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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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Nicki Minaj apologizes for depiction of Malcolm X in cover art for single

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:08 pm February 14, 2014 Yesterday musician Nicki Minaj found herself in the middle of controversy over her choice of photo to promote her single. The artwork for Minaj’s song, “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a” is a reproduction of the iconic photograph of Malcolm X, rifle in hand, looking out of the window of his Queens home, with […]

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Justice for Jordan Davis: In rare Saturday court session, girlfriend of Michael Dunn testifies

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:13 pm February 10, 2014 In a rare weekend court session, the girlfriend of a man on trial for killing a 17-year-old black teen over loud music took the stand. Rhonda Rouer testified Saturday in the Florida murder trial of Michael Dunn. Dunn fatally shot Jordan Davis in front of a convenience […]

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Why Macklemore beat your favorite rapper

By Shantell @shantell_em 9:49 am January 27, 2014 First, I’d like to start by saying that I do not think Macklemore is better than Kendrick Lamar. Other than “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love,” not much happening on his debut album in my opinion. But where Kendrick and other artists who probably should have been awarded […]

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Gaye family settles with Sony/ATV over ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:43 pm January 14, 2014 Although the conflict between Robin Thicke, et. al. and Marvin Gaye’s children over the song “Blurred Lines” has not been resolved, another party has managed to settle with Gaye’s descendants. The Gaye family has settled with Sony/ATV over their role in the conflict regarding Thicke’s song and Gaye’s classic “Got to Give it Up.” […]

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In 2013, not one black artist had a no.1 single

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:18 pm January 13, 2014 Not one African American artists had a single no. 1 in 2013. Not one. This is the first time this has happened in the history of the Billboard chart’s 55 years. 

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Beyoncé under fire for using NASA recording of deadly space shuttle tragedy in song

By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:07 am December 31, 2013 Beyoncé is being criticized for her use of a NASA recording for her most recent album. The song “XO,” features a sound clip from the space shuttle Challenger, which crashed in 1986 killing everyone on board. In a statement, Knowles said the use of the clip was […]

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Marvin Gaye’s children respond to Robin Thicke, Pharrell with lawsuit

Two of Marvin Gaye’s children have responded to Robin Thicke, Pharell Williams, et. al., by issuing a lawsuit of their own. Weeks after Thicke and Williams filed a suit saying they had not plagiarized Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” for the 2013 summer jam “Blurred Lines,” Gaye’s heirs are saying that Thicke not only jacked their father’s record, but admitted it.

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