Our second playlist, recognizing how “the world continues to adapt to this warped reality,” features Anderson .Paak, The Internet, J. Cole, and Gym Class Heroes.

The Renaissance Project — “Playlist 2: Love in the (Social) Distance” with the foreground depicting two hands intertwined on one person’s shoulder.
The Renaissance Project — “Playlist 2: Love in the (Social) Distance” with the foreground depicting two hands intertwined on one person’s shoulder.
Background Image courtesy of Nappy.co.

Love is love. Even if there’s space separating it.

“LOVE IN THE (Social) DISTANCE” is the second playlist bought to you by The Renaissance Project editors Juwan J. Holmes and Paul K. Barnes. We intend this installation to be for any and everyone in need of love or enjoying an abundance of it after a universally unprecedented year of challenges.

We’ve come a year into this pandemic/panini/personal pan pizza, and while the world continues to adapt to this warped reality, one thing that has remained a constant to lean on is our ability to love one another. …


One of the most-watched concerts of the year is in need of a serious reboot. We have just the names for people to consider.

By Kyle Denis, Juwan J. Holmes and Paul K. Barnes

The best time on the musical calendar is happening this week: The Super Bowl Halftime Show. One of the biggest, most-watched annual concerts for the last 30 years, mega pop/rock acts Boyz II Men, Diana Ross, U2, Janet Jackson, Paul McCartney, Prince, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry have headlined the 15-minute set since Michael Jackson reinvigorated the tradition in 1993. (We’ve also heard that they play two halves of a football game before and after, but we have no comment on that.)

The NFL’s massive Black audience and cultural significance through its relationship with hip hop has yet to…


The freshest urban and soul-based tracks out now, including songs by Eric Bellinger, Ty Dolla $ign & ZAYN.

Flavor Waves Playlist logo (“FLAVOR WAVES” in neon with WAVES covered in thin blue waves)
Flavor Waves Playlist logo (“FLAVOR WAVES” in neon with WAVES covered in thin blue waves)

Flavor Waves is here to bring the freshest urban and soul-based tracks of today. Every week, check in to come float in a wave of magic.

Flavor Waves is created and managed by R&B artist & playlist curator Taylor Gray, and is a separately managed, R&B-centric list that will have periodical updates (as of now, weekly) co-published by The Renaissance Project.

You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Apple Music, and now on The Renaissance. All previous and future updates can be found here.

In Flavor Waves’ latest update, music from Brent Faiyaz, Eric Bellinger, and Healy is added…


The freshest urban and soul-based tracks in this week’s update includes Ambré, Amorphous, JoJo & Queen Naija.

The single cover art to “Sunshine (The Light)” by Fat Joe feat. Amorphous

Welcome back — Flavor Waves is here to bring the freshest urban and soul-based tracks of today. Come float in a wave of magic.

Created and managed by R&B artist & playlist curator Taylor Gray, this is a separately managed, R&B-centric list that will have periodical updates (as of now, weekly) co-published by The Renaissance Project. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Apple Music, and now on The Renaissance. All previous and future updates can be found here.

So far, it seems we’re helping get the word out — Flavor Waves has now reached over 100 likes on…


Here’s the freshest urban and soul-based tracks of today, including Bryson Tiller, Jazmine Sullivan, Romen & SZA.

The single cover art to “Nah” by Romen.

Welcome back — Flavor Waves is here to bring the freshest urban and soul-based tracks of today. Come float in a wave of magic.

As we announced in The Renaissance Rundown #18 to conclude 2020, we are welcoming the Flavor Waves playlist to The Renaissance Project. Created and managed by R&B artist & playlist curator Taylor Gray, this is a separately managed, R&B-centric list that will have periodical updates (as of now, weekly) co-published by The Renaissance Project.

Welcoming Flavor Waves to the family will further diversify and improve the content we bring to you, the reader. You can find…


Got a taste for something new? Check out the freshest urban and soul-based tracks of today, curated by Taylor Gray.

Got a taste for something new? Check out Flavor Waves and float in a wave of magic.

As we announced in The Renaissance Rundown #18 to conclude 2020, we are welcoming the Flavor Waves playlist to The Renaissance Project. Created and managed by R&B artist & playlist curator Taylor Gray, this is a separately managed, R&B-centric list that will have periodical updates (as of now, weekly) co-published by The Renaissance Project.

Welcoming Flavor Waves to the family will further diversify and improve the content we bring to you, the reader. …


The young entertainer reveals his process in creating mashups, speaks on his career aspirations, and admits he doesn’t know how to pronounce Moderat. (Probably like most of us.)

Amorphous, the online mashup sensation, sat with The Renaissance Project earlier in 2020, primarily to speak on their mashup project, Beyoncé x KAYTRANADA, which was subsequently taken down by Bandcamp. We covered a lot of maybe more interesting topics, as featured in our profile, “Amorphous was the winner of 2020 — and he wasn’t even trying”. But we have condensed, edited and provided some of the interview transcript so you don’t miss out on this valuable insight into the mind of one of the year’s top creatives.

Juwan Holmes, The Renaissance: Hello Jimir, thank you for talking.

Jimir Reece Davis…


Through mashups and mixes, a young, Black, gay boy from Philly became the hottest name in all of music. But it wasn’t planned.

Amorphous, as drawn by Errol Berry (@everythingerrol). All rights reserved.

Nothing we planned for happened in 2020.

Maybe some of us did plan for chaos to ensue. But, not like this. We did not plan to have to protest several murders due to police brutality, for months, during a deadly viral pandemic, that was itself killing hundreds of thousands, while the entire world was supposed to stay home as much as possible, but most in America had to fend for themselves while their government did close to nothing for them.

On top of all of that, we were expected to live.

Amorphous, like us, did not plan for 2020 to…


Ah, so that’s what it’s like when a politician at least pretends to be concerned with state violence.

Emmanuel Macron on November 19, 2019. Credit: Jacques Paquier via Wikimedia Commons

Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, is a polarizing figure, both internationally and within the European country. Like leaders in America, Macron has to deal with police brutality, and one of the latest instances of it in Paris has made it even more difficult for the politician to navigate.

Michel Zecler, a 41-year old Black music producer from the southern Paris area, was ambushed by police officers in his music studio. The officers brutally beat and assaulted Zecler, unbeknownst to them, on video via security cameras. They repeatedly kicked, punched, and hit him with a truncheon.

From Blavity:

The officers…


In Director X‘s own words, “this isn’t B.S. It’s real.”

Director X (left — holding sledgehammer) and Nyla Rose (right), posing on top of a car during filming of “The History of a Revolution” advert. Credit: Harv Glazer. Courtesy of AEW.

The newest collaborative partner for Director X: A bunch of wrestlers.

X, born as Julien Christian Lutz and formerly known as Little X, was the BET Director of the Year in 2016. The once “protégé of pioneering director Hype Williams,” X is known for his top-tier music videos that only the cream of the crop in pop and hip-hop seem to work with — including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Ariana Grande and Kanye West — but outside of music, he has also put together commercials and ad campaigns for Apple Music, Ebay, Spotify, Alexander Wang and the Gap. …

Juwan J. Holmes

Juwan Holmes is a writer and multipotentialite from Brooklyn, New York. He is the editor of The Renaissance Project. http://juwanthecurator.wordpress.com

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