Beyonce’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself” Is Her Years In The Making Black Feminist Rock Anthem

by C. Shardae Jobson I had to really ask myself what it was about Beyoncé‘s Lemonade that moved me to cheers, tears, and adulation for it. Was it her honesty about marriage, with lyrical allusions to infidelity? Feeling unappreciated as a wife? Could it be the sheer unity she displayed for #BlackLivesMatter and unfiltered celebration of Black womanhood? Or, the cinematography of the visual counterpart to Lemonade that shifted Beyoncé from … Continue reading Beyonce’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself” Is Her Years In The Making Black Feminist Rock Anthem

Dearly Beloved: Memories Of Prince (1958-2016)

  Like Justin Timberlake, one of my earliest recollections of Prince was his song “Raspberry Beret.” And more chiefly, it’s video. As a toddler, I was entertained by the cartoon effects, ice cream pastel colors, and Prince’s bright baby blue suit accented with prints of clouds. But I assure you! I wasn’t getting anything twisted. The song was just as delicious. So upbeat! I heard … Continue reading Dearly Beloved: Memories Of Prince (1958-2016)

“Milk Like Sugar” Is A Bittersweet Capsule Of Teenage Pregnancy & Growing Up

Milk Like Sugar is the kind of wordplay, that without hesitation, brings you to a halt. Printed on its promotional poster, in white, capitalized letters, against a hot pink background and a big baby bottle. I recall quizzically reciting the title of the play “Milk…like sugar…” I was enticed. What did that even mean? Did I miss something? All this time, milk is like sugar? I … Continue reading “Milk Like Sugar” Is A Bittersweet Capsule Of Teenage Pregnancy & Growing Up