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We live in a country that is too often self-contained, leaving millions of its citizens uninterested in global citizenship. Money may give rappers the means to see the world but American exceptionalism leads too many...

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The FTP Movement has long taken the position that Black elected officials and Congresspersons should reopen the investigation into the counterintelligence program and what it has done to Black Leadership in the Black Community. Especially...

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It’s time to send Jay-Z and Beyoncé to North Korea....

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One particular story during President Obama’s inauguration did not make headlines in the main stream media.  Rapper Lupe Fiasco was performing live at the StartUp RockOn concert to celebrate the re-election of President Barack H....

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Black Intellectual Un-Refined is a blog about hip-hip studies, hip-hop education & hip-hop pedagogy. It is Prof. Markle’s way of engaging with hip-hop as a source of knowledge production,while exploring its uses as a teaching...

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Popular DJ Lah was killed on January 5th in São Paulo. Astrid Kusser of Blackwomenofbrazil.com looks at the evidence that MP death squads were the killers.   By Astrid Kusser (blackwomenofbrazil.com) In São Paulo, Hip...

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Sometimes we don’t know what we have when we have it. After the release of my album, One Day Soon, I experienced one of the longest and lowest periods of depression in my life thus far....

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Yassin Alsalman, better known by his stage name The Narcicyst (or Narcy), is an Iraqi-Canadian MC and journalist. A longtime fixture in the North American hip-hop scene and a pioneer of the Arab hip-hop movement,...

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Rick Ross and Nas —Excursions in Africa

October 9, 2012 | Comments

Writer Christopher Keith Johnson (Thy Black Man [dot] com) has this stinging take on the varying approaches rap superstars like Rick Ross and Nas take with regards to their own excursions to the African continent....

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Connecting Global Voices to the Cipher

September 10, 2012 | Comments

Remixing the Art of Social Change, a Teach-In hosted by Words, Beats & Life took place on Saturday, July 7th in Washington, DC, and brought together scholars, artists and activists to discuss the role and...

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