Born of Nigerian parents who settled in the U.S., I am labeled a second-generation American–the offspring of foreign-born immigrants. But those words, I feel, inadequately describe me. The term implies that once you become American, you cannot be anything else. I prefer Nigerian-American. The two cultures are equally alive in me, and I am proud of what I am, all I am. That’s not how it always was, though.
Serena Williams will be remembered as one of the greatest athletes of all time – that’s no question. Her tireless efforts off the court, however, see her legacy transforming into that of an activist, and…part of that activism is reflected through her hair.
Unlike the boy bands of pop, hardcore rock, and classical ensembles, rap groups have become few and far between within the hip hop industry. How did the genre that originally started as one of duos and groups comprised of an emcee, DJ, and hype man such as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, Cypress Hill, and Run DMC become so isolated?
On International Women’s Day, March 7, it was announced that Baby Phat, the urban women’s wear brand, and brainchild of Kimora Lee Simmons, that notoriously married denims with golds, rhinestones, and sequins, was scheduled to relaunch in the summer of 2019. If you may recall, fashion model, designer, and business mogul Kimora Lee Simmons owned the early aughts. As the founder and creative director of Baby Phat, Simmons earned a nation’s attention for her extravagant and hip-hop infused vision of life, fashion, and the so-called “fabulous.”
On the emergence of the Black Cowboy and Solange’s most recent work, When I Get Home
In When I Get Home, Solange’s 2019 follow-up to her Grammy award-winning album A Seat at the Table, images of Black cowboys are intermixed with images of techno futures and the sprawling metropolis of Houston, Texas. Centering Blackness in the imagery of Southern rodeos, jockeying, and horseback riding, the visual album features Solange and an assortment of others in the aesthetic trappings of the Southwestern United States.
Yasmeen Mjalli, an activist in the West Bank who creates space for Palestinian women to share their stories and spark conversation about harassment and gender inequality visited Dartmouth to continue her social art project.