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The Summer That Streaming Took Over

This summer streaming caught fire, revolutionizing the way we listen to music: What you need to know<p>Streaming, once a niche music format, hit its cultural tipping point this summer.<p>The move by consumers away from owning music to renting it from services like Spotify and Apple Music has caught fire. …

Entertainment

Essential Teen Films: Lena Waithe on HOUSE PARTY

Today, we take it back to 1990: writer/producer/actress Lena Waithe (DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, MASTER OF NONE) writes about Reginald Hudlin’s indie smash, …

The Superman Crossover That Perfectly Explained White Privilege Decades Ago

An alien ship lands on Earth. Its occupant gets raised as human, hiding special abilities for fear of reprisal. But when the superpowered …

Superman

The world should know Carmelo Anthony is also Afro-Latino and Puerto Rican

With Team USA's victory in the Olympics, and news that Carmelo Anthony is now the first men's basketball player to win three gold medals, I am still …

Carmelo Anthony

'Ain't No Fun If The Homies Can't Have None': Rape Culture In Rap Music

For the past week, serious accusations of rape and harassment from 1999 against Nate Parker and his collaborator and college classmate Jean Celestin …

'One In A Million' at 20: How Aaliyah forged pop’s future

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was a futurist. She’s the cyborg songstress who, alongside visionary beatmaker Timbaland, constructed a sci-fi soundscape of …

You're Not An Old Head, You're Just Old

You’re now 30 bullets old. Maybe older. You hear all these kids yelling “lit” and repeating a phrase for three minutes and calling it a song. And …

Nate Parker’s Former Classmates, Penn State Alumni Speak Out in Support

Four Penn State University alumni have come out in support of embattled actor Nate Parker and writer Jean McGianni Celestin, releasing a statement …

African-American News

Lisn’s new app lets you stream songs for your friends while chatting

The joy that comes from listening to music with friends is something that’s been around ever since…well, ever since music. But today, thanks to digital services that let you listen anytime, anywhere, music is now more often a solo experience. A new app called Lisn wants to change that, by offering …

Music (India)

Parents say district's school bus ban on rap music is racist

Oregon parents say that officials’ plan to keep their children from “inappropriate” music by banning rap on school buses is racist.<p>A memo sent by …

Rap Music

Dose Hires BuzzFeed and Elite Daily Execs to Build Out Video and Branded Content Operations - VideoInk

• News<p>Todd Longwell | @ToddLongwell1 / Aug 24, 2016<p>Eight months after securing $25 million in Series B funding from Tribune Media, Dose – the company …

Branded content

Frank Ocean Reportedly Freed Himself From Def Jam Contract With ‘Endless,’ Released ‘Blonde’ Independently

The man was a free agent and he signed himself

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean's Album Is the Straw that Broke Universal Music's Back (and It May Get Him Sued)

Frank Ocean's four-year sabbatical from the public eye following his 2012 album <i>Channel Orange</i> ended emphatically and dramatically last week with …

Frank Ocean

Ice Cube Says New Line Cinema Is Still Holding Up Plans For “Friday” Sequel

<b>(AllHipHop News)</b> Rapper/actor Ice Cube is in talks to make a new “Friday” sequel, 14 years after the last film in the comedy trilogy was released.<p>The …

Civil Rights Photographer Unmasked as Informer

ATLANTA — That photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. riding one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, Ala.? He took it. The well-known image of black sanitation workers carrying “I Am a Man” signs in Memphis? His. He was the only photojournalist to document the entire trial in the …

Photographers

Danny Trejo Celebrates 48 Years of Sobriety and Recounts the Moment in Prison That Changed His Life

"I don't think I am a big Hollywood star. I won't let myself."<p>Danny Trejo may play one badass after another on screen, but it is all cleaning living …

Danny Trejo

Martin Lawrence Will Air His First Stand-Up Special Since 2002 Next Month

Martin Lawrence, perennial top-flight comedian and actor, is returning to the forum that made him one of the biggest names in show business: the …

John Travolta

NC Lottery Winner Will Get Her Life ‘Fixed’ by Iyanla Vanzant

In 2015, North Carolina resident Marie Holmes made news when she won $188 million in the state’s lottery. After her win, Holmes then made more news …

American South

The Pitch

On August 25, Big Freedia will be sentenced in federal court, facing up to 10 years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine. In March, the New Orleans rapper and bounce music icon pled guilty to theft of government funds, admitting that for about four years, she’d received housing assistance …

Entertainment

Photos: the authentic poses of NYC hip-hop culture in the 1980s

Jamel Shabazz chronicled how the era of ‘The Get Down’ really went down<p>You can’t storyboard for authenticity. That’s the problem when Hollywood …

Hip-hop Music

DMX Becomes Father Again, Welcomes His 15th Child

Rapper and actor DMX just welcomed his 15th child to the world.<p>The rapper's long-time girlfriend Desiree Lindstrom gave birth Friday to a baby boy, …

Babies

Is DTLA's retail market becoming a bit too hot?

French retailer A.P.C.’s DTLA storefront at 125 West 9th Street (Credit: Taiyo Watanabe, c/o Warren Office for Research and Design)<p>Speculation is …

Freaknik promoter: “We’re expecting thousands of people”

<b>The return of Freaknik</b> is real and it’s going to be spectacular, one of the party promoters promises. “I’m getting calls from people asking if it’s …

Atlanta

Spotify Has A Big Wrinkle to Iron Out Before It Goes Public

An IPO could come next year.<p>Spotify is reportedly working toward becoming a publicly traded company sometime next year. But first, the streaming music service has a few wrinkles to iron out, namely long-term streaming rights for its vast catalog of music.<p>Spotify is trying to hammer out new deals …

Music Industry

Questlove is Pandora’s newest weapon against Apple and Spotify

As Pandora gears up to challenge Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal, the internet radio pioneer is going to need all the star power it can get. With artist relationships, exclusive releases, and music curation becoming competitive weapons in the streaming music war, Pandora doesn't have much …

Pandora

No More Publishers At Time Inc. -- Why? COO Mark Ellis Explains

We queried Mark Ellis, Time Inc. president and chief operating officer for sales and marketing:<p>Supply-Side Insider:<p>There have been a lot of changes …

Advertising Industry

‘Birth of A Nation’: No Press Conference for Nate Parker in Toronto

Fox Searchlight has been trying to bring a business-as-usual approach to the promotion and release of “The Birth of a Nation” — the film that has …

Entertainment

New CAA Book Causing Stir Among Hollywood Agents

<b>James Andrew Miller</b>‘s Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency is making waves in Hollywood.<br>“This book was not sanctioned …

Advertising

Lil Wayne Talks Cash Money Reconciliation, Eminem, Young Money

Are Lil Wayne and Cash Money’s issues coming to an end? Although his career has been caught in the grips of a legal battle with Birdman, Weezy F. …

Lil Wayne

Frank Ocean Just Proved: Direct To Fan Works, Labels Mean Less Than They Think, Exclusives Suck But Still Matter

Yesterday, Universal Music Group chief Lucian Grainge sent a memo to his executive team ending the practice of streaming release exclusives. His …

Frank Ocean