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The Worst Cities For Black Americans

All are in the Midwest.

Last year, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident drew attention to racially charged police brutality, and sparked outrage nationwide. Fatal police shootings involving black citizens, however, are …


A calm before the storm of gentrification on Crenshaw

I meet Nitro on the corner of Buckingham Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, an area straddling the border of the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw and Leimert Park neighborhoods of South Los Angeles. He sits in front of a large, abandoned building with boarded windows, cracked paint and sprayed-on …


How Race Influences Social-Media Sharing

Just about everyone is participating in online discussions. But a new poll shows that what people talk about can vary greatly.

When Stephanie Williams saw that Western High School in her town of Shively, Kentucky, was on lockdown after reports of an active shooter, she quickly shared the news on …

Social Media

Tione’s on Main now on sale, months after it opened for just a two-week stint in Downtown

The two-week pop-up never became a full-time operation.

It's a sad day for downtown denizens. Cassell's own Christian Page tried to turn the old Dr. …

Los Angeles

Stephon Marbury: "Jordan Has Been Robbing the Hood"

And more insights from Starbury.

Stephon Marbury

Amber Rose Forgives Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa During Los Angeles SlutWalk

Over the weekend, Amber Rose held her first SlutWalk in Los Angeles, and during her speech about why she organized the event, she broke down in tears …

Half Decade Later: Restored Clifton's Cafeteria Reopens in Downtown LA

The reopening of Clifton’s Cafeteria at 7th and Broadway may well be Downtown LA’s most highly anticipated restaurant opening for the entire year. …

Los Angeles

Amber Rose & The Slut Walk Represents This Year’s Under The Radar Resurgence Of Wiz Khalifa

For some strange reason, Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa’s divorce drama is reaching Kramer Vs. Kramer levels of theatrics. Then again, this type of thing …

How To Run A Meeting


Hey Loser! I Bet You’ll NEVER Make Money Like Me

I have to admit. That’s a pretty crazy title for a blog post, and normally, I would never use it. However, I’m going to this time to honor the return …


As a Professional Photographer, Why the Hell Do You Have a Personal and Business Page on Instagram?

One of the biggest questions I get when photographers consult with me about managing their brand on Instagram is: "Should I create a business page …

Fashion Photography

Facebook Notes Transforms into a Publishing Platform

The long-forgotten Facebook Notes feature is finally getting a much needed makeover.

The refreshed feature now comes with exciting new tools to add …

All Eyez On Memes: The Game & Young Thug Beef Through Instagram While Lucious Lyon Disses Through “Snitch Bitch”

There isn’t a simpler way to express philosophies, cultural relevance and seemingly unimportant ideas than memes. Throughout the years, Hip Hop has …

Hip Hop

America: Abandon Your Reverence for the Bachelor's Degree

Many high-school graduates must choose between two bad options: a four-year program for which they’re not academically or emotionally prepared, or job-specific training that might put a ceiling on their careers.

Two years ago, my nephew was set to graduate from Maryland’s Towson University with a …

Bachelor's Degree

American Apparel files for bankruptcy

The retailer is making a Hail Mary pass, filing for bankruptcy protection in an attempt to fix its messy finances and be able to turn itself around.

After months of warning investors that its sales and cash were dwindling, American Apparel has APP filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, the …

American Apparel

Al Abrams, Motown Records Pioneer, Dead at 74

Motown's first employee and longtime publicist invented label's slogan "The Sound of Young America"

Al Abrams, the founding press officer and publicist at Motown Records and the man who created the legendary label's slogan "The Sound on Young America," passed away Saturday at his home in Findlay, …


My Eight Commandments of Social Media

We now live in the fast pace era of everything “digital.” Whether we like it or not, the online world is becoming our main world, where we get …


Tweets Is Watching: Lupe Fiasco Says Atlantic Tried To "Destroy My Career On All Levels"

Sometimes Hip Hop can move at a pace too frantic for even the most devoted fan to keep up with. Albums and mixtapes are released at breakneck speed, …

Hip Hop

Mulling Over the 'Model Minority'

A reader quotes from a recent piece by Alia:

The highly selective UC campuses are known, sometimes bitterly, to serve especially disproportionate numbers of Asian students; Asians famously make up half of the undergraduates at UC Irvine, for example, which was No. 1 on Leonhardt’s list. By …

White Privilege

50 Cent Clowns Puffy Daddy At Maryland Liquor Store

50 Cent appeared at a number of liquor stores in Washington, D.C. and Maryland Friday (October 2) promoting Effen vodka, of which he is a …

BuzzFeed Is Not Moving to Downtown LA's Arts District After All

A rendering of the Ford factory in the Arts District that BuzzFeed will not be moving into.

Super-wealthy media company BuzzFeed had big plans to move …

Los Angeles

Michael Moore's 13 Rules for Making Documentary Films

By Michael Moore | Indiewire September 10, 2014 at 1:59PM

During his keynote at the Toronto International Film Festival’s sixth annual Doc Conference, …


ESPN, Commentator Jason Whitlock Part Ways

Sports commentator Jason Whitlock will not be working with ESPN any longer, after being hired two years ago to head up a website that has yet to be …

Jason Whitlock

Fetty Wap Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Rapper Fetty Wap crowns the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his self-titled debut studio album opens at No. 1. The set, which was released Sept. 25 …


Hollywood Salaries Revealed: Who Makes What on the Lot and on Location

Yukking it up with tourists around the lot pays $26 an hour, but only after a training period during which compensation is $20 an hour.

Newcomers can …


Amber Rose SlutWalk Takes Downtown L.A.


On Saturday, hundreds of men and women gathered in downtown L.A. to participate in the Amber Rose SlutWalk, an event hosted by model Amber …

Omarion cancels appearance at DSTRKT after club denied Black women who were ‘too dark’

Omarion took a stand against a London nightclub that was accused of racism. On Sept. 26, Zalika Miller and four of her friends attempted to party at …

Women's News

LA Dealer Michelle Papillion Talks Shielding Artists, Her Icons—And Being Lured West

Michelle Papillion in L.A.

Fourth in The Expanded Field, a series of talks with unique art world personalities.

Michelle Papillion opened her eponymous …


Gentrification Backlash Has Inspired Its Own Backlash

Not everybody in the new wave of urban development is backing down.

The trouble began with a Wes Anderson-themed crochet mural hung on the side of a building in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

If that sounds like the fabrication of an absurdist art prankster, it was not. It was, by all accounts, a sincere and …


Pronoun, A Self-Publishing Platform For Authors, Is Ready To Serve Humanity

Pronoun, a self-publishing system that aims to help authors get their books edited and printed, is beginning the long road to making it easier for self-published authors to get noticed. First stop? Getting authors onto the platform.

The company, founded by Josh Brody and Ben Zhuk, raised $3.5 …

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