Author Archives: Ashley Vance


Audio: Syd, “Treading Water”

A short two months after impressing us all with her debut solo album Fin, The Internet’s Syd has graced our sound-waves by channeling the forces of her angelic voice into a new track she calls “Treading Water.” As she metaphorically compares her distant love to the frightening sensation of drowning beneath the water she treads, the relatable lyrics follow the…

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Audio: Rex Orange County, “SUNFLOWER”

Just in time for the season change, Rex Orange County has released an infectious new tune in anticipation of the warm weather to come. Dubbed as a “multi-talented prodigy,” the British newcomer is on his way to the top, and right fully so. If the stamp of approval from Tyler the Creator wasn’t enough, he also functions…

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Jordan Peele Makes History as First Black Writer-Director with a $100 Million Debut

Actor, writer, director and comedian Jordan Peele has made history with the creation of a horror movie that makes a monster of racial injustice. As of last week, “Get Out,” has earned $110 million in box-office sales, making the writer-director the first black person in his position to ever reach the coveted $100 million threshold with a feature movie…

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Audio: Tinashe, “Flame”

“Cold in the night when I hold you close, Searching your eyes but you’re gone like a ghost,” croons Tinashe. The singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and former model has added another layer of versatility with the release of a pulsing pop track titled “Flame.” It seems she’s ventured outside of her comfort zone, all while still incorporating that…

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Watch Stevona Elem-Rogers’ Enlightening Lecture on the Power of the Black Woman at Xavier University

A couple weeks prior, the empowering Stevona Elem-Rogers joined Xavier University for a lecture dubbed, “All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, but Some of Us Are Brave: Exploring Black Womanhood in America.” The Womanist Writer and creator of #BlackWomenAreForGrownUps used the thirty-minute visual discussion to explore the multitude of black women who’ve impressively managed to…

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Solange Announced to Headline YouTube’s SXSW Showcase

If you’re heading to Austin, TX next week to submerge yourself into South by Southwest’s enriching atmosphere, you won’t want to miss what YouTube has in store for us this year. The world’s favorite video streaming platform announced a line-up featuring some of music’s hottest names, with our leading lady Solange slated to headline along with Rae Sremmurd…

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ICYMI: Bobbi Rush Parades Her Sensuality with ‘Miles’

The beautiful Bobbi Rush released her debut project via Bandcamp towards the end of last month. The 6-track album is short, sweet and sensual, giving us a taste of her lyrical and vocal abilities outside of her soothing Soundcloud rifts. A resident of Baltimore, MD, she’s allowed her talent to make a splash in it’s own unique way.…

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Listen to Our Favorite Jams of February

The time to reminisce on last month’s melodic offerings has come yet again. The month of February was a celebration of life, love and black history; all of which is reflected in the 20-track playlist below. The perfect follow-up from January’s Jams, 2017 looks even more promising once we reflect on the boatload of quality music released in…

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“Artist in Residence”: Vogue Celebrates Female Artists Feat. Portraits by Lorna Simpson

In celebration of Vogue‘s 125th anniversary, the prominent fashion publication has produced a collection of narratives featuring artists from diverse backgrounds. Their most recent Art in Residence article, commends the work of female artists in America and honors the contributions of legendary artist Joan Jonas, art curator Rujeko Hockley, social media art guru Kimberly Drew, and many more. To up the ante,…

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ICYMI: Ella Mai’s ‘Ready’ EP is an Antidote to Heartbreak

It’s safe to say that DJ Mustard uncovered a gem when he discovered Ella Mai on social media. She’s the type of artist who writes songs so applicable to your life, you wish you could recite the lyrics in conversation, post them on the walls of your home or mail them to a misbehaving man. Other…

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Four Artists Invest Nearly $100K To Preserve Nina Simone’s Childhood Home

She was an author, pianist, Civil Rights activist, musician and world-renowned singer. To honor the contributions she made in different areas of her life, Nina Simone‘s birthplace was recently purchased for the preservation of her legacy. The North Carolina Property, found at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has been bought for $95,000 by a group of four…

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Mario’s “Let Me Help You” Video is A Beach Fantasy Come True

“The Kings is back,” according to the raving YouTube fans commenting below Mario’s newest music video. The visual accompanies his current single, “Let Me Help You,” taken from his forthcoming and highly anticipated EP which is slated for release this spring. The singer released behind the scenes photos from the video shoot roughly a month ago…

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