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Book Review: Michael Eric Dyson’s ‘The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America’

“If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin.” President Obama’s empathy-filled words spoken after the murder of Travon Martin resonated deeply throughout black America. They conveyed a sense of “I feel what you feel” to African Americans […]

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HipHop 4 Flint

Recap: HipHop 4 Flint

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, 52 cities around the world—including Toronto, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York City, Los Angeles, and Detroit—participated in

Flint Water Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here

Flint, Michigan has continuously made headlines over the past few months due to levels of poison found in their water supply. Since our first

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Urban Legend: KRS-One

Hip-hop icon KRS-One could rap about anything. The sound bomber from the boogie down Bronx is one of the


Music and Movement: The Art and Impact of Beyoncé’s “Formation”

“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things”~ Tom Waits

Art’s power rests in its ability to portray an often ignored truth. It


Who’s Next?: Hip-Hop Artist, Teacher, and Activist Marco Pavé

As a writer, I understand how formulating written words and conveying your thoughts on paper can be an effective way of sifting

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Music and the Movement: Artists Unite to Get Clean Water to Flint, Michigan

The beauty of a celebrity’s huge platform is the power it gives to transform lives, providing an opportunity to contribute to the world in

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Who’s Next: Genesis Be

The early days of hip-hop were filled with creative story tellers. The story tellers, affectionately called MCs, used lyrics, beats, inspiration, and

Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five

From “The Message” to “Chains”: Hip-Hop’s Role in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

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Hip-hop music has a long history of shedding light on social inequalities. The early days


Q&A: Marc Lamont Hill Talks Hip-Hop Politics at A3C

According to Marc Lamont Hill, he is “just a regular guy seeking to make the world better, make it a little

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