Beyoncé: Stop Showing the World Your Half-Naked Pregnant Self

To get naked in front of others while pregnant, or not to, that is the question. Actually, that should never ever be the question for any pregnant woman. (Or any woman at all, for that matter.) But apparently, that is the latest question to confront the starlets of Hollywood. See, for example, the recent travails … Continued

Celebrities

Stop Overpraising Beyoncé. It’s Virtue-Signaling at Its Worst

Something is off. Beyoncé just recently performed live and peace has not been achieved in the Middle East. According to Constance Grady writing for Vox, Beyonce’s performance at the recent BET Awards—indeed Queen Bey’s very existence—was so magical that surely, the pop star will soon be bringing Israelis and Palestinians together: It’s becoming increasingly clear … Continued

Politics

Is Beyoncé Beyond Feminism?

As you’ve probably heard, Beyoncé released her second surprise video album this weekend. The album, called Lemonade, aired as a one-hour feature on HBO on Saturday, and has since been available to viewers and listeners on her husband Jay Z’s streaming music site Tidal. I have had my criticisms of Beyoncé’s past albums, but this … Continued

Celebrities, Entertainment, Music

Beyoncé’s Fans and the Other Woman

The Internet is once again hyperventilating about a new album released by Beyoncé over the weekend. Titled Lemonade, the album features songs that promote the Black Lives Matter movement and other hot button political topics. But it also deals with infidelity and (one assumes) making lemonade out of the lemons life sometimes dishes out. Beyoncé’s … Continued

Culture


Beyoncé and the Spectacle of Narcissism

It’s been a week since Beyoncé performed her new single “Formation” at the Super Bowl. Critics greeted the performance and the accompanying video as epic, amazing, seminal. Yet not even a week after its release the song and the video seem played out and tired. Entertainment and politics have both become about spectacle, and spectacle … Continued

Culture

Beyoncé’s Black Panther Posturing at the Super Bowl

When black Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in an apparent Black Power salute during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner at their awards ceremony in 1968 in Mexico City, the condemnation was swift and nearly universal. Smith and Carlos were kicked out of the Games. A typical TIME magazine … Continued

Celebrities, Culture

I Miss Left Shark

So the Super Bowl happened last night. And amid the hype leading up to the game Beyoncé dropped a new single, “Formation,” that is already being hailed as the new theme song for the Black Lives Matter movement. (The video features images of a black child dancing in front of police officers in riot gear and … Continued

Entertainment, Politics, Sports

The Vacuous, Tiresome Girl Power Movement

It’s hard not to smile when watching adorable little girls dancing, laughing, and celebrating as messages of empowerment are interwoven with engaging music. A new Goldieblox video does this swimmingly in its three-minute spot featuring beautiful little girls mimicking their role models and holding signs with hashtags like #ILookLikeAnEntrepreneur. The video is meant to challenge … Continued

Culture, Politics

Why Men Have Disappeared from Pop Music

It’s only been a week since Adele released her new album, 25, but the British soul singer can already claim to have the fastest-selling album in the United States of the last quarter century—and maybe of all time. The success of 25 and its lead single, the infectious power ballad “Hello,” are all the more … Continued

Entertainment, Music