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The modern intersectionality of Afrofuturistic music and queer artistry is something to celebrate

June is not only Black Music Month, it’s also Pride Month. And although the music industry still has a ways to go with acknowledging LGBTQ issues in a non-sensational manner, one sector that has been doing the proactive work for a while is the music of Afrofuturism. Set as proper examples by the likes of Frank Ocean and Janelle Monae, Afrofuturistic-themed projects have established a safe space for queer artists to express their journeys in the mainstream while simultaneously pushing progressive ideologies.

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MTV Movie & TV Awards Are 'Like a Millennial Golden Globes,' Exec Producer Says

Last week, MTV announced that the annual Movie Awards would transform into the Movie & TV Awards, before revealing the ceremonies new categories, rules, and nominees. The scheduled May 7 telecast will be the first ceremony to include television and streaming content in its awarding process, after 25 years of solely honoring film. Executive producer Casey Patterson -- who will be acting in the role for a second straight year -- discussed with Billboard why the MTV Movie & TV Awards...

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LGBTQ Nightlife: How DJs Straddle the Line Between Taste-Making and Crowd-Pleasing

On a humid Friday night in Manhattan, Sean Paul’s “Temperature” can be heard blasting on an East Village street every time a door opens. The source of the 2006 Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper is Phoenix, a neighborhood gay bar. Inside Phoenix, it proves to be a challenge to squeeze, dance, and maneuver from the bouncer through a packed dancefloor to the DJ in the back. Standing tall -- and next to a pool table conveniently pushed aside to make more room for dancing -- Phoenix’s resident tastemaker...

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The School of TLC: Matching 10 of the Group's Classics With '10s Songs Modeled After Them

The music of TLC taught three valuable lessons: How to navigate the changing waves of R&B with melodic pop hooks and swagged-out, hip-hop funk; the importance of sel- love, especially for women unafraid of expressing their rights, political concerns, or true desires; and most importantly, the definition of a “scrub." One of the most successful girl groups in the '90s into the early '00s, the trio consisting of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas laid out....

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Rihanna's Game-Changing Bob: Hairstylist Ursula Stephen Remembers the Haircut Ten Years Later

When the music video for Rihanna’s hit number one single “Umbrella” first aired in March 2007 (followed by an appearance from the leading lady on the red carpet of the 20th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards), it unveiled a side of the singer fans weren’t familiar with. Rocking a jet-black bob haircut, Ri -- who at the time was known for her catchy yet relatively benign track "Pon De Replay" -- solidified her entrance into edgier territory with Umbrella's parent album Good Girl Gone Bad, ush

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10 Years After 'Good Girl Gone Bad,' Rihanna Has Surpassed Her Goal of Becoming the 'Black Madonna'

"I want to be the black Madonna." Ten years ago, Robyn Rihanna Fenty made that bold declaration to PAPER. In doing so, the Bad Gal had already set the wheels in motion for accomplishing that aspiration -- in spirit of the Material Girl, she got the critics talking. There’s been a running list of pop acts prior to (and after) Rihanna’s revelation who’ve expressed a desire to match Madge. But Rihanna’s claim in particular held more conviction, as it was already on its way to becoming a reality.

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Journey Through Sierra Leone & South London in Sampha's Emotional Short Film 'Process'

Sampha pairs a short film with his poignant debut Process. Premiering on Friday (March 31) exclusively on Apple Music, Process serves as a striking, avant-garde portrait of the British musician and his roots in Morden, South London, and Freetown, Sierra Leone. The 37-minute film -- presented by Apple and Young Turks -- combines documentary-style footage with stunning cinematic visuals of the African people in Freetown as well as the busy streets of the U.K. The British musician also makes cameo...

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