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Sexual Assault Survivors Write Open Letter to Russell Simmons: 'We Will Not Be Intimidated'

Sexual Assault Survivors Write Open Letter to Russell Simmons: 'We Will Not Be Intimidated'

For years, Russell Simmons was looked at as the “face of hip-hop.” A go-to promoter and manager of the emerging genre in the ’80s, Simmons eventually become one of the most powerful men in the music industry. The pioneering mogul founded Def Jam, launched the influential TV series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam, established (and then made a fortune from) his Phat Fashions clothing...

Dustin J. Seibert Dustin J. Seibert Jan 03, 2020.

Why These 10 Hip-Hop Tracks From 2019 Have Us Hype for 2020

Why These 10 Hip-Hop Tracks From 2019 Have Us Hype for 2020

There’s quite a bit of hip-hop cooking in the kitchen for 2020, in terms of scheduled and rumored releases. Full-length projects are expected from the holy trinity of contemporary rap greats—Drake, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar—as well as albums that will excite the kids (Lil Uzi Vert, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) and us old fogies (the long-gestating Black Star reunion album).

And while those are...

Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Dec 20, 2019.

Is Kanye Cancel-Proof? A Look Back at His Controversial Decade

Is Kanye Cancel-Proof? A Look Back at His Controversial Decade

Kanye West had himself a decade. While he started out on a musical tear that had car speakers and arenas rocking, he ended it as a Donald Trump, MAGA-hat wearing, gospel-ish artist. The one consistency is that when he started out 2010, he thought he was God’s gift to the planet—and he pretty much ended the decade that way, too. Jesus is king.

It’s easy to think that Kanye effectively “fell...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 13, 2019. 13 comments

Still Looking for the Path to World Peace? We Found It in DaBaby’s Energy and Smile

Still Looking for the Path to World Peace? We Found It in DaBaby’s Energy and Smile

Iylana Vanzant once told Karreuche Tran to lie her “crying head” on her bosom. Vanzant then took the young ex-girlfriend of Chris Brown and comforted her with the softness of a maternal unit cooing at her baby.

There is another “baby” I would like to highlight who I also believe must be protected at all costs and embraced within our collective bosom—Jonathan “DaBaby” Kirk.

I was first...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 12, 2019. 1 comments

Because Dreams Really Do Come True, BET Announces Miniseries Based on Andre Harrell’s Legendary Uptown Records

Because Dreams Really Do Come True, BET Announces Miniseries Based on Andre Harrell’s Legendary Uptown Records

On Jan. 24, 2017, our lives were forever changed with the auspicious debut of BET’s The New Edition Story. Looking to perhaps recapture that magic—or at least those ratings—BET announced that it will be blessing us all with Uptown, which will revisit the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of the early ’90s phenomenon known as Uptown Records.

From their press release:

The three-part television...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Dec 12, 2019. 14 comments

Keyshia Cole’s ‘Love’ Versus O.T. Genasis’ ‘Never Knew’: Who Did It Better? An Analysis

Keyshia Cole’s ‘Love’ Versus O.T. Genasis’ ‘Never Knew’: Who Did It Better? An Analysis

If you have spent more than five minutes online in the past week, know some gang members, or (oddly) have a Google alert set for “Keyshia Cole” then you have been made privy to the song and video, “Never Knew,” by Long Beach, Calif., rapper and Crip-extraordinaire, O.T. Genasis.

You may remember him from such hits as “Coco”—he’s in love with it—and “Cut It”—which, if your prices are too high,...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 10, 2019. 14 comments

Nick Cannon, Eminem and Suge Knight Walk Into a Bar...

Nick Cannon, Eminem and Suge Knight Walk Into a Bar...

I mean, this has to be a joke, right?

Apparently not, as Marshall “Eminem” Mathers sounded mighty angry in a guest verse on Fat Joe and Dre’s recent release, Family Ties, which isn’t a reliable barometer because Eminem always sounds angry. I digress. Anyway, as XXL mag reports, the rapper who originally referred to himself “Slim Shady” decided to shade Cannon during his feature on the album...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 06, 2019. 5 comments

Report: Apple TV+ and Oprah Winfrey Announce #MeToo Documentary with Russell Simmons Accuser as Primary Subject

Report: Apple TV+ and Oprah Winfrey Announce #MeToo Documentary with Russell Simmons Accuser as Primary Subject

Trigger Warning: The following article contains details of an alleged sexual assault.

The lineup for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival was announced on Wednesday and there is one particular mysterious project that stands out.

According to an Apple TV+ press release, the untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Impact Partners, is set to premiere in...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 04, 2019. 9 comments

Zero Problems: It's Jay-Z's 50th Birthday and His Entire Discography Is Now Available on Spotify

Zero Problems: It's Jay-Z's 50th Birthday and His Entire Discography Is Now Available on Spotify

If you having streaming problems, I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but listening to Jay-Z ain’t one!

Today, December 4, marks Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s 50th birthday and it looks like his gift to us is access to his entire discography on Spotify! After all of this time without access to his rich catalogue, I know you’re having some doubts, and that’s reasonable, but it’s true! The...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Nov 26, 2019. 4 comments

'There Was Silence. It Was Understood': Reflections About 'yasiin bey: Negus,' the Listening Installation at the Brooklyn Museum

'There Was Silence. It Was Understood': Reflections About 'yasiin bey: Negus,' the Listening Installation at the Brooklyn Museum

A few weeks back, I wrote a piece that was critical of “yasiin bey: Negus,” the traveling art exhibit/listening installation curated by yasiin bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def. My overarching point (perhaps fairly called “mean” in the comments on the actual piece, and disregarded as closed-minded on Facebook) was that the idea, and likely execution, is pretentious as hell, probably...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Nov 15, 2019. 8 comments

Yasiin Bey Presenting His New Album Negus Exclusively in Museums Surrounded by Art Is What Happens When Musicians Get Bored

Yasiin Bey Presenting His New Album Negus Exclusively in Museums Surrounded by Art Is What Happens When Musicians Get Bored

It’s not quite rocket-surgery or anything, but I definitely believe in the maxim that too much of anything can be bad. And when I say “anything” I mean literally anything, from obvious stuff like food or crime, to less obvious stuff like talent, Kenny G albums or Target runs. Put a pin in “talent.”

That idea is why I sometimes feel bad for celebrities who seem legitimately bored with life...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 14, 2019. 4 comments

Yeahhh, Lil Nas X Is Gonna Take His Historic 2019 CMA Award to the 'Old Town Road'

Yeahhh, Lil Nas X Is Gonna Take His Historic 2019 CMA Award to the 'Old Town Road'

Lil Nas X is still riding the winning wave until he can’t no more.

“Old Town Road (Remix)” scored the 2019 Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Musical Event of the Year, which means Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus both took home awards on Wednesday night. Producers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, as well as YoungKio, will also receive statuettes since the award is...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Nov 13, 2019. 20 comments

Hip-Hop Legend Eric B. Jailed in New Jersey for 17-Year-Old Warrant

Hip-Hop Legend Eric B. Jailed in New Jersey for 17-Year-Old Warrant

On the CBS series Blue Bloods, hip-hop icon Eric B. conducts criminal investigations as Detective Mike Gee, but in real life, the DJ-turned-actor has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

From NJ.com:

Hip-hop musician Eric Barrier, currently an actor on the CBS series “Blue Bloods,” has been jailed in New Jersey since Oct. 28 on a warrant for failing to appear in court 17 years ago, his...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 09, 2019. 1 comments

'I Felt Pretty': For His 50th Birthday, Diddy Reflected on Life as Fashion's Bad Boy

'I Felt Pretty': For His 50th Birthday, Diddy Reflected on Life as Fashion's Bad Boy

As someone who’s spent her entire working life in the fashion and music industries (over two decades and ongoing), it remains challenging for me to think of Sean Combs as anything but “Puffy.” You see, as a Gen-Xer, I remember well his evolution from upstart promoter to music exec to entertainment juggernaut...while unfortunately, my mind only evolved to “Diddy.”

Sean “Love” Combs ? I simply...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Nov 07, 2019. 11 comments

It Turns Out, Hip-Hop Will Probably Always Be the Love of My Life

It Turns Out, Hip-Hop Will Probably Always Be the Love of My Life

A few weeks back, I attended an album talk for noted hip-hop lyricist and producer Pharoahe Monch’s 1999 album, Internal Affairs (released on seminal label, Rawkus Records), at The REACH, the new arts and culture center that’s part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The talk, part of the Kennedy Center’s Hip Hop Culture series, was a panel discussion...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Nov 05, 2019. 18 comments

10 Thoughts About Kanye West’s Jesus Is King Because God Is Good All the Time and All the Time...

10 Thoughts About Kanye West’s Jesus Is King Because God Is Good All the Time and All the Time...

On Oct. 25, 2019, Kanye Omari West released his ninth studio album, Jesus Is King. The album was released on the heels of his at-best popular, but always well-attended “Sunday Service” performances and is a succinct 11-track album that clocks in at just over 27 minutes. There’s been a ton of news surrounding Kanye and this album and several think-pieces about both. I don’t intend to rehash...

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Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Nov 04, 2019.

Scarface Says It’s Time for the Hood to Represent Houston’s 3rd Ward on City Council

Scarface Says It’s Time for the Hood to Represent Houston’s 3rd Ward on City Council

HOUSTON—I had no idea what to expect when I agreed to interview hip-hop legend Scarface back in September. A child of the 1980s, I was a keen listener of the Geto Boys and their hood tales of trappin’ in Houston, getting women (to put it mildly) and pullin’ out the chrome on niggas who stepped to them sideways. Each of the original four members of the group had their own distinct style. But...

Oct 29, 2019. 13 comments

T.I. Says Iggy Azalea ‘Switched Up’ Once She Figured She Didn’t Need Black Folks Anymore

T.I. Says Iggy Azalea ‘Switched Up’ Once She Figured She Didn’t Need Black Folks Anymore

T.I. on Monday continued his regrets tour when it comes to former protégé Iggy Azalea, saying that the Australian-born rapper fell off, in part, after she decided to switch things up once she realized “she didn’t really need black people” anymore.

Talking with the hosts of The Breakfast Club, T.I. spoke about what he felt was still left for him to do in his career.

Referencing his earlier...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Oct 04, 2019. 5 comments

All About the Comeback: Cardi B Wants to Name Her Next Album ‘Tiger Woods’

All About the Comeback: Cardi B Wants to Name Her Next Album ‘Tiger Woods’

In a year when Cardi B stayed winning (a Grammy , a BET Award and a Billboard trophy among her victories), it’s obvious she’s good when it comes to the come-up. That appears to explain, at least in part, how the rap star came to decide to dub her next album “Tiger Woods.”

Hip-hop and sports have long been paired, but like the title of that Kurtis Blow throwback ’80s classic “Basketball,” those...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Sep 28, 2019. 9 comments

Snoop Dogg’s Newborn Grandson Dies Just 10 Days After His Birth

Snoop Dogg’s Newborn Grandson Dies Just 10 Days After His Birth

Snoop Dogg and his family are mourning the death of his infant grandson.

Snoop’s son Corde Broadus shared the news on Instagram that his baby, Kai Love, died this week just 10 days after his birth. The post included a video of Broadus’ older child, 13-month-old daughter Elleven Love, giving her baby brother a kiss, as People reports:

“Kai Love 9/15/19 – 9/25/19 ///// My Son Kai brought so much...

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