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Rhymes and Reasons Interviews Vic Spencer About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes & Reasons presents Vic Spencer.

A Chicago MC and self-described “poster dad,” Vic Spencer is the consummate hip-hop head. As a kid growing up in a group home, he once spliced two halves of one song together from separate tape recordings off the radio to make a single, continuous version for himself.

Vic spoke to R&R about the song, “Bloodshed & War,” by Da Youngstas ft. Mobb Deep, as well as “Tonight’s da Night” from Redman and Kane & Abel’s “Black Jesus.”

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Minneapolis Program Helps Teens Make Hip Hop in Exchange for Good Grades

COLORLINES recently highlighted a very interesting program out of Minneapolis.

Beats and Rhymes gives young people the training and equipment to make Hip Hop in exchange for keeping up with their schoolwork.

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Congressional Medal of Honor Awarded to Four Little Girls Killed in 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing

President Obama has signed a bill that awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to the four little girls killed in the 1963 KKK bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.

The girls – Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair – were killed on Sunday morning when members of the Klan planted dynamite in the Church’s basement.

Their deaths shocked the nation and the world, and stands as one of the most violent, horrific events of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Judge Rules That Trayvon Martin’s Alleged Drug Use, Texts, and Fighting Will Not Be Allowed in Trial

As we’ve previously reported, lawyers for George Zimmerman have been fighting for clearance to inform jurors of the late Trayvon Martin’s alleged drug use, fighting, and questionable text messages.

According to Global Grind, at a hearing this morning, Judge Debra Nelson ruled that discussion of Martin’s alleged drug use, text messages and fighting will not be admissible in court.

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Koman Willis Charged w/ 1st Degree Murder of 6-Month Old Jonylah Watkins

33 year-old Koman Willis has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the shooting on 6-month old Jonylah Watkins.

He’s also been charged with aggravated battery for shooting Jonylah’s father, Jonathan Watkins.

As we’ve previously reported, Jonathan was changing Jonylah’s diaper in the front seat of his car when the shooting began.

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Where Are The Voices? Do Black Celebrities Have A Duty To Speak Out?

The “Where Are the Voices” Roundtable Discussion on Advocacy in Entertainment featuring from left to right, Kimberley Elise, Aaron D. Spears, Elise Neal, Rev. Omarosa Manigault, and moderator Jasiri X (Photo by Thomas Reynolds)

Do Black Celebrities Have A Duty To Speak Out? Certainly Mr. Belafonte thinks so. In the above video he calls the silence of many of our most talented and successful celebrities, “patriotic treason”. And it was his passionate speech at the NAACP Image Awards that was the catalyst for the NAACP’s Leadership 500 Conference discussion on advocacy in entertainment.

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Kendrick Lamar Blasts Hip Hop’s Obsession with “Molly”

In a recent interview with MTV News, critically-acclaimed emcee Kendrick Lamar took today’s Hip Hop to task for its infatuation with the drug “molly.”

In case you don’t know, “Molly” is a form of MDMA, known for its purity.

According to Lamar, “molly rap” is not only celebrating something negative (i.e. drug use); its also a played out gimmick that is watering down the genre.

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Jennifer Hudson Signs On as American Idol Judge

Jennifer Hudson is returning to American Idol.

The Oscar winner has reportedly signed on as a judge for the long-running TV talent show’s next season.

This past season saw rating for the show it a record low, and all of this season’s judges are expected to leave.

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How Will We Fund the Next Generation of Non-profit Work?

Non-profit organizations have impacted my life in so many ways. As I reflect about after school programs that helped me develop, scholarships I received for college, and what encouraged me to become an activist, the common denominator is the various non-profits organizations that I have impacted my life. At times I worry about how many of these life-changing organizations will not survive through these difficult economic climates. Dan Pallotta, an aids activists, might have a solution to how we fund the next generation of non-profit organizations.

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Spotlighting Women of Color on Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women” List

Forbes has released its annual “Most Powerful Women” list, and we are so proud of the many women of color who made the cut.

Well-known ladies like Michelle Obama (#4), Oprah Winfrey (#13), and Beyonce (#17) were included.

Additionally, the list includes notable women from around the world, including Malawi president Joyce Banda, Liberia president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and World Food Programme executive director Ertharin Cousin.

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