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If Women Ruled Hip Hop …

By Raven Dorsey Rap and Hip Hop originally expressed Black male anxieties and feelings. Although synonymous with Black Music — with the word “Black” representing all humans of the similar heritage — Hip Hop w...
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Yvonne “Batgirl” Craig: A Terry-Cloth Appreciation

By Allen Callaci Yvonne Craig, Batgirl from the classic Adam West Batman TV series flew away. The actress lost her battle with breast cancer at age 78. There was far more to Craig than just being Batgirl of course. She &...
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Pain Masked While Memory Stands By

By Zakeia Tyson-Cross July 15th 1969, my daddy was taken away from me He left with a plan to make hot summers cooler and Cold winters nights, warmer New York municipality wouldn’t give him a job And the candy factory &he...
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Tribute to B.B. King

By Chris Barnes The world has lost Blues musical icon, Riley B. Jackson, affectionately known as, Blues Boy (BB) King. Introduced to the world on 9/16/25, he left us on 5/14/15. He will be missed. My introduction to Mr. ...
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Toni Morrison: A Full Circle in Motion

By Jerry Ward Abraham Lincoln’s surmising that Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin begat the War Between the States is a folkloric salute to the power of language and imagination. Stowe used a lot of sugar to advan...
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To Pimp a Butterfly @kendricklamar

By Jeremy Toback To Pimp a Butterfly is that most old school of records, a tenacious collection that demands listening. You don’t have to like it, but you have to confront it if you’re at all serious about mass culture &...
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The Beautiful Selfishness of @kendricklamar

By Ja’han Jones The weevils bored into his skin, and in tortured agony, he sat—still, awake, weighty, pained. They gnawed, nibbled, and nested within his depths until, finally, he succumbed to their agitation with frenet...