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Meet 90's East Coast Hip Hop Inspired Designer Jonathan Goldberg

Brad Hobbs | Posted 01.26.2016 | Style
Brad Hobbs

Jonathan Goldberg is a fashion designer inspired by the 90's hip hop culture. Being from the Tri State area, the culture of NYC and its Hip Hop hist...

Rising Stars of Rap: Meet Hopsin

Steve Harmon | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Harmon

If a visitor from another planet landed on Earth what would they think of the comings and goings of humans? Oh wait, that visitor is here: meet Hopsin.

Rising Stars of Rap: Meet KYLE

Steve Harmon | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Harmon

Somewhere in rap music's pantheon of performers there's a slot for fun, upbeat and irreverent. Back in the day that belonged to Fresh Prince and Kid 'N Play. Today one of the rising stars of rap taking the keys is KYLE.

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, ...

Thought and Vision: A Conversation with Roots Vocalist Tariq Trotter

Karen J. Francis | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Karen J. Francis

While it isn't surprising that such an inventive and innovative lyricist would so multi-faceted, up until now Tariq Trotter has always been very private. With his recent foray into the fashion world, however, he is opening up and allowing us a rare glimpse inside.

Guerrilla Warfare: The San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest at the Palace of Fine Arts

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Despite the welcome presence of three singers onstage, and the rousing athleticism of five bare-chested dancers, Oakland's Embodiment Project tribute to African American male victims of hate crimes and racial profiling fell somewhat flat.

Will 'Bad Bitch @ Instagram 2014-2020' Fit On a Resume?

Ise Lyfe | Posted 08.26.2014 | Technology
Ise Lyfe

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with feeling beautiful and wanting to flaunt it. I also believe that women should be free to express their sexuality however they choose. To me the issue is the wackness of the one dimensional pretty girl.

Meatless Monday: Earth Day With Eco-Chef Bryant Terry

Ellen Kanner | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Earth Day just tastes better with self-described eco-chef Bryant Terry in the kitchen."I started calling myself an eco-chef in 2002,"says the author o...

New Year!! Still a N***a...

Gerard Kersey | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

So as 2013 made its exit, and 2014 came in what a great feeling it was. As I was bringing in the New Year in church with family and friends, it was a ...

This Is How All Holiday Carols Should Sound

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Arts

While holiday music is a wonderful tradition this time of year, sometimes it gets a tad bit, well... repetitive. What could help add a touch of spice ...

Millennial Raptivist Organizes Community's Voice

Christopher Norris | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

Looking around his West Philly community a 19-year-old do-gooder held his first community event, aiming to both recreate the look and feel of memorable childhood block parties, and bring warmth to an otherwise 'cold block.'

Why It's So Important To Listen To The Music Your Teens Love

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.29.2014 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

Our kids listen to their music in private, an activity hidden from us like the text messages and snapchats they send to friends over their smart phones.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Steal the Spotlight in DC

Jason Williams | Posted 01.25.2014 | DC
Jason Williams

What can't be questioned is that, for at least another night, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were the kings of the castle, and they are flying their own independent flag.

Sorry, Slim, But Lil Wayne Is the Greatest MC Alive

Brian Penny | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Brian Penny

Unlike the classic debate over 2Pac or Notorious B.I.G. being the greatest MC ever, both Lil Wayne and Eminem are still very much in the game and cranking out hits, with each artist sitting on discographies of over 1000 tracks.

Painting Miri Ben-Ari -- Grammy Award Winning Violinist

Michael Hafftka | Posted 12.15.2013 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

Miri Ben-Ari -- who has collaborated with artists like Kanye West, Jay Z and Alicia Keys -- plays the violin. She has worked with artists in all genres of music, from soul to jazz, to hiphop and R&B, pop and dance music.

Charles Barkley Is a Role Model (Sort Of)

Andrew Cotto | Posted 10.16.2013 | Media
Andrew Cotto

Charles Barkley has become a role model Or, at least, a voice worthy of a place at the table of public discourse. He's particularly candid and refreshing when it comes to matters of race.

Jay Z's Gift To Legendary Rocker

Huffington Post | Posted 08.14.2013 | Entertainment

It seems The Doors' music might not be so far off from Jay Z's rap lyrics least according to the king of rap himself. Doors drummer and aut...

Triple Threat Clayton Prince

Yvonna Russell | Posted 09.25.2013 | Entertainment
Yvonna Russell

Actor, writer and director Clayton Prince is that rare show business commodity of talent called a triple threat. The Philadelphia native turned down a math scholarship to Temple University to pursue the entertainment business and never looked back.

A Ride With Zebra Katz - New Album

Aline Pimentel | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Aline Pimentel

I met Ojay Morgan, aka Zebra Katz, back in 2012 when he invited me to style his music video. I got super excited to work with a new musician who has a such unique way of expressing his work.

How Did "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Become Such a Big Hit?

Quora | Posted 05.27.2013 | Entertainment

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Aaron Ellis, Former Music Critic with Artist Farm Macklemore & Ryan Lewis follow a formu...

Lupe Fiasco's "Bitch Bad" and the Art of Parody

Rap Genius | Posted 07.02.2012 | Entertainment
Rap Genius

"Bitch Bad" is a complicated grappling with misogyny in popular music and culture, and its effect on children of both genders. But what is not complicated is how Lupe feels about songs he hears on the radio.

Facebook IPO: Sizzle vs. Fizzle

Beverly Macy | Posted 07.22.2012 | Technology
Beverly Macy

I'm not a huge fan of Facebook (I'm a Twitter gal). But even I can acknowledge that something seismic has shifted in how we communicate and connect and Facebook epitomizes that -- at least right now.

Ashley Judd and Hip-Hop Culture

Kevin Powell | Posted 06.13.2011 | Entertainment
Kevin Powell

Because hip-hop has been the dominant cultural expression since at least the 1980s, in America, in the world, it has also come to embody many of the worst aspects of male privilege and domination. Ashley Judd is not wrong to point this out.

Did Kanye West Create A Monster?

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mikhail Lyubansky

To some, Kanye West's new video is a defense of blackness. I wanted to see such a meaning. I looked for it, both in the lyrics and the video. I couldn't.

Blog Posts From Iran's Metal and Hip Hop Artists: Is Music the Weapon of the Future in Iran?

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Levine

While music has yet to play a public role in the protests similar to the role of artists in the Beirut Spring of 2006, they are working behind the scenes.