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Food Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project and our community of Daily Givers supported projects that strengthen our food supply by caring for bees, helping people find culturally-relevant ways to access and enjoy vegan food, encouraging people grow food and teaching people healthier ways to cook.

Conversation with Robin Carolan Founder of Tri Angle Records

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

On the occasion of Tri Angle Records 5th Anniversary as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York, I got the chance to interview the charming Tri Angle Records founder Robin Carolan at my local neighborhood diner.

Rapper T.I.'s Son Messiah Harris Makes His Acting Debut in "Sons 2 The Grave"

Timothy Tukes | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
Timothy Tukes

"The choices you make determine your future," Messiah Harris, 15, calmly attested. Sitting in a white-metal lawn chair, the son of Grammy-award winning Atlanta rapper T.I. reflected on the message of his first film Sons 2 The Grave.

California Roots Music Festival Is One of World's Largest Reggae Events - the Secret Behind the Success

Steve Harmon | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Harmon

It happened here: the first major appearances of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and more. No we're not talking about Woodstock. Before Woodstock. In a quiet seaside town known more for sardines than kissing the sky.

Bill O'Reilly Blames The Decline Of American Religion On Rap

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion

A new Pew Research report found that the number of Americans who identify as Christian dropped from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent between 2007 and 2014...

The Apology Letter (a Letter to the Man I Murdered)

Shaka Senghor | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Shaka Senghor

Every time I thought back to that fateful night, I found myself asking the question, "Why didn't I just walk away?"

Top Hip-Hop Artist Brings Awareness to the Killing Fields

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Lauren Kruczyk

With lyrics in Khmer and English and a focus on Killing Fields era legacies, Khmer American rapper praCh Ly's first album, Dalama, was not only credited with introducing hip-hop to Cambodia--it introduced this history to a new generation largely unaware of its genocidal past.

N.Y.C. Actor Promotes Anti-Bullying Through Hip-Hop Education

HooplaHa | Posted 05.12.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

When you're a kid, the pressure to fit in can feel insurmountable. The situation is made worse when a they witness an episode of peer bullying and feel confused about how to handle it.

Here's How Pop Music Has Evolved In Recent Years, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.12.2015 | Science

Fans of pop music know that it has undergone some pretty dramatic changes in recent decades, and one musical genre seems to be driving this musical ev...

ICYMI Health: How Kendrick Lamar Could Change The Face Of Depression And Why Dressing Better Might Improve Your Work Life

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what editors at The Huffington Post are reading this week. This week, we focused on reading stories about the high cost of m...

To Pimp the Black Woman: On Kendrick Lamar's Limited Black Liberation

Raquel Willis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Raquel Willis

In the jazz-laden track, the woman represents the pressures and expectations that white America places on the black man. It's an ill-favored conflation of the relationship between black men and black women -- suggesting that in America, black men suffer an oppression that black women routinely serve to augment.

The Insane Clown Posse Want You to Find That Missing Link in Your Life

Kelly Frazier | Posted 05.04.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

During a lengthy period of ICP's career, they were deemed the most hated band in the world.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Mark Guglielmo, Rapper, Artist, Photographer

Ian Spanier | Posted 04.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Somewhat distracted and aimless when he was in high school, Guglielmo finally began to find himself when a friend gave him an early hip-hop LP -- w...

Detroit Hip-Hop Artist MAHD Battles Life Through His New Album 13

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.29.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

When it comes down to it, MAHD wants to stand on his own and make a name for himself by himself on his own merit. In the end, he just wants to be in the same conversation with the greats. That's a lofty goal, but who really knows what will happen? It's not impossible.

A Feminist Takedown of Usher's 'I Don't Mind'

Katie Chodosh | Posted 04.22.2015 | Media
Katie Chodosh

I just feel like Juicy's killing the vibe here. Usher's trying to show his sensitive side about his bitch's career choice, but Juicy just comes in all brash about it. Maybe it's that Juicy is also confused about Usher's position on this matter.

5 Women Inspiring Us To Reinvent

Posted 04.23.2015 | Women

Evolution. It’s as pivotal to a woman’s life as it has been to the development of our species. Moving from the role of singleton to life partner, ...

No Taylor Swift, Streaming Isn't Killing Music

Steve Harmon | Posted 04.16.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Harmon

In other words, if you're a musician, you have to play live to make money. The old business model of pressing a record or CD and cutting the pie a dozen ways doesn't work.

Hip Hop Artist Common Set to Headline University of Michigan's MUSIC Matters Benefit Show

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.15.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

MUSIC Matters, now in their fourth year, holds a spring festival annually that's patterned loosely by Austin's South By Southwest to bring together all the different facets on campus with hopes to make strong community ties in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.

16-year-old Amandla Stenberg Schools Everyone On Cultural Appropriation

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

“What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?” That’s the question 16-year-old Amandla Stenberg, th...

Michal Menert Set to Release Space Jazz Album

Morena Duwe | Posted 04.14.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Musical alchemist, Michal Menert, has been reshaping the world of electronic music. No longer bound by the two genres of house and techno, this underground Renaissance is changing the way critics interpret electronic music.

Jose James Returns to the Variety Theater in Atlanta with the Music of Billie Holiday

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. James claims inspiration from Holiday and rightfully so. Perhaps his most direct claim to her legacy is his ability, like Holiday's, to bring both pathos and sensuality to a lyric.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Hip-Hop's Past on Display in New Photo Exhibit

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 04.09.2015 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

When photographer Joe Conzo reflects on hip-hop's early days one word comes to mind: innocence. During the late 1970s, he began to document the birth of hip-hop in New York City, prior to the culture becoming a global commercial force.

Why Hip-Hop Has Everything To Do With Poetry

The Poetry Foundation | Nate Marshall | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

I was born in 1989 at the end of hip-hop’s infancy. By the time I dropped into being, hip-hop had a Grammy and platinum records. Reagan had alre...

Detroit Horror Rap Group Twiztid Lets Their Universe Shine Through the Darkness

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.03.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

When you follow a rap group like Twiztid for so long, you realize that for some artists, it isn't about if you like their new song, or how many albums they will sell the first week, or if this song will get radio play.

Little Sparks: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. This summer we will make our 1000th grant! Here are the extraordinary people we supported with seed funding this week.