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Angel Haze Slams Homophobia In Hip-Hop

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment

Rapper/singer Angel Haze wrote a column for Noisey discussing sexuality, and hip-hop's long-standing homophobia problem. Never afraid to speak her min...

Chance The Rapper Hospitalized Hours Before Coachella Set

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.21.2014 | Entertainment

Chance The Rapper was hospitalized two hours before his performance at Coachella on Sunday, April 20, forcing him to cancel his second show at the fes...

LOL: Jason Derulo Dishes On Being In The Illuminati

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Who knows more about Jason Derulo? Jason Derulo, OR our YouTube star co-host Jason Horton. You be the judge! Though he didn't remember his fiancé'...

Time Is Still 'Illmatic'

Salvatore Bono | Posted 04.11.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

A high school dropout that grew up in the Queensbridge projects, Nas preached to the world what the reality was like in his universe. Now, 20 years later, Illmatic is regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.

D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Meal)

Tiffany Griffin | Posted 04.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Griffin

About a month ago, I had some folks over for brunch. It was then that I met the woman who prompted me to write this post. She was a friend of a friend...

Hologram Kizzie aka Psalm One Performs on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 04.10.2014 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Hologram Kizzie, aka Psalm One, closed out the The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer, at the MCA on February 7, 2014. Her new album is Hug Life. ...

Hot 97's Shani Kulture and WBLS' Barbara De Laleu Present 'The Kulture Movement'

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Marjoriet T. Matute

Creating "The Kulture Movement" as an initiative to help influence young adults was the original idea but instead with the help of influential friend, Barbara De Laleu, Shani Kulture set his plan in motion as a social issue that needs be addressed by the masses.

The 'Revenge Of The African Booty Scratcher'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.03.2014 | Entertainment

Before The Beat Drops is an artist introduction series dedicated to bringing you the rising acts before they make their break. Our unlimited access to...

Thank You Note: A Conversation With Nas and Michael Eric Dyson

Jasmine Rand | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Jasmine Rand

I was one of the attorneys that represented the family of Trayvon Martin, but I felt sole responsibility for the miscarriage of justice. Not even blessed to be a mother yet, but I already failed my distant relatives. I failed to set the future at the feet of my son.

For Talib Kweli, Independence Is Bliss

Thomas Alter | Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Alter

The more his colleagues rap about trips to Dubai and cars that cost more than a Williamsburg loft, the more Kweli focuses on crafting a personal, political message to deliver through his lyrics.

Tongues Untied: Is Fly Young Red's Newest Track Revolutionary?

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

"None of this removes the misogyny in this song/video where -- instead of black women -- gay femme black men are being used as tropes. But I do think much is to be praised."

Women as Music Producers: The Movement

Diane Propsner | Posted 03.28.2014 | Arts
Diane Propsner

Meet Ebonie Smith, a gifted music producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur who is committed to encouraging women to join her in her craft. This is her amazing story.

WATCH: Young Fathers Brings Scottish Hip-Hop Stateside

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.26.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

The Scotland-based alternative hip-hop group Young Fathers joined HuffPost Live to perform a couple songs and discuss their new album, "Dead." This...

On 'Table Seats' and Validations: An Open Letter to Kanye West

Jay Dodd | Posted 03.25.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

I hope you seek to create counter-cultures and use your charming ability to rupture and truth tell to show people more than just your person talent. You and your aspirations for particularly white-nesses are the center of your work

SXSW 2014: Networking Down 6th St.

Theo Bark | Posted 03.22.2014 | Entertainment
Theo Bark

To a large extent, this year's SXSW Music Conference felt like an extension of the Interactive portion that preceded it; a brand-sponsored networking event with musical entertainment. It's not about the fans and press anymore, it's just not.

Youth Culture: Uniting Nations Through Hip-Hop

Marlene Morris Towns | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business
Marlene Morris Towns

For decades, hip-hop has broken down political barriers and tension with international countries.

DJ Paul, Da Mafia 6ix, and What's Next

Azeem Khan | Posted 03.21.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

he group, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, has had unheard of success for over 20 years in the rap space, even having won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2005 for their song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," from the film Hustle and Flow.

Why the "Art of Cool" Is the Best Festival in 2014 You Might Sleep On, Until Now - Part 1: The Lineup

Wyatt Closs | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

In late April, its going down. That is, an eclectic mix of Jazz, Neo-Soul, jazzy Hip-Hop and Retro Funk for two days. Purely that. Straight, no chase...

The Curious Case of Lil Boosie

Ferrari Sheppard | Posted 03.17.2014 | Black Voices
Ferrari Sheppard

I tell young black men to sag their pants down to their ankles if they like, and to be as loud as they want. I tell them, remain who you are because no matter how much you assimilate, you will not be viewed as a human being by those wishing to view you otherwise.

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Hip-Hop Museum In The Works?

AP | Posted 03.15.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — The pioneers of hip-hop are hoping to create a museum in the Bronx dedicated to the genre. Organizers say it would be called the Un...

A Dozen Music Choices for All Ages

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 03.13.2014 | Arts
Josh Rosenblum

"Concerts for All Ages," will bring music lovers great new music in an online series.

DOCUMENTARY: How One Email Changed One Guy's Life... Forever

Tony Potts | Posted 03.07.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Potts

For anyone who has been adopted, adopted or had friends and family who were adopted, this film is incredibly resonant.

'Catch The Throne' Brings Hip-Hop To The Seven Kingdoms

Posted 03.07.2014 | Entertainment

In the days of old, epic battles and stories were commemorated in ballads and lays. "Game of Thrones" has played with (and updated) that concept to cr...

Are We Inspiring Change or Twerking Into Trouble?

Gail Federici | Posted 03.05.2014 | Women
Gail Federici

As International Women's Day approaches with its theme of inspiring change, perhaps in American we can be more sensitive to the imagery of women in all businesses. We are doing a disservice to our society and our daughters if we don't.