Black awards shows exist, yet artists never seem to hold them in the same regard

The Weeknd’s never been known for seizing the spotlight. Even dating back to his mysterious early mixtapes, the R&B artist has chosen to let his music do the talking. But last November, after his Billboard-busting, Super Bowl-sized album After Hours received zero Grammy nominations, the normally reclusive artist let it…

The voice-chat social platform skyrocketed in popularity last fall, largely due to an influx of Black users. But we’ve heard this song before.

It was the night of December 8, and a group of Black users on Clubhouse were threatening a boycott.

Meezy, 21 Savage’s manager, had created a room on the voice-chat app expressly for that purpose; from its virtual “stage,” he proclaimed in his vehement rasp that he was willing to…

With Black and Indigenous heritage, this experimental doom music duo pushes us to consider a world without supremacy

If intentions are the voice of the ineffable, then the Melbourne-based music duo Divide and Dissolve is sledgehammering White supremacy with wordless defiance and ancestral support.

Multi-instrumentalists Takiaya Reed and Sylvie Nehill shape their droning guitar riffs and drums into experimental doom-filled sonic darts titled with the ideas they want…

‘Call of Duty’ gamer Kris ‘Swagg’ Lamberson breaks down how he battles the hate

Black kids spend more time playing video games than White kids, yet the free-for-all nature of online communities for games like Call of Duty and the digital anonymity it affords has emboldened many to spew racism. Black gamers of Call of Duty are harassed with racist usernames and rhetoric at…

Ilyasah Shabazz suggests we take her father’s advice and keep pushing for justice

Ilyasah Shabazz has seen enough.

The author, activist, and daughter of Malcolm X has seen some people assign more value to property than to Black lives. She’s seen George Floyd’s life ripped from the same lungs he used to call for his dead mother as the world faces a global…

George Floyd family attorney on fear, police brutality, and pushing for policy change

“You have to be kind of fearless to take these cases.”

That’s what Attorney L. Chris Stewart tells Momentum regarding his storied career as a legal advisor to families of people killed by police.

Stewart specializes in taking tough cases that have a racial element to them. The public nature…

With touring accounting for more than half an artist’s income, people have been forced to get creative

Over the past few years, Blimes Brixton and Gifted Gab have watched their rap dreams blossom. As West Coast duo Blimes and Gab, the two have been co-signed by Method Man, worked with major brands such as Converse and Pandora, and graduated from small venue performances to festival stages like…

Crown Heights mainstay X-Clusive is back handing out fresh cuts — masked, gloved, and by appointment only

Buzz. Buzz. Door opening. Door closing. Feet shuffling. Buzz. Buzz.

Before Covid-19 became the invisible dictator of the world, the sounds of business would barely cut through the banter and movie soundtracks that filled Crown Heights mainstay barbershop X-Clusive. …

Keith Nelson Jr

Writer by fate, journalist by passion. Bylines at: REVOLT,, Discogs, Vibe Magazine, Okayplayer, REVERB, LEVEL Mag

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