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Rapper Mz. 007 is Fat, Fly and Very Important

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Sometimes you just have to let folks, scratch that, let the whole world know who you are and that you’re important. Enter St. Louis, MO rapper, Mz. 007 who is doing just that with her song ‘Important’ where she declares with authority, “pass me a...

Listen to Kendrick Lamar’s Positive and Uplifting New Single “I”

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If you are in need of some uplifting and positive energy — check out the latest single by Kendrick Lamar entitled “I (love myself).” The Rahki-produced track samples the Isley Brothers’ 1973 version of their soul hit “That Lady” — and is all about self-love...

White Men Who Shout Racial Slurs At Rap Concerts: You Are Making Me Uncomfortable

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  [Editorial Note: This piece contains racial slurs.] There are lots of things that make me uncomfortable: strangers touching my hair, my thick thighs rubbing in the heat, yeast infections. And lately, there’s one more thing that’s been making me really uncomfortable: White men at...

The Game Rallies Hip-Hop Heavyweights on ‘Don’t Shoot’ Tribute Song to Mike Brown

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Hip-hop can’t be dead, not when it’s actively serving as the voice of Mike Brown, a young man who lost his life in yet another example of the ongoing systematic attack on black men. Lauryn Hill dedicated “Black Rage” to Ferguson and J. Cole offered his personal take on...

On Being The Black Girl At Rockabilly Events

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As sometimes happens, I came to it — rockabilly — for the clothes. I started collecting vintage clothes from the 1940s through the early ’60s when I graduated from college and was entering the working world, because I wanted more than black pants and a sweater for business...