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PHOTOS: Guess Who's Wearing A Man Purse?

The Huffington Post | Marielle Bingham | Posted 12.11.2011 | Style

Look: Lil Wayne wore a man purse. It's not just any man purse, of course. It's a mini Louis Vuitton man purse, or "murse," if you will, and Weezy ...

Hip Hop Artists Must Start Giving Back to the Black Community

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 12.10.2011 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Uncle Luke's remarks are a relevant wake up call to the sleeping giants within hip hop. Artists should be called to action to help deal with the problems that affect all of Black America, not just Miami.

TheFFJD Interviews Rapper KREAYSHAWN: Clueless, Celebrity Crush, and "Music For Women."

Meredith Fineman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment
Meredith Fineman

So unless you live under a rock or haven't been near a computer in a few months, you know the internet sensation that is Kreayshawn. She's one part Am...

Tupac Shakur's Mother: I Feel Like He Died Yesterday

TMZ | Posted 11.14.2011 | Celebrity

It's been 15 years to the day since Tupac Shakur was shot to death -- but his mother is still coping with the rapper's untimely end ... claiming she f...

Kia Makarechi

Why Honesty Makes Kanye West And Jay-Z's Album A Must Listen | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.08.2011 | Home

When I was in college, I used to be disgusted by the nightclub "system" -- bouncers who sniffed at nice people who didn't know how to dress or act ar...

Ice Cube's New Art Project

The Huffington Post | Melinda Brocka | Posted 09.08.2011 | Arts

Highly successful rapper/actor Ice Cube recently expanded his brand into the visual arts. For his collaboration with RareInk, artists from around the ...

WATCH: Cutest Child Rappers Ever

Posted 08.01.2011 | Comedy

Oh my gosh, everyone, we can stop having babies now. Obviously we all think our kid is the cutest, and the only reason we keep procreating as a specie...

WATCH: Tupac's Ninth Life Is His Streetest

Posted 07.19.2011 | Comedy

It's been over a decade since the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry was a thing, and there are tons of conspiracy theories out there among people ...

What John Legend and Common Have in Common

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 07.13.2011 | College
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

Both John Legend and Common share a deep devotion to community outreach promoting equal access to quality education as a right. I hope that we do "wake up," as Legend says in song, our nation's efforts to improve education.

Jay-Z Book Cover Revealed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Featuring an image of Andy Warhol's "Rorschach" on the cover, the fully-illustrated book decodes 36 songs from Jay-Z's extensive catalog, offering an ...

Jay-Z Is Jay McInerney? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The work of hip-hop artists might be collected on mixtapes instead of in weighty tomes, but in both games, lyrical dexterity and a nimble wit are key....

If Rappers Were Colleges: Analogies You WON'T Find on the SAT

Charlie Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Charlie Alderman

Try explaining your college in a few words to someone who isn't in-the-know. It's a delicate business. Why not do the obvious and compare your institution of higher learning with a popular rapper?

Bay Area Rappers Return to NYC Looking For a Win

Len Hollie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Len Hollie

Young Bari, a San Francisco Bay Area rapper is a charismatic crowd pleaser, full of motion and a confident performer in front of the camera.

Mayor Koch Reviews Queen Latifah's Just Wright

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

Her smile and on-screen presence make this film a winner. The film also stars the rapper Common, who is fantastic in his role.

White Kid From Boston Drops Rap Album in The iTunes Forest; Makes a Sound

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Rapper Sam Adams' very existence challenges the relevance of, well, take your pick: record executives, publicists, music writers, every rapper with a dream and a day job and, umm, Myspace.

Rapper's Rap Sheets: A History Of Hip-Hop And The NYPD

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

After a couple of false starts, Lil Wayne was sentenced to a year in jail earlier today. The hip hop star was immediately taken away in handcuffs t...

Lots of Cooks Prepared the Compton Cookout Racial Insult Stew

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Black and minority California lawmakers are leaping over each other to lambaste the now infamous Compton Cookout at UCSD as racially insulting, insensitive, and demeaning.

Afro-Brazilian History, Beats and Culture

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Read More: Black History Month, African-American Experience, Middle Passage, Brazil Slavery, Afro-Brazilian Culture, Afro-Brazilian History, African-American Culture, Slavery, Lauri Lyons, Carnaval, Carnival, Brazil, Brasil, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Portuguese, Congo, Central Africa, Benin, Africa, Portugal, Amerindians, African Diaspora, Angola, South America, Rio De Janiero, Favelas, Samba, Easter, Afro-Brazilians, Black Orpheus, Academy Awards, City of God, Favela Rising, Cannes Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Premiere Brazil, Minister of Culture, London, Dictators, Tropicalia, Exile, Caetano Veloso, Culture Points, Latin American Politics, Vargas, Political Prisoners, Gilberto Gil, Black Pride, Americas, Black Consciousness, Ile Aiye, Rio Carnaval Parade, Moviemento Negro, Brazilian Art, Latin Music, Baile Funk, Art, Latin Art, Brazilian Music, Hip-Hop, African Music, Brazilian Hip-Hop, Turntables, Microphones, Music Samplers, B-Boys, Sao Paulo, Educardo Fm, Salvador De Bahia, Bahia, Evolucao Hip Hop, South Bronx, Afros, Bling, Breakdancing, Radio, Olympic Games, Bronx, Braids, Santos Futebol Clube, Football, Pele, Soccer, Nigerian Civil War, Lagos, New York Cosmos, Amazon Jungle, African American Photographers, Rhythmic Uprising, Beyond Impanema, President Lula Da Silva, Cricket World Cup, Flag an American Story, Flag International, Sacatar Foundation, West-Africa, The Spirits of Itaparica, Itaparica, 2014 World Cup, Brazilian Carnaval, Photography, 2016 Olympics, Music, Huffington Post, Photojournalism, Girl From Impanema, Bossa Nova, Copacabana Beach, Rappers, Urban Music, Innercity Youth, Africana Studies, Race and Ethnicity, Social Advocacy, Southern Hemisphere, World News
Lauri Lyons

While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important.

Juelz Santana Accused Of Threatening Girlfriend With Knife

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

TEANECK, N.J. — Rapper Juelz Santana is accused of threatening his girlfriend with a knife in his New Jersey home. Teaneck police charged Santa...

Jason Linkins

Rapper Issues Profane Tribute To Halle Berry In Louisiana Legislature (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One thing not many Americans know about the State of Louisiana's legislature is that you are basically allowed to do whatever the hell you want when y...

Jason Linkins

Empathy Cited As Important By Many Court Nominees (And Today's Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Well, we can officially put this ridiculous argument over empathy to bed, because, as it turns out, our Supreme Court justices are so gosh-darned empa...

Budget Bling? Some Rappers Opt For Imitation "Ice"

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

In an attempt to keep up appearances, celebrity jewelers say rappers are asking them to make medallions with less-precious stones and metals. Some eve...

Responsibility Is A Lifestyle: It's Time to Bury Da Beef

T.I. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

In a few weeks, I will begin a one-year prison sentence for being in the possession of illegal firearms. Before I go to prison, I want to speak to young people about responsibility as a lifestyle.

Obama Changes The Rap Game

Daniel Riggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Riggs

Hip-hop music has always acted as a sort of watchdog for political movement. Lyrics range from anti-American to revolutionary to ideas that encourage listeners to simply stay aware.

Notorious: The Biggie Biopic is Great But it Still Doesn't Answer, "Who Shot Ya?"

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Raymond Leon Roker

Notorious is the first biopic of a hip-hop personality. Think about that as both an awesome milestone, as well as a sad testament for hip-hop.