For anyone who has been adopted, adopted or had friends and family who were adopted, this film is incredibly resonant.
As International Women's Day approaches with its theme of inspiring change, perhaps in American we can be more sensitive to the imagery of women in all businesses. We are doing a disservice to our society and our daughters if we don't.
You all know who Jay-Z and Diddy are, but there's an up-and-coming mogul in hip-hop that you probably haven't heard about just yet, Yo Gotti. A rapper...
The cinematics for "Fake Surfers," the first video from noir-rap originators Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers' sophomore album No Vacation for Murder...
On Thursday night, the Paley Center in New York City hosted a first look at the upcoming VH1 documentary, The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop, that debuts this week.
This album cover got me really questioning whether I should even think about supporting music that comes out of an industry that totally disregards my heritage and continues to use demeaning an misogynistic lyrics and now Photoshopped depictions of African American heroes.
What's different about this rapper compared to others? He is also a professor who teaches English at Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo, NY. Hence, what he brings to the plate of hip-hop is his love for the intellect.
Macklemore has become a beacon of white gay hope and the face of "progress." As an independent artist, his fame and wealth are truly surprising and almost inspiring. However, he does a more destructive and problematic work, and his success, as validated by his new Grammy awards, speak to a larger injustice.
Hip Hop music is constantly the subject of much scrutiny. An entire genre of music is vilified for having empty lyrics about materialism, misogyny and...
I can't turn anywhere without rap music blaring into my ears. Before hip hop got elected into popular taste to a level where it's now synonymous with pop-culture, there was an era that preceded this current one that might be doomed to obscurity. Here's hoping rap can finally realize, during its unwavering drive to be "fresh," it had long created music without an expiry date.
Last week, a young man yelled a racist slur at Kanye West's wife, calling her a "n*gger lover." As disrespectful as this incident was, it serves as a reality check for Kanye and his ilk. The man who made the N-word rhyme with "Gold Digger" for a hit song now laments having to "raise my daughter around ignorance and flat-out blatant racism." Cry me a river, Kanye! It is high time hip-hop honchos had their consciousness awakened. Jay-Z, Yeezy and many more have propagated this mess. The bitch they rap about -- her name is Karma.
Science fiction will be celebrated in Miami this weekend. The first Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival (MiSciFi) will take place January 17-19. Fifty films created by U.S. and international independent filmmakers are scheduled to be screened.
Despite what has become of hip-hop culture in the United States, my trip to South Africa reawakened my love for the music and the culture. That trip showed me that hip-hop's purity still exists.
When I was commissioned to write The Rap Guide to Evolution and challenged to communicate the key ideas behind Darwin's theory in hip-hop form, my first thought was to see if I could find any rap songs that already center around evolutionary themes.
Nearly 12 years ago, Sage Gallon was just getting clean after a decade of smoking crack. He's now reliving those days of substance abuse but this time as a photographer.
Leela James hasn't decided on the title of her forthcoming album, but if her current state is anything to go by, then perhaps the word, "good," should be somewhere in the title.