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Rick Rubin: My Life in 21 Songs

From LL Cool J to Kanye West, Slayer to Tom Petty, Johnny Cash to Dixie Chicks, producer reflects on more than three decades of challenging music's status quo

Rick Rubin's discography reads like a who's who of popular music over the past three decades: Eminem, Metallica, Dixie Chicks. The producer …

Rick Rubin

All you need to know about fashion is Kanye West

To kick off New York Fashion Week, Kanye West is launching a new fashion collection and dropping a new album today(Feb. 11). Fans and media alike are in a frenzy, as one of the world’s biggest pop artists combines projects for a single, massive spectator event in Madison Square Garden.

Whether this …

Kanye West

20 million people watched Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 live stream

Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show / listening party is starting to wrap up over at Madison Square Garden, and the early viewership numbers are insane. According to a Tidal press release, over 20 million people attempted to watch the stream at its peak. It's unclear how viewership held up …

Kanye West

‘Roots’ Remake Unveils Bloody, Sweaty First Trailer, Sets Air Date (Video)

Miniseries, based on best-selling novel by Alex Haley, will air on History, A&E and Lifetime

A&E Networks has released a gritty first trailer and set …

Trailers

Partying with Grace Jones

She pulls up to the bumper with a drag queen and a child star.

On May 19, 1978, Jamaican-born model and singer Grace Jones turned 30.

On June 7, she released her second studio album, Fame.

Five days later, she celebrated with a combination birthday/album release extravaganza at LaFarfelle Disco in New …

Avant-garde

With 800,000 Subscribers HBO Now Is Still Catching up to Netflix

It launched last April.

It looks like a big number, but only at first glance.

In its first eight months of its existence, HBO signed up 800,000 paying subscribers for HBO Now, the streaming service designed for people who want to watch HBO content but don’t have, or want, traditional cable TV. That’s …

TV

How Electronic Music Turned Kanye West into a Superhuman

When Kanye West was on the promotional trail for Yeezus, his interviews turned into an impromptu rally for his own worth as a fashion designer. He needed a co-sign, he needed the "infrastructure" to get out his dreams. One of the points he kept hammering home to bewildered radio DJs and journalists …

Hip-hop Music

SoundCloud could be forced to close after $44m losses

A report casts “significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”SoundCloud struck a landmark deal with Universal Music …

SoundCloud

Beyoncé Releases Mini-Documentary Highlighting Racial Injustice (VIDEO)

Reactions from Beyoncé's Grammy performance of notable gospel song, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” has drawn a great deal of attention from fans on social media. And while some may feel the international pop star slighted Ledisi from performing the track, who sang the song in the movie “Selma,” …

Justice

For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing

PHILADELPHIA — Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the “Magic Tree House” series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” graphic novels.

But Mario, 8, has noticed something about …

Simon & Schuster

'Still a city of slaves' – Selma, in the words of those who live there

Ten figures clambered over piles of rubble from the old cotton warehouse, picking up bricks. It was a cold day for Selma, Alabama, close to freezing, and as the sun disappeared they gathered to warm their hands over makeshift fires. For 10 hours they removed bricks from piles mixed with wood and …

Selma

Beyonce Effect is real as brands skyrocket after Bey says their names

Budweiser wasn't the only brand that benefitted from a free plug this Super Bowl.

The Big Game was like one giant easter egg of hidden brand plugs, from a plethora of Apple products to the Transitions lenses worn by one coach to Beyonce's shoutout to Red Lobster in her "Formation" lyrics.

And that …

Beyoncé

DMX’s Downfall: From Hip-Hop King to the Brink of Death - The Daily Beast

DMX’s Downfall: From Hip-Hop King to the Brink of Death

In 1998, DMX was the hottest rapper alive. This week, police resuscitated him after a possible overdose in a Ramada Inn parking lot. How the Ruff Ryder lost his way.

DMX was found unresponsive at a Ramada Inn parking lot in his native Yonkers, …

Hip-hop Music

Controversial video shown to students about race sparks debate at Glen Allen High School

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The showing of a controversial video for Black History Month has sparked a big debate amongst the community at Glen …

Racism

Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators | Make

Up there with being an astronaut, comic book artist, or the President, there’s one job that your average kid would probably love to snag: Working at Pixar. Animation and Pixar enthusiasts of all ages, take note! Pixar in A Box (or PIAB) is a collaboration between Khan Academy and Pixar Animation …

Pixar

Omari Hardwick: 'Denzel Washington Saved Me When I Was Homeless'

Most people are familiar with the incredibly handsome actor Omari Hardwick from his role as ‘Ghost’ on Power or ‘Andre’ on Being Mary Jane. While the …

Denzel Washington

Making WAVES For Black History Month: Brian Dobbins

For the past 15 years, E. Brian Dobbins has been a Talent and Literary Manager at Principato-Young Entertainment.A native of Long Beach, California, …

Black History

Universal just launched its very own advertising agency

Universal Music Group has just launched its own advertising agency – and is asking its artists to come up with concepts to help out brand …

Austin police gun down naked black teen for ‘disobeying’ — and then refuse to say if he was armed

Police in Austin, Texas have declined to say whether a naked black teen who was fatally shot by officers on Monday had been armed at the time.

The …

Policing

A Documentary On Organized Noize Looks At The Genius & Drama In The Dungeon (Video)

Organized Noize is one of the most impactful musical groups of the last 25 years. The Atlanta, Georgia-based trio of Sleepy Brown, Rico Wade, and Ray …

Documentaries

When Addiction Has a White Face

WHEN crack hit America in the mid-1980s, for African-Americans, to borrow from Ta-Nehisi Coates, civilization fell. Crack embodied instant and fatal addiction; we saw endless images of thin, ravaged bodies, always black, as though from a famined land. And always those desperate, cracked lips. Our …

Addiction

Cannes is Waiting for Nollywood. Will Nollywood Answer?

By Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi | Shadow and Act February 9, 2016 at 3:29PM

“I was gripped by a need to ‘discover’ Africa. Not just Senegal, but just …

Nollywood

How Fusion and Vox are using Facebook live video

Last Monday evening, Fusion lead anchor Jorge Ramos went live from the Iowa Caucuses, updating viewers of the results of the first contests of the …

Facebook

Red Lobster: Sales spike 33% after Beyoncé endorsement

(CNN) — When Beyoncé put out her first song since 2014 over the weekend, Red Lobster probably wasn't expecting a sales bump to result.

The sit-down seafood restaurant got one anyway. The chain said sales were up 33% on Sunday over the previous year, thanks to a lyric in the new track that suggests …

Red Lobster

Timing Is Everything: Twitter Unveils First View Ads, Videos At The Top Of Your Timeline

Twitter has been in the spotlight for the past several days over allegedly imminent (longstanding) plans to change the order of Tweets in your timeline. But while its CEO has confirmed there are no such plans for this week, Twitter is adding a new product in its advertising business that does …

Twitter

Pharrell Announces Co-Ownership of G-Star RAW

One of hip-hop's most revered tastemakers, Pharrell Williams, has taken to Instagram to announce his co-ownership of the premium denim brand G-Star RAW. The Amsterdam-based clothier opened shop back in 1989, during Pharrell's high school band days, but most recently began collaborating with the …

Pharrell Williams

Jazmine Sullivan Says It's an Injustice Black Artists Don’t Enjoy Adele's Level of Success

Jazmine Sullivan has a voice powerful enough to bust the windows in a car and turn lions, tiger and bears to weeping cubs. She knows it too, as do …

Adele

'Amy' Filmmakers in Documentary Series

Producer James Gay-Rees says one project in development will focus on a particular year, and he's looking for a deal with such platforms as Netflix …

Documentaries

This Actor From Wes Anderson Movies Was Held From a Flight Because of His Turban

Pretty ridiculous. ​

Waris Ahluwalia, an actor most famous for his appearance in several Wes Anderson films as well as the designer behind House of Waris, was turned away from a flight on Monday after security officials questioned him about his turban.

The Sikh actor, who's appeared in 17 movies …

Wes Anderson

How the nominees feel about #OscarsSoWhite

Countless celebrities have thrown their voices into the conversation on diversity in Hollywood following the limited number of people of color on the Oscar nominee list for the second year in a row. Monday, during the annual Oscars luncheon to honor all nominees, it was no different.

Nominees, …

Movies