The Erotics Of Missy Elliott

On the 16th anniversary of ‘Miss E... So Addictive,’ a celebration of the rapper’s mission to keep sex weird

To Many Who Rose Up In L.A., Latasha Harlins's Name Meant More Than Rodney King's

South Central remembered the 15-year-old girl killed 13 days after Rodney King was beaten. The world didn’t.

Father John Misty's Apocalyptic Hysterics

Notes on the singer-songwriter's third album, 'Pure Comedy'

Mary J. Blige Is Going To Make It After All

A survey of her 25-year career, in all its visceral love

Mother Peril

How America endangered and profited from black motherhood

Album Review: Valerie June, 'The Order of Time'

On her second major-label album, the blueswoman observes the domestic and the interstellar

Hurray for the Riff Raff Sings the First-Generation Blues

Alynda Segarra talks about the making of her brilliant new album, 'The Navigator'

Q&A: Painter Kerry James Marshall On Mastry And Representing Black People In His Art

Marshall speaks on the importance of financial independence and putting money back into your own work

The Golden Glow of Beyoncé's Grammys

Marking the next chapter of her narrative, Beyoncé's performance was resplendent with motherly wisdom

Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Victory Lap

At the stadium in Houston, Gaga put her well-practiced showmanship first

Sampha's 'Process' Is A Subtle, Stunning Debut

Years in the making, the British artist's first album is an event worth the wait

Review: Caroline Polachek's Ambient Instrumentals

The former Chairlift member's new album relieves us of the burdens of language

Omarosa’s Mediocre Renaissance In The Era Of Trump

There are all the president’s women. And then there’s Omarosa.

Donald Trump And The Uses Of Classical Music

On Jackie Evancho’s inauguration performance and the subtle theater of pop authoritarianism


The Season Finale


Jesus Hakeem Christ

From Stranger Things To The Fits, 2016 Was The Year Of The Child Actor

In a year when adults consistently wavered, child actors showed how kids can stay the course


"A Very Caucasian Movie"

Rihanna: 2016's Rockstar in Repose

What her tender, flippant, comforting, unnerving album ‘Anti’ meant to 2016



Review: Childish Gambino, ‘Awaken, My Love!’

Donald Glover’s new album is a period piece with infrequent original soul



Review: The Weeknd, 'Starboy'

The singer's new album reaffirms his commitment to the hard work of pop music

Is God A White Racist?

Thoughts on black theology and divine racism in Trump’s America