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Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid in a Mad City

Lu Parker | Posted 05.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Lu Parker

Born and raised in Compton, California, a city where violence, drugs, and gang activity looms, Kendrick Lamar knows what he must do to make it out. He's found his voice on the microphone.

If the Disney Princesses Had Mothers: Belle

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bunmi Laditan

If there were ever a Disney Princess that needed an intervention, it would be Belle. She works through her fear of being eaten by her captor and then develops a classic case of Stockholm syndrome.

Hip-Hop Music and Culture, From the Beginning

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marlynn Snyder

To research and report on the history of hip-hop is a huge undertaking. In Dan Charnas' exhaustively researched The Big Payback, he does exactly that.

Global Protests, Tragedy in Arizona, and a Defense of Political Polarization?

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

As long as it does not result in violence, as it did with Representative Giffords, I would rather have free speech and some degree of polarized politics than be fighting on the streets for a basic right that some of us might take for granted.

Live-blogging the 2011 Oscar telecast

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Read More: Kathryn Bigelow, Rick Baker, Prince, Eminem, Scarlett Johansson, Lord of the Rings, Country Strong, Hugh Jackman, Zachary Levi, Marilyn Monroe, Jeff Bridges, Cate Blanchett, Halle Berry, Steven Spielberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mandy Moore, David Fincher, Eli Wallach, Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman, Arthur, David Seidler, As Time Goes By, Florence and the Machine, Morgan Freeman, Bob Hope, Smile, In a Better World, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar, Black Swan, Tim Burton, Lena Horne, Tangled, Francis Ford Coppola, Banksy, Russell Brand, Clint Eastwood, Marshall Fine, Toy Story 3, Celine Dion, Robert Downey Jr., Warren Beatty, Marky Mark, Hilary Swank, Inside Job, Javier Bardem, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah, Auto-Tune, Cat Stevens, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Colin Firth, Biutiful, James Franco, Jack Nicholson, Charlie Sheen, Billy Crystal, Josh Brolin, Australia, A.r. Rahman, Kirk Douglas, Susanne Bier, President Obama, Trent Reznor, Dicky Eklund, Citizen Kane, Alec Baldwin, Marisa Tomei, Helen Mirren, Mila Kunis, Jean-Luc Godard, Guthrie Theater, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Incendies, Christian Bale, Elton John, Phil Collins, Harry Potter, Marshall Fine Commentary, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Dancing With the Stars, Geoffrey Rush, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Charles Ferguson, Sandra Bullock, Twilight, Stella Artois, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hanks, Alice in Wonderland, Jude Law, Paddy Chayefsky, Inception, Meryl Streep, Annette Bening, Aaron Sorkin, Randy Newman, Melissa Leo, Grapes of Wrath, Adrien Brody, Tom Hooper, Raging Bull, Pixar, Kevin Brownlow, Bruce Springsteen, Entertainment News
Marshall Fine

8:39PM EST Off to a good start with the hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, inserted into scenes from several of the Oscar nominees, on an Incept...

Why America Hates Arcade Fire, and Why That's Sort of Hilarious

Phil West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Phil West

For those alienated by the Arcade Fire's win, it strangely feels like last year's public outcry about Obamacare. The whole package was met with a wariness that this was somehow too big and too Canadian.

Divorce & Music Part 2: Love the Way You Lie

Marah Nudel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Marah Nudel

For some people, the most difficult part of getting a divorce is realizing that they need one.

A Grammy Award Finally Speaks Out Against Musicians

Edward Murray | Posted 07.08.2011 | Entertainment
Edward Murray

Look, I know that a lot of you don't consider me to be a legitimate industry award, but the Grammys are about music, not legitimate art, OK?

WATCH: Conan Announces Bonnaroo Lineup With Arcade Fire & More

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

We've said it before and we'll say it again: we love it when music and comedy come together. The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is quickly becoming...

Grammy-Winning Divorceés: 10 Musicians Whose Marriages Didn't Last

Huffington Post | Ashley Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

These 10 divorcées took home some of the top honors at Sunday night's ceremony. Click through our list and add your own in the comments. ...

The Spirit of Detroit

David Donaldson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Donaldson

A resurgence of Detroit pride has spread throughout the city with the Chrysler Super Bowl commercial that appeared featuring Eminem.

WATCH: Middle School Student Lands Eminem Interview For School Newspaper

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

When Michigan middle school student Annie Reed was assigned the task of writing an article for her school newspaper, she set an ambitious goal: she wa...

Grammy Awards 2011: The Winners

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Once a year, gramophone become valuable to more than just antique shops and museums. That's because, at the Grammy Awards, they're made of gold. And m...

Will Eminem Win The Grammy For Album Of The Year?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Eminem is up for a field-leading ten Grammy Awards, all thanks to the amazing work on his album "Recovery." So, it only makes sense that the album as...

Grammy Awards 2011 LIVE

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

SCROLL DOWN FOR LIVE UPDATES UPDATE: In a shocker, the Album of the Year goes to indie band The Arcade Fire. What happens when you get Lady Gaga, Kat...

Will Eminem Get Upset At The Grammys?

AP | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Lady Antebellum was the big winner at the Grammys with five awards, including record and song of the year for the band's yearning ...

If Not for Bob: A Playlist for Bob Dylan at the Grammy Awards

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Once I wrote liner notes for one of Dylan's albums, and he very politely asked me not to use "any adjectives."

The Top 10 Most Dysfunctional Love Songs (VIDEOS)

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Greg Archer

I was driving along the coast when I dipped into that sort of "observing" space. Instead of humming along to the songs on the stations, I actually started listening to them -- and what they were trying to tell me.

What's the Big Deal About Rihanna's S&M?

College Candy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
College Candy

Some critics and fans are outraged by Rihanna's sexual lyrics and fetish-filled video, leaving me to wonder where the boundaries of entertainment actually stand.

Super Bowl: A Showcase for the Arts

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

It turns out that the influence of the arts may go far beyond the audience retention benefits of Glee: Green Bay Packers players had been adding a bit of the secret weapon of the arts to their own game arsenals.

Grammy Performers Announced

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry are set to perform at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that the...

2010's Biggest Video Star: Dr. Dre

Joy Yoon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joy Yoon

Product placement, the not-so-subtle art of marketing a product on screen, is now a prevalent way for studios and directors to secure money for movies and music videos alike.

PHOTOS: People's Choice Awards: Winners And Fashion

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

While the Golden Globes, Oscars and all those screen guild awards are voted on by secret panels the public will never understand -- or impact -- the P...

Top 20 Music Stories of the Year

Tamara Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tamara Conniff

Love him or hate him, Kanye West is the PR train wreck viewers can't turn away from. Some hoped the Taylor Swift debacle would keep West quiet, but a little site called Twitter let the star return to the scene loud and proud 24/7.

Top 21 Albums & Tracks of 2010 -- What Are Yours?

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

2010-12-21-blackkeys.jpgHere are my top 21 fave raves of 2010. In no particular order.