5 Inspiring Lessons From The Life Of Nas

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Life lessons from hip-hop’s biggest wildcard EVER, Nas.

Three Reasons Why No One Is Scared of Rap Music Any Longer

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Years ago, rap music was the edgiest, scariest genre of American popular music. Now? Not so much. Here’s why.

The Paranoia of Not Being a Good Dad

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The terrifying truth about marriage and fatherhood is that you don’t know if you’re going to suck at it until you’re already committed. Nate Bagley explores his fears.

35 Years Ago ‘Superman The Movie’ Made Us Believe a Man Could Fly

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Greg Simms celebrates the anniversary of the first great superhero movie.

Jay-Z’s Unconventional Marketing Clip Strikes Nerve

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Check out this boundary breaking performance art piece.

Dear Jay Z: Please Save Chris Brown

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Chris Brown needs a strong role model to make him a better man.

Stop Complaining About So-Called ‘Weird’ Baby Names

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Joanna Schroeder thinks it’s high time we realize that diversity is good for society, even when it comes to unusual baby names like Pilot Inspektor and North West.

Without Belafonte and Stevie Wonder There Would Be No Jay-Z and Lil Mo

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Jay-Z may say it’s his time now, but Lincoln Anthony Blades insists that the legends who paved the way for today’s Black artists deserve a lot more respect.

The Most Racist Thing That Ever Happened

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Jackie Summers has identified the most troubling thing about racism these days: no one ever admits to being racist.

The Second Coming of Kanye West

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On “Yeezus” the famous egotist owns up to his misogyny, worries endlessly, and finally admits he’s not a perfect man

‘Gatsby,’ F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Murphys: Amanda Vaill Connects the Dots

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Who was Gatsby? A neighbor of the Fitzgeralds reports on the lifestyles of the young and beautiful Golden Couple in the 1920s.

Open Thread: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Expecting

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What is it about celebrities that make an announcement like a baby international front-page news?

60 Reasons to be Proud in 2012

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Coming out in Hollywood in 2012 became a casual affair. Gone were the days of the “I’m Gay” cover photo.

Opposites Attract, To a Point

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He likes Criterion Collection films; she likes X-Factor.

Cory Booker’s Got 99 Problems

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…but your ditch ain’t one.

The Obama Effect and Same-Sex Marriage Equality

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What are the biggest factors causing Black voters to support same-sex marriage?