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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

Taylor Bennett Speaks Candidly About Coming Out & Creating His Own Lane (Video)

In the last month, Taylor Bennett released a six-song project called BE YOURSELF. The DIY project is the latest from the Chicago, Illinois MC. For many Hip-Hop Heads, two things come to mind surrounding the 22-year-old. He is the younger brother of Grammy Award-winning Rap star Chance The Rapper. Additionally,... Read more

Lena Waithe Is The First Black Woman To Win An Emmy For Comedy Writing (Video)

"TV teaches you how to dream," Lena Waithe said in her recent interview with The Breakfast Club. The Chicagoan actor and writer just made television history as the first Black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, for her work on the "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None. Now... Read more

The Breakfast Club Responds To Threats Of Boycott Due To A Guest’s Words (Audio)

On Friday (July 28), comedian/actor Lil Duval was a guest on The Breakfast Club. The interview has since become controversial, with some calling for a boycott of the syndicated Power 105 morning show following remarks made by the Jacksonville, Florida native guest. During the interview, DJ Envy asked Lil Duval, "Say... Read more

Taylor Bennett Comes Out as Bisexual, a Major Step for Inclusiveness in Hip-Hop

LBGTQ visibility has been nearly nonexistent when it comes to Hip-Hop artists. For all of its inclusive, progressive, and positive aspects, Hip-Hop has very few artists in its history who have come out as being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or any other sexual identity other than heterosexual. In fact, the... Read more

Pharrell & Ellen Aren’t Runnin’ From Homophobia. They Tackle It Head On. (Video)

This morning (January 5), Pharrell Williams appeared on Ellen. The Neptunes/N*E*R*D co-founder was not joined by "Runnin'" collaborator Kim Burrell, as originally planned. Earlier this week, the Grammy-nominated Gospel/Christian singer was cancelled from appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' show, following her sermon at Love and Liberty Fellowship Church International. After those... Read more

Skillz’s 2016 Rap Up Reminds Us Of The Year’s Highs, Lows & Reasons To Stay Woke (Audio)

2016 is coming to a close. Years from now, how will we, the people, remember such an expansive year in Hip-Hop music, news, and culture? This year, some of the biggest MCs in the genre released new albums. Several of these efforts came in short notice, challenging new distribution platforms... Read more

The NCAA Is Playing Offense & Moving Its Games Out Of North Carolina

Less than two months after the National Basketball Association announced it would be moving its 2017 All-Star Game and all related festivities out of North Carolina, the National Collegiate Athletic Association is taking a similar stand. The N.C.A.A. will be relocating all of the sports events scheduled to take place... Read more

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 movement's direction. Also being referred to as a list of demands, the platform - officially titled "A Vision For Black... Read more

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 it is pulling its 2017 All-Star festivities from the state. The game was to be held in Charlotte, and its... Read more

Vic Mensa Asks Why There Is So Much Hate Against Free Love (Audio)

Less than one month after releasing the highly-acclaimed There's Alot Going On EP, Vic Mensa shows no signs of slowing his roll or losing his focus. The Chicago, Illinois delegate of the Roc Nation roster returns with "Free Love." This song taps into some of the showmanship that Vic demonstrated... Read more

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 loved. Though not a coming-out statement in the traditional sense, it nonetheless exposed a deeply personal facet of the young... Read more

The Federal Government Is Telling North Carolina to Back Off in Support of LGBTQ Rights (Video)

The Tar Heel State has become a hotbed in the ongoing battle for LGBTQ rights, with particular emphasis on the "T." North Carolina legislators recently passed House Bill 2, which has colloquially been called the "Bathroom Bill," an ordinance which effectively forces transgendered men and women to use the public... Read more

A Popular Adult Website Is Standing Up for LGBTQ Rights In North Carolina

In recent weeks, news of conservative laws being enacted in southern states have made news within the LGBTQ movement. In North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory has been the target of criticism after he signed into law a bill which would force transgendered men and women to use restrooms which match... Read more

One Street Artist Takes Aim At Homophobia With Spray Paint & Murals

Once again, street art's potential for spreading awareness of social and political issues is being proven, this time in Copenhagen. The Danish capital is home to a vibrant arts scene, and its reputation for being the world's most livable city has led to an influx of tourists and international residents,... Read more

Now That Gay Marriage Is Legal in Every State, Will Hip-Hop End Its Homophobia?

In a ringing endorsement for civil equality, the Supreme Court yesterday (June 26) ruled that gay marriage is a national right and that individual states no longer have the ability to ban gay men and lesbian women from matrimony. With that decision came sweeping support from many, but there are... Read more