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Gay For Pay And The Exploitation of Queer Identity

Gay For Pay And The Exploitation of Queer Identity

In a time where the LGBT community is fighting for their rights, their visibility and for their voice to be heard, “Gay for Pay” acts to silence them, and essentially erase their identity as being real.  Because Hollywood and social media are oftentimes the only way cis people experience LGBT people, what “Gay for Pay” does essentially is make the community and the expression a joke.

AfroPunk And Its Devotion to Queer Identities

AfroPunk And Its Devotion to Queer Identities

As the festival continues to grow, it continues to reevaluate its own identity, as well as its place as a black queer mecca.  Since some of its earlier booking choices, the festival has adopted the slogan “No Sexism, No Racism. No Ableism. No Ageism. No Homophobia. No Fatphobia. No Transphobia. No Hatefulness” and made it a point to openly stand against intersectional oppression.

Justy, Staten Island Music Artist, Creates Songs With Positive Representation

Justy, Staten Island Music Artist, Creates Songs With Positive Representation

Twenty-three-year-old independent singer/songwriter, Justy, from Staten Island, New York began writing music at 12 years old. In 2016 she released her debut EP Saudade V1 which garnered press from lead singles such as “Can’t Explain It.” Her unique blend of R&B, Jazz, hip-hop, on songs like “Feelings” have given listeners a perfect blend of nostalgic and contemporary rhythm and projects such as 1995 (2017) and Soul Food (2017) contributed to her growing buzz. The young artist has recently released her first single, Insecure, whic

Bohemian Rhapsody is Honest to Freddie Mercury’s Identities but Glosses Over His Tragedies

Bohemian Rhapsody is Honest to Freddie Mercury’s Identities but Glosses Over His Tragedies

I bought a ticket to see 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody somewhat apprehensively. Though I was originally elated at the prospect of a Queen biopic, I’d heard rumors that the film denied any mention of frontman Freddie Mercury’s sexuality or his Parsi ethnicity. These assertions were so widespread that back in June I’d witnessed a woman at WeHo Pride yell at a street team promoting the film.

The Future of Hip-Hop is Woven into its Past: An Interview with Chicago Artist FURY

The Future of Hip-Hop is Woven into its Past: An Interview with Chicago Artist FURY

It’s not uncommon to come across an artist who’s lyricism reveals vulnerability with the candor of a diary, yet Chicago hip-hop artist FURY manages to do so on her own terms. FURY stands out from contemporary mainstream hip-hop with her positive message, live band, and dedication to the old school 90s hip-hop sound. She agreed to talk to The 26 to discuss her stand-out brand of music and upcoming album, Black Magic.

King Princess – Make My Bed Album Review

King Princess – Make My Bed Album Review

King Princess at just nineteen years old has proven to be a rising icon. She is an artist of her craft, mastering the guitar, piano, bass, and drums. Additionally, she is a songwriter and a producer on top of being a singer.  King Princess is exactly what her name entails: a force to be reckoned with.

Album Review: HIVE MIND – The Internet

Album Review: HIVE MIND – The Internet

Hive Mind is the soundtrack that fits both lifestyles; single or coupled up.  Each track lends a vibe easily applicable to any situation. You can listen to it in the company of your fellow friends while en route to brunch or once you are home from brunch, still a bit buzzed and bundled up with your one.

Review: Whitney

Review: Whitney

Whitney, a documentary about Whitney Houston helmed by Kevin Macdonald that made the rounds at prominent festivals at the end of 2017 and early 2018, finally hit theaters this summer. It is a wrenching gut punch as personal footage and photos of Houston and her family are shown.  Houston hailed from a modest but very successful musical family. When her musical abilities started to show as a child, her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, honed Whitney’s skills in church and later, on stage as Cissy’s own backup singer.