Another way to see how media manipulates you

The World is a harsh place it seems and there are plenty of statistics to prove it. Death seems to follow us around any given corner. Whether through natural means, accidents or intentionally, it can strike at any moment. Even while you sit here reading this, someone is passing over…

Hip Hop Lives on Earth

(Originally published Feb. 28, 2013) I just started taking some formal classes that might be informative to share with you from time to time. If I come across any relevant information that concerns the everyday life of a Hiphoppa, I will be sure to drop a new post. One of…

Why is “White on Black crime” perceived differently among “Blacks”

Some people in the community have wondered why people in the so-called Black community seem more outraged by the Zimmerman acquittal Wilson non-indictment (or Garner choke-hold non-indictment), when in places like Chicago, young teens are murdered more often. That is not an outrageous question first off. It is natural to…

Rare footage of KRSONE at Stonehenge

KRSONE at Stonehenge in 2007 with Mondo One backed by words from DJ Supreme and the Teacha speaking on Hip Hop. Are you swayed by the public portrayal of Hip Hop Kulture? Is what you see and hear on television and radio, an accurate portrayal of Hip Hop as a…

Who are you?

Who are you really? Who do you model yourself after? Are you a product and accumulation of the behaviors you mimic from television, movies, music and religion? Are you the stereotype characterized in a file cabinet in a county courthouse, or some marketing research firm? Who gives meaning to your…

Mos Def wears skirt but here’s two other things

You may have seen the picture of Mos Def (Yasin Bey) wearing what appears to be a skirt, although he prefers to call it a wrap from Ghana. In American Hip Hop Fashion sense, it’s not a good look. I’m sure the skirt is from Ghana and since the picture…

Kool Herc and Queen Pep join Get Healthy Hip Hop

The Positive Community joined with True School University to initiate an awareness campaign focused on educating the aging Hip Hop generation to get healthy.  Organizer Jah Jah Shakur also spoke about the necessity of preventive care provided by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and healthcare insurance in general. The program…

Immortal Technique and Prodigy of Mobb Deep @Hip Hop Think Tank 3

A number of artists concerned with the future of Hip Hop educational curriculum shared their views at the Schomburg Center in Harlem NY on Saturday Nov. 9 2013 for the 3rd annual Hip Hop Think Tank Conference. The 2 day event kicked off on Saturday with in-depth panel discussions and…

Hip Hop Think Tank 3 @ the Schomburg Center

Talking about establishing Hip Hop curriculum across the U.S. and the World at the third annual Hip Hop Think Tank 3 conference at the Schomburg Center in Harlem NY. Chairman Casey Wong and moderated by Martha Diaz Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in…

Is Jay-Z losing credibility because of Barney’s?

Recently, a teenager’s run-in with the law made news. Hmmm, that sounds sort of typical but it happens to be stranger than it sounds because the teen was not only “black” but happened to purchase the item he was accused of stealing. It seems that in April of 2013, the…

Jay-Z as the shareholder model

  Jay-Z is a brand. Jay-Z is a business model owned by Shawn Carter and probably some others, maybe even Beyonce’ and Blue Ivy when it’s all said and done. Still, some dispute exists as to whether or not Jay-Z should give back, as a responsible business that supposedly satisfies…

The Best Hip Hop Convo

After returning from participating in a panel discussion for Hip Hop Education Week at Essex County College in Newark, NJ today, I started to think. Some of the best conversations about Hip Hop have already happened. They happen in schools, back stage at shows, in bars, in back yards, or…

The Lies Hip Hop Told Me pt. 2 Ignorance is Cool

There are a number of myths and outright lies that have been perpetuated in Hip Hop Kulture that poison the minds of novices and old-timers alike. Some of these lies have mistakenly become part of the false identity ascribed to Hiphoppas. Lie #2 Ignorance is Cool Rap music, video and…

The Temple in Man and You

To modern, 21st century man, ancient Egypt holds a mysterious place of supremacy in the schools of wisdom. We find that all western societies from the Romans on up to America, point to ancient Egypt as the source of much of the World’s knowledge. In fact, deep within the Masonic…

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