The next time you purchase an album, (if your still into purchasing albums) look for James Fauntleroy’s name in the album credits. Beyoncé’s Albums? Yep. Brandy’s Albums? Yep. Bruno Mars Albums? Absolutely. This singer-songwriter-harmonic god has written for every single major artist of today. His raw vocals around skeleton pieces of production gives him a wicked jump-shot on the courts of music, and sound.
Even though he’s been involved in other various musical projects, his “Warmest Winter II EP” is a follow-up from 2014’s “Warmest Winter EP” which I played in constant rotation. If you’re a sucker for multi-layered harmonies and runs that make you jump out of your computer chair, I won’t lead you astray. Check out ‘Warmest Winter II’ below on Soundcloud.
If you haven’t heard Beyoncé’s new album” Lemonade” you must be roommates with Patrick Star because you live under a rock. Lately Beyoncé has had intense messages of police brutality, feminism, and moving on from your no good boyfriend in her music whilst challenging the current state of music; But she hasn’t been doing it on her own. On this project she called on the 27-year-old poet Warsan Shire.
Warsan Shire is a mosaic of beauty and culture. Born in Kenya to Somali parents and now residing in London she is known for her poetry on life as a woman and immigrant. Her poem “The Unbearable Weight of Staying” fits right into the theme of a powerful woman’s self discovery.
Shire’s published works like Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, “Her Blue Body” and audio works like Warsanversus Melancholy: The Seven Stages of Being Lonely show you why an icon like Beyoncé would choose to have such a majestic soul on her project to help paint her masterpiece. She has been awarded by Brunel University receiving their African Poetry Prize. She is also Young Poet Laurete of London and Queensland Australia’s Poet in Residence.
Since the release of “Lemonade” Warsan Shire has laid low, not posting on social media, or doing any interviews adding to the beauty of her words by remaining mysterious. Beyoncé was excellent by adding the art of spoken word to her already incredible project.
Beyoncé is one of the most powerful stars in the world and she is using her music, her videos, and her performances to bring light to issues Black America is facing like police brutality, inequality, and insecurity.
She randomly slayed us once again with her new video for her song “Formation“, a song with a strong message and even stronger images in the video. With lines like “I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils” and “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros” she addresses criticism of her husband’s and daughter’s black features. Often times black people are shamed for features like wide noses and kinky hair, but lines like this urge people to put that shaming to a rest and accept it for the beauty that it is.
Images in her video from post-Katrina New Orleans and police with their hands up are startling, but are directly reflective of issues plaguing the black community. From the constant killing of unarmed black citizens by the police and the government often leaving black people to suffer in times of crisis, Beyoncé addresses those issues with her ar
*ATTENTION* the cover of the September issue of Vogue Magazine has been released! And it’s no other than the one and only Queen Bey herself, Beyoncé wearing a sexy gown from Marc Jacobs Fall 2015.
If you aren’t familiar with the September issue of Vogue (or any fashion magazine), it’s a BFD (aka a big fucking deal). The September issue is thee authority on what to wear for the next season. It’s sounds like just another magazine cover but, trust me, it’s not. The September issue of Vogue has been the subject of countless articles, as well as a documentary that I love, released in 2009. Continue Reading