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John Legend Becomes The First Black Man To Join The “EGOT” Club

After last night's (September 9) Creative Arts Emmy Awards, John Legend has a new and rare distinction. He is the first Black man to join the "EGOT" club, an abbreviation for earning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. Thanks to his role as the title character... Read more

Common Did Not Win Another Oscar But His Freestyle Still Gave Him Glory (Video)

Common did not win his second Oscar award last night (March 4). The Chicago, Illinois MC, actor, and author was nominated for “Best Original Song" for his "Stand Up For Something," which appeared in the film, Marshall. That category (also featuring a nomination for past Common collaborator) Mary J. Blige... Read more

Jordan Peele Is The 1st Black Screenwriter To Win The Oscar For Best Original Screenplay

Just two years after the #OscarsSoWhite movement that blasted Hollywood for a lack of diversity in Academy Award recognition of people of color, the pendulum has swung in a massive way. In theaters, Black Panther continues to make history, leading the box office for the third straight weekend with $65.7... Read more

Mary J. Blige Is A Double-Threat. Her Acting & Voice Earn Her 2 Oscar Nominations

Less than one month into 2018, and it appears to be a milestone year for Mary J. Blige. The New York native songstress already received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, with a presentation by Diddy. This took place on the "Family Affair" singer's 47th birthday, January 11.... Read more

Get Out, Jordan Peele & Daniel Kaluuya Receive Oscar Nominations (Video)

The 90th Academy Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, March 4 from Hollywood, California's Dolby Theater. Given this morning's (January 23) nominations announcing, Oscar night promises to be exciting, especially for fans of Jordan Peele's Get Out. The thriller examining inter-race relations behind closed doors is up for four Oscar... Read more

As Kobe Bryant’s Jersey Numbers Are Retired A Video Shows That Basketball Was Always His #1

When Kobe Bryant became a Los Angeles Laker, his two high school numbers were not available. #33 was out of the question, the retired jersey belonging to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Between Fred Roberts and George McCloud, #24 was also not available. The 18-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania adapted and got in where... Read more

Common Becomes The First Rapper Ever To Win An Oscar, An Emmy & A Grammy

JAY-Z famously rapped on "Moment Of Clarity": "Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense / But I did 5 mill' – I ain't been rhyming like Common since." That was 2003. In the nearly 15 years following those bars, Comm' has scored a #1 LP (Finding Forever), and filled his... Read more

Snoop Tells The Oscars Where They Can Go & Says Let’s Have Some “Hood Awards” (Video)

It was all good just a week ago...Last week, it seemed there was cause for celebration regarding the recognition of the contributions of African-Americans in the arts by the key organizations doling out the most respected accolades. Run-D.M.C. were announced as the first Rap act to receive a Grammy Lifetime... Read more

In What Could Be Straight Outta Compton’s Night, Chris Rock Will Host The Oscars

In a year that may see Straight Outta Compton get Academy Award consideration, the creator and star of CB4 will play a major role in the ceremony. Rock, who spoofed N.W.A. and all of Hip-Hop in his 1993 film, has signed on to host the Oscars (the 88th Academy Awards)... Read more

Common Speaks on Why He Left Oprah Hanging at The Oscars (Video)

Common has deservedly received a lot of attention this week after winning his first Oscar, along with John Legend and Rhymefest, for Best Original Song for "Glory," from the movie Selma. His performance and acceptance speech were highlights of the Academy Awards. However, something that occurred immediately prior to his... Read more

Do Remember: Rhymefest’s This Is How We Chill (Audio)

Early this week, Rhymefest joined Eminem and Common (simultaneously) at becoming one of three Hip-Hop artists to have won a Grammy Award and an Oscar Award. The Chicago, Illinois MC and former J Records sensation co-wrote "Glory," joining John Legend and Comm' in the Academy Award receipt. In both cases,... Read more

Common & John Legend Win an Oscar and Deliver Stirring Words of Change (Video)

Last night (2/22), Common & John Legend won the Best Original Song Academy Award for their song "Glory," in the movie Selma. They've been performing the song at seemingly every major award show, including the Golden Globes and the Grammy Awards, but the artists brought renewed passion to the 87th... Read more

Black Thought Breaks Down the Best Picture Nominees in Verse (Video)

Need to get caught up on the Oscar Best Film nominees? Black Thought's got you covered. Check out this video of him breaking down the pics in a verse. Related: Method Man & The Roots perform Protect Ya Neck (Video)... Read more