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Killer Mike Explains How Sneakers Can Be Turned Into Tools Of Financial Empowerment

Since the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in July, there has been a shift in tone in the protests against police violence towards Black citizens. Amidst the rage,

Metta World Peace’s Mentor Explains How The Great Recession Correlates To Slavery & Drug Dealing (Video)

Metta World Peace has had an illustrious career as a professional basketball player for the NBA, having played for six teams including his championship run with the Los Angeles Lakers

New Technology May Give Bonita A Real Reason To Want To Put You On (Video)

It’s called Virtual Sexology and it’s the 21st century’s version of sex therapy. At its surface level, it’s a virtual-reality 180-degree video experience that combines therapy, sex, technology and psychology.

Marc Lamont Hill Believes 4 Years of Trump Would Be Good for the Revolution (Video)

Marc Lamont Hill is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native whose work in academia, activism, and television has made him one of the preeminent figures of his generation. With a résumé boasting

America’s Gun Violence Debate Could Be Changing the Face of Emojis

The introduction of text-based forms of digital communication like instant messaging, texting, and e-mail also introduced a whole subset in language – the emoticon. Like Wingdings before them, emoticons were

Will Smith Says “Racism Isn’t Getting Worse. It’s Getting Filmed.” Is He Right? (Video)

Last week, Will Smith was a guest on “The Tonight Show,” where he made a statement about current social affairs that has been resonating on social media for many months.

The Black Lives Matter Movement Has New Demands for Justice & Calls for Reparations

Today (August 1), many of the social-justice organizations within the civil-rights movement known as Black Lives Matter are unveiling a series of policy goals aimed at redefining and honing the

5 Years After Death, Amy Winehouse Will Help Save Other Women’s Lives (Video)

July 23 marked the fifth anniversary since the death of Amy Winehouse, the English Soul singer whose vocal talent and 2006 album Back to Black took the world by storm.

Two Recent Studies Show Racism Doesn’t Make Dollars Or Sense

For any given campaign season, a handful of social and political issues inevitably rise above the rest and there is perhaps no more contentious issue in 2016 than racism. While

Donald Trump Is Just the Start. YG Is Ready To Take On the System.

With the Democratic National Convention well underway, the November arrival of America’s presidential election is nearing closer, and things are reaching a fever pitch. Many artists within the Hip-Hop community

Michael Jordan Has Made the Boldest Political Statement of His Career

Arguably the world’s most iconic living athlete, Michael Jordan dominated the sport of basketball and ventured onto successful careers as a business man, film star, fashion mogul, and sports executive.

Teaching Kids How to Plant Money Trees Just Got a Whole Lot Easier (Video)

Financial education is nearly entirely missing from primary and high-school curricula in the United States. While an overwhelming majority of students will never use lessons like the Pythagorean Theorem or

It’s Not A Game: The NBA Pulls Its All-Star Festivities From North Carolina

In one of the most high profile and strongest stands yet against North Carolina’s recent elimination of anti-discrimination protections against gays, lesbians and bisexuals, the National Basketball Association has announced

The Social Media Hate Against Leslie Jones: Why Humans Are More Horrifying Than Ghosts

As one of the definitive elements of the 21st century, social media is at its best a democratizing form of communication but at its worst, it can be a bastion

The Details Behind Fast Food’s Most Famous Jingle Are Unsavory

The classic ad jingle contains two elements: a message and a tune. From a marketing standpoint, jingles are meant to get stuck in a listener’s head so as to initiate

After a Tragedy Was Livestreamed, Defining Hate Speech Is Getting Tricky (Audio)

On July 6, Philando Castile lost his life after being shot to death by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was his front-seat passenger and

Erykah Badu Is Aiding the Effort to Solve Abandoned Rape Cases in Detroit

Fans of the ubiquitous crime-procedural television dramas like “C.S.I.” or “Law & Order” see criminal cases processed and solved rapidly, but in reality the time it takes law enforcement to

Medical Marijuana May Be Helping America Kick Its Prescription Pill Habit

The United States is facing a health crisis which entangles the healthcare industry, addiction, and the government in menacing ways. In recent months, much attention has been paid to America’s

A Black Female Superhero Will Soon Be Fighting In Iron Man’s Suit

Comic books have often run parallel to social movements, with real-life storylines often finding themselves in illustrated story-boards. In late 2015, DC Comics featured Batman as a caped crusader who

A Giant Wall May Be the Only Way to Save New York City from Climate Change

New York City could be under a foot of water as soon as 2030.While that may not sound like a lot, the prospect of such a drastic change in sea

Akon Is Revolutionizing Africa, One Light Bulb at a Time (Video)

Akon’s multi-platinum career as a recording artist is hard to outshine, but his work outside of the recording booth may prove to be his brightest legacy. The St. Louis, Missouri,

Minority Report: Babies of Color Officially Outnumber Whites Now

Several years ago, National Geographic made headlines for its cover story about what people of the future will look like. Far from a science-fiction based approach, the story rather examined

Jay Z & Dr. Dre Could Be Collaborating In The Biggest Way Yet

Over the last 17 years, Dr. Dre and Jay Z have come together multiple times. From Jay’s stellar verse writing on “Still D.R.E.” to Dre showering Hov’ with an Aftermath

Filming Artists During Concerts Could Soon Become Impossible

Live concerts and smartphone technology are quintessentially at odds. The former is meant to be an immersive, all-consuming experience whereas the latter effectively removes oneself from the moment. It’s become

Oscars So White No More: Academy Awards Are Making History In Diversity

Hollywood was rattled by a major controversy earlier this year when the Oscars announced nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards. Overwhelmingly White and male, the pool of talent up for

Tavis Smiley Explains Why Brexit Could Mean America’s Downfall (Video)

Tavis Smiley is a celebrated journalist, interviewer, radio personality, author, and business man whose illustrious career has lasted for more than two decades. As a recent guest on Sway in

Jesse Williams’ Blueprint for Revolution Is Chillingly Powerful (Video)

Best known for his portrayal of Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy, actor Jesse Williams took the stage at the BET Awards last night (June 26) for a reason unrelated

The Supreme Court Has Held Up Affirmative Action in College Admissions

In December of 2015, a case involving affirmative action at a Texas university headed to the Supreme Court. At play was the central issue of how race, if at all,

The Era of Free Music Could Be Coming to An End

Any music fan actively involved with the digital age has come to learn that the relationship between the internet and musicians can be tempestuous. On the one hand, consuming music

Frank Ocean Makes A Powerful Plea For Tolerance In The Wake Of The Orlando Tragedy

In 2012, singer and songwriter Frank Ocean took to his Tumblr page to pen a beautiful letter that announced his forthcoming album Channel Orange was inspired by a man he

This Solar-Powered Aircraft Is Making History Above the Clouds (Video)

Climate change, for many, is the single-most important issue of our day and the one fraught with the most dire implications. The notion of a disappearing planet whose atmosphere can

America’s Gun Problem Gets Broken Down & It Is Scary (Video)

It is undeniably tragic that for most Americans, gun violence is an issue that forces itself into discussion frequently. On the heels of the worst mass shooting by a lone

A Robot Whose Only Aim is to Cause Humans Pain Now Exists (Video)

Apocalypse Ow is upon us. At the root of all dystopian robot fantasies is the notion that some day, the semi-sentient beings created by man will flip the script and

In a Major Win for Web Users, Net Neutrality Prevails in Court (Video)

Net neutrality has been a focal point in many recent headlines relating to the worlds of public life, the internet, and access to technology. Though not as commonly referred to

Yo! Former MTV Host Doctor Dré Wants to Take Diabetes to Task

2016 is already a watershed year for diabetes awareness in the Hip-Hop community, and it’s less than halfway through. Phife Dawg’s untimely passing in March from complications related to the

A Bold New California Law Is Limiting Access to Tobacco Products

California, a longtime bastion for health-conscious initiatives, has added another mold-breaking law to its accomplishments. Yesterday (June 9), the most populous state in the country officially raised the tobacco smoking

A Proposed Tax on Soda Is Proving There’s No More Room for Sugar-Coating

Sugar has developed a bad rap in recent months. While it’s always had its fair share of critics, its negative effects on health seem to populate more headlines today than

Why “When Doves Cry” Almost Didn’t Happen & Many Other Wonderful Prince Secrets

While some are fixating on how Prince died, here’s a fantastic look at how he LIVED. 20 years ago, when Prince released his first ever greatest hits compilation, some mysterious

A 3D Printer Made This Building. Is Your Crib Next? (Video)

If you’ve got room for a warehouse-sized printer and around $140,000 to spare, you very well could be in the running to print out your next home. That’s because some

A Breast Cancer Survivor is Walking Topless to the White House to Raise Awareness (Video)

Awareness of breast cancer may be at an all-time high, at least in the United States. Organizations like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure have made the ubiquitous pink

This Is Your Brain On Technology…How You’re Getting Jacked

Technology and its relationship to ways of thinking about the world are commonplace and as societies continue to develop newer, stronger, and more effective tools for living, philosophical conversations are

Nutrition Facts Labels Are Getting Renovated to Reflect Growing Health Concerns

In 1994, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring companies to label packaged foods with the “Nutrition Facts” label, under the Nutrition Label and Education Act of

Unsettling Animal-Human Hybrids Are Being Proposed To Provide Cures for Common Disease (Audio)

The pursuit of wellness knows no bounds. Throughout history, human beings have relied on remarkably innovative (although perhaps not always effective) techniques to address illness – like the ancient Egyptian toothache cure

Kanye West Gets Passionate About Making People’s Lives Better (Video)

Daytime television interviews with Kanye West are nothing if not entertaining. The Hip-Hop icon whose influence has for years merged with the worlds of fashion, politics, and the media has

Like Obama in 2008, This Election NEEDS Hip-Hop’s Help (Video)

The current presidential election is no doubt one of the most memorable in American history. Donald Trump’s rise to the front of the Republican party line and Hillary Clinton’s potentially

Numbers DO Lie. Why Americans Are Being More Careful With Their Money.

Earlier this year, Apple made some surprising news. The tech giant whose consistently steady profits have made it one of the most successful stocks for investors shocked much of the business

World War 3 Might Be Closer Than We Think & It Will Be Fought Over Water (Video)

On his iconic Black on Both Sides, Mos Def prophetically rapped about droughts and the commercialization of water on “New World Water.” More than 15 years before climate change became

President Obama & Macklemore Say It Loud & Clear: Opioid Addiction is Killing Us (Video)

Causing more American deaths a year than traffic accidents, drug overdoses – not just in street form like heroin but also in prescription form like painkillers – have become a

The PRINCE Act Could Legally Protect the Legacy of the Late Icon & Many Others

The April 21 loss of an icon as influential as Prince continues to elicit pangs of sadness throughout the music industry and beyond. The seven-time Grammy Award winner has left behind

North Carolina Sues the Federal Government…& the U.S. Sues Right Back (Video)

On May 5, news of the United States Justice Department’s ultimatum to North Carolina over what has been nicknamed the “Bathroom Bill” made headlines, and for good cause. In that