What Do White Liberals Fear About Macklemore?

Last Friday, after Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released a nine-minute song entitled “White Privilege II,” Jezebel interviewed Hollis Wong-Wear and Jamila Woods, two of Macklemore’s collaborators who helped guide the song. At the end of our conversation, I asked if they had paid attention to any of the reactions online,…

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Meet Hollis Wong-Wear & Jamila Woods, the Women of Color Behind Macklemore's 'White Privilege II' 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have released an eight-minute song featuring Jamila Woods, “White Privilege II,” about white privilege, beginning with Macklemore’s own feeling about whether he can meaningfully participate in a Black Lives Matter march and spiraling into different movements questioning what his own white…

Seattle Paper Describes Asian Woman & Macklemore Collaborator Hollis Wong-Wear as His 'Sidekick'

Today’s lesson in how not to invoke racist and sexist stereotypes that belittles the work of women of color involves the Seattle Times, who described longtime Macklemore collaborator (and one-time Jezebel contributor) Hollis Wong-Wear as his “sidekick” in the headline of a piece about her band, The Flavr Blue.

Euros and Americans Get Fresh on the MTV EMAs Red Carpet

Sunday night marked MTV’s Europe Music Awards, held in Milan and featuring many famous musicians and a few I had to Google. (I do not know how I lived this long without knowing the identity of Stash Fiordispino.) As is typical with pop music awards shows, some attendees went all in, some went all out (too out), and…

High School Turns Down Macklemore Visit, Surprisingly Not Because He's a Cheeseball

A high school in California’s Orange County recently won a contest awarding them a visit from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as well as a plump $10,000 grant for the school’s music department. But Aliso Niguel High School principal, Deni Christensen, declined both Mack and money because parents objected to the Ed Sheeran…