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Black Lives Matter Needs Mos Def Back In The Game

The Huffington Post | Poppie Mphuthing | Posted 05.16.2016 | Black Voices

When Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, recently dropped his new track “Dec. 99th N.A.W.” on SoundCloud via his online platform "A Country Called Earth," it...

Mos Def Breaks His Silence On South Africa Arrest, Announces Retirement

VIBE | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.20.2016 | Black Voices

Yasiin Bey, the artist formally known as Mos Def shared an audio message via Kanye West’s website Tuesday night (January 19) to speak of his detainm...

Rapper Mos Def Arrested At South African Airport

Associated Press | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.15.2016 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The American entertainer commonly known as Mos Def has 14 days to leave South Africa after he was arrested for violating local im...

Exclusive Photos From Wonderfruit Festival 2015 in Thailand

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.13.2016 | Arts
Morena Duwe

The second annual Wonderfruit Festival just southeast of Bangkok in Pattaya Chonburi, Thailand, released exclusive photos from this idyllic event which occurred at the end of 2015. These grounds were transformed into a cross-cultural, sustainability-driven gathering.

The Man Behind The Compound

Azeem Khan | Posted 12.21.2015 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

Photo Credit: Jimmy Giambrome Real creative people need true creative studios to work. The legendary Andy Warhol had one called The Factory, and it w...

Amerigo Gazaway: For Love of Hip Hop

Craig Carpenter | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

Music has a funny way of imprinting a time period in the listener's head. And maybe that's why we like it. As a work of both art and performance, listening to music becomes more than a passive experience.

Boyhood Opens BAMCinemaFest and Other Summer Movies: Third Person and Begin Again

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.21.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Wisdom has it, summer is for action thrillers, rom-coms, and other popcorn movies, but this season is particularly rich. Last week's opening night for...

Could 'Life Of Crime' Be Jennifer Aniston's Next Great Movie?

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment

Jennifer Aniston's film career hasn't surprised us much since "The Good Girl," and that was in 2002. Now, with "Life of Crime," we're thrilled to see ...

Brothers Hypnotic -- An Inspiring Documentary About Music, Politics, and Family

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Peter Dreier

You've never seen a documentary like this. Brothers Hypnotic is not a concert film, but a documentary about how eight individuals forged a collective musical enterprise in a society and industry that rewards individualism, competition, and celebrity.

What If They Force-fed Gandhi?

SpearIt | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
SpearIt

In the end, the goals of these inmates are not far from those of Gandhi. The difference, however, is that Gandhi was only one man with a whole continent of supporters while American prisoners, who number more than some small countries, have few Mos Defs in their corner.

Force Feeding Violates Basic Medical Ethics and Our Core Values

Donna McKay | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Donna McKay

As a nation, we must do better. We must respect everyone's human rights, including those of detainees in our custody and care. Holding people in detention indefinitely violates American values and our country's core principles of justice and fairness.

When a Rapper's Actions Speak Louder Than His Words -- A Tribute to Yasiin Bey's Bravery

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Kanene Holder

While most rappers shoot videos with beautiful women, fancy cars and jewels, Bey was strapped up, held down and gagging as a feeding tube was inserted up his nose.

Ramadan Reflection Day 1: The Different Forms of Fasting

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

While I break my fast with with friends and family, the men and women of Guantanamo will have their fast purposely broken far away from any family -- some being detained now for almost a decade.

Jason Linkins

This Is What It Looks Like When You Force-Feed A GITMO Hunger Striker

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

Very simply then: There are currently over 100 inmates at Guantanamo Bay who are carrying out a hunger strike. On July 5, the Guardian reported that a...

Matt Sax's Venice Takes the Public Theater by Storm

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.13.2013 | New York
Xaque Gruber

The music of Venice spans rock, pop, rap and hip hop punctuated by anthemic ballads.

Can Fashion Designer Ozwald Boateng Transform Africa?

Lola Adesioye | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Lola Adesioye

What does a Savile Row fashion designer have in common with Africa's forthcoming industrial revolution? Well, in Ozwald Boateng's case, a lot.

Shorty Wanna Be a Thug

Kenya (Robinson) | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Kenya (Robinson)

Most of us share an open secret. It reveals itself every time we head to the gym, or prepare for an interview or an important presentation, or, in my case, cleaning day. I cop a Beyoncé, and for a few shining moments I put on the costume of black masculinity. It's like a white tee. One size fits all.

Christopher Rosen

How Lena Dunham Inspired This Winning Indie

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.25.2013 | Entertainment

Discerning filmgoers aghast at the prospect of paying good money to see new releases "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" or "Movie 43" have better opti...

The Future Of Classical Music In New York City

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 11.05.2012 | New York

The last time I played my flute for money was on a New York City subway platform a little over a year ago. It was in the middle of the summer on a par...

The Oddest Celebrity Endorsements Of Obama And Romney

The Huffington Post | Mike Barry | Posted 09.24.2012 | Celebrity

Celebrity endorsements are usually highly coveted by presidential candidates. While some of the more well-known celebs tend to lean towards the Democr...

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Heads To Harlem For Apollo Show

Posted 06.08.2012 | New York

He's come a long way from the streets of Brooklyn. Homegrown hero Yasiin Bey (otherwise known as Mos Def), one of the most unique and talented perf...

Seamus McKiernan

Talib Kweli: You Can’t Just Sit At A Computer And Be An Activist

HuffingtonPost.com | Seamus McKiernan | Posted 11.29.2012 | Impact

The labels “political” and “conscious” have been ascribed to rapper Talib Kweli throughout his music career, beginning with his start as a mem...

WATCH: Katy Perry Covers 'N****as In Paris'

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 03.19.2012 | Entertainment

Katy Perry has covered Kanye West and Jay-Z's rap hit, 'N****s In Paris.' The 27-year-old singer brought out the surprise cover on BBC's Radio 1 Li...

Niggas In Poorest

Sharief Easterling | Posted 05.12.2012 | Black Voices
Sharief Easterling

None of the freestyles over Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas in Paris" have come close to matching the perspective or realness displayed by Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) in "Niggas in Poorest." With the world in a global recession, his perspective maybe exactly what we need.

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Offers Alternative to The Throne

Jalen Victoria Coats | Posted 04.24.2012 | Black Voices
Jalen Victoria Coats

In time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day last month, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def and not to be confused with the ever beloved Beyonce hereafte...