Badass Women of R&B

Rhythm & Blues (R&B) is a blanket term used to describe music recorded primarily by black artists; it combines elements of jazz, gospel, blues and soul. R&B developed in the mid-20th century along with the Great Migration that saw African-Americans leaving the South for urban industrial centers like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago andContinue reading “Badass Women of R&B”

Quick Hits: March 9

My husband and I have finished watching The Queen’s Gambit, and I’m a little sad to not be living in Beth Harmon’s world anymore. I’m considering watching PBS Masterpiece’s The Miniaturist next, because I just can’t get enough of the remarkable Anya Taylor-Joy. The Critics Choice Awards were held over the weekend, and several winnersContinue reading “Quick Hits: March 9”

Talkin’ ’bout my g-g-g-generation (X)

Part 1 in a series. Gen-X. Slackers. The MTV generation. Latchkey kids. Thirteeners? Apparently, generational theorists Neil Howe and William Strauss suggested the latter name for the thirteenth generation born since the American Revolution; thankfully, it never caught on. The term Generation X was coined by writer Douglas Coupland, in his 1991 book Generation X:Continue reading “Talkin’ ’bout my g-g-g-generation (X)”

Black History Month and the Oscars

February is Black History Month, and like every other segment of our society, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has a long history of racism that it has only recently attempted to remedy. The recent pressure on the Academy to diversify has resulted in very little improvement; in 2020, the distribution ofContinue reading “Black History Month and the Oscars”