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Pitchfork Announces Artist Talks with Solange, Vince Staples and Chance The Rapper

Pitchfork has announced the next installment of their “In Sight Out” artist talk series will take place at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. This go round, the series that “covers new perspectives in music, art, and culture” will feature in-depth conversation with Chance The Rapper, Vince Staples and Saint Heron’s fearless leader Solange. Solange’s “In…

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Audio: Ravyn Lenae, “Spice” (Remix) Feat. Smino

Just about everyone has their sights on one of the midwest’s most creative cities right now. So as fellow Chicagoans Ravyn Lenae and Smino grace us with their latest collaboration, we’re ensuring our eyes stay fixed. Having impressed a whole new audience with her unique style and kaleidoscopic consistency, Ravyn’s Midnight Moonlight EP was an…

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Jay-Z Gives First Interview Since the Release of ‘4:44’

In the first interview since the release of his thirteenth studio album, Jay-Z gives us a glimpse into the thought process that birthed the now platinum 4:44. Hov and the guys of RapRadar discussed everything from the early stages and building ideas with No I.D., to the intention behind 4:44‘s visual shorts. The interview is…

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Noname Announces “Everything Is Everything” Tour

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing a little over a year ago when Noname‘s debut project Telefone was released. I also remember feeling a certain closeness to her lyrics and the organically relaxed approach with which she delivered them. The Chicago-hailing emcee is an artist by nature it seems, and…

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Watch the Trailer for PBS Docuseries ‘Raising Bertie’ Executive Produced by J. Cole

J. Cole has executive produced a docuseries and it’s coming to PBS beginning Monday, August 28th. Raising Bertie follows the lives of Reginald “Junior” Askew, Davonte “Dada” Harrell, and David “Bud” Perry “…as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina.” Filmed over the course of six years, the series is…

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ICYMI: Yara Shahidi’s Essay on Hollywood Inclusivity and Activism is a Must Read

The incredibly brilliant and exceptionally gorgeous Yara Shahidi penned a paramount essay for i-D that is not only timely, but also of universal importance. Though young, the Black-ish star is a giant among today’s activists who selflessly and unwearyingly uses her voice to educate others as she expands her own knowledge. In this latest piece,…

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Jamila Woods & Chance The Rapper Unveil “LSD” Visual

The altruistic and artistic Jamila Woods has shared an affecting new visual for the Chance The Rapper-assisted “LSD.” A Chicago native, Woods’ affection for her city and the community’s youth align perfectly with fellow Chicagoan Chance’s hometown pride. The two who also share an inspiring passion to maintain art’s relevance and access to children and…

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Audio: Sunni Colón, “Little Things” (Produced by KAYTRANADA)

This summer was packed with new music as hot as it’s beloved weather and now as we prepare to welcome the approaching autumnal breeze, Sunni Colón is swooping in just in time with a new single. While the LA-based singer croons a plea in favor of love’s too-often-overlooked “Little Things,” KAYTRANADA’s groovy synths get to…

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Kelela Announces ‘Take Me Apart’ Tour

Kelela has already made the wait for her new music well worth it and is maintaining that streak as she continues to unravel the gift that keeps on giving. On the heels of her dazzling performance in the visual for “Let Me Know,” the singer-songwriter has announced a 26-date Take Me Apart Tour. Kicking off…

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Janelle Monae & Amandla Stenberg Discuss Racism, Hollywood and More for Teen Vogue

For Volume III of Teen Vogue‘s Icons issue, Janelle Monae and Amandla Stenberg open up in a candid chat about their friendship and their respective icon statuses. Their obvious, striking beauty aside, both queens are artists, actresses and activists whose tireless efforts to fight back against racial, social and even creative injustices have already begun…

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ICYMI: Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland Inks Deal with Netflix

Shonda Rhimes, Primetime television’s super hero, has inked a deal with Netflix. And while congratulatory praises are in order for Rhimes as she continues to soar beyond some of the highest peaks, we’re certain Netflix knows they’re really fortunate to have the creator and producer, as well her Shondaland production company, in their corner. Deadline…

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Lupita Nyong’o Stars in Video for Jay-Z’s James Blake-assisted “MaNyfaCedGod”

Today, Jay-Z drops off the latest visual short story from the still buzz worthy 4:44, this time for bonus track “MaNyfaCedGod.” In the video for the James Blake-assisted cut, actress/real life beauty queen Lupita Nyong’o stars as a voiceless speaker box for Hov’s candid introspection. Humbly transparent lyrics narrate Nyong’o’s poetry in motion before her performance…

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