Chicago rapper G Herbo recently dropped his latest project ‘Humble Beast’. He had a private listening at the famed CRC Studios and discussed the project and how he is here to change lives.
The latest person to break the internet is rapper Young Joc of “It’s Goin Down” fame. He was recently spotted standing beside a black SUV wearing a glamorous blue dress (with sequins). Joc is not new to surprising his fans with new looks in 2016 he sported a hairdo that would put Anita Baker to shame. (Ole You Bring Me Joy lookin azz).
Whats really interesting about the most recent pic is that it provides little context. Joc provides some context via instagram and says what people see is “internet manipulation”. He then begins to speak on all the great things he has going on as if it provides the context we are all looking for.
What do you think about Young Joc’s latest stunt? Talk about it in the comments below.
Rolling Out presents the Rolling Out Innovation Digital Entertainment (RIDE) RIDE conference 2017 in Atlanta. The Black lifestyle publication is providing an opportunity for millennials and professionals to come and learn from industry leaders and disrupters. The 2 day conference runs from September 22nd to September 23rd at the Loudermilk Convention center.
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Rolling Out has collaborated with digital technology brands to create a national Media and Business Technology Innovation Conference that delivers and reaches influencers, creatives and young professionals.
The list of speakers is serious, most notably Munson Steed of Steed Media and founder of Rolling Out, music mogul Master P and Grammy nominated artist Ryan Leslie. The event has been coined as a celebration of progressive thought leaders where the BLERDS, Afro-Bohos, artists & artisans, moguls, authors and auteurs converge.
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A few months after his latest release Rather You Than Me Rick Ross drops a visual from one of the stand out tracks on the project “Santorini Greece”. Ross brings us the visual from Greece and it’s a beautiful as it is opulent. Check out the visual below.
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LAURYN HILL SHOWED UP! The Powernomics tour featuring Lauryn Hill and Nas was launched in Chicago recently at Northerly Island outdoor concert venue. The cool late summer night brought out a sea of Gen X’ers excited to see two of the best lyricists hip hop has given the world. Scrolling social media the mention of the Nas show drew excitement; however the elimination of one obvious name did not go unnoticed. Lauryn has had her share of troubles. Tax issues, jail time and music industry woes have been a thorn in the side of the multi Grammy winning artist. Showing up late and sometimes not showing up at all for performances have affected fans to the point where it may feel like rolling dice to buy tickets to one of her shows.
Having Nas as a co-headliner can’t hurt your chances of selling tickets and if Lauryn doesn’t show at least you got a Nas performance. That was something the fans didn’t have to worry about this time. After an amazing reggae filled opening set by Chronixx Nas hit the stage with an excitement that drove the fans bezerk. He did a few songs and disappeared off the stage then the backdrop started to fill up with emotionally jarring photos from across the world. One of the photos was of Miss Hill. The anticipation was high. The band played at a feverish pitch until the moment Lauryn came out and the crowd erupted.
If you are expecting Ms Hill to perform any of her songs from “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” you will get that, the only difference is that the songs will not sound like anything you have heard from the album. There is speculation that the songs are not performed with their original production because of legal issues. Instead Hill has opted for rapid fire production laced with African rhythms. The background singers and the band deliver amazing performances as Lauryn blazes the microphone mercilessly. My only suggestion to Ms. Hill is that she do the verse to “Many Mic’s” acapella.
Nas returned to the stage to perform “The World is Yours” and “Hate Me Now” then Lauryn joined him to perform “If I Ruled The World”. Nas was engaged with the audience while Ms Hill found some issue with the sound while they sang. With that being said it was great to see these two legends perform some of the greatest songs ever written and it was even greater that Lauryn Hill showed up and showed out.
Take a look at a few pics from the show below.
The 28th Annual African Festival of the Arts in Chicago was buzzing with culture recently. Precise came through and rocked the World Stage. Check it Out!
Sway's Universe broadcast live from the Chop Shop in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago during Lalapalooza weekend. Sway has partnered with Toyota to bring about "The Music Mix". We spoke to him about his partnership with Toyota, his thoughts on the industry and Kanye West. Check out what he had to say.
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It has been about a year since former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick started his silent protest of the national anthem due to the oppression of Black people and police brutality. The protest went unnoticed in the beginning and it didn't gain notice until the third preseason game. Since then, Kaepernick's protest has become a national conversation about racism and has ultimately cost him a job in the NFL. Players and owners alike are having conversations about whether his presence would be a major distraction to a team. In the meantime, admitted woman beaters and drunkards continue to play.
Last year, Kaepernick donated $1 million of his NFL salary. He also donated all the royalties he received from his jersey sales. One hundred thousand dollars has been donated each month for the past 10 months. He also donated 100K to Meals on Wheels and Somalia Famine Charities. In January, he donated 25K to the Center for Reproductive Rights and 25K to the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. One look at Kaepernick's website and you will see that this year he has benefited many organizations around the country with his most recent donation of 25K going to a group out of Chicago called Assata's Daughters. Kaepernick has also started the Know Your Rights Camp, a free campaign for youth fully funded by him to help raise awareness of higher education, self-empowerment, and for training on to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.
The fact that no team has picked up Kaepernick is not only ridiculous but gives credence to the racism that is embedded in the fabric of our country. Kaepernick is not a bum when it comes to his skill. In 2012, he stepped into a starting position with the 49ers and led them to a Super Bowl that they lost to the Ravens. He has missed the playoffs for the past three years but is fully capable of being an NFL quarterback. The backlash is unwarranted but has proven beneficial to those on the receiving end of Kaepernick's philanthropy. His protest is due to the oppression of Black people and police brutality. He is directly affecting change with his actions and for this reason, I hope he never plays in the NFL ever again. The work is with the people. This is where he should be.
In recent news, Mike Vick, a convicted felon, said Colin should cut his hair to get back in the NFL. Ray Lewis who was once charged with two counts of murder had this to say to Kaepernick "The football field is our sanctuary," Lewis posted on his Twitter account. "If you do nothing else, young man, get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself. And what you do off the field, don't let too many people know, because they gonna judge you anyway, no matter what you do, no matter if it's good or bad."
Kaepernick met with the press early on during his protest to provide an explanation for his actions:
"I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there's [a] significant change and I feel that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand. This stand wasn't for me. This is because I'm seeing things happen to people that don't have a voice, people that don't have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change. So I'm in the position where I can do that and I'm going to do that for people that can't.It's something that can unify this team. It's something that can unify this country. If we have these real conversations that are uncomfortable for a lot of people. If we have these conversations, there's a better understanding of where both sides are coming from. I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family [members], I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That's not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn't holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That's something that's not happening. I've seen videos, I've seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That's not right," said Kaepernick, addressing reporters at a 49ers preseason press conference.
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The 14th annual Silver Room Block Party still has Chicago on a love high. Check out a few sights and sounds from the legendary summer event held in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Kodak Black needs a PR rep and media training immediately. He is still at the stage in his life where he thinks not having a filter is cool. He hasn’t grasped the concept of speaking your mind without offending others. Kodak has had his share of run-ins with the law and was just recently released from jail. I guess now that he is free he has decided to say what he wants.
Social media has a way of giving you the illusion that you can say what you want. For example, about a week ago someone asked Kodak on his Instagram live what he thought about KeKe Palmer. “Keke Palmer, she straight, I’d bag her, but I don’t really like black girls like that, sorta kinda.” Kodak said.
Of course Kodak got destroyed on Twitter and because he was being attacked he went back to social media to clarify his stance right before he deleted his instagram “I love Black African American women its just not my forte to deal with a “darskin” woman I prefer them to have a lighter complexion than me #MyPreference #F**kYou,” I’m sure that worked exactly how he wanted to, but just to make sure while he was at a basketball game and some publication gave him another opportunity to make things right he says “If [a man] can say he like skinny women, if he prefers skinny women more than a chubby or heavy-set woman, he can say that and nobody will get mad at him,” he said. “I can say that I don’t like women with my complexion, I like light skin women, I want you to be lighter than me. I love African-American women, but I don’t like my skin complexion.”
Then he says “We too gutter. Black people, my complexion, we too gutter,” he said. “Light skin women, they’re more sensitive. [Dark skin women], they too tough. Light skin women, we can break ‘em down more easy.”
Now the founder of “The Slut Walk” Amber Rose is all hurt because she was so pretty and light skin when she was younger that it ruined her life and we should all come together as one color and sing bad and bougie in unison.
In all truth, I don’t have any opinion on how Kodak Black or how Amber Rose feels. I have more of an opinion on what makes them feel the way that they do. I take issue with people acting like all of this is brand new. Ummmm…we live in America, where according to the Guardian and data collected for The Counted, Black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year. This is the same country where Bill Maher’s mention of the word House Nigger stirs up controversy because he used the word Nigger, but let’s be real if Bill was black he’d be light skin and probably would be a House Nigger and he would be happy about it.
This is the same country where certain Black Greek organizations would used what is called the brown paper bag test to determine who their members would be.
You can scan social media on any given day and see someone being accused of being light skin meaning acting weak, or shady, or whatever definition fits at the moment. Those same platforms may say some one is acting dark skin meaning being aggressive, tough and mean. It’s all just jokes until a celebrity says it then everybody is all up in arms.
Colorism did not start with Kodak Black. He is a victim of it. So much so that he doesn’t even realize how he is perpetuating self hate by sharing a preference for a skin tone based on how he thinks someone with a darker skin tone acts.
Miss me with the fake outrage about what Kodak said and let’s deal with how racism how clearly made us so sick that we don’t even love ourselves and the skin that we are in properly.
There has been a race of people in this world who have conquered, colonized, raped and pillaged and they would pass the brown paper bag test with flying colors. So who is really gutta?
It’s time we deal with this head on. And in the words of Posdanus from De La Soul “I know this so I point at Q-Tip and he states Black is Black.”
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