Issa Rae, BJ The Chicago Kid, Victoria Monét and More on How Insecure “Truly Represents the Creatives” Through Music
By Season 2, Issa is still heartbroken over her breakup with Lawrence, but tries to move on by meeting men on apps. Rae cites SZA as her muse for this season, and recalls the singer-songwriter sending her a pack of songs before her major label debut album CTRL dropped. The pack included “Drew Barrymore,” “Love Galore” and “Supermodel,” the third of which can be heard in the second season’s first and second episodes.
The stakes were always high when it came to working with Beyoncé. Already a superstar and a three-time Grammy winner as a member of Destiny’s Child, with four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s under her belt, when she went solo in 2003 with the release of “Dangerously in Love,” she set a dizzying pace right out the gate, boasting two No. 1 hits and selling over five million copies
Finneas has been keeping busy. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter/producer made an appearance at this year’s MTV VMAs on September 12, where his sister, Billie Eilish, won Best Latin for her Rosalía collaboration “Lo Vas a Olvidar” and Video For Good for “Your Power” — songs he co-wrote and produced. The next day, he attended the Met Gala, stunning in a bright red Givenchy suit. The following week, he flew to London for the world premiere of No Time to Die.
In 2007, when actress Miranda Cosgrove first signed onto the role of Carly Shay, the bubbly yet ambitious heroine of Nickelodeon’s iCarly, many social media outlets were still in their infancy. Back then, Myspace and Facebook were the internet’s dominant networks with their customizable profiles and user-friendly feeds. Twitter was only a year old; Instagram and TikTok didn’t yet exist.
When Missy Elliott got into the studio to record her third album Miss E… So Addictive, the bar was already set high. Her first album, 1997’s Supa Dupa Fly, was accompanied by iconic music videos for “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” and “Sock it 2 Me” that found her dancing in outlandish costumes to elaborate choreography
Aaliyah — who died in a plane crash nearly 20 years ago, on August 25, 2001 — was one of the most popular and influential young R&B singers of her era. A former R. Kelly protégé who was briefly married to him at the age of 15 in a quickly annulled ceremony (a situation that is playing out in a Brooklyn courtroom this week), the singer released just three albums before her death at the age of just 22. Her sleek, street-savvy image and innovative, Timbaland and Missy Elliott-helmed hits helped ...
Television has a new resident funny girl. Having recently joined the cast of HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show and the Paramount Plus revival of iCarly, actress and comedian Laci Mosley is the one to watch.
The Frisco-raised actress’ vibrant personality comes through in her unfiltered commentary on contemporary events. This April, Mosley debuted as a cast member on A Black Lady Sketch Show.
In 2016, Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions earned a Dallas Observer Music Award nomination for Best Album for LOA (Law of Attraction), which contains an image of a Grammy on the cover along with phrases such as “Manifest everything” and “What you think, you become.” Sure enough, the law of attraction worked in his favor, even if a DOMA isn't quite a Grammy.
But he'd get there. This past March, Sessions earned his first Grammy award for Best Rap Song for Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé’s “Savage."
On a fateful weekend in 2015, A’Ziah “Zola” King embarked on a journey that would change her life. What was meant to be a quick trip from Detroit to Tampa, Florida to make some extra cash turned into a downward spiral of visits from strange men, pimping, stripping, and fallouts. In October of that year, King shared the story in a series of 148 tweets, pioneering the Twitter thread storytelling format and receiving international attention.
This Wednesday (June 30), the iconic ...
After a decade-long hiatus, HBO’s In Treatment returns for a fourth season on Sunday (May 23), with Dr. Brooke Taylor (Uzo Aduba) taking Dr. Paul Weston’s (Gabriel Byrne) spot as the series’ therapist. The show’s format is the same: Dr. Taylor will see a set of patients each week, with each episode focusing on a different patient. One of those patients is Laila, a rebellious lesbian teenager.
With vocalists like Troye Sivan and Ava Max making strides in the mainstream space, pop music is becoming more queer-friendly. Behind some of their biggest hits is songwriter and producer Brett McLaughlin, known professionally by his middle name, Leland.
When he first moved to Los Angeles in 2009, Leland had $600 and a dream to his name.
From the beginning of The Weeknd’s debut mixtape, House of Balloons, he informs us that we’ll want to be “high for this.” Named after a one-bedroom apartment he shared with friends in his Toronto hometown, House of Balloons is a dark body of work, with trippy tales of partying, heartbreak, and drug-fueled sexcapades.
Zelda Barnz has creativity in her blood. Growing up in Los Angeles with a parent in the entertainment industry, she was always surrounded by a diverse, eclectic cast of characters, and her inquisitive nature meant she had a desire to learn about each of them and share their stories.
In the songs she’s co-written for Ariana Grande, Khalid and Normani, Troye Sivan, Janelle Monáe, and many others, Tayla Parx relies on emotion. On Grande’s “Needy,” she writes about the need for reassurance and validation, while Normani and Khalid’s “Love Lies” sees her diving into love while questioning the intentions of a potential partner.
Bobby Sessions, Kaash Paige, and Saint Bodhi are joining the Marvel Universe. The three Dallas musicians contributed short stories to The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda series, a 25-issue anthology written by the author, essayist, and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. The project is part of the label’s Def Jam Forward initiative, which provides social, economic and educational opportunities for the record label’s Black artists, colleagues, and staff.
The partnership between Def Jam and Marvel ori...