#LISTEN: KISS THE BOY BY KEIYNAN LONSDALE

#TRENDSETTER, Music

By: Steven Underwood

Listen to LEGEND OF

TOMORROW’s Keiynan Lonsdale’s newest single about love, happiness and acceptance. Keiynan Lonsdale is not only known for playing Kid Flash/Wally West on THE FLASH, but coming out as bisexual earlier this year.

For other versions, head over to http://keiynan.com/

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#DEADPOOL: DONALD GLOVER LEAKS FANTASTIC ‘DEADPOOL’ SCRIPT VIA TWITTER

#TRENDSETTER, Articles, Culture

By: Steven Underwood

“For the record: I wasn’t too busy to work on Deadpool.” Tweeted Donald Glover, moments before dropping a 14 thread false pilot episode, featuring topical jokes such as Sanaa Lathan biting Beyoncé’s and Tekashi69’s (lack of) rap skills. This BOMB dropped just after Glover and his brother parted ways with the Deadpool animated series, where “differences” in creativity were cited. (Pictures below).

After reviewing the script, Glover stated that it was likely his “different” approach that scared away the prospectively lucrative deal.

By different, I of course mean Black.

What do you think? Do you agree Sanaa Lathan bit Beyoncé’s face? Where do you imagine Gambino’s series fitting in? Comment below

#INSPIRE: Natalie Masanet

Articles, Fashion

“I studied English literature and Japanese at the University of California, Los Angeles, because I thought it would be very important to be able to communicate… There is nothing more off-putting than a piece of writing that is misspelled or grammatically incorrect.” – Natalie Massenet on the importance of her writing background as a entrepreneur from THE TEEN VOGUE HANDBOOK.

Did you read Natalie Massanet’s interview in the TEEN VOGUE HANDBOOK? Comment below what you thought!

#ONYASHELF: CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE BY TOMI ADEYEMI ‘REVIEW’

Articles, Music

By: Steven Underwood

TL;DR: Snow-haired black girl, Zélie Adebola, comes from a race of magical and oppressed race in a world without magic known as Maji. Hated for their violent power and spiritual culture, Zélie embarks on a quest to return the power to her people alongside the timid, yet progressive daughter of the very king who slaughtered their people – and most importantly, her Maji mother – Amami. If only the heir to the crown of Orisha, Inan, shared his sister’s views, rather than a coveted secret.

“Safe?”

Yemi meets my eye with a hatred that impales me like a sword. Though her mouth never opens, her voice rings in my skull.

“Safe ended a long time ago.”

***

The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is one of the last examples of why the novel cannot be doomed at such a pivotal stage in the decolonization of Culture. Just as we excavate the shrines of closeted racists, misogynists, sexual predators and bigots from our Art, there leaves open space and room for us to erect new geniuses of the craft. This is not their playground anymore. This will never be their playground ever again. Take from that what you will people who expect us to feel bad for forcing our way through the door and eliminating the mediocre or dry.

With that said, Tomi Adeyemi showcases the brilliance of a story driven by the necessary spirit of characterization. Starting with her protagonist, Zélie, an arrogant and fiery force of revolution and fight, we witness the unfiltered anger that comes with those oppressed. Rather than depicting the narrative of noble forgiveness and the superior power of peace, the author manifests a character who cannot and will not forgive or love an oppressor who wishes her harm that is included in the narratives of specific groups penned by people with an extremely obvious bias in laying the stakes within forgiveness.

This characterization forces out a story that is fresh and exciting because of how simplistic the view is: that you can be all-consumed with anger, and still not be wrong for refusing to relinquish it. Zelie’s fire is by far the most exciting part of the story. Equally, Adeyemi creates a supporting cast of complicated heroes and anti-villains whom emphasize the very real fears of fighting against a society that benefits you, and only seeks to benefit you (Amami): of the realities of resistance and the double-sided nature to those who seek to raise equality only when they themselves are put at risk for oppression (Inan).

Despite a elementary magic system embrightened by a prose and cultural significance that shames the simplistic and forwardly lackluster nature of Harry Potter, the world-building incites feelings of wonder and dream, and even a sadness that even in a world as spectacular as that illustrated by Adeyemi, we still witness the atrocities and pains we find so common in our every day life.

I recommend this book for anyone interested in a decolonized approach to conventional Fantasy or interested in Speculative Fiction.

8.5/10

-1 for Generic Magic System

-.5 for Convoluted Ending

#LOOKOUT: @MEECHONMARS RESTOCKS ‘YOU MATTER” MERCH

Articles, Fashion

By: Steven Underwood

Monday, Actor, Poet and Activist Demetrius Harmon or @Meechonmars announced restocks for his “You Matter” hoodies, available for international shipping, are coming Friday, January 12th to his site.

The hoodies feature a personal message from Harmon on things we tend to forget when discussing mental wellness.

Demetrius Harmon is best knowns for his plentiful contributions to Vine and his BE HAPPY short seen below.

Are you excited for the new merch? Comment below and follow for more updates!

SOURCE: Meechonmars

#Trailblazing: BRUNO MARS & CARDI B FINESSE IN LIVING COLOR!

Music

By: Steven Underwood

Unexpectantly, we took a trip back into the retro raw talent and culture of the 90s when Bruno Mars debuted the remix of his soul-funk inspired single, Finesse from his album, 24K MAGIC, featuring the rising street icon, Cardi B.

Fresh off her third number one on the charts, Cardi B brings the eccentric street style that defined 90s hip-hop, unleashing a spontaneous urge in her flow reminiscent of Lisa “Left-eye” Lopez, a sorely missed powerhouse of 90s Rap/Pop. Not only the fifth single dropped from the acclaimed album, Bruno Mars debuted it with a paint-dripped dedication to 90s hit sketch comedy show, IN LIVING COLOR, where he and his cast of dancers took up the larger-than-life shoes of the Fly Girls (including Jennifer Lopez) and the Wayans Brothers.

Missed it? Watch the Video Above! A day later, Justin Timberlake returned to music with his single, Filthy. Check it out!

#LOOKOUT: GROWN-ISH STYLES OUT AND STEPS IN ON FREEFORM

Culture, Fashion

By: Steven Underwood

All-new show, all-new wardrobe! Last Wednesday, the BLACK-ISH spin-off, GROWN-ISH. debuted its first two episodes, showcasing the eldest fashion-forward Johnson, Zoey (played by BLACK-ISH’s Yara Shahidi), as she matriculates to college far more ignorant than she might admit.

The show debuted on ABC’s sister network, Freeform, and if anyone expected this shift to mean the normative BLACK-ISH appeal in a younger body, GROWN-ISH graciously disappoints with an ensemble of trendsetters whom visualize GUCCI, IVYPARK, BALENCIAGA and more in casual classroom looks, revolutionizing the college aesthetic in just one day of syndication.

Best to remember: featured on the cast are the likes of fashion forerunner, Luka Sabbat, millennial icon, Yara Shahidi and Beyoncé proteges, Chloe x Halle. With this kind of creativity, the fashion will follow.

Catch GROWN-ISH on Wednesdays 8PM/7C only at Freeform and peep Lonzo Ball’s new hoodies inspired by Yara Shahidi’s cousin, Nas.

SOURCE: FREEFORM

#ICONIC: RIHANNA THE COVER OF VOGUE PARIS

Fashion

Liking Rihanna’s style from the Vogue Paris cover? Comment with your favorite look and where you hope to see the singing-songwriting mogul next.

#Looks: Baconfest Photo Shoot

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PC: @Lazyboi_photography

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#LISTEN: BLAQUEWORD’s SUNDAY SIT BACK PLAYLIST

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#NOWLISTENING: to COLE TURNER by Foxx Tailored

Culture, Music

A beautiful R&B and Soul EP by Soundcloud artist, Foxx Tailored, produced by YellowSynth, Copta, HCM, Cosmic Beatz, The Martianz, Tokyo, Mantra, LAVI$H JAX, P. Soul, Ajet, Nish, IGNORVNCE, and The Boy. It holds inspiration to the hit WB series, Charmed. Listen and see where you can spot where!

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