Exodus Movie And The Hebrew Israelite Influence on Hip-Hop

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“Moses had to be of the Black race/cuz he spent 40 years in Pharaoh’s Place”
“Why Is That?” – Boogie Down Productions

The new movie, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” has drawn a lot of heat because of the producer’s choice to, once again, select a white cast to portray the Egyptians and the Jews of the Old Testament. To make matters worst, media mogul, Rupert Murdoch further ticked people off when he tweeted the ludicrous question “since when are the Egyptians not white?” I guess if Murdoch decided to do a Hip Hop version of Exodus, the movie would star Macklemore as Ramesses the Great , Iggy Azalea as Nefertari and Eminem as Moses.

The question of the color of the ancient Egyptians and the original Jews has long been debated by scholars. Historically, white scientists have chosen to place a lily white civilization smack dab in the middle of…

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The Eloquence of Shouting “Burn This B*tch Down!”

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Louis Head reacts to the grand jury decision involving his stepson Michael Brown’s slaying in Ferguson, Mo. (NewsOne)

If you haven’t seen it, there’s a video circulating of Mike Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head standing outside the Ferguson, Mo., police headquarters shouting “Burn this bitch down!” in an unbridled rage, which of course is exactly what those unsympathetic to his family’s ordeal needed to see. NewsOne was one of the outlets that caught his display on camera.

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It’s not for us to determine if he’s sorry for his outburst when he heard that the killer of his stepson would not face state charges, and maybe he wishes in retrospect that he had chosen different words at the time. But to me, he said exactly the right thing.

Burn this b*tch down!

“Oh my God! Madison’s being soooo irresponsible.” I can already hear my critics…

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Open Letter To Hip-Hop: Mike Brown, Dead Dreams and Death

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Dear Hip-Hop,

I am going to share something with you that is incredibly embarrassing at this point in my life. And, revealing it, I know that I will probably be clowned, ridiculed, and maybe called names I don’t want to be called.

Once upon a time, I thought we would be able to kill racism in our lifetime. Let me explain. In my younger years, Hip-Hop looked and sounded a lot different. It was the soundtrack to our lives in some form or fashion. I gravitated to all of Hip-Hop (hence the site name), but I had a real love for the rap music that represented uplifting people – particularly Black people. My favorites were (and still are) Public Enemy, KRS-One & Boogie Down Productions, X-Clan and, among others, Lakim Shabazz and Poor Righteous Teachers. Then there were others like, say, N.W.A. or Rakim, that represented their unique brands of…

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Alan Singer: A Brief History of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Alan Singer, professor of teacher education at Hofstra University in Néw Tork, has written a stunning brief history of the school-to-prison pipeline. He looks at the role of schools in this process.

He writes:

“Since the early 1970s, the United States prison population has quadrupled to 2.2 million. It is the largest prison population in the world. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, China is number two at 1.7 million people, Iran is number 8 at 217,000 people, and the United Kingdom is number 17 at 85,000. Fourteen million people are arrested every year and over two million are sent to jail. Approximately 65 million people in the United States, or more than twenty-five percent of the adults population, has a criminal record.

“The U.S. incarceration rate is five to ten times the size of other democratic countries. It is over 700 prisoners for every 100,000 people compared…

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New Book Sets Out To Prove Lil Wayne Is A Genius On Par With Shakespeare & Bob Dylan

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(AllHipHop News) At one point it was not uncommon to hear the words “best rapper alive” attached to Lil Wayne. The New Orleans bred performer fully embraced the tag and his legions of fans happily reinforced the idea. There is now one author who is attempting to give even higher praise to Wayne.

[ALSO READ: Lil Wayne To Drop “Carter V” In Two Parts; Reveals New Release Date (VIDEO)]

University of Virginia professor Kreston Kent has penned the book The Literary Genius Of Lil Wayne. Kent uses literary analysis of Wayne’s work from 2007 to argue that the Young Money boss should be celebrated as a brilliant artist on the level of other geniuses like playwright William Shakespeare and legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. He also compares Wayne’s lyrics to highly regarded emcees such as Nas and Eminem.

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Kent’s decision to champion the “Lollipop” rapper’s lyrical gifts appears to have been born from both…

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Shminstrel Show? Should We Feel Sorry For Bobby Shmurda?

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I received a bunch of inbox messages this week with the familiar words, “Did you see this?”  This is what people write to me on Facebook when they want me to know about some kind of ridiculous embarrassment, tragedy or symptom of dysfunctionality that occurs in the black community.  On this day, I received the same message, with the same video, several times, with each person expressing the same outrage as the person before them.

The topic of conversation was the recent in-house performance that New York rapper Bobby Shmurda did in front of the executives at Epic Records.  The audience, consisting mostly of white people with a few black ones sprinkled in-between, was given a private “audition” by Bobby as he spit his…

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‘Divided Time’ Film Examines Balance Of Hip-Hop & Black Fatherhood

Originally posted on News One:

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The hip-hop industry as it exists today is more vibrant and influential than ever, and as the genre continues to inspire young men and women, there are also the realities of responsibilities. Many artists who work in hip-hop are largely male, and some of them are parents. Therefore, the new “Divided Time” documentary examines the balance between chasing hip-hop dreams and being a devoted Father.

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“Divided Time,” which was created by award-winning WFJR Films and High Impact Multimedia director William Feagins, Jr., features a group of talented and burgeoning artists who are also family men. The film takes an unflinching look in to the private lives of theses rap and recording artists, unveiling a side that is seldom seen.

“As a fan of hip-hop, I feel it’s my responsibility to use my films to inspire conversations and highlight topics and/or people who would otherwise go…

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