Selma is one of the most important movies you’ll see this year. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film chronicles the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the historic civil rights marches he led in Alabama. We spoke with Oscar nominee Common about his contributions to the film, and how hip-hop has contributed to the […]

On Sunday, Selma premiered in NYC and fashion statements weren’t the only thing the stars were focused on making. The biopic chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign for peaceful protest in 1965, and some stars took the perfect opportunity to make a political statement by wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts in honor of Eric Garner. But […]

If there’s one celebrity you can always count on to take part in social action, it’s none other than hip-hop entrepreneur Jay Z. Jay has donated money to the ongoing protests in Ferguson. He has supported the trans community for discrimination, and was on the scene of the rally for Trayvon Martin in New York City. And […]

The time couldn’t be better. In the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown over racial injustice and violence, John Legend and Common collaborate for their latest track “Glory,” featured in the upcoming film Selma. Delivering a sense of hope, John Legend lends his strong soulful vocals to the chorus, while Common raps, […]

The first and official trailer for Selma has been released, and it seems like we’re in for a treat. The flick, which stars David Oyelowo in the role of Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles the civil rights leader’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama as he fought fervently for African-Americans to have equal voting rights in 1965. Director […]

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards went off without a hitch. The Atlanta-based award show was originally filmed three weeks ago, but after some editing and television magic, the awards were quite entertaining. Obviously, the cyphers are the biggest highlight of the show, but oddly enough, the performances this year were better than the cyphers. Mike […]

It’s that time of year again. The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards went down this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, and thankfully, no one got jumped or shot. Like most BET Hip-Hop Awards, this year’s award ceremony was full of memorable moments, highlights, and crazy cyphers. From David Banner’s enlightening cypher and Snow The Product’s caliente freestyle to Snoop […]

Ah Ah Ah! Common surprised his hometown fans by bringing out his longtime friend Kanye West at Chicago’s new AAHH! Fest. Initially, Kanye was only slated to perform three songs, but of course Yeezy had to put on for his city. Kanye ended up performing quite a medley including, “New Slaves,” “Good Life,” “Mercy,” “Jesus […]

Up-and-coming 17-year-old singer Anthony Lewis has been watching the Mike Brown situation in Ferguson play out from afar. He was so moved by the shooting, he decided to touch on it with his new song “Looks Like Me.” Give the powerful track a listen in the link. [YouTube] Masked female rapper Leikeli47 just dropped a video for her new track, “Two […]

In an interview in Los Angeles on Monday, rapper Common confirmed that his father, Lonnie “Pops” Lynn, passed away on Friday, Sept. 12. Lynn was 71-years-old. Fans remember Lynn as a staple on Common’s albums, appearing on many of the rapper’s songs, delivering poignant, powerful, and poetic lines to accompany Common’s soulful flow. “He was […]