This artist is using trash to create beautiful, futuristic visions.

This artist is using Afrofuturism to send a powerful message about pollution in his home country of Senegal. “There are certain depictions of African life we in the West are all too accustomed to seeing: Images of poverty, violence and corruption conjure a one-note vision of an abject space that fails to capture the complexity bubbling beneath the surface. Photographer …

Blocking your boo on Instagram may strengthen your relationship.

Social media isn’t always good for a relationship. “The dating world was already difficult. It was already hard to navigate and filled with mixed messages. It was already a land of confusing juxtapositions. It already had its residents feeling like finding Mr. or Ms. Right was nearly impossible. Then social media happened…and everything got worse. Suddenly the already complicated dating …

Watch a 19-year-old Kanye doing his best Kanye impression.

Footage of before stars became famous never gets old. The same can be said for pretty much every video that surfaces of Kanye’s early days. The confidence is nothing new. “It’s always fun when footage of pre-fame Kanye West emerges online. The latest example comes from DJ Eclipse, the former manager of legendary NYC record store Fat Beats, which before …

The BeyHive, a force to be reckoned with.

What is it about Beyonce that makes her fans the most supportive and ruthless on the planet? “Now that she is back on the road, now that the Internet is again awash in pictures of her sweating on stage in Glasgow, running through sold-out crowds in London in costume, it seems as good a time as any to talk about …

The past, present, and future of soul music in hip hop.

Sampling is not as easy as cutting and pasting. Stereogum breaks down a history of the craft and its modern day iterations, from Kanye to Jamie xx to the Based God. “Last week, the internet was taken by storm with scheduled and unscheduled hip-hop releases. Mac Miller premiered the track “100 Grandkids” off his long-delayed upcoming release, GO:OD AM; Lil …

Here’s why science fiction and hip hop are good dance partners.

From Missy Elliot to RZA to Tupac, this article goes in-depth about why hip hop artists and fans connect with science fiction. “The vast expanses of space, the fate of humans in a dystopian world, the ramifications of technology, the limits of the human body, the people trying to break them. These are the bread and butter of science fiction. …

The personal and professional are oh so political.

Robeson paved the way for contemporary black entertainers who now have a larger platform than ever before. Who do you want speaking for you? Which celebrities are informed enough to use their platform to speak out? Who should just shut the heck up? Some get it, others completely miss the mark. Check out this article on why it’s important for …

America’s Ugly Past (and Present) Revealed in Two Unexpected Photos.

Photographer Tyler Shields flips the script to show that racism is the absolute worst. This isn’t the only artist who has taken this approach. Check out comedian Aamer Rahman perfectly explaining the absurdity of racism in this three-minute bit. “There he hangs, just feet above the water. The white, hooded figure whose body is limp and lifeless resembles a uniformed …