The death of obscenity: how sex lost the power to provoke

Sex positivity has changed the face of the art world, artists like Tracey Emin and Robert Mapplethorpe lose their controversial edge – perhaps it’s for the best This article is part of our Future of Sex season – a series of features investigating the future of sex, relationships, dating, Fri work and Fri worker rights; … Read more

R. Kelly jury selection focuses on 2019 documentary

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection in R. Kelly’s federal trial on charges that he rigged his 2008 state child pornography trial began Monday with the judge and attorneys quickly focusing on whether would-be jurors watched a 2019 documentary about sex abuse allegations against the R&B singer. After denying a request from Kelly’s attorney to automatically … Read more

How Boyz II Men broke Elvis Presley’s No. 1 record 30 years ago

When Boyz II Men first heard their signature smash “End of the Road,” they weren’t all in “Cooleyhighharmony” about the song. In fact, the demo sung by writer and producer Babyface fell flat with one member of the Grammy-winning group. “Nate [Morris] didn’t like it at first. He was just saying, ‘Uh, it’s all right,’ … Read more

The Road To Nowhere, the new magazine devoted to diasporic identities

Dalia Al-Dujaili’s magazine The Road To Nowhere documents the deeply personal stories of second-generation immigrants For the Iraqi-British journalist Dalia Al-Dujaili, identity is a fluid, amorphous concept that is simultaneously liberating and limiting. In a world obsessed with binaries, people are reduced to the color of their skin or the country their families are from, … Read more

R Kelly accuser to give key testimony on trial-fixing charge

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago that starts Monday is in many ways a do-over of his 2008 state child pornography trial, at which jurors acquitted the singer on charges that he produced a video of himself when he was around 30 having sex with a girl no older than 14. There’s … Read more

Metallica, Mariah Carey headline Global Citizen NYC concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Metallica, Mariah Carey and The Jonas Brothers will headline a free concert in New York’s Central Park next month marking the 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival organized by the international nonprofit fighting extreme poverty. The Sept. 24 event will also feature a concert across the globe in Accra, Ghana, … Read more

Rod Wave, The Game, Megan Thee Stallion and More – New Projects

As the summer is beginning to wind down, hip-hop continues to pile on the heat with another week of hot new music releases. This week, the former XXL Freshman drops off his fourth studio album, Compton, Calif. rapper finally unleashes a long-awaited LP, a Houston rapper unpacks her sophomore album and more. Hoping to follow … Read more

8 Italian arthouse movies to add to your moodboard

This story originally appeared on iD Italy. Nothing is truly original and in a world oversaturated with imagery, in the creative industries and beyond, the same old cinematic references are being used and reused, chewed up and spat out with new meaning. So whether seeking inspiration for your next project or makeup look, instead of … Read more

Art shows to leave the house for this August

From Catherine Opie’s explorations of contemporary life to a group exhibition on the theme of play, we round up the exhibitions you need to see this month Women artists have often turned their gaze upon themselves, detailing the female experience and female pleasure – whether figurative or abstract, film, photo or on canvas. A Women’s … Read more