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Lauryn Hill Speaks Out on Financial Troubles, New Record Deal in Open Letter

With rumors swirling regarding her financial/legal/musical situation, Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr to set the record straight: “I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.”

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Asad Jafri About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Asad Jafri, the former Director of Arts & Culture at IMAN spoke w/ Rhymes and Reasons recently from Malaysia about songs by KRS-One, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and Killah Priest. They rapped about history, religion, and growing up Pakistani-American in Kuwait.

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Lauryn Hill’s New $1 Million Recording Contract w/ Sony Music Revealed During Tax Hearing

During her tax hearing yesterday, it was revealed that Lauryn Hill has signed a $1 million recording contract with Sony, and will take out a loan to pay off her tax bill.

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Lauryn Hill’s Sentencing Postponed; Has Two Weeks to Pay $504,000 in Back Taxes

Lauryn Hill was set to be sentenced today for tax evasion, But Ms. Hill caught a break. The judge has postponed sentencing, and given her two weeks to come up with $504,000 in back taxes.

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Editorial Asks “Where Are Ordinary Black Youth in Popular Culture?”

A recent editorial asks the question, “Where Are Ordinary Black Youth in Popular Culture?” Are the stories of black youth that are “neither marginalized or at the proverbial mountaintop” invisible to mainstream America?

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Dr. Dave Stovall About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes and Reasons interviews U of I professor Dr. Dave Stovall about the Hip Hop songs that changed his life: Public Enemy’s anthem of resistance “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” and Organized Konfusion’s space-age “Releasing Hypnotical Gases.” Check it out at BlackYouthProject.com!

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Chief Keef Under Fire for Lyrics Threatening Woman For Not Performing Sex Act on Him

Chief Keef is under fire for a new song in which he threatens to murder a women for not performing a sex act on him: “You ain’t gonna let me f— you, and I feel you / But you gone suck my d— or I’ll kill you”

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Rick Ross Apologizes AGAIN: Rape Lyrics are “one of my biggest mistakes and regrets.”

In the wake of his lost endorsement deal with Reebok, Rick Ross has released another apology, calling his rape lyrics “one of my biggest mistakes and regrets.”

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Reebok DROPS Rick Ross Over Date Rape Lyrics

After much outcry and protest, Reebok has ended their partnership with Rick Ross: “…we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”

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Jay-Z Addresses Cuba Trip, Politicians, Brooklyn Nets Rumors on Leaked Track

Jay-Z leaked a blistering new track today, taking aim at politicians, critics of his trip to Cuba, and just about everything that’s landed the rap mogul in the headlines as of late: “Politicians never did sh-t for me / except lie to me, distort history / They wanna give me jail time and a fine / — Fine, let me commit a real crime”

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