If Summer Never Comes: A Playlist

Sunnies

You guys. YOU GUYS. Is this the worst summer ever? Let me summarise all your angry, inarticulate thoughts: it is, yes. I am the ‘palest’ I’ve been for May in my life, and I have forgotten what my bare legs looks like. I am constantly tense. I have not sneakily perved on boys from behind […]

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Mini-me pop

Jessie Ware

Rediscovered Jessie Ware’s record earlier this week, and have been unable to stop playing my favourite track off it, Sweet Talk. It’s Sade 2.0, basically, and I AM HERE FOR IT. Inevitably, I went and watched the video again, and was charmed anew by its cuteness. Little Jessie, making all the faces of older Jessie, […]

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In Praise Of Jon B

Last week on my Tumblr dashboard, Cord Jefferson (an excellent writer/editor person in NY) posted a video of Jon B’s ‘Are U Still Down?’. This is the video: Cord’s commentary went as follows: “Without Jon B. there would be no Drake. Belee dat.” And that’s the exact moment I fell in love with Cord Jefferson. […]

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Black Fridays: What’s Race Got To Do With It?

I read a fantastic piece on Jezebel several months back, written by Danielle Belton of The Black Snob. The article was about the tiers of commercial celebrity gossip which exist within mainstream media. Citing the then-recent Alicia Keys/Swizz Beats nuptials, Belton explained why the mainstream media did not mention the controversy surrounding their union – […]

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Whip It Good!

At the time of writing this post, Black Twitter was in a frenzy of retweeting links. I refuse to be ashamed at how enthused I was to see the new video for Willow Smith’s single Whip My Hair. It’s a catchy little pop tune that doesn’t feature rude boys giving it up, or brushing teeth with […]

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Judas in an R’n’B Club

Yesterday my Walkman – no iPods here, thank you very much – threw up a blast from the past – No Doubt’s excellent Just a Girl from their classic 1995 album Tragic Kingdom. On the track, Gwen Stefani sings: “This world is forcing me/To hold your hand… I’m just a girl, all pretty and petite/So don’t let […]

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The Friday Pretty: Music Dudes Edition

Given the ovewhelming feedback following last week’s inaugural The Friday Pretty, it would have been remiss of me not to give the people what they want. And so, here we are. I’ve given the format some thought – clearly there will be hot dudes frolicking on your screen every Friday, but being a kinda logical […]

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It Ain’t My Fault

Seriously, someone needs to tell Mos Def that I’m tired of waiting for him to come sweep me off my feet. His presence is only half the reason why I can’t stop playing this video, found via HarlemLoves. The music – a reworked version of New Orleans jazz legend Smokey Johnson’s song It Ain’t My Fault – also features Lenny […]

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40 Licks

I don’t know about you, but I get all the information I need to live from music videos. For instance, I’ve learned that unless my abs are scarily hard, I must not expose them to the public [Fergie, in any post-2003 Black Eyed Peas video]. I also learned that the best way to get revenge on […]

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Toni Braxton: Grown and Sexy

A few months ago at Stoke Newington’s Rose and Crown pub quiz, a question came up that only three people in the entire pub knew the answer to. The question was, “Who released the album Secrets in 1996?” I didn’t even hesitate. It was, of course, Toni Braxton. I have loved Toni since the early 1990s, when […]

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