Maryam Azeeza Muhammad is a journalism student and poet currently enrolled at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She writes personal essays and pieces on music, wellness, and culture.
Rising artist and Memphis local, Talibah Safiya, offers a unique perspective to the R&B world by painting topics like love and attachment far deeper and more colorful than in simply black and white. Through each and every shade of gray, Talibah finds color in each topic and uses them as inspiration for her art.
Following recent events in the United States with the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, people have been asking themselves about where society went wrong. People all around the country are advocating for a different system, one that doesn’t end with mass incarceration, over-policed neighborhoods of color, and a corrupt system of government that doesn’t uphold the evils of white supremacy.
Whether it be times of uncertainty or triumph, music has always been there to see us through until the very end. From the 1950s to 1970s, music was the soundtrack to revolution, pride, and empowerment for many groups of people, especially Black Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. Artists like James Brown, Sam Cooke, Gil Scott Heron, and Nina Simone made sure to utilize their platforms in order to speak up about racial injustices in America, risking their careers and their livelihood to spread messages of hope and change.
For many people around the world, art can represent an array of things such as thoughts, emotions and experiences. Many individuals use their art to sometimes express or convey the ideas or messages they cannot put into words or say aloud. Whether art is the voice of an entire movement or the therapy of a single soul, history has shown that art is fundamental. From Basquiat to Bob Ross, art has had a great impact on the ways we see ourselves and the world around us. Art is political, cultural and, last but not least, prideful.
Brooklynite Aishamanne Williams is the visionary and whimsical spirit who hopes to use her creative platform to hold up a mirror to the world, putting out the energy that the universe feeds her.
There hasn’t been a single day where I felt mentally prepared to deal with the micro aggressions or racial undertones that I receive when I make my presence known in a room. Like many other Black women around the world, I’m exhausted from a society that wants to dance to my rhythm, but often ignores my blues. They’ve grown fond of wearing our skin, but care nothing about our struggle.
A significant chapter in my personal journey is about reflection, as many other personal journeys are. I’ve sat down and spent precious time in deep thought, trying to understand what kind of person I am, or what kind of person I have to become. I don’t have a definite answer, and I don’t expect to come across one anytime soon. But, if I’ve learned anything about myself, it’s that while my self-growth is linear, my personality is not.
I have days where I dream to be the bold, powerful female ...
A favorite pastime of mine is to go to the movie theaters and see various films and documentaries. I purchase my seat, get snacks from the concession stand, and go into a dark theater in front of a large screen. Being the movie lover I am, I often go to see movies of various genres whether it be adventure, action, drama, or comedy. However, I’ve noticed that most drama movies I’ve gone to see are often about Black struggles, such as the Civil Rights Movement, slavery, colonialism, and Aparthe...
When most people think of style and fashion, their minds immediately go to the industry; big time clothing companies, models on the runway, and overpriced items. For other people, it’s much deeper than that, having more to do with the inside than out. It can be the very moment where one can shine or make their first impression. Ayriana Nichols is a 20 year old college student who uses fashion as a form of self-expression, using shades and colors to define how she feels at the moment. She can be found in various shades of blues, greens, and oranges but also warm colors too.
Since 1989, Al-Bashir lead a corrupt regime for 30 years, one full of human rights violations and terror. In April of 2019, Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the Sudanese Armed Forces, finally being removed of his presidential duties. With him being out of office, the Sudanese people were hoping for a more democratic, civilian-led government where their voices would be heard for the first time. However, it seems that democracy has yet to come from the Sudanese government.
I think every little black girl on the planet should listen to your music. Not only because it simply sounds good, but because it is the sound of womanism and the struggle of black girlhood. Your melodies and lyrics are ones that men, both black and white, tried to suppress and silence. They tried to make you feel afraid through white sheets and crosses and domestic violence. You sing the message that Audre Lorde and bell hooks wrote about in books and essays, trying to address that racism an...