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Meet St. Beauty, Your New Favorite Band

If you haven't heard of St. Beauty yet, welcome to your new musical obsession. St. Beauty is the soulful love child of Alex Belle and Isis V., who met while working at a vintage store in Georgia and discovered a shared passion for songwriting and performing. Their music has been featured on HBO's Insecure, and they are currently signed to Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Records. I caught up with these very sweet and very trendy ladies fresh off the release of their new music video for their single "Caught" off of their forthcoming Ep to discuss their dream collaborations, their favorite song of 2017, and who they're rooting for at next year's Grammys. Popsugar: Who are your biggest musical influences? Isis V.: I have so many, but I'm obsessing over Stevie Wonder at the moment. Alex Belle: Santigold, Kid Cudi, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, and Sade. We describe the genre
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The Unrelenting Nina Simone: 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee

Imagine a young twelve-year old pianist refusing to play at her debut classical recital because her parents were forced to move out of the front row to make room for white people. It was a defiant act which marked the beginning of a life of musical defiance and inspiration. Nina Simone was politically provocative then, and retained that reputation throughout her life. Let’s take a closer look into Simone’s music and impact on the industry: “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life”, London, 1968 Simone’s classical piano lessons cultivated a considerable musical talent. She studied at the Julliard School for a

The Unrelenting Nina Simone: 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee
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Mayor Taylor Swift? Newly Published List Reveals Surprising Celebrity Write-Ins for N.Y.C. Mayor

Mayor Taylor Swift? Newly Published List Reveals Surprising Celebrity Write-Ins for N.Y.C. Mayor
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio won a second term a few weeks ago — despite, as it turns out, having some pretty famous competition.

A list of all the people who received votes in the 2017 N.Y.C. mayoral election was released by the city’s Board of Elections on Wednesday, and it has a few familiar names on it. Quite a few, in fact: Though there was a lighter turnout for this year’s mayoral election than in years past, The New York Times reported that there were more write-in votes than ever.

And it turns out there are
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Album of the Week: Melanie De Biasio - Lilies

As I mentioned back in June, Miss Melanie De Biasio truly transcends description and/or refuses to be boxed into any one musical genre. Her latest nine-track album Lilies was released last month. This captivating Belgian artist incorporates jazz, classical, nufolk, even electronica into her musically rich vocabulary to create her truly unique and atmospheric sound; imagine Nina Simone meets Talk Talk

Like the video above for her smoldering ballad "Your Freedom Is The End of Me," the tension she creates with minimum accompaniment of voice, bass, drums and piano is so dynamic on this track as well as the slow-burning, 6:41 long "All My Words," and the spoken-word poetry of "And My Heart Goes On," that I can't help but wonder if she might be paying homage to the early Roxy Music classic "In Every Dreamhome A Heartache". Moreover, the finger snaps and naked vocal brilliance of "Sitting In
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Tracee Ellis Ross' Jc Penney Line Is Here! Shop Her Favorite Pieces Before They Sell Out

Tracee Ellis Ross' Jc Penney Line Is Here! Shop Her Favorite Pieces Before They Sell Out
Tracee Ellis Ross‘ new clothing line just launched at Jc Penney — and it’s everything your wardrobe needs, especially around the holiday season.

“I was spit out by my mom so it has been in my genes since I was a kid, and I worked in the fashion industry for years when I was growing up,” Ellis Ross told PeopleStyle about her new Tracee Ellis Ross for Jcp collection. “I was a fashion editor and stylist. Then I moved into the acting world and my love of clothing never stopped. I’ve always dreamt of creating a line”

So when
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The Voice Recap: After the Last of the Knockouts, the Winner's Likely to Be...

Tuesday’s episode of The Voice left Season 13’s Knockouts in the rearview mirror and me feeling reflective — mainly about how easy it was to pick the standouts from this eh-ok crop of contestants. My once-high expectations for Anthony Alexander have been lowered. After Monday’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” I still think of Moriah Formica as rock but not rock-solid. Ashland Craft’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” should have left her singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” And as far as I can tell, Jon Mero simply cannot cut the cheese out of his performances. That leaves, Imho, five real contenders: Chris Weaver,
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Sexism and the music doc: 'Grace Jones has had her 15 minutes'

Why Bloodlight and Bami bucks the cliched trend that’s haunted films about Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse

Related: Grace Jones and giant confetti cannons: the 20 biggest festival moments of 2017

The tragic downfall of a celebrity ingenue: a trusted, market-friendly formula for the big screen, especially where female recording artists are concerned. Documentaries about female stars tend to tread a similar narrative, involving a reductive look at personal histories, where the film-maker is less interested in the idea of accomplished musicians than of girls who supposedly dreamed too big and self-destructed through addiction and failed relationships. With this mythologising, you might say that Amy Winehouse (Asif Kapadia’s Amy), Whitney Houston (Nick Broomfield’s Whitney: Can I Be Me), Nina Simone ( Liz Garbus and Hal Tulchin’s What Happened Miss Simone?) and Janis Joplin (Amy Berg’s Janis: Little Girl Blue) have been made more alike in death than in life.
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Police Officer Killed in Las Vegas Shooting Left Heartfelt Funeral Instructions: ‘Remember Me for Who I Was’

Police Officer Killed in Las Vegas Shooting Left Heartfelt Funeral Instructions: ‘Remember Me for Who I Was’
Charleston Hartfield, an officer of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, was one of the 58 lives lost in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas. Not only was he a loving family man, but he was also a prepared one.

One year ago, Hartfield had created a computer file titled “Charleston Hartfield’s Memorial Service” offering detailed plans for a gathering in his honor. And on Friday, Hartfield was laid to rest in Henderson, Nevada, during a memorial service that followed the heartfelt instructions described in the file found by his widow Veronica shortly after his death.
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Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, Radiohead Among Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released its nominee list for 2018. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 Nominees Released Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, and Radiohead are among those nominated. Historically, the ballot has been capped at around 12, but for the second year in a row, 19 acts are up for the […]

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Radiohead And Rage Against The Machine Make Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations

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An impressive list of performers are included on next year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot, including: Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Nina Simone and The Moody Blues. In total, 19 acts are nominated in Thursday’s announcement and nine nominees are featured for the very first time. In fact, this is the first year British rockers […]
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Radiohead, Bon Jovi and LL Cool J Among the 2018 Nominees for Induction Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Radiohead, Bon Jovi and LL Cool J Among the 2018 Nominees for Induction Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Some of the biggest names in music are among this year's nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

On Thursday, the storied institution announced the musically diverse new slate of nominees, representing classic rock, contemporary alt-rock, hip hop, blues and funk, to name just a few genres.

Among the rock artists in contention for induction are Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Judas Priest, The Moody Blues, Radiohead, and Rage Against the Machine.

The British pop duo Eurythmics, the funk bands The Meters and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, British pop rock singer Kate Bush, and hip hop artist and actor LL Cool J are among some of the other possible future inductees.

For a few of the performers, this isn't the first time they've been on the coveted short list. English groups Depeche Mode and The Zombies, as well as
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Review: ‘Elizabeth Blue’ is a Dark, Yet Hopeful Study of Mental Illness

It’s highly disconcerting yet unsurprising that many Baby Boomers now in their sixties and seventies still see mental illness as a weakness. Talk about the scenarios that young people of today face and they dismiss them as a generational thing, a liberalization of society wherein strength and stoicism have been replaced by laziness and excuses. Try and tell them that very viewpoint is what stigmatized psychological ailments for so long and they scoff. It’s easier for them to believe nothing was wrong in their day than to admit the silence was a product of cultural oppression. The former hails them as tough Americans who never lost themselves. The latter colors them as unwitting villains bullying those in need, a label their systemic disregard for complex truths deems slander.

This is a template used for many social issues (see racism, sexism, homophobia, et al). The disconnect bred in these
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Trailer Watch: Families in the American South Collide in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound”

Mudbound

Atrailer has finally landed for the biggest hit out of Sundance 2017, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound.” The drama is set in the rural American South during World War II, and the spot kicks off with two vets bonding over their experiences on the battlefield.

We see Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) — who returned home just weeks prior — collapsing on a busy road and staying on the ground when he mistakes a loud noise coming from a car for an attack. He’s offered a hand by Ronsel (Jason Mitchell), who assures him that it’s alright. “They say it stops eventually,” Ronsel says, seemingly referencing Ptsd.

Later in the trailer, Ronsel is told by a loved one, “You just come back. Come all the way back.” But neither men can shake the war or the scars it’s left them with, and their shared experiences lead to an unlikely bond in the Jim Crow South.

Mudbound” tells the “epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta,” according to its official synopsis. The film “follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face.” Both families are welcoming home loved ones from the war — Jamie and Ronsel.

Rees’ follow-up to her Emmy-winning TV movie “Bessie” scored raves from critics and the biggest deal out of Sundance this January. She won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards for “Pariah,” her first narrative feature. The semi-autobiographical drama centers on a lesbian teenager. “I started the movie when I was going through my own coming out process,” Rees told us. “I was reading a lot of Audre Lorde and listening to Nina Simone, but Audre Lorde was who I latched on to and followed her life journey. I could really relate to her experiences about fitting in and always being the ‘other.’”

“If I were a white guy who had done ‘Pariah,’ my next film would have been huge,” Rees recently observed. According to Variety, even after the success of “Pariah,” “Bessie,” and “Mudbound,” she still has to “fight to get her movies financed and distributed.” “I do think there’s a different trajectory,” she acknowledged. “Films are talked about differently. It’s like a film by an independent black director gets talked about for who made it, not for what the film is.”

Mudbound” will launch on Netflix and in select theaters November 17.

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The 20 Best Podcast Episodes from Summer 2017

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The 20 Best Podcast Episodes from Summer 2017
When the calendar turned from June, we counted down our list of the best podcast episodes of 2017 to that point. Now that fall is on our doorstep, there’s nearly an entire summer’s worth of fresh shows to listen to and appreciate.

From Memorial Day onward, the nonstop flow of audio entertainment kept up at breakneck pace. (Think of how many sunlit jogs, outdoor yardwork sessions and scorching commutes they had to fill!) With plenty of other events and sources of information vying for attention between the end of May and the beginning of September, a few of the best episodes may have slipped through the cracks.

Read More:The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2017 (So Far)

So here to provide a handy roundup of new and returning favorites are some quality podcasts episodes to add to the fall catch-up queue: the funny, fascinating and solemn installments from this year’s summer months.
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Film Review: ‘Elizabeth Blue’

Film Review: ‘Elizabeth Blue’
Empathetic and yet ultimately too draggy to elicit much engagement with its paper-thin story, “Elizabeth Blue” proves at once well-intentioned and inert. Inspired by his own struggles, director Vincent Sabella’s drama casts a compassionate eye on the efforts of a young woman to gain some measure of control over her mental illness. It’s an ordeal that’s crafted in consistently believable terms. However, with scant narrative incident and even less momentum, the film feels like a short stretched out to feature length, and seems better suited to find an audience on streaming services than in theaters.

The film commences with an elaborate single-take shot that moves through a psychiatric hospital, where patients wander the halls and an attendant notifies Elizabeth (Anna Schafer) that she has a phone call. This winding composition is followed by a series of severe close-ups — of the phone receiver against Elizabeth’s mouth, and its cord between her fingers — for the
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Watch Andra Day's Aching 'Strange Fruit' Cover on 'The Daily Show'

Watch Andra Day's Aching 'Strange Fruit' Cover on 'The Daily Show'
R&B singer Andra Day delivered a striking rendition of the famous protest song "Strange Fruit" on The Daily Show Wednesday. The song was first made famous by Billie Holiday, but has also been performed by Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley, UB40 and Annie Lennox.

The sparse arrangement found Day partnering with just a guitarist, who unspooled blues riffs beneath her stunning vocals. Day began singing Abel Meeropol's vivid lyrical poem about the lynchings of African Americans in the South at a low moan. Day also tied the song to
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Trailer: Everybody’s Searching for Something, Even BoJack Himself — Watch

‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Trailer: Everybody’s Searching for Something, Even BoJack Himself — Watch
Our favorite self-loathing 90s sitcom star is back and he has a new lease on life (supposedly). The Season 4 trailer of the animated Netflix satiric dramedy “BoJack Horseman” has been released, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from our favorite immoral equine.

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman,’ The Best Show From Last Year, Deserved An Emmy Nomination

When we last saw BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) he was arguably at his worst, contemplating (and attempting) suicide after a tumultuous season of ups and downs for the washed-up ’90s star. The closing shot of BoJack gazing at the wild horses running just after choosing not to kill himself, paired with Nina Simone’s “Stars,” leads viewers to believe that there’s more to look forward to in life for BoJack.

The series, created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, revolves around BoJack Horseman, a washed-up star of the ’90s sitcom “Horsin’ Around
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