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Queen Latifah Won't Take Misogyny In Rap Lying Down

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.01.2015 | Black Voices

Rap music was a male-dominated industry when Queen Latifah was coming up (and it still is), but the rapper-turned-actress and TV producer st...

Get Free: Hip Hop Civics Education: The Architect of the New Civil Rights Movement

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Sheena C. Howard

Scholars remind us that courses within the humanities that connect current sociopolitical concerns juxtaposed with the need to educate an increasingly diverse student population is key to the future of higher education.

Eastern And Western Philosophers Have Their Rap Showdown, Finally

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.07.2015 | Comedy

Even great men of ideas have to fight for their street cred sometimes. Famous Eastern and Western philosophers clash in a rap throwdown that is roc...

Sean Hannity Wants Rap Music Banned Along With Confederate Flag

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.25.2015 | Media

As long as major companies are ending sales of the Confederate flag in the wake of the Charleston church shooting, why not pull rap music from the she...

Legendary Rap Music Artist Juicy J Brings 'The Hustle Continues Tour' to Detroit

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.04.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Throughout the past 20 years or so, Juicy J has been able to move swimmingly through the rollercoaster that is the music industry to still be a relevant figure as a solo artist doing the music that he pioneered back in the 1990s.

Federal Appeals Court Hears Case Over Student's Suspension for Posting a Profane Rap Video Online

Student Press Law Center | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Student Press Law Center

Off-campus speech that students share on the Internet must have heightened protection from school disciplinary authority to keep whistle-blowers and rap artists safe from punishment, an attorney for a suspended Mississippi high school student told appellate judges Tuesday.

If Your Coworkers Were Rappers

Sarah Cooper | Posted 06.29.2015 | Comedy
Sarah Cooper

There are many ways to deal with annoying coworkers, but obviously the most effective way is to picture them as rappers. Picturing your coworkers as rappers makes you laugh and provides a helpful nickname that can be used when talking about them behind their backs.

Aspiring Rapper Gets Life Sentence After Rap Lyrics Used As Evidence

REUTERS | Nate Raymond | Posted 04.03.2015 | Crime

(Reuters) - An accused New York City gang member was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for a slew of violent crimes, including three murders, af...

Rapper Killer Mike Says The Criminalization Of Rap Music Is The New Jim Crow

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices

When rappers rap, they do so because it’s a form of artistic expression -- but police and prosecutors have proven to have a skewed interpretation o...

Nick Wing

If The Criminal Justice System Treated Other Music The Way It Treats Rap | Nick Wing | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices

Around the nation, police and prosecutors are using lyrics from rap songs to incriminate suspects and obtain convictions, often in the absence of trad...

Nick Wing

How Police And Prosecutors Are Treating 'Rapping While Black' Like A Crime | Nick Wing | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices

Since the birth of rap music, artists have written songs about pretty much everything: progress, struggle, success, failure, societal ills and the res...

Indian Women Take Down Their Country's Rape Culture In 3-Minute Rap

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

Two Indian women busted rhymes to make a point, and they got the world's attention. Uppekha Jain and Pankhuri Awasthi uploaded a video to YouTube o...

David Lohr

Rapper Killer Mike Deplores Prosecution Of McKinley Phipps: 'We Must Stand With Artists Like Mac' | David Lohr | Posted 03.26.2015 | Crime

NEW ORLEANS -- Rap musician Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, stood up for jailed recording artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps on Wednesday, tell...

Sylvia Robinson: Pioneering Record Producer, Ushered in Era of Rap

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.18.2015 | Entertainment
Kate Kelly

Sylvia Vanderpool was born in New York City, and began recording professionally when she was only 14. Her first blues songs were recorded on Columbia Records with trumpet player, Hot Lips Page.

When N.W.A. Terrified White America

The Daily Beast | Jack Holmes and Asawin Suebsaeng | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices

You’ll have to wait ’til August to see Straight Outta Compton, the biopic on N.W.A, the groundbreaking gangsta rap group that rose to fame in the ...

Hip Hop Homage to 'Our Town' Transports Audience to the '80s

Daryl Rowland | Posted 01.03.2015 | Arts
Daryl Rowland

How do you get a theater largely full of older white people to engage with the struggles and dreams of aspiring hip-hop artists?

17-Year-Old Rapper Freestyles About Random Things To Prove Haters Wrong

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 10.03.2014 | Teen

At 17 years old, budding rapper A-F-R-O can spit rhymes on the fly so well that some question whether he actually freestyles or rehearses then perform...

Metal Music, First Amendment Under Attack: Man Jailed for Posting Exodus Lyrics

Clay Calvert | Posted 11.08.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

A man from Kentucky was arrested and tossed in jail late last month for allegedly making terroristic threats and supposedly threatening to kill students at a school when he posted lyrics by a metal band on his Facebook page.

Vh1's 'ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game'

Nsenga Burton | Posted 11.03.2014 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

Despite a strong introduction, the film quickly falls into a narrative that is hyper focused on rap music, yet fails to include in a meaningful way, other musical movements that were taking place simultaneously and contributed significantly to the rise of Atlanta rap.

The Oldest Rapper In Hip Hop Takes On Cam'ron

Huffington Post | Emily Kassie | Posted 08.04.2014 | New York

He was rolling along in his wheelchair on a busy East-Village street, looking for something. He paused to tell us about the time he rapped for Cam'ron...

Teens Fight Back Against Ronald And The Burger King With Catchy Rap Song

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.04.2014 | Teen

There are a number of reasons not to say "I'm lovin' it" to fast food in America, but these Oakland, California-based kids say it in a powerful, catch...

Rapper Soulja Boy: New CD 'King Soulja 3' Has 'Better Beats, Bigger Collabs'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 09.23.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I don't get caught up in the numbers," Soulja Boy insisted during a recent telephone interview. "I just have fun and put out music. That's what got me in the position I'm in now."

How Hip Hop Is 'Screwing' the Urban Black Community

Torri Stuckey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

Embrace your maturation and all that it entails. As you feel yourself starting to grow out of your youth, don't fight to hold on. Let it go! The best is yet to come...

Iggy Azalea Mistakes Appropriation For Artistry

Salon | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

Recently, my nine year-old nephew came running into the room, eager to find a seat to watch a performance by Iggy Azalea on an awards show. He sat, en...

Tupac Takes on Broadway

Lauri Lyons | Posted 09.13.2014 | Entertainment
Lauri Lyons

Breaking new ground as being the first Broadway musical based on a hip-hop artist's work, Holler is exploring uncharted territory that may set the stage for a new Broadway genre, Hip- Hop Theater.