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Moving Beyond Ignorance

Robin Hall | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Robin Hall

I never get when people say, "I have no regrets." I will continue to apologize forever for my idiocy.

No Respect For Hip-Hop's O.G.s: Why Many Legendary MCs Still Need To Hustle

The Daily Beast | Stereo Williams | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices

Imagine Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin embarking on a 32-city tour together. Picture the legions of aging Baby Boomers...

Mic Check: Here's Why Hip Hop Hasn't Grown up Yet

Julian Mitchell | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

In the midst of these projected possibilities, one thing is certain: the power of Hip Hop is immense and unwavering. But, how the art form is used from this point forward will determine the type of power we truly want to have.

Kanye, Kurt Cobain, and the Wish Fulfillment of a Musical Genre

Josh Stein-Sapir | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
Josh Stein-Sapir

Kanye West isn't a real person. He's the unfortunate manifestation of the ideals set forth in his musical genre. He joins a tragic and unique group, which includes Tupac, Sid Vicious, and Kurt Cobain.

My Conversation on Hip-Hop With Geraldo Rivera

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.24.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Rivera recently found himself in hot water after making some controversial remarks about the impact that Hip-Hop has had on minority communities.​​ In this clip he explains his position but concedes that in describing Hip-Hop in general as being harmful to young minorities, he may have painted with too broad a brush.

New Artist Reviews: 832

Morena Duwe | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Music has the power to reach far and wide, speak every language, and even control our pulse. Of the many genres of music that exist, hip hop has always been at the root of urban culture. It has undergone evolutions of change, but certain sensibilities have stuck with hip hop from the days of its origins to now.

Hip-Hop Legend DJ Premier Teams Up With Detroit's Own Royce Da 5'9" to Form PRhyme, Tour Set to Hit Ann Arbor

Kelly Frazier | Posted 02.23.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

The recent chapter in the career of DJ Premier is PRhyme, a project he did with long time collaborator, Detroit emcee Royce Da 5'9", in which Premier sampled songs from the world-renown producer/composer Adrian Younge.

Photos of '80s Cultural Icons Regenerated in a Series of Graffiti Mashups

Julie Grahame | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
Julie Grahame

Photographer Janette Beckman's career has spanned four decades. She's shot album covers for bands from The Police to Grandmaster Flash; adverts for Vodaphone; portraits and performances for magazines, record companies, and fashion brands such as Ben Sherman.

Physician, Producer and Media Mogul Dr. Kiki Hurt Puts Art Into Medicine, and Medicine Into Art

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Gregory Weinkauf

Long have I been intrigued by the intersection of the pop and the practical -- meaning: how and where do popular culture and, you know, useful stuff, connect, affect each other, and cross-pollinate?

Geraldo Rivera: Failed Hip-Hop Icon

Christopher Emdin | Posted 02.19.2015 | Media
Christopher Emdin

Recently during a relatively innocuous interview, Geraldo Rivera departed from a line of questioning about his politics and recent experiences shooting a television show to say, "Hip-hop has done more damage to Black and Brown people than racism in the last 10 years."

Russell Simmons Hits Back At Geraldo Rivera Over Criticism Of Hip Hop

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.19.2015 | Media

Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons has some strong words for Fox News' Geraldo Rivera and his comments about hip hop damaging the lives of bla...

Larry Wilmore and the Importance of Keeping It 100

Ahmad Khan | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment
Ahmad Khan

The Nightly Show clearly knows its voice and if one thing is for sure, it's that the show is in the infancy of what will be a great run. Unique and irreverent, Wilmore's a breath of fresh air that provides a new perspective to balance out the 50 shade of white that make up late night television today.

Geraldo Rivera: Hip-Hop Has Damaged Black People More Than Racism In Last 10 Years

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

Geraldo Rivera doesn't exactly seem like a pre-eminent authority on rap culture, but he has some very interesting thoughts about hip-hop, which he sha...

Scientists Reveal Secrets Behind Hip Hop's Most Complicated Rhymes

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.17.2015 | Science

After analyzing the music of some of hip hop's biggest artists, from Eminem to Public Enemy, linguists at the University of Manchester in England noti...

Common's Advice for Up-and-Coming Creative Talent at the Tanqueray Trunk Show

Gastronomista | Posted 02.13.2015 | Style
Gastronomista

Photo Courtesy of Team Epiphany New York City is deep in the throes of Fashion Week - designers are hustling to put the finishing touches on their c...

Exclusive Interview: Rock City on the 57th #GRAMMYs, Growing Up Poor and #WhatDreamsAreMadeOf

Timothy Tukes | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment
Timothy Tukes

Rock City's new project #WhatDreamsAreMadeOf is an homage to St. Thomas and their struggle. They hope their new project can narrate the stories many have overcome and still face, specifically growing up disadvantaged and in poverty.

10 Essential Entrepreneurial Lessons From the Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments

Ciara Pressler | Posted 02.09.2015 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

Of the many great insights gleaned from rap lyrics, few are as applicable to startup success as The Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments.

Detroit Hip-Hop's Own V-Stylez Embraces Life and Culture on His Debut Album At Oddz Til I'm Even

Kelly Frazier | Posted 02.06.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

If more people believed that it's never too late to truly do what you are passionate about, then maybe more people would experience some satisfaction in their life. Music has its pedigree, and it's been evident for centuries how its effect grows to places that no one can ever control.

Climate Justice: A Fight for Equal Opportunity

Gina McCarthy | Posted 02.06.2015 | Black Voices
Gina McCarthy

Today, too often, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color are disproportionately burdened by pollution and health risks. Those same communities are excessively vulnerable to the devastating floods, fires, storms and heatwaves supercharged by climate change.

'Jay Z' Is 'A Dissertation On The Diaspora Of The Black Soul'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 02.04.2015 | Entertainment

Other than hailing from Chicago, there is very little known about new artist Goodbye Tomorrow. Premiering his/their debut track on Monday, "Jay Z" pla...

A World of Kindness: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

I have the privilege of making seed grants to social change leaders around the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our community of givers supported this week.

Rick Rubin Explains How Kanye Wrote His Newest Song

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment

Rick Rubin has worked with and produced some of the most iconic artists in history -- Kanye West, Jay Z, Adele, Johnny Cash and Beastie Boys, to name ...

Artist Spotlight: Raplords ft. Dana Coppafeel, SPEAK Easy & DJ Mammyth

Morena Duwe | Posted 02.11.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Hip hop can evoke any number of feelings from its listeners. It can enrage, engage, soothe and inspire; it can make you laugh, cry, and question everything. It reforms the standard musical structure by taking the emphasis off of melody and focusing on rhythm, cadence and lyrics.

On Hip-Hop and Philosophy: Interview With Joey Bada$$

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 01.29.2015 | Entertainment
J.L. Sirisuk

During a time when so much of hip-hop is saturated with blatant sexual references, we have Joey whose album dropped on what is hard to believe is only his 20th birthday. The album permeates with an introspection and lyricism found in someone much older than Joey's 20 years.

'Fresh Dressed' Documentary Schools Us On Hip-Hop And Style

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

Fashion has always had a place in the hip-hop world -- from Kanye West waxing poetic on the importance of style to Run DMC revolutionizing the Adidas ...