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Clover Hope’s ‘The Motherlode’ Brings The Women Of Hip-Hop History To The Forefront

The former VIBE editor explains how rapstress Yo-Yo inspired the book's title, navigating the male-dominated music industry as a journalist, and reflects on her viral…

V Books: ‘Crack: Rock, Cocaine, Street Capitalism And The Decade of Greed’

David Farber's Crack explores how desperate young men created multi-million dollar avenues of revenue within a larger consumer market. 

V Books: Hanif Abdurraqib Tributes A Tribe Called Quest In ‘Go Ahead In the Rain’

A Tribe Called Quest were already icons when founding member Malik Taylor, the rapper known as Phife Dawg, died in March 2016 from diabetes complications at the age of…

Solitary Alignment: 5 Self-Affirming Reads For Single Ladies On Valentine’s Day

Ahh, the Feast of Saint Valentine—the Hallmark holiday that strikes us with its arrow each year, for better or for worse, depending on your bae status. While the…

V Books: Freeway Shares Favorite Books, Talks ‘Think Free’ Album

It’s been nearly two decades since Freeway emerged from the fog and filthy residue of the crack game to lay down his iconic verse on JAY-Z’s “1-900 -Hustler.” But amid…

V Books: Tee Grizzley Gives Lecture On His Favorite Books, ‘Dictator’s Handbook’ & ‘Trust No Bi**h’

In 2016, Tee Grizzley immediately captured the hip-hop world with “First Day Out,” his surreal noir detailing events that led to his prison bid. The head-knocking…

V Books: JAY-Z & Beyonce’s “Black Effect” Lyrics And 8 Books That Coincide With Them

Over the weekend, JAY-Z and Beyoncé–The Carters–briefly stopped the world with the surprise release of their long-awaited joint album, Everything is Love. The nine-song…

V Books: 5 Books On Slavery That Kanye West Needs To Read

Unless you’ve had your head buried under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you’ve read the disturbing statements from rapper Kanye West. First, the College Dropout

V Books: Prof. Keisha N. Blain Shows How Black Women ‘Set the World on Fire’

It has been a recurring theme for a couple of years now. Women writers, scholars, authors, activists, as well as lesser known local heroines have been kicking a** in…