Apropos of Madonna's comment on rape, Grigoriadis notes in the article that the singer used the phrase "I felt raped" to describe her devastation after discovering that her last album, 2015's Rebel Heart, sold less than her others. In the article, the Grigoriadis comments that, "It didn't feel right to explain that women these days were trying not to use that word metaphorically." … [Read more...] about Madonna Said She Felt ‘Raped’ by New York Times Magazine Profile
Which culture is more rigid with time
Your Hero Is Not Dead is “a personal response” to those “anxieties and fears”, and finding a way through them. His lyrics aren’t particularly prescriptive, although Big Nothing Glow, about encountering a childhood friend who lived rough on the streets, cuts more than most. The album luxuriates in mood and tone instead: it sounds both melancholy and sanguine, “the sweet point in pop music between happiness and sadness,” says Westerman, “where it seems to be both.” … [Read more...] about Westerman: ‘Music is an incredibly helpful thing to have in difficult times’
Solange also nodded to singer Frank Ocean's timely Tumblr post Saturday in which he criticized Grammy voters for "cultural bias," taking issue with Taylor Swift's 1989 winning album of the year in 2016 over Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. (Ocean opted not to submit his latest album, Blonde, for consideration this year.) … [Read more...] about Solange Tweets-and-Deletes Criticism of Grammys Diversity After Beyoncé Loses Out on Best Album
The singer's acclaimed opus Lemonade was beaten by Adele's 25, prompting backlash from fans who felt she should have won. Both Adele and Beyoncé's sister Solange echoed those remarks. Onstage collecting her trophy, Adele said her category rival should have won instead. … [Read more...] about Grammys Boss Doesn’t Think the Awards Have a Race Problem At All
This propensity made him at once an irresistible subject for inquiry and an impossible one. With a few notable exceptions, the record of both the criminal-justice system and the media when it comes to Epstein is one of failure. “Who in the world is Jeffrey Epstein?” a puffy 2002 New York magazine profile asked. In it, the most illuminating line strangely came from Donald Trump, who noted that Epstein “likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” A year later, Vicky Ward’s Vanity Fair story on Epstein probed the mystery of his wealth, his obsessive privacy, and his curious courting of Nobel Prize winners—although allegations Ward uncovered about Epstein molesting an employee and her underage sister were cut before publication. Criminal cases against Epstein at the federal and state level similarly fizzled (a 53-page 2007 indictment against him involving more than three dozen alleged victims led to a sweetheart deal … [Read more...] about How Is Jeffrey Epstein Still So Elusive?