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J. Prince Speaks On His Book, Ending The Drake & Pusha T Beef, And Some Classic Stories (Video)

Dope interview. J. Prince is an O.G. and the definition of a ‘finisher’… apparently having put an end to the Pusha T vs. Drake beef. Check out this sit down.

Legend of Hip-Hop, Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince stepped up to Ebro in the Morning to recount some classic stories.

He reveals how he founded the record company and gave stories behind cooling off some of the most classic beefs in history.

Prince speaks on how his son Jas Prince found Drake, how he cooled off Pimp C vs Master P beef, why he called off the Drake/Pusha T beef, his own problems with Cash Money, and much more.

His book The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir available now.

– HOT 97

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Bill Gates’ Top 5 Recommended Reads For This Summer (Video)

Look. If you know better, do better… right? So, if someone who is doing way better (like genius billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates) is hitting you off with knowledge – of any kind – maybe consider the advice, right? To help you get down that ‘do better’ trail.

If you’re looking for something to read over the next few months, you can’t go wrong with these books recommended by Bill Gates: “Leonardo da Vinci,” by Walter Isaacson, “Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved,” by Kate Bowler, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” by George Saunders, “Origin Story: A Big History of Everything,” by David Christian, and “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund.
Bill Gates

So there you go. You’re welcome. Now excuse me. I have some reading to do!


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With Black-ish On Hiatus, Jenifer Lewis Is On To Activism, Auditions & Promoting Her Book (Video)

Not even me can stop me… I gave up many times in my life, but I didn’t quit. You gotta be in it to win it!

Speak that Momma, speak truth! All-time sexy woman and alpha female (and show-stealer every time she was on “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”). Jenifer Lewis’ appearance is going to make your Top 5 fav radio interview videos ever! Watch, and know we are right!

Jenifer Lewis Talks Self Awareness, Mental Illness, Sex Addiction + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

Wait. ABC has an unaired “Black-ish” episode based on Kaepernick? Yup, the talk touches on that. Oh, and Jenifer has a dope book out. Yeah, talking about that, too. Wowww!

(Right after her high kicks… hear about Jenifer being the ‘Dick Diva’ back in the day though… DAAYYUUMM!)


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Neil deGrasse Tyson With Some “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” And A Word For Climate Science Deniers (Video)

Great talk. Plus: Neil deGrasse Tyson with the booooom statement of, like, the decade or something! To all the climate change deniers: How was it that we made all kinds of plans, and reacted with all kinds and fervor and enthusiasm, to the Eclipse [Across America] – a phenomenon predicted by science – but NOT even flinch or flitter at the very real, very scientifically-founded warnings of pending planet-wide doom due to climate change (global warming, whatever you wanna call it)? Is it because beach chairs will become useless for the beachfront after the ocean level rises? Maybe because you’ll need good galoshes to go anywhere downtown in NYC? C’mon son!

Neil deGrasse Tyson weighs in on why climate change is subject to political debate and examines the privilege of wondering about space in “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”
– Comedy Central

Okay, they are probably not reading this post or watching The Daily Show on Comedy Central… So if you know a denier, please share this.

(Or share with the like-minded. I don’t mind having an ‘amen corner’ on this.)


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Flashback: Prodigy Cooks Up In A Bodega (Video)

Man. RIP Prodigy. Seeing this… Still hard to believe that he is just not somewhere cooking up another hit or something. Well, here’s something though. Remember how he did that salmon dish he perfected in lock-up? If you liked that (or were, at least, intrigued by it), The P has another dish for you. Watch him do a li’l macaroni som’n som’n. All ingredients straight out the local Bodega.

Really thinking about copping the cookbook; maybe just because.


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Ashley Graham Tells Us “What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like” (Video)

Right from the start, I gotta ask: She’s shot nude??? A LOT??? Where the footage at, Ashley? Please! After the interview? Okay…

Ashley Graham came by Sway in the Morning to talk about her new book, “A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like” and opens up about growing up curvy, drugs and accepting her body.
Sway’s Universe

Yes, Ashley’s life has been a wild ride, rife with challenges and complexity. Several revelations and messages in here. Definitely worth clicking play, so y’all do that… while I go looking for them nudes.


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Kevin Hart Speaks On His Life, His Book, His Inspirations And More (Video)

Fellas, if you are ‘blessed’ below you are blessed for sho’ no matter how bad your life might go. Just paraphrasing some of the hilarious, but real, talk that this clip starts with. And then we quickly move to Kevin’s dad getting hit with an axe (wait, WHAT??!)… and it keeps getting realer, still real funny, while slipping in some real motivation & inspiration.

Kevin Hart is Brutally Honest in His New Book ‘I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons’ + Learning from Legends in the Industry & Speaks on New Partnership With Lionsgate.
Sway’s Universe

Lots to unpack in the above interview. Good stuff.


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Prodigy Shares And Shows How He Cooks BBQ Salmon (Video)

Verrrry interesting. A recipe demo for the Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook that Prodigy is pushing. While marketing execs might call this Merch 101, don’t you still want to try this fish? Plus: Knowledge dropped about his sickle cell disease, and how he adapted his diet while locked up (talked about that situation, too) to help him stay healthy.

First things first: You always wash your hands first!


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Jesse Ventura Speaks On Black People Being The True Forerunners Of American Music, Colin Kaepernick’s Courageous Stand And More (Video)

Whoa. If former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and renegade for life was the type to be ‘scurred’ it would be for speaking up like this. Fascinating interview! Kicks off his time with Heather B on Sway In The Morning by showing a direct link between music that came from Led Zeppelin and the earlier Chitlin Circuit stuff from underappreciated Black music legend Robert Johnson.

All American music originates from [the Black people] that were brought here.
Jesse Ventura

Watch as Ventura goes in with the knowledge, his life experiences, political experiences & views (esp. on the upcoming presidential election and voting FOR someone, not AGAINST someone)… how he came to learn “what it feels like to be a Black man in America”… the Colin Kaepernick situation… his legalize-it book “Marijuana Manifesto” and so much more!

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Free State Of Jones (Trailer)

Should be really dope. I remember author Sally Jenkins’ appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart years ago… talking about “The State Of Jones” book (see that here). Great story. The trailer above teases a movie that seems like it will do the story justice.

Written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (THE HUNGER GAMES, SEABISCUIT, PLEASANTVILLE), and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. FREE STATE OF JONES is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

In Theaters June 24, 2016.


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Pioneer Supermodel Beverly Johnson Talks About Being Drugged By Bill Cosby, A One Night Stand With Mike Tyson And More (Video)

Okay, she is there because she is promoting a book. But c’mon son… you KNOW Sway would ask about what she said about The Coz and the druggings (being that Beverly Johnson was one of the first to affirm that Bill was dropping ’em with the drinks… allegedly). And the book is chock full of ‘Scandal’ level messiness besides that – rivalries between models, messing with that ‘white girl’ (e.g. cocaine), Mike Tyson… Verrrry interesting.

From being the first Black model on the cover of Vogue to building an international empire, the lovely Beverly Johnson stopped by Sway in the Morning to talk about her new book, The Face That Changed it All: A Memoir.


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The Thug Kitchen Cookbook (Trailer)

Watch the official trailer for the Thug Kitchen Cookbook available wherever books are sold October 2014

Is this a thing? For real? Looks real. Man, might have to get a copy of the book that delivers the raw advice on cooking it up from raw, real food (read: not that ‘fast food drive through bullsh!t’). The recipes will have readers getting their sh!t together and looking fly as f#ck… as a side effect? SOLD!

Plus, the trailer above is HILARIOUS!

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A Brooklyn Street Legend Reflects On His Violent Life Of Crime, Past Relationship With Jay Z And More In His New Book (Video)

Jack Thriller interviews Brooklyn street legend, hustler and stickup man Calvin Klein Bacote for Thisis50. What a roller coaster ride – speaking on getting his name from the real 50 Cent, robbing rappers back in the day, the time him and his man robbed the whole F train; about how Jay Z used to hustle for him, the nature of their relationship over the years, and where they stand today.

…and he’s got a book about it, revealing even more than this interview does. Wow. The game is to be SOLD!

Check out part 1 above and part 2 after the jump. Required!

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Nelson George And Sway Speak On The New Book About Don Cornelius, Soul Train And More (Video)

Dancing is whack? Really? Nah… Nothing wrong with dance in our culture. Dance is part of our culture. In fact, Nelson George stops by Sway in the Morning to reminds us where the dance craze always started, Soul Train. Nelson also clears up some other long-held “truths” we were so sure about. Like how that Tupac vs. the Hughes Brothers thing really went down. Yeah. You gotta watch.


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Politics/Economics: America Hates Its Poor (Video)

The hard truth about America: We are at war. All of us. It’s internal… and just barely civil. We have already seen an occupation of strategic grounds (Wall Street) and the battle lines have been drawn. But don’t think Democrat/Liberal vs. Republican/Conservative (there are battlefields within parties anyway)… and don’t think (as we have) of haves vs. have-nots… The truth is simple, but not because it is oversimplified. It is hard because it is harsh. It is hard, like difficult – not to understand, but to understand how citizens/humans/institutions could allow this and allow it to continue. And it is hard, because it will be difficult to end the war. To think, all this from reading an article (that you should read, too) at…

This is an excerpt from the just released second edition of Noam Chomsky’s “Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity,” edited by Greg Ruggiero and published by Zuccotti Park Press.

An article that recently came out in Rolling Stone, titled “Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail,” by Matt Taibbi, asserts that the government is afraid to prosecute powerful bankers, such as those running HSBC. Taibbi says that there’s “an arrestable class and an unarrestable class.” What is your view on the current state of class war in the U.S.?

– Salon

So, that’s how we should view the sides in our modern civil war: The arrestable vs. the unarrestable… and you KNOW most of the sh!t the unarrestable (e.g. the 1% and those protected by them) gets away with would land most of us in prison. Now, no one is saying ‘be mad at the haves for having’ … no more so than you want anyone less fortunate being mad at you for walking/driving by when you have change/time to spare. Nah, be mad at how they do you… how they lie to you. You know, the stuff that you’d be mad about if someone did it right to your face… because they DO THAT SH!T… ev-er-y day! Watch the clip above (from a ‘have’ who has chosen to give a Ted Talk on the truth). Read the article we read… Hell, read the book it references (both linked below)… Then take time to think and decide for yourself, while you can; before that comes under attack!


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The Full Questlove Interview With ‘Democracy Now’ – An Hour Of Politics, Hip-Hop and More (Video)

Remember the clip we posted of Questlove (of The Roots) speaking with Democracy Now? That was just a piece of a hour-long conversation covering his book, The Roots’ beef with Notorious B.I.G., Hip-Hop history and MUCH more. We have that for you to view above.


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Questlove Speaks On Hip Hop’s 40th Birthday, ‘Stop & Frisk’, the Zimmerman Verdict, and His Experience With Racial Profiling (Video)

Amir “Questlove” Thompson is on video talking about all kinds of stuff for a hour… that ought to be enough, knowing that The Roots co-founder is an insightful societal and music industry commentator.

Questlove talks with about his musical upbringing, stop and frisk, Hip-Hop’s 40th, his book “Mo’ Meta Blues” … and there’s more. Got a clip above. More video footage after the jump below….

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Dice Raw Documentary: “Jimmies Back” (Video)

“The war on drugs is not a war on drugs. It’s a war on thugs.”

Words from Dice Raw, who is providing some of the ‘thug combatants’ from his hometown (Philly) a tool and a platform with and from which they can counterattack – a LP and documentary. Shout to OK Player for bringing this important work from this down-for-the-cause artist to light. Check out the documentary short above and how you can get involved. Check out the wisdom from OKP, too:

1. Stay out of prison – Crime never pays–and street life will eventually catch up with you.

2. Be informed – There are root causes behind the unfathomable numbers of black men and women in prison – things like lack of jobs, poor education, inadequate homes and ills within the justice system are leading factors for why people commit crimes.

3. Get involved! – Hundreds of organizations and movements are popping up across the country and working on the issue of Mass Incarceration every day. Join groups like the @ACLU or @WomenOfWAMI to stay in the mix of the solution.

4. Support the “Jimmy’s Back” LP & documentary – Give ‘em some props, artists and musicians have always been champions for the underdog. Pre-order Dice Raw’s “Jimmy’s Back” on August 4th and look out for the official release on August 19th.

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Phil Jackson and Co-Author Hugh Delehanty Talk About ‘The Soul of Success’ (Video)

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Phil Jackson sits down for a one-on-one with his co-author Hugh Delehanty to chat about their book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success” and about a myriad of topics.

Life and philosophical content and basketball (of course) … even advice for Tim Tebow? Follow the link below. Watch the full video.


10 Questions for Questlove (Video)

Time Magazine’s Belinda Luscombe talks with ?uestlove (of The Roots) about his upbringing, records that influenced his career, his take on the direction of Hip-Hop, his new book (Mo Meta Blues), his group’s ‘retirement gig’ on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ and more.

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