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Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker The Berry” / “Alright” (Live At The Grammys) [Video]

Now, it’d be enough for a West Coast emcee to someday rock the Staples Center. If you are a fan of K-Dot’s, it would be enough to see him rock anywhere; a dream for that place to be the Center. But imagine THE performance of THE Grammys that got the whole web world wide JUMPING… Better watch this now. Embeds of Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker The Berry” & “Alright” Grammy night set are getting snatched down left and right.

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Action Bronson With Food and Fun From The Festival In Jamaica (Video)

Well, well, if it isn’t ol’ Bam Bam at the Nyam Jam Festival in Jamaica. And what’s cooking chef? Whatever it is… We’re sure to say, “F#ck, That’s Delicious!”

As Action Bronson’s presence in the “Food World” becomes more permanent, new and diverse opportunities are popping up for the self proclaimed Human Highlight Reel. This time it popped up in the most beautiful location possible, Goldeneye Resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica. The event was entitled Nyam Jam, and even before Action knew exactly what it was, he agreed to attend. As stated in the video, there was not a single bad bite of food, and if you love hot sauces and various pepper spreads, then you really couldn’t do much better. Mr. Bronson honed in on a calabasa slaw prepared by visiting Puerto Rican chef, Jose Enrique and a smoked chicken sandwich from Jamaican grill master, Gariel Ferguson. His experience at Nyam Jam inspired him so much, that upon his arrival back in New York, he immediately got cow foot stew and ate in the parking lot of Home Depot. One love.

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The Golden State Warriors Visit The White House And Get Roasted…By President Obama (Video)

Cool clip of the Golden State Warriors’ White House trip. Know who else is a trip? President Obama. He welcomed the NBA champs to the house, as is custom, and gave ’em a good ribbing. Steph will most def be working on his jump shot form thanks to The President’s wisecracks. Haaa!

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The Curators of Hip Hop Atlanta Takeover (ATL Event)

Legacy Tour_Baltimore Poster

It’s so important that when it comes to Hip Hop we document and tell our own stories.  COHH (The Curators of Hip Hop) is an organization that does an excellent job of doing just that.  They have a great website that highlights artists and events.  They have created a documentary that is a must see for all lovers of Hip Hop and they tour the country speaking at schools.

The tour is coming back to Atlanta and we want to encourage everyone to go out and support the great events they have lined up.

  • Starting with a film screening & panel Thursday February 11, 2016 7p-9p on the campus of Morehouse College in Sale Hall
  • Friday February 12, 2016 the artist Dee-1 along with Carolyn Malachi perform at Apache Cafe 9:30p Address: 64 3rd St NW Atlanta, GA 30308

Make sure to visit their website

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Dr. Boyce Watkins & Elementary Genocide Screening (ATL Event)

BOYCE-WATKINS_FINAL-e1450399023608The People’s Scholar Dr. Boyce Watkins is coming to Atlanta February 13, 2016. He will be speaking at Georgia State University the event will be from 4p-8p. There will also be a screening of Elementary Genocide 2 by filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz who is also hosting the event. If you are in Atlanta or nearby area make sure you come out and check out this event. Plenty of great information will be shared informative and timely for the days we are in along with it being Black History Month!

Click Here For Tickets February 13 4p-8p Georgia State University 55 Gilmer St Atlanta, GA 30302

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Ryan Coogler Interviews J. Cole For #MLKNow (Video)

Above: Ryan Coogler (Director of “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station”) with a deeper than in-depth interview with J. Cole. You can tell it was more a frank discussion than an interview though; Coogler admitting to this being his first time as an interviewer and Cole admitting to a gang of things: the tragic death of Oscar Grant as told in “Fruitvale Station” makes him cry every time… fear-frustration-sadness and artistic motivations that came from subsequent incidents of police brutality… feelings on Black-on-Black crime… life as a married man (stunned the crowd, and toned down the ladies’ screams…for the time being).

Watch the whole 20 minutes. Very appropriate conversation in the wake of the Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration. Engaging, enlightening and empowering! The web was on fire due to news of Cole’s nuptials being dropped like a bomb in this clip, but the most powerful moment was when the brothers were exchanging thank-yous to end the interview.

Stop thanking me… We a part of the same body. Bruh, my hand don’t wake up and thank the other hand.
Ryan Coogler

Wow… feel that chill? That surge of pride? That’s #MLKNow and hopefully motivation to take strides.

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Kanye West Rocks The DNC Fundraiser With A Near Hour-Long Performance (Video)

Rich folks, dry wine, drier chicken, even drier conversation. That’s all you envision going on at a high-brow fundraiser. Admit it.

Well, if you said, “No,” you must have already seen Yeezus West have no mercy on stage at this concert gig he did at The Warfield for the Democratic National Convention’s fundraiser. The cause: The Democratic Hope Fund. But why an hour? Just cause he has the time and the talent to deliver that long and the show stay strong.


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Two-Hour Live Interview With Kanye West (Video)

People’s misunderstanding of me is a misunderstanding of themselves.
Kanye West

Okay, say what you will about Kanye (and you will, just the way it is), but the man is a phenomenon. And as such, we are almost equally blessed and stressed by what we know and think we know about him. And even when so-called ‘craziness’ comes to light related to dude, we’re more likely to run toward it than away. But this low-key live interview interaction with Ye gives us another look at the man, dispelling some myths (letting others ride), talking in the way of a misunderstood legend. Think John Lennon back in the day when watching this (uh oh, might have to do some more Googling, ha).

Good watch. Right under two hours… wow! Full transcript available, too.


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Tall Black Guy – “Boiler Room London DJ Set”

Sunday easy listening grooving brought to you from Tall Black Guy on his Boiler Room London set. Lovely mix. Sounds like a nice crowd in attendance, too. Enjoy the music and vibes…and the FREE download.

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Jill Scott Covers Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” (Shining A Light Concert Performance) [Video]

Incredible performance by an incredibly beautiful impeccable singer. All to shine a light on the inexcusable. Billie Holiday’s poem with the tragic theme brought to song long ago. Brought to life on stage again by the incomparable Jill Scott. Watch and be moved… to act!

Morgan Freeman introduces Jill Scott’s full performance of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” from Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, presented by A&E Networks and iHeartMedia.

Your donations to the Fund will help to provide grants to those who are doing great work to raise awareness about the causes and effects of racial divisiveness, promote social and criminal justice reform, and help eliminate racial bias and discrimination.

Show your support by donating to the Fund for Progress on Race in America at


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Playlist Retreat 2015 (Full Length Documentary)

Nice! Shout to Tall Black Guy for this share. We posted on #PlayListRetreat a while ago; but it was pretty much a teaser. Check out the full-length video.

The Playlist Retreat is an intimate gathering of progressive artists for the purpose of inspiration, motivation and collaboration. It is an organic exchange between people who believe in the greater purpose of expression through music.

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Celebrate DJ Princess Cut’s Birthday this COOL Friday [ATL Event]

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If you party in Atlanta, GA or listen to the radio airwaves it’s a very good chance you have enjoyed DJ Princess Cut spinning the sounds for you to move to. Well here is your chance to celebrate with her because she is celebrating her Birthday this COOL Friday.

Yes it goes down 10/23/2015 at the Whiskey Peach at the W in Midtown 10p-3am. It’s going to be a party with special guest DJ sets. So get your dancing shoes ready and be ready to say happy birthday to one of the hardest working DJ’s in the game!


Eddie Murphy Accepts Mark Twain Prize And Does Bill Cosby Impression At Kennedy Center (Video)

Okay, it’s going to be some must-see TV on PBS on November 23, 2015. Comic legend Eddie Murphy was honored recently with the Mark Twain Prize; and PBS will broadcast the award show (recorded at the Kennedy Center) on that night. Most interesting is the title of the YouTube trailer, “Murphy Makes Cosby Jokes at Award Ceremony.”

On the one hand, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) was known for biting witticisms and tongue-in-cheek commentary; so joking on current events and taboo stuff would be par for his course, right? But focusing on Cosby controversy will get the poster some more hits… is what it is. On the other hand, the Cos jokes were an overwhelmingly small part of the clip. Most of the video features celeb admirers – including JB Smoove, a near teary-eyed Tracy Morgan, and best bud Arsenio Hall – there to celebrate a comedy idol.

The Bill Cosby jokes and impression, though, were hilarious. That’s a given. It’s Eddie. Plus, he’s been killing with the Cos play since “Raw.”

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Raekwon Speaks On Designing Sneakers & Possible Wu-Tang Biopic (Video)

Raekwon speaking on how a business opportunity led to the design of his Diadora N9000 shoes. See the interview above with him at the release event. He also talks about the possibility of a Wu-Tang Clan documentary or film; as ‘Straight Outta Compton’ opened that lane, documenting N.W.A. from back in the day.

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A Sean Price Tribute: Atlanta Celebrates The Life Of Sean P! Wednesday 8.19 @ the SoundTable

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 11.03.01 PMThe Hip Hop world is still mourning the passing of Sean Price. His music will live on forever and the lives of the people he touched as well. With that said he still leaves behind a wife and children and if you reside in Atlanta you have the chance to attend a cool event and help his family out as well. DJ Kerosene of The Coalition DJ’s has teamed up with Louisville Sluggah of OGC/Boot Camp Click to organize this tribute going down Wednesday August 19th at the Sound Table (485 Edgewood Ave SE Atlanta, GA). It will be hosted by Fort Knox & Louisville Sluggah $5 entry from 9pm-2am with proceeds going directly to Sean Price family. There will be original art of Sean Price on display along with Jeremy Avalon, DJ Dug Boogie, & Jaycee on the tables so this is official. Not to mention Kerosene will do a special Sean P tribute mix as well.

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Playlist Retreat 2015 (Video)

DJ Jazzy Jeff had Dayne Jordan, DJ Ferno, a few other noteworthies and a gang of up-and-comers link up at a collaborative music creation and appreciation get together. Now this looks like a great idea; and a great time!

The Playlist Retreat is an intimate gathering of progressive artists for the purpose of inspiration, motivation and collaboration. It is an organic exchange between people who believe in the greater purpose of expression through music.
DJ Jazzy Jeff


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The Bumbershoot Festival In Seattle September 5-7th, 2015

Summer is upon us which brings BBQ’s, pool parties, vacations and just enjoying nice weather.  The other great part of Summer is Music Festivals!  No shortage of great festivals across the nation of course we highlight local ones here in Atlanta.  Plenty of festivals in NY and along the East Coast are always highlighted but we want to show some love and invite you to check out a pearl of a festival up in the Pacific North West (Seattle to be exact)  called Bumbershoot!  This year’s festival taking place September 5,6, & 7th (Labor Day Weekend)  celebrates the 45th yr of Bumbershoot quite an accomplishment.  When you look at the many people who have played here it’s an amazing list ranging from Isaac Hayes to Beck from T.I. to The Black Keys from Public Enemy to George Clinton & Bootsy Collins.  That’s just a sample but it shows how diverse the lineups can be.  Last year we covered the festival providing exclusive content on the site.  Bringing you interviews with SZA, audio of J.Cole & Schoolboy Q performing and Wu Tang Clan who headlined the opening night of the festival!  We will be heading back again this year to see great acts like Flying Lotus, Jhene Aiko, Chance The Rapper, The Weeknd and many more.  Not just music there are seminars and a comedy & film branch of the festival.  CLICK HERE to see our posting from last year.  click after  the jump to see full lineup and think about making the trip to the great city of Seattle and enjoy great music!

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Tariq Nasheed’s ‘Code Of Conduct Tour’: Atlanta Q&A Session (Video)

National bestselling author and producer of critically acclaimed documentary series Hidden Colors”, Tariq Nasheed spoke in Atlanta recently at the Alliance Theater.  Tariq is currently on his “Code of Conduct Tour” where he started off in Philadelphia making a stop in Atlanta and finishing in Detroit July 18th.  I was in attendance for the lecture and it was information filled as Tariq gave the packed theater a set of codes that the African American community can put to use to empower the community.  This clip is from the Q&A he had after his speech and be on the lookout the full lecture that will be available for purchase soon Click Here to follow Tariq Nasheed for updates.

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Afropunk Fest Atlanta Begins October 3rd – 4th, 2015

unnamedWell AfroPunk is coming to the ATL. The festival that has created a great following and buzz starting out in NYC jus a decade ago is now coming to the dirty south. October 3rd & 4th 2015 they will take over Central Park Atlanta, GA with an incredible lineup. Just to name a few D’Angelo, Flying Lotus, Kaytranada, Public Enemy, and Lion Babe just to name a few. I know there is no need for me to even continue with the rest of the list you are already making plans now and Click Here for full list and more details!

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Swizz Beatz & Friends Show 100,000+ Fans And The World ‘I Love Haiti’ (Video)

“Putting together this concert was important to me because I wanted to provide the Haitian people a platform of hope and unity through music.”
Olivier Martelly, Big O Productions CEO

A little footage (above) and a few pictures (after the jump) to show Hip-Hop having big heart! Shout to the people of Haiti. Earthquakes & the thievery related to relief efforts, ethnic cleansing & racism in the Dominican Republic, persistent poverty and despair… and still the people of Haiti push through. That’s real.

That said, it’s only right to shine a light on artists who try to bring a little light into dark times for a people. Haiti’s Big O Productions brought multi-platinum artists Swizz Beatz (who partnered with Martelly to make this happen), Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne to join Haitian Artists T-Micky and Barikad Crew in Port-au-Prince to present a FREE six-hour concert event for the over 100,000 people that attended. Actress/Model Kate Upton, Haitian-American boxer Andre Berto and Def Jam records exec Bu Thiam were also in attendance.

“This was a very humbling experience,” said Swizz Beatz following the concert. “To see the number of Haitians come out during a time like this was amazing…. The energy was perfect.”
Swizz Beatz

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