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LISTEN: Check Out Kevin Coval’s ‘Chicago (KEEF)’

A re-imagining of Carl Samburg’s classic piece “Chicago,” Kevin Coval examines the media’s handling of Chief Keef and the horrific violence plaguing the Windy City with his new poem “Chicago (KEEF).” Listening to a recording, and read the full text at BlackYouthProject.com!

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Meet Sosan Firooz, Afghanistan’s First Female Rapper

The popularity of Hip Hop music and culture is steadily increasing throughout her homeland, but Firooz is truly the first of her kind. Her work speaks to the repression of women, war, and childhood trauma she experienced as a refugee in Iran. Much respect to this courageous young woman.

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VIDEO: Chris Brown Is Stressed Out About ‘Loving Two People’

Chris Brown wants his fans to know that he’s torn between two women. In a video released by Brown, the singer admits that he’s drunk and then proceeds to consider whether one can love two people at the same time: “When you share history with somebody, then you tend to fall in love with somebody […]

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Violence Erupts at BET Hip Hop Awards

Multiple incidences of violence erupted at the BET Hip Hop Awards taping  in Atlanta this weekend. According to reports, Rick Ross’ Maybach Music camp were quite busy, getting involved in separate scuffles with individuals affiliated with Young Jeezy and 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew respectively. BET has released a statement, denouncing the violence, and maintaining that […]

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Can Chief Keef Help Save Chicago?

Chief Keef’s music and what he represents has been derided by many. But is he, as the Chicago Reader suggests, crucial to helping solve Chicago’s crime problem and by extension helping black youth who see themselves in Keef?

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Chicagoan Waxes About Chief Keef and City Violence

Joshua Adams, a self-described “producer-writer-hooper-rapper-poet-artist-dreamer-lover-fighter-thinker-prayer-AΦA-man,” took to his blog to discuss his feelings about his hometown, Chicago, rapper Chief Keef, and the violence in the city: Neighborhoods, particularly on the south side (and some in the west side) of Chicago have  erupted with youth violence. With death tolls increasing year by year, more kids have […]

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Heavy Tension at Lil JoJo’s Wake; Funeral Home Evacuated

Chicago police were forced to abruptly end rapper Lil JoJo’s wake when mourners nearly knocked over his casket. The violence and police presence at his wake are indicators of deeper issues at play. How do we get to the root?

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16 Years After His Murder, We Remember Tupac Shakur

Today mark’s the 16th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur. It’s been nearly two decades since his tragic passing, but the legendary actor and emcee still lives on through his ideas and incomparable body of work. From MTV: “After his death, Tupac’s legacy lives, particularly with the eight posthumous albums that have been released, […]

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The Cruelest of Summers

Something has gone terribly wrong. Or, perhaps in some cruel way, something has gone right. Last week, while most of the black internet was deep in an oil sheen-induced haze caused by appearances and speeches by the Obamas, our favorite celebrities, another black youth was murdered. This wasn’t your typical, anonymous shooting, though. Nor was […]

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CPD Investigating Chief Keef Regarding Murder of Rival Rapper

Chicago rapper Chief Keef is being investigated by city police for his possible connection to the murder of a rival rapper who was gunned down recently:

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