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Battle rap: on the rise?

The battle rap genre has been on the clock for a minute, and the crossroads are in the crosshairs. Is it a sport on the rise? Has it peaked? Has the decline begun? Those questions aren’t designed with a year ...

The beautiful philosophy of Natalie Stewart

"For a minute there, it was hard for anyone not to get caught up in the World Cup. The subject even permeated a discussion I had recently with an innovative young lady."

You can BET on the extravagant award show weekend

As promised, that “BET Live Weekend” was overwhelming, to the point that strategic measures had to be employed in the events you attended. If you guessed right, you were around when it went down. For the most part, I think ...

King Chappelle is back

You know all the cliches: “All money ain’t good money,” “Make the money, don’t let the money make you,” “Money is the root of all evil,” etc., and in theory, they sound righteous. But if an opportunity to make some ...

Apollo marks 80th B’Day with Spring Gala

The tomfoolery of last week threw me off kilter a lil, causing a major oversight to one of the premiere entertainment events of the year; however the return to the essence of an icon made it ok to revisit.

Great Black performances get noticed at Tony Awards

Generational gaps have been around for a minute.

BET just getting bigger and livelier

In most instances, the slogan is along the lines of “Big Just Got Bigger.” However, on the weekend of June 27, the more appropriate slogan would be “Live Just Got Livelier or Liver.”

Avery Sunshine ain’t never lie!

My people, my people: Black music ain’t going nowhere, no time soon. Even better, there’s a batch of artists who pride themselves on making pure, soulful music. Trust and believe that. Now that that’s established, we as consumers need to ...

Sheryl Lee Ralph pushes her DIVA Foundation

Time not only heals old wounds, but also changes perceptions. In the ʼ70s, it was written that the music industry had sunk to its lowest point with the advent of disco.

Dre says the beats really do go on

In April 1992, historic seeds were planted in the world of hip-hop. With the release of a single from a moderately successful motion picture soundtrack, the music world was put on notice. “Yeah and you don’t stop.” We were forewarned.

Nas is truly ‘Illmatic’

Here’s a scenario painted at a Bronx barbershop. It’s a high stakes poker tournament featuring the creators of the greatest hip-hop albums of the past 20 years.

Frankie Beverly and Maze: A class act

Brothers heading out to the Beacon Theatre Saturday, April 12 had an easy night of preparation. We realized that no matter what we adorned, we weren’t going to be the smoothest or the coolest cat in the room.

David Goodson. The Roots.

I guess their career would be akin to that of a short giant.

Face and Toni blazing a timeless trail

If a poll was issued to the legion of fans of songwriter, producer and singer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on what makes his songs special, the vivid imagery would probably rank in the highest percentile.

Miss you, B.I.G.: Spread love; it’s the Brooklyn way

we grieved and partied the entire weekend in memory of the passing of all-time great emcee Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G.

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