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Video: 7-year-old hopes to bring peace to Ferguson by playing violin

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:42 am November 20, 2014 7-year-old Leah Flynn is using her talent to bring peace to Ferguson. The violinist has performed as a soloist at numerous concerts and venues. She hopes use her talent to calm the unrest happening in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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Rapper facing life in prison for releasing gang-related album

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:14 pm November 17, 2014 San Diego based rapper Brandon Duncan, better known as Tiny Doo, has rapped with the likes of Lil’ Wayne and others. He has a big following with music detailing gang life, and that is what may send him to prison. 

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Video: Chicago-based MC Mick Jenkins addresses racism in new song

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:01 pm October 10, 2014 Chicago-based MC Mick Jenkins has joined forces with Hurt Everybody’s Supa BWE on a track that not only addresses issues of race and privilege in the country, but leaves a lingering effect on the mind. 

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Earl Sweatshirt: Taylor Swift is ‘perpetuating black stereotypes’ with new video

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:29 am August 20, 2014   Odd Future musician Earl Sweatshirt is coming for Taylor Swift. The country music star released the video for her latest single, “Shake it Off,” which boosts a noticeably different image and beat from Swift’s traditional format. Earl Sweatshirt took to Twitter to talk about how the […]

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Video: ‘urban music is destroying black youth’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:49 am July 3, 2014 An award-winning music producer took to YouTube to express his feelings about the changes that have occurred in music on the radio. Producer/songwriter Carvin Haggins says that today’s music is “disrespectful”, “degrading” and that it tears “our children down.” 

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Chuck D wants the music industry to just say no to the n-word

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:32 pm June 10, 2014 Public Enemy frontman Chuck D is challenging those involved in the music industry to stop using the “n-word.” In a set of tweets, the rapper called upon radio stations, record labels, and artists to stop using the derogatory term. Chuck D. went as far as asking if performances featuring homophobic […]

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Broadway musical featuring songs from Tupac set for June 19

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:41 am June 5, 2014 A new Broadway musical will feature songs and poetry of the late Tupac Shakur. 

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Rhymefest releases new album, donates a portion of profits to Donda’s House

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:21 am April 22, 2014 Grammy award-winning rapper Rhymefest has teamed up with Pledge Music to raise awareness and funds about violence in the community. The Chicago-based rapper and activist is releasing his album, “Violence is Sexy” via the platform, which allows users to purchase music via a pledge or donation. 

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House music legend Frankie Knuckles dead at 59

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:06 am April 1, 2014 Frankie Knuckles, the godfather of house music, has passed away. He was 59.

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In Rolling Stone interview, Elton John reveals his desire to make hip hop music

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:06 am March 20, 2014 During an interview with Rolling Stone long-time singer-songwriter Elton John revealed his desire to make hip hop music. 

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