Listed 004: 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.
CHANCE THE RAPPER DONATES TO CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Chance the Rapper, who doesn't know bad press, donated $1,000,000 to Chicago Public Schools. He also is arranging the donation of $10,000 each to ten city schools.
Chance also recently posted a picture with activist DeRay McKesson, implying that his activism was only just beginning. I'm not sure we deserve someone like Lil Chano from 79th, but I'm glad we have him.
VIOLA DAVIS NAMED HARVARD ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Sweeping up awards all season long for her phenomenal work in How to Get Away With Murder and Fences, Viola Davis has had an outstanding year. It's no wonder or surprise that Harvard awarded her the Artist of the Year award.
Future Makes History with Self-Titled Albums
Atlanta gets another cultural W as Future makes Billboard history. He's the first artist to make two consecutive albums (Future and HNDRXX) at the top of the charts in two consecutive weeks.
MEN of MOONLIGHT for CALVIN KLEIN
I just. Speechless. Gorgeous campaign featuring the men from my favorite movie of the year, oscar-winning Moonlight.
J DILLA ALBUM CURATED BY HIS MAMA
A compilation of rare J Dilla instrumentals--curated by his mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey--is set to release in April. "The CD and vinyl versions of the 19-track instrumental album will be packaged in a limited-edition mailing envelope with a handwritten message to Dilla from his mom (FADER)."
PRESIDENT OBAMA IS STILL THE MAN
The brown leather and denim combination speaks for itself. And Michelle still fine.
RIHANNA'S FENTY x PUMA FASHION SHOW
Rihanna's most recent Fenty collection was good. Like really good. Extra points for being set in a library.
NIKE'S PRO HIJAB
Nike announced it's plans to release the "Pro Hijab" for Muslim athletes, providing them with a mainstream option high performing sportswear. Dope.
MARTHA STEWART DROPS RICK ROSS' ALBUM COVER
(On a cake. 🍰)
Martha designed Rick Ross' cover art for Better You Than Me onto a cake and then stood next to a cut out of the rapper for an awkward photo.
Yeah, I don't know. It's weird. But in reading this story, I learned that Rozay and Marty have a very, very bazaar chemistry. Rick Ross may or may not be in the Sunken Place.
Hakeem Jeffries Pays Homage to Biggie on House Floor
New York congressman Hakeem Jefferies, who represents the Brooklyn district The Notorious B.I.G. grew up in, recited Biggie's lyrics on the house floor March 9 to pay homage to the late rapper. March 9 marks twenty years since Biggie's murder. Watch the clip here, and read my article on how Biggie influenced contemporary rap.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
A day to celebrate the power, strength and resilience of women around the world was celebrated March 8.
On IWD, "A number of musicians, including Beyoncé, Madonna, and John Legend, marked the occasion by signing an open letter from Global Citizen. The letter also came on behalf of Chime For Change, the feminist organization co-founded by Beyoncé in 2013 alongside a host of other celebrities (FADER)."
That's all I got. We'll chat next week.