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

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Divided Time

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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Is Ebola A Form Of Population Control?

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Shout out to Chris Brown!

This is something that has already been on the minds and hearts of people all over the place. But, basically like Chris Breezy said, it seems like Ebola is some new form of population control – at least that’s what conspiracy theorist say. Now, it has not reached epidemic proportions yet, but the only people dying are in Africa. The other person here in America that died is BLACK. All the white folks are alive like a MF! On top of all that, it seems like AIDS and Ebola have some stuff in common.

(WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The viruses that cause AIDS and Ebola, two deadly, contagious and highly feared diseases, spread through the body using the same mechanism, U.S.-based researchers said on Friday.

The researchers, led by Dr. Paul Bieniasz of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at New York’s Rockefeller University, said they…

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Neuroscientist & Psychiatrist Are Promoting Using Hip Hop To Treat Mental Illness

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(AllHipHop News) For all the negative societal issues that often get fairly or unfairly associated with rap music, neuroscientist Dr. Becky Inkster at England’s University of Cambridge and psychiatrist Dr. Akeem Sule, a Wolfson College associate, have started the social venture Hip Hop Psych to help treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression.

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“There is so much more to Hip Hop than the public realizes,” Inkster told The Guardian. “It is rich in references to psychiatric illnesses that have not been properly explored and which could be of enormous benefit to patients.”

Inkster and Sule view patients being able to use Hip Hop as part of their therapy by writing and rapping lyrics. They could possibly see medical students learning about mental health issues through the art form as well.

According to Inkster, rappers have…

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Why are we still celebrating Columbus Day?

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Happy Columbus Day?  What is there to celebrate?  And how about Happy Indigenous People’s Day instead?

With Columbus Day upon us once again, we must ask the question: Why, exactly, are we still celebrating Columbus Day?

Although it has been recognized in one form or another since the 1800s, Columbus Day did not become an official federal holiday until 1937, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after lobbying from the Knights of Columbus, a prominent Catholic organization, established October 12 as the holiday.  In 1971, Columbus Day was changed to the second Monday in October.

For years, the official line—the folklore, the mythology taught in U.S. elementary schools—has been that the explorer Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492 while sailing the ocean blue.

A recent segment on the HBO comedy show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver summed up the situation perfectly: “Columbus became famous for his discoveries…

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Purposeful Planning Part 1: The Undecided Student and Choosing a Career


By Nick Westbrooks

When it comes to deciding on what career path to choose, many college students knew what they wanted to do when they were in elementary school. There’s another group of students who thought they knew what they wanted to do, but either changed their minds when they got to college or at some point during their time at school. Then, there’s the sector of students who absolutely have no idea what they want to do.

They’re told to go to college, because they need an education to increase their chances of being “successful” in life, and they’re also told that it’s O.K. to not know what they want to do for a career yet. This is true to an extent, but many college students are given little guidance on how to make a decision. With the amount of time and money invested in a college education, it should be more desirable to figure this out sooner rather than later. Hopefully, these tips can function as a starting point to get the undecided individuals thinking about what they might want to do during and after college.


Time Is Illmatic: Jones Family Values

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Nas TimeBy Tamika N. Stewart

Yeah!! I finally saw “Time Is Illmatic,” and it is definitely a must see if you are a lover of Hip-Hop, American culture, and history. The documentary was promoted as a behind-the-scenes look at the legendary rapper Nasir Jones’ (Nas) making of the classic album, Illmatic. It was great to see interviews with legends like Marley Marl, Pete Rock, and Q-Tip as they chronicled the roles they played in the making of the classic album. Admittedly, I was hype to see this film, but beyond the phenomenal footage and music, what was most memorable and poignant to me was witnessing Nas and his brother Jabari (“Jungle”) as they continue to heal from their parents’ divorce years ago.

The Jones family seemed to have most of what they needed financially, and Nas enjoyed the benefits of living in a two-parent home with both parents working. The…

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