Nicki Minaj debuted new track "Starships" with Ryan Seacrest this morning, the first official single off the upcoming Roman Reloaded. By now Singing Nicki isn't so much of a shocker, but this sunny call to the dance floor is a complete breathe of fresh air following Sunday's first look at "Roman Holiday." This won't be the last you'll hear of the track from us, but if you were confused, underwhelmed or outraged by her Grammy performance, allow this to serve as an immediate "Raise Your Glass"-esque apology. Listen below.
The hit musical will drop on Disney+ July 3rd.
Lin Manuel-Miranda's Hamilton has taken the theater world by storm since its 2015 Broadway premiere.
A hip-hop musical about America's founding fathers doesn't sound immediately appealing, but Manuel-Miranda's brilliant song writing and diverse casting not only captured the attention of audiences, but proved that major change is possible within an art form as encumbered by traditions as musical theater.
Using a Black dialect isn't a meme—it's cultural appropriation.
As Black Lives Matter protests have rightfully taken the world by storm over the past couple of months, we're long overdue for thorough evaluations of just how often aspects of Black heritage have been co-opted by white audiences.
It should be obvious that much of fashion and music as we know it today was invented by Black people. We (hopefully) all know by now that we can no longer accept Blackface and use of the n-word by non-Black people as the norm—and Internet users have tried "canceling" offenders in the public eye, with varying degrees of success.