At the start of 2019, young rapper She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, who goes by the name 21 Savage, was at the top of his game. His newly released album “I am > I was”debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, he had two Grammy nominations for the song “Rockstar,” and he was a musical guest on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
In a musical landscape filled with breakup songs and love songs, Kehlani’s confessional R&B takes the implications of every relationship a step further. Her music examines the impact that relationships (romantic and otherwise) have on one’s understanding of who they are.
Being an adolescent girl isn’t easy. And it’s even harder when you are bullied because of your dark skin tone by your peers and adults. 11-year-old Kheris Rogers, however, found a way to twist this myriad of issues into a creative and entrepreneurial solution.
There has been only one time in my life where my friends convinced me to buy a movie ticket just to see the previews. Leading up to the Incredibles 2, my friends were on the edge of their seats to see the latest Pixar short Bao. As we watched the eight minute short, we smiled, we laughed, we gasped, and ultimately we choked up.
For many of us, music offers an escape that makes hard times more bearable. But with artists like Matt Maeson, music is all about confrontation. Creating work that explores his darkest moments, the Virginia singer-songwriter works through his love-hate relationship with familiar themes: drug abuse, violence, and religion, and the ways each of these things connect.