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If You Don’t Know Now You Know: Kendrick Lamar, Jordan Peele, Gorillaz & More

1) Slick Rick’s ‘Children Story’ is now a Children’s book. In what is perhaps the most overdue adaptation, Slick Rick’s classic song, “Children’s Story,” is set to hit shelves as an eighteen paged illustrated book for kids. Get On Down, along

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Nic De La Paz Pays Homage to Classic New York Jewelry with Botanica’s ‘New York’ Collection

In our flashback  post, Vintage Hip-Hop Jewelry Is Making A Comeback, we discussed the staple gold jewelry pieces for hip-hop artists: chunky rings, bamboo earrings and name plates were listed, just to name a few. These things essentially have never went

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The Herstory of Women in Rock N’ Roll, Vol. 2

By the time the ’70s arrived, rock’s dynamic women carried the tools created by its pioneers and utilized them to mold and shape various eclectic sounds of rebellion, mystique, glamour, angst, revenge, independence, love and power. The genre began its

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The Definition of Girl Power: Cardi B

The girl once viewed as a humorous stripper from Vine, Instagram and reality TV is now a woman of a different platform. This prideful rise to success, by rapper Cardi B, is what we call girl power. From the beginning, we fell in

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The Father And Son Of Inspiration: DJ Khaled x Asahd

If you’ve been paying attention to social media lately, you’re aware that Asahd Khaled is the hardest working baby of all time. Born last November, we were introduced to an icon and since making his debut, he’s been the executive

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Why Oprah Running For President in 2020 Would Be Amazing!

Lately, there have been rumors floating around entailing Oprah running for President in the year 2020. In a Bloomberg interview, Oprah admits she thought, “Well gee, you had to know so much more than I thought you had to know.” But when

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If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Joey Bada$$, Travis Scott x Quavo, Petra Collins & More!

1. Joey Badass Talks About New Album on OTHERtone Our favorite controversial rapper, Joey Bada$$, stopped by OTHERtone last Firday to speak to Pharrell Williams about his upcoming album, All-AMERIKKKAN Badass. With some comparisons to Tupac, Pharrell made sure to show

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‘All I Wanna Do’ Is Still The Underrated Feminist Film We Need

Why don’t we ever talk about the explicit feminism of 1998’s All I Wanna Do? Is it because of its cast? I think Kirsten Dunst, Heather Matarazzo, Rachel Leigh Cook and Gaby Hoffmann were names huge enough to bring in

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Throw It Back: “Barracuda” By Heart

Was there ever a song that described an antagonist like Heart’s “Barracuda”? With lyrics jabbing at the lowest of the low and most conniving–a snake in the grass, ready to attack–I don’t think so. There’s a legend behind the song’s

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The Herstory of Women in Rock N’ Roll, Vol 1.

I remember the first time I heard it–ignorant yet common sentiments centered around my undying love of rock n’ roll.  There was always the introductory gasp and furrowed brow which went along with, “But you’re a girl…a black girl. ”

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Five Reasons Why The New ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer Has Us Shook

With each and every peek we’re given of Warner Brothers’ and DC’s Wonder Woman feature film, there’s never been a point where I’ve been iffy of its quality. There’s an element of care woven into each detail and scene–something which

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How Doug E. Fresh Is Changing Lives with ‘Hip Hop Public Health’

Whether we’re waking up in the morning, going to the gym, or trying to brush off our anxieties, we all utilize music for motivation. Thanks to founders like Doug E. Fresh, Olajide Williams, and Easy A.D Harris, that outlet is now

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Event Recap: Vashtie Speaks On “Women Entrepreneurs In Entertainment” Panel

In honor of Women’s History Month, Vashtie joined several other influential and creative girl bosses on a panel produced to honor their achievements in the entertainment industry and celebrate women everywhere. Curated by event producer, DJ, and brand ambassador Majorr Smith, Vashtie sat alongside talented peers

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‘Now and Then’: The Coming-Of-Age Film Of All Things Sisterhood

The ’90s were the prime time of coming of age films. Sure, we had the ’80s and their treasure chest full of John Hughes films, however, getting down to the grit of adolescent pain wasn’t always promised. Aside from movies

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Anything You Can Do, She Can Do Better: The Kick Ass Women of Action Film

In honor of Women’s History Month, I think it’s about time to look into some of the kick ass women who brought out the bad ass in us. Throughout history, women were always looked at as only a supporting role

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Brothers Of Climbing Seek To Diminish Generalizations Of Minorities In The Outdoors

REI has delivered a fresh new documentary directed by Duncan M. Sullivan which explores the world of Brothers of Climbing–a New York crew of diverse rock climbers. Co- founders Mikhail Martin and Drew Bellety sought out to change the perception

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Fearless Bronze Girl Poses Courageously in the Face of Wall Street‘s Notorious Bronze Bull

Just in time for International Women’s Day, the work of artist Kristen Visbal poses courageously in the face of Wall Street‘s notorious bronze bull. The Fearless Girl stands in solidarity with the women of the world, representing the relentless courage of all who have resisted

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New National Geographic Documentary Explores The History of Grillz

A great man once said, “The whole top diamond and the bottom row’s gold”–that was Jermaine Dupri, by the way. Whether the infamous Nelly anthem was your reason for purchasing your first pair of grillz or if you were the kid who

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Nike Introduces The Nike Pro Hijab

After releasing a controversial commercial in the Middle East, Nike has announced they will be releasing, the Nike Pro Hijab, made for Muslim women whom, up until now, have worn traditional hijabs while working out or playing sports. The hijab

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A Beginner’s Guide For Today’s Top Podcasts

With streaming services having a major advantage over music these days, radio has also become less listened to. Radio listeners have declined so much, even our cherished local radio stations are resorting to streaming services like iHeartRadio in an attempt

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Happy Birthday To A Genius, Tyler, The Creator!

From working at Starbucks and rapping within the realms of Myspace and Tumblr with Odd Future, to being in charge of his own Golf fashion line/media, running Camp Flognaw, and smelling like Chanel, Tyler, The Creator might one of the most innovative

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San Francisco Will House The World’s First Cannabis Friendly Gym

San Francisco–the embracive metropolis of all things innovative–is now the home of the world’s first cannabis friendly gym, Power Plant Fitness. After becoming the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana–with the passing of Proposition 64–California has seen a burst of

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A Gentle Reminder That Positivity Is Cool From Your Favorite Rappers

Hip-Hop often gets a bad rap for promoting violence and disrespect for women among other things. Fortunately, several talented artists are taking the craft back into their hands and reshaping how we listen to and feel towards Hip-Hop. Below are

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Shedding Light On Brooklyn’s J’ouvert Parade

In a recent article and illuminating short film by the talented folks at VICE, “J’ouvert: Brooklyn’s Dirty Masquerade” we are introduced to the reality and significance of J’ouvert by the people, both participants and onlookers. With the recent conclusion of Trinidad’s Carnival, New Yorkers look ahead

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Woman Crushin’ It Wednesday: Melina Matsoukas

Melina Matsoukas: the creative, stylish, and talented director behind some of Hollywood’s most critically acclaimed music videos and television shows is our pick for this week’s Woman Crushin’ It Wednesday. With HBO’s Insecure currently in the writing the stage of

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Remy Ma vs. Nicki Minaj Is Exactly What Hip-Hop Needs Right Now

In the days of “mumble rap” and “Twitter fingers,” hip-hop shares the likeness of an amateur at the balance beam– unstable and unsure of its next step. This past week, however, hip-hop purists and others alike were treated to not

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School Girl Crush: Will Smith

When it comes to Will Smith, you can’t associate him with just one thing. He could spit without profanity along with his right hand man, DJ Jazzy Jeff, act his a** off, dance,  and be fine while doing it all.  From songs

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The Get Down Is Back for Season 2

If you weren’t binge watching The Get Down on Netflix with the rest of us back in August then you got to do better. With the help  of multiple contributors  including icons like Nas and Grandmaster Flash (who is responsible for making DJ’ing

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Flashback Friday: Vintage Hip Hop Jewelry Is Making A Comeback

Hip-Hop has been the source of a lot of fashion trends throughout history from sports jerseys, to starter jackets, to gold jewelry. Like everything else in history, things have come full circle. These three vintage Hip-Hop jewelry trends are back and we are

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Throw It Back: Our Favorite Spellbinding Moments From ‘Teen Witch’

As a ’90s social misfit trying to find her place in the clone like halls of my suburban school, Teen Witch spoke to me. I was as narrow as a string bean, with a closet full of clothes appropriate for

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Reading in Color: Must Have Books From Black Authors

The wonderful and phenomenal Ms. Maya Angelou once said, “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” She

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Why Complex’s ‘Hot Ones’ Web Series is One of the Greatest Things on the Internet

If you’re a Complex head like most of us, you probably enjoy a range of channels like Complex Hustle—for tips on being knowledgeable to the game of business–  to Complex Sneaker Shopping—to checkout the best sneaker boutiques–and Complex First We Feast’s, Hot Ones, for the raw,

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One Year Later: VICELAND Has The Best Shows Ever

Just one year ago, a new channel created to target millennials popped up on cable television called VICELAND. This Spike Jonez, Vice Media and A+E Network joint venture resulted in an eclectic medium which offers what television has been missing

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The Official Breakdown of Donald Glover’s Wins Since the Premiere of ‘Atlanta’

When we think of someone who’s on fire in the entertainment industry right now, we must think about the esteemed, Donald Glover. Since the debut of his show ‘Atlanta’, there has been an overflow of success going into Glover’s direction.

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Donald Glover Will Be King As The Voice of Simba In ‘The Lion King’ Remake

After ruling the Golden Globe Awards, collaborating with FX and obtaining the role of a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars movie, our favorite idol, Donald Glover, just keeps winning in 2017. The jack of all trades is scoring big time with

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Migos Dish On Their Favorite Eats, Time Travel & Their Versace Habit

How did Vogue manage to keep up with the runaway success that is Migos? Hop in a sprinter van and ask the biggest rap group in the world a succession of “rapper-fire” questions, of course. In the midst of NYFW

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MadeinTYO Drops the Long Awaited Video for “Skateboard P”

x https://youtu.be/A1KMrAig_hA MadeinTYO and Big Sean drop off their newest video for “Skateboard P,” a single they created to praise the almighty Pharrell Williams. “Skateboard P” can be found on MadeinTYO’s Thank You, Mr. Tokyo project that dropped back in

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Toro Y Moi and The Mattson 2 Release New Psych-Jazz Single, “JBS”

With the many pioneering collaborations Toro Y Moi (also known as Chad Bundick) has had in the past with SZA, Travi$ Scott, The Avalanches and more, his newest one with twin jazz duo, The Mattson 2 just adds on another

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Throw It Back: A Hidden Classic, The Inkwell

In the 90’s era of black urban dramas, such as Juice and Menace II Society, The Inkwell is a low profile cult classic. Straight Out of Brooklyn director, Matty Rich, took a risk in 1994 with the film–which offered the

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Celebrate Hip Hop History With The RAP365 Calendar

Merriam-Webster defines the term history as a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their cause. According to this definition, one could compare history to an experience. Which is something Hip Hop fans from all generations can

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