Culture
ByPaul Thompson

On 'Harry’s House,' Styles struggles to outrun his influences

The singer’s third album is at its most compelling when the stakes are lowest.

Impact
ByAJ Dellinger

Russell Jeung, founder of Stop AAPI Hate, knew Asians would need a safe space

State officials said “they didn’t have the capacity” to combat anti-Asian racism, so Jeung did it himself.

Actor Amber Heard listens as her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft questions her sister Whitney Henriquez (not...
Culture
ByBrandon Yu

The Depp-Heard trial is bringing out the internet's cruelest tendencies

The online reaction to the trial — and specifically to Heard’s testimony — is depressing proof that you’re all horrible people.

Queer Joy
ByTracey Anne Duncan

These elderqueer influencers are showing me how to live my best life

Turns out that social media is a great place to connect with the gay parents you never had.

The Good Ones

The Good Ones

The Good Ones

The Good Ones

June Diane Raphael is proving celebrity activism doesn’t have to be cringey

The Grace and Frankie star talked to Mic about pro-vaccine thirst traps, building sacred spaces, and her love of “messy women.”

"You always want to try to make things better”: Bianca Belair is bringing Black pride to the WWE

The wrestling entertainment company has a history of bigotry, but Belair — and her ponytail Destiny — are set on changing perceptions.

Yvonne Orji isn’t slowing down after ‘Insecure’

The comedian and actress is following up her role on the iconic series with new specials and platforming other African talent.

Perfume Genius has always been the king of queer pop

For nearly a decade, Mike Hadreas has been unapologetically himself during an era of LGBTQ progress.

Kendrick Sampson is just as skeptical about celebrity activists as you are

The Insecure actor isn't ready to rest.

Natasha Rothwell is punching up

The writer, actor, director, and comedian wants to use comedy as a force for good.

Davido used his celebrity to give Nigeria hope

When his song became the anthem of the #ENDSars movement, the artist didn't back down from the political moment.

Honk if you won’t hate crime Jenny Yang!

The labor organizer turned standup comedian is here to destroy “fried-rice comedy” once and for all.

Music Reviews

Music Reviews

Music Reviews

Music Reviews

On Harry’s House, Styles struggles to outrun his influences

The singer’s third album is at its most compelling when the stakes are lowest.

On Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar begs you to put your phone down

The Compton rapper’s fifth album is a rumination on technology and trauma.

20 years ago, Cam'ron came home

Come Home With Me was the moment that everything came together for Cam — and rap changed forever as a result.

Ella Mai is trying to inject the romance back into R&B

Four years later, the singer proves she's retained the optimism of her doe-eyed debut.

Jack Harlow’s new album is painfully indistinct

The Louisville rapper’s second album, Come Home the Kids Miss You, is a hollow Drake imitation.

Kehlani seeks renewal in blue water road

The artist is beloved for confessional lyrics, but their third studio album asks listeners to put the pieces together instead.

Future is at his best when he’s experimental and unpredictable

Future’s ‘I Never Liked You’ is an uneven installment in a steady catalog.

Ralfy the Plug’s Skateboard P is cryptic but defiant

Even after his brother Drakeo the Ruler’s death, Ralfy continues to hone his singular style.

On Pusha T’s It’s Almost Dry, refinement is the name of the game

Pusha T calls on Kanye and Pharrell to double down on what he does best.

On Pluto, Future proved to be one of the most transformative artists of his generation

Ten years later, it’s clear that Future has delivered on the promise of his studio debut.

Syd trades bravado for vulnerability on Broken Hearts Club

On her sophomore album, the artist finds euphoria despite being in the thick of a breakup.

Vince Staples finds quiet, meditative brilliance on Ramona Park Broke My Heart

The rapper’s second album in eight months successfully continues a slow shift in tone from the start of his career.

Dreamville’s Gangsta Grillz mixtape celebrates the past but can’t recreate it

The project has highlights, but misses the flawless execution of the revered mixtape series.

Lil Durk’s 7220 is haunted by tragedy

The Chicago rapper’s latest album follows the deaths of a number of loved ones, resulting in a dark, uncomfortable listen.

On 'Donda 2,' Kanye West is a ghost within his own music

At its best, the album has some of his most compelling work in nearly a decade. But it’s dreadfully unfinished.

EARTHGANG’s new album tackles spirituality, survival, and the fallacies of social media

GHETTO GODS is a sprawling opus that, even when it stumbles, still makes clear what the duo really cares about.

Slacker’s Syllabus

Slacker’s Syllabus

Slacker’s Syllabus

Slacker’s Syllabus

Slacker’s Syllabus: Asthma Alley

Slacker’s Syllabus: Predictive Policing

Slacker’s Syllabus: The Great Replacement Theory

What we know about Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia

The WNBA superstar was stopped at a Moscow-area airport in February. Details are sparse.

Slacker’s Syllabus: Harm Reduction

Slacker’s Syllabus: Alexei Navalny

Slacker’s Syllabus: E-carceration

Slacker’s Syllabus: Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Slacker’s Syllabus: NATO

Slacker’s Syllabus: Misinformation and Disinformation

Slacker’s Syllabus: Ketanji Brown Jackson

Slacker’s Syllabus: How vaping can impact your health

Slacker’s Syllabus: Delta-8-THC

Slacker’s Syllabus: The Russia-Ukraine conflict

Slacker’s Syllabus: Inflation

Slacker's Syllabus: Supply Chain Ethics

Why so many people have the exact same drug trip

I thought I was the only one who transformed into Mary Magdalene while high.

Nothing But The Hits

Nothing But The Hits

Nothing But The Hits

Nothing But The Hits

Inside the rise of human composting and other green burial practices

The quest to save the planet doesn’t end when your life does.

Syd is our pandemic troubadour

"I finally feel confident that I can blaze my own trail and pave my own lane,” Syd says after the release of her new album, Broken Hearts Club.

Who gets to tell Emmett Till's story?

Students are protesting an opera they claim centers white guilt. The show’s creators completely disagree.

Are pets a gateway drug to parenting?

Loving a cat or dog can open your heart to the potential of caring for a tiny human.

Stop using the term ‘oriental’ to sell perfume

It’s a racist, outdated term, but some of fashion’s biggest brands are still using it to sell fragrances.

The unexpected ways OCD wreaks havoc on our sex lives

Even if you haven’t been diagnosed, traumatic events can trigger some pretty intrusive symptoms.

I love being trans. Traveling while trans, not so much

It goes way beyond the airport security line.

Could a VR “trip” offer a sober shortcut to the healing potential of psychedelics?

A psychedelics researcher separates the science from the hype.

The 9 best Black podcasts that will get you laughing, thinking, and thriving

The must-listen shows that’ll get your life right.

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The future of the Black rodeo

“There were always Black cowboys.”

“I can’t f**king believe the president did this! What a s**thead!”

You, before you read this article

“We cannot rely on others to keep us safe.”

Torrie O'Neil, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Inside the TikTok trend shaming corporations for destroying perfectly good stuff

How to save your skin from climate change

After the coronavirus pandemic, cities will never be the same

What we found in the midst of a pandemic could change our lives forever.

How to pass as rich

It’s easier than it seems and it definitely pays off.

Why so many people have the exact same drug trip

I thought I was the only one who transformed into Mary Magdalene while high.

RZA on the sacred art of protecting Black stories

RZA shares how he uses television, film, and strategy to preserve the legacies of himself and the Wu-Tang Clan.

What would a meat-free world look like?

Spending guilt is real for BIPOC — even if we've got money

Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ is a vulnerable guidebook on self-acceptance

How to keep people's attention in a meeting, according to kindergarten teachers

25M

The number of U.S. residents who speak English "less than very well."

Source: Census Bureau

The skyscrapers of the future will be made of wood

When the pandemic ends, youth will undoubtedly be permanently changed by it, but it doesn't necessarily have to be for the worse.

Prince's 'Diamonds and Pearls' laid a daring blueprint for Black musicians

RZA on the sacred art of protecting Black stories

RZA shares how he uses television, film, and strategy to preserve the legacies of himself and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Culture
ByBrandon Yu

Ricky Gervais’s new special is a transphobic pile of trash

Is platforming hateful comedians just Netflix's thing now?

Up in Smoke

Doja Cat isn’t the only one paying the price for vaping

Impact

Hotels want to use NFTs to screw over travelers

Impact

The DOJ says federal officers can’t stand by while their coworkers kill people anymore

Impact

Russell Jeung, founder of Stop AAPI Hate, knew Asians would need a safe space

Dance Dance Revolution

Street dance has officially been reborn

Impact

Climate activists you should know: Zanagee Artis

Culture

'SNL' is allegedly a pretty hostile workplace for women

Impact

Texas wants to punish companies that help employees access abortion

Culture

On 'Harry’s House,' Styles struggles to outrun his influences

Culture

When it comes to Dave Chappelle and his attacker, there are no winners

Impact

A GOP gubernatorial candidate in Georgia literally wants the church to run the state

It's Getting Hot in Here

We are literally losing sleep over climate change

Impact

5 good news stories about climate change

Culture

Viola Davis said that a director called her by his maid's name

Culture

Rebel Wilson spoke out about “gross behavior” from a former co-star