Tag: hip hop

Beyond the Rhetoric: Have hip-hop, Wall Street destroyed soul music?

Beyond the Rhetoric: Have hip-hop, Wall Street destroyed soul music?

| January 7, 2016

By Harry C. Alford NNPA News Wire Columnist Black people have always had a strong affinity for music. Soon after our forefathers were let off the slave ships and sold to plantations we started singing. Much of that was developed in the “Motherland.” During a visit to Kenya, I went to a music event. One […]

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Black Violin musicians had folks dancing in the aisles

Black Violin musicians had folks dancing in the aisles

| October 28, 2015

By Madeline Marcelia Garvin Wednesday, Oct. 15, was a “Live and Learn” concert featuring Kevin Sylvester; otherwise, known as “Kev Marcus” and Wilner Baptiste, who goes by Wil B, two phenomenal, eclectic, classically trained string artists. When the lights went down, Kelly Updike, Embassy Theatre operations manager, graced the stage and welcomed everyone and said, […]

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Black Violin returns to the Embassy  for rescheduled free student show,new public performance

Black Violin returns to the Embassy  for rescheduled free student show,new public performance

| September 29, 2015

FORT WAYNE—Since a sub-zero weather day prohibited 5,000 schoolchildren from seeing Black Violin in February 2015, the Embassy Theatre is bringing the band back due to the huge demand from schoolteachers, students and the general public. Black Violin will be in Fort Wayne on Oct. 15 with a free student show at 10 a.m. and an evening […]

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Young artist seeks to create value, transform the community

Young artist seeks to create value, transform the community

| September 29, 2015

“Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.”― Angela Y. Davis FORT WAYNE—Venture down near the corner of Calhoun Street and Rudisill […]

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Time to reform the ‘thug’ image of Hip Hop

Time to reform the ‘thug’ image of Hip Hop

| February 10, 2015

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist One of my mentors asked me why I was so quiet and not making my voice heard in the streets protesting for justice. First, because, “I Can’t Breathe.” I am still in mourning over all these babies being gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect us. It […]

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Blacks expect more from hip hop artists

Blacks expect more from hip hop artists

| October 16, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., members of the black community and independent artists continue to call on mainstream rappers and entertainers to use their visibility to speak out against police brutality affecting young, black males. Nearly […]

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J Dilla’s legacy preserved in the Smithsonian

J Dilla’s legacy preserved in the Smithsonian

| September 11, 2014

Special to the NNPA to The Michigan Citizen James “J Dilla” Yancey, the late Detroit music producer whose stardom has grown globally since his passing in 2006, is headed toward enshrinement in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. , announced the news at the ninth annual “D.C. Loves Dilla” event on July 17. The legendary […]

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Hip Hop Corner: The Godfather of Hip Hop

Hip Hop Corner: The Godfather of Hip Hop

| September 2, 2014

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Hip Hop has always had a fetish with gangster movies and characters. We often see artists referring to themselves in lyrics or using popular characters as their stage name: “Public Enemy, “ “Scarface” and “Little Caesar” were all popular gangster films of the 1930s. The Notorious B.I.G. lost a court […]

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Hip hop corner: LL hasn’t lost his street cred

Hip hop corner: LL hasn’t lost his street cred

| August 21, 2014

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist I had the honor of sitting in on LL Cool Jay’s private listening session in New York City.  He was previewing excerpts from his upcoming release of the G.O.A.T II.  When super producer Alize Jones from Beatbrokerz Ent. invited me to the session, I was thinking, what’s he trying to […]

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Hip hop leaders form partnership with NNPA

Hip hop leaders form partnership with NNPA

| May 16, 2014

By Jimmie Davis Jr. Special to the NNPA from the Miami Times MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—Upcoming hip-hop artists may find it challenging to get a DJ to play their songs or a mainstream media critic to review their music, but if they belong to Core DJs World Wide, they have nothing to worry about. Recently, leaders […]

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