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Killer Mike Has Made The Most Dangerous Show On Television (Video)

In just a few hours (January 18), Season 1 of Trigger Warning With Killer Mike will be available. One of the most consistent Hip-Hop artists of the last decade and a leading activist within the culture takes his charisma, his ability to ask hard questions, and his courage to television,... Read more

Chapelle’s Show Has Been Under Attack. Its Co-Writer Defends It.

Chapelle's Show is responsible for some of the most cutting-edge comedy on television of all-time. In the early 2000s, Dave Chappelle's sketch series was groundbreaking, provocative, and in some ways prophetic to social issues that followed. Comedian Neal Brennan wrote and directed many of the show's most memorable episodes. In... Read more

Aaron McGruder Discusses The Boondocks Being Ahead Of Its Time

Since broadcasting earlier this month, Surviving R. Kelly has many people re-examining their position on the onetime R&B superstar. This month's six-part documentary on Lifetime details the accusations against the 52-year-old by alleged victims. These include claims of sex with underage girls and graphic accounts of abuse and predatory tactics... Read more

dream hampton Speaks About The Horrors Of Making Surviving R. Kelly

In the last week, the six-part documentary Surviving R. Kelly aired on Lifetime. The investigative work examines the extensive abuse allegations against the three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. Kelly's accusers are all women of color, many of whom were minors at the time. In the documentary, each goes into detail about... Read more

Kevin Hart Explains Why He Stepped Down As Oscar Host & Why He Might Come Back

Kevin Hart was given a significant opportunity when he was invited to host the 91st Academy Awards, taking place in February. For any host, it's a massive undertaking. Arguably a gig with the biggest audience a performer may ever have, hosting the Oscars is a milestone most would consider a... Read more

A New Documentary Will Show Michael Jordan Raw & Uncut (Video)

Widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan’s life on and off the court is quite well documented. However, an upcoming 10-part "30 For 30" documentary series titled The Last Dance will put a spotlight specifically on Mike’s sixth and final championship with the Chicago Bulls in... Read more

Suge Knight Describes The Night Tupac Was Shot & Retraces Their Route Step By Step

The night of September 7, 1996 changed history forever. Mike Tyson defeated Bruce Seldon in a WBA championship fight that lasted less than two minutes. He entered the ring to a song by friend Tupac Shakur, who attended the MGM event seated beside manager and employer Suge Knight. After the... Read more

Xzibit Explains Why Pimp My Ride Was Profitable For Everyone But Him

From 2004 to 2007, Pimp My Ride brought custom car culture makeovers into living rooms around the world. It was hosted by Xzibit and the show further introduced the platinum-selling Los Angeles, California MC to a worldwide audience as a media personality. Centering around L.A.'s car culture, the series hooked... Read more

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

Killer Mike Is Getting His Own TV Show & It’s About Questioning EVERYTHING

For more than 15 years, Killer Mike has been a Rap artist who has proven that he can give people information and then rally them to act. In 2016, the Run The Jewels co-founder led a successful campaign to "Bank Black" in his native Atlanta, Georgia. The statement  sent a... Read more

Erykah Badu Shows Why She’s One Of The Best Performers Alive & A True Legend

Twenty-one years after her debut album, Erykah Badu is actively adding to one of music's most revered catalogs. The Dallas, Texas native Badu sings, she DJs, and she carries her passion for performing with her everywhere. Last month, Erykah received the Soul Train Music Awards "Legend" recognition. Badu was presented... Read more

A New Documentary Shows How Suge Knight’s American Dream Became His Nightmare

This September, Marion "Suge" Knight was sentenced to 28 years behind bars for the killing of music executive Terry Carter. For the Compton, California native, it was the stiffest punishment in a career that has marred by incarcerations, legal roadblocks, and a very public fall from power. Twenty-five years ago,... 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

Anderson .Paak & Kendrick Lamar Perform Tints Together For The 1st Time

This weekend, Anderson .Paak brought his hometown of Oxnard (also the title of his latest album) to New York City. He did it live, care of a role as the SNL musical guest. .Paak's Aftermath Entertainment debut released last month and features Q-Tip, Snoop Dogg, and Pusha-T, among others. However,... Read more

A New TV Series On Don Cornelius Will Show The Wild Trip Of His Soul Train

From 1971 to 1993, Don Cornelius hosted "the hippest trip in America" courtesy of Soul Train. The syndicated show was an institution not only for tuned-in audiences, but for many Black artists in R&B, Soul, Funk, and eventually, Rap music. Furthermore, Soul Train showed viewers of all races the talent,... Read more

Common’s Production Company Is Telling Meaningful Stories Just Like His Music (Video)

Common has been a known activist and philanthropist for well over a decade. His socially conscious raps weren't the only lane for the Soulquarian to get his blessings off; the once-Vegan PETA supporter remains a part of the "Knowing Is Beautiful" movement, which supports AIDS/HIV awareness, is the founder of... Read more

KRS-One Recalls How Battling On Scott La Rock’s Behalf Led To The Formation Of BDP

Boogie Down Productions is a Hip-Hop outfit that is revered for its combative nature. The collective launched by KRS-One and DJ Scott La Rock would challenge Rap peers including MC Shan, Marley Marl, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Roxanne Shanté, and others throughout its late 1980s run. However, according to Blastmaster KRS-One,... Read more

50 Cent Announces He Is Producing A Prequel To Power

Fifteen years after launching one of the biggest Rap careers of the 2000s, 50 Cent has found a new source of artistic and commercial success through Power. Since 2014, the Starz series has become a top draw for the network and premium cable shows of its kind. Following its fifth... 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

Ava DuVernay Is Making A Prince Documentary Series

Ava DuVernay has been reshaping the landscape of Hollywood for years. Just last year, she made history as the first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Feature," thanks to her searing film on prison reform, 13th. This year marked her first big-budget film, A Wrinkle in... Read more

Jimmy Fallon Details How He Convinced The Roots To Be His Show’s House Band (Video)

Next March marks a decade for The Roots and Jimmy Fallon working together five nights a week. The partnership began in 2009 when the Grammy Award-winning band from Philadelphia joined The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon in the midst of one of their strongest album-making strides. That relationship carried over... 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

Wu-Tang Puts The Clan In The Front For A Taste Of Their 25th Anniversary Party (Videos)

The Wu-Tang Clan are just weeks away from officially marking the 25th anniversary of their classic debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The living members of the Clan have come together for most of 2018, hitting the festival circuit and performing live in select cities for their 25th Anniversary... 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

Uncle Ruckus Praises Kanye West For His Stepping & Fetching (Video)

More than 27 years after Eazy-E paid a reported $4,000 to attend a White House dinner event hosted by President George H. Bush, rappers continue to enter the landmark at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. From Common to Pusha-T, past guests have caused controversies. However, few meetings have... Read more

Drake Speaks In Detail About How Kanye West Betrayed Him (Video)

The summer of 2018 recently came to a close. Although there were a few, the biggest back-and-forth Rap beef of the season was also its first. It took place when Pusha-T dissed Drake on his Kanye West-produced "Infrared." Mere hours later, Drake responded with "Duppy Freestyle." The a la carte... Read more

The Wu-Tang Clan Story Will Be Told In A New TV Series

Twenty-five years ago, a collection of nine Hip-Hop artists remodeled the sound of the genre. The New York City group added grit and gumption to Rap music while defying conventions. In the age of the solo artist, a band of industry misfits eventually conquered the charts and shaped a style... Read more

Apple Rejects Dr. Dre’s Television Show Due To Excessive Violence

Two and a half years ago, Dr. Dre announced plans to tell his life story through a series in partnership with Apple. The show, titled Vital Signs, began pre-production less than three years after Apple's 2014 acquisition of Beats By Dre for a reported $1 billion. In addition to producing, Vital... Read more

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

Tyler Perry Is Helping Geoffrey Owens Return To His True Passion Of Acting

"A job's a job," someone wise once said, and it's that sentiment currently steering a national conversation. Geoffrey Owens, an actor best known for his role as "Elvin Tibideaux" on 44 episodes of The Cosby Show, was recently seen by two women working at a New Jersey Trader Joe's grocery... 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

Kendrick Lamar Will Make His Acting Debut On Power

Some legendary Rap artists have launched acting careers while at the top of their music game. Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, DMX, Queen Latifah, Eminem, Ice-T, and Mos Def are just some of the examples. One of Hip-Hop's reigning kings is now taking that next step. Kendrick Lamar will make his... Read more

Donald Glover’s Atlanta Has Been Nominated For 16 Emmy Awards

Just two months after the final episode of Season 2 aired, the award season heats up for Donald Glover's Atlanta. The FX series created by and starring the actor and musician known by stage-name Childish Gambino has received 16 Emmy Award nominations. For Glover, four of those inclusions relate to... Read more

The 1st Peak At The Trayvon Martin Film Is A Powerful Look At The Movement He Launched

JAY-Z is in the midst of promoting his joint album EVERYTHING IS LOVE with his wife Beyoncé. The couple is currently on their On The Run 2 Tour this summer. However, at the same time, the legendary Brooklyn, New York MC is continuing his political initiatives to spread awareness of... Read more

The First Look At The Bobby Brown Story Is Absolutely Crazy (Video)

Bobby Brown's life story is an inspirational and cautionary tale. The Boston, Massachusetts-bred "Every Little Step" singer who achieved worldwide fame as a solo artist following his departure from New Edition in the mid-1980s. By the '90s, Brown also played a hand in molding Top 40 radio to accept more... Read more

Rakim Shows He’s Still A Super Hero On A New Song For Luke Cage (Video)

Season 2 of Luke Cage premiered yesterday (June 22) and, as with the first season, the show continues to be steeped in Hip-Hop. Written by journalist Cheo Hodari Coker, who cut his teeth writing for VIBE magazine where he did some of the definitive interviews of The Notorious B.I.G., the... 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

The Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Songs Titling Each Luke Cage Episode Are Revealed

In 15 days (June 22), Netflix will premiere its highly anticipated second season of Luke Cage, a Marvel series based off the Harlem bulletproof superhero of the same name. The show will see the return of Mike Colter as "Luke Cage," as well as Simone Missick as "Mercedes 'Misty' Knight,"... Read more

Digable Planets’ Unsung Episode Reveals Why A Great Group Only Made 2 Albums (Video)

The Digable Planets' story is told in an episode of Unsung. The two-men-and-a-lady trio from three different cities would stretch to achieve Grammy success and respect within the Hip-Hop community at the same time. However, the collective of Seattle, Washington's Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, Silver Spring, Maryland's Mariana "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira,... Read more

Michael B. Jordan Says He Only Wants The Roles Written For White Men

Michael B. Jordan has become one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood.  The 31-year-old Santa Ana, California native played "Kilmonger" in this year's Black Panther. He is reprising his role as "Adonis 'Donnie' Johnson Creed in the upcoming November Creed sequel. Five years ago, Jordan played the real-life Oscar... Read more

Lil Dicky Is Joining Forces With Kevin Hart In A New Comedy Series Based On His Life

One of rapper Lil Dicky's trademarks is his fantastic music videos. Even as an independent artist, the Greater Philadelphia MC uses elaborate concept, self-deprecation, and some applicable life wisdom to complement his fast rapping and witty wordplay. If "Freaky Friday" or "Save Dat Money" didn't give fans enough insight into... Read more

Roseanne’s Racist Remark Just Got TV’s #1 Rated Show Cancelled

After more than 20 years since its series finale, Roseanne returned to television this year. Comedian and show creator Roseanne Barr reprised her role as the matriarch of the "Conner" family in a show once revered for its portrayal of a blue-collar Midwestern family dealing with unemployment, bill collectors, domestic... Read more

Rakim Will Appear In Luke Cage And Perform An Original Song

On June 22, season two of Marvel's Luke Cage series will premiere on Netflix. The record-breaking show, which helped the network's stock soar (and its servers to crash) when it debuted in 2016, was created by Cheo Hodari Coker and implemented Hip-Hop in inventive ways. Season one's episodes were named after Gang Starr... Read more

No More Struggle: Joe Budden Is Joining Forces With Diddy To Take His Talents To TV.

Joe Budden has landed his latest television venture. It has been announced that MC-turned-media personality has partnered with Puff Daddy's REVOLT for a summer 2018 talk show titled State Of The Culture. In addition to hosting, Budden co-created the series and will produce. The news and culture round-up is slated... Read more

Killer Mike Makes A Passionate Argument For Why Blacks Should Be Gun Owners (Video)

Last night (May 11), Killer Mike appeared on Real Time With Maher. He sat beside former Secretary of Labor and author Robert Reich. The two men, along with participation from Maher, debated gun control reform. Looking back to his video interview with the National Rifle Association, Mike describes being at... Read more

How Damon Wayans Getting Fired From SNL Lit His Future In Living Color

Between 1990 and 1992, Damon Wayans was one of the driving forces of In Living Color. Created by Damon's older brother, producer/writer/director Keenen Ivory Wayans, the sketch comedy show was an integral platform in the acting careers of Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson, and many others.... Read more

Will Smith Tells The Crazy Story Of How He Became The Prince Of Bel-Air (Video)

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air was a popular show, and it still is. For six seasons, Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali, Joseph Marcell, and others entertained audiences with humor, family values, and a host of guest stars. The NBC series explains its premise in the... Read more

A New Video Shows The Insane Amount Of Work That Went Into Making SNL’s “A Kanye Place”

It's been a massive week for Donald Glover and his music alias, Childish Gambino. After a top-notch appearance as both host and musical guest for SNL over the weekend (May 5), Glover also released a single coupled with an incredibly powerful, intricately layered, and culturally significant music video for, "This Is... Read more

Donald Glover’s SNL Skit Shows What A Horror Show Kanye West Has Become (Video)

Since Kanye West returned to social media in recent weeks, it has become a 24-7 news cycle for those deeming it worthy of their attention. After a lengthy hiatus from interacting with the public, West returned to Twitter with philosophical quotes by mid-April. Gearing up for a long-awaited album, Heads... Read more

Watch The Cast Of Atlanta Pay Tribute To TLC’s “Creep” Music Video

In the latest episode of Atlanta, "Earn" (Donald Glover), "Paper Boi" (Brian Tyree Henry), and "Darius" (Lakeith Stanfield) sported silk, two-piece pajama sets throughout the show. While it did not make the final cut of the Hiro Murai-directed Season 2 episode titled "North Of The Border," the cast provided a... Read more