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Gangsta Rap's Grim Legacy for Comptons Everywhere

For two weeks the top box-office draw has been “Straight Outta Compton,” a meandering biopic about the rise and disintegration of the Los Angeles-area rap group N.W.A., or Niggaz With Attitude. N.W.A. helped popularize “gangsta rap” in the late 1980s, and even this hagiography can’t hide the fact …

Rap Music

How A T-Shirt Line Is Standing Up For Black Victims Of Police Brutality


Women’s Music Industry Horror Stories: Abuse, Sexism, and Erasure

Women took to Twitter to share their tales of music biz struggles. Their heartbreaking stories paint a disturbing portrait of an industry rife with misogyny.

On Monday, Pitchfork Senior Editor Jessica Hopper asked the Twitterverse: “Gals/other marginalized folks: what was your 1st brush (in music …

Entertainment Industry

Keegan-Michael Key On Ending ‘Key & Peele’ And Being Obama’s Anger Translator – Emmys

Keegan-Michael Key received four Emmy nominations this year to add to the one he received last year, but in the mix is his first acting nom for his …


Entertainment Studios' Justice Central.TV Expands To Verizon FiOS

Indie producer-distributor Entertainment Studios has reached an agreement with Verizon FiOS to distribute its Justice Central.TV, which is billed as …


SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Music Labels Over Online Payment

SAG-AFTRA and a consortium of recording industry players, including Sony, Warner affiliates, Universal, Capitol and Hollywood Records, have announced …

Chamber of Commerce

Meet Five Artists Playing at Black Summer

As Straight Outta Compton sparks a new interest in hip-hop around the country, plenty of artists have long been working to embody what NWA did in its …

Hip Hop

Straight Outta Compton: fact-checking the film … with Ice Cube

Ice Cube and Dr Dre’s debut performance

In the film: Cube and Dre’s first show together takes place at a cramped local club called Dooto’s. Dre’s already a regular there – DJing in a puffy, lavender jacket – and warns Cube that the crowd will be tough. But they quickly warm to the performers as Cube …

Entertainment (UK)

Nas To Fund Tech Scholarships For Latinos And African Americans

Nas is partnering up with General Assembly to sponsor scholarships for African-American and Lationo students, according to reports.

General Assembly, …


Exclusive! Alonzo Williams Explains Dr. Dre's Shiny Suit from Early Career

Many people have saw early photos of Dr. Dre rocking a shiny suit during his World Class Wreckin' Cru days, and founder Alonzo "Lonzo" Williams spoke …

Ohio cop tells black man he tailed him and pulled him over for ‘direct eye contact’

A black Ohio man got a police officer to admit to him on video that he followed him for nearly two miles and pulled him over for making “direct eye …


Perspective: Are we afraid to watch white people dying?

Are we being selective about the videos that traumatize us?

On Wednesday morning, a man identifying himself as former TV reporter Bryce Williams posted a first-person video of himself shooting two Virginia journalists. The shooting was also broadcast live on television. The victims, a cameraman and …


High Cheekbones and Straight Black Hair?

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 21, 2014. For those who are wondering about the retro title of this black-history series,

Black History

Shondaland Developing Divorce Comedy & Catholic Nun Drama for ABC

Shonda Rhimes’ TGIT trifecta of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder returns on September 24, but the TV titan is looking to shake …

Celebrity Style

Three 16-Year-Olds Hatch Production Company in Englewood Incubator

Too often, the focus tends to be on the “bad kids,” leaving the good ones without support, leader says.

World's Fair

Baratunde Thurston Joins 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' to Oversee Social and Digital Expansion

"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" has announced a new social and multiplatform initiative and has hired multi-hyphenate Baratunde Thurston, as …

The Daily Show

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come from? It transpires that it was left by the previous customer. The only snag, if indeed it is a snag, is that you now have to …


Farewell to America

For the past couple of years the summers, like hurricanes, have had names. Not single names like Katrina or Floyd – but full names like Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown. Like hurricanes, their arrival was both predictable and predicted, and yet somehow, when they landed, the effect was still …

UK Politics

Err, Nobody Has Bought That $5million Wu Tang Clan Album Yet

Woah, Dude!

According to the online auctioneers responsible for the sale, the Wu Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album, the opulent $5 million objet d’art, of which there is only one copy, has failed to find itself a buyer.

In a world where ruthless 12 year old Taiwanese kids are punching …

Wu-Tang Clan

Reflecting on the British Impact of NWA With Giggs, Fekky, and Ghetts


NWA's influence over US hip-hop can never been understated and rarely is. Every big rap record from the last two decades has doffed it's cap in some way to Compton's finest - from Eminem to Kendrick. UK rap and grime, meanwhile, often look to keep the influence of US hip-hop at arm’s …

United Kingdom

We Talked to the Nine Year Old Hip-Hop Illustrator Wunderkind Yung Lenox

Behind The Lens

All pictures lifted from Yung Lenox's Instagram.

What were you doing when you were seven years old? Yung Lenox was drawing rappers and hanging out with Raekwon, eating Tic-Tacs with Action Bronson, and sneaking into clubs with E-40. I’m pretty sure at the same period in my life I was …

Hip Hop

The Banning of Tyler the Creator Reveals a UK Government Struggling to Define 'Terrorism'


This article originally appeared on Noisey UK.

This morning, news broke that Tyler, The Creator had been banned from playing in the UK for a period ranging from three to five years, under the pretense that his music “fosters hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts” and …

United Kingdom

Rank Your Records: Scarface Ranks All of His Solo and Geto Boys Releases

Rank Your Records

When Scarface arrived for his interview with Noisey at Gibson studios in New York, he immediately took a stool and grabbed Paul McCartney’s lefty guitar, ripping out the licks to the Beatles classic “Blackbird.” He followed that up with Kiss’s “Strutter” and Led Zeppelin’s “Over …

Vinyl Records

Sound of the Underground: How New York's Litefeet Producers Are Making Sure It's Showtime in the City

Longreads Or Whatever

Time and space, according to the theories of Albert Einstein, are models by which we think—not conditions in which we live. But to the Bronx’s W.A.F.F.L.E. crew, things are more absolute: A little more time and a little more space can make a big difference, especially when it …

New York City

Five Ways To Make Your Short Film Awesome

When I got into filmmaking, short films were viewed as a calling card. You’d make a short, get into festivals and hope someone would come along and …


I Found Condoms In My Man's Car. Help!


Dear Willie D:

I’ve decided to stop talking to my sister about her autistic son. Every day, all day,


Guide to Get More Traffic to Your Blog from Flipboard

Increasingly, we hear that Flipboard is an important referral of traffic for bloggers. With 34,000 topics scanning 21 million magazines curated from articles on Flipboard as well as all over the Web, there are many opportunities for bloggers to get surfaced in front of an audience that’s interested …


MTV Video Music Awards: where controversy is still the only currency

If there’s one thing MTV’s Video Music Awards thrive on more than anything, it’s controversy. A single eyebrow-raising moment or risque performance has the ability to dominate the news cycle and lift MTV’s brand into the headlines.

From 2003’s Madonna-Christina Aguilera-Britney Spears three-way …

Music (UK)

“Being black and gay in America both come with heavy doses of self-loathing”: Actor Darryl Stephens opens up about typecasting, visibility and telling his own story

The "Noah's Arc" star spoke to Salon about his memoir "Required Reading" and being out, gay and black in Hollywood

Self-described as “THE black, gay poster child,” with a signature part as the title character in the hit LOGO series “Noah’s Arc” and a sexy romantic leading role in the gay classic …