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The Grammy's Present "The Oral History Of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly"

Andreas Hale | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices
Andreas Hale

(Originally published on In between Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and To Pimp A Butterfly, a 2014 trip to South Africa changed Kendrick Lamar. A...

Michelle Obama's Dance Class At The White House Was Peak Black Girl Magic

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices

A photo posted by First Lady Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Feb 8, 2016 at 8:15pm PST First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a Black History M...

Lady Leshurr Debuts Her Queen Speech in NYC

Salvatore Bono | Posted 02.08.2016 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Welcome to the table one that will soon be the new Queen of hip-hop if she stays the course -- Lady Leshurr.

Hip-Hop Artist G-EAZY Spills on His Motivation Secrets and Successfully Having a Sold Out World Tour!

Melissa Mushaka | Posted 02.03.2016 | Entertainment
Melissa Mushaka


REVIEW: Black Tiger Sex Machine: 'Welcome To Our Church'

Shawn Russell Johnson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Entertainment
Shawn Russell Johnson

We're just over a month into 2016 and I've already been presented with what I can only imagine will become known as one of the best electronic albums of the year.

Underground Hip-Hop Legends Phat Kat and Casual are Ron Jon Bovi, Present New Video "We Get It Poppin" Featuring Guilty Simpson

Kelly Frazier | Posted 02.02.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Ron Jon Bovi is a bit of the throwback to when lyricism and hard beats mattered in hip-hop and emcees like Detroit's own Phat Kat and Oakland's Casu...

Macklemore's 'White Privilege II': Roles for White People in Black Lives Matter

Brandon Kneefel | Posted 01.28.2016 | Black Voices
Brandon Kneefel

Macklemore's song may have found a distinct tune in the race relations conversation and may be an engaged answer to, "what should white people do or not in response to racism?" Macklemore's song is relevant, sure, but is it necessary?

Minneapolis Hip Hop Artist GainesFM Releases New Album

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.27.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Gaines' connection with Smith changed the trajectory of his career as his music began to fall into place like pieces of a puzzle.

Hip-Hop: A Child Of The Civil Rights Movement

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

If we don't start to use our voice, the voice of Hip-Hop, the child of Civil Rights to push mass incarceration reform, police community-sensitivity training, economic equity and equal educational opportunities, then we'll be shucking and jiving all the way back to Jim Crow.

Macklemore's New Song 'White Privilege II' Prompts All Sorts Of Reactions

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.22.2016 | Black Voices

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are tackling the topic of white privilege in their new song, aptly titled "White Privilege II." The duo's lyrics to the son...

Rev. Run on the Tricky Mix of Social Media and Ministry

Julian DeShazier | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Julian DeShazier

There was a time when sending a tweet from church would have been taboo, but now with so many churches connecting digitally, it's more commonplace. That doesn't mean we're good at it, though.

I Sat Down With RJD2 to Talk Remixes, Staying Current and Artistry

Shawn Russell Johnson | Posted 01.19.2016 | Entertainment
Shawn Russell Johnson

I've been a fan of RJD2 for some time now thanks to my roots just outside of Philadelphia. If you're from anywhere near Philly and you're a fan of hip-hop, you know who Ramble Jon (RJD2) Krohn is. I had a couple questions I wanted to discuss and he had graciously allowed me an audience.

Marvel Releases Free Comic Book Compiling Hip-Hop Variant Covers

Erika Hardison | Posted 01.18.2016 | Entertainment
Erika Hardison

Behind every good hip-hop album there's usually some dope album art to accompany it. It's not a secret that some of hip-hop's greatest rappers are i...

L.A. Dance Crew Brings Hip-Hop And Smiles To Kids In Hospital

Annenberg TV News | Krithika Varagur | Posted 01.14.2016 | Good News

This story originally appeared on Annenberg TV News. It’s 10 p.m. on a Sunday night. Shouting and laughter echo across an empty parking ...

'Making A Murderer' Convict's Half Brother Releases Rap Track

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 01.14.2016 | Entertainment

The half brother of Brendan Dassey, one of two convicted murderers made famous by the Netflix docuseries "Making A Murderer," has released a rap song&...

Hip Hop in the Schools?

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 01.13.2016 | Black Voices
Shanita Hubbard

It is often argued that the study of hip-hop provides lyrical examples of systematic challenges that plague society. This assertion served as the catalyst for research designed to measure the value Americans place on hip-hop as a significant cultural movement, and whether it holds enough value to be added to school curriculum.

J. Cole's Forest Hills Drive Film Tells the Story of a Hometown Hero

Matthew Cooper | Posted 01.12.2016 | Black Voices
Matthew Cooper

Every town needs a hero; a beacon of hope, a manifestation of the American dream. For Fayetteville, North Carolina, that hero is Jermaine LaMarr Cole.

André 3000 Breaks His Silence On His Studio Reunion With Erykah Badu

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices

Erykah Badu’s collaboration with ex-boyfriend André 3000 was an unexpected reunion for many fans when she released her November mixtape,...

Baz Luhrmann Hip-Hop Drama Gets Netflix Series Order

The Hollywood Reporter | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices

Netflix is ready to get down with Baz Luhrmann. Following a lengthy deal making process, the streaming service has handed out a straight-to-series or...

Minority Students With Disabilities Fast-Tracked to Prison: Activist Leroy Moore, Jr. Talks Solutions

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 01.06.2016 | Education
Kathleen Kiley

The prison-to-pipeline problem won't be solved overnight, but there are strategies parents, schools, advocacy groups and government authorities are trying to implement to protect students living with disabilities.

VH1 Brings 1990 Hip-Hop Back to TV with "The Breaks"

Kelsey Minor | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Kelsey Minor

Do you remember where you were in 1990? How about when you first heard hip-hop? Picture it, New York City, 1990 and a genre of music that really tap...

Conversation With Phife Dawg of a Tribe Called Quest

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 01.04.2016 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

The opportunity came up to interview Phife Dawg of the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest right before the Christmas holidays. For those of ...

15 for '15: Favorite Music of the Year

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 12.28.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

This was a strong year for music and one that felt more tumultuous than ever for planet Earth and its inhabitants. No coincidence, I'm sure. Here are some favorites from 2015.

The Supreme Court Is Cray If It Doesn't Listen To Killer Mike

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics

Once the news got out that Killer Mike, Big Boi, T.I. and other rap notables were joining a legal brief to the Supreme Court, entertainment outlets j...

Bernie Sanders Takes On Trump, Wall Street and Citizens United in This Epic Animated Rap Video

Brian Hanley | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Brian Hanley

You couldn't have scripted it any better. On one hand you have Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, and on the other, Donald Trump, a multibillionaire. Where Sanders inspires hope, Trump instills fear.