“In Defense of R. Kelly…”

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While driving back from the beach Sunday afternoon, R. Kelly’s “Bump n’ Grind” came on a 90’s playlist. Carpool karaoke ended. An awkward silence fell throughout the car. And frowns appeared on our faces. “I just can’t listen to his music anymore.” “Because he’s an unapologetic sexual predator who sings about his sins,” I responded. […]

Outgrowing Homophobia: Hip Hop’s Long Journey Home

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Historically, hip hop has been unapologetically homophobic. From the genre’s inception, rap lyrics have used slurs to emasculate and feminization to belittle foes and rivals while threatening and celebrating violence against LGBTQ people. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five mention an incarcerated man who became an “undercover fag” in “The Message.” Will Smith, who became […]