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As a first-generation Black American who was born in the US, and whose parents grew up in Ethiopia, Burna Boy’s latest album, African Giant, feels especially significant to me. On one hand, as a young girl, I grew up with different kinds of traditional Ethiopian music being played in our house. This included music from...
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In 2013, a video of an 18-year-old college student went viral as she battled alongside male counterparts in a rap cypher. Three years after rapping on a rooftop carpark in Houston, Texas, the student would compete in the annual Houston Cypher, proclaiming to viewers, “Name a b*tch you know who f**king with my flow,” over...
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1990s hip-hop greats Salt-N-Pepa, TLC and Missy Elliot traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to Cuba not by airplane or boat but through radio waves. The signal may have been weak, but the message and influence were strong. Afro-Cubans in Alamar gathered to listen to the few hip-hop stations that they could pick up from America...
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In memoriam of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who helped us liberate our minds and bodies, groove on the dance floor, reminded us of our responsibility to community and celebrate spirituality all at the same damn time, a Spotify playlist to take you on a similar ride. And if you prefer Apple Music? Rest,...
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