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Issa Rae Has No Insecurities About Confronting Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

In addition to creating, co-writing, and starring in Insecure, the Emmy-nominated Issa Rae is devoted to creating opportunities for people of color in Hollywood. Complementing this reputation, Issa Rae’s ColorCreative has signed a multi-year production deal with Columbia Pictures to promote diversity in the writers' room. The agreement is presented as... Read more

Juicy J Has Turned Water Into Big Cash Through An Investment

Whenever Juicy J is a guest on The Breakfast Club, they bring out the "CA$H Counter," and it rings every time he says the word "cash." The legendary Three 6 Mafia rapper/producer has been cashing in for some time now beginning as a member of the Oscar-winning Memphis, Tennessee group,... Read more

Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting Oscars After Backlash Over His Past Remarks

On Tuesday night (December 4), Kevin Hart announced that he had agreed to host the upcoming 91st Academy Awards next February. The superstar comedian and actor mentioned his late mother being proud in a social media post that confirmed the news. Approximately 48 hours later, Hart stepped down from the... Read more

Meek Mill Wants To Get 1 Million People Out Of The Prison System

Last Friday (November 30), Meek Mill released his fourth album, Championships. The Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records release is the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC's first project since leaving prison in April on bail. That time incarcerated is a theme of the album which features JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Drake, Fabolous, and Cardi B,... Read more

Master P Discusses His Film Legacy & Why No Limit’s Covers Were So Loud

Twenty-one years ago, Master P wrote, directed, and produced his first feature film, I'm Bout It. In addition to P, the work starred his brothers and TRU band-mates Silkk The Shocker and C-Murder, along with Mia X, Mack 10, and Mr. Serv-On. While it may not have necessarily seemed it... Read more

Kevin Hart Is Finally Getting His Chance To Host The Oscars

Kevin Hart is the epitome of a Hollywood superstar in 2018. The 39-year-old Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native co-wrote, produced, and starred in this year's Night School. Additionally, the top stand-up draw was willing to poke fun at his personal life through a role in J. Cole's "Kevin's Heart" music video. Elsewhere... Read more

Talib Kweli & dead prez Give The Best Explanation Yet Of What’s Happened To Kanye (Video)

For more than two years, Kanye West's career and public image have become a point of discourse in the mainstream, especially for the Hip-Hop and Black communities. Months after the release of 2016's The Life Of Pablo, a turn of events transpired. West's wife, Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint... Read more

Stan Lee, Co-Creator Of Marvel Comics, Has Passed Away At 95

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' co-creator, former president and illustrator, has died at the age of 95. According to CNN, the comic giant was taken by ambulance from his home in Los Angeles to Cedar's Sinai Medical Center on Monday morning (November 12). He later passed away, although an exact cause... Read more

T.I. Outlines What He Sees As The Positive Aspects Of The Crack Era (Video)

Although the crack epidemic is one of the most tragic times for addiction, poverty, and crime, it has an odd relationship with Rap music. Iconic songs and albums have used the free base form of cocaine as thematic inspiration. This ranges from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's "White Lines... Read more

Michael Jordan Had Flagrant & Foul Words For Allen Iverson When They Met (Video)

On Wednesday, March 12, 1997, an NBA rookie named Allen Iverson accumulated an early pro career highlight when he crossed up his hero, Michael Jordan while driving to the lane (embedded below). The Philadelphia 76ers ultimately ended up losing to the Chicago Bulls in their third of four meetings that... Read more

Bobby Brown Reveals The Real Reason Mike Tyson Lost To Buster Douglas

On February 11, 1990 Mike Tyson fought Buster Douglas at The Tokyo Dome. In 10 rounds, the fight would go down in history as one of boxing's biggest upsets. The undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion lost to Douglas, an underdog with four losses and a draw to his name at the... Read more

16 Years After Jam Master Jay’s Passing, A Run-D.M.C. Mural Goes Up In New York City

It's an undeniable fact that Run-D.M.C. remains one of the most influential music groups in all of music history. The Hollis, Queens trio's success and crossover appeal set the commercial stage for many Rap crews afterward – such as The Beastie Boys, who are enjoying their run of Beastie Boys... Read more

Dave Chappelle & Jon Stewart Talk Politics Unusual (Video)

As comedians, Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle are inherently political. Both have led illustrious careers in their respective fields, utilizing humor to comment on and critique policies, politicians, social movements and more. As the anchor of Comedy Central's Daily Show, Stewart brought high-brow, intricate political topics into everyday discourse. With Chappelle's... Read more

Remy Ma Breaks Down Voter Suppression & The Importance Of This Election (Video)

Midterm Election Day is less than one week away, and as always, Hip-Hop is assuming a big role in trying to get people to the polls. Whether it's in the music or conversations outside of the studio, issues surrounding racial injustice, economic imbalance, gender discrimination and more often find the... Read more

Details Emerge Around The Behind The Scenes Drama That Led To Luke Cage’s Cancellation

Last Friday (October 19), Luke Cage was canceled following just two seasons. The news was met with dismay by many, including fans of comic books, the Marvel universe, and Hip-Hop. The same day that Netflix unveiled Season 2 of its Hip-Hop Evolution docu-series, the studio and streaming platform pulled the plug... Read more

Massive Attack Are Re-Releasing Their Landmark Album In A New Format: DNA

British Trip-Hop group Massive Attack is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their third album in a very special way. Twenty years ago, the Circa/Virgin Records album was the first to be streamed entirely for free online. Now, Mezzanine will be the first LP to be released in strands of synthetic... Read more

Luke Cage Is Not Bulletproof For Netflix. They Cancel The Show.

Perhaps the most significant intersection of Hip-Hop and superheroes on the small screen, Luke Cage's run at Netflix has come to an end. Ahead of the weekend, the streaming giant and show-maker announced that the series has ended after two seasons. “Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a... Read more

Kool G Rap Was Wrongfully Accused Of Shoplifting. Now He’s Getting Gangster.

For the last 30 years, Kool G Rap's music has featured narratives about being on the run, wanted by the law, and serving time in places like New York City's Rikers Island. One of Gangsta Rap's pioneers is part of headlines this week, for a crime he says he did... Read more

Ryan Coogler Signs On To Write & Direct “Black Panther 2”

Last February, Marvel and Walt Disney Studios released Black Panther, the 18th film in the Marvel series and the first to use a predominantly Black cast, a feat that becomes more than just a commercial impact but causes a shift in the culture of our society as well. Black Panther... Read more

Eminem Is Producing A Battle Rap Satire Film Filled With Social Commentary (Video)

It's been nearly 18 years to the date since 8 Mile hit theaters, a film which solidified Eminem's place in the pop-culture zeitgeist. At the time of its debut, Eminem was several months removed from the release of The Eminem Show, his fourth studio album and one that would eventually release a... Read more

Mysonne’s Statement On Rape Culture Shows He’s Smarter Than Most Senators (Video)

The Bronx, New York rapper Mysonne is in headlines once again for vocalizing in protest of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for Supreme Court Justice. The veteran rapper spoke with journalist Chuck Modi on his position in a video. What Modi seemingly thought he was getting was a quick take on Mysonne's... Read more

A Hip-Hop Group With An Openly Gay Member Has The #1 Album

On September 21, Brockhampton released Iridescence, the fourth studio album from the group and the first not included in the Saturation series they kicked off in 2017. In fewer than two years since debuting, the group—consisting of rappers/vocalists Kevin Abstract, Bearface, Matt Champion, Joba Don McLennon and Merlyn Wood, plus producers and their... Read more

A New Video Shows How Brett Kavanaugh Would Have Been Questioned In Pulp Fiction

The world waits to see what transpires next in the saga surrounding the potential Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. As three women have come forward with accounts of sexual misconduct against the 53-year-old Republican nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake requested an FBI investigation before... Read more

Bill Cosby Begins Prison Sentence Following Ruling. He Will Serve 3 To 10 Years (Video)

This afternoon (September 25) Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for the 2004 assault of Andrea Constand. A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania judge ruled on Tuesday that the former actor/comedian would serve "no less than three and no more than 10 years" in state prison.... Read more

LeBron James Nabs Ryan Coogler To Produce Space Jam Sequel

LeBron James and his production company SpringHill Entertainment are on a roll in Hollywood right now. After recently announcing TV projects with Showtime, NBC and The CW, news broke today that James and company have tapped buzzing director Ryan Coogler to produce their upcoming Space Jam sequel. Coogler is still... Read more

Nike’s Stock Is At An All-Time High After Its Support Of Colin Kaepernick

While some upset parties have attempted to ignite their Nike products, the apparel giant's stock is what is really on fire. Nike's stock just reached an all-time high, and the apparel company can thank their recent signing of Colin Kaepernick and the powerful social media, print, digital, and television ads... Read more

Nas Has Made The Forbes Hip-Hop List For The First Time In His Career

Nas told his fans what he would do if he ruled the world. In the 22 years since his Lauryn Hill-assisted single, Nasir Jones has stacked paper in a way that has put him in a very powerful position. Like peers JAY-Z and Eminem, one of Hip-Hop's most respected MCs... Read more

Remy Ma Responds To Nas’ Open Letter & Defends Men Who Are Involved Fathers (Video)

During the debut episode of Joe Budden's Revolt show State Of The Culture, he and his co-hosts, Remy Ma, Jinx, and Scottie Beam discuss the last week in Hip-Hop. From the passing of Mac Miller to Cardi B's confrontation-turned-altercation with Nicki Minaj, it has been an eventful week, to say the... Read more

Mysonne Is Removed By Police As He Protests At Supreme Court Nominee Hearing (Video)

No longer relegated to the streets with picket signs, modern-day activists are taking their protests to where they can be heard the loudest, and it seems to be working. This population includes prominent Rap artists. Today (September 4), Bronx, New York MC Mysonne stood up to oppose Donald Trump’s latest... Read more

Colin Kaepernick Is The New Face Of Nike’s “Just Do It” Campaign

Historically, Nike's "Just Do It" campaign captured the gravitas of courage in sport. Upon its 30th anniversary, the brand is celebrating the principles and sacrifice of an athlete who is more than a year removed from his field of competition. Colin Kaepernick has been officially announced as one of several... Read more

Escobar Season Has Returned. Nas Reunites With Karl Kani For A Clothing Line

Since the Karl Kani street clothing brand was relaunched in 2016, it has reintroduced the company’s vibrant but rugged aesthetic which saw the Kani signature logo stitched across the chest of most big-name rappers and R&B singers of the early-1990s era. Icons like Tupac, the Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, Nas,... Read more

Bun B Has A Very Trill Conversation About Quitting Unhealthy & Deadly Habits (Video)

This Friday (August 31), Bun B is releasing Return Of The Trill. Originally titled "Bernard," the album marks a personal transformation for the UGK co-founder as it pertains to his music. In the last decade, Bun B has expanded his resumé to include teaching at Houston's Rice University, co-authoring a children's... Read more

Erick Sermon & Parrish Smith Are Still In Business. They Have An EPMD Sneaker (Video)

More than 30 years ago, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith formed EPMD. From dropping some of the most influential tracks in Hip-Hop history to surviving periods of breakup, the E and P are still together, still in business, and currently celebrating their 30-year anniversary in style. The Brentwood, Long Island... Read more

Killer Mike Is Running Fine Art Now Too

In the world of visual and fine art, some if not all topics of discussion revolve around the grey area between traditional and nontraditional forms of art. Museum culture is often depicted as intensely exclusive with a missing link to the world of music, specifically in Hip-Hop. In recent years,... Read more

Ludacris Has Been Randomly Buying Strangers’ Groceries For Years

Ludacris is a 2000s superstar of music, film, and more. The Atlanta, Georgia-based rapper has delivered numerous hits over the years with the albums to match. But his prowess as an MC is matched by who he is outside of the studio. The New York Times recently ran a story... Read more

LeBron James Is Now Using His Talents To Make Social Change (Video)

Even in the NBA off-season, LeBron James drives to the lane. Above and beyond his aspirations on the court, the four-time NBA MVP is out to effect lasting change through his charitable work. The recent opening of the I Promise public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio has... Read more

The NFL Won’t Even Let Colin Kaepernick Play In A Video Game

Madden NFL 19 won't be released until August 10 but is already making headlines. Advance copies of the forthcoming EA Sports NFL game were released to criticism relating to its soundtrack (or, rather, something missing from the soundtrack). The game has developed a reputation for pairing its technology with music... Read more

Yasiin Bey Is Opening An Art Gallery To Keep Hip-Hop In The South Bronx

After Black Star album reports began in February, it has been a busier year than most for Yasiin Bey. He and partner Talib Kweli performed at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival just last weekend (July 14). It comes in the midst of a 20-year-celebration of their landmark Rawkus Records LP. Now,... Read more

The Real Hangover: Ed Lover Tells The Story Of His Wild Night Out With Mike Tyson (Video)

Ed Lover is best known as one of the hosts of Yo! MTV Raps in the late-1980s and early-1990s. However, the Queens, New Yorker has worn many hats over the years including rapper, actor, radio personality, and even dance innovator. His prominent positions in TV and radio have allowed him... Read more

The Souls Of Mischief’s Tajai is Designing A Hotel To Chill From 18 ‘Til Infinity (Video)

One of the founding members of Souls Of Mischief, as well as the super-group Hieroglyphics, Tajai Massey is stretching his creative capacity beyond music in 2018. Heads may not know that the Oakland, California MC/producer is also an architectural designer, and his latest project comes in the form of a... Read more

Sean “Puffy” Combs Calls Out The Blatant Racism In The Entertainment Business

Sean "Puffy" Combs is a 25-plus-year symbol of Black entrepreneurship in the music and entertainment industries. While others like Quincy Jones, Russell Simmons, and Berry Gordy came before Puffy, his more modern, Hip Hop-specific prowess has placed him as one of the Rap business' elite and most enduring figures. The onetime... Read more

Queen Latifah’s New Venture Puts Ladies First & Behind The Camera

Early in her career, Queen Latifah was known for her skillful rapping and singing. The Flavor Unit standout splashed onto the scene with her debut album, All Hail The Queen. Nearly 30 years later, Queen Latifah's work in entertainment could never be pigeonholed, as the now mogul found her career... Read more

Electric Relaxation: A Hip-Hop Guide To Meditation

With mental health and self-care being at the center of so many conversations, it’s no surprise that lots of folks are talking about meditation. Schools, corporations, sports teams and many of your favorite MC’s have incorporated some sort of meditation practice into their lives. Big Sean spits “life got me... Read more

Nas Backed A Pharmacy Startup. Now It Is Being Acquired For $1 Billion

Just as Nas returns to music with last month's Kanye West-produced NASIR album, a recent report shows that the musical legend has been doing just fine regardless of his album-making. At 44 years old, Nas is currently gaining recognition for his investments along with his introspective raps. The latest report shows... Read more

Will Smith Reacts To The 65′ Mural Of Him Made For A West Philadelphia School (Video)

Will Smith name-checking West Philadelphia in the theme song to The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air took a city section with a rich history, a vibrant culture, and a no-nonsense reputation and made it known—at least by name—in the mainstream. From the Overbrook neighborhood, Smith and business partner James Lassiter named... Read more

Donald Glover Explains How To Stay Woke At Work About Sexual Harassment (Video)

Actress Rashida Jones may walk with the Hollywood crowd by day, but her soul is deeply connected to music and empowering others. Her latest endeavor doesn’t really toe either line, however. Working with an organization that is finally addressing sexual assault and harassment, called Time’s Up, Jones directed a clever... Read more

Chadwick Boseman Celebrates A Real Life Super Hero With His MTV Movie Award (Video)

Chadwick Boseman has become a real-life superhero to millions of people around the world, thanks to his role as the fictional superhero Black Panther. In that role, he represented ideals of pride, virtue, strength and triumph over adversity. The monumental success of Black Panther at box offices worldwide only amplified what... Read more

JAY-Z Is Now President Of Puma’s Basketball Operations

A little over a decade ago, JAY-Z finished four years as the President of Def Jam Records. Shawn Carter helped give the label that distributed his Roc-A-Fella Records releases a face-lift and was part of signing a new regime that included Rick Ross, Jeezy, The Roots, and Ghostface Killah, among... Read more

A Comedian Explains Why He Feared For His Life After Prank Calling J. Prince (Video)

Comedian Roy Wood, Jr. is now a regular contributor to The Daily Show. Before the Birmingham, Alabama native appeared on Def Comedy Jam, Chelsea Lately, and Comic View, he made a name for himself prank-calling celebrities. Earlier this week, the 39-year-old shared a story online about botching a Comedy record... Read more

NFL Player Malcolm Jenkins Uses Signs & Silence To Send A Very Clear Message (Video)

Throughout the 2017-2018 NFL season, NFL players took to the field to line up against their opponents, not necessarily those awaiting the first whistle in different colored jerseys on the other side, but in a fight in activism against a multitude of atrocities and oppressive acts committed against the greater... Read more