After escaping the legal woes of last year’s bar brawl and defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246, you’d think that Irish fighting great Conor McGregor would want to celebrate his recent victories in peace. Instead, McGregor has been making political statements and has even referred to President Trump as one of the United States’ best presidents ever.
Trump sent out a tweet in reference to his inaugural anniversary, which happened to fall on MLK Day this year, so the troubled president took that opportunity to pat himself on the back for African Americans’ lowest unemployment rate in the history of this country, according to him.
Only one boxer has ever made sensible political statements and McGregor is obviously no Muhammad Ali. Stick to the octagon, Conor.
Already classified as a legend, North Carolina’s own Rapsody released visuals to her song Afeni ft. PJ Morton featuring a classic hip hop hook by the late Tupac. The Roc Nation-signed hard hitter is delivering once again from her album Eve which features songs all named after an influential black woman.
Known for her brilliant bars and moving messages, the natural born lyricist breaks down the relationships between the black man, black woman and child. In the captivating video we witness a young couple in love warp into a single black mother raising her son. Bringing us wisdom and tears simultaneously Rapsody is a true queen in hip hop speaking for a generation of those who go unheard.
[Chorus: 2Pac] Now since we all came from a woman Got our names from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women Do we hate our women? Now since we all
[Verse 1: Rapsody] My brothers (My brothers)‚ I love you (I love you) I hate to know some of you treat us like Glover (Glover) Black card revoked‚ maybe you could use Discover (Discover) Define yourself, do you feel the same way ’bout your mother? (Mother) Do you overlook our beauty, but you lovin’ on all the others (Others) Hope you teach your daughters all to stay away from suckas Like yourself if you don’t love yourself I’m so Southern (Southern)‚ I was taught to feed the soul with or without hot ovens Here’s a plate, know your hate come from a black man struggle (Struggle) We all in the same shape, so I know I fit your puzzle (Puzzle) Either way‚ we got your back, we only pray you’ll be our muscle (Pray you’ll be our muscle) Strength in the times we all overcome with trouble Every day we pullin’ doubles for ourself and home (For ourself and home) My mom and daddy taught me, early on, protect your own (Protect your own) We never stopped lovin’ you, so turn your love back on (Your love back on) And I pray you feel the same way as that 2Pac song We ain’t your hoes or your bitches, trophies, or meant for pimpin’ Recognize a gift from God outweighs a birthday or a Christmas To protect our lives, you gon’ take it to the limit? (You gon’ take it to the limit?) Rib of my rib, do you still feel us in ya
It’s no secret that Nipsey Hussle was a book worm. He frequently name-dropped his go-to books in interviews and referenced them in his lyrics.
Following his shocking death, a fan named Simran Kaleka decided to compile a list of the books Nip mentioned throughout his interviews. It was no surprise when the list consisted of informative, self-empowering books.
Kaleka’s list went viral and inspired the launch of different Marathon Book Clubs.
The LA Times did a story on the Marathon Book Club which are based in Los Angeles, Oakland, New York, and Washington. There are over 70 members from different walks of life, including professors, bankers, executives, and entrepreneurs.
The list alone speaks volumes on Nipsey Hussle’s dedication to self-improvement, but more importantly, it’s proof of his positive impact on marginalized groups.
Presidential candidate Tom Steyer released a new digital ad narrated by Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist MC Lyte. The video was filmed on the campus of Allen University and featured unscripted commentary by the hip-hop pioneer, Allen University students, and African-American women during the Dec. 10 Ladies First Town Hall hosted by the South Carolina Black Women’s Caucus, Black Women 2020, and the Steyer campaign.
Steyer’s ad affirms the candidate’s commitment to addressing the social and economic issues that impact African-Americans across the country, as well as captures real moments with voters on the campaign trail. It also features endorser Bianca Chardei, an America’s Next Top Model alumna, and media personality Shamara Afia.
As the founder of the national initiative #EducateOurMen, MC Lyte has been recognized for her public advocacy of HBCU sustainability and education. She questioned Steyer about his plans to expand educational and economic opportunities for black women and men, “This is important for us — yes, as a community, too — yes, have our young women and young girls supported, but it goes without saying that we need our other half. We need our men to feel strong.”
MC Lyte told Steyer, “Thank you very much for being here today, I felt your humanity and your heart, thank you.”
The ad release follows Steyer’s recent trip to South Carolina, where he unveiled a $125 billion plan to address the educational disparities in the African American community through different initiatives to bolster Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Since that policy launch and a solid December debate performance, Steyer has announced winning the endorsements of Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson and the Mayor of Sellers, South Carolina, Barbara Hopkins.
Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, sat down with MSNBC’s Ari Melber to discuss his newest studio recording of yasiin bey: Negus, which is only offered offline. The Brooklyn rapper decided to create a fine art experience fused with hip hop curated at The Brooklyn Museum—not Spotify, Apple or any other streaming platform.
Negus, the exhibition acknowledges the importance of hip-hop as a fundamental American art form by making the 8-track, 28-minute recording available without the distractions of technology (upon entering the gallery, visitors are given a case in which to lock their mobile devices). In addition to Negus, the exhibition includes artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu, and José Parlá created in collaboration with bey, as well as original music by celebrated pianist by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.
Negus (pronounced nuh-goose) takes its name from the word for “king” or “ruler” in Ge` ez, one of the ancient Semitic languages of Ethiopia. bey associates the term with Prince Alämayyähu Tewodros and others who have led noble lives, including Henrietta Lacks and Nipsey Hussle.
Bey reveals, “My proposal is that art is not just a fine art, it’s not limited or restricted solely to what you can hang on the wall, it includes music as well. I had a strong feeling it needed to be a more dynamic experience than downloading it from an advice…”
Watch the interview below and CLICK HERE to get tickets to Yasiin Bey’s newest creative installment to hip hop.
It has been reported that the State of New York in conjunction with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has given the Universal Hip Hop Museum a $3.5 million donation to begin its construction.
According to the museum’s Executive Director Rocky Bucano, “The grant from Governor Andrew Cuomo is a testament to the cultural and economic development importance of the Universal Hip Hop Museum to the borough of the Bronx and the state of New York.” He went on to say, “The museum is part of the renaissance of the Bronx. The Bronx is coming back. But the museum will be of the people and for the people.”
The $80 million Universal Hip Hop Museum, which will be located in Bronx Point, is scheduled to open in the South Bronx in 2023.
Today in Hip Hop History, Dr. Dre released his solo debut album The Chronic on December 15, 1992 solidifying himself as a solo superstar.
The debut studio album by former N.W.A. group member and recording artist Dr. Dre was released on December 15, 1992, by his own record label Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records. “Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang”, “Fuck wit Dre Day” and “Let Me Ride”became ten Billboard singles and instant hip hop classics receiving heavy radio and TV rotation. Showcasing hard-hitting drums fused with gangsta beast, Dr. Dre added another notch to his production belt and became a huge force to reckon in the industry.
As a teenage girl I remember the shift that happened when this album came out. I was instantly drawn to the potty-mouthed, lyrical gangsta hailing from the west coast. I remember writing down the lyrics to ‘Ain’t No Fun’ and being amazed at the poetic charm of Snoop.Dogg and the Dogg Pound. As he continued to flourish into the burgeoning mogul he’s become today, Dr. Dre taught us that you can start all over when you focus on talent.
Salute to this classic album as we go back in time and celebrate The Chronic.
The New York City graff community and beyond is mourning the loss of Matthew “ZEXOR” Rodriguez, who passed away Thursday (Dec. 12) in New York. He was 25 years old.
As the son of Brooklyn graffiti legend ASP WTO, Rodriguez was a second generation writer who continued in his father’s footsteps after his murder in 1996, keeping the WTO(We Takin Over) legacy alive. ZEXOR is recognized as a “King” in the NYC graff scene, appearing in the finale of the Swede-based ‘Tags And Throws: Summer In New York” in 2016 and was featured in TheSource.com’s Off The Wall column in 2015.
Rodriguez is survived by his mother Ronelda “Brunie” Rivera and his sone Jason Rodriguez. TheSource.com and The Mind Squad send our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
In a clip posted to her social media, Oprah Winfrey is seen cheering on an all-girl band from her school OWLAG in South Africa. Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls celebrated the success of the 9th graduation class of Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. In a beautiful and soothing musical piece, the girls of OWLAG played for the founder herself—Ms. Winfrey. Always uplifting and teaching girls that they can do anything they work hard for, Oprah posted this video to her Instagram dancing and celebrating the 9th graduating class.
OWLAG was born from a pledge by Ms. Winfrey to former president Nelson Mandela in 2002 to provide a world-class educational platform for girls that will nurture a new generation of dynamic leaders. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s emphasis on education, the Academy has welcomed talented, underprivileged girls to a new lifestyle; a world filled with knowledge, social skills and possibilities, and is proud to maintain a 100% matric pass rate.
Ms. Winfrey’s vision is that the Leadership Academy will help develop the future leaders of South Africa. A College Fund was established to support and encourage these young leaders, and those that follow, on their continuing journey.
We salute the graduates of OWLAG and wish them success on all their future endeavors.
Here’s a throwback the founder’s very first speech to the first graduating class of OWLAG.