music review; DANIEL CAESAR – FREUDIAN

I pride myself on being ahead of the wave. But, on my always entertaining Twitter feed, I kept seeing people praising Toronto singer Daniel Caesar's new album Freudian. First off, I had no idea who this guy Daniel Caesar even was...much less what the word Freudian even meant. So, before I actually listened to the album I did my Googles and figured out what Freudian meant: "relating to, or...

innanetape, freshman year, & my music collection feat. vic mensa’s the autobiography

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa played a substantial part in the growth of my music taste...whatever that may be. Mensa's 2013 debut solo mixtape Innanetape was one of the first tapes that I downloaded off of the uber popular free mixtape site DatPiff. This tape built the infrastructure of my now hefty music collection. There's something so special about a person's music collection. It isn't just songs...

INSECURE SEASON 2 EPISODE 1 RECAP/REVIEW

I love Insecure. It's been a while since I've seen a show that's so unapologetically black. I swear the room smells like cocoa butter every time I have the pleasure of watching this program. Being a black woman in today's society, it's hard to find a TV show with characters that represent you accurately. But Insecure, let me tell y'all. That is MY show. Season 2 of Insecure premiered on HBO last...

lil’ music review – BURN MY NAME / RAY & CHRIS BROWN

This morning when I checked the always reliable scholarly source Twitter, I learned from XXL that Ray J and Chris Brown had just dropped a joint mixtape entitled “Burn My Name”. I wondered how there can be that much headassery put into one body of work. As I listened, I learned it can be done quite easily. There’s something that I dig about the tape though. Maybe it’s the A1 thuggish...