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Malik Yusef Jones is a Grammy-winning songwriter, spoken word artist, poet, film producer, actor, philanthropist and father. "All Of The Lights," a song that he wrote with Kanye West won the 2012 Grammy's for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Jones is from Chicago and maintains close ties with fellow Chicago artists, including West, Common, and Lupe Fiasco.

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Blowing Money Fast

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 10:12 AM

There is no greater fascination that we have as humans than for people who have resources to waste. Although a multicultural nation, Money is truly the language America speaks. We don't want to do away with the wealthy as we are more interested in acquiring our own piece of the...

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The Psychology of a Hater

(18) Comments | Posted May 6, 2012 | 6:23 PM

There is no industry where you hear talk about haters as often as in entertainment. Although there are true haters out there, too often, the word hater is used to justify our own failures, Is your music not gettin' play because of haters, or is your music sub-par? People fall...

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Last Night DJ Saved My Life

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 3:00 PM

We are all led through life by a soundtrack -- whether it's music made in struggle, such as "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday, "What's Going On " by Marvin Gaye, or the use of songs to help navigate the Underground Railroad. We are our music. Yet, not often mentioned is...

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Voting Changes Everything

(4) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 3:27 PM

Is it possible that this year's election may be the most entertaining yet? I'd say so. Musical instruments around the world are being tuned to describe the outcries and passions of people "from all walks of life." Fact is that I too am on the frontlines of this year's elections....

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Wake Up And Dream: The Trayvon Martin Story

(68) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 11:26 AM

Not one to mince words, nor let a few dollars of income affect my sense of self. Let me get right to the issue at hand. I want to make it clear that the Trayvon Martin killing is a travesty. Every aspect of it is a repeat of history and...

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Peace Is the Gift We Give Ourselves

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 9:47 AM

On the anniversary of my man Biggie's transformation (R.I.P Notorious B.I.G), "South by Southwest" kicked off its 26th yearly festival, executing its agenda perfectly. Celebrities of all walks of life marched with no name too big, nor color code unheard from. The melting pot of music, film and interactive conferencing...

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The Music in the Music Industry

(8) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 10:44 AM

Don't get quiet now... all of the sudden it seems like no one wants the mic. The question is, who is responsible for today's state of music? Is it the label, the artist, the promoters, the D.J., hip-hop, rock, pop or everybody in between? Have we totally fell-off, or are...

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Another Golden Opportunity

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 3:25 PM

Besides "money," the word "opportunity" may just be the hardest working word in show business. Everybody says they need it, many more claim they have been denied it, some squander it, others misuse it or fail to take advantage of it. In some cases, like with my friend Lindsay Lohan...

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Join Together: What We Missed in Whitney's Message

(42) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 9:58 AM

I am not a DJ; I don't mix records nor facts. So here are a couple of things right off the top. The silencing of Whitney Huston was a loss to humanity. Secondly, Kurt Cobain, in the opinion of most, was on his way to becoming one of the greatest...

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From Concrete Streets to Streets Paved With Gold

(11) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 10:10 AM

Someone asked me how I would feel if we didn't win Song of the Year tonight... Although Kanye West and I took home Grammys for Best Rap Collaboration of the Year, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Song of the Year, there was an instant feeling of quick letdown when...

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