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For Talib Kweli, Independence Is Bliss

Thomas Alter | Posted 06.01.2014 | 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.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Steal the Spotlight in DC

Jason Williams | Posted 01.25.2014 | DC
Jason Williams

What can't be questioned is that, for at least another night, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were the kings of the castle, and they are flying their own independent flag.

How Obama Played the Hip Hop Community

Erik Nielson | Posted 08.11.2013 | Black Voices
Erik Nielson

There was something remarkable about seeing rappers pledge their support to a mainstream presidential candidate, especially given the history of antipathy between national politicians and hip hop.

Talib Kweli Delivers On 5th Solo Album

AP | JAMES H. COLLINS | Posted 05.09.2013 | Black Voices

-- Talib Kweli, "Prisoner of Conscious" (Javotti Media/Caroline Distribution) Throughout his career, whether in his early collaborative work with fe...

Twitter, Account Hacks and All, Still the News Source of Choice for Many

David Cleary | Posted 06.29.2013 | Media
David Cleary

Getting back to this "Tough Week," now nearly 14 days ago, as the news raged on, I found myself turning to social media sites like Twitter and Reddit for the latest updates about the situation in Boston.

Lil Wayne Appears In New Music Video

Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment

Days after Lil Wayne's second hospitalization for seizures, he's the star of a new video for his Cash Money Records comrade Mack Maine. The "Celebrate...

Prince To Be Honored At Carnegie Hall Concert

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Legendary entertainer Prince will be honored this March with a benefit concert for music education. The concert will be held at Carnegie Hall on M...

The School Of Rhyme: The Most Educated Rappers

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 11.28.2012 | Entertainment

It's easy to write off today's rappers as nothing more than self-taught entrepreneurs and moguls whose strongest skill is their ability to spit clever...

Seamus McKiernan

Talib Kweli: You Can’t Just Sit At A Computer And Be An Activist

HuffingtonPost.com | Seamus McKiernan | Posted 11.29.2012 | Impact

The labels “political” and “conscious” have been ascribed to rapper Talib Kweli throughout his music career, beginning with his start as a mem...

Alicia Keys, Pearl Jam, REM And More Speak Out Against Backpage Sex Ads

Posted 04.26.2012 | New York

The backlash against Village Voice Media's ownership of Backpage.com continues with a group of high-profile musicians speaking out against the controv...

'The Black Power Mixtape': Who's Telling You Your Stories?

Naima Ramos-Chapman | Posted 01.07.2012 | Black Voices
Naima Ramos-Chapman

Left neglected in a Swedish TV station's cellar for 30 years, Black Power Mixtape includes "socially conscious" artists and a sweet soundtrack crafted by ?uestlove... what was there not to love? How about everything minus the soundtrack?

Trymaine Lee

Rapper Bun B Joins Occupy Houston: 'Don't Just Tweet About It. Be About It.'

HuffingtonPost.com | Trymaine Lee | Posted 12.14.2011 | Black Voices

First, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons joined the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City to rally against corporate greed and corruption. Then r...

WATCH: Anti-Flag, Talib Kweli And The Music Of Occupy Wall Steet

Posted 12.10.2011 | New York

There is no amplification allowed in Zucotti Park, home of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. It's why protesters have to use "the people's m...

Talib Kweli Makes Surprise Performance At Wall Street Protest

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 12.07.2011 | Home

Talib Kweli is the latest musician to offer his support to the Occupy Wall Street movement. He showed up at New York's Liberty Plaza Thursday night fo...

Olsson's The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: The Revolution Will Be Documented

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.08.2011 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson's documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is one of those once-in-a-lifetime films which seamlessly reaches the full cinematic goal of changing its viewers' world for good.

Lauryn Hill To Perform Landmark Album In Full

Posted 07.25.2011 | Entertainment

The 8th annual touring rap festival Rock The Bells announced it's lineup today, and it will be headlined by Lauryn Hill who coincidentally celebrates ...

THE COUNTDOWN: First Attack Ad Released.. Ed Bus Gets An Action Figure

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After too many days inside, some of us are ready for a trip to the bar, or perhaps a political snowball fight. With 18 days until election day, we hav...

An Interview With Common

Timothy Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Timothy Cooper

The man who would become known to the world as Common has been blessed with a bountiful career in an industry that feasts on the forgettable tastes of one-hit wonders.

OkayAfrica Heats Up Prospect Park (VIDEOS, SLIDESHOW)

Alex Thornton | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alex Thornton

Last night over 12,000 eager listeners packed every inch of the Prospect Park Bandhell while thousands more waited outside of the gates when they we...

HuffPost Video Premiere: Reflection Eternal's "Ballad Of The Black Gold"

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

2010-07-06-reflectioneternal.jpg Reflection Eternal created the piece to raise awareness of dubious oil drilling in Africa. Here is HuffPost's premiere of the video as well as a video commentary.

Diamond District Brings D.C. Hip Hop to L.A. (VIDEO)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
John Wellington Ennis

Diamond District's socially conscious lyrics are a welcome relief from the materialism of mainstream rap. Their voices seem bigger than their years, their flows sharpened with a DC drawl, and their delivery confident.

SXSW Band Rumors Run Rampant

Mark R. Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark R. Collins

Rumors are as much a part of SXSW as live music and Lone Star beer. This year speculation's swirling around the Levi's/FADER Fort, Perez Hilton's party and whether Red Bull's Moontower Party will return.

Tanya Morgan: Sons Of the Native Tongue

Timothy Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Timothy Cooper

The hip-hop trio Tanya Morgan, which consist of Brooklyn emcee/producer Von Pea and Cincinnati emcees Donwill and Ilyas, have set out to craft a signature sound of music that stands apart from industry standards.

Zap Mama: A Story Of ReCreation

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

Congo-born artist Marie Daulne has worked with some of hip hop's biggest names, including the Roots, Talib Kweli and Common. But as child, TV and radio was forbidden in her home.

Buzz Aldrin's "Rocket Experience": Astronaut Records New Single With Help From Snoop Dogg And Talib Kweli (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin recently recorded a song, "Rocket Experience," to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his moon walk and to help benefit various ...