Saturday, July 30, 2011

Since Being Released from Prison, the Rapper Shyne Is Celibate and Using No Profanity

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Music artist and ex-convict Shyne is apparently done sowing his wild oats. Perhaps it is better stated that when he tried to sow his wild oats, his crop failed horribly, so he decided to give it up. HipHopWiredreports, “After serving nearly 10 years in prison, the rapper was released in 2009, signed a new deal with Def Jam that didn’t start off so well, and was deported to Belize. Nowadays, Shyne who once made a living rhyming about sex, drugs and murder has decided to leave those lyrics in the past.” Providing further insight, TheJC.comreports:


Thursday, July 28, 2011

50 Cent Has Nasty Words for Bill O’Reilly

In response to an on-air conversation held by Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingram regarding rapper 50 cent and also the controversial events that took place in the past two years of the Chris Brown’s career.  The New York rapper took to Twitter to defend Chris Brown against Fox News’ attacks.  Right before the segment concluded, Bill declared that he would ‘love to have 50 Cent and Chris Brown on his show,’ which prompted 50 Cent’s response via Twitter: READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY →

Jay-Z and Kanye West Begin Their Power Tour

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Jay-Z and Kanye West are collaborating their great lyrical minds in a music venture that is to sweep the nation.  Entertainment Tonightreports that the two “have launched a new group, the Throne, and the duo will hit the road in a nationwide tour beginning in September.”


When a White Rapper Uses the N-Word, are We to Blame?

By JasmineHughes

With criticism growing by the day of a white female rapper’s use of the N-word (V-Nasty), people are beginning to speak out. Andy Milonakis,a white actor, who often imitates hip-hop culture, has decided to defend V-nasty’s use of the N-word.

On a clip posted on YouTube by the actor himself, Milonakis said, “My problem is people spinning their own f—–g idea of another human being that they don’t f—–g know. That to me is ignorant. Have you ever been to a ‘hood? Have you ever been to Atlanta, or East Oakland? Every race drops the N-bomb. You’re dissing someone who is on your team.”


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nicki Minaj to be the Newest Spokesperson for Viva Glam

By JasmineHughes

Mac Cosmetics has announced the new stars of its Viva Glam campaign, which benefits the MAC AIDS Fund. Along with Ricky Martin, rapper Nicki Minaj will be the newest spokesperson who will represent the 2012 Viva Glam campaign that will launch in February of next year.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Missy Elliot Spills the Beans on Childhood Sexual Abuse and Poverty

By JasmineHughes

Acclaimed rapper-producer Missy Elliott is now opening up about her painful childhood of poverty and sexual abuse.

In VH1’s latest episode of Behind The Music, which premiered earlier this summer, Elliott reveals that she grew up impoverished with her mother and father in Portsmouth,Virginia.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Rapper Vigalantee Makes Hot New Song about Police Brutality


The rapper Vigalantee (aka Roger Suggs) is tired of seeing police brutality devastating his community.  He is the founder of the “No Jangle Movement,” which advocates for enlightenment among African Americans, especially black men.   He has pushed thousands in the Kansas City, KS area to understand the role of black men and women to educate themselves, become politically empowered and to live with self-respect.



Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Death of the Auto-Coon: Intelligent Black People are Dangerous

Dangerous Negro, a company founded by black male graduates of some of the nation’s leading business schools (Harvard for one), stands against the notion that black men and black women are meant to be ignorant, club-hoppin, bottle-poppin, gun-tottin, shucking and jiving buffoons.  Our greatest destiny is not to relegate ourselves for the entertainment of others, but to instead seek a purpose that is worthy of the greatness and beauty of being black.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Dr. Boyce: A Quick and Powerful Example of the Psychological Power of Violent Hip-Hop Music

I received this email from a YBW member who’d read my article about BET’s acceleration and mass marketing of self-destructive imagery to the black community.  I think the story is a compelling example of how hip-hop can impact the minds of so many of our kids…I’ve personally seen this kind of thing myself – here is an excerpt of the man’s email, with names removed of course:


I remember my dear friend ******making an observation about an acquaintance from *******pistol whipping the mother of a friend and how ****, himself, had picked on him in middle school.  How the guy, who was only in his teens then, had only changed or "gotten bout-it" recently.  He literally alluded to the concept of the kid listening to a Master P album and trying to act it out, leading another friend at the table to directly quote C-Murder's line in No Limit Soldiers of "-transforming wimpy-ass niggas into killas".