Chance The Rapper’s Bud Billiken Commemorative Shirt is available for purchase online


Earlier this month, Chance The Rapper was Chance The Grand Marshal for the annual Bud Billiken Parade on the South Side. During the celebration, he wore this special edition Social Works shirt with a cartoon version of himself.


Now the shirt is available on the Social Works for $40. I love the cartoon version of Chance and think its really cute. I also like the 3 detail. The shirt also features the mission statement for Social Works on the back “To inspire creativity, to build dreams, to let you, be you.”

You can purchase the shirt here.

Where to get Chance The Rapper’s Champion shirt from Lollapalooza


Chance wore a light grey Champion Heritage All Over Script shirt for his headlining Lollapalooza set. While that color way is not currently available,  the olive version is currently available for pre-order here. You should snag it now, since some sizes are already sold out.

For a similar look, check out this Big C shirt.

Chance also wore his signature hat and Gucci belt.



Chance The Rapper, Solange and Vince Staples to speak at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago for Pitchfork


Chance The Rapper, Solange and Vince Staples will each have speaking engagements at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art as part of Pitchfork In Sight Out conversation series. Each artist will have a conversation where they discuss their work

Past participants include Run The Jewels and Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein. You can listen to previous conversations here.

Tickets for these events will be $20. Solange’s tickets go on sell August 23 at noon and her event is on September 13, Vince Staples’ go on sell September 6 at noon and his October 13, and Chance The Rapper goes on sell October 11 at noon and his event is November 17.

I feel like each of these artists are a great choices for this talk. Each have prolific work that can definitely be dissected and talked about. I love when artist takes a step further than just existing and actually talk about the process and the meaning behind the message.

I’m definitely going to the Chance conversation but I would love to check out the other ones as well.

In the meantime, listen to each artist latest work below.

Theory: Insecure Season 2 will feature Frank Ocean lyrics every episode


In the first episode of Insecure, Issa says that Drake “just gets us” when Daniel says that every college educated girl loves Drake. After that, every episode of Insecure that season featured a Drake lyric. You can find a comprehensive list here.

During the first episode of Season 2, Lawrence ask where the Frank Ocean pillow was, and Issa said it was missing. It was revealed that Issa spilled something on it, so it is no longer on the couch. On the second episode, Kelly says the lyric “working at the Pyramid tonight” from Frank Ocean’s “Pyramid” from the Channel Orange album. Issa also has a Frank Ocean phone case.

While there has only been two episodes so far, I’m guessing that Frank Ocean lyrics will be an Easter Egg to seek out every episode this season. It is also important to note that the commercial promoting the second season featured the Calvin Harris song “Slide” featuring Frank Ocean

Made In America 2017 Lineup and Playlist


Made In America released its lineup for this year’s festival, and I’m loving it. Jay Z and J. Cole are headlining, which is amazing. And while many dismiss the small print acts, artists like They. and Smino are playing and I am more than excited.

I created a playlist of one of my favorite songs of all the artists that I would love to see at this festival. Is anyone going?

Cashmere Cat announces “9” track list featuring Kehlani, Ariana Grande

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After releasing the lead single “Wild Love” feat The Weeknd and Francis and the Lights back in August, Cashmere Cat has finally released the track list to his debut album 9 via Instagram. Denoting each track with emojis, the album will feature acts like Kehlani, Ariana Grande, Jhene Aiko and Ty Dolla $ign.

I’m excited for all of these tracks, but I’m really looking forward to the track with Ariana Grande. His previous tracks with her, “Adore” and “Be My Baby,” are amazing, so I’m looking forward to a third track

9 is set to be released April 29.

J. Cole is platinium with no features again


J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only has been certified platinum four months after its release. His last album 2014 Forrest Hill Drive also went platinum with no features in four months.

While this is an impressive feat, I wasn’t a huge fan of this album. I listen to 2014 all the time, but I only listened to 4 once and haven’t been drawn to listen to it again. I am excited for J. Cole’s upcoming projects, including his tour and HBO documentary.


Kendrick Lamar’s April 7th arrives…with a pre-order


The April 7th that Kendrick Lamar mentioned in “The Heart Part IV” has came and went, and instead of the album that people were expecting, a pre-order went up instead.

The information that was listed along with the pre-order included that the album will be 14 tracks and that Humble will be featured on the album. “The Heart Part IV” is not listed and neither is an album title. The album is expected to be released April 14.

While people felt misled for the pre order, Kendrick never said what was going to  happen on April 7th, and I highly doubted it would be a whole album. I’m also not surprised that “The Heart Part IV” is not featured on the album because that felt more like a buzz single.

You can preorder the album here.

Enjoy Coachella desert free: YouTube is live streaming some Coachella performances


Coachella is live streaming some of their performances again on YouTube. As someone who has been to festivals before (Pitchfork, Lollapalooza) and have watched a lot of different festivals, including Coachella, at home, I am excited about this.

Advantages of this include it being free, you are in control of the temperature, and the food is so much cheaper. Haha. Jokes aside, a lot of time with the streaming option you get a better view than being there because the camera angels are amazing.

So far announced acts that will be on the live stream include  Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, Lorde, Bon Iver, the xx, Future, ScHoolboy Q, Two Door Cinema Club, New Order, and Gucci Mane. More information will be released closer to the date.

My picks for The MTV Movie and TV Awards 2017


This year, the MTV Movie Awards is becoming the MTV Movie and TV Awards, adding TV shows to the mix. Another change is that the acting categories are genderless.  The TV and movie nominees are mostly in their separate categories unless its an “event” category, like Best Kiss.

Here are my picks below. This was fun because I was familiar with a lot of the nominees. Let me know who you think should win.


Beauty and the Beast

Get Out 


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 

The Edge of Seventeen 


Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out

Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast

Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

Hugh Jackman – Logan

James McAvoy – Split

Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures

Get Out to me was a major movie on so many levels, the acting, the story and the larger social commentary makes this movie a classic, making its an easy pick for these two categories.



Game of Thrones 


Pretty Little Liars 

Stranger Things     

This Is Us      


Donald Glover – Atlanta  

Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones

Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead

Mandy Moore – This Is Us

Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

I love Insecure, but Atlanta was so good all around. I like how the episodes can be stand alone episodes but also are apart of the serial series.  And Donald Glover acting was so subtle yet hilarious.


Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome – Moonlight    

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens – Beauty and the Beast

Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard – Empire

Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick – Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Such a sweet kiss that turn into such a sour situation.


Allison Williams – Get Out

Demogorgon – Stranger Things

Jared Leto – Suicide Squad

Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead

Wes Bentley – American Horror Story

I wasn’t surprised that she was the villain in the movie, but how this character really trapped all these people makes her the ultimate villan.


Ellen DeGeneres – The Ellen DeGeneres Show

John Oliver – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race

Samantha Bee – Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Trevor Noah – The Daily Show

I’ve only watched some of this show, but RuPaul over presentation and concept of this show has always been amazing.



I Am Not Your Negro 

O.J.: Made in America     

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story 

I can’t believe I watched like over 6 hours of this even after I watch People v. OJ Simpson. But it offered yet another perspective to this complicated case.


America’s Got Talent     

MasterChef Junior 

RuPaul’s Drag Race 

The Bachelor     

The Voice

Seeing these kids stressed out is actually very amusing.


Adam Devine – Workaholics

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson – Broad City

Lil Rel Howery – Get Out  

Seth MacFarlane – Family Guy

Seth Rogen – Sausage Party

Will Arnett – The LEGO Batman Movie

Lil Rel Howery was basically the voice of reason and said all the audience members thoughts within the movie. His comedic performance and a necessary lightness to the movie.

BEST HERO       

Felicity Jones – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Grant Gustin – The Flash

Mike Colter – Luke Cage

Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Stephen Amell – Arrow

Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures 


Game of Thrones – Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) Death

Grey’s Anatomy – Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death (Ellen Pompeo)

Me Before You – Will (Sam Claflin) tells Louisa (Emilia Clarke) he can’t stay with her

Moonlight – Paula (Naomie Harris) tells Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) that she loves him

This Is Us – Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) at karate

Write in vote for when William died on This Is Us!


Chrissy Metz

Daniel Kaluuya

Issa Rae 

Riz Ahmed

Yara Shahidi

Her acting and writing are amazing and she brings in a unique point of view.

BEST DUO       

Adam Levine and Blake Shelton – The Voice

Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery – Get Out

Brian Tyree Henry and Lakeith Stanfield – Atlanta  

Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen – Logan

Josh Gad and Luke Evans – Beauty and the Beast

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg – Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party

Huge fan of Get Out but Daniel and Lil Rel aren’t together often. Brian and Lakeith are the cutest best friends ever.



Fresh Off the Boat       

Jane the Virgin       



Funny and an honest portrayal of a black experience in America.


Get Out   

Hidden Figures     


Luke Cage   

Mr. Robot

A great movie with an important message.

You can vote for your favorites here.