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Black Entertainers and the Role Model Dilemma

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Recently a Change.org petition to remove Raven Symoné from her current host position on “The View” was denied by ABC, despite great opposition from the Black community. Symoné’s comments on the recent Spring Valley High School assault were considered insensitive and triggered a petition by members of the Black community who stated that Symoné does not adequately represent the Black Diaspora. …

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Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Soundtrack Review

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Photo by John D. &Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation   Spotify recently debuted the soundtrack to the new musical Hamilton, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. In Hamilton, Manuel delivers the biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton and brings change to the world of musical theater by way of hip-hop compositions. With a cast made up mostly of people of color and music …

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Album Review: Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo

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Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) has risen to become one of the most respected and influential record labels in the hip-hop genre thanks to an amazing line-up of artist—notably Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q—and in-house producers who have been able to craft some of the most inventive hip-hop albums of recent memory. This year, the label has decided to start with …

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Kendrick Lamar Leaves Grammys Empty-Handed

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This past Sunday, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards caused quite a stir for rapper Kendrick Lamar, who was nominated for seven Grammys, but won not one. Most shockingly, he lost to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for Best Rap Album.  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist not only beat Kendrick’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, but also Jay Z’s Magna Carter… Holy …

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Nicki Minaj Releases Remix to Underground Single

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Two weeks after Beyoncé’s surprise album drops, another influential female artist drops a surprise remix through the viral airways. Female rapper Nicki Minaj releases a remix to the underground party single “Boss Ass B*tch” by PTA on December 30th. Minaj’s remix continues to prove herself as not only the “5 Star Chick”, she proclaimed herself to be with her feature …