Photo: Michael Brandy You may recognize Tuma Basa as the creator of Spotify’s popular RapCaviar playlist or in his current position as Director of Black Music and Culture at YouTube or in any of the many roles he has occupied at media organizations like MTV and BET as the digital revolution has changed the way we encounter and interact with music. The pathways to success have shifted. In February, he helped launch the #YouTubeBlackVoices Fund, a grant program honoring over 130 gifted Black creators internationally; it was borne out of last summer’s racial reckoning, when YouTube revealed a $100 million fund dedicated to nurturing greater variety and creating more opportunities for its users. Basa speaks of the big picture in the optimistic terms you might expect to hear from a music-media fixture who has had speaking engagements around the world, but when you break through that and into his backstory — born in Congo in the ’70s, he split his formative years between Zimbabwe … [Read more...] about Tuma Basa Changed Spotify With a Playlist. YouTube’s Next.
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Norman Korpi, Kevin Powell, Julie Gentry, Heather Gardner, and Andre Comeau (with his back to the camera) catch up on The Real World Homecoming: New York . Photo: Courtesy of MTV/Paramount+ “That ignorance was just bliss.” Heather Gardner, one of the seven strangers who shared a loft in the first season of The Real World , says this in the first episode of The Real World Homecoming: New York. She’s sitting on a sectional sofa in the same exact loft nearly 30 years later, remembering what it was like to be young and unencumbered and have her experiences recorded for the benefit of MTV viewers. “I miss what I felt back then,” she says, waxing nostalgic for a time without cell phones, when her parents were still alive, and when an extra 50 bucks meant you had enough money to party for a weekend. The Real World Homecoming: New York , a reunion of the cast of the first Real World, the show that created the template for contemporary American reality television, is … [Read more...] about Is a Welcome Revisit of a Reality-TV Time Capsule
Fredi Walker-Browne and friends at NYTW’s benefit. Photo: Jon Burklund/ZANNI Productions New York Theatre Workshop punches far above its weight. The gutsy little theater on East 4th Street, just in recent seasons, has produced shows like Slave Play, Once , and Hadestown, all of which later traveled uptown to play successfully on Broadway. Its primary impact on the theatrical Zeitgeist, though, struck way back in 1996, with the super-blockbuster Rent , Jonathan Larson’s rock adaptation of Puccini’s La Bohème. To celebrate the show’s silver anniversary, NYTW organized its annual fundraising benefit as a kind of birthday celebration. Between solicitations for donations, it invited current workshop collaborators to talk about Rent ’s impact on their work, Zoomed with old cast and crew members to share their memories of making the show, and presented new interpretations of a few Rent songs by the current crop of Broadway stars. Daphne Rubin-Vega videoed in, looking … [Read more...] about The Highs and Lows of NYTW’s
Photo-Illustration: Vulture, Addison Rae/TikTok and Bryce Hall/TikTok It’s season two of the teen drama we can’t stop watching. The celebrity teens of TikTok are embroiled in yet another cheating scandal, this time between “ bad bleep ” Addison Rae Easterling and bad boy Bryce Hall. Addison Rae, 20, asked her 36 million Instagram followers for “ privacy ” on Wednesday night, as rumors from over the weekend went viral. “Sharing my life with y’all makes me happy, but some things I choose to handle offline,” she wrote on her story. “When and if I want to share, I will make that decision.” The whispers began after 21-year-old Bryce Hall went on a weekend trip to Las Vegas on February 27, because nothing stays in Vegas when a bunch of influencers are involved. On Monday, March 1, drama YouTuber and chaos-bringer KeemStar uploaded a video adding to the allegations with alleged screenshots from 22-year-old model and adult-film star Dana Wolf. He included alleged text messages … [Read more...] about Addison Rae Asks for ‘Privacy’ Amid Bryce Hall Cheating Rumors
Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Nomzamo Mbatha is already a bona fide South African star, but she still “geeked out” when she first saw Coming 2 America actress (and Real Housewife ) Garcelle Beauvais on set: “The first time I saw her, I did a face because I was so in shock. I was like, ‘Wow, you’re stunning. You’re so beautiful. I’m gonna keep quiet now.’” Mbatha stars as new love interest and royal barber Mirembe in Coming 2 America , the long-anticipated sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 film of nearly the same name. It’s her breakout American role, but 30-year-old Mbatha has been busy since her college days, starring in the popular South African series IsiBaya , serving as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency, and becoming Neutrogena’s first South African celebrity face. Recently, Mbatha sat down with Vulture to discuss all things Coming 2 America , finishing her degree late (just like her “future husband,” Drake ), and bonding with co-star … [Read more...] about Nomzamo Mbatha Could Be Your Accountant