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Timothy Cooper
Timothy Cooper is a writer from Baltimore, Maryland. He and his brother Matthew are the founders of Follow him here.

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How The Notorious B.I.G. Turned Fear and Rage Into Genius

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Twenty years ago, Christopher George Latore Wallace -- also known as The Notorious B.I.G; Big Poppa; Biggie -- made an indelible mark on the landscape of popular music with the release of his debut album, "Ready to Die." Biggie created a tour de force that is considered by many to...

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In Hip-Hop, Kendrick Lamar Is King

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:06 PM

I let it marinate for about 48 hours. I didn't want to know why Kendrick Lamar's name was trending on Yahoo several weeks ago. Initially, I thought hip-hop's new-age liberator had gotten in the kind of ill-fated trouble that seems to haunt so many who step into the ravage burrow...

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An Interview With Common

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 11:07 AM

This was before he became an emerging leading man whose charisma filled the screen in films such as Smokin' Aces, American Gangster, Terminator Salvation and the recent Just Wright. This was before he became a...

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Jamail Larkins: Born To Fly

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 5:26 PM


Jamail Larkins was always intent on spreading his wings and aiming for the sky -- literally. As one of the youngest people ever to take charge of an aircraft, Larkins chose to combine his love for flying and his gift for business. Creating Ascension...

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LeBron James: Heavy Lies The Crown

(10) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 12:21 PM

May 13th, 2010. I had just seen a young man on the cusp of attaining basketball's greatest grandeur, once again, fall into the abyss of disappointment. Two years in a row. Only this time, his team of advisers had enough sense to let their star know that it was bad...

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Michael Jackson: Never Can Say Goodbye

(67) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 12:25 PM

I remember June 25th, 2009 vividly. I remember standing in the sweltering epicenter of Metro Center in Washington, D.C. I was waiting on the red line train en route to Union Station when I got...

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The Evolution of a Black Mamba

(26) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 5:21 PM

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The sweetest. That's how Kobe Bean Bryant described his savoring of the hardest-fought championship he has won to date. The fresh taste of redeeming the embarrassing loss that his 2008 Lakers suffered to the Boston Celtics two seasons...

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Happy Birthday, Tupac Shakur

(35) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 11:37 AM

Photo Credit:

June 16, 2010, A.T.

As it relates to music, I always seem to measure time by a distinct period. I call it A.T.: After Tupac. As a member of a society that has watched hip-hop and the music business...

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Dr. Leslie King Hammond's Artistic Vitality (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 4:50 PM

In a quest to create a moment of separation from the grinding world of reality, Dr. Leslie King-Hammond turned to the plentiful corridors of art. As a little girl, King-Hammond would use art as a support system and a way to release all of the built-up creative energy harboring in...

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Nick Cannon: The NCredible

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 3:15 PM

It seems as if we aren't aware that Nick Cannon will soon be taking over every facet of entertainment known to man.

I think he likes it that way.

It's rare that you'll find Cannon without an immaculately tailored suit on his trim, 6-foot frame these days, as he spends...

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Tanya Morgan: Sons Of the Native Tongue

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 4:38 PM

This is an interview with the hip-hop group Tanya Morgan right after Barack Obama was elected for president. The group speaks about their music and hip-hop in the era of a black president. Most recently, group members Von Pea and Donwill have produced music for Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

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Sherri Shepherd Is Every Woman

(20) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 3:17 PM

With all of the success Sherri Shepherd has experienced in her career, it doesn't come remotely close to her mission of being a great mother. This was truly evident in 2008, when she voted for the first time in her life for a president whom her handsome, young son could...

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Claude Kelly: A Beast With the Pen

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2009 | 12:20 PM


When you're born and bred in New York City, it's difficult not to be inspired to make your own mark in the world. So Claude Kelly got his start early, as he began singing and playing the piano by the age of...

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Nick Cannon's HALO Shines Bright

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 7:22 PM

Nick Cannon and The Halo Awards from Timothy Cooper on Vimeo.

"So how's the chairman position coming along, man?"

This was my first question to Nick Cannon as he warmly...

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Omarion: The Birth of a Mogul

(4) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 12:37 PM

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Poet Pride: A Charm City Classic on Film

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 3:59 PM

When you think of cities that have produced some of the greatest basketball players to lace up a pair of sneakers, New York and Chicago seem to be at the forefront of the memory banks. But most overlooked is Baltimore, MD, a metropolis that has been a breeding ground of...

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Men II Boys: A Documentary For Young Men of Color

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2009 | 3:48 PM

20 January 2009.

This is the day that I saw an abundance of flashing lights.

The first set of lights was for our new president, Barack Obama, as he and his beautiful family made their way through the seas of roaring Americans in the bitter cold to their new residence...

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Mojo Morgan: Rock Out, With Your Locks Out

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2009 | 8:10 PM

If Bob Marley and U2 ever had a chance to record a song together, I'm pretty sure that rasta-rock is the direction their respective guitar strings would have roamed. But thankfully for Mojo Morgan, the creation of this genre lies in his gifted hands.

Born in Brooklyn, New York,...

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Shalita O'Neale Pays it Forward

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2009 | 1:03 PM

According to the Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support, there are more than half a million children in foster care today. Shalita O'Neale, herself a product of the system, was determined to help create a haven for foster care children yearning for a nurturing hand to help...

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Onra: A Hip-Hop Renaissance Resides in France

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 12:08 PM

It all started with a trip back to his father's birthplace.


That's where Arnaud "Onra" Bernard found the inspiration for his signature sound. After spending time with children at an orphanage in the Vietnamese city of Hue, the Parisian producer was so moved by the experience that he rushed...

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