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Kanye West Apologizes For His Slavery Comments & Breaks Down In Tears (Video)

For well over a decade, Kanye West has been one of the most polarizing figures in pop culture. From stating on live TV that then President George W. Bush did not care about Black people, to storming the stage at the 2009 VMAs in protest of Taylor Swift, Kanye has... Read more

The Roots Re-Make A Classic Schoolhouse Rock Song To Teach About Slavery (Video)

For many people growing up in the 70s and 80s, Schoolhouse Rock! was a fundamental part of their childhood. The interstitial series that aired during ABC's Saturday morning cartoon block featured animated clips with songs that taught about relevant issues, from history and grammar to science and civics. The combination of... Read more

Killer Mike Says Blacks Have Bigger Problems Than Bill Maher (Video)

This weekend's episode of Real Time With Bill Maher will go down in history as one of the veteran, Emmy-nominated talk show's most memorable episodes. However, the former host of Politically Incorrect was just that when he used the n-word, referring to himself in a conversation with Nebraska Senator Ben... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Says Obama Wasn’t Enough. America Needs to Wake Up (Video)

On Inauguration Day, Joey Bada$$ released "Land Of the Free," an exercise in Hip-Hop as political tool. In the song, the Brooklyn, New York MC continues a tradition present throughout his young yet inspiring career, tackling everything from the KKK to personal destiny. As such, the song's lyrics are potent,... Read more

Nas, Vic Mensa & Game Hold Nothing Back On the Year’s Most Explosive Soundtrack (Audio)

The Birth of a Nation is already one of 2016's most talked about films, and it hasn't even been released yet. On October 7, the Nate Parker directed sensation will arrive in theaters, and due to its simultaneously historic and timely content, it already has American movie lovers buzzing. The... Read more

A New Documentary Examines How American Prisoners Are the New Slaves (Video)

"The 13th Amendment to the Constitution makes it unconstitutional for someone to be held as a slave. There are exceptions, including criminals." That is but one of the many powerful statements shared in the trailer for a forthcoming documentary called "13th." Directed by Selma's critically acclaimed director Ava DuVernay, it... Read more

Thousand of Prisoners Are Going On Strike to Protest “Slave Labor” (Video)

45 years ago today, Attica Prison in New York State became the unwitting headquarters of a days-long uprising which became a watershed moment in the broader movement for prisoner rights. At the heart of the uprising was a desire on the part of prisoners to be provided with better conditions,... Read more

Georgetown Is Making Amends To The Descendants Of Slaves From Whom It Profited

In a speech that will go down in history as one of the greatest examples of political oratory, Michelle Obama referenced the building of the White House by slaves. It was a potent point, and one that is often forgotten when Americans are swept up in patriotism and pride. Slaves... Read more

Metta World Peace’s Mentor Explains How The Great Recession Correlates To Slavery & Drug Dealing (Video)

Metta World Peace has had an illustrious career as a professional basketball player for the NBA, having played for six teams including his championship run with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010. The man formerly known as Ron Artest has been involved with his fair share of controversy along the... Read more

Creators of the ‘Roots’ Reboot Get Real About the Need for a Remake (Video)

"King Kunta," one of Kendrick Lamar's stand-out tracks off To Pimp a Butterfly, bears a title that references what is perhaps the most iconic miniseries to ever air on American television. Kunta Kinte was the name of a central character in Roots, a visual requiem about slavery in the United... Read more

The “Roots” Reboot Trailer Proves Alex Haley’s Story Is Another Must-Watch Event (Video)

Last summer, it was revealed that A&E Studios was remaking Roots. Alex Haley's 1976 novel was famously filmed for television, premiering on PBS in 1977. Almost 40 years later, the gripping slavery narrative returns—with a host of stars (Forest Whitaker, Lawrence Fishburne, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose,... Read more

150 Years After Slavery Ended, Politicians Still Need a Reminder that Black Lives Matter

On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified with the sate of Georgia's approval of the legislation, bringing a formal end to slavery. The ratification meant that, at least on paper, human beings were no longer allowed to be viewed as property and that,... Read more

Nas Reacts To His Third-Great Grandmother’s Bill Of Sale Into Slavery (Video)

As part of PBS' "Enslaved Roots" series, the camera turns its lens on Nas. The Queens superstar traces his DNA back to a Virginia slave plantation. Throughout his career, Nas has paid close attention to his ancestry, and African bloodline. The continent is a place that the iconic MC has... Read more