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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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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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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Have You Met Ms Monáe?

Janelle Monáe is impossibly cute and impossibly talented. I first heard of her a few years ago when she appeared in Idlewild, the OutKast film. Next I heard of her was when she released Many Moons, an old school stomper of a track, with a Fifth Element-type manic video, and Andre 3000-esque dancing. It’s not […]

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We Got Our Own

A few things that have caught my ear/eye this past couple of weeks. A report in America, by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, found that the median wealth of single black women amounts to just $5, even in the prime of their working years. This is compared to $42,600 for single white women. I listened […]

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The (Imagined?) Politics of The R&B Music Video

Please excuse the incoherence that’s about to unfold. So there I was in the gym yesterday, running 10 kilometres (WOO!) to nowhere, when the new Timberlake and Timbaland video came on. Accordingly, and with the appropriate amount of consideration behind it, here are a few rambling thoughts on R&B videos. (FYI, I’m including all mainstream ‘Black’ […]

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Black Fridays: Oh, John Mayer

Ach. It takes a mighty man to bring the Black Friday feature (Tagline: “Cos the rest of the week ain’t Black enough!”) out of premature retirement. It takes a special man to leapfrog the bureaucracy and make Black Friday happen on a Thursday…But kudos, John Mayer. You did it. You managed to shake off the state […]

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Lyrics For The Scorned

The office where I’m temping at is pretty cool considering that it’s another manifestation of you know, The Man Inc.. While the work isn’t the most stimulating I’ve ever done (no offence to the HR specialists, but it is HR), it’s diverting enough. The team I work with is lovely and best of all, I get to […]

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