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Chance The Rapper Finally Won A Grammy. Then He Won Another One.

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.12.2017 | Black Voices

Chance The Rapper scored big at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. The 23-year-old Chicago rapper won his first ever Grammy award for Best Rap Perform...

Emcees, Poets and Songwriters, Meet Hip Hop's newest Resource: The Book of Rhymes!

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2016 | Entertainment
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Romane Armand grew up near Roxbury, one of six villages established in and around Boston near the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, after immigrating ...

Livestock Auctioneers Spit Dope Rhymes In Glorious Rap Mashups

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 07.04.2016 | Weird News

Watch out, Jay Z. These livestock auctioneers are coming for your hip-hop crown. Vine user Auctioneer Beats, aka 18-year-old Graham Heavenrich from Ch...

Nigger vs Nigga

Chiaku Hanson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Black Voices
Chiaku Hanson

Nigger verses Nigga The term "Nigger" is a derogatory term used against Black people. The word was originated from the Spanish word "Niger" and ...

My Experience With The Broken Immigration System

Ricky Walters | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
Ricky Walters

While the Immigration and Naturalization Service, now known as the Department of Homeland Security, was trying to deport me, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. was arranging an exhibit honoring my contributions to hip-hop culture and society at large.

WATCH LIVE: Hip-Hop Artists Show Off Their Freestyling Talent

HuffPost | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Black Voices presents BARS, our weekly show where up and coming artists spit their freshest rhymes....

Need More "Lemonade"? Listen to Divinity Roxx

Rebecca Bohanan | Posted 05.02.2017 | Arts
Rebecca Bohanan

Since it dropped a week ago on HBO, Beyoncé's most recent visual album has left the world thirsty for every last melodious drop of Lemonade. To refil...

'Concerned' Mom's 'Rap Attack' Against Transgender Youth Is A Sin Against All Good Taste

Alvin McEwen | Posted 03.26.2017 | Queer Voices
Alvin McEwen

With all due respect, some people's talent endeavors need not be encouraged, particularly when they use them to attack our transgender children.

Babar Harrie: How His Faith Shaped His Journey as a Rapper

Irum Ibrahim | Posted 03.22.2017 | Religion
Irum Ibrahim

Millennials are constantly searching for new faces they can see themselves in. Harrie, still being on his journey, presents a different perspective. His story illustrates the way struggle reaps success when coupled with perseverance.

Twiztid Unleashes Re-Imagined Rock Crossover Album 'Mutant: Remixed & Remastered', Listen to Full Length Stream Now

Kelly Frazier | Posted 03.03.2017 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Earlier this year, renowned Detroit-native rap duo Twiztid announced the acquisition of their 2005 hard rock crossover album Mutant from Psychopathic...

WATCH: Cops Called To Scrapyard 'Riot' Relieved To Find Rap Video Being Filmed

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 02.07.2016 | Weird News

Cops called to a scrapyard in England following reports of masked men smashing up cars were relieved to discover they were only actors filming a rap v...

Some Musical Notes on Baba's Brinksmanship

Greg Cootsona | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
Greg Cootsona

"What's the original origin of religion? Is it teleology? Agency detection? Theory of mind, or anthropomorphism?" (Baba Brinkman, "Byproduct to Benefi...

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 still manage...

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

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 07.21.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | 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 05.15.2016 | 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 03.29.2016 | 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...