Identity
ByMark Hay

How a minor tweak to porn sites could change the way we view gender identity

Porn influences human sexuality — but what happens when a site’s search functions only include narrow, outdated gender options?

Culture
ByMartin Johnson

Bill Russell is the true GOAT — on and off the court

Along with a legendary career that included 11 NBA championships, he brought an equal passion to fighting for human rights — even at risk of his own safety.

Reviews
ByPaul Thompson

Beyoncé nearly captures the perfect club night with ‘Renaissance’

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

Culture
ByBrandon Yu

‘Bodies, Bodies, Bodies’ exposes a generation obsessed and horrified with itself

The new slasher comedy has the makings of an instant generational classic.

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

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.

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.

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

Who gets to tell Emmett Till's story?

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

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.

How weather became the next big media battleground

In an era of non-stop climate calamity, media outlets are making a grab for viewer attention.

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.

Inside the TikTok trend shaming corporations for destroying perfectly good stuff

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.”

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.

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

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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.

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

Impact
ByKimberly Alters

Scenes from MAGA protests after the FBI's Mar-a-Lago search

The former president's supporters descended on his Florida resort to protest the raid. Here's what it looked like.

Impact

Trumpworld is demanding war after the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago

Culture

Olivia Newton-John, star of Grease, has died

Impact

Two of Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers were just sentenced to life in prison

Impact

Trump reportedly wished American generals were more like Nazis

Impact

Senate Democrats just passed the biggest climate change bill in U.S. history

Amazon Prime Day Sale

Amazon's best Prime Day deals are selling fast — here's what you dont want to miss

Culture

Will Byers’ queer journey is good, actually

Culture

Nickelodeon allegedly tried to pay Jennette McCurdy $300,000 in hush money

Impact

5 good news stories about climate change

Impact

Fox News is on board with ayahuasca now, apparently

Time to Log Off

Is Elon Musk a bot?

Impact

The DOJ charged four cops involved in Breonna Taylor’s death

Culture

Wendy Williams’ unsettling swan song

Impact

A Russian court just sentenced WNBA superstar Brittney Griner to nearly 10 years in prison

Culture

Kim Kardashian wants you to know her bones are better than yours