Category Archives: Music

Justin’s Jammin’

by Sydney Bullock

This past weekend the iHeartRadio Music Awards took place. Some of the biggest names in music were there to perform, pick up awards, and give heartfelt speeches.

Amongst the winners, singer Justin Timberlake who picked up a big award for his song “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. The tune won Song of the Year and Timberlake was on hand to pick up his prize. While on stage, Timberlake gave a profound speech about inclusion, even calling himself a “sissy singer boy from Tennessee”. His words called for the importance of differences among us and embracing the characteristics that make each of us unique.

It’s been quite a year for Timberlake, who just two short weeks ago opened the Academy Awards with an on-your-feet performance. While he didn’t take home an Oscar this year, the first time nominee was just excited and honored to be at the show. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” was also nominated for a Golden Globe earlier in the year.   

Timberlake wrote “Can’t Stop The Feeling” for the DreamWorks movie “Trolls” and the song even topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number one. While he hasn’t formally announced any new music projects yet, Timberlake has mentioned that he is continuously working on music.

In the meantime, I’ll be watching his Netflix special, “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids”. The documentary is a backstage look at his most recent world tour, full of live performances and funny backstage antics. All in all, it’s been a pretty good start to 2017 for Timberlake and I have a feeling it’s only going to get better.

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Why You Need to Listen to Ari Lennox

by Da’Nelle Grier

Hailing from Washington D.C., Ari Lennox is a name you will never forget with a vocal quality just as striking as her features. I’m not kidding. This woman has the fullest, most enticing head of curls, beautiful, mahogany skin, and a jawline to die for.… how DARE she.

But on a more serious note, Ari completely has the “it” factor. No, scratch that. Ari is the “it” factor. Her sound is the perfect combination of passion, rawness, strength, (and a hint of Baduizm) that would make anybody fall in love. Her personality is vibrant and quirky — the qualities I’m sure we all look for in a best friend. Lastly, her entire aesthetic is that of a carefree woman who is comfortable in her own skin, and that is the ultimate role model material.

Recently crowned as the First Lady of J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, there’s no doubt in my mind the world will soon be mesmerized by this 22-year-old R&B powerhouse.

Click here to watch Ari Lennox’s music video for “Backseat” feat. Cozz from her newest EP, Pho (available for download on iTunes and Apple Music).

Here’s also a list of some of my favorites by Ari:


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Chance The Rapper Showed Love to Chicago


By Abby Nelson

It is no secret that Chance The Rapper is from Chicago. He uses every opportunity to let the world know where he is from. His nickname is even Lil Chano from 79th.

I first learned about Chance when I moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College. His mixtape, ‘Acid Rap’ was just beginning to get recognition and my freshmen year came to a close after seeing Chance headline Manifest, Columbia’s urban arts festival.

Here is Chance performing one of the hit songs from ‘Acid Rap’ at Manifest 2013:

This Friday, is my last day as a student at Columbia College and the same date of Manifest 2016, so it’s only right that Chance The Rapper is releasing his third mixtape, ‘Chance 3’ on the same day, May 13th. Fans have eagerly waited for this mixtape especially after seeing Chance perform on SNL, The Stephen Colbert Show and learning that it’s Chance that co-wrote not one, but five songs on Kanye West’s latest album.  These accomplishments are huge for the 22 year-old independent, unsigned artist.

One thing that I love about Chance, is his love for his fans and for the city. The campaign behind ‘Chance 3’ is that you can order posters much like the album cover on the far right and post it around your city.


You then post the image on a social media site with the hashtag, #Chance3 and #Nameofyourcity and you can win a chance to meet Chance the next time he is in your town!

In the music video for his latest single, ‘Angels’, Chance flies high over the Chicago skyline and rides on top of the el. When I first saw the video, I immediately wondered, ‘Did he really ride on top of the train?’ The answer is yes, he sure did. All while rocking a Chicago White Sox hat. The video closes out with him and featured artist, Saba dancing on the corner of LaSalle and Adams.

Check out the video for yourself:

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