Healed: The Last Five Episodes of ‘Maniac’

Healed: The Last Five Episodes of ‘Maniac’

[Spoiler alert!] I know these warnings are annoying, but hey, don’t say I didn’t inform you. In a splitting headache that I like to call Maniac, I found myself embarking on the second chapter of the original journey I started a couple of weeks ago. I finally understand why previous episodes involved the main characters, […]

Lakers vs. Rockets // The Brawl that Fed Our Inner Hedonist

Lakers vs. Rockets // The Brawl that Fed Our Inner Hedonist

It’s probably old news to you by now that a brawl broke out at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets game last Saturday, resulting in multiple player suspensions—including four games for Brandon Ingram (Lakers), three for Rajon Rondo (Lakers), and two for Chris Paul (Rockets). The mayhem that started with Rondo doing the unforgivable—spitting in […]

TRAUMA: THE FIRST FIVE EPISODES OF ‘MANIAC’

TRAUMA: THE FIRST FIVE EPISODES OF ‘MANIAC’

“Everyone’s a maniac. I mean, which is true in life also … there’s no one untouched by trauma or damage or some form of mental tic, I guess some more extreme than others.” –Justin Theroux If I were on a cocktail of drugs and under some level of psychosis, I’d probably understand every episode of […]

Issa Raye and the Fabulous third season of Insecure

Issa Raye and the Fabulous third season of Insecure

In my mind, Issa Raye is one of my best friends — and you can’t tell me otherwise. Two weeks ago, Insecure season three wrapped up, and for the first time since watching season one back in 2016, I’m anxious for the next season. For starters, this last season is the one I resonated with the […]

T.I. ‘Dime Trap’

T.I. ‘Dime Trap’

Last Friday, T.I. released his 10th studio album, Dime Trap, a much-anticipated follow-up to his last album, Paperwork, that was released in 2014. As soon as I heard about the album—with little marketing, as I found out about it through Instagram blurbs and The Shade Room posts—I had two questions: 1. Considering T.I. hasn’t put out an […]

Hip-Hop Shelf life:  Reviewing ‘Tha Carter V’

Hip-Hop Shelf life: Reviewing ‘Tha Carter V’

Tha Carter V may have dropped two weeks ago, but I’ve been a Lil Wayne fan since his Cash Money Millionaires days in the late `90s—when he was a member of The Hot Boy$ with Juvenile, Young Turk, and B.G. I remember being in fourth grade when I heard “Back That Azz Up” by Juvenile, […]

Black, Queer, and Proud – A Playlist

Black, Queer, and Proud – A Playlist

It’s 2018, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that there are even more dope Queer artists on the R&B and hip-hop music scene than there were six years ago—acceptance issues are becoming a thing of the past. It was back in 2012, when Frank Ocean penned an open letter to his fans to […]

Diving Into Queer R&B Artist Tiffany Gouché

Diving Into Queer R&B Artist Tiffany Gouché

Edgy, sultry, and Lesbian? Usually when we think of R&B, we think of a man singing without his shirt on with sweat dripping from his chest and numerous women screaming in orgasmic unison. Tiffany Gouché not only challenges that stereotype, but presents a whole new norm for female R&B artists. Tiffany is revolutionary in the […]