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Is Kanye West Crying Out For Help? Investigating Hip-Hop & Mental Health

Picture the moment the late Michael Jackson once dangled his infant son over a balcony above a crowd of stunned paparazzi and common spectators and replay it like a…

Opinion: Kendrick Lamar’s Quiet Grammy Win Wasn’t As Satisfying As It Should’ve Been

Hours before Macklemore sent (then publicized) a semi-sorry text into Kendrick Lamar’s iPhone inbox last year, the humble frontman of Top Dawg Entertainment swallowed…

Opinion: Sam Smith And The Myth Of Blue-Eyed Soul

Anyone who buys into the idea that white artists blue-eyed soul are being more true to soul are being willfully obtuse Whenever people argue “If Black artists learn to…

Opinion: Celebs, Keep Your Divorce Drama Off Social Media

If you’re telling people in interviews about your sex life with Mariah, why be surprised when they gossip about the day you’re no longer bedding her? In my mind, Mariah C…

Opinion: The Problem With ‘Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop’

Oxygen’s Sisterhood of Hip-Hop was sold on the premise that it would chronicle “the next generation of female artists, rewrite the rules of the hip-hop scene.” A month…

Opinion: Why Aaliyah’s Legacy Should Never Be Questioned

Death adds a certain mystique to an artist and gives people reason to constantly wonder “What if?”   Aaliyah’s life ended 13 14 years ago, but the debate on her legacy…

Opinion: Diplo’s ‘Kandi’ Ban Is A Mad Decent Move

For some ridiculous reason, Diplo is under fire for the banning of “kandi” at Mad Decent’s Block Parties in response to the injuries and tragic deaths that occurred. Now…

Opinion: Why Janelle Monae Isn’t A Bigger Star Yet

Given her level of talent, range, and yes, beauty, why isn’t Janelle Monáe a bigger deal by now? Her gifts as a singer, songwriter, dancer and overall performer are…

Opinion: Why Keyshia Cole Doesn’t Have To Sell ‘Angry R&B’

Keyshia Cole just needs to make better songs, whether happy or heartbroken Keyshia Cole’s marriage has crumbled, and judging from her Instagram postings—increasingly…