All posts tagged: Pop

Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar: Politicizing Popular Art

American popular culture, specifically from the mid-60s to mid-70s, was highly politicized, critical, and urgent. Calls to action and societal critiques were common in forms of expression created and disseminated within mainstream youth culture. The sheer abundance and popularity of politicized art meant that both creators and consumers were interested in engaging with immediate problems. The imperative for change was palpable. But this sense of American political urgency seemed to diminish in the 1980s, with the election of President Reagan and the establishment of an overpowering neo-conservative ideology. From the 1980s – 2010s, political expression was still a part of mainstream American pop culture, and is exemplified in the work of N.W.A, Shepard Fairey, Michael Moore, and countless others. My intention is not to discount these works, but to say that I am hopeful that America’s youth will collectively become more political again, with the same urgency that characterized the 60s & 70s. Which brings me to Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. Already this year, we have experienced two particularly powerful political moments in music: Beyoncé’s release of her music video for “Formation,” and Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy’s performance. …

Helen Reddy – I Am Woman

Helen Reddy – I Am Woman 1973 I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an’ pretend ‘Cause I’ve heard it all before And I’ve been down there on the floor No one’s ever gonna keep me down again Oh yes, I am wise But it’s wisdom born of pain Yes, I’ve paid the price But look how much I gained If I have to, I can do anything I am strong (Strong) I am invincible (Invincible) I am woman You can bend but never break me ‘Cause it only serves to make me More determined to achieve my final goal And I come back even stronger Not a novice any longer ‘Cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul Oh yes, I am wise But it’s wisdom born of pain Yes, I’ve paid the price But look how much I gained If I have to, I can do anything I am strong (Strong) I am invincible (Invincible) I am woman I am …

Music Videos of My Adolescence

With the Video Music Awards’s around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the best music videos of my childhood. Just kidding, the VMA’s are bogus. I just wanted an excuse to post old J.Lo and Ludacris videos. I’m Real – Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule (2001)   Welcome to Atlanta – Jermaine Dupri & Ludacris (2002)   Smile – Vitamin C (1999)   …Baby One More Time – Britney Spears (1998)   Say My Name – Destiny’s Child (1999)   Waterfalls – TLC (1995)   I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys (1999)   It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy (2001)*** ***this is one of the best (and most outdated) music videos of all time***   Beautiful – Christina Aguilera (2004)   Tearin’ Up My Heart – ‘N Sync (1998)   S Club Party – S Club 7 (1999)   All Star – Smash Mouth (1999)   I’m Blue – Eiffel 65 (1999)   No Scrubs – TLC (1999)   Apparently 1999 was …