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X-Clan’s Fight Against Racism Is More Relevant Than Ever (Video)

The late 1980s through early 1990s was a period in Hip-Hop when being socially conscious and educated about Black history and politics took precedent. The drug trade and gang warfare had rampantly plagued and virtually destroyed urban neighborhoods, and Rap's "Afrocentric" movement was its counterattack that mirrored the Black Arts... Read more

Brother Ali’s New Song Tackles Prejudice At Home & Abroad As An American Muslim (Video)

Brother Ali, the Minneapolis MC revered for his truth-telling and lifelong pursuit of knowledge, today (March 30) debuted a timely and powerful new single at Sway in the Morning. As a practitioner of Islam since his teenage years, Ali has always placed his faith front-and-center in his music, and he... Read more

Muhammad Ali Will Be the Subject of Ken Burns’ Newest Documentary Series

Earlier this week, Brother Ali expressed his belief that more of America's Muslims should be identified by and celebrated in the media, particularly in an era when Islamophobia is so present in the U.S. He mentioned Muhammad Ali by name, calling him a leader whose role as a Black Muslim... Read more

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. From Afrika Bambaataa to Oddisee, generations of MCs, producers, and DJs have incorporated their religious beliefs into their music and... Read more

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. During a time in U.S. politics when the term "Muslim ban" has become commonplace, Islamophobia and our perceptions of Muslims... Read more

Muslim Women Are Poplocking in Hijabs to Help Eradicate Stereotypes (Video)

Muslim communities around the world today are facing persecution and worse, and rhetoric in the media often contributes to the spread of stereotypes. In the United States, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made waves for his views on banning Muslims from entering the country, while across the pond... Read more