above & beyonce

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                                     GOOD MUSIC for BAD DAYS

                  Whistle (While You Work It)   Katy Tiz
                                             Blue Skies   Lenka
                           On Top Of The World   Imagine Dragons
                              Goodness Gracious   Ellie Goulding
                                                Old Pine   Ben Howard
       Break The Rules (ODESZA Remix)   Charlie XCX
                                             Borderline   Tove Stryke
                                       Someone New   Hozier
                                       Feeling Myself   Nicki Minaj, Beyonce
                                           Young Gun   Shelby Merry
                                                    Flaws   Bastille

             CHIN UP, MY DARLING. BETTER DAYS ARE YET TO COME.

Jimin/BTS is the top twitter moment and the number 2 trending topic!!! This song was was so good namjoon did such a good job of composing, producing, AND writing the song and then jimin came in and made it the song of LIFE. They’re both so talented and i cant wait to hear more of this album and what our boys have been working on!! Let’s keep giving our boys the love and recognition they deserve and make sure everyone in this world knows BTS’ name and how wonderful they are!!

You can enjoy the ways revolutionary politics are reflected through the work of popular artists, pop culture, etc. while still being aware of the limits of their work and still wanting more.  You can support the election of a politician whose administration might increase the power of working class movements and improve working and poor people’s lives more than any other option, without being obedient to or somehow morally complicit in that politician’s agenda, and without abandoning street level projects organizing for direct power.  You can accept that there might be many complicated paths forward and society moves in unexpected ways and what purist ideologues might see as contradictory practice can actually be more effective than insisting on how wrong everyone else is all the time.  No one will want to join your puritanical club, especially if you’re not delivering actual improvements to people’s lives.

In a world where communists and anarchists are not the majority, the art and icons and political projects that appeal to the majority will not perfectly align with our ideas.  We can look for openings and alignments and resonations and we can make the most of them to connect to other people and keep spreading the project of liberation from all the different oppressions.  It is, of course, always important to remember that organizing for direct material, economic, and political power can’t be *replaced* by cultural images or politicians of any kind, but I find it much more effective to see and enjoy the good that sometimes comes in popular things than always trying to be above it all.

Sorry Not Sorry

Kanye West is just out right full of himself. The entire rant on his new album against Wiz Khalifa is just more proof on how he is full of himself. First of all, his last album was 💩. It only had 3/10 songs that were decent. Kanye calling this WAVES album the best album of life. Nigga please, your not the voice of music in this generation anymore. Drake took your crown! I’m not a Drake stan and if Drake’s Views From The 6 album isn’t up to part then I’ll definitely be making a post but I highly doubt it will disappoint because he understands this generation. Kanye tries too hard to be unique and it’s so annoying. He is no longer relatable. Nobody gives a damn about shoes, Kim Kardashian, or your fancy life nigga. Normal people like me just trying make it day by day, paying bills, college tuition, and dealing with people trying to tear us down every single day! Like me, music is our outlet. So the last thing we want to hear is about your fancy life. Ever sense this nigga married Kim, he high and mighty and acting like she is above all.

She not Beyonce or Michelle Obama! She’s not even close to being on that level. I’m tired of people riding Kanye and the Kardashian like they royalty! All you people do is boost their egos and fill their pockets with more money. Let’s stop making the rich, richer and become rich our damn selves! I’m tired of hearing about the fake Kardashian’s who pry on black culture but could never walk a day in our shoes, especially my fellow African-American sisters. I’m tired of hearing about these uninspiring white girls who have no direction in life whatsoever! I will end this with saying Kanye West and the Kardashian’s…

Beyoncé Earns Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Lemonade'

Originally posted by teenidle-da

Beyoncé’s Lemonade album charges in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving the superstar her sixth chart-topper. The set earned 653,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 28, according to Nielsen Music. Pure album sales comprised 485,000 of that sum. (Lemonade’s total unit figure was updated in this story at 12:29 p.m. PT.)

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new May 14-dated chart (where Lemonade is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, May 3.

Lemonade was introduced on April 23 through its same-titled film, which was soundtracked by the album’s songs, and premiered on HBO. The 12-song visual album was released by Parkwood/Columbia Records following the film’s debut, initially exclusively through Tidal. By Monday, April 25, the album – which is bundled with the film – went on sale through other digital retailers, but Tidal remains the only service with streaming rights to the set. A physical version of the album will be released on May 6.

Lemonade scores the biggest week of any album in 2016, both in terms of overall units and in sales.

All six of Beyoncé’s studio albums have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Lemonade follows her self-titled album in 2013, 4 (2011), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), B’Day (2006) and Dangerously In Love (2003). Beyoncé is the only act to reach No. 1 with their first six studio efforts (and the only act to debut atop the list with their first six).

In addition to her six No. 1s, Beyoncé has charted four further albums on the tally: Live at Wembley (No. 17 in 2004), Irremplazable EP (No. 109 in 2007), Above and Beyonce: Video Collection (No. 35 in 2009) and Beyoncé : More Only EP (No. 8 in 2014).

Jay-Z and Beyoncé performing onstage at the Z100 Jingle Ball at the Madison Square Garden in New York on December 11, 2003. Held shortly after the release of his classic retirement project The Black Album, it is strange to think that the Canadian band Simple Plan was billed above Hov…

anonymous asked:

I want to get behind Bey and her feminism, but I can't get past that Tina Turner "eat the cake, Anna Mae" lyric? :( Why would she allow Jay to say it? Why mouth it along with him?

You don’t have to get past it. And I mean, I don’t know why. It’s an awful line, from a scene that was flat-out triggering to watch. The verse in general is one of Jay’s worst imo, in terms of both flow and content. I imagine she allowed it to be on there because she really loves him. Or because Jay, just like she did in the rest of the song, is exploring whatever consensual sexual dynamics they get up to that I don’t like to dwell on too hard, or maybe she just doesn’t see the problem because it’s such a well known black pop culture reference that she didn’t think about how gross it is and thought it would be fun. It doesn’t matter why, she was wrong. No excuses.

I’m kinnnnnnd of a beyonce stan, not sure if you picked up on that, but no one’s exempt from criticism. 

That said this isn’t a zero sum game and this idea that no one can ever fuck up or it invalidates everything is a trap, a strawman. No one’s a perfect feminist, I’m not and you’re not. She’s NEVER been, this is hardly the first example of that. Feminism as a concept isn’t perfect, and in fact contradicts itself all the time because so much of it is freedom of opportunity to choose–by definition, choice can’t be the same for everybody. That’s why we fight about it so much, why some reject the concept altogether or redefine it for their own experiences. So, I guess I’m not sure what the point is in holding Beyonce up to a higher standard than anyone else, and in fact I find it suspect when people try to find one thing to discredit her because of COURSE she’s not the feminist ideal or above reproach but no one ever said she had to be. Consuming anything is taking what you want and leaving the rest. I don’t have to love every line to appreciate her, the album, and the things she represents for me. 

At the same time you don’t have to ignore the things you can’t deal with just to jump on this train. If it’s a dealbreaker that’s valid and if you’re not into her you don’t have to be. But her feminism as a whole? Is as valid as yours or mine.