A collection of selected criticisms, essays and music journalism.
Lil Nas X came out, but has hip-hop? A macho culture faces a crossroads
Village People: The Ultimate Male Fantasy
Janet Jackson, unbound, preaches her gospel of sex in Las Vegas
How John Singleton’s ‘Boyz n the Hood’ shaped the life of one boy from the hood
‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ and capturing the magic of home and fraternal love
Ye of great faith: Kanye West brings gospel and pop-art dazzle to Coachella
Nipsey Hussle’s dreams were bigger than hip-hop
Watching 'Leaving Neverland' after a lifetime of loving Michael Jackson
Grammys make strides with hip-hop representation — but is it too late?
Rhythm & Beats: The State of R&B - pt.1, pt. 2, pt. 3
Amid controversies, Kanye West debuts 'Ye' — on a ranch in Wyoming
Inside the factory powering Fox's R&B girl group drama 'Star'
Beyoncé's refusal to shrink her blackness made her Coachella showing revolutionary
'Whitney' offers an unflinching look at Whitney Houston's triumphs and tragedies
'Sex and the City' was the frothy guilty pleasure this man needed. Until it wasn't
The rise of XXXTentacion underscores rap's fraught battle with the law
Michael Jackson's brand is stronger than ever — but what about his image?
Grammys aim to be true to the political climate while celebrating music
Hip-hop has long dominated culture — what took so long for it to dominate the Grammys?
'When you’re black you have to fight': Tinashe, Kehlani and other female R&B artists struggle for attention
Missy Elliott's influence felt at FYF Fest, 20 years after her debut
Solange's triumphant 'A Seat at the Table' provides an ambitious meditation on black life
With 'More Life,' Drake continues to experiment with the streaming era
Bad Boy For Life: A look back at the rap empire Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs built
Dr. Dre's assault on Dee Barnes was once included in 'Straight Outta Compton'
Bobbi Kristina Brown: A protector who never got to stand on her own
Reaction to Nicki Minaj's VMA gripe proves her point
Rihanna kidnapped me to watch her new video: A diary
Why the BET Awards are still essential to the black pop culture zeitgeist
Pop music still lacks a gay breakout star
Miguel helps lead the charge for an edgier kind of R&B artist