Emma Wade, here – the Editor of the paper’s Culture Section! Every Monday, you can check back here for four wonderful picks made by yours truly to bring you bliss in the upcoming week. My selections will entail a favorite album, a binge-worthy series, something important to read and a quote to get you inspired. Here’s our inaugural edition:
Album: Jentrify by Elujay
The U of R’s very own, Ian Jackson, also known as Elujay, dropped an album that perfectly combines neo-soul sounds with classic Bay Area hyphy beats and compelling lyrics with a noble cause: bringing love and justice to his native community of Oakland, CA. In many ways, Jentrify is a protest album. The song titles themselves pay homage to Bay Area landmarks, and the music provides anthems for the young adults across the nation screaming Black Lives Matter. Through his music, EluJay discusses housing segregation and injustice, along with the politics of gentrification in a form of love letter to Oakland. In doing so, we have been given the perfect soundtrack for the week: one that combines education and artistry to create SLAPS. Thank you, Elu. Album is available for streaming on SoundCloud, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Binge-worthy: American Horror Story: Hotel
Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Evan Peters? Um…. yes. Lady Gaga playing a sex-driven vampiress that has everyone she meets wrapped around her finger, and kills without hesitation? Um… yes again. The American Horror Story series nails it again with this one. This season is set in a beautiful, early twentieth century style hotel in Los Angeles, and is loosely based on America’s first documented serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Beyond Holmes, some of the world’s most notorious serial killers make appearances as well: Aileen Wuornos, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Zodiac Killer, Richard Ramirez and more. Without giving away too much, this season of American Horror Story shows a Los Angeles police officer navigate his way through the hotel and its occupants. With only 13 episodes in the season, you can knock this one out in the last day of Fall Break! Happy binging!
Read: Why Black Lives Matter by Ben & Jerry
The title speaks for itself. Social justice and business interests don’t always align, and for-profit corporations sometimes have a tendency to side with that of business interests. Ben & Jerry’s took an incredible stand this past week by releasing a statement explaining their advocacy for the Black Lives Matter movement. The company decided to speak the good word even if it meant losing customers (and believe me, it did). I applaud Ben & Jerry’s and hope that anyone who finds the phrase “Black Lives Matter” offensive does some serious self-reflection.
Quote: “Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others,” Coretta Scott King said on June 30, 1993 at an address given at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s grave site. While Mrs. Scott King was speaking specifically on gay rights, the principle applies for all. Full excerpt can be found here.
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