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A Missy Elliott Biopic? Here’s Why Her Story Bridges Women & Hip-Hop in a Powerful Way

Since Straight Outta Compton‘s meteoric rise to dominance in discussions of contemporary American film, music, sexual politics, and more, the concept …

Hip Hop

Sydney Pollack's 'Amazing Grace': The Tortured 4-Decade History of the Film Aretha Franklin Wants to Stop

If your record collection happens to contain an original vinyl copy of Aretha Franklin's landmark 1972 live album Amazing Grace — at double-platinum …

Soul Music

Before #BlackLivesMatter: Remembering ‘Hip Hop for Respect’ and Rap’s Response to Police Brutality

Just after midnight on February 4, 1999, four plainclothes NYPD officers shot and killed Amadou Diallo in the doorway of his Bronx apartment building. Diallo, a 22-year-old street peddler from Guinea, had no criminal record. There was no warrant for his arrest. His crime was resembling a suspected …

Hip Hop

Why It's Time for Everyone to Quit Hating on Macklemore

Ever since Mackelmore’s rise to national prominence in 2012, he and partner Ryan Lewis have had their detractors. Criticisms ranging from allegations …

Rap Music

Idris Elba Is a Frighteningly Good Warlord in Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation

Before Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation arrives on Netflix and in theaters next month — right on Oscar's schedule, October 16 — it premiered at the …


Next Gen Directors: 10 Wunderkinds Everyone in Town Is Watching

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to …


Kanye West is the First MC to Ever Appear on the Cover of the ‘New Yorker’

Kanye West’s career trajectory has never shied away of the audacious, memorable, and newsworthy. His announcement of a presidential bid in 2020 at …

Kanye West

Marvel Reveals New 'Totally Awesome Hulk' Is Korean-American


Kelly Rowland Hints At Roc Nation Record Deal?

While Kelly Rowland has spent much of the year out […]

Kelly Rowland

Tavis Smiley Gets D’Angelo’s First TV Interview in 10 Years and It’s Masterful

On September 2 and 3, the incomparable D’Angelo sat down with Tavis Smiley for the singer’s first long-format television interview in over a decade. …


Shazam Opens Verified Program To All Artists - Connect With Fans With An App You Already Use Daily


Starting today any artist or band can become a Shazam verified artist and share the music they discover with …


Bounce TV catches BET in viewership

Bounce TV has been the #1 African-American targeted television network in the delivery of overall viewers and key demos a dozen times in recent …


Racial Injustice Fatigue: Coping with the Toxicity of Well-Meaning White People

By Kelly Daroe

Every morning I suffer from racial injustice fatigue. At 7 a.m., I fall out of bed and convince myself that eating breakfast and …

African Americans

Keith Richards: Rap Is for 'Tone-Deaf People'

"All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy," Rolling Stones guitarist says

Keith Richards said rap was for "tone-deaf people," blasted heavy metal, rock and the Beatles, and offered his interviewer a toke during a meandering chat with the New York Daily News.

While …

The Rolling Stones

The Kim Kardashian Myth That Won't Die

She is body- and slut-shamed left and right—even while pregnant during the VMAs. But the reality is that Kim Kardashian was never a ‘ho,’ and has always deserved your respect.

With the glaring exception of Nicki Minaj, who injected a much-needed dose of Jamaica, Queens realness into the affair by …

Kim Kardashian

How Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Could Change the Movie Business

Idris Elba nearly plunged to his death filming Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation.” The indie drama, about an African tyrant known as “the …

Entertainment Industry

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: This is the difference between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders - The Washington Post

Ernest Hemingway once said that courage was “grace under pressure.” Two presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, have recently tested this proposition. And how each man responded revealed the type of person he is and the type of president he would make: Trump authored his own doom, …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Talent Agents Say Instagram Followers is More Important than Acting Talent

Project Casting
Project Casting - Casting Calls, Acting Auditions, Movie & TV News for FreeTalent agents argue that social media is more important …

#TakeBackHU Signals Need for HBCU Adaptation to Millennial Power

By: Jarrett Carter Sr. - @jlcarter_sr

Students protests for deplorable conditions and customer service at historically black colleges and universities …

College & University

Fullscreen Replaces Michael Goldfine in 'Amicable Split' - VideoInk

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EXCLUSIVE: Fullscreen Replaces Michael Goldfine in ‘Amicable Split’

Jocelyn Johnson | @PRJoce / Sep 2, 2015

VideoInk learned today that …

Maker Studios

Clips Offers Easy Video Editing On Your iPhone

I could try to tell you about Clips. I could explain how it was created by startup Fly Labs, or I could describe how it makes it easy to combine clips on your iPhone into a single video, then add music, voiceover and effects.

But you know what sounds more fun? Going to the park with CEO Tim Novikoff, …


Don Lemon to #BlackLivesMatter Organizer: You Can’t Affect Change by Just ‘Yelling’

CNN’s Don Lemon pressed a #BlackLivesMatter organizer tonight on exactly how they plan on affecting change other than “yelling.” He pointed to how the …

Don Lemon

Apple Heiress Laurene Jobs Leads Investors in Charles King’s MACRO

Apple heiress Laurene Jobs is the leading investor in MACRO, the media company founded by former talent agent Charles King to produce content for the …

Venture Capital

Hip Hop Mogul, Jay Z Wants $520m Net Worth And Criminal History Hidden From Copyrighy Trial

He is one of the wealthiest figures in music, but Jay Z is reportedly trying to keep his good fortunes under wraps. Reports claim that the hip hop …

Hip Hop

The FTC is cracking down on video makers who don’t disclose who’s paying the bills

The average American watches around 14 hours of online video per month. But how much do we know about who's paying for all of it?

The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday announced it will settle with Machinima, an entertainment company that produces content for gamers, for not being clear about …


Entertainment Podcast: We Are Not Your Friends, VMAs Beef Edition

Maybe it’s just the heat of the dog days of summer finally setting in, but things are getting a little agitated on the Monitor podcast this week. …


8 Data KPIs Every Blogger Should be Using to Grow Their Blog

This is a guest contribution from Justin Butlion.

When it comes to growing a blog, there are a hundred different directions one could take. Some …


The White Oak Economy – How Millennials are Changing Retail

Hi dudes, I’m Amy Leverton and I’m going to be tackling some subjects every month that examine the denim industry as a whole. I’ll be looking at the …

These 15 Rockstar Entrepreneurs Built Lucrative Businesses on Social Media

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Have you heard this advice before: "Follow your passions!" "Do what you love!"?

And have you thought, what if my passions are my hobbies? Things that I could never be paid for?

For some, the advice to "do what you love" seems possible only if you have a …


Tyler, The Creator On Recent Bans: “I’m Getting Treated Like A Terrorist”

During an interview with The Guardian, Ladera Heights, California musician Tyler, The Creator revealed that he’s become increasingly frustrated by …

Hip Hop