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Rapper 50 Cent’s Grandmother Passes Away

News of Beluah Jackson's passing revealed by hip-hop mogul's cousin

Beluah Jackson was the person 50 Cent loved most in this world. Her passing is…

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Reports: Kanye West Forces Wheelchair-Bound Audience Member To Stand-Up

Yeezus manages to drive the masses insane

Kanye West took his arrogance to a new level, according to reports, when he tried…

By Kevin L. Clark

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AFROPUNK Announces D’Angelo, Gianni Lee, And More For Annual Festival

The soulful crooner will be joined by the alternative world's finest

Marking its 10th year of exciting, culture-defining entertainment, the 2014 AFROPUNK Festival returns to Brooklyn’s…

By Kevin L. Clark

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[VIDEO] Have The Roots Gone Pop In New Kellogg-Themed Concert?!

Their latest partnership is the tipping point for a new audience.

There was a time when fans of The Roots were the only ones interested in…

By Kevin L. Clark

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[VIDEO] Man In Blackface Impersonates Kanye In Front Of Kim Kardashian

KimYe has dealt with haters for a while, but blackface is a new one

A recent clip shows just how Kanye West’s then-girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, was offended by a…

By Kevin L. Clark

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First Look: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Cast Revealed

Introducing the World's Most Dangerous rap crew, N.W.A.

The world’s most dangerous rap crew is coming to the big screen as Dr. Dre…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Big Tigger: Utilizing That Entrepreneurial Spirit to Strengthen the Brand

'I’m always looking for and entertaining entrepreneurial ideas'

Big Tigger is STILL in the industry, thriving—two decades later—and it may take another 20…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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The 20 Best Kanye-Fidence Quotes To Build Self-Confidence

Use these inspirational words to boost your business acumen.

Being a businessman requires deft skills, intellect, charisma, showmanship, and confidence.
If you are lacking any…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Hot 97’s ‘Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation’ Hosts “Lift ‘Em Up” Night of Service

The night provided an outstanding feast and holiday market for 200 New Yorkers in need

During the meal, participants enjoyed performances by many different acts

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Snoop Lion Changes View on Gay Acceptance in Hip-Hop

Rapper has a change of heart in recent interview

Do you think Hip-Hop culture will ever accept gay people?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Kendrick Lamar Asks for Darker-Skinned Female Lead for Video

Lamar says the industry needs "more balance" in terms of skin tones

Rapper Kendrick Lamar fights colorism in the music industry

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Fan Shot and Killed Outside French Montana’s Tour Bus

Rapper was inside tour bus while shot were fired at group of fans.

Police say the rapper or his entourage were not targets.

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Rapper Ja Rule to Be Released from Jail in July

Rapper set to be released after serving two-year sentence.

36-year-old served time for gun possession and tax evasion of more than $3 million.

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Rapper Kenny Clutch Killed in Sin City Shootout, Car Crash

Clutch died a block from where Tupac Shakur was gunned down in 1996

Oakland rapper Kenny Clutch was shot and killed in Las Vegas

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Adisa Banjoko Merges Hip-Hop, Chess, and Martial Arts to Empower Youth

Hip-Hop Chess Federation mixes founder's passions in giving back to the community

The fusion of hip-hop, chess and martial arts helps this motivational speaker succeed in helping…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Career Day? Really? 5 Reasons Gucci Mane Isn’t the Best Role Model

Recent appearance at Georgia school Career Day raises more than an eyebrow

Recently, the rap artist spoke to students at a Georgia middle school for Career Day,…

By Courtney Connley

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Nas Talks Candidly About his Hip-Hop Career

Nas opens up for many of his fans.

The recently Grammy-nominated artist discusses his problems with the IRS, being sued by a concert…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Hip-Hop Entrepreneur Vaughan Taylor Merges Music and Tech with Air Playd

From the music biz to digital, this entrepreneur talks ins and outs of web-based venture

Michigan native and current St. Louis resident Vaughan Taylor is bringing something brand new to…

By Demetria Irwin

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Common Finds “Luv” in New Film

Common scores another leading man role

Rapper Common who has shown his acting chops in a number of roles (American Gangster,…

By Demetria Irwin

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Doug E. Fresh and Kangol Kid to Honor Students at NY School

Hip Hop pioneers give back to honor students in Harlem, NY

Hip Hop pioneers Doug E. Fresh and Kangol Kid will serve 22 students from the…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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For Detroit’s KeY Wane, Graduation Has Two Degrees of Success

For young super producer already killing the game, graduation from Tenn. State Univ. is around the corner.

KeY Wane’s already produced some of the biggest songs in hip hop — and he’s…

By Marshall Latimore

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Happy Birthday, Hova: A Look at the Style Profile of Jay-Z

What's your favorite Jay look?

In honor of Jay-Z’s birthday we take a look at the music mogul’s style profile,…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Two Struggling Rappers Attempt to Extort Son of Goldman Sachs Big-shot

The struggle rappers said 'put up the money for our record or we'll kill your girlfriend and your family.'

Extortionists were arrested.

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Scientists Study Freestyle Rappers’ Brains

The results provide insight into how we improvise

Scientists in Bethesda, Maryland think freestyle rappers have something to contribute to science

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25 Years Later, MC Lyte is Still a Cultural Force

Legendary artist 'Keeps, Keeping On' as she continues adding to her legacy as her business grows.

Lyte continues to shine in many different arenas.

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Hosted by Power 105's Angela Yee and Hot 97's own Miss Info, the Hip Hop Dance Experience Video Game launch brought out a mixed crowd of hardcore gamers, writers and influencers to test their footwork during the kickoff event last month.  While many tried out the game, others enjoyed music spun by J. Period.

‘The Hip Hop Dance Experience’ Brings Out Inner B-Boy in NYC Crowd

Check out photos from the launch party in NYC

“The Hip Hop Dance Experience” video game launch celebration in New York City, hosted by…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Using Hip-Hop to Make a Difference: A Talk With Tamekia Flowers-Holland

Tamekia discusses her journey to shine a brighter, more positive light on Hip-Hop and help youth at the same time

Tamekia discusses her journey to shine a brighter, more positive light on Hip-Hop and help…

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Life is Good: Amanda Seales, Renaissance Woman and Free Spirit

What does Amanda Diva do? She creates and she lives

What does Amanda Diva do? She creates and she lives

By Demetria Irwin

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Lil Wayne OK After Seizure Scare

Tweets 'I'm Good' after double seizures

Tweets ‘I’m Good’ after double seizures

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From Street DVDs to Reviving Battle Rap: How Tony ‘SMACK’ Mitchell Monetized Both

SMACK has been able to carve out his own niche without all the glitz and glamour associated with Hip-Hop

SMACK has been able to carve out his own niche without all the glitz and…

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David Banner Joins Cast of Lee Daniels’ New Movie

The star-studded cast just got bigger

The star-studded cast just got bigger

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Big Sean Showcases His Style in GQ

The Detroit rapper looks dapper

The Detroit rapper looks dapper

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Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul Arrested for Having a Taser

What is it with rappers and weapons?

What is it with rappers and weapons?

By Demetria Irwin

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Are You Bored with Celebrity Fragrances?

Jim Jones' mom and Snooki have something in common

Jim Jones’ mom and Snooki have something in common

By Demetria Irwin

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70 Percent of BET Hip-Hop Award Tweets Came from Mobile Devices

BET viewers' mobile tweets surpass other award shows

BET viewers’ mobile tweets surpass other award shows

By Demetria Irwin

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Conflicting Reports In Death of Chris Lighty

Investigators dig deep in death of music mogul

Investigators dig deep in death of music mogul

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Rapper Lil’ Scrappy Arrested in Atlanta

Reality star violated probation for marijuana conviction

Reality star violated probation for marijuana conviction

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Jay-Z Blasts Occupy Wall Street Movement

Do you want to hear political statements from music artists?

 
Jay-z wears his own "Occupy All Streets" t-shirt as he chats up hip hop mogul…

By Demetria Irwin

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Rapper/Producer Consequence Talks Career Post-Kanye West

Consequence is excited about his Pooch Hall collaboration

By Chantell Black
Producer/rapper Consequence, cousin of rapper Q-Tip and formerly associated with Kayne’s G.O.O.D. Music…

By Chantell Black

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Dr. Dre Tops Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

P. Diddy and Jay-Z follow him on the list

P. Diddy and Jay-Z follow him on the list

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Cops Look into Chief Keef’s Twitter in Murder of Rapper Lil JoJo

Brewing beef between local gangs may be cause of rapper's murder

Brewing beef between local gangs may be cause of rapper’s murder

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Chris Lighty’s Funeral Gathers Hip-Hop Community

The music industry's brightest stars pay tribute to hip-hop mogul

The music industry’s brightest stars pay tribute to hip-hop mogul

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Chris Lighty’s Wife Denies Role in Death, Officially Ruled Suicide

The hip-hop mogul's estranged wife says they did not fight

The hip-hop mogul’s estranged wife says they did not fight

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Writer Danyel Smith Pens Obit to Rap Mogul Chris Lighty

Former editor of Billboard, Vibe remembers hip-hop friend

Former editor of Billboard, Vibe remembers hip-hop friend

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Lil’ Wayne’s “I don’t like New York” Comment Angers Senator

State senator demands apology from rapper

State senator demands apology from rapper

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Preview Our World: Behind the Scenes with Nicole Ari Parker and Blair Underwood in ‘Streetcar Named Desire’

Host Marc Lamont Hill interviews Nicole Ari Parker and Blair Underwood from Streetcar Named Desire; plus talks about the future of hip hop

‘Our World with Black Enterprise’ host Marc Lamont Hill interviews Nicole Ari Parker and Blair…

By Andrew Wadium

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Looking Back: Yandy Smith Talks New Ventures and Advantages of Love & Hip Hop

As new season begins with new Atlanta cast, a legacy of greater brand exposure continues

As a new season of Love & Hip Hop hits Atlanta, debuting June 18, we…

By Janell Hazelwood

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I Love You Oprah, But I Still Won’t Watch OWN

Here's an idea: Spice things up by sprinkling in some reality and rachetness

Oprah, let’s be real: Reality and celebrity-based TV are not only the popular kids on…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Opinion: Did Black America Turn Its Back on Roland Martin?

Culture critic Raynard Jackson chimes in on GLAAD's calling for the CNN personality's dismissal for controversial tweets

After CNN personality Roland Martin’s homophobic tweets, GLAAD asked for his firing, critics feel Black…

By Raynard Jackson

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An Uncommon Brand: Common Talks Music, Acting and Drake

His full name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.; his stage name went from Common Sense…

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There have been many black films that inspire, enrage, encourage and invigorate. And several of those have reflected real-life scenarios that we all have seen in our own lives --- especially when it comes to the workplace.


Here are six films with black actors that feature career issues and have taught all of us lessons about art reflecting life. ---Janell Hazelwood

6 Best Black Career Films of All Time

These movies taught lessons on workplace and career issues

These are six of the best films with black actors that incorporated everyday workplace issues.

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WATCH: LL Cool J on his Continued Connection to Hip-Hop

Rapper turned actor LL Cool J speaks on his dual role as a hip-hop pioneer and Hollywood player

The hip-hop pioneer and star of NCIS: Los Angeles opens up about the evolution of…

By Anslem Samuel

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Rapper Styles P’s Juice Bar Promotes Healthy Living in Black Community

From hip-hop to health guru, enterprising entertainer shines light on the juicing path to wellness

LOX member Styles P expresses his passion for healthy living with Juices for Life, his…

By Amy Andrieux

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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

Young Boss Moves: 5 Success Tips from Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith

Entertainment manager talks career strategies for success

Tips from entertainment manager and Love and Hip Hop cast member Yandy Smith on how…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Common: On Life and Love Lessons from Serena Williams and Erykah Badu

Award-winning Chi-town rapper and bestselling author opens up about past lessons and a future that includes marriage and a family

Common, award-winning rapper and bestselling author, opens up about his new book and love lessons…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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WATCH: Heavy D’s Final Interview on Music, Death & A Cultural Odyssey

Exclusive video interview with the rap star a few short months before his sudden death

In his final interview rap legend Heavy D speaks on the business of hip-hop, his…

By Anslem Samuel

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Drake Decoded: How the International Star ‘Takes Care’ of Business

More than just Lil Wayne's protege, Drake is a multi-faceted businessman with his hand in everything

In a few short years, Canadian rap star Drake has made a million-dollar brand that…

By Andreas Hale

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Entertainment Manager Yandy Smith Explains the Business of ‘Love & Hip-Hop’

Young powerhouse talks reality TV, success, and women's empowerment

Yandy Smith, co-star on VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop season two, talks about how reality TV…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Heavy D’s Final Words: “Be Inspired!”

A successful rapper, actor and businessman, what set Heavy D apart was his perpetual light

Known as Heavy D, rapper/actor Dwight Myers passed away at the age of 44, leaving…

By Caroline Clarke

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David Banner’s 4 Money Management Lessons for Black America

The rapper/actor shares his perspective on the Black community's misuse of its spending power

Inspired by the Pew Research Center’s minority wealth gap report, rapper/producer/actor David Banner shares his…

By David Banner

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Book Review: Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey

So huge, it comes with a matching backpack tote bag. But if you truly love hip hop, this tome is worth more than its weight in gold chains.

For those pressed for time, here’s the bottom line: If you love hip hop, I…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Rapper Gene “Malice” Thornton Finds God & New Career as Author

From artist-to-author, the Virginia-based MC explains how God changed his life

Malice of the Clipse shares how his path to God led him to be a…

By Anslem Samuel

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Steve Stoute Explains the ‘Tanning of America’

The advertising guru shares strategies from his new book and how brands can tap into the youth market

Former music executive turned advertising/marketing expert Steve Stoute explains why corporate America needs to tap…

By Tomika Anderson

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Leaders of the New School

Music insiders use hip-hop’s global reach to empower youth worldwide

Hip-hop has come a long way from its New York City to become a cultural…

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Black Music Month Power Player: Cortez Bryant, The Manager

As the man behind platinum rap stars Lil Wayne and Drake, Cortez Bryant has brokered blockbuster deals and reveals a new one on the horizon

As part of Black Music Month, Lil Wayne and Drake’s manager Cortez Bryant speaks on…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Black Blogger Month: 2DopeBoyz, Business Never Personal

Co-founder of popular music site, 2DopeBoyz.com, Meka Udoh reveals the pros and cons of joining an ad network

Co-founder of popular music site, 2DopeBoyz.com, Meka Udoh reveals the pros and cons of joining…

By Starrene Rhett

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Black Blogger Month: Nah Right, The Business of Music

Responsible for one of the most popular music sites, Ahsmi “Eskay” Rawlins marches to the beats of his own blog

Ranked as one of the No. 1 hip-hop websites, NahRight.com, delivers new music and news…

By Amber McKynzie

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Hip-Hop Business Maven Mona Scott-Young Talks Running the Show

The media exec details why she branched out and why women need to network like men

The exec producer of VH1′s ‘Love & Hip Hop’ discusses her latest venture

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WATCH: Russell Simmons Talks Farrakhan, Success, and ‘Super Rich’

Hip-hop entrepreneur calls NOI leader his 'second father'

Music entrepreneur Russell Simmons talks to The Root about his success and how Louis Farrakhan…

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Book Review: Jay Z Decoded

To really appreciate the memoirs of Shawn Carter, don't just enjoy the art of the rapper, hear the story of the hustler

First, let’s get past the obvious: if you’re a true Jay Z fan (and when…

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Hip-Hop Political Support

For Obama, celebrity endorsements can boost or back-fire

With such high-profile hip-hop celebrities as Russell Simmons, Sean Combs, and Jay-Z publicly supporting Sen.…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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T.I.’s MTV Reality Show

Is rappers new program a PR stunt or worthwhile cause?

I’ll have to admit, when I first heard the news last week that rapper T.I.
was…

By George Alexander

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Emma Goes Hip-Hop

Screen Gems set to do musical version of Jane Austen novel

Jane Austen goes hip-hop. At least that’s the plan. Last week, Screen Gems, a Sony…

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One For the Money, Two For the Show

Monday Night Fight Klub: a hip-hop success story

Monday Night Fight Klub: a hip-hop success story

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