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Mountain Dew Pulls Tyler, The Creator Ad After Accusations of Racism

Tyler, the Creator teamed up with Mountain Dew for an ad and…racism happened. Pepsi Co, which owns Mountain Dew, has pulled the ad. Watch it for yourself and tell us what you think…

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Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly of 90′s Rap Duo Kris Kross Has Died

By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:40 am May 2, 2013 Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, one-half of the 90s rap duo Kris Kross died yesterday. He was 34. Kelly was found unresponsive and transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Officer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Lil Wayne Issues Formal Apology to Emmett Till Family

Lil Wayne has issued a formal apology to the family of Emmett Till for lyrics that referenced the Civil Rights martyr in a profane way: “As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure…I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy.”

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

Rhymes and Reasons interviews poet Shannon Matesky about the Hip Hop songs that changed her life: TLC’s “What About Your Friends,” Lauryn Hill’s “Everything is Everything,” and Eve’s “Love Is Blind.”

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Emmett Till’s Family Plan to Pressure Mountain Dew to End Endorsement Deal w/ Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne has yet to apologize for an offensive lyrics invoking the name of Emmett Till. So the Till family plans to pressure corporate sponsor Mountain Dew to drop their endorsement deal with the rapper.

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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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