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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Rapsody About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed Her Life

Rhymes and Reasons interviews female emcee Rapsody about the Hip Hop songs that changed her life: MC Lyte’s “Poor Georgie, ” The Fugees’ “Ready or Not,” and Method Man’s and Mary J. Blige’s “All I Need.” A great interview. Check it out at BlackYouthProject.com!

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Snoop Lion Partners w/ MTV for Gun Buyback Program

Snoop Lion has partnered with MTV and Jewelry For A Cause for a gun buyback program. They’ve collaborated on limited edition “MTV x Caliber” bracelets made in part from guns turned into buyback programs; sales will be donated to buyback programs in Newark, NJ.

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LL Cool J and Brad Paisley Collaborate on Bizarre Country-Rap Song ‘Accidental Racist’

On this episode of When Keeping it Post-Racial Goes (Terribly, Terribly) Wrong: LL Cool J and country singer Brad Paisley have made a song. It’s called “Accidental Racist,” and it is horrific. And mystifying. And accidentally racist.

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Smithsonian to Honor Bronx, New York as ‘Place of Innovation’ In Hip Hop

The Smithsonian is set to honor The Bronx, New York as a “place of innovation” in setting the early foundation of Hip Hop music and culture. Excited to see The Bronx and Hip Hop being recognized in this way? Thoughts on Hip Hop’s past, present, and future?

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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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News Flash

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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