Listed 003: What Was "For the Culture" This Week
By Jaylin Paschal
Happy Friday! "Listed" is a series where I (very) briefly discuss cultural happenings that caught my eye throughout the week. Each Friday, expect to find a list giving you a rundown of what's been on my radar.
Rihanna Receives Harvard Humanitarian Award
Bad gal's done some good. The Harvard Foundation named Rihanna the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year. Rihanna has been involved with several community service ventures, including building a center for oncology and nuclear medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados. Read the Harvard Gazette's article on the award and ceremony.
Sean "Jay Z" Carter Inducted to Songwriters Hall of Fame
Hov is the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Read my article, Jay Z Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame: Why This Matters for Hip Hop.
Future, who just dropped an album last Friday (Future), released another self-titled album on February 24, Hndrxx. The project features Rihanna and The Weeknd. It's undoubtedly an incredible turn around and a smart marketing move but, as a Future fan, no one really needs thirty-four Future tracks in a week. Grateful nonetheless.
Recho Omondi for FADER
The Fader featured a piece highlighting the political aspect of Recho Omondi's fashion line, Omondi. Read my piece discussing Omondi's political involvement, Black History Month + Fashion Week: Political Fashion Favorites.
Cary Fagan shoots "003"
Cary Fagan, a personal favorite photographer, shot the "Omondi 003" lookbook. The pieces were styled by Corey Stokes, who also styles celebrity DJ Kitty Cash.
AfroPunk has announced its first ever Johannesburg festival. Johannesburg is on my list of dream destinations and AfroPunk has a special place in my heart, so this announcement was exciting for me.
Calvin Harris "Slide"
Calvin Harris released the single Slide, featuring Frank Ocean & Migos (Yes. Frank and the Migos.). And it sounds exactly how you think it would.
29 Years of Spike Lee + Michael Jordan
The legendary Nike campaign featuring Spike Lee and Michael Jordan turned twenty-nine this week. A personal favorite in the history of artist/athlete marketing strategies.
Off-White x Nike
Designer Virgil Abloh, of Off-White, collaborated with Nike's Equality campaign.
Instagram "Multiple Posts" Update
Single Instagram posts can now contain up to ten photos and videos in "carousels." Which makes the wannabe photographer and selfie enthusiast in me happy. No more are the days of worrying about "spamming" your followers' feeds when you can't choose just one picture to post.
Yara Shahidi Covers Wonderland
Blackish tv star Yara Shahidi covers the spring 2017 issue of Wonderland. Her stylist and my hero, Ade Samuel, catapulted Shahidi to the top of best dressed lists event after event. Samuel also styles Kelly Rowland, Jhene Aiko, and Big Sean.
The Root's Things Fall Apart Anniversary
Things Fall Apart, my personal favorite by The Roots, celebrated a birthday this week.
Thundercat released Drunk on February 24. The vocalist/bassist's album features Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Wiz Khalifa.
"False Idol" Kanye West Sculpture on Hollywood Boulevard
L.A.-based artist Plastic Jesus commented on celebrity worship by dropping this statue of a crucified Kanye West, "False Idol," on Hollywood Blvd. Honestly don't know how Yeezus would feel about this. But apparently "Jesus Walks" in Yeezy Boost 350's.
That's all I got. We'll chat next week.