Taylor Swift has a way of capturing our deepest and darkest insecurities in her songs. It's like she knows what we are thinking every minute of every day. She digs into her personal life to deliver wholly honest and raw material, something that not many superstars do these days. She's set herself apart as someone to look up to, to reveal all our secrets to without judgement. She's our best friend, even if she doesn't know it. From her stirring debut single "Tim McGraw" to her most recent radio hit "Red," she is the mouthpiece for this generation.
Since hitting the music scene with her self-titled debut in 2006, she has blazed a trail to megastardom--calling out the men for doing her wrong with unabashed confidence and poise. Sure, she might get a little to much flack for her personal dating life, but that's part of her charm. She's just like us, at her core--an individual trying to find her place in this world. Along the way, she has given us some remarkably poignant tunes, most of which are not even the singles she's released. Whether you consider her pop or country or a hybrid of both doesn't matter, her music speaks for itself.
With the recent news that Swift's forthcoming album could be her best yet, I admit that I squealed inside--er, in my bedroom, that is. Could Fearless, Speak Now and Red really have only been setting the stage for for what comes next? The possibilities are limitless, I say. With that, I thought it was time to do a Top 10 all-time favorite Swift's list: one of those things to pass the time, so to speak. As we look forward, we must always look back.
10. "A Place In This World"
9. "The Lucky One"
8. "Cold As You"
7. "Tied Together With A Smile"
6. "The Way I Loved You"
5. "Back To December"
4. "Love Story"
3. "All Too Well"
"Safe & Sound" / "Fearless" / "Invisible" / "Starlight" / "Ronan"
Swifties, we turn it over to you: What are YOUR Top 10 Swift songs? Sound off in the comments!
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
We know Ellis Ross is fun and has an offbeat style, but her hairstyle felt like a caricature, and one that was completely unnecessary because there are Black women who have the kind of hair she seemed to be trying to mimic.
Black hair is political.
It is still a radical act for Black people to wear our hair just as it grows out of our heads.
Just as Black people are diverse, Black hair is inclusive of a broad range of colors, textures, density, and porosity. Terms like 3B and 4C are commonly used to describe hair types. While some people still think of hair types as a grading scheme, much like the debate about having "good hair," we are learning more about how hair types have specific care needs. As we grow deeper in love with ourselves and our hair, Black people are looking for the best products on the market and are committed to supporting Black businesses.
When Tracee Ellis Ross announced the launch of Pattern Beauty, there was a lot of buzz and excitement. A Black woman we love and whose hair has always been an unapologetically overwhelming feature was going to respond to Black hair care needs. Sign us up! Now, however, with her Elle magazine cover, some Black women are wondering if Ross is taking up too much of the Black hair space.