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On opening weekend, the theater I have selected does not play Hidden Figures in its primary auditorium. That auditorium is reserved for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which has been out for several weeks. This smaller auditorium is filled to capacity. It was the former balcony of the primary auditorium that has since been converted. During Jim Crow, theaters were segregated, and black filmgoers in America could only watch from the balcony seats....
I’ve been watching RuPaul’s Drag Race live at Brooklyn bars for the past couple of years, and every time I go I’m always struck by the way a variety of factors—ranging from the venue to the crowd—can affect my viewing experience. That’s why I’m recapping the eighth season of Logo’s drag queen competition show with a series of holistic write-ups that take into account where I watch each episode and who I watch them...
To be an R&B fan in 2015 was to be delighted, bewildered, mind-blown and overwhelmed. Before the year even began, D’Angelo released Black Messiah, his endlessly anticipated follow-up to 2000’s Voodoo, almost by surprise. The album's accolades and swirling brain-drain were well-deserved—but it was also a waving flag that signified a very good upcoming year for the genre. It certainly didn’t hurt that Jodeci, the forefathers of R&B’s rap-hybridization, announced only a week later...
There's a song on Jeremih's long-awaited new album Late Nights called "Impatient." It features Ty Dolla $ign--who released his own anticipated major label debut Free TC a few weeks ago--and offers us the thrilling contrast between two of R&B’s most powerful, pervasive forces. Jeremih builds this big fluttery song, like a breeze through a billowing curtain, and then Ty comes barreling in for just one verse, slamming that window shut. Jeremih is the public-facing...

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