If you can believe it, it has been 18 years since the tragic death of Aaliyah “Baby Girl” Haughton. Desperate to maintain the legacy of such a beloved singer who lost her life too soon, fans (included in this number) have been clamoring for her music to be available on digital platforms. The only album fans currently have access to via streaming is her 1994 debutAge Ain’t Nothing but a Number. Particularly, all eyes turned to the late singer’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, who seemingly held the discography hostage under his Blackground Records label for so many years. Advertisement Writer Stephen Witt wrote a historical profile on Hankerson and Blackground for Complex in 2016: As the years pass, there’s a bigger risk—that Aaliyah will be forgotten. Nostalgia is cyclical, and Aaliyah has already peaked as a fashion icon on Tumblr. Right now, the music industry is the midst of a shift to an all-streaming landscape. When the transition is complete, if … [Read more...] about Back Back, Forth And Forth: Aaliyah’s Full Discography Is Reportedly Coming to Streaming Services in 2020
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It’s the last month of the year and what better way to peace-out the year 2019 than with some black ass content? Double or nothin’, Netflix is adding Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Love & Basketball. The film’s stars, Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps joined in on the excitement by announcing via video. Both expressed how significant it was that it’s been almost 20 years since the film was released (April 2000). Advertisement “It makes me excited because Monica Wright was my first Strong Black Lead,” Lathan recalled, noting fans still come up to her today to tell her how much they love her in the film. “What better way to spend the holidays than to watch a film centered on black love?” Epps, who portrayed Quincy McCall, asked. Advertisement Love & Basketball is one of my favorite films (and creative inspirations) so I’m definitely geeked about this. And yes, we can still argue about that Monica/Quincy curfew scene today. To … [Read more...] about Netflix Is Playing for Our Hearts With
We have seen some thangs out here in these fashion streets, especially when it comes to entertainers. Pharrell and his hats. (See also: Erykah Badu.) Janelle Monae and her vagina pants. Yung Joc (and now, Usher) and his hair. Lauryn Hill and... however many layers she feels like wearing on any given day. (See also: Erykah Badu.) When it comes to style, there’s seemingly no end to the risks famous folks are willing to take—and why not? They’ve got money, fame, more boredom than we likely realize and more reasons than most to keep switching up their looks. Because, relevance. Advertisement All that diplomacy aside, something very unexpected appeared during halftime at the Alabama vs. Clemson National Championship Game on Monday night—and that something was Lil Wayne. Joining rock band Imagine Dragons onstage, Tha Carter was wearing what appeared to be (wait for it) a multicolored full-length faux fur coat and patterned, oversized sunglasses with a fedora … [Read more...] about What in the Willy Wonka Hell Was Lil Wayne Wearing at the Alabama v. Clemson Halftime Show?