Myles E. Johnson

Thinking Too Hard

The Influence of Black Gay Disco Legend Sylvester Is Everywhere

There is no black gay artist that opened up my imagination about who I can be, while affirming who I am, like Sylvester.
Myles E. Johnson
7.2.18
Thinking Too Hard

Nas Still Can’t Escape JAY-Z’s Takeover

Nearly 20 years after their historic beef, the two New York rap icons seem miles apart in their ability to be transparent with listeners.
Myles E. Johnson
6.21.18
Thinking Too Hard

Ms. Boogie's Transition Is Bigger Than Rap

With more queer and trans representation in popular culture than ever, the Brooklyn rapper's story is one that the hip-hop world needs to see.
Myles E. Johnson
6.15.18
Essays

The Deeply American Appeal of Donald Glover

Black art rarely gets space to be nihilistic. Childish Gambino's "This Is America" is divisive, explosive, and embodies reality.
Myles E. Johnson
5.9.18
Essays

The Ghost of Big Freedia

Mainstream artists like Drake and Beyonce continue to borrow Big Freedia's voice and New Orleans flavour, but she remains completely absent from their videos.
Myles E. Johnson
4.19.18
Op-Eds

Little Richard’s Traumatic, Black, Queer Childhood Helped Mold Rock 'N' Roll

The musical legend continues to grapple with an identity that promoted freedom in rock music.
Myles E. Johnson
10.18.17
Essays

Gucci Ruined Culture by Suing Dapper Dan, Now They’re Ruining It by Ripping Him Off

The fashion house stealing from Dapper Dan shows that cultural appropriation and cultural exchange are two different things.
Myles E. Johnson
6.8.17