On the cusp of a media frenzy surrounding Beyonce’s formation and Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy performance, we’re here to remind you that the product of their music – the critique, the conversation, and the unabashed honesty praising all things Black – is nothing new.
And it remains immensely powerful.
Whether orchestrated for commercial success or as a reflection of personal artistry, millions watch and millions listen. The words, actions, imagery and access of these artists implore society to question the status quo, engage audiences that may otherwise turn a blind-eye, and illuminate the influence of media and entertainment in the socio-political arena.
You’re talking about it. Everyone’s talking about it. And to me, that’s good news.
To remind you how artistry has forever channeled the Black experience, The Politics of Black Space Vol. II takes you back to the pioneers of “artivism.” Woven through the classic outcry of Nina Simone and Gil Scott-Heron, we traverse genres with Raury and Delta Rae, and inspire you to question your own role with Kanye West, Macklemore, and more.
What songs are on your playlist? This time, we’ve made it collaborative – so just access the link via Spotify and add your two-cents to the mix.