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Common Rumored As Black Manta For Suicide Squad

Full trailer gets released April 27th.

Has read the Civil War and New Avengers comics...

Image still of footage from the movie.

Episode will feature …

Manta

What Has Happened to Tyler the Creator?

This month, with a week between the announcement and the release, we were gifted with a surprise new album from Odd Future front man Tyler the …

Is DeStorm Facebook’s First Video Star?

As Facebook increases its focus on video, a man who has already established himself across the social web is once again building up his audience, and …

Facebook

Killer Mike Invited to White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Killer Mike has been invited to attend this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner on behalf of The Huffington Post. This year’s dinner is hosted …

White House

Why It’s More Than Just a Haircut

Anyone who has seen me in the past three weeks will have noticed the quite drastic change I have made to my appearance. Going from long straight …

Hairstyling

Al Pacino: ‘It’s never been about money. I was often unemployed’

I’ve learned to live without anonymity. I haven’t been in a grocery store or subway for years. It’s hard for my children to go out publicly with me. Fame is different now than it was 20 years ago – I don’t know what the hell it is now! If I have a rare time of being somewhere and not being …

Al Pacino

How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start

Capitalism in the U.S. owes much of its start to slavery, which in turn owed much of its success to government handouts.

Perhaps the most durable myth about slavery is that it was utterly incompatible with capitalism. Well before historians in the twentieth century began legitimating the idea, …

Slavery

Universal Music Group Announces Dismantling of Distribution Company, Executive Shuffles

The Universal Music Group has announced a sizable shakeup, dismantling Universal Music Group Distribution into separate commercial enterprise …

Universal Music Group

Companies purchasing rights to appear on trunks for Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight

• ESPN.com's sports business reporter since 2012; previously at ESPN from 2000-06
• Appears on SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and with ABC News
• Formerly worked as analyst at CNBC

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be human billboards for their May 2 fight, and space is quickly filling …

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Youtube to TV!? Webseries Venus vs Mars Makes the Leap!

Nowadays, it is not surprising that YouTube shows are being taken seriously by entertainment industry professionals. However, the process of getting

YouTube

Preach, Chris Rock: Why Black People Can’t Get Into Baseball

It’s a game that’s coasted on nostalgia, never bothering to adapt to the changing sports landscape. Chris Rock has a point: The love affair between blacks and baseball is over.

I have watched sports most of my life. I admittedly know next to nothing about baseball.

Growing up, my friends hardly if …

Baseball

Prosecutor Apologizes to Innocent Man He Sent to Death Row

Could you forgive a man who sent you to prison for three decades?

Death Row

BET Bringing Back 'Punk’d'

Source: Noel Vasquez / Getty

MTV’s wildly popular practical joke series, Punk’d, dominated the cable network from its premier in 2003 through its end …

Ashton Kutcher

Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Man Who Died of Spinal Injury Sustained in Police Custody

When the Baltimore man was arrested, he was alive and well. By the time he reached a police station, he couldn't breathe or talk. What happened?

Freddie Gray's death on April 19 leaves many unanswered questions. But it is clear that when Gray was arrested in West Baltimore on the morning of April …

Baltimore

BET Founder Bob Johnson on Leap From Cable to Digital With Urban Movie Channel

Robert L. “Bob” Johnson is best known for launching Black Entertainment Television (BET) back in 1980. The Mississippi native started the channel …

Film

Watch The Official Trailer For Future's "Trap Niggas" Video

If Future's March Madness is an open-air sermon, "Trap Niggas" is the opposite: a quick prayer mumbled under your breath before hitting a lick or …

Trailers

Watch Vic Mensa Namedrop Jay Z Twice In This New Freestyle

Vic Mensa stopped by Power 106 FM in Los Angeles for an LA Leakers freestyle. The crew drops DJ Spinz and Southside's "Commas" beat, and Vic takes a …

Jay-Z

Is A German Remix Of A 2012 Reggae Song About To Be The Global Song Of The Summer?

When OMI released his debut single, "Cheerleader," in 2012, it was a great reggae song and a success in his native Jamaica—it even won him a spot …

Remixes

There is a billboard in LA for Rush Hour 4: Face Off 2 starring Diddy and no one knows who put it there

“The rush is back”.

Earlier this week a large billboard surfaced on Hollywood Boulevard advertising a fourth installment in the Rush Hour franchise. …

Rush Hour

DJ Premier to score and executive music produce VH1 film The Breaks

The hip-hop legend will play a major role in VH1’s fictional film set during the rise of the hip-hop industry.

Later this year VH1 will release The

DJ Premier

The Samplers that Shaped Modern Music

We live in the age of the sample.The practice of sampling informs what we consume every day, and its roots can be traced back to music. More than any …

Audio Quality

What made Loretta Lynch's father see red

“The wheels of progress grind slowly,” Lorenzo Lynch says.

It took a long ride through the night to get here. They’d started out in Durham, at 1 a.m., Thursday, driving six hours, all so the Rev. Lorenzo Lynch (83 on Tuesday) could sit in the back row of the visitors’ gallery above the U.S. Senate …

Liberal News

BET Is Getting Into the Boxing Ring w/ Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports in Exclusive Broadcast Partnership

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 23, 2015 at 11:28AM

BET has announce a new, first of its kind for the network partnership, with Jay-Z's …

Roc Nation

Steve Albini on Tidal and the Problem With ‘Little Streaming Fiefdoms’

Steve Albini would be a legendary figure in rock circles if all he'd done was produce Nirvana’s In Utero, the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa, and helmed the punk …

Steve Albini

Henry Rollins: The Major Labels Are Screwing Up Record Store Day

[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist

Henry Rollins

Here's How Pop Music Brainwashes You Into Liking Truly Terrible Songs

Think back to the last time you listened to a pop song. Chances are you knew it was popular before you heard it — maybe a friend or a critic made the …

Music Charts

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame Is Running for President. What Are His Views on Foreign Policy?

Atlanta rapper Juaquin James Malphurs, best known as Waka Flocka Flame, has announced that he’s running for president. At 28, he’s seven years short …

Waka Flocka Flame

Rapper Scarface Emotionally Weighs In On Police Brutality: 'I Feel Like We're Being Hunted'

Rapper Brad "Scarface" Jordan, most famous for his work with the Houston rap group Geto Boys, is fed up with the state of police brutality in America. In a Wednesday interview with HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill, he gave a passionate response to the prevalence of unarmed black citizens who …

Policing

Everyone Is Saying Iggy Plagiarized Kendrick — But Here's the Real Issue

Iggy Azalea has been getting mercilessly torn apart on Vine for the past few months over a series of clips that show her spitting straight up …

Kendrick Lamar