Biggie’s Debut Turns 20: Why “Ready to Die” Still Lives On

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On Jay Z’s 1997 cut, “Where I’m From,” he asked, but never answered, “Who’s the best MC – Biggie, Jay Z, or Nas?”  Now, years later, with the benefit of hindsight, perhaps a fairer question would be, “Which is the best debut between their three – Ready to Die, Reasonable Doubt, or Illmatic?”  They are all classic albums which helped revitalize New York Hip-Hop after years of Left Coast dominance, and they have all earned their spots in Hip-Hop history.  However, in the competitive sport of rap, one must reign supreme.  And with that being said, on its twentieth anniversary, I proclaim Ready to Die the quintessential East Coast Hip-Hop album.200_320241

The power of The Notorious B.I.G.’s impeccable flow coupled with his baritone vocals has him smoking…

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Watch Police Diffuse Gun-Toting White Man Peacefully Even After Stand Off!

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On May 4th in Kalamazoo, Mich., White 63-year-old Joseph Houseman (pictured)  engaged a phalanx of local police for a 40-plus-minute argument as he held a rifle over his shoulder, parade-style, in broad daylight. After receiving several calls about the odd site by passersby, police finally went to where Houseman, who was wearing pajamas, was spotted. Standing on a sidewalk, Houseman defiantly mouthed off to them as if he somehow knew no harm would come to him.

Must be nice….

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Openly carrying a gun in Michigan is certainly legal but brandishing one is a different story and could land someone in hot water with police.

But that didn’t stop Houseman from making lewd gestures and cursing at them — all while refusing to produce identification and lay down his weapons. And while the officers eventually surrounded him behind their cruisers, with guns drawn, they NEVER

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White Jesus, White Supremacy? [VIDEO]

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Edward J. Blum, co-author of “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America” joined Roland Martin Wednesday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss how the American image of Jesus has been used to advance white supremacy around the world. Listen to their conversation below.

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Be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One. 

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EXCLUSIVE: Ferguson’s Struggle: No Games, The Spirit Of Tupac And A Divided Movement

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A Coalition of the NAACP, Nation of Islam, Black Lives Matter and coast-to-coast protesters convened in Ferguson 0ver the Labor Day weekend. AllHipHop found that the movement is at a proverbial fork in the road, that may lead the youth to just go straight ahead. 

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Over the weekend, the protest marching resumed in Ferguson – right at the spot where 18-year-old, unarmed Mike Brown was slain by a Ferguson, MO police officer. The apartment complex of Canfield.

AllHipHop reps hit the ground to report on this continuing movement for justice.

Groups of caring, active people traversed the United States to convene in Ferguson. Folks from Los Angeles drove over 30 hours and commercial buses from New York City traveled 19 hours for the demonstration. Most of them were new to…

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The killing of Kajieme Powell: “a good shoot” is an oxymoron

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I received the following note on Facebook:

“Bro. Asa, I’m also distressed about the recent killing of Kajieme Powell. I understand Police having to protect themselves but this young man was acting erratically and after viewing the video ; it looked like “suicide by cop”. Are the cadets trained on how to disarm someone acting in a bizarre manner who is probably mentally ill without killing him. One officer years ago told me that you can drop someone by shooting them in the legs/knees/arms. He’s never had to kill anyone. They cuffed this young man and it was clear that he was down and unable to attack anyone. I guess I’m wondering given your law enforcement expertise; (when you have the time) if you can address these issues on your blog. I also understand the precariousness of doing so given your profession. I would like to see more Officers with…

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The black middle class failed Michael Brown long before a white policeman shot him

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Last week, as I sat and watched the events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri over the death of Michael Brown, I went through a range of emotions: rage, grief, depression. Even without the full details of the case, it was upsetting—horrifying really—to see another unarmed black body slain in the broad daylight for the entire world to see. For days and days, I tried to express the emotions that I was feeling, but my fingers went limp.

Perhaps, I thought, I was angry that I had to write another piece about an unarmed black man being killed in the streets. Perhaps, I was upset that once again a black man was being framed as a thug rather than a victim, or perhaps I was sick of being reminded that the brown bodies of my friends, cousins, and brothers are perpetually marked as prey by the very people who are supposed to…

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Why Farmers’ Markets Might Save The World

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Experts agree that one aspect of health disparities in poorer communities is linked the lack of affordable access to fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and other hallmarks of healthy nutrition.

But, according to a new study, a new food concept may help relieve this problem, thus expanding the world of healthy eating to at-need families.

Essentially, providing low-income families vouchers to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets could increase consumption of healthier foods.

According to study findings, people who were given the vouchers were found to increase their produce consumption. In fact, study participants with less education consumed the most significant amounts.

“In terms of healthy food options, farmers’ market incentives may be able to bring a low-income person onto the same playing field as those with greater means,” study author Carolyn Dimitri, an associate professor of food studies at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, said…

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