The ‘End of Year List’ List

Love them or hate them, end-of-the-year roundups are now just an essential part of December. Everything that we can rank the best of, will be ranked and then vehemently disagreed with in the comment sections.

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Nicki Minaj’s #Anaconda And Reclaiming “Black Girl Sexy”

If you haven’t seen Nicki Minaj’s new “Anaconda” video yet, stop what you’re doing and watch it immediately! If you have seen it, then you already know that I love it. Ass, ass, everywhere. It’s a big booty black girl’s dream! But deeper than that, I love the way that it’s an expression of agency on Nicki’s part. She is a young, gorgeous and successful woman, and she’s earned the right to be just as raunchy as she wants to be. She’s never shied away from that and I love that about her. Read More Nicki Minaj’s #Anaconda And Reclaiming “Black Girl Sexy”

Pop Culture Commentary: Nelly’s “Tip Drill” Video

I am happy to say that I have finally gotten enough free time to be able to go through my iTunes and cut out all the old music I don’t listen to anymore. When I got to the Ns and started deleting Nelly songs, I was intrigued to remember that I had his old song “Tip Drill” from way back when I was a teenager. I remember being shown the video by an old friend, one that was both shocking and profanely exciting in nature to me in discovering my new-found feminine sexuality. Read More Pop Culture Commentary: Nelly’s “Tip Drill” Video

Women Rockers Take Over the World Part I

Though slowly creeping into spotlight, female-fronted rock is generally the exception rather than the rule. It’s not as if female rock bands aren’t out there, or that they aren’t good. They’re simply not as likely to be given the same level of respect and exposure that their male counterparts receive. Read More Women Rockers Take Over the World Part I

The Five Best Artists/Bands You Might Not Be Listening To

1. Pop Pick: Allison Weiss

Weiss got her start where new acts do these days, on the YouTubes. I fell in love with her adorably earnest cover of Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life.” It was a love deep enough to prompt me to try some of her original stuff. For your starter pack, give her video “I’m Ready” a view/listen. Read More The Five Best Artists/Bands You Might Not Be Listening To

Women Who Rock: Cherri Bomb

When I was in fifth grade, I wanted to be Joan Jett. (Actually, to be honest, I kind of still do.) In my early 20s, when I was married with children, I lived vicariously through Courtney Love. I have always had an affinity for female musicians and all-girl bands, whether it was The Go-Gos or Josie and the Pussycats. My latest favorite? Cherri Bomb. Read More Women Who Rock: Cherri Bomb

Chasing Kanye in Prague

Every Mother’s Day, as a youngster in Philadelphia, my family would go to the Art Museum. We would bet on how many people we would see run up the steps and pose triumphantly at the top. I think the most we ever saw in the twenty-minute walk from our car was ten people making that climb. The image of the underdog boxer conquering those 72 steps is an indelible one. Read More Chasing Kanye in Prague