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Iggy Azalea and the Perils of Reinventing Oneself

Sujatha Fernandes | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Sujatha Fernandes

How can we expect public figures such as Iggy Azalea to take a stance on black issues when their only connection to black communities is in profiting from appropriating their music? Azealia Banks' "Igloo Australia" tweet revealed the hollowness of music-industry creations like Azalea. Yet it also raises the greater question of who we are without the histories that make us.

Who Has the Answers?

Bianca Hayes | Posted 12.12.2014 | Teen
Bianca Hayes

Whether you want to be a singer, inventor, mathematician or a carpenter, you have to be "able to recognize opportunity and maximize it."

Ryan Kristobak

Alex Wiley Gets Dark & Beautiful On 'Top Of The World'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment

Alex Wiley caught the attention of the hip-hop world after the summer release of his "Village Party" album, proving himself to be one of Chicago's mos...

Yung Gleesh (Video)

Crane.tv | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Crane.tv

Success is something the rapper from Washington, D.C., is quickly becoming accustomed to, following a series of wildly popular mixtapes and collaborations with Chief Keef, A$AP Rocky and Gucci Mane.

A Very High Brow Take On The History Of Hip Hop

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts

In his investigative performance "The Conductor," artist Rashaad Newsome explores the visual language of hip hop, from hand signals to scowls to count...

Top Five

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Andre Allen (Rock) is a hip New York-based stand-up comedian who has stretched his talents thin. He's in a plethora of movies; none are particularly good, though they have brought him fame and fortune.

Beats, Rhymes and Relief

Tammara Fort | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Tammara Fort

For a company that has only been in existence about two years Beats, Rhymes and Relief is making a huge mark on this world.

Film Review: Time Is IllMatic Directed by One9

Ambre Anderson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Ambre Anderson

Revealed was a layer of understanding for why Nas is loved and respected so much. The creativity, awareness and intelligence that flowed out of him, at such a young age, while growing up in his environment with limited resources, is definitely nothing short of genius.

J. Cole Visits Morehouse Students

Timothy Tukes | Posted 11.24.2014 | College
Timothy Tukes

There on the side street juxtaposed to Chivers, Mays and Dansby Halls, a crowd of more than two hundred wide-eyed, screaming students gathered with cell phones in hand stand ready to digitally record some unforgettable moment.

Why the Intersection of Data and Cultural Intelligence Matters

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 11.20.2014 | Business
Lauren DeLisa

In an era ripe with trust deficit coupled with glorification of the self(ie), successful professionals must become better experts at deciphering trends in digital behavior, leveraging lifestyle, and linking into public sentiment in a more consistent and organic manner.

Reflections on Ol' Dirty Bastard Ten Years Later: ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Although rarely acknowledged, ODB's tragic life offers lessons into the complexity of black existence and the United States' turbulent history of hardwired social inequality.

How Long Can Eminem Keep It Up? (or: the Sociology of Aging Hip-Hop Artists)

Galanty Miller | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Galanty Miller

I think Eminem should probably stop with the misogynist lyrics. I support his right to free speech and creative expression. Rather, it just might be a good career movie to pivot in a slightly different direction.

Flying Lotus "You're Dead" Tour at The Wiltern in Los Angeles

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

My toes began to tap uncontrollably, trying to keep up with my swiveling hips. A long time fan of Mr. Oizo, a derivation of the French word oiseau meaning "bird," I was saturated with excitement. His dark lyrics and grimy house beats made me feel invincible.

J. Cole Announces New Album Coming In December

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment

Rumors began swirling on Sunday that J. Cole was planning to release a new album in December titled "2014 Forest Hills Drive" after a pre-order popped...

Beyond the Lights

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life.

Ryan Kristobak

Run The Jewels Have Started A Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment

Even before Run the Jewels released the first single off their sophomore album, "Blockbuster Night Part 1," fans knew they were due for another dose o...

Ryan Kristobak

The Iranian-American Rapper You Need To Know

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment

Back in March, Akon made a passing comparison between Azad Right and Nas. Months later, Champ Sports noted the comparison in a piece that was shared b...

I am the Jackie Robinson of Hip Hop Graphic Design!

Brad Puet | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Brad Puet

It was 1987. I had just gotten off work and walked across the Kitsap Mall to Sam Goody to look for this album. I heard that it had just got out and...

Best of Abu Dhabi: Learning the Games People Play Through The Narcicyst's Rise

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

The talented, charismatic, popular Iraqi-Canadian rapper named The Narcicyst first appeared on my cultural radar in 2009 when I watched City of Life. In his latest short film, a senses-overload experience titled Rise, Alsalman explores his roots and his ability to step away to comment on them.

All Appropriation Everything: IHOP Joins List of Cultural-Appropriation Offenders

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Over the last few months, corporations have found a new way to gain attention on Twitter: tweeting rap lyrics and other allusions to hip-hop culture. The culprit that has most popularly surfaced across Twitter timelines is IHOP, which tweets edited versions of lyrics from songs by artists such as Drake, Trinidad James, and Bobby Shmurda.

The King of the South Gets His CRWN

Azeem Khan | Posted 11.05.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

Anyone who's a fan of hip-hop automatically knows that when someone mentions the King of the South, it is T.I. It's hard to imagine, but T.I signed his first major record deal back in 1999 with Arista records.

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

Daryl Rowland | Posted 11.03.2014 | 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?

Ryan Kristobak

SonReal Is Setting The Tone In A Post-Macklemore Hip-Hop Scene

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.30.2014 | Entertainment

It isn’t very often that weird humor and hip-hop mix. The Beasties Boys and The Fat Boys were two of the first to embrace comedy hip-hop in the 1980...

A Reign of 90 Years, Crown Creates an Unforgettable Howard Homecoming

Rachel Hampton | Posted 10.30.2014 | College
Rachel Hampton

Each year, the Howard University Homecoming continues to reach higher heights. This year's Crown, celebrated 90 years of creating a celebrity-filled week of events to recognize and commemorate the work of the University's students and alumni.

Close Encounters of the iRAWniQ Kind

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment
Savas Abadsidis

Rising popstar iRAWniQ and innovative director JB Ghuman Jr. (SPORK) have just made one of the most visually arresting videos ever, with ALIENPU$. ALI...