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Black films are dope.

Two films on our summer watch list are Dope and Straight Outta Compton. While some celebrities go to social media and news outlets to voice their concerns, these filmmakers are letting their art do the talking. Dope is in theaters now, and director Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar, The Wood) promises that it will bust stereotypes of black masculinity. While trailers …

Luffa had beef?!

Luther Vandross had some prolific feuds throughout his career, most notably with Anita Baker and En Vogue and reportedly had some creative tension with the Queen of Soul. During his tour with En Vogue, things escalated to the point that Vandross called the police after one member stepped on his side of the dressing room. “We don’t do the whole …

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Patti Labelle taught our generation how to throw shade

Patti Labelle and Diana Ross had one of the longest standing feuds in music. According to Patti, Diana and the Supremes would go and purchase the same performance outfits as her girl group, the Labelles, while the two groups toured together. Their rivalry led to one of Patti’s best performances, in which she was accused of stealing the spotlight from …

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the pettiest super freak of them all?

Prince and Rick James were contemporaries whose long seated rivalry pushed musical boundaries and defined the sound of the post-disco era. In his book, Confessions of Rick James, Memoirs of a Super Freak, James details how he “always thought of Prince as a great player and a very innovative person but as far as himself as a person, he could …

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Killer Mike and Bill Maher Talk Hip Hop.

Like Tupac before him, rapper Killer Mike dispels the myth that rap and hip hop contribute to violence in America. In this clip, we learn that hip hop is rooted in peace, community, and entrepreneurship.

We All Need an Auntie Like Nicki Minaj.

Nicki Minaj is redefining what it means to be a successful woman in the music industry. Check out these enlightening thoughts from Nicki herself. “Hip-hop icon Nicki Minaj has faced an avalanche of slut-shaming because she’s pushing the boundaries of how society views sexuality. Her video for “Anaconda” was called “hypersexualized,” and that comment in turn was rightly called “sexist bullshit.” Minaj’s …

Surf came out 19 days ago, and we’ve pressed play 149 times. Here’s why.

At the beginning of 2015, Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment sat down with The Fader to talk about everything from throwing bricks to rejecting numerous record labels. Check out this talented crew. “Chancelor Bennett is posted on the back patio of an Airbnb rental overlooking the Hollywood Hills. He’s wearing a White Sox hat; he’s smoking a blunt; …

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The revolution will be televised…on Star Trek.

Nichelle Nichols recounts how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced her not to quit her role as Uhura on the television show Star Trek. King understood that through her success in a fictional world, Nichelle Nichols was showing the country that it was time to accept black folks in the real world. Watch this interview on how Nichols motivated Whoopi …