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Harvard Students Protest Tyga Concert; Accuse Him of Promoting Sexism and Rape Culture

Harvard University students are up in arms over a scheduled performance from YMCMB rapper Tyga at their annual Yardfest. They say his music promotes sexism and rape culture. Do you support their efforts? Is Tyga’s music a worthy target of protest?

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Rick Ross Apologizes for His Lyrics Being “Interpreted As” Rape

As the backlash against Rick Ross’ so-called “rape lyrics” continues to mount, Rick Ross took to twitter yesterday and apologized to critics and business partners for lyrics “interpreted as” rape. Satisfied with this apology? Was it sincere? Were Ross’ lyrics “misinterpreted?”

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews avery r. young About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes and Reasons interviews poet avery r. young, getting his perspective on the roots of Hip Hop: James Brown “Take Some… Leave Some”, Nina Simone “See-Line Woman”, and Gil Scott-Heron “The Bottle”

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Happy Birthday to Soul Icon Marvin Gaye!

Today would have been the legendary Marvin Gaye’s 74th birthday.Marvin Gaye is responsible for some of the most important music of the 20th century; art that combined both technical daring and inventiveness, with an intoxicating conceptual mixture of sensuality, spirituality, and politics.

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Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA Uses Hip Hop to Teach Science in NYC Public Schools

The Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA has aligned himself with a pilot program in NYC that uses Hip Hop to help young people learn about science. ““The goal is just to awaken the children, make them more aware and embrace science and everything connected to it”

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India Arie Accused of Lightening Her Skin for Promotional Photo

R&B singer India Arie has been accused to lightening her skin for the cover art for her new single “Cocoa Butter.” Her people say her lighter appearance in the photo is due to camera flash and angle. What do you think?

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Rick Ross Responds to Rape Lyrics Controversy: ‘It Was a Misinterpretation’

Rick Ross has responded to the “rape lyrics” controversy, asserting that his words were misunderstood and misinterpreted, and that “woman is the most precious gift known to man.”

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Petitions Demand Rick Ross, Industry Take Responsibility for Rape Lyrics

After widespread outrage over Rick Ross’ rape lyrics, petitions have been launched demanding that the rapper take responsibility for his offensive words.

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Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte to Induct Public Enemy into Rock Hall of Fame

Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte are slated to induct groundbreaking rap group Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Meanwhile Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will pay tribute to Donna Summer, and Usher will pay tribute to Quincy Jones.

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Jasson Perez About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes and Reasons talks to activist and BBU member Jasson Perez about the Hip Hop songs that changed his life: Tupac’s “Keep Your Head Up,” Outkast’s “Rosa Parks,” and how hip-hop’s made him a better father. Listen in at BlackYouthProject.com

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