How Long Will They Mourn Me?

With the recent findings in the Michael Brown case, I wonder how long the mourning will last? In a world where brevity and speed is favored over taking ones time, how long will the outrage at Michael Brown’s killing at the hands of Ferguson Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson last?

Deeper Than Rap: How One Rapper Defines the Killing of Unarmed Black Males

In the wake of Michael Brown’s execution by police officers, I believe it is appropriate to harken back to Trayvon Martin’s execution with some powerful words by David Banner. In this interview, David Banner discusses the impact of Trayvon Martin’s death. Read The Rest And See The Interview @ Black Youth Project

When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong

It is a shame that we live in a world where “keeping it real” is a way of life. The definition of keeping it real is as convoluted as Malcolm X’s “by any means necessary.” People often ascribe their own feelings to these phrases and use them as mantras to enact violence or to do…

Homothugs, Hidden Hearts

In Joël Barraquiel Tan’s piece Homothugdragsterism, he exposes the complexities of what it means to be queer, a minority, a young man, a hip-hop fan, and how the intersectionality of these components come together to shape identities in urban Los Angeles. Navigating the stratums of what it means to be homosexual proves to be no…

When Black Isn’t Beautiful Enough

In today’s Hip-Hop landscape the more “different” you are the more “unique” you appear to be. The presence of quarter million dollar cars and “exotic” woman are pretty much standard fare in music videos, but to what degree is this formula for visual performances a deeper psychosis?