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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

The Post-Information Age Is Here & It Is Drowning Us In Straight Garbage

For every moment we live in the Information Age, we live two in the Misinformation Age. The Internet has both democratized and degraded information, providing us with all we could

Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Happened Without GOP Leaders Even Knowing About It

Donald Trump has been in office for less than two full weeks, and there is already incredible fallout from the executive orders he’s signed thus far. His controversial immigration policy

These Immigrants Became U.S. Citizens The Day Trump Was Inaugurated. Their Stories Are Filled With Hope (Video)

With 30 minutes to go until Donald Trump is sworn in as the country’s 45th President, I am saying the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time since I was

Janelle Monáe Says “Choose Freedom Over Fear” In Her Powerful Women’s March Speech (Video)

On the heels of her critically acclaimed appearances in the hugely successful films Hidden Figures and Moonlight, Janelle Monáe made an appearance at this weekend’s historic Women’s March in Washington,

Taylor Bennett Comes Out as Bisexual, a Major Step for Inclusiveness in Hip-Hop

LBGTQ visibility has been nearly nonexistent when it comes to Hip-Hop artists. For all of its inclusive, progressive, and positive aspects, Hip-Hop has very few artists in its history who

“Atlanta” Is Returning for Season 2 & Donald Glover Has Signed a MAJOR New Deal.

Fresh off two Golden Globe wins for his critically acclaimed television series Atlanta, Donald Glover has formally inked a deal ensuring the return of the show for its second season.

Allen Iverson Will Play In Ice Cube’s New BIG 3 Basketball League (Video)

This morning (January 11), Ice Cube and his partners in his new BIG3 basketball league held a private press conference in New York City. There, details emerged about the emerging

Stephen Colbert’s New Trailer Shows What To Expect From “Hidden Fences” (Video)

Amidst the excitement over Golden Globe wins from Viola Davis, Donald Glover, and Tracee Ellis Ross and projects like Atlanta, Fences, and Moonlight, some are sensing that Hollywood’s long history

D.L. Hughley Uses Comedy & Intelligence To Show How Hypocritical We’ve Become (Video)

D.L. Hughley has built a career on making light of current events. The creator of The Hughleys has been active for more than 25 years, using his family, personal life,

Donald Glover, Tracee Ellis Ross & Meryl Streep Used Awards For Acting To Get Real (Videos)

Last night (January 9), the Golden Globes aired and with only 11 days until Donald Trump’s inauguration, the evening was peppered with political commentary. Donald Glover, Meryl Streep, and Tracee

Pharrell & Ellen Aren’t Runnin’ From Homophobia. They Tackle It Head On. (Video)

This morning (January 5), Pharrell Williams appeared on Ellen. The Neptunes/N*E*R*D co-founder was not joined by “Runnin'” collaborator Kim Burrell, as originally planned. Earlier this week, the Grammy-nominated Gospel/Christian singer

A Trump Presidency Will Likely Make the Failed War on Drugs Even Worse. Here’s Why.

In 2016, much headway has been made to counteract some of the harmful lingering effects of the so-called “war on drugs.” Criminal-justice reform has taken on invigorated energy, with more

Ice Cube Launches Star-Studded Basketball League For Retired NBA Players

Ice Cube has changed the sound of Hip-Hop, the face of Hollywood, and now he aims to rearrange the retirement age in professional basketball. Cube, a former high school athlete