New Music: Jay Z “Spiritual”

July 8th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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In the midst of the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Jay Z drops a pre-recorded song that speaks to whats going on. Read the rest of this entry »

R.I.P. Lor Scoota: Why Can’t the Shining Star Reach Its Peak?

June 30th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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(Lor Scoota via Instagram)

“Instead of moving out of the ‘hood, let’s make the ‘hood what we desire it to be.”-Minister Louis Farrakhan

That was a meme posted to Tyriece “Lor Scoota” Watson’s Instagram page on March 13, 2016. The Baltimore rap star went on to tell a commenter on the post:

“yea ‘trying get out the city’ as in not be a local rapper forever. . . but I will never leave my city and not come back when I say “it’s no turning back” that mean never go back to the me I was when I ain’t have shit because I can’t take care of my mother if I was the same me I was when I ain’t have shit.”

On June 25, 2016, Lor Scoota was tragically murdered in that same city. Read the rest of this entry »

The Minstrel Show’s Back Performing at Hip-Hop’s Theatre . . . For a Limited Time Only

June 28th, 2016 written by mdotcooper


(Left: Post Malone via Instagram, right: Al Jolson)

Written By Matthew J. Cooper

When the Negro Was in Vogue

Langston Hughes wrote about it in 1940. In his autobiography, The Big Sea, the poet brilliantly dissects the dichotomy of the Harlem Renaissance; an artistic movement that was created for the progression of African Americans would soon be infiltrated by an influx of Whites.

Little Brother wrote about it in 2005. When my elder brother brought home the North Carolina hip-hop trio’s second album, The Minstrel Show, it served as a harsh yet refreshing sonic-delineation of hip-hop’s status quo. And while the album’s focus was more on Black people portraying themselves in a negative light, the title alone was enough to be prophetic of what was to come. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Athletes And The Intricate Matter Of Race

June 28th, 2016 written by Native Sun

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During a conversation last year with NPR, NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke candidly about his wokeness. Over the course of his nearly 50 years as a celebrated athlete, Abdul-Jabbar has engaged in the ever-evolving discussion of cultural awareness and the fight for civil rights, and, since his retirement from basketball, he has written eloquently about these subjects extensively. Read the rest of this entry »

New Trailer: Tupac Shakur Biopic “All Eyez On Me”

June 16th, 2016 written by Native Sun

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Today would have been Tupac Shakur’s 45th birthday. To recognize one of the most influential entertainers to have ever lived, the filmmakers have released the trailer to the highly-anticipated biopic All Eyes On Me. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghosts Never Die: Season Three of “Power” Premiers July 17th

June 11th, 2016 written by Native Sun

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Ghost back! Starz has recognized the success of the gritty drama Power, created by Courtney Kemp Agboh and executive produced by 50 Cent. Read the rest of this entry »

New Music: Usher “Crash”

June 10th, 2016 written by Native Sun

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Music industry veteran Usher has released the second single, Crash, from his forthcoming album Flawed. Usher’s first single, No Limit, featured Young Thug and was exclusively released on Tidal yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

“If Donald Trump Is Elected President, I’m Moving”

June 6th, 2016 written by mdotcooper


Written By Matthew J. Cooper

For a long time I thought it was a joke. When Donald John Trump announced his candidacy for the 2016 United States presidential election in June 2015, I figured he was looking to set a new personal record of his greatest troll yet. I mean, really, come on . . . president? Leader of the free world? I can’t recall a time that I’ve heard Trump speak and didn’t instinctively think of Frank Caliendo’s dead-on impersonation of him. Or when Mexican drug lord El Chapo escaped from prison, for the second time, last year and it was rumored that he was looking to settle a score with the business magnate — via a $100 million bounty — social media’s finest ran amok with memes. Then there’s the one thing that’s been the subject of much speculation and amusement for years; the crown jewel of Trump’s comedic appeal—his hair. But when April Fools’ Day came and went with no suspension of his campaign, the jokes got less and less funny. When Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race on May 3 making Trump the presumptive GOP nominee, the joke was over. Read the rest of this entry »

Float Like a Butterfly, Ali (1942-2016)

June 4th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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Written By Matthew J. Cooper

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.” -Muhammad Ali, 1964

Legends never die. Especially ones that were born with wings. From its inception, the monarch butterfly generally takes about four weeks to get its wings. From the day Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942, until the day he made his transition on June 3, 2016, he floated. And while “The Greatest” is no longer with us in his physical form, the legacy that he left will forever live on. Read the rest of this entry »