Category Archives: Culture

Be mindful of what music you listen to

Music conveys emotion and communicates feelings sonically to induce further emotion into the consumer. This could be sadness, anger, happiness or any emotion the artist is feeling at the time. Hip hop as an art form offers a direct depiction of how an artist may be feeling or what they’ve gone through, and often this comes across as conceited, boasty and in some cases glorifies negativity. Continue reading Be mindful of what music you listen to

Selling out has now become the goal for musicians

Musicians have always tried to find the balance between creating their art and selling records, because the more that’s sold, the more ‘diluted’ the music can get. This is the same across all genre’s,  rap, rock, classical and pop. As music has changed over the years so has the levels of wealth attainability for the creators. Being rich and having a hit record back in the 50’s and 60’s meant that you could buy your high school sweetheart a new car and go on holiday to Miami twice and year. Continue reading Selling out has now become the goal for musicians

I heard about identity politics through the grapevine

Learning about the horrors of the very recent past has contributed to a radical left wing set of ideologies that have crept into our educational institutions and flooded our media outlets. There is a segment of the population who believe strongly in identity politics and their right to constantly voice their opinion. Continue reading I heard about identity politics through the grapevine

Should I feel proud about slavery?

Language is very important when considering the appropriate feeling about the history of black slavery from the perspective of a black person, because as a black man there is definitely strong feelings when the topic of slavery is brought up. For clear context in this particular article, when I refer to slavery, I am specifically talking about the transatlantic slave trade which started in the 16th Century. Continue reading Should I feel proud about slavery?

The rise of the average looking popstar

Musicians have been known to be good looking and in shape throughout entertainment history. There have been exceptions to this rule but if you look at the music artists who dominate the industry over long periods of time, they are usually appealing to the eye. This is why it was such a shock when Susan Boyle from Britain’s got talent became so popular. Continue reading The rise of the average looking popstar

Nigerian super rich

The super rich living amongst the super poor

The poverty rate in Nigeria is almost three times the size of the US’s poverty rate, but with an economy growing at more than 5% per year in Nigeria and a GDP of around $500 billion its’ difficult to comprehend how so many people can still be suffering. The first thing to keep in mind is that Nigeria has only been an independent Country since the 1960’s. The pre-colonial period was from around 1500 – 1800 and then the British owned the Country for over 150 years.  Continue reading Nigerian super rich

Barbershop Boycott

The Babershop

The focal point for black communities.

The congregation centre for black men.

The  place to make yourself look fresh for the world.

I know this is going to hurt people, especially young black men who pride themselves in getting their ritual haircut at their local establishment, but hear me out. Up and down the Country thousands of men, f ortnightly, take a trip to visit the one man in their life who they know will be there. He didn’t run away. He didn’t leave you when you needed him. He was always been there. The barber. Continue reading Barbershop Boycott