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V Books: Some of Your Favorite Songs Of 2016 May Have Been Inspired By These Books

Hip-hop is educational, political and historical, to name a few descriptors. The genre that started in the Burning Bronx during the late ’70s amid urban decay is now…

The Women Who Cried Wolf In 2016

During the summer of 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was visiting family in Money, Miss., when he was taken from his bed in the dead of night, beaten by two men and then…

Just Because I’m Black Doesn’t Mean I Have To Agree With You

If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that the cultural divide within our own is deeper than we thought. As we meet the climatic end of 2016, we’re hopeful for a few things…

Wait What: 30 WTF Moments Of 2016

It’s safe to say that 2016 was filled with 365 days of joy, sadness, anger, and astonishment. Many hip-hop and R&B artists brought the good vibes for bad times, spoke…

Views From The Studio: The Year In Forgiveness, Faithfulness And Fullness

Honesty embedded within an artist’s music isn’t only therapeutic for its creator, but the listeners who see melodies as a source of refuge. In a good way, 2016 bombarded…

Fists Up: The 20 Blackest Albums Of 2016

In the midst of all that has happened around us, the year in music turned out to be very powerful and unapologetically black. Like always, the cultural and hasty…

Good Vibes For Bad Times: 7 Albums That Got Us Through 2016

The healing powers of music have long been acknowledged. At its best, an artist’s music can tackle the heavy topics we’d prefer to be left alone in a way that is more…

Run It Back: The 60 Best Songs Of 2016

2016 has been one helluva of a year for music. Those that continue to say “hip-hop and R&B are dead” do not work at VIBE — and are dead to us. Yes, it’s true: it takes…

20 Standout Latinos Who Raised The Bar In 2016

As the year comes to a close, we look back on those who took a stand, made a statement, or just did something incredibly rad, forging their legacies in sectors…