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crush of the week: chargaux

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charly and margaux, known as chargaux, are two sisters killing the violin and viola. their music is the perfect mix of jazz and r&b with hip hop influences — AND their style is impeccable. i’m head over heels in love with their music.

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weekend music: j.cole, be free

hip hop artist j. cole has released a heartfelt song titled “be free” in response to mike brown’s murder. reminsicent of nina simone, he sings “can you tell me why/every time i step outside i see my niggas die?/ i’m letting you know, that it ain’t no gun they make that can kill my soul…” the song gave me chills.

here’s what he had to say on his blog:

There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal.

I made a song. This is how we feel.
– Cole

slow clap for a black artist who’s motivated to use his influence as an entertainer for his community’s well-being. salute j. cole.

black girls talking

looking for a place to learn about all things related to black women? from pop culture to black feminism to world affairs, black girls talking is a podcast that gives listeners meaty discussions around issues affecting women of color. the show features four sisters whose bios are just as witty as their commentary. check it out, feel smart, enjoy.

in the latest episode the sisters discuss “the lasting impact of the late, great dr. maya angelou; #yesallwomen; lupita nyong’o doing big things; laverne cox on the cover of time; louis c.k. and justin bieber.”