The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was an attempt to remake the artist's image — but it was complicated by her desire to disappear.

Niela Orr • 3 months ago

The rap duo featured in Drake’s new hit song are all about women getting their paper, period.

Niela Orr • 4 months ago

Everything Is Love is a symbolic re-exchange of rings, a symphonic take on #blacklove in a moment suffuse with it.

Niela Orr • 6 months ago

Bhad Bhabie’s recent Billboard Award nomination attracted lots of controversy and speaks to how we’re still not sure what place white women should have in hip-hop.

Niela Orr • 8 months ago

The Philadelphia rapper's two- to four-year prison sentence for violating probation serves as a litmus test for how one feels about the US’s prison-industrial complex.

Niela Orr • One year ago

Mary J. Blige's career arc has become synonymous with pain and heartbreak — but being a perpetual medium of despair comes with a cost.

Niela Orr • One year ago

On his new album, the artist is more emotionally available than ever. And it’s about time.

Niela Orr • One year ago

With routinely viral moments and interviews with the likes of Hillary Clinton and Kanye West, The Breakfast Club has become one of the few crossover morning radio shows where black perspectives are prioritized.

Niela Orr • One year ago

Once a sign of solidarity for the black civil rights movement, the raised fist, now used by everyone from Winona Ryder to Donald Trump, has come to mean everything and nothing at the same time.

Niela Orr • One year ago

The rapper's new mixtape is part redemption narrative, part trap spaghetti western. But by refusing to directly address his critics, Meek suggests the era of the career-damaging rap beef is over.

Niela Orr • 2 years ago

Her makeup-free campaign may be empowering, but it’s also a savvy way to reframe how the public perceives her.

Niela Orr • 2 years ago

In viral videos, the real-life pain of black people is repurposed into fun, catchy songs for popular consumption. But at what cost?

Niela Orr • 2 years ago

While buying groceries for rich people, I realized upward mobility in America is largely a myth.

Niela Orr • 2 years ago