After seeing the online backlash to rapper DaBaby’s recent homophobic and misogynistic onstage remarks, Bugz Gutta was “shocked and grateful”. Born William Bailey, the up-and-coming New York MC, a proudly out black gay man, is still adjusting to such positive outcomes. He dubs himself “hip-hop’s Omar from The Wire”, thanks to his prior life of crime and the years he spent behind bars, enduring verbal, physical and sexual abuse before finding peace and success as a musician. He hopes the fallout that DaBaby has faced “sets an example. So people realise it’s not OK to put hate and harm
If you’ve walked around Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts lately, you might notice that the building looks a bit different – brighter, more colorful – than it did before. Murals and other art pieces have begun to pop up all over the building, and CEO Alan Mothner wants to see that trend continue.
“We worked out of a 1960s old school,” Mothner said about the center at 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. “[It] was a beige, stucco building that just screamed, ‘I’m a municipal building.’ And had no bearing at all on being an art center.”
Spruill needed an evolution, needed
For years, it has been one of music’s most conspicuous, and puzzling, absences: The majority of the catalog of Aaliyah, the groundbreaking R&B singer of the 1990s and early 2000s, has been absent from digital services — rendering the work of one of the most influential pop stars in recent decades largely invisible, and depriving her of a proper legacy. The singer, whose full name was Aaliyah Haughton, died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22.
But on Thursday came a surprise announcement that her music will soon arrive on streaming platforms, starting with her second album, “One
It feels as if the 00s are having a bit of a moment right now. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are back together, a Gossip Girl reboot just dropped, and the cast of Sex and the City – minus Kim Cattrall – are busy filming on the streets of New York City. But a lot has changed since the 00s: as I studied the familiar image of an impeccably dressed Ms Bradshaw with her pal Stanford Blatch, I couldn’t help but wonder … is the “gay best friend” now a thing of the past?
In the 2000s – long
Book review | Much more to know than Van Gogh: finally a book in English that surveys 19th-century Dutch art | Mirror of Reality: 19th-Century Painting in the Netherlands
At last, there is a book in English that provides a new and thorough overview of 19th-century Dutch art. Written by Jenny Reynaerts, the senior curator of 18th- and 19th-century paintings at the Rijksmuseum, it is filled with a wealth of information and analysis. Due to the author’s engaging writing style, it is also eminently readable. The lavishly illustrated publication is organised chronologically while discussing the art in its political and social context. A very detailed table of contents, which may look