10 Black Queer Artists to Watch

The independent music world is a treasure trove for radical artists and revolutionary tastemakers. While the mainstream picks up some gems and over rates mediocrity, the Internet has provided ample support for dope artists on the rise. Independent Hip-Hop, in the Internet age, has brought collectives of amazing rappers, writers and producers together. However, and unfortunately, too few queer artists get the right shine they need.

Here are a few Black queer artists you should be looking out for right now.

BYP 100 Feature: official statement from the byp100 on the firing of cpd police superintendent


December 1, 2015

Camesha Jones


official statement from the byp100 on the firing of cpd police superintendent garry mccarthy

BYP100 calls for resignation of Mayor Emanuel and States Attorney Alvarez, defunding of policing and investment in Black futures

#AvaBarbie: The Holiday Reminder That Representation Matters

Barbie announced in April the creation of a “Sheroes” collection, honoring female heroes who are breaking barriers and taking names for girls and women everywhere. Among the honorees who would have a one-of-a-kind doll created in her likeness was beloved “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, who, on Sunday, announced the #AvaBarbie would go on sale Monday thanks to her fans.

Update: The University of California System Sells Millions Invested in Private Prisons

Amidst national black student protests demanding colleges and universities be accountable for enabling racism on and off campus, the Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC), a university-wide consortium of black-student groups, issued a statement on November 30 indicting the University of California for its multi-million dollar investments in private for-profit prisons. Less than three weeks later, however, the UC announced it will be divesting.

#NotOneDime: ‘Black Friday’ Sales Down More Than $1 Billion from 2014

The 2015 shopping season usually peaks in November as stores mark down items for Thanksgiving and the day after, aptly called ‘Black Friday.’ But, for the past few years, the crowds storming malls and storefronts for these deals have decreased significantly. Some credit new trends in consumer behavior. But, it might also be linked to concerted efforts from Black and Brown activist groups who have urged larger communities to abstain from buying at all.

Shifting the Focus From the LaQuan McDonald Murder Video and Back to the Systems That Killed Him

The Chicago Police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel want us to be calm. They want us to be quiet, hidden from plain sight. They want us pacified in the face of injustice. And, the mainstream media is great at conveying their desires.

For the past year since 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was murdered by Officer Jason Van Dyke, these institutions and political figure heads have emphasized words like “healing” and “calm” when discussing Black and brown people in Chicago without addressing the systematic targeting of Black and brown youth in the city, the hyper-policing of Black and brown neighborhoods, and the intentional disinvestment from Black and brown communities.

Young Black Organizers Decline Private Meeting with Mayor to Discuss the Video of the Execution of Laquan McDonald

Press Contact: Veronica Morris Moore

Phone: (773)407-2467



What: Press Conference

When: 12pm, November 23, 2015

Where: 5101 S. Wentworth – 2nd District precinct

Who: Young black organizers from BYP100, Fearless Leading by the Youth, Assata’s Daughters, #LetUsBreathe collective, We Charge Genocide, Black Lives Matter: Chicago, and other grassroots collectives

young black organizers decline private meeting with mayor to discuss the video of the execution of laquan mcdonald

Listen to ‘Epic’, the Latest Album From Kamasi Washington

By Sam Fleming

Until the release of Epic, Kamasi Washington’s solo debut album, he had mostly been known for frequently collaborating with Thundercat, Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar, who have each released some of the best music of the past few years. His debut album, Epic, paints a different picture of Washington. Instead of showing his collaborative, contemporary hip-hop side, it shows his fearless leadership and command of not only his saxophone, but classic Jazz itself.

We’re Done Being Polite: A Reflection on the Mizzou Protests

Social movements over the years have taught us that politeness and respectabiility rarely result in lasting social change. When 15-year-old Claudette Colvin first resisted public bus segregation in Alabama on March 2, 1955, she did so knowing that she’d be classified as unruly, dangerous, and a threat to the very fabric of American society. Nine months later, when Rosa Parks did the same, it was groundswell effect of women like Colvin’s actions which helped to shift the public’s attention to the nonviolent but very disruptive actions of Blacks in Montgomery, Alabama. But these women, their fellow organizers and their tactics weren’t polite. So, why is anyone demanding politeness from young Black organizers today?