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10 Years Later: Inside Rihanna’s Dark & Deeply Personal ‘Rated R’

Do you remember Rihanna’s 2009 retreat from the spotlight? Do you remember how she didn’t perform at the GRAMMY Awards that year after being assaulted by then-partner Chris Brown on the way home from a Clive Davis-hosted party? Do you remember Rihanna’s silence following her departure from us? Do …

How Kanye’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Made Me Appreciate Christianity for the First Time

I used to hate Christianity. I grew up Jewish, and on rides to the synagogue every week, my dad would rail against the Christians that massacred our ancestors. Mention of the pogroms—when Christians would ride out after Easter and slaughter Jews for sport—still sends a shudder through some …

Frank Ocean’s “We All Try” & the Power of Believing in Something

When you’re enrapt in darkness, believing in anything feels Herculean. There is a point of depressive thinking where we’re hostage to our emptiness, to our hopelessness. The first time I heard Frank Ocean’s “We All Try,” I was moved, because where I felt so little—and believed in even less—Frank …