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We Will Not Be Criminalized. We Will Not Be Dehumanized. We Are Young, Gifted and Black!

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1Hood Media Academy on the set of our new video “Young, Gifted and Black” (Photo by Haute Muslim) “Young, Gifted, and Black” featuring Jasiri X, Tyhir Frost, Haze the Kid, and L U C, is the first release from 1Hood, a collective of Hip-Hop artists with a mission to improve self-image, dispel stereotypes, and provide […]

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Judgment Call

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Terio the 7-year-old Internet sensation was on stage dancing to Bobby Shmurda’s hit single “Hot Nigga” at this years BET Hip-Hop awards. After ruminating over the performance I started to think about the whose decision it was to have a child on stage dancing to a song about living destructive lifestyle and the politics behind […]

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BYP Memo: Young People’s Attitudes toward President Obama, Political Parties, and Government, Implications for the Midterm Elections

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The media often report that young people are disengaged from midterm elections. Understanding how young people feel about President Obama and the major political parties, as well as their beliefs about how well they can effect political change, can shed light on the role they will play in this election cycle. 

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“B**ches Ain’t Sh*t”… And Apparently Every Other Woman Is Too

With R&B singer Ciara’s release of her post baby weight, weight loss body surfacing on the net. I was inspired to think about her relationship with southern Hip-Hop artist Future and the logic behind why their engagement may have been called off.

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Why We Must Expect More From Hip Hop Artists

Jasiri X speaks during a panel discussion on Ferguson, Mo., and police brutality in the Black community in Washington, D.C. in August. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

PHOTO: Jasiri X speaks during a panel discussion on Ferguson, Mo., and police brutality in the Black community in Washington, D.C. in August. (Freddie Allen/NNPA) By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., members of the Black community and independent […]

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Allowance Part 2

Hip-Hop is a world where your word is your bond. Anything you say is purported to be factual and “keep it real” becomes more than a slogan, it is law! After a recent conversation I had with my brother about the recent happenings in each others lives and the topic of authenticity came up. How […]

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Why I’m a Black Man Before I’m a Gay Man

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By: Terrence Chappell I’m much more aware of my identity as a black man versus my identity as a gay man. I don’t think of them as competing identities, but in the context of perception and the world they are binary. Even as a young boy, I remember my mom telling me “Sometimes you will be treated […]

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Reflections on Ferguson and Beyond

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Let’s call out the names of our fallen brothers and sisters:  Michael Brown, John Crawford, Timothy Thomas, Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Johnathan Ferrell, Emmett Till, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Renisha McBride, Darius Simmons, Jordan Davis, Kimani Gray, Rekia Boyd, Kendrec McDade, Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams, Everette Howard, Amadou Diallo, Orlando Barlow, Arron Campbell, […]

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Tell the City of Pittsburgh to Let Leon Ford Live

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Leon Ford at Community Awareness Day (Photo by Haute Muslim) On November 11, 2012, Leon Ford was pulled over by the Pittsburgh police. He promptly gave them his drivers license and registration, which confirmed who he was and his ownership of the vehicle he was driving. The police officers then decided, despite Leon giving them his […]

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Spotting Bigotry On Spotify: How One Playlist Description Promotes And Perpetuates Racism

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Recently I received a Snapchat from my friend Taylor of a Spotify playlist. Normally I wouldn’t have given it much thought, but the description of the playlist made me furious. Both Taylor and I were equally annoyed at the way a Hip-Hop playlist was being marketed to solicit listeners. The racist undertones behind the playlist […]

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