Consistent glorification of black women’s triumphs made in defiance without any acknowledgement of the forces we are, in fact, defying is nothing more than a useless and hollow performance of wokeness that translates into nothing, brings on no change, inspires no action. Idolization is just another form of dehumanization.
To close out 2017, Modern Girls have decided to share a few of their favorite albums from the year. Chaia’s pick? ‘Harry Styles’ by Harry Styles.
Need some fall film recs? Of course you do. If you’re a fall enthusiast, or just simply craving a good movie, turn down the lights, light some autumn-scented candles, grab a blanket, and press play on these picks by Chaia.
Part of why One Direction were able to last so long is because of this decision to support their fans as much as their fans supported them. One Direction gave an entire generation of girls a boy band—a concept traditionally and insidiously used to take advantage of teenage girls—and gave it back to them.
Be twice as good to get half of what they have. Growing up black in white America, this phrase is your constant companion. Passed down by your parents, it’s part-gift, part-curse, and supposed to be the ultimate motivator—do your homework, go to class, get good grades, work hard, rise above, go high. Always aim to be better than yourself.
The Get Down paints the story of black kids in shades of extravagance and opulence, rebuilding the crumbling Bronx into a dreamscape burning with color and sizzling with energy—as bright and angry and political and explosive as it would’ve felt to live in it.
Meet Penny—one of the coolest 17-year-olds on the east coast. She began her work in fashion and culture journalism editing and writing for Things Mag, a Boston-based indie mag “dedicated to giving underrepresented East Coast artists a space to thrive.” Now, she’s a junior in high school and a co editor-in-chief of her own publication, Nether Magazine, a fashion magazine run by teens, for teens that “aims to take back fashion from top-tier corporate magazines” and embodies “the rebellious spirit of those underage, underground, and underestimated.”