'Bling' follows hip-hop's ownÂ RaekwonÂ & Paul Wall, as well as reggaeton starÂ Tego CalderÃ³nÂ on their April 2006 voyage toÂ Sierra LeoneÂ to gain insight into the country's diamond export industry.Â
From 1900 to 1960, Hollywood’s greatest animators and biggest studios produced more than 600 cartoon shorts featuring black characters. These films reflected the racial stereotypes of the pre–Civil Rights Era, portraying blacks as less than human and as minstrel caricatures. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early 1970s that Saturday morning television cartoons featured black animated characters in a positive and realistic manner. Funky Turns 40, from the Museum of Uncut Funk, explores these black animated characters and the impact they had on a generation of young folk. Find more info HERE
Black History Month is halfway gone, and on the eve of this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend, we thought we would examine the rich history of Basketball and Hip-Hop.
Big L was murdered on the very streets where he grew up. He was shot 9 times in the head and chest on February 15, 1999. R.I.P. http://hiphopsmithsonian.com/big-l/
Yesterday, just in time for Valentine’s Day, J. Cole releasedÂ the ‘She Knows’ video via Twitter from his Born Sinner Album. (artwork by Craig Kulig)
Kanye West has made his first featured guest appearance in two years on Rick Ross’ new track “Sanctified” off the upcoming album, Mastermind. According to Consequence of Sound, the 16-track album was previewed at a listening party in New York last night. Someone recorded a snippet of the new song and posted it to Instagram.