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ILL COMMUNITY ALERT: R.I.P. Nibs Ra

The Ill Community is a family. A collection of people from different walks of life who share ideas, sare dreams, share laughs, and unfortunately occasionally share loss.  Recently the Ill Community tragically lost one of its strongest contributors.  Marquis Logan was a frequent and well thought of contributor to this community we share.   Many… Read more »

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ELECTION ’08: Potomac Pounding

Hillary Clinton has either run out of tricks in her political bag, or she’s having a nervous breakdown. For the third time, in about as many weeks, Clinton has teared up this time at a rally in Maine. Out of the three times that she’s bawled though, this one might be the most honest. Why?… Read more »

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The Victimhoodization Of Amy Winehouse

Let’s see… She can’t find a good man worth a damn. Self-destructive substance habits. Parties too much. Needs love, settles for sex. Always dipped in gaudy apparel. Loud. Daddy complex. Drama is her best friend… Engages in old-sounding soul music stylings as a catharsis. Hmmm… I liked Amy Winehouse much, much better when her name… Read more »

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Black History Now: Obama > Racism?

On January 3, 2008 Barack Obama, a junior senator from Illinois defeated Senator Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in the Iowa Democratic primary to become the first African-American to win that state. Iowa’s population is 98% white. Later, during Super Tuesday, Senator Obama would go on to win other white dominated states such as Connecticut,… Read more »

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ELECTION ’08: Super Tuesday Aftermath

Election ’08: Super Tuesday Edition   First off, anyone who tells you that they know what happened on Tuesday  is probably full of it, especially if they’re this guy. The last episode of the Sopranos had more closure than Super Tuesday. Five people went in and five came out with no clear favorite, but one… Read more »

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Talib Kweli: Why I Support Barack Obama

It is the last year of the Bush administration and thank God. I usually rail against being described as simply “political rapper”, and I haven’t voted since Bill Clinton first ran for President. I was following the tradition that Black Americans have had of voting for democrats since we got the right in 1964 (temporarily)…. Read more »

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The Scene: ESPN NEXT/CROWN ROYAL SUPERBOWL PARTY

When Crown Royal and ESPN do it up, excess is nowhere near enough.  ESPN Magazine, as part of Superbowl festivities, hosted its NEXT issue party which forecasts the next groundbreaking athlete will be. The featured athlete and winner was 22-year old Native American and New York Yankee pitching sensation Joba Chamberlain, who who got his first… Read more »

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Election ’08: The Big Picture

So last week, like any good soap opera, we were left a cliffhanger. Would Hillary’s personal attacks and racial traps affect the Obama campaign? Would Florida be Giuliani’s last stand? And could Mittmentum stall McCain’s burgeoning growth? While the ultimate answer to those questions is still in doubt, this last week has provided us many… Read more »

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Election 2008: What You Need To Know

    The Democrats and Republicans would like us to believe that this election is about change. In fact they repeat the word like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz clicking her heels three times chanting “there’s no place like home” except they hope their mantra will get them to White House rather than Kansas…. Read more »

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Sunday Afternoon Comics

Greetings true believers and welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday Comics, where we provide non comic fans with suggestions on what to read if they want to get into comics, and for fans, which books to buy.  Last week we launched with a look at the independent publishers.  This week, we’re doubling up with… Read more »

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An Open Letter To U.S. Presidential Candidates

OPEN LETTER To United States of America Presidential Candidates: Hillary Clinton John Edwards Rudy Giuliani Mike Huckabee Duncan Hunter Dennis Kucinich John McCain Barack Obama Ron Paul Mitt Romney Fred Thompson From: Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis January 17, 2008 Dear Presidential Candidate: Millions of people across America and throughout the world… Read more »

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Do Blacks Owe Democrats Their Vote?

  In the past decade or so this question has gained momentum in the black community, and, depending who you ask, the answers will vary wildly, but will always be expressed with great passion. My father will call any black person who doesn’t vote Democrat a fool and to him it’s a very simple matter… Read more »

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Sunday Afternoon Comics: Indie Edition

Most of what people know about comics comes from the big two publishers, Marvel and DC Comics. While they have some great characters like Superman, Batman, and Spiderman that have become almost American Mythology, there are other books out there from lesser known publishers that have a wealth of new characters and interesting worlds for… Read more »

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The New WWF: Hip-Hop

Loosely based on a once legitimate expression of prowess and entertainment, it has now became an over-exaggerated farce of its original form. Despite how it overtly plays to the highly stimulating and foregoes content, its fan base is expanding beyond its original audience and into new legions that know nothing of its true essence. It… Read more »

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The Purpose Of Racism

I begin this new installment  by apologizing in advance for the incomplete nature of the subject matter being presented. I seek only to give brief examples and not go too in depth into slavery or racism, but more so to discuss why we were once the victims of this and other Americans still hold onto… Read more »

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A God (Emcee) Complex

‘Hova the god, n***a blasphemy…’Jay-Z – “What More Can I Say?” ‘Young n****s that blast for me/blasphemy, no religion…’Jay-Z – “Dear Summer” ‘Not only NYC – I’m Hip Hop’s savior…’Jay-Z – “Kingdom Come” Upon first glance, such lyrics come off as an indicator that Hip Hop and the worldin general are godless. Yet it can… Read more »

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Philadelphia: A City in Action

    Soul music, cheese steaks, and the Eagles are a few things that may come to mind when someone thinks of the city of Philadelphia.  Unfortunately, when it is noted that Philadelphia’s nickname is the “City of Brotherly Love,” an outsider might assume that the title is either a joke or a misnomer.  You… Read more »

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KRS-One: ON Kanye and 50 Cent

At the 2007 Hip Hop Honors I was asked by AllHipHop.com about my musicalpreferences this year—50 Cent or Kanye West? I chose 50 Cent. At the time my answer was spontaneous and said without much thought. It was simply a quick honest answer. However, the next day I get a Google alert that somehow my… Read more »

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Blacks Are People Too Bill

Usually I ignore Bill O’Reilly. The man has absolutely no integrity or shame; and, like Rush Limbaugh, makes his money by appealing to the worse elements of Human nature. But I had to take pause at his comments about dining at Sylvia’s with Al Sharpton recently when he said:     “There wasn’t one person… Read more »

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The Social Lounge: David Banner, Wendy Williams, Dr. Cornel West, Master P and Pharaohe Monch

For over four years, AllHipHop has hosted the Social Lounge, an ongoing series of discourse about issues in the Hip-Hop community. Last week, AllHipHop’s Social Lounge – a part of AllHipHop Week 2007 -was as ill as advertised. It offered a fervent, productive discussion between radio host Wendy Williams, rappers David Banner, Pharaohe Monch, Master… Read more »

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What If Scott La Rock Lived?

Can it be that it was all so simple then?  In the short, event filled history of Hip Hop, there have been many pivotal events that, if different, may have changed the course of this music and this culture drastically.  One such event is the unfortunate death of Scott Sterling, co-founder of Boogie Down Productions. … Read more »

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Good-Bye Scott La Rock

On August 27, 1987 it was the end of a beautiful era, and the beginning of a horrible trend.  That day, we lost Scott Sterling. Loving father.  Community activist. Social Worker. Hip-Hopper ‘til he breathed his last. What we gained was unfortunately the first major death in Hip-Hop.   Hip-Hop was still very new then,… Read more »

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Striking Similarities: Rappers Vs. Bush

Hypocrisy is funny if not ironic.  When confronted with it, hypocrisy is a paradox that can cause a mature person to reevaluate themselves and their belief systems.  However in an emotionally stunted person, it can invoke disgust and anger when two seemingly contrasted viewpoints are brought beyond the surface.  For example, when we have third… Read more »

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Walking With a Panther: The REAL Blueprint

1989 was the number.  Another summer.  De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising was leading the Daisy Age charge in full force along with The Jungle Brothers’ Done By The Forces of Nature for the first wave of the Native Tongue movement.  Peripherally, Queen Latifah followed Lakim Shabazz’s Pure Righteousness and dropped All Hail… Read more »

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Stop Hatin on the South!

Hip-Hop is Dead.  S#!t ain’t like it was back in the day.  What happened to the Boom-Bap? I’m sure you’ve had your fill of these statements which have polluted our blogs, articles, and our whole way of thinking for the past three or four years.  Unless of course you’re one of the people making these… Read more »

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Banner vs Reverend Al: We Need a Resolution

Reading David Banner’s smack down of Al Sharpton, Oprah Winfrey and the rest got me thinking about this whole ‘nigga’ and ‘ho’ controversy, and how petty it really is.   That’s not to say that the language of Hip-hop isn’t important—it is. Words signify ideas and ideas shape our reality, but likewise, in this issue,… Read more »

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David Banner: Stop Attacking The Kids

To all the black ‘so called leaders’. Al, Oprah, Jesse, etc, etc, etc… I’m saddened by your current direction and current ‘pet projects’ you guys have taken under your wing at the expense of Young Black America. As an urban professional living in this crazy world, I dare ask, who are you leading? I listen… Read more »

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It’s Joe Clair! B***h Ass Generation

“You actin’ like a lil’ b***h right now!” O-Dog in Menace II Society I know y’all ain’t gonna like this one. But I don’t care. There is a lot of b***hing goin’ on these days and it’s time we address it. By b***h I mean b***hy ways. B***hy attitude. B***hy….what’s the word I’m lookin’ for…… Read more »

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Bonds to Hip-Hop: Hold The Asterisk

There aren’t many opportunities in your life time where you get to be a part of something that marks an era, or that designates a moment of achievement never before attained.  Last night, whether you saw it in person, watched it on television, or heard about it in the papers, you experienced Barry Bonds blast… Read more »

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Dog This: Blame Hip-Hop For Everything!

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been inundated with news, views and all sorts of commentary about celebrities, athletes and rappers gone wild. Now I’ve listened to more than few television pundits including those on the Today Show, The View and Regis & Kelly make the case that the multiple drunk driving incidents, possible… Read more »

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Atlanta Has Wild Style

    In recent years, the Hip-Hop we see on television and hear on the radio has been reduced down to ridiculous clown images of men and women in oversized clothes or scantily clad dresses shaking oversized and unhealthy fat asses over and over again. When I hear Hip-Hop heads talk about the culture it makes… Read more »

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