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Autism, Sensitivity and Hip-Hop Culture

Lou Melgarejo | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Lou Melgarejo

I think that performers can stay true to their roots while being sensitive to diversity and disability. You don't need to spew misogynistic lyrics, fuel homophobia in the urban community or use a serious condition that affects 1 in 88 children as an insult or a punch line.

Rap(e) Music

Fire | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Fire

The first step to overcoming an addiction is admitting that you have one. In order to rid oneself of addiction, one must declare it. My name is Fire Burgess and I am a diehard fan of misogynistic rap music.

The Unfortunate Celebration of Jason Collins' Coming Out

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.01.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

For one, the "coming out" dog and pony show that the media puts on now is getting tired. It should not be breaking news in 2013 for anyone to announce their sexuality. I understand how "momentous" and "unprecedented" all of this is, but I do find it exploitative and repetitive as well.

Rihanna, the N-word and Black Social Media Hypocrisy

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

The n-word is overused, misused and socially abused on sites like Facebook and Twitter all the time. And while we act as if Rihanna has done something extraordinarily taboo, I challenge you to check the Instagram accounts and tweets of many other hip-hop artists and friends.

Snoop Lion Alters Opinion On Gay Rappers

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.16.2013 | Gay Voices

The former "D-O-Double-G" has been very vocal lately about his support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. During an inter...

Rapper Eve Returns With New Album 11 Years Later

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Grammy Award-winning rapper Eve is making her big comeback on the music scene with Lip Lock, her first new album since 2002's Eve-Olution. She stopped by to chat about working on the new tracks, major collaborations, and what on Earth she's been up to for the past decade!

Where Would Hip Hop Be Without Colleges and Universities?

Erik Nielson | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Erik Nielson

Hip hop has always been highly diverse, with roots that extend beyond the streets and into the lecture halls, radio stations, and dormitories of college campuses.

Prosecuting Rap Music

Erik Nielson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Crime
Erik Nielson

Earlier this month, the 5th District Illinois appellate court reversed the conviction of Olutosin Oduwole, an aspiring hip hop artist and Southern Illinois University student who was found guilty of attempting to make a terrorist threat during his 2011 trial.

WATCH: 50 Cent Speaks Out On Hip Hop And Violence

Posted 05.16.2013 | Black Voices

A lot has been said about the connection between popular culture and gun violence, and while film has been brought up in the conversation, hip-hop mus...

The New "Sexy," Macklemore as the New Prince Charming, and It Ain't That Cool to Be a Gangster

Amanda Slavin | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Amanda Slavin

I have always been one to pay attention to lyrics. I have always gushed over a good song, which changes your perspective of your world and of yourself. But this is more than just gushing.

Mississippi, Again! Between Lil' Wayne and Nina Simone

William H. Turner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

The publicity of rapper Wayne's decidedly vulgar reference to Emmett Till -- whose scandalous murder in Mississippi in 1955 was considered by many as the impetus to the modern civil rights movement -- was, or so I thought, a teachable moment in my sociology classes at a black college.

Azealia Banks, Intersectionality And How Her Word Reclaiming Isn't Possible

Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Glennisha Morgan

I'm well aware of the misogyny and homophobia of hip-hop as a whole and the fact that Azealia's male counterparts say similar things on wax and outside the studio, but I'm specifically irritated and baffled by Azealia's ignorance, behavior and theories because she's a black bisexual woman.

RAP: Rhythm and Poetry Lyrical Content

Hasan Khan | Posted 04.03.2013 | Teen
Hasan Khan

In this installment of my series on rap, will be examining the lyrical content: the metaphors, imagery, controversy, story-telling, etc. tells its own story about the genre.

10 Songs I Never, Ever, Ever Need to Hear Again

DJ Louie XIV | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
DJ Louie XIV

No offense to any of these artists (besides Flo-Rida, I fully mean to offend you), but these songs definitely need to be punished and shown to the gates of Hades, where they will have ample time to think about what they've done.

Glennisha Morgan

Salt-N-Pepa Star Hits NYC For HIV/AIDS Awareness

HuffingtonPost.com | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 01.19.2013 | Gay Voices

“Howard Stern Show” producer Gary Dell’Abate unveiled “The Arches Of Hope,” an interactive art installation and social media campaign to rai...

Eminem's Three Commandments

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 03.08.2013 | Media
Marcia Dawkins

Paying attention to the guilt-redemption, love-hate and God-Devil themes found in Mathers's music is an important part of understanding how the perception of spirituality is active in today's popular culture.

Rapper Azealia Banks Calls Rap 'Tacky'

Posted 12.29.2012 | Entertainment

Rapper Azealia Banks has some harsh words for the music that made her famous. In an interview with Hypetrak, Banks called rap "unladylike" and "tacky"...

Earl Sweatshirt - "Chum" (Review)

SF Critic | Posted 01.05.2013 | Entertainment
SF Critic

When sixteen year-old prodigy rapper Earl Sweatshirt became a music sensation amidst his mysterious disappearance from the world in 2010, hip hop gained itself a new icon to replace his presence.

Nicki Minaj Learned Her British Accent From A Spice Girl?

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 11.02.2012 | Entertainment

If you were wondering where Nicki Minaj gets her English accent from, you can look no further than Scary Spice and Hermione Granger. Speaking to Th...

RAP: Rhythm and Poetry

Hasan Khan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Hasan Khan

Is rap music really a threat to society? Are these lyrics laced with venom? Are they corrupting young minds? In my opinion, rap is actually just as relevant a music genre as rock or reggae.

Attack of the Clones: How Lack of Topical Diversity is Killing Hip Hop and Its Listeners

Homeboy Sandman | Posted 12.03.2012 | Arts
Homeboy Sandman

Who knows what would have become of me had I grown up in an era where my idols, the preeminent examples for success from communities like mine, limited their content to the four or five themes that dominate today's hip hop landscape.

Hip-Hop's Gay Pioneers: Details Magazine

Posted 09.24.2012 | Gay Voices

"Oh, this fag can rap?' Yeah, they saying that, they listening." The lyrics are from the Harlem-based MC Mykki Blanco. But the sentiment expressed ...

The Intersection of Homophobia and Hip Hop: Where Tyler Met Frank

Brother Ali | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
Brother Ali

On my debut album, I displayed a few cringe-worthy slur moments of my own. I tossed it around with the reckless abandon of a young man lacking the empathetic sensitivity that only manifests through life-altering interactions and experiences.

WATCH: Rapper Murs Kisses A Man, Supports Gay Youth In 'Animal Style' Video

The Huffington Post | Kevin Burra & Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.16.2012 | Gay Voices

R&B star Frank Ocean's coming out might have shaken up the hip-hop world, but now, Los Angeles-based rapper Murs is hoping to take the conversation on...

Music Can Change the World

Brian Benton | Posted 08.20.2012 | Teen
Brian Benton

Political statements in music are at an all-time low. Artists like Lady Gaga and Robyn's promotion of equal rights is a start, but so much more can be done.