The Honeycomb Edition

Fly. Funky. Fresh.

November 18, 2015
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“Can I Get a Witness?”: “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)”

Gaye composed “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology),” released in 1971, as a gentle reprimand for lack of environmental stewardship. The 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill was then the largest oil spill in American history. The incident served as the infrastructure of present-day environmental advocacy (Baker 89). Though pollution had become a heated discussion in the […]

July 26, 2015
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Dear Kanye: Stars and 16 Bars

Kanye West has mastered flipping what would usually be a negative into a positive. Ranging from his lyricism to his public outbursts, his antics continue to elevate him. When he released his album Yeezus in 2013, the work was widely panned because many listeners found it to be self-absorbed. What many did not realize is […]

July 6, 2015
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Forever Fly: The Male Falsetto

Society has often underestimated the range of black male emotion. The image of raw, aggressive sexuality has been shown as the only amorous quality that black men possess. The poignancy of the male falsetto is able to capture listeners and make them realize that a black male species is just as capable of immersing himself […]

May 16, 2015
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Happy Birthday Janet!

Miss Jackson if you’re nasty. Damita Jo. Justice. Donk. Penny. Charlene. Michael’s little sister. Joe and Katherine’s youngest. No matter how you were first introduced to her, she is janet. and today is her 49th birthday! As her golden year approaches, THE will be celebrating her with “The Pleasure Principle: Janet Jackson and Black Female […]

April 28, 2015
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Cash Out: The Negation of the Black Body for Political Gain

The commodification of the black body can be traced back thousands of years. As it relates to America, the young country wasted no time in extending this subjugation. Although the institution of slavery was largely confined to the South, its influence controlled federally. The Three-Fifths Compromise was passed in 1787 as a truce between Northern […]