Towards a structural view of cultural appropriation

Towards a structural view of cultural appropriation By Adam Elliott-Cooper / @adamec87 I’m the real ambassador! It is evident I was sent by government to take your place, All I do is play the blues and meet the people face to face; I’ll explain and make it plain I represent the human race, And don’t… Read More

The 10 Most Scandalous Moments in Black Music in 2014

by  Aaron Lee What a year it’s been for black music. With no Kanye or Jay album out, detractors named 2014 hip hop’s worst year. The MOBOs continued to wobble between celebrating black excellence and simply throwing more trophies to non-black stars of the moment. André 3000 said the recent OutKast reunion tour made him… Read More

Young Voices: The policing and repackaging of black music go hand in hand

by Amika Shah It’s not often that grime legend Wiley’s Twitter account is seen as a place for reasoned debate. However, over the weekend, the BBC’s urban radio station, BBC Radio 1Xtra released what it calls its ‘Power List’ – a list of the most influential artists in British black music, which seemed to be… Read More

Iggy Azalea and a Culture of Appropriation

TRIGGER WARNING: The following post contains incidents of racism and homophobia: by Shane Thomas It’s best to begin this with a statement of intent: I ingest a lot of popular culture. It’s the staple of a lot of conversations with friends, a reliable icebreaker when meeting new people and can make me a useful addition… Read More