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Jay Smooth, Host Of NYC’s Longest-Running Hip-Hop Radio Show, Resigns In Protest

Jay Smooth, host and DJ of The Underground Railroad, the longest-running Hip-Hop radio program in New York, has announced that he is resigning from his post. The show runs on the non-commercial WBAI-FM station. Smooth's resignation is a direct protest of WBAI's recent hiring of Leonard Lopate, a former show... Read more

The NFL May Be Freezing Out Another Player For Protesting Police Violence

Colin Kaepernick has become a symbol of courage and protest. The former NFL quarterback knelt during the performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" ahead of each game in the 2016 season as a player for the San Francisco 49ers. His actions were a demonstration against oppression, especially the non-conviction and non-action... Read more

Spotify Has Made A Loud Statement By Muting R. Kelly, But It’s A Dangerous Precedent.

R. Kelly is today embroiled in what may prove to be the breaking point in the years-long backlash against him amidst allegations of sexual abuse, harassment, statutory rape and more. Though he's faced legal battles for decades—he was found guilty of battery in 1996, for starters—the award-winning, multi-platinum selling singer... Read more

Colin Kaepernick Receives Amnesty International’s Highest Award (Video)

This past weekend, human rights organization Amnesty International honored Colin Kaepernick with its Person Of Conscience Award. The former NFL star received the distinction for his commitment to social justice and racial discrimination, including public protest and personal sacrifice. "The Ambassador of Conscience award celebrates the spirit of activism and... Read more

JAY-Z Combats 1 NFL Owner’s Divisive Words With A Message Of Unity (Video)

This weekend, ESPN magazine reported on just what transpired behind the National Football League's closed doors. Earlier this month, several owners, players, and league officials met to discuss the ongoing National Anthem protests. Criticism, TV boycotts, and declining attendance continue to plague the NFL's revenue and public image. Thereby, the... Read more

Colin Kaepernick Formally Files A Grievance Against The NFL & Its Team Owners

Professional football was played today (October 15) and will be tomorrow, but not with Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback remains a free agent, without a team. However, Kaep', who recently reminded fans that he wants to play, believes that the National Football League and owners of its... Read more

Mathematics Explains How Dr. Dre’s 2001 Influenced His Production On The New Wu Album (Video)

Hip-Hop news and culture move fast, and it’s easy to miss significant developments. Every week, Ambrosia For Heads takes a look back at the Last 7 days. This video series, hosted by Justin “The Company Man” Hunte examines the current issues with a colorful rundown of the what, where, and why. While the Last... Read more

J. Cole Releases A Powerful Statement About Why The NFL Boycott Remains The Focus

In the wake of Donald Trump's comments lambasting NFL players who have been exercising their right to free speech by protesting during the national anthem, the protests went to a completely different level today (September 24). Players, coaches and owners who have been ambivalent over the last year, unified in... Read more

The NFL Boycott Is Working & Masta Ace Says It’s Bigger Than Colin Kaepernick (Video)

A week ago, the NFL began its first week of the 2017 regular season. Ratings show a serious decline in viewership, year over year. From week 1 kickoff on Thursday Night Football (a 14% decline) to Sunday numbers on FOX and CBS, many less people are watching. Meanwhile, big media seems... Read more

In A Tumultuous Week, Hip-Hop Remains The Great Unifier (Video)

Hip-Hop news and culture move fast, and it’s easy to miss significant developments. Every week, Ambrosia For Heads takes a look back at the Last 7 days. This video series, hosted by Justin “The Company Man” Hunte examines the current issues with a colorful rundown of the what, where, and why. While the Last... Read more

Masta Ace Calls For A Boycott Until Colin Kaepernick Is Signed

As NFL teams are set to begin their training camps later this month, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and unrestricted free agent Colin Kaepernick has yet to be added to a roster. Many NFL fans, sports media personalities, and celebrities supporting Kaepernick attribute the glaring lack of interest from NFL... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Releases The Most Powerful Song Of His Career With “Land Of The Free” (Audio)

For many, this has been a hard week. The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the start has been juxtaposed with the sense of foreboding doom at where the country is headed after tomorrow's inauguration. There have been countless articles, infinite social media posts and endless debates among... Read more

Samuel Jackson Joins KRS-One, Talib Kweli & More In The Fight Against Police Violence (Audio)

"All you celebrities out there, here's a chance to do something else. I challenge all of you to sing that we ain't going to stop till people are free." Those are the words of esteemed actor Samuel L. Jackson, as he opens the deeply powerful "I Can't Breathe," featuring Mad... 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

Freddie Gray’s Family Potentially Awarded $6.4 Million By Baltimore, But Justice Can’t Be Bought.

Today (September 8), the family of Freddie Gray reached a settlement with the city of Baltimore, Maryland. The family and legal team will receive $6.4 million, according to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Tomorrow morning (September 9), the Board Of Estimates, a civic panel including Mayor Rawlings-Blake will be the final step,... Read more

Eric Garner’s Family Awarded $5.9 Million By NYC, But The Fight For Justice Continues.

As of yesterday (July 13), the family of Eric Garner has reached a settlement with New York City. The family and attorneys will receive $5.9 million, according to The New York Times. The wrongful death settlement closes nearly one year to the day following the July 17, 2014 death of... Read more

Prince is Hosting a “Rally 4 Peace” in Baltimore This Weekend

Affected by the murder of Freddie Gray, and moved by the protests of the people in Baltimore, Maryland, Prince has announced "Rally 4 Peace." The Minnesota musical icon will host a performance for Sunday May 10 at Royal Farms Arena. Joined by his band 3rd Eye Girl, Prince publicized the... Read more

Q-Tip Walks the Walk in Protest for Michael Brown in New York (Video)

As protests break out across the nation in light of last night's decision by the grand jury in Ferguson, MO to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, prominent members of the Hip-Hop community continue to take a stand. Last night, Killer Mike spoke passionately... Read more