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Weekend Vibes: 10 Dope Songs You Need To Add To Your Summer Playlist ASAP

There's nothing that will put you in a weekend mood like a bomb ass playlist.

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No matter how your week went, there's nothing that will put you in a weekend mood like a bomb ass playlist.

From Normani dropping her 90's inspired video for her latest single "Motivation" to Doja Cat making cellulite king in her creative new video for "Juicy," our playlist is abundant with bops that you need to get you through the remainder of this hot girl summer.

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It's Friday, you got a job, and you probably have a lot of sh*t to do. But that shouldn't stop you from kicking your feet, rolling up something sticky, and getting into this smooth playlist specially curated by us, for you. Here are 10 new songs you should add to your summer playlist ASAP:

Normani - "Motivation"

Earlier today, Normani dropped her video for her latest single and the visuals will give you all the '90s nostalgia. If you weren't familiar with this former Fifth Harmony member before now, her poppin melanin and killer choreography skills prove that she was divinely touched by ancestors of R&B.

Doja Cat, Tyga - "Juicy"

"Juicy" is the natural booty confidence booster you didn't know you needed in your life. You’re welcome for putting you on your new favorite shower song that will encourage you to appreciate your curves and cellulite alike.

Jorja Smith (Feat. Burna Boy) - "Be Honest"

Jorja Smith and African rapper Burna Boy served up a whole mood on this tropical track that will have you feeling like you need to be on a beach with somebody's son as soon as possible.

Snoh Aalegra - "Find Someone Like You"

Although this Swedish soul singer initially emerged on the scene in 2014, Snoh is just now getting the recognition she rightfully deserves and recently released her latest album, -Ugh Those Feels Again. The Persian princess credits her smoky singing style to inspirations like Billie Holiday and gives us big Amy Winehouse-ish vibes on this mellow single.

Megan Thee Stallion (feat. Ty Dolla Sign & Nicki Minaj) - "Hot Girl Summer"

Nicki Minaj got some sh*t off her chest this week, and sis said it with her chest. Although this track released last week, the fearless savagery and unapologetic comradery amongst Black women that has taken in the music industry over the past few weeks has me bumping this track all damn weekend.

Kiana Lede - "Title" 

This piano-playing singer just dropped something for us to vibe to all weekend long. While the artist is on tour until the end of the summer, that doesn't stop Kiana from dropping situationship inspired-heat that we can all relate to.

Ari Lennox - "BMO"

We Stan for a brown skinned beauty, so please, give Ari all of the things. The singer recently released the highly anticipated video for her single "BMO" and it was the perfect amount of bougie badness we needed this week.

Ariana Grande, Social House - "boyfriend"

This groovy track wasn't typical for Ariana, but nevertheless, it was hittin'. The song was released earlier this month, sparking rumors that she and Mikey from Social House were officially an item, but judging from the song's number one spot on the Top 100, sis is unbothered.

Big Sean - "Single Again"

Can we take a moment to discuss how absolutely adorable Ryan Destiny and Keith Powell are in this semi-short film? Big Sean rids us of our singledom scaries and reminds us that being alone doesn't make you lonely with an assist from ex-girlfriend Jhene Aiko and Ty Dolla $ign on the track.

Throwback Jam Of The Week: "U.N.I.T.Y." - Queen Latifah

Last but not least, I wanna take you back, way back to a time when only one or two female rappers could exist to the top. When Queen Latifah dropped "U.N.I.T.Y.", she changed the narrative of Black women in the rap game and opened the door for women like Nicki, Trina, Cardi, and Megan to thrive, and even in 2019, I'm here for all of it. Bump this track this weekend in honor of a long real one!

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

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I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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