The best albums of 2016: the full list

The Guardian music critics favourite albums of the year 1 Lemonade Beyonc Beyoncs Lemonade was a jaw-dropping audiovisual work, in which the theme of infidelity knocked boots with a host of vivid tropes: of the resilience and resourcefulness of generations of black women, of the sins of the fathers being visited upon the daughters. With […]

Nude selfies, cold shoulders and the Hadids: the year in fashion

Here are 19 of the trends that defined 2016 1 The nude selfie The most influential outfit of the year featured no clothes at all. When hotel-bathroom nude selfie on Instagram back in March, she Lyst reported a 400% rise in searches for black bandeau bikinis that would recreate the effect of the black censorship […]

Tomi Lahren Is Terrible. Period.

The Daily Shows Trevor Noah and radio host Charlamagne Tha God have been fooled. Dont follow their lead. “> On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump was named Times Person of the Year, a title that has previously been awarded to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. And in late November, Trump supporter Tomi Lahren joined past punching […]

Beyonc’s Formation review a rallying cry that couldn’t be more timely

Beyoncés Super Bowl surprise single was the perfect way to follow her shock album from two years ago: shes made a black consciousness masterpiece Fully realising a masterpiece can be a double-edged sword. In the two years since Beyonc hanging out with Nicki Minaj (and indeed co-writer Swae Lee, one half of rap scamps Mike […]

Beyonc’s ‘Formation’ Spells Out What It Means To Be A Black Feminist

As fate would have it, I was deep conditioning my natural hair when Beyonc dropped her world-stopping single, “Formation.” A link to the video quietly scrolled across my Twitter feed as my coconut oil set, andI was initially stunned into literal silence. Then, my Twitter fingers went to work, attempting to communicateall myemotions. All I […]

Vogue and Cosmo criticized for reactions to Beyonc’s ‘Formation’ video

Two days ago, Beyonc broke the Internet with her brilliant new anthem, “Formation.” Since then, everyone with a blog or a Twitter account has shared their opinions about the videoand for every thoughtful analysis or observation, there have been several shockingly insensitive reactions, some from very high-profile sources. Hours after “Formation” dropped on Saturday, Cosmopolitan […]