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What to Say to the Women in Your Life Today

Millions of Americans voted for a misogynist. Now what?<p>Today, American women woke up in a country where the so-close possibility of a female president has been foreclosed upon (at least for now). We woke up in a country soon to be run by a man who has boasted about committing sexual assault, who …

Feminism

US prisoners are going on strike to protest a massive forced labor system

On Friday (Sept. 9) prison inmates across the US will participate in what organizers are touting as the “largest prison strike in history,” stopping work in protest of what many call a modern version of slavery.<p>The protest, organized across 24 states, is spearheaded by the inmate-led Free Alabama …

Forced Labor

The Most Perfect Rap Song Ever Written: If I Ruled The World

I can’t front like I was one of the first wave of people to hear “Illmatic” when it became a Source instant classic. The first Nas album I copped was …

A 10-year-old boy? An 84-year-old grandmother? Police brutality will not end in America until cops stop perceiving blacks as monsters

Motivated by extreme prejudice, America’s police show little restraint in how they treat black and brown people<p>I am a black man. I am an American. I am not a monster.<p>Like so many other black people in America, I have been followed around department stores by security guards, harassed by police, and …

Psychology

17 Books, Poems, and Songs for Black Healing

It was 1:22 AM on July 8, and I had been dragged out to a Lower East Side dive bar by my colleagues on our last night in New York. Going out felt wrong. Two black men had been needlessly killed by police. Again. Now cops were being slaughtered in our name. It was hard to find something worth …

My Husband's Unconscious Racism Nearly Destroyed Our Marriage

When I was in my teens, I figured I'd be married at least three times. The first would be the young, practice marriage. My second marriage would be the passionate one through which I would become a better version of myself, and my third would be the one that stuck. As you can see, I never really …

Relationships

Red Hot Chili Peppers Drop Another New Song Which, Yet Again, Doesn't Suck?

"The Getaway" is the second track from the upcoming album of the same name and, well, it's pretty good.<p>We pretty much figured that “Dark Necessities,” the first track to be released from new Red Hot Chili Peppers record <i>The Getaway</i>, was an anomaly. It was an oddly brooding track, incorporating …

Indie Music

The 11 Most Racist U.S. Presidents

Let's imagine the unimaginable: Donald Trump was elected president in November. Yes, president of the United States.<p>Let's imagine the impossible: he forced Mexico to build a border wall. Let's imagine the unthinkable: he deported millions of Latino/as. Let's imagine the unconscionable: he …

Black History

9 Slept On Golden Age Hip Hop Albums (1988 - 1996)

During Hip Hop’s Golden Age so many classic albums were released each year, that every year almost inevitably has a few excellent albums that were …

Obama and Macklemore collab on a dope track — about drug addiction

It's 2007, and the iPhone has just debuted when someone from the future tells you that in just a few years a black U.S. president will sit next to a …

Feminism

Read the Speech Bernie Sanders Gave at the Vatican

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is speaking at the Vatican Friday, praising Pope Francis and denouncing income inequality.<p>The Democratic presidential …

Middle-class

Hip-Hop

Lil Skies Has The Stage Presence Of A Seasoned Rap Veteran Already<p>Aaron Williams 03.22.18 16 hours ago 3 Comments<p>A-Trak Explains How His Team Pulled Off The 'Impossible' Young Thug Video<p>Aaron Williams 03.20.18 3 days ago<p>The Enduring Link Between Rock And Hip-Hop<p>A conversation with Daryl McDaniels …

At Sanders Rally in Wisconsin, Tim Robbins Delivers Fiery Speech Against Political Pragmatism

By now, you may have read about actor Tim Robbins’ introduction of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. The headlines …

What Do Kendrick And Kanye Owe Women Listeners?

Until they deal with the sexism in their music, Kanye and Kendrick will never be as innovative as they think they are.<p>On the Grand Scale of Misogyny in Hip-Hop, lyrics like “That pussy should be holding exclusive rights to me,” and a call for "turbo thots” to liven up a party (thot is shorthand for …

How Sound Affects You: Gongs in Sound Therapy

When most people think about Gongs, <i>The Gong Show</i> from the 1980s comes to mind. We also see them as part of a symphonic percussionist’s arsenal or …

The Satanic Origins of Racism

While some among us attempt to delude themselves into thinking that we live in a post-racial society, with each passing day it become abundantly clearer that this concept is a farce. Racial tensions are increasing throughout the nation, and negative attitudes towards minorities have exacerbated …

Religion

Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer. - Vox

Throughout her career as a neurobiologist, Peggy Mason has been told over and over that the rats she experiments on are not capable of empathy. Only humans and other primates can understand the emotions of another. Most other animals can't. And certainly not beady-eyed rats.<p>But what she was …

Empathy

This story of a Sri Lankan drummer boy will tug at your heartstrings

When an LA rocker saw a video of a barefoot boy playing drums made of plastic bottles and tin cans, he vowed to find him...<p>Last February, a YouTube video touched the hearts of thousands. It showed a young boy, barefoot in blue shorts, playing drums outside a basic brick hut in a clearly hot, but …

America is finally waking up to its inequality problem

Under Obama, the economic recovery has bypassed almost all Americans. They won’t stay silent for ever – and Bernie Sanders could be their inspiration<p>To critique Barack Obama’s presidency is to be guilty of these cardinal sins: blasphemy, ingratitude and a lack of realism. What was once the nation …

Middle-class

‘Making A Murderer’ Subject Brendan Dassey’s Brother Released A Rap Song Called ‘They Didn’t Do It’

In the event that you’ve been living in an underground bomb shelter for the past several weeks, I’ll catch you up with these quick “spoilers” of a real-life event: Netflix has a new original series called <i>Making a Murderer</i>, and it’s everything. The true crime docu-series chronicles the plight of …

Killer Mike Talks Racial Inequality, Bernie Sanders on 'Late Show'

"If white people are just now discovering that it's bad for black or working class people in America, they're a lot more blind than I thought," …

How the Illuminati Stole the Mind, Soul, and Body of Hip-Hop

The true story of how an 18th-century secret society came to dominate today’s music industry (allegedly).<p>Have you noticed how a lot of musicians have …

20 Amazing Under-the-Radar Albums of 2015

Keep on enjoying Adele's album, but here are 20 lesser-known masterworks that you might not have heard about during the last 12 months.<p>I listened to …

Mainstream Media