J. Lo and Bad Bunny Have Incredible Swag Together, and Shawn Mendes Did Something Kinda Good

Y: Jennifer Lopez and Bad Bunny, “Te Guste” – At some point, my hot mom decided it would be cool and cute to collaborate with my boyfriend, and honestly I’m not even mad. Yes, when he says things like “Tu tienes un tesoro debajo del zipper,” aka You have a treasure behind your zipper, I get a little uncomfortable, but…

Scenes From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's District on Election Night 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old Latina who ran an unabashedly progressive campaign and unseated a powerful incumbent, officially became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. That’s the national context. But closer to home, Ocasio-Cortez represents the district where I grew up, and her victory is the…

Cardi B Does a Quirky Freaky Collab With El Alfa, Carly Rae Parties Solo, and Is That D'Angelo?

Si, si, si, si, I’m dyingggg!: El Alfa feat. Cardi B, “Mi Mami” - Acolytes of Dominican dembow, the best music in the entire world (Cardi agrees), are well familiar with El Alfa El Jefe, one of the genre’s most charismatic figures who has for years lent his baby-voiced dirty missives to a string of relatively massive…

John Mayer Bores Us, Jason Derulo Tortures Us, and Lauren Jauregui Does a Solo Ballad

Nope: John Mayer, “I Guess I Just Feel Like” – John Mayer sighs a heavy sigh at his breakfast table, dropping his copy of the New York Times Sunday edition into his lap. His orange juice sits before him. His bowl of Wheaties barely touched. It’s another day of terrible headlines as the global world order begins to…

Bad Bunny and Drake are Here to Slake Your Thirst and Troye Sivan and Charli XCX Attempt Nostalgia

Y: Bad Bunny ft. Drake, “MIA” – Your Latino lover and Jewish ex dropped a single to quench your thirst. Drake, a rapper that Benito has proudly claimed to stan ever since he was on the come up, is now a ft. (little f) on one of his songs—which bleeds red, white and Bad Bunny. Set in a quintessential Latinx barbacoa in…

First-Time Actor Yalitza Aparicio Brings Alfonso Cuarón's Memories to Life in Roma

Roma has been the talk of this year’s festival circuit, from the ones in Toronto and Venice to the New York Film Festival last week. It’s also quite literally the talk of Colonia Roma, Mexico City, the district in which the movie is set. Alfonso Cuarón’s latest project—his first in five years, following its Academy…

Mariah Is 100 Percent Mariah, and Halsey Drops a Forgettable Breakup Anthem

Well, it’s Mariah: Mariah Carey, “With You” - One of the most wonderful things about Mariah is her staunch refusal to be anything but 100 percent herself. Instead of just playing the generic narrator of her otherwise by-the-numbers ballad “With You,” she will have you know that she is Mariah the star: She has her…

Avril Lavigne Returns, and Lana Del Rey's 'Venice Bitch' Is the Soundtrack to a Sun-Soaked Drive

A million times yes: Lana Del Rey, “Venice Bitch” - After feeling mostly indifferent toward Lana’s previous single “Mariners Apartment Complex,” I was happy to discover that “Venice Bitch” is more my speed. I knew it from the first verse, when she said she’s “fresh out of fucks forever.” She claims “Venice bitch” as a…

Ashlee and Evan Ross's 'I Do' Makes Us Say 'I Can't'

I don’t: Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, “I Do” - At last (just kidding), the Ross couple released the duet they’ve been teasing to promote their upcoming reality show and it’s um, a song. Judging from the title, and lyrics like “this love came over me like a hurricane,” I’m taking a wild guess that it’s a shot at a…

Sia Becomes a Puppet, Human People Will Crush You, and Bad Bunny Proves His influence

Yes: Human People, “Jenny” - If you’re a sucker for power pop-punk that tends to reject the confines of either guitar genre and places melody above all, Brooklyn’s Human People are for you. “Jenny” is their latest, and it’s hard for me to think of a more righteous lyric this year than: “Don’t touch me/I could crush…

Activist Dior Vargas Wants to Center People of Color in the Mental Health Conversation

Mental health issues are not the sole domain of white people. Although that should be obvious, the media visibility afforded to communities of color around these issues—or lack thereof—doesn’t always reflect that. But Latina activist Dior Vargas has made it her mission to make people of color dealing with mental…