Happy Birthday Harriet – (Video) ‘I Am Moses’ sang by Joelle Lamarre

Happy Birthday, Harriet Tubman. Thank you for your courage for your boldness and for your determination. You risked your life to free thousands many times over. Today we honor you and your legacy and hope that we continue to move with the wind at our backs with freedom as the destination.

Watch Joelle Lamarre as Harriet Tubman singing “I Am Moses” from Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom an opera in two acts by Nkeiru Okoye (composer/librettist)


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Chance The Rapper talks about his daughter, his Grammys and Kanye at MCA

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Chance The Rapper recently appeared at the MCA in Chicago to take part in a discussion series called “In Sight Out”. It’s an in depth dive into the artist and has featured other artists like Solange Knowles and Mick Jenkins.

Adrienne Samuels Gibbs conducted the interview and dove right into the convo. The discussion meandered from topics such as Art collection, God, Kanye and SNL.

Chance spoke passionately about his SNL experience because of what it meant to him as a child. He was so involved in the process and takes pride in what he was able to bring to the table with the help of his friends.

We were able to ask Chance about an extremely poignant and emotional moment in his career. The 3 time Grammy award winner was unboxing his awards with his family present. His daughter helped him unpack the awards and in a highly touching moment she hugged her dad and Chance began to cry.

We asked Chance why he was so emotional in that moment. “It was such a big moment for me, I purposely didn’t sign (a record deal) and kept saying no to amounts of money that I knew I wouldn’t see for a long time because I just thought it would be cool for somebody to say I got the Grammy without a label. I got them and I’m holding the Grammy that weighs around seven to ten pounds in one hand and my daughter who is about thirty pounds and I stood there as a scale for a moment and feel the weight of my daughter and how much more important she is. It broke me down. I think it was meant for me to get three Grammys at one time, because if I had one, I’d probably be too thirsty for more. I got them in abundance so that I could see that there were many of them but there is only one Kensli.” said Chance

When asked about the recent school closings in Chicago and the new $95 million dollar Police Academy that is being built, Chance had this to say


“I feel cheated, I feel angry. I feel vengeful. There are people who are not nameless. You grow up feeling like you are fighting against “the man” or faceless entity of people who are out to get you. But these people have names. Rahm is on that (closing schools) Thats just what it is and their is no way to hide it. This is the third group closing of schools since 2013. We don’t have to dance around it. I see the inequality, I see the unfairness, I see the violation of our city, I see the sscathing department of justice review from our police department. The same one that murdered Fred Hampton. I’m seeing that this a fucked up system and this is me entering myself into it to change it all. I’m here. I’m posted. I am not going anywhere. I’m going to live in Chicago till the day I die. I’m going to travel, I’m going to do some tours so I can get that bag and then Imma lobby for y’all.”


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(Video) ‘I Dream. I Manifest’ by Chicago Artist United


Chicago Artist United the brainchild of Mbombock “Lambe” Songo came together to produce this inspiring and motivational project called “I Dream. I Manifest!” The song features Precise, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, John The Author, Black Ice, Asielah, B1 Black Swagga, Limitless Soundz, Bambaye, Toiné, Bakar, and Lambe.

The message of the video is to bring your dreams to life. The music video/documentary speaks to creating this reality. Check it out below.

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Why Malcolm X is not Killmonger

When I was growing up I would hear the name Malcolm X and immediately think radical revolutionary, “By any means necessary” and that he was the total opposite of Dr. King. What many of us fail to see is that Malcolm X is an example of growth and spiritual awareness. His journey was public and he was brave enough to share it with the world.

We do a disservice to the legacy of Malcolm when we liken what he has done or his stance to fictional characters. In the spotlight of the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther there are those who liken the anti-hero Killmonger portrayed by Michael B. Jordan as a representation of Malcolm. Killmonger may have a passion for his people but he is fueled by vengeance and is a murderer. That was not Malcolm.

Upon his return from Mecca, Malcolm became enlightened and recognized that spiritually we are one under the umbrella of the creator. This did not make him less adamant about fighting for freedom for our people, it provided insight and made him aware that this fight for freedom is for ALL people.

50 years ago Malcolm X was murdered in Harlem. We remember this day with reverence and insight. Physically he is not with us but the spirit of his enlightenment, his courage to challenge the status quo and stand by his ideals will always be with us. We honor him for this. Thank you Malcolm.


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(Video) Drake shows us ‘God’s Plan’

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Drake irks the hell out of me, but right now I can say he’s my favorite rapper. A few weeks ago the rap crooner dropped a 2 song EP called Scary Hours The song ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ broke streaming records but in my opinion, the song ‘God’s Plan’ is the standout single.

Drake recently dropped the video for God’s Plan. The video opens with a statement “ The Budget for this video was $996,631.90. WE GAVE IT ALL AWAY. Don’t tell the label.” Therein lies the beauty of this video. Drake spends his time blessing residents of Miami with money. He bought groceries for a supermarket full of people, blessed a high-school student with a 50k scholarship to high school and a few other super generous and amazing things.

Drake has been relatively quiet since July of last year but 2018 has proven to be quite different. He’s dropped a guest verse on ‘Walk it Like I Talk It’ off the Migos’ latest release Culture II. “Look Alive’ by BlocBoy JB and Drake is currently streaming everywhere and the people are anticipating the new album.

The video was filmed in Miami over a course of three days. Drake had this to say via Instagram “Last 3 days were the best I have had in a very long time…there’s nothing like seeing people experience a joyful moment when you can tell they need it the most.”

Say what you want about this Canadian child star turned American rap star, one thing you can say is that his heart is in the right place.

Miami came up on this one let’s pray these good vibes spread across the nation.

Peep the video below. Get your tissues out for this one cause it’s a tear jerker.

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Will Smith has something to say about his son Jaden being an ‘Icon’

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About 2 months ago Jaden Smith son of mega-stars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith released the visual for his song “Icon” off of his latest release Syre.The song is high energy and a gold-clad, gold tooth Jaden stands in front of a Tesla Model X with the back doors up as he does his best Micheal Jackson impersonation. Being the son of one of the most beloved men in the world can’t be easy. Being able to carve out a niche for yourself has to be harder. Jaden has managed to grow into a legitimate star on his own merits and by the looks of it, he is not the fresh prince. Jaden is using his stardom and star power to change the world. He started an environmentally conscious water company and just like the video for “Icon” his flows are on point. Check it out below.

It is no secret where Jaden’s well of talent is derived from. His father Will won the first Hip-Hop Grammy with his partner Jazzy Jeff and blossomed into a bonafide megastar. Not to be outdone Will did a cover of his son’s video. Let’s just say it’s exactly what you expect from him. Of course it’s hilarious and in the end, it turns out that it’s just a dad being proud of his son. “Hey Diggy 100 million streams, congratulations man 100 million, congrats, I love you,” says Will Smith as he gushes with pride. Smith surfaced on Instagram in December of last year and already has some legendary posts for the gram. Will has been making a resurgence of sorts since the release of the Netflix movie “Bright” that received scathing reviews from the press and mixed reviews from the public.  One thing for sure Will has not lost it, his parody of Jaden’s song has over 2 million views. Check it out below.


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Black Girl Magic at the SAG awards


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The annual screen actors guild SAG awards are in full regalia right now. I’m not seeing too much representation when it comes to melanin, but what else is new. One thing for sure what we may lack in recognition will never diminish the commanding beauty of our sisters. I know Anthony Anderson agrees. Take a look.


Yara Shahidi





Halle Berry


Mary J. Blige


Niecy Nash


Tracee Ellis-Ross



Marsai Martin



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5 reasons why you should support Mo’nique


Mo’nique appeared on the internet recently asking that we boycott Netflix because of gender bias and race bias. The long and short of it is Netflix offered Monique and Oscar Award winner 500k to do a comedy special after paying Amy Schumer a white woman comic 13 million for hers.

For the past few years, Mo’nique has ostracized herself from the industry for speaking her truth and calling out Black Hollywood’s elite by name. Oprah, Tyler Perry, and Lee Daniels are her main targets. Because of this Mo’nique says she has been blackballed. This recent lowball offer made by Netflix is the most recent example of Monique’s treatment from the industry.

In recent news, it has been reported that Black-Ish star Tracee Ellis-Ross is getting paid substantially less than her male co-star Anthony Anderson and she has threatened to make fewer appearances on the show. She is being supported by the #TimesUp movement.

The #TimesUp movement was created to address sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. Whats makes Mo’nique’s situation different than Tracee Ellis-Ross.

After watching Mo’nique’s explanation on Sway in the Morning I’ve come up with 5 reasons that we should support Mo’nique.

5. The Parkers


Mo’nique played a single mom who decided to go back to school and change her life. The in again off again tension between her and Mr. Olgivie is worth the price of admission.

4. Her Weightloss


Witnessing how much weight she has lost since the beginning of her career is pretty amazing. This is coming from a woman who at one point had a disdain for “skinny bitches”

3. Her performance at the 2003 BET Awards

Plus size women  and BBW’s across the country were jumping out of their seats as Mo’nique performed Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love”

2. Precious


Mo’nique got paid 50k to do an independent film. She embodied and bodied her role so well that she won an Oscar for it. However, since that has happened she’s been treated like an up and coming artist struggling to be noticed for her obvious talent.

1. Black Unity


This may not be the issue for you. Maybe you are not a Mo’nique fan. I get that. Over the course of the past 5 years, we have seen public lynchings of some of our best and brightest with the support of Black people.

What makes Mo’nique’s gripe any different than any other woman’s grip from the #timesup movement? At what point do we really start supporting our own? Right now we don’t have the leisure of watching us get picked off from a balcony every other month. If this is not issue for you so be it, but we have to come together for real for us to shake this mental illness and start building some real influence.


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Chicago rapper Fredo Santana dead at 27


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Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has died at the age of 27. In October of 2017 Fredo whose real name is Derrick Coleman announced on Instagram that he was hospitalized due to kidney failure.

“Been in here since Friday doctor say a n***a had kidney failure an liver failure,” he wrote. “I’m getting back to normal sorry to all my fans turbo bandana will not be dropping tomorrow due to my health issues thanks for everyone who prayed for a n***a I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy.”

Fredo is the cousin of fellow rapper Cheif Keef and rose to prominence in 2012. Fredo was in the process of recording and dropping his latest effort Walking Legend 2.He released his latest mixtape Fredo Kruger 2 in the fall of last year.

TMZ reported that Fredo was found dead on the floor of his LA home by his girlfriend. News of Fredo’s death has swept social media.

Lil B the Based God had this to say via Twitter

“Let one off in the air for fredo santana !! For life they cudnt stop that man SSR for life CHICAGO for life Chief Keef chop durk Reese Gino sd the whole Chicago what it do joe we living it up joe Chicago joe for life too fredo”

There is speculation that the drug known as “Lean” which has been known to cause seizures was the source of Fredo’s health problems. Fredo eluded to his drug use and mentioned that he may go to rehab because of it. “Hopefully I can be the face to sho n***as to slow down an we got our whole life ahead of us fuck being rock stars gettin high I got ptsd,” he said. “I was running from my old life tryna get high didn’t want to face them demons…I’m getting help I might just go to rehab.” he said on Twitter

Fredo is survived by his son Legend who was born last year.


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