Author Archives: Shantel Pass

Showtime The Chi

Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’ Characters Share “Rules of The South Side”

It’s not like we’re not already counting down to January 7th for the series premiere of Lena Waithe‘s self-executive produced The Chi and the writer/actor is making us even more antsy with one-of-a-kind promo for the show. While most shows only share trailer-teasers with sneak peeks of actual scenes, Waithe has decided to give us one-on-one time…

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Stream N.E.R.D’s No_One Ever Really Dies + Watch Their Kimmel Performance

After a long hiatus, N.E.R.D unexpectedly returned to scene with the Rihanna-assisted “Lemon” making us all crave the Rock, Hip Hop and Soul confetti that is their unique sound. Fortunately for us, they knew and soon after announced the release of their first album in seven years, No_One Ever Really Dies. The project arrives today with…

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Fenty Beauty’s New MatteMoiselle Lip Collection is Limitless

It’s finally that time of year where everyone’s discussing their intentions for a new year glow up and with Rihanna‘s latest Fenty Beauty news, we’ll all be able to fully channel our inner bad gal. On December 26th at 9 AM, the Matte Moiselle lip collection drops and most of us are already ready. Wearing…

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Audio: N.E.R.D, “Don’t Don’t Do It!” Feat. Kendrick Lamar

N.E.R.D is back with another special delivery titled “Don’t Don’t Do It!” Beachy guitar strums play tag with Rock-influenced elements and funky drums underneath Pharrell Williams’ vocal smoothie of sobering truths. According to Pharrell, the song was inspired by video footage of Keith Lamont Scott’s murder in North Carolina. In the video, Scott’s wife can…

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to Induct Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe

While much of the world is slow to acknowledge Black peoples’ contributions to and influence of art and entertainment, most recognize the contributions and influence of Black women even less. And while popular culture in general is making more of an effort to prioritize diversity, it’s difficult to ignore how limited (and sometimes patronizing) these…

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Tyler, The Creator Adds Color and Charisma to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series

There’s just something incredibly special about Tyler, The Creator that can’t be denied. The artist/musician/designer is not only an amazing talent in music, but a purveyor of positive energy and cool vibes by action. That’s why NPR’s latest Tiny Desk Concert further endears him to us just when we deemed it impossible to love him…

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Ravyn Lenae

Audio: Ravyn Lenae, “Sticky”

We were already eagerly anticipating a full length album from Ravyn Lenae after the release of her Midnight Moonlight EP and now that she’s spicing up our playlists with a new single, the eager meter is likely to explode. In “Sticky,” the Chicago-haling songstress’ signature breathy vocals introduce their sassy falsetto side while Lenae tunefully…

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Beyoncé Presented Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

In what has been reported as a “surprise appearance,” Beyoncé dazzled in LaQuan Smith at the Sports Illustrated Awards ceremony where she presented Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. She, too, is in the number of us who are proud of and grateful for Colin’s consistently unwavering resistance as expressed in her earnest affirmation…

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St. Beauty

Watch St. Beauty’s Candescent Visual for “Caught”

Having completed their supporting leg of Jhené Aiko‘s Trip tour, St. Beauty are officially sharing the music video for “Caught.” An unbothered mood sails the waves of Alex and Isis’ goodbye manifesto as director Lacey Duke‘s kaleidoscopic touches offer an exact visual depiction of the track’s Trap-and-groove energy. From a vortex of trippy wonder in mild…

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Solange to Receive Billboard Women in Music’s Inaugural American Express Impact Award

Billboard and American Express have partnered to honor musicians who “noticeably use their voice to empower and develop new leaders of tomorrow through their platform and philanthropic efforts to inspire social change.” We’re pleased to announce that our leading lady Solange will be presented with the first ever American Express Impact Award during Billboard’s Women…

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SiR Enlists ScHoolboy Q and Etta Bond for His Two Latest Singles

We’ve been quietly holding our breath in eager anticipation of what would come next from SiR and it seems Christmas is early this year. The vocalist, musician and producer has shared two new jams, “Something Foreign” featuring fellow TDE signee ScHoolboy Q and “Something New” featuring songstress Etta Bond. The former metaphorically parallels his foreign…

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Daniel Caesar is a Lovelorn Dream in ‘Freudian, a Visual’

Feels dealer Daniel Caesar strikes again with another hauntingly tender visual, this one for the newly-Grammy-nominated Freudian‘s title track. The closing number’s video version gets some soulful vocal additions from Caesar who is first seen with an inviting glare into his perspective. The following split-screen scenes show the duality of a desire for love and…

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