Culture
ByAustin Williams

Kendrick Lamar’s 10 greatest music videos

K. Dot’s adventurous albums are only matched by his equally legendary visuals.

Culture
ByAustin Williams

Ari Lennox channels throwback romanticism on ‘age / sex / location’

The singer’s chatroom-themed sophomore album is carried by old-fashioned confidence and charisma.

Black Joy
ByShanté Cosme

The sartorial swagger of Afropunk

The festival transformed Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park into an ecstatic intersection of music, activism, food, and style.

Culture
ByPaul Thompson

John Legend’s new album is offensively inoffensive

‘Legend’ dabbles in every corner of contemporary pop, but is too timid to make a profound statement.

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.

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Music Reviews

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Ari Lennox channels throwback romanticism on ‘age / sex / location’

The singer’s chatroom-themed sophomore album is carried by old-fashioned confidence and charisma.

John Legend’s new album is offensively inoffensive

‘Legend’ dabbles in every corner of contemporary pop, but is too timid to make a profound statement.

Selena's posthumous album 'MOONCHILD MIXES' revives her youthful vision

The remix project works best as an intro for newer listeners, a testament to Selena's timelessness, and an extra chapter for completionists.

DJ Khaled’s star-studded Rolodex can’t resuscitate ‘God Did’

Khaled can get a feature from virtually anyone he wants, but that won’t fix overproduced and emotionless tracks.

On Traumazine, Megan Thee Stallion shows she’s deeper than “hot girl summer”

The rapper’s sophomore album is a meditation on public and private grief.

Calvin Harris’s ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’ is music for malls

The collection of retro pop is a long escalator ride to mediocrity.

Beyoncé nearly captures the perfect club night with ‘Renaissance’

The singer’s first album in six years is frequently ecstatic, rhythmically daring, and engrossing.

Joey Badass loses a step on '2000'

The summer-ready production slaps, but the songwriting is restrictive and rigid.

Steve Lacy has a little fun with his broken heart on Gemini Rights

Rather than feigning post-breakup clarity, the singer's sophomore album spans the gamut of messy emotions.

Lizzo's new album 'Special' is anything but

While her voice is as buoyant and unburdened as ever, the songwriting sags under the weight of its own desperation.

On WASTELAND, Brent Faiyaz won’t let himself off the hook

The singer/songwriter supports admittedly toxic lyrics with some of the year’s most daring musical decisions.

Who does Burna Boy want to be?

The artist is poised to become a superstar, but on his latest album Love, Damini his mission lacks clarity.

Honestly, Nevermind is the best record Drake has ever made

The Canadian artist’s seventh album eschews celebrity gossip for engrossing dance music.

On his new album, Post Malone proves yet again he has nothing to say

On ‘Twelve Carat Toothache,’ Malone continues to conflate a superficial darkness with depth.

On The Eminem Show, the rapper sharply skewered society — but lost sight of himself

The album that closed the first stage of Eminem’s career was fueled by his steadily fraying personal life.

On Hypnos, Ravyn Lenae grapples with sex and commitment

The prodigious singer’s debut is an enchanting, coming-of-age quest into womanhood.

Slacker’s Syllabus

Slacker’s Syllabus

Slacker’s Syllabus

Slacker’s Syllabus

Slacker’s Syllabus: Recession

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: Trigger Laws

Slacker’s Syllabus: Asthma Alley

Slacker’s Syllabus: Predictive Policing

Slacker’s Syllabus: The Great Replacement Theory

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

Nothing But The Hits

Nothing But The Hits

Nothing But The Hits

Nothing But The Hits

Why so many people have the exact same drug trip

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

Athletes are the future of the labor movement

We’re not used to seeing athletes as workers. That’s quickly changing.

The world is on fire, and all I want to do is sit on a log and look at birds

With everything around me spiraling, somehow these little singing dinosaurs bring me peace.

Welcome to Marsai Martin’s universe

As the final season of Black-ish airs, Martin sets her sights on shaping a new world for the next generation.

In defense of Disney adults

Disney World somehow allowed immigrants and other non-white Americans the room to dream in a society that robs them of that luxury.

Inside the rise of human composting and other green burial practices

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

Distributed Denial of Secrets is picking up where WikiLeaks left off

They say they’re a “newer generation” of the infamous leak site — and they’ve got the work to prove it.

The future of the Black rodeo

“There were always Black cowboys.”

Classism and the politics of “making it” on Black Twitter

From hustle culture to $200 dates, Black Twitter's most divisive debates boil down to class disparity.

Inside the push to study sex in space

NASA is weirdly prudish when it comes to doin’ it in the final frontier. These researchers want to change that.

“I feel like a survivor”: Inside the funeral industry’s 2021 national convention

After a busy year, morticians let loose at their annual gathering in Nashville.

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.

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

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

Forget your carbon footprint. Let's talk about your climate shadow.

To truly evaluate your impact on the environment, you have to go way beyond recycle bins and energy bills.

Who gets the privilege of being paranoid?

For a Black Muslim woman in America, surveillance is no conspiracy.

Before N.W.A.’s “Fuck tha Police,” there was the Yiddish “Daloy politsey”

How Yiddish music paved the way for modern protest anthems.

How to pass as rich

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

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.

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

Culture
ByChloe Stillwell

Chrissy Teigen revealed that her miscarriage was actually an abortion

The star had a difficult revelation after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Culture

Kanye West’s new school is shrouded in mystery

Impact

5 good news stories about climate change

Time To Log Off

Republicans are doing a bad job justifying sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Culture

Kendrick Lamar’s 10 greatest music videos

Culture

Twitter banned a user for posting whitewashed clip of The Little Mermaid

Culture

For the second time in a year, R. Kelly has been found guilty of federal sex crimes

Impact

Trump thinks the country would have “big problems” if he gets indicted

Culture

Demi Lovato announces that she’s quitting touring

Culture

Ari Lennox channels throwback romanticism on ‘age / sex / location’

Impact

Republicans are lining up to back Lindsey Graham’s doomed abortion bill

Culture

Britney Spears is sorry for her fatphobic Instagram post

Culture

Cardi B just donated $100K to her old Bronx middle school

Impact

The FBI just seized Mike Lindell’s phone at a Hardee’s drive through

Culture

The NBA just suspended the Phoenix Suns’ owner for racism and sexual misconduct

Impact

Lindsey Graham's new bill is an abortion ban in sheep's clothing