Pop, Lock and Recap 7/13 Edition


words and artwork by Badhaftu Kadir


Seems like Jay-Z and Beyonce have gone from the best to most woke celebrity couple this past week. After the tragic shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Bey released a note on her website and displayed names of people murdered by police at her concerts. Not to be left behind, Jay penned a new song titled Spiritual and curated a self-care playlist. While many seem skeptical, I honestly don't care how long it takes for a celeb to speak up, as long as when they do they have something productive to say. I’m tired of waking up to another black person being murdered. I’m tired of crying I’m tired of holding my breath making sure my family is okay. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.


Pokemon Go was finally released and of course people are shocked it takes a game to force young people outside, and now we know they might be collecting all our data?!


Ciara and Russell Wilson got married in England. Also the deposition for Ciara's lawsuit against Future came out and it seems like he’s a liar and a scammer.


Frank Ocean back in the public eye as the newest star to feature in Calvin Klein's fall campaign. Still no album though.


Tim Duncan, style icon, a man who ever saw an XXL Costco shirt he couldn't rock, has retired from the league with no comment but a press release. It's kinda sad, with him and Kobe gone I feel like I did when I watched the last Harry Potter movie. It's like a chapter of my childhood had come to an end


Draymond Green was arrested in his home state of Michigan for allegedly slapping someone (and surprisingly, not for kicking them in the crotch) and was released on bail shortly after. Looks like the Warriors are gonna keep the offseason busy and interesting.


4 off-duty cops working security at a Lynx game walked off duty after some players spoke up about the recent tragedies and wore shirts that read "Change Starts With Us—Justice and Accountability," as well as the names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and a Dallas PD emblem. The officers actions gave us all that Minnesota nice feeling.



                      Bacardi Names Swizz Beatz 'Chief Creative for Culture'

What Happened When I Found Out I Was In The Same Class As My Rapist

The Days That Keep Us Together

Kim Kardashian West, Mobile Mogul: The Forbes Cover Story

What to Do When They Don’t Want You to Exist

the mortal threshold of whiteness



LSD - Jamila Woods ft Chance the Rapper

Fuck with Myself - BANKS

Man Down - Boogie

Stuck - AZEKEL

Jealousy - STWO (roy woods Rmx)



Focus on living your best life, here's your personal week!

Pop, Lock And Recap 6/29 Edition

words and artwork by Badhaftu Kadir


Good Morning America tweeted out about trends and called the Kermit the frog meme “tea lizard,” which set the internet ablaze. Digging deeper it can be argued that a sect of weird twitter has called the meme tea lizard before so it's hard to tell if GMA didn't do enough homework and or are trolling us?


Tyler the Creator, avid fan of Zayn remixed Pillow Talk and posted it to twitter hopefully this leads the pair finally working together.

The U.K voted to leave the EU in a referendum and lots of musicians and celebs had something to say.


Ian Connor, “stylist to the stars” is embroiled in some more drama this week after getting into a fight with Theophilus London and Asap Bari. The stylist was accused of rape and assault by multiple women in the last few months.


If for some reason you've been living under a rock or don't know how to use the internet and haven't seen Beyonce's lemonade in its entirety no worry. Queen B has blessed the plebs and released the official Sorry video.


After Boosie made some claims that the Gucci Mane we see is a clone the rapper took to snapchat to neither confirm nor deny that rumor. While the CIA said they couldn't be bothered but that's what the enforcement branch of the Illuminati would say, wouldn't it?


In the year 2016, we have the first lady on snapchat. I can't wait for when people are age run for office and it's like “oh we have this video of you doing drugs but your opponent has 76 racist tweets and that's the bigger scandal here.”


James Harden may still be cursed and titleless but you can bet your ass he will cross over a teen when the opportunity arises.


The BET awards put on a show having a surprise Beyonce Freedom performance with special guest Kendrick Lamar. As if that wasn't great enough Jesse Williams gave a powerful speech on blackness, resistance and America, inspiring many. One of these people being Justin Timberlake who took to twitter to share his awe.  Who then got asked if he would stop appropriating black culture. JT then hit em with the sweetie we're all human race which led to more backlash leading to the singer to have to backpedal and apologize.


Dear America, Our Boys Are Hurting

On Experiencing ‘Tough Love’ as an Asian-American Immigrant

Stoya Said Stop: She was one-half of porn’s power couple before she accused her ex-boyfriend James Deen of rape. Now she’s trying to fix the industry from the inside.

Once A Week, I Ask My Friends To Remind Me That I’m Worthy Of Love



All My Children - Gucci Mane

Sledgehammer - Rihanna

By any means part (1) - ScHoolboy Q

Free Love - Vic Mensa ft Le1f, Halsey, Lil B Malik Yusef



Keep your inner circle in the loop this week and communicate your emotions clearly. Here’s your week!