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Music Debut for TV Babe Cierra Ramirez

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 06.14.2016 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Barely old enough to drink, singer-actor Cierra Ramirez is poised to take the stage in global fashion with an urban/pop EP release June 20, coinciding...

"En Pointe" Isn't For Everybody

Vanessa Alamo | Posted 06.06.2016 | Arts
Vanessa Alamo

Recently this summer, the internet went insane with a viral video of girls from the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center practicing a new style of danc...

Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book: A Coming to Age Story of a Young Black Chicagoan

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 05.18.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

In one of Chicago's most violent times in recent years due to gun violence, Chance the Rapper's recently released mixtape, Coloring Book, gives many C...

I Tried Living Like DJ Khaled (On A Budget)

Devon Henry | Posted 05.12.2016 | Women
Devon Henry

I decided to launch my experiment on a gloomy Monday. It had been raining on and off, my restaurant job had been slow and tips had been sad. I needed a pick-me-up  --  and some shampoo. I figured Target would be a great place to begin.

Azizi Gibson Releases "A New Life," Prepares for Seat on the Throne of West Coast Rap

Buster Ross | Posted 04.04.2016 | Entertainment
Buster Ross

Azizi Gibson just released A "New Life" on preHISTORIC. Produced by KAMANDI, Millz Douglas, and Southside, this record won't disappoint fans of the un...

All the Time, Phife

Stephen Bardo | Posted 03.28.2016 | Arts
Stephen Bardo

In the twenty or so years since the days of the Stretch mobile, there has not been a time where I've heard a Tribe song, especially a Phife Dawg verse, and not thought of my dad, and that tan Corolla. And I don't think there ever will be.

Chance the Rapper is Not the Next Kanye West, He's the First Chance

DJBooth | Posted 02.29.2016 | Entertainment
DJBooth

Chance is different. He's never wanted to fit into a mold, so let's not force him into one. He doesn't need to follow in Kanye's shoes, he's already kicked off his Yeezys and is dancing in the rain.

Track-By-Track: Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo'

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 02.15.2016 | Entertainment
Abby Klinkenberg

On February 11, 2016, Kanye West delivered us from our two-and-a-half-year, purgatorial wait for his seventh studio album. His third Yeezy collection for Adidas debuted at Madison Square Garden to the soundtrack of his highly anticipated and thoroughly outstanding new album: The Life of Pablo (or at least one version of it).

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 06.07.2016 | 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 today...at least according to the king of rap himself. Doors drummer and aut...