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A Gift From The Characters: The 11-Song Soundtrack For THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Art inspires art, and characters become real. Here are the eleven songs the characters in THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH are recommending to readers...

Chance The Rapper: 'Racism Don't Stop When You're A Musician'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.31.2017 | Black Voices

Chance the Rapper isn’t shy about raising awareness about social-political issues. In this week’s “2017 Grammys Preview” issue of Billboard m...

From Dallas To The B.E.T. Awards: Was The Revolution Televised?

Kanene Holder | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Kanene Holder

"Fellow great Americans, hello This is heritage for my medicine" - Kendrick Lamar The greatest tragedy of human existence is the illusion of separate...

Where Does Music Land In Your Fight For Civil Rights

Serge Leshchuk | Posted 07.14.2016 | Entertainment
Serge Leshchuk

The purpose of illuminating social struggles through the prism of pop culture is to bring it to the masses, to grant them access to something they're either unable to or too afraid to explore on their own.

American Express Reveals tech integration for Card Members for the first ever Panorama Music Festival in NYC

RaVal Davis | Posted 07.13.2016 | Entertainment
RaVal Davis

The summer's newest and most anticipated music festival, Panorama is hitting NYC this July at Randall's Island. A 3-day festival space where music and...

Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar Open BET Awards With Unforgettable Performance

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.26.2016 | Black Voices

The BET Awards aired Sunday night and kicked off in the best way possible. Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar opened the annual award show with a searing per...

Rebirth: The Re-emergence Of Live Instruments In Popular Music

Josh Andres | Posted 06.24.2016 | Black Voices
Josh Andres

I am an instrumentalist. It's part of my musical identity and is becoming more fascinating to the mainstream and average listener. I truly believe when we look back on 2016, we will have witnessed the rebirth of live instrumentation, Funk, and Jazz into mainstream music.

Kendrick Lamar Continues His Stance On Gang Violence With Latest Reebok Collection

VIBE | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.23.2016 | Black Voices

Kendrick Lamar continues to champion unity in his new collaboration with Reebok. The Grammy-award winning rapper teamed up with designer Ian Paley to ...

Islamophobia Is More About Phobia Than Islam--A Christian Perspective

John Barton | Posted 06.13.2016 | Religion
John Barton

Recently a flight from Philadelphia to Syracuse was delayed two hours, stalled on the runway, because one passenger became concerned when she perceive...

Assassin a.k.a Agent Sasco, Who Has Hit Collabs With Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar Drops His Outstanding-First Solo Album After 10 Years!

Melissa Mushaka | Posted 06.02.2016 | Entertainment
Melissa Mushaka

Theory of Reggaetivity Assassin a.k.a Agent Sasco's new album is an incredible example of true talent taking reggae to another level. The album, is a ...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Convincing 'Reason' to Listen to Selah Sue; A Day at the Lost Beach

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Five years ago, Belgian singer/songwriter Selah Sue broke out throughout Europe like a fake virus outbreak in a stale popcorn movie. Her debut went mu...

TDE is Rap's Best Label, But SZA's the One I'm Listening To

DJBooth | Posted 05.20.2016 | Entertainment

This article originally appeared on DJBooth. There's a difference between theory and reality. In theory if you had asked me to rank the TDE artists...

Prince Performs With Kendrick Lamar In Newly Unearthed Footage

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 05.05.2016 | Entertainment

Prince released 39 solo studio albums in his career -- and that may only be the tip of the iceberg. In the days since Prince's April 21 death, new st...

Why I Tell Activists to Watch TV

Tracy Van Slyke | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Tracy Van Slyke

In the last year, a new tradition has sprung up in my house. Every Wednesday night, an hour or so before bedtime, my five-year-old son will yell, "Modern Family! Blackish!" so loud it echoes. And with that, my husband and I snuggle up with him on the couch, and together, get lost in characters and stories.

Terrace Martin Paints Jazz and Beyond with Velvet Portraits

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 04.05.2016 | Arts
Ari Sadowitz

Just as the dust from Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly seemed to settle, the rapper dropped untitled unmastered., a collection of what were once c...

A Street Artist Celebrates Black History One Portrait At A Time

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Funded from his own pocket, 34-year-old Mel Waters devised the project for himself and executed it on city walls (and one delivery truck) to pay tribute to famous African Americans during Black History Month.

Me, Myself, and 'i': Kendrick Lamar, the Politics of Respectability, and the Culture of Resistance

Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq. | Posted 03.22.2017 | Black Voices
Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq.

A little more than a year ago, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth drew the ire of a significant portion of his loyal supporters due to comments he made to Gavin Edwards in an interview published by Billboard magazine.

Kendrick Lamar Heading For Second Number One Album On Billboard 200 Chart With 'Untitled'

Billboard | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.09.2016 | Black Voices

On next week’s Billboard 200 chart, watch for Kendrick Lamar to notch his second No. 1 with the surprise album Untitled Unmastered....

Kendrick Lamar Releases Surprise New Album, 'Untitled Unmastered'

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 01.26.2017 | Entertainment

Kendrick Lamar quietly dropped a secret album, "untitled unmastered," Thursday night. The unannounced album can be purchased on iTunes, or streamed on...

Kendrick Lamar: More Than a Rapper

Brian C. Bush | Posted 03.01.2017 | Black Voices
Brian C. Bush

At this point in his career, it would seem to undermine the genius of Compton's son to simply call him a "rapper."

Thank You, #BlackTwitter, For Opening My Eyes

Moni Oyedepo | Posted 03.01.2017 | Black Voices
Moni Oyedepo

Black Twitter, this is to you. All of the creators, writers, advocators, entertainers, bloggers, millennials, reporters, POC, contributors, gif makers, photoshop masterminds, to all of you I say thank you. You created a movement that is far from being over, and I am forever grateful.

Kendrick Lamar, Truth Telling, The 13th Amendment, And America's Cognitive Dissonance Towards Mass Incarceration

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 02.24.2017 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

First, let me say that Kendrick Lamar's performance is indeed worth of all the superlatives, but maybe that's not the point here. Maybe America's collective refusal to see the truth of mass incarceration is the real problem!?

Political Performance: It Didn't Start With Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé

Sara Warner | Posted 02.22.2017 | Entertainment
Sara Warner

Zaps are highly theatrical, non-violent displays of civil disobedience that typically involve skits, costumes, and props. Infusing social protest with guerrilla theater, zaps are symbolic actions designed to shock spectators and attract media attention.

7 Blackest Moments That Made The Grammys Worth Watching

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.31.2017 | Black Voices

Black musicians made the 58th Grammy Awards a show to remember. From Kendrick Lamar's politically-charged, Fela Kuti-inspired performance that brought...

Trevor Noah Says Kanye West Isn't Kendrick Lamar Because Of The Kardashians

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.16.2016 | Entertainment

Kendrick Lamar was king Monday night with his powerful Grammys performance that included renditions of "The Blacker the Berry" and "Alright." Lamar e...