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Jay Z Is Celebrating Father’s Day By Bailing Out Dads Who Can’t Afford Their Freedom

If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply

Ice Cube Asks Bill Maher Why He Thought He Could Use The N-Word (Video)

Last night (June 9), Ice Cube appeared as a guest on Bill Maher’s program, Real Time. Generally, his appearance on the show alone wouldn’t necessarily be newsworthy, but in the wake

Changes To America’s Infrastructure Could Make Our Tap Water Unaffordable

Now they say it got lead and stink in it (New World Water) Fluorocarbons and monoxide Push the water table lopside Used to be free now it cost you a

Kevin Hart Gets Real About His Past Substance Abuse & It’s No Joke (Video)

Kevin Hart is one of the most recognized comedians and actors on the planet. Much of that success has come from Hart’s ability to be self-deprecating and poke fun at

Killer Mike Says Blacks Have Bigger Problems Than Bill Maher (Video)

This weekend’s episode of Real Time With Bill Maher will go down in history as one of the veteran, Emmy-nominated talk show’s most memorable episodes. However, the former host of

Nas Says “Action Speaks Louder Than Words” In These Troubled Times (Open Letter)

Nas has never been an MC to wear his politics on his sleeve. However, that doesn’t mean that he has not been deeply conscious of the happenings in the world

Developers Who Destroyed A Graffiti Landmark Aim To Use Its Heritage In Their Redesign

Queens, New York’s 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center was a Hip-Hop landmark that endured for decades. Dubbed “The Institute Of Higher Burning,” the Long Island City art space was home to

Dead Wrong: A Bed-Stuy Mural Of Biggie Smalls Is Coming Down For Mo’ Money

Today (May 19), Faith Evans releases her collection of duet remixes with late husband Biggie Smalls. The King & I features Lil’ Kim, as well as other figures from B.I.G.’s

It Might Cost A Lot More To Hear Hip-Hop On The Internet Without Net Neutrality

Today (May 18), the Federal Communications Commission enacted its latest round in the fight against net neutrality, a somewhat nebulous issue that hasn’t become as much of a household name

Jeff Sessions Did Not Get Jay Z’s Memo That The War On Drugs Is An Epic Fail

Last fall, Jay Z narrated a powerful animated short about the costly effect of the war on drugs, not just in terms of tax dollars, but also human lives. “The

A Black Comedian Reflects On Attending A KKK Cross Burning (Video)

W. Kamau Bell is a comedian whose fame is steadily rising, thanks in large part to the success of his CNN series, United Shades of America. Launched in 2016, it’s a

You Will Not See Adult Videos The Same After Hearing Brother Ali’s New Song (Audio)

Yesterday (May 5), Brother Ali released All The Beauty In This Whole Life, an LP which unequivocally continues the Rhymesayers MC’s career-long history of addressing the personal and universally relatable through

Barack Obama Is Opening A Recording Studio On Chicago’s South Side (Video)

Former president Barack Obama leaves behind an enormous political legacy, but his memory is not relegated to domestic and international policy. President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will likely go

J. Cole & Ferguson Residents Have A Conversation About How To Fix The System (Video)

On April 15, J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only documentary aired on HBO, but it wasn’t a concert film despite sharing the title of his most recent LP. Rather, it

Elon Musk Is Building Underground Tunnels To End Traffic (Video)

Elon Musk is arguably the world’s preeminent CEO and businessman when it comes to innovation. With pedigrees in space exploration, development of alternate energy sources, electric vehicles, and infrastructure design,

DJ Yella Says Police Violence Won’t Stop Until A Cop Goes To Jail For A Long Time

During the same week millions of Americans are celebrating (and others rebuking) the removal of Confederate monuments and statues in New Orleans, millions more are acknowledging the anniversary of yet

A New Study Says Rap Music Has The Fewest Drug References Of Any Genre

In recent years, much attention has been paid to the prevalence of lyrics glorifying the use of drugs in Rap music. In addition to decades of references to alcohol and

T.I. Says “We Have To Hold Ourselves Accountable For Our Communities” (Video)

In September 2016. T.I. released the most powerful music video of his career in the form of “Warzone,” a visceral depiction of America’s ugly police violence problem. However, the video turned

Disco Four MC & Rucker Park Basketball Pioneer Greg Marius Passes Away At Age 59

Greg Marius is deeply responsible for two Harlem institutions: Hip-Hop and street basketball. This past weekend (April 22), Marius passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 59

Bill O’Reilly Has Been Fired By FOX News. Hip-Hop Responds.

UPDATE: On April 19, it was confirmed that Bill O’Reilly has been fired by FOX News following the latest sexual harassment reports. The top-ranking pundit and Conservative personality is said

Cuts To The EPA Are Threatening Millions Of America’s Kids (Video)

In March, Donald Trump put forth his administration’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year, and it ignited a maelstrom of controversy. The 64-page document, officially titled “Budget Blueprint to Make America

Ludacris Teaches Bill O’Reilly How To Have Class, In A New Interview (Video)

Earlier this month, the New York Times ran an explosive front-page story on Bill O’Reilly, the conservative news pundit famous for his FOX News program, The O’Reilly Factor. According to the newspaper,

Drug Addicts Today Are Getting More Love & Compassion, Especially If They’re White

With the so-called “War On Drugs” so clearly a political and moral failure, Americans suffering from addiction today live in a more compassionate climate. More and more, drug addicts are

Killer Mike Casts A Different Perspective On Kanye’s Meeting With Trump (Video)

Killer Mike and Kanye West are two early 2000s Hip-Hop contemporaries. While Mike came up under Outkast and the famed Dungeon Family in Atlanta, ‘Ye was attached to Jay Z

I Get The Job Done: Technology Is Putting Us Out Of Work

One of the central talking points in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was his vow to bring back American jobs. The longtime entrepreneur and businessman touted his boardroom and negotiation skills

Some Classic Rap-A-Lot Records Artwork & Logos Are Making One Supreme Comeback

Houston, Texas’ Rap-A-Lot Records is one of Rap music’s greatest anomalies. The label founded more than 30 years by James “Lil J” Prince has been largely responsible for the careers

Rikers Island Jail May Be Closing. Jay Z Supports The Plan.

For 85 years, New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has been one of the most notorious prisons on the planet. Lodged on an island in the East River, between

The Original Aunt Viv Responds To The Fresh Prince Reunion Photo & It’s Too Hot For TV

On Monday (March 27), Alfonso Ribeiro, former star of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, posted a photo to his Instagram that took on a life of its own. The portrait

Brother Ali Notes Some Of Our Biggest Heroes Are Muslim & They Should Be Celebrated

Islam and Hip-Hop have coexisted for the entirety of the culture’s existence. The Nation of Islam is one of the Universal Zulu Nation’s greatest influences, as is the Five-Percent Nation.

Shawn Wayans Recalls Robin Harris Roasting Him For Getting Booed Off Stage (Video)

Since his earliest days as DJ SW-1 on In Living Color, Shawn Wayans was immersed in entertainment business at a young age. Still in his teens when older brothers Keenen

RZA Tackles The Human Cost Of War In A Powerful Pro-Refugee Music Video

Earlier this month, RZA (along with his Wu-Tang Clan cohorts) appeared at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, where Hip-Hop’s abbot made an impassioned speech about refugees. “I

Chris Rock & Dave Chappelle Perform Together For A Watch The Throne Moment

This past weekend, Chris Rock made his Total Blackout stand-up comedy tour stop in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to Rock’s Saturday night (March 25) set at the Saenger Theatre, Dave

The White House’s Proposed Budget Cuts Prioritize War Over the American People (Video)

Since announcing proposed slashes to the federal budget last week, the White House has ignited a maelstrom of bipartisan concern due to what the New York Times calls “bone-deep cuts.”

A New Auction Acknowledges Tupac As 1 Of America’s Most Important Historical Figures (Video)

People are willing to spend considerable amounts of money on collectible items, especially thanks to online auctions. Within Hip-Hop alone, collecting items belonging to rappers and others has become a

Donald Trump Didn’t Like Being Clowned By Snoop Dogg. He Responds (Video)

Earlier this week, Snoop Dogg released a brilliant music video in the form of “Lavender.” In it, suburbia is populated by literal clowns, men, women, and children whose faces are

Julius Erving Signs On To Make Sure Ice Cube’s BIG3 Basketball League Is A Slam Dunk (Video)

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Julius Erving helped make NBA basketball have mass appeal. The man affectionately dubbed “Dr. J” made the slam dunk an institution, long before SportsCenter and

The GOP’s Replacement for Obamacare Is Leaving Millions Scared To Death…(Video)

On Sunday evening, John Oliver devoted the majority of Last Week Tonight to analyzing the GOP’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA), colloquially referred to as “Obamacare.” President

Chance The Rapper Opens Up About The Many Blessings Of Fatherhood (Video)

At just 23, Chance The Rapper has become one of the most successful rappers of today, even if nontraditionally. The 3-time Grammy Award winner has yet to make any financial

Killer Mike Is Honored By The Georgia Senate & Challenges Them To Do Better For All People

Over the last several years, Killer Mike has very definitively established himself as one of Hip-Hop’s greatest activists. Mike’s civic-mindedness could be heard extensively in his music, particularly on album’s

Allen Iverson Discusses Breaking Michael Jordan’s Ankles 20 Years Later (Video)

As much as any in his career, the last 6 months have been a victory lap for Allen Iverson. In September, the 6 foot warrior was inducted into the Basketball

Dave Chappelle Stands Up Before His City Council For Change Instead Of Laughs (Video)

Dave Chappelle, the comedian known for his outspoken views about American racism, has once again taken to the microphone to voice his concerns. However, it wasn’t on a big stage,

Preventable Environmental Hazards Are Killing 1.7 Million Kids Each Year

In the first report of its kind, the World Health Organization has published some horrendous statistics: every year, more than one-million children under the age of five are dying as

Ice Cube Is Raising Money & Awareness For Autism. It’s A GREAT Day (Video)

Ice Cube’s evolution is one of the most remarkable in Hip-Hop. While he was always gifted with the pen, few would have realized that the man who was writing rhymes

Two Dave Chappelle Comedy Specials Are Coming In March. Here’s The Trailer (Video)

Late last year, news broke that comedian Dave Chappelle was releasing his first stand-up special in 12 years. Three different programs were confirmed, with at least two planned for 2017.

Talib Kweli Discusses Digital Media’s Role In Shifting Discourse To Disagreements (Video)

Talib Kweli is one of the most active Hip-Hop voices on social media. The Brooklyn artist touted for his lyrical content is also celebrated as a vociferous opponent of racism,

Oddisee Goes Beyond the Surface of the Muslim Experience in America (Audio)

Born Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, producer and rapper Oddisee is a Muslim African-American whose unique experiences with identity and race influence in large part his phenomenal new album, The Iceberg.

Jay Z Is Launching A Venture Capital Fund To Help Early Stage Entrepreneurs Succeed

Even a casual Jay Z fan has to admit that the Brooklyn, New York MC has redefined what it means to be a businessman. The young hustler from Bed-Stuy is

Under Donald Trump’s New Immigration Laws, Millions Can Be Deported…Immediately

Donald Trump has made good on a promise he made during his recent press conference regarding the unveiling of new directives concerning immigration. Today (February 21), the Department of Homeland

The NFL Could Allow Marijuana In Place of Addicting Painkillers for Players

Just weeks after the Super Bowl, the National Football League is already focusing on the well-being of its athletes in future seasons, with cannabis potentially becoming a viable option for

Nick Cannon Refuses To Be Silenced By NBC. He Leaves America’s Got Talent

After eight years of hosting America’s Got Talent for NBC, Nick Cannon has left the show, amidst a firestorm. Today, Cannon posted a searing message on Facebook and other social