“Vibes. It’s all about the energy I share, the energy we share with one another. Whether in public or in private, in romance or otherwise. I think about the deepest times in my life and how I dealt with them through music with a bounce, catchy melodies and poetic sentiments.”
Shraya’s lyrics tease apart the ways in which trans girls’ emotional lives are drawings rendered in chiaroscuro, the play of light and shadow: The power and relief of discovering one’s identity in private intertwined with the pain of objectification and sexual violence.
“Soft butches everywhere? I don’t know what your heaven looks like, but this is mine.”
My favorite Carly Rae Jepsen song is “Your Type” — maybe because it’s so easy to read a trans girl subtext into the lyrics.
This song is quietly ruining my life.
I will not celebrate a country in which 11 of the 14 trans people of color murdered this year have been black women. I will not celebrate a country currently run by fascists and white supremacists. I will not eat your bland potato salad. I will not celebrate a country that does not celebrate me.
Beyoncé’s husband released a new album, but what I’m excited about is the track titled “Smile” where his mother, Gloria Carter, comes out as a lesbian.
A playlist because I don’t know, I just like fruit. For each fruit, I picked up to 3 song(s) fitting some criteria, and here we are.
While not every episode is a musical one, many episodes do incorporate the characters singing songs and it’s never a waste of the show’s time. Instead, the music reveals things about the relationships, thoughts and feelings of the characters and gives listeners a brilliant new way to think about the things the show is talking about.
Loamlands’ new video is a powerful ode to Durham, NC’s troubled history with queer rights.
“Black girl magic is ancient as fuck.”
Visually, it exists somewhere between a late-90s Smashing Pumpkins video and the Great British Bake-Off on hallucinogens.
Mary Lambert, Halsey and Lauren Jauregui, Hailee Steinfeld and Carly Rae Jepsen all gave us new queer or queer-ish songs this week, and it’s up to you to make at least one of them the song of the summer.
In honor of MM, I’ve put together this playlist for you. And lemme tell ya, it was exciting — so exciting that I had to close the blinds and burn some incense and imagine Sadé serenading a clone of Sadé in a bathtub filled with rose petals and surrounded by 100 tea lights.
You knew when the time came for Amandla Stenberg to star in their own music video, they would also direct it and edit it.
Between the kind of policy making that’s forcing a societal hand to double down on a literal time bomb, this is liable to be the playlist of the summer!
Then I met Summer, a junior counselor at the Christian summer camp I went to between sixth and seventh grade. Summer wore a different band shirt almost every day: Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Led Zeppelin. She told me she loved classic rock, and without hesitating, I said “me too.”
In this newest video, Kiyoko takes center stage as the queer protagonist of her video and her song, singing about the difficult feelings of a queer woman who develops feelings for a friend.
Black queer musicians today are some of our strongest advocates, and they’re leading the revolution with singing and dancing.
This is my favorite era because the variety we hear during this time period is something like never before. Finally, queer black folks get to individually express their identities and aesthetics!