Destiny's Child: When Will These Sisters Learn?
So after a long hiatus the chicks from Destiny's Child have reunited and this time the album is entitled: "Destiny's Fulfilled". But I have to ask, "Are they still children or have they grown up to be women yet? Apparently they are women, but I have to wonder about the depth of their maturity....
by Mark Skillz
Why Do We Hate Black Women So Much?
We hate black women so much that when someone kills a black woman it barely makes the local news, nevermind the national news. We hate black women so much that if a black woman goes missing, we never look for them. (They’re called “Amber Alerts” and “Megan’s Law” and not “Lakeesha Alerts” or “Shanita’s Law” for a reason....
by Hadji Williams
Has the Hip Hop NBA Become the Thug League?
The face of professional basketball no longer wears Magic Johnson's familiar smile. It no longer has Michael Jordan's classic elegance. That and this report from The Los Angeles Times' David Wharton
Today, the game has a hipper, edgier persona. Tattoos and baggy shorts, a thumping beat.....
by David Wharton
I Had a Hip Hop Kwanza
Yeah, that's right I turned things up by throwing a Hip Hop Kwanzaa Celebration. I had always celebrated Kwanzaa since I went to college in1985. As an African American it was a logical and valued celebration. Up until recently I had always accepted the two separate Hip Hop and Kwanzaa......
by Jeff Carroll
Hip Hop Must Look Back, to Move Forward
Since the Presidential elections, people constantly ask how Hip Hop is specifically related to politics. It is an answer that many people within Hip Hop cannot respond to effectively. This mainly because Hip Hop is a TRUE youth movement. Many of the young people do not know the history of HOW they came to be where they are, in the condition they're in.
by Adisa Banjoko
What Do 50 Cent and John McWhorter Have in Common?
What does Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) have in common with someone like John
McWhorter? You might be tempted to think that they have very little in
common. However, a closer look reveals that they are more alike than you
by Anthony Gayle
Playahata: Thugs, Pimpin'’ & Revolutionaries
The Doom Projectors: usually consists of older and younger “conscious” members. Their main focus is to inform us about all that is wrong with black people, in their perspective. Doom projectors know every negative statistic relating to black people and disease, the prison system, homicide, economics, dysfunctional families, teen pregnancies, drug abuse and just about any other social ill plaguing the community. In their estimation nothing is getting better for black people, rather we are steadily marching towards an apocalyptic abyss.
by Morpheus Reloaded of Playahata.com
Hip Hop Stop Complaining-We Are All Documentarians
As the teacher, I brought in my favorite CD at the time—Slick Rick’s The Art
of Storytelling. When it was my turn to play my CD I rushed to the end and
cranked up the live version of Lodi Dodi and let it bang. As Rick flowed
eccentric, the entire class just gawked at the speakers like it was alien
talking. Out of about 25 students around 20 were white and all were under
25. They had no clue who or what they were hearing. Not one of ‘em.
by Hadji Williams
Rap News Direct: Should Eminem Be producing 2Pac?
Well I am a rap fan altogether. I mean I like rap and hip hop, but Tupac in particular because he has a lot of message in his music ya know. He is not like a lot of today’s rappers. And that’s why I think the legacy is going wrong because their mixing today’s rap with his rap. Like even on the new cd coming out, they have twisted things to make it sound like Tupac is saying things that he is really not saying. And ya know that is wrong....
by Robert of www.thuglifearmy.com/
DMX May be Rapper, but Earl Simmons is a Great Comedian
Rapper DMX, born as ‘Earl Simmons,’ is a very funny man. In fact, he is the funniest man I know. Well, I don’t know him personally, though we did meet once in front of the House of Blues in L.A. some years ago. Nevertheless, Earl Simmons still qualifies as being the funniest man I know.
by Morris O'Kelly of www.eurweb.com/
Man Up Ron Artess-Don't Be A Punk
What would Hip Hop say? I can only give my interpretation of Hip Hop. Once again unlike most people who let their egos and primal insides control their opinions. I felt that Ron Artess, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal were weak punks and am not afraid to say it. I say their behavior was equal to that of children in elementary school not that of grown men at work where their getting paid millions.
by Jeff Carroll
The Republican Rap or
Why Rap Should Be the GOP’s Theme Music
The Republican Party and its ideals are increasingly gaining popularity in America. Interestingly, so is rap music. Both forms of expression, republicanism and rap, are often looked at with disdain by those who don’t understand them, and, coincidentally, rappers and Republicans tend to give each other a bad rap. If one examines both movements closely, however, the parallels between their respective messages are overwhelming.
by Craig Black of Ballerstatus.com
Who The Hell Am I? Nas Forgot to Name a 'Coon'
When an artist takes a stand and confronts a problem that people might not realize because they don’t quite understand the history of our culture. But Nas forgot somebody. Maybe it could be because they play his videos on TV. Hmmmm...I wonder who he missed. I’ve got it! That station that had a young boy doing stand-up holding a pimp cup and yapping about pimpin’.
by Andreas Hale of
Steve Harvey Speaks Out About MiJacs and Eminem
"I just thought it was really unfair
of Eminem because he's in a custody
battle for his child. He wants little Hailie
and that's beautiful, but you know Michael
is fighting for his life and his children, but
you so insensitive you gonna do a video
about the man like this when he's in the
middle of a crisis."
Rainbow Eminem: Who's More Gay Eminem or Michael Jackson?
I gotta say I was a little taken aback when I first heard "Just Lose It" on the radio, not because of the cheesy and predictable stabs at Michael Jackson, but because you're finally talking about your homosexuality (which hard-core fans like myself have long suspected, blondie). The whole "Yeah boy shake that ass/Ooops I mean girl, girl, girl, girl" might have been just a funny little aside if your album wasn't overflowing with sophomoric homoeroticism.
by brendan kelley of newtimes.com
Rosa Clemente: The Rockefeller Drug Reform Sham
Unfortunately, Russell Simmons is wrong, misinformed and his praise of this
reform bill has me questioning the relevance of him and his organization. I
know that by even critiquing the so called “Hip Hop leader” that I open
myself to attacks, some folks will say I am player hating, but what can I
do, I am a true Hip Hopper, I try to be a voice for the voiceless and
ultimately I am more concerned about the impact of this sham and the 15,600
majority Black and Brown folks that will continue to sit in upstate prisons.
by Rosa Clemente
The Failures of Hip-hop and U.S. Foreign Policy
The face of hip-hop may well be media darlings like Russell Simmons, 50
Cent, Wendy Williams, Tourè, P. Diddy, Michael Eric Dyson, Queen Latifah,
Snoop Dogg, etc. but hip-hop (or what passes for hip-hop) is controlled and
shaped by an 80% white and non-black consumer base and a 90% white-owned
marketing, manufacturing, retail and media base. So when the world sees
hip-hop, they see us thru the eyes of Viacom, Clear Channel and Rolling
by Hadji Williams
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