Happy Birthday, Damian Marley!

Christopher Polk, Getty s Damian Marley is one reggae’s most famous and acclaimed contemporary artists. The youngest son Bob Marley turns 39 years old today (July 21). Much the reggae singer’s music echoes his father’s musical, political commentary. He experienced major success in 2005 with Welcome to Jamrock, painting a lucid picture Jamaican poverty, violence and despair. It’s… Read More »

Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’ Is Helping Save Lives

Back in April, Logic released a powerful song called “1-800-273-8255” (featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid), which addressed the issue suicide among young people. On the song, which takes its name from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, the DMV rhymer comforts a suicidal person and explains every reason why the person should live. On Thursday… Read More »

The kids are all white: can US festivals live up to their 'post-racial' promise?

The flashy multiculturalism music festivals presents a seemingly harmonious alternative to the racial tensions that bristle in society at large. Now at blockbuster events like Coachella, Kendrick Lamar is able to weave tales the black experience to massive audiences, and a new generation stars with intersectional identities can capture the imagination the crowd. But no… Read More »

The kids are all white: can US festivals live up to their 'post-racial' promise?

The flashy multiculturalism music festivals presents a seemingly harmonious alternative to the racial tensions that bristle in society at large. Now at blockbuster events like Coachella, Kendrick Lamar is able to weave tales the black experience to massive audiences, and a new generation stars with intersectional identities can capture the imagination the crowd. But no… Read More »