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“Gold all on my chain, gold all in my rang,” the relatively exclusive use of precious metals and gemstones to describe living life hip-hop style, sits in perfect juxtaposition to  the lyrical content of contemporary artists who haven’t reached their respective stations in life. Trey Songz’s mixtape Trigga, represents what is 100. The fact is…

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“Gold all on my chain, gold all in my rang,” the relatively exclusive use of precious metals and gem stones to describe living life hip-hop style, sits in perfect juxtaposition to  the lyrical content of contemporary artists who haven’t reached their respective station’s in life. Trey Songz’ mixtape Trigga, represents what is 100. The fact…

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Beyonce  and Jay-z Carter don’t intend to harm each other or deliberately cause each other a modicom of pain. But on Dec. 1 a brooding NFL linebacker, Jovan Belcher, snapped and in one volatile and violent swoop he killed Kasandra Perkins, his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his infant daughter, before turning the gun…

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Economic empowerment ought to be the conscious rap of listeners today. Details regarding skill set exchange should be the rap that rappers play. Jay-Z organized Made in America, but was it a legitimate statement or just a cliché. That’s what we wonder as we dance and applaud in a failed attempt to cloak our frustration…

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Beauty and grace or do we believe in beauty and disgrace.  The question that has paralyzed all of us this day, with a reality that we cannot erase. Twenty years from now when our fascination with reality TV has waned, how will we remove the blemish and the stain that the ignorant and deranged behavior…

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There are 57 ways to do away with members of your own community. There are too many ways to enumerate here to end a life with a fork, i.e., diet and nutrition, but it is also highly likely that death will come from a violent end in our own neighborhoods. What is it about our…

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Soledad O’Brien has addressed many issues that speak to the calamities faced by African Americans. The CNN correspondent journeyed from the tsunami to Hurricane Katrina you see, and put a spotlight on wave after wave of that despair and that misery. She communicated as only she can — the heartbreak, the joy, the tears and…

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I think about Black Girls Rock and the whole concept of the power behind the music and rock ‘n’ roll and the women entertainers who are the embodiment of current day womanhood, and think about those who have provided inspiration for generations to follow. And when I do, rivulets of tears run from my eyes…

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