Claudia Rankine (with mic) and author Tisa Bryant at Out of the Binders. All photos by Rebecca Aranda.
Often at journalism conferences, I’m lucky to find one measly panel on “women writers.” That sad reality was reversed this weekend at Out of the Binders, a symposium for female and gender non-conforming media-makers that descended on the UCLA campus.
My time is up. Throughout my twenties and thirties when people asked me if I wanted to have children, I would say “no,” firmly. But I knew I had a “maybe someday” tucked in my back pocket since I still had time to change my mind.
Twenty years ago today, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was killed by her fan club president at the age of 23. While Billboard marks this day as one in which “Latin music lost a legend,” the reality is that all of music lost a legend on that day, period.
Florida Georgia Line has the best-selling digital country song of all time, "Cruise," which is about approaching an attractive lady and asking her to ride in their truck.
Love it or hate it,country music has recently displaced Top 40 as America’s most popular radio genre. Country has often been associated with middle-aged suburban folks, but over the past decade or so the genre has started attracting a much younger and broader demographic of listeners. Along the way, we’ve seen the rise of bro-country.
I don’t often watch television. Outside of watching shows like How to Get Away with Murder, the record-setting Empire, or binging Orange is the New Black, there’s not much TV I’m interested in. I am often drawn to series that center on complex and flawed Black female protagonists and there remains a shortage of those women on television.
This week's feminist mixtape comes from Dope Folks Records, a record label that specializes in rare and unreleased limited-edition vinyl releases. They're coming up on their 70th release! The two mixes below feature female hip-hop artists "from big names to virtual unknowns from the Golden Era to the mid-90s"—all from the personal vinyl collection of the Dope Folks team. There are plenty of gems here. Check out Dope Folks' other great mixes over on Soundcloud.