Janelle Monáe

Wonder Woman of the Week honors Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin passed away, and fans everywhere are honoring and celebrating her impact and influence on the music industry and the world.<p>Aretha …

Entertainment

These are the political and social music videos nominated for Video With a Message at the VMAs

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The MTV Video Music Awards are Monday in New York City at Radio City Music Hall. Cardi B leads the nominations with 10 nods, Jennifer Lopez will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and one video will walk away with the Moonman for Video With a Message.<p>The …

Music

From Drake To Janelle Monáe, We Break Down The VMA 'Video With A Message' Nominees

Since 2011, the MTV Video Music Awards have had some iteration of the "Best Video with a Message" category, awarding vids with strong narratives …

Music

Here's why Aretha Franklin always carried her purse on stage

PBS<p><b>Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away at 76 this week and had a policy of being paid in cash before her performances.</b>• <b><br>Franklin was never</b> …

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin: the most touching celebrity tributes

<b>Aretha Franklin</b> was an icon. Her voice was deeply moving, and her dedication to the civil rights movement empowered a league of proud black musicians.<p>…

Music

ACL expands lineup, announces set times (Metallica vs Travis Scott?)

ACL Festival returns to Zilker Park in Austin TX over two weekends: <b>October 5-7</b> and <b>October 12-14</b>. <b>Vince Staples, Nelly,</b> and <b>Mamafesta</b> have been added to …

Paul McCartney

Tributes Pour In For Aretha Franklin

Tributes are pouring in for American icon <b>Aretha Franklin</b>.<p>The Queen of Soul defended her title for over 50 years, redefining her stunning blend of R&B …

Aretha Franklin

Until Our Workplaces Are Safe, LGBTQ People Will Be Trapped In The Closet

When I told my gay Uncle Frank I was bisexual, he said I was lucky to be coming out in the 2010s instead of the 1970s when he did.<p>He’s right in many ways. Since the Stonewall riots in 1969, the LGBTQ community has made tremendous progress in gaining visibility and equity thanks to the countless …

LGBTQI

OUTSIDE LANDS 2018: WHERE QUEENS REIGNED SUPREME

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival 2018’s driving force was female.<p>The top acts at the San Francisco fest easily came down to the sass of Lizzo, the …

Music

The Huge Problem With Fox News' Apology For Confusing Aretha Franklin And Patti LaBelle

The network used an image of LaBelle during a segment meant to honor Franklin. Their apology makes no sense.<p>Fox News issued a confusing apology after the network showed an image of Patti LaBelle during a segment meant to honor the life of Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76.<p>The …

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin and the US presidents: A look back

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday, was beloved and admired by many, including presidents.<p>The legendary soul singer met with, performed for and was honored by many of the presidents during her long career.<p>Here's a look back at some of Franklin's most memorable moments in …

Aretha Franklin

When Aretha Franklin Brought Down the House at the Kennedy Center

In her final decade, Aretha Franklin’s two best-loved performances both took place in Washington. In 2009, she graced Barack Obama’s inauguration with a gorgeous “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” while wearing a hat so remarkable it ended up on display in the Smithsonian. And on Dec. 6, 2015, she sang an …

Obituaries

HBO’s ‘Random Acts of Flyness’ is a blend of ‘Adult Swim’ and critical race theory

The question now is how success will change creator Terence Nance<p>What a banner year it’s been for black weirdos.<p><i>Atlanta</i> is a favorite for the Emmy …

Film Festivals

Alicia, Beyonce and other global stars who worshipped Aretha Franklin

<b>Aretha Franklin's influence on music was profound during her lifetime, and since her death, pop stars have been opening up about the way the Queen of Soul shaped them as performers.</b><p>On Thursday, Alicia Keys and Ariana Grande both performed renditions of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman during …

Music

‘Mic Dispatch’ episode 10: Missing Native American women; celeb-certified designer Christian Cowan

On the latest edition of <i>Mic Dispatch</i>, we travel to North Dakota, where Native American women have been going missing. These cases are especially …

Native Americans

Hear Paul McCartney's Edgy New Single

Watch: Paul McCartney On James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke"<p>Jun 22, 2018 - 4:31 pm<p>Canada Calls As Paul McCartney Announces Freshen Up Tour Dates<p>Jul 3, …

Music

10 Women Who Deserve a Spotlight at the 2019 GRAMMYs

In 2018, only 11 of the 84 GRAMMY winners were women.<p>Earlier this year, a report by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative revealed that only 9.3 percent …

Music

Empowering Female Musicians From All Genres

Empowering music comes in all forms, but my personal favorite is music made by women, for women. Here are 14 female musicians from various genres …

Music

Barack And Michelle Obama Say Aretha Franklin "Helped Define The American Experience"

After Aretha Franklin died Thursday at 76, Barack and Michelle Obama paid tribute to the late music icon, saying she "helped define the American …

Aretha Franklin

No Filter: Cara Delevingne’s Other Big News Is She’s Joan Collins’ Goddaughter, Apparently

Also, Stephanie Beatriz glams out in front of some shrubbery and Janelle Monáe is here to ruin your afternoon.

Lesbian

Janelle Monae partners with Belvedere to empower women in film

<b>Janelle Monae</b> is busy hitting the stage on her<i> Dirty Computer</i> tour but that hasn’t stopped her from trying to help other creative women in the …

Social Activism

The Ins and Outs of Outside Lands 2018

Isabella Schreiber / Staff<b>Editor’s Note</b>With a decade under its belt, Outside Lands 2018 knew what it was doing. Repeating multiple artists from its …

Student Journalism

Jake Shears on His New Solo Album: 'I Just Feel Like I Found My Voice Again'

It’s another muggy New York City afternoon in June, and Jake Shears is dealing with a hangover that just won’t quit. “I got super drunk last night,” …

Music

Tessa Thompson’s Amazing Year Continues With A Lead Role In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady And The Tramp’

While her <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i> character Valkyrie didn’t appear in the monstrously successful <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i>, actress Tessa Thompson is still having a banner year thanks to breakout performances in films like <i>Annihilation</i> and <i>Sorry to Bother You</i>. She also recently came out as bisexual while …

Tessa Thompson

Janelle Monáe celebrates Black Girl Magic, fights food poisoning at Outside Lands

Janelle Monáe arrived 12 minutes late to her Outside Lands set on Sunday — not that her fans seemed to mind, however. Once Monáe arrived on stage, …

Janet Jackson

Rina Sawayama’s “Cherry” Is a Joyful Pansexual-Awakening Pop Anthem

Listen to the new track, here<p>Rising British-Japanese pop artist Rina Sawayama returns today with her latest single, “Cherry.” Produced by Clarence Clarity and Hoost, the sticky-sweet pop track was previously performed during the artist’s tours both in the U.K. and the U.S. While it was unclear …

Pansexuality

Tickets For Bustle's Rule Breakers Event Are Now On Sale & You Won't Want To Miss It

Attention, everyone: Bustle's inaugural Rule Breakers event is almost here. Celebrating female and non-binary boundary breakers everywhere, the …

Festivals

This Week on SalonTV: Rhea Seehorn of “Better Call Saul,” Wayne Kramer, Masego and more

<b>(Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>We’re talking music history across rock and hip-hop and bringing Masego’s TrapHouseJazz genre to “Salon Stage”<p>Compiled by Salon staff<p>August 14, 2018 5:06pm (UTC)<p>Masego, the genre-defying artist who is combining hip-hop and jazz into his own new musical category, TrapHouseJazz, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Kendrick Lamar Joins 2018 Made In America Festival Lineup

Accompanying the likes of Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Daniel Caesar and more.<p>Kendrick Lamar is joining this year’s 2018 Made In America …

Kendrick Lamar

Outside Lands 2018 in fifty photos

Housed in none other than San Francisco's Golden Gate park, Outside Lands 2018 was host to an eclectic line up from Janelle Monae and Chvches to Salt …

Golden Gate Park