Kelela is Ready For You Now

On the eve of her debut album’s launch, experimental R&B vocalist Kelela talks to the Fader about meeting the challenges of working as a black woman artist in the largely white male-dominated recording industry with self-acceptance.

Source: Fader
Published: Oct 3, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,430 words)

Sacred Architecture

After a friendly Sufi sect decided to build an enormous religious sanctuary east of San Francisco, locals resisted, and nimbyism and misinformation challenged the basic American tenant of freedom of religion.

Source: Fader
Published: Jul 12, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,498 words)

Say What You Meme, Meme What You Say

“Memes born of the black diaspora and intended for black audiences — truly, for us and by us — personify a language composed of tongues unburdened by whiteness.”

Source: Fader
Published: Apr 27, 2017
Length: 5 minutes (1,499 words)

What I Pledge Allegiance To

“I am a black Mississippian. I am a black American. I pledge to never be passive, patriotic, or grateful in the face of American abuse. I pledge to always thoughtfully bite the self-righteous American hand that thinks it’s feeding us. I pledge to perpetually reckon with the possibility that there will never be any liberty, peace, and justice for all unless we accept that America, like Mississippi, is not clean. Nor is it great. Nor is it innocent.”

Source: Fader
Published: Sep 19, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,323 words)

Rise and Scam

At home with Branden Miller, the man behind Joanne The Scammer and “a funny-as-hell reminder to keep your guard up, to scam today before today scams you.”

Source: Fader
Published: Aug 9, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,362 words)

PNL’s World Or Nothing

A profile of a media-shy French rapping duo who are quickly becoming internationally recognized.

Source: Fader
Published: Jun 14, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,932 words)

Our Band Should Not Be Your Life

What is it like to be a band still very much at the bottom, playing house shows and sleeping on living room floors? Barshad spends six days on tour with The Quarterbacks to find out.

Source: Fader
Published: Jan 18, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,983 words)

Zayn Malik’s Next Direction

A conversation with Malik, who left the biggest boy band in the world in March 2015. Malik describes being in One Direction as standing in front of a canvas for five years and being told he couldn’t paint.

Source: Fader
Published: Nov 17, 2015
Length: 26 minutes (6,558 words)

Becoming Rihanna

A terrific profile of the singer Rihanna—without Rihanna’s participation.

Source: Fader
Published: Sep 28, 2015
Length: 8 minutes (2,081 words)