Pryor's legacy -- his brilliance, his contradictions and ultimate tragedy -- lingers in the shadows of Chris Rock's Top Five. He is referenced outright by Rock's character Andre Allen during a conversation about comedy's greats. But the allusions to Pryor go deeper.
I was contemplating walking out of Top Five during the first half hour, but, boy, am I glad I didn't. Top Five, directed, written and starring Chris Rock, is a slow build like a set up for one terrific joke.
This past Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge swept into New York City for a whirlwind three-day trip. They met Jay-Z, Beyonce and LeBron James at a Brooklyn Nets versus Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball game in Brooklyn.
There is also something about the old becoming new again for the audience. The mix is comforting, yet has that element of surprise.
It's certainly no secret that celebrities enjoy the finer things in life. Many have used their larger-than-life paychecks to collect an impressive inventory of very fancy memorabilia. Here are 10 of the most impressive collections amassed by superstars.
Operating on the TOMS Shoes model--for each backpack bought, a backpack is donated to a child in need -- STATE Bags was born out of a desire to help provide children in need with healthy snacks, school supplies, a reliable carry-all, and a group of positive role models.
As hip-hop's popularity rose, the need for that documentation became more evident. For whatever reason, no one stepped up to the plate, until the foremost hip-hop historian today, Reggie Osse, more commonly known by the name Combat Jack.
Jay-Z has mastered the art of remaining relevant for 16 years strong and doesn't appear to be letting up anytime soon. While this is a great personal accomplishment for Jay, this is also an amazing accomplishment for hip hop.
Word on the street is that even Jay Z and Beyonce pay rent. It's hard to imagine a house suitable for these two celebs, but this one seems to fit the fab bill.
This year, no one is safe when it comes to the ridiculous onslaught of ignorance about to people of color. Whether it was the media, celebrities, or members of our own community, the backwards advice and excuses for the degrading of our people was annoying.
"Ready to Die" is a multifaceted masterpiece, but its driving force is Biggie's supplication for America to recognize a young black man wrought with the fear and rage of existing in a life rooted in continuing stagnation.
Why does urban biodiversity matter at all? Because according to the UN, for the first time in human history more people are now living in cities than rural areas. The planet is urban. When people experience nature, that nature will be urban too.
It is clear that Mr. Carter takes his drinking seriously.
One man in music who would not need an introduction is Jermaine Dupri. Whether you directly know him or not, he's played a pivotal role in various genres of music over the years.
In the 30 years, hip hop music has gone from a small genre of music that got no radio play to a cultural phenomenon that you can find traces of on every part of our planet.