Reflections from a Masculinity Panel, March 2015

Abdul Staten sat on a panel about how the idea of masculinity is hindering adolescent boys from blossoming into their authentic, non-violent, non-misogynistic, non-abusive selves.

Jay Z Speaks About The Positive Influence of Hip-Hop On Race Relations (Video)

Jay Z says “We’re more alike than we’re different.”

5 Inspiring Lessons From The Life Of Nas

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

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

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

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

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

Jay-Z’s Unconventional Marketing Clip Strikes Nerve

Check out this boundary breaking performance art piece.

Dear Jay Z: Please Save Chris Brown

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

Stop Complaining About So-Called ‘Weird’ Baby Names

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

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

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

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

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

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

60 Reasons to be Proud in 2012

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