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Grammys 2016: Watch Kendrick Lamar’s stunning performance

A legendary performance of “The Blacker The Berry” and “Alright”

After being teased as a “very controversial” performance by host LL Cool J, Kendrick Lamar hit the 2016 Grammy stage and did not disappoint. The rapper delivered the performance of the night, walking out as part of a chain gang to perform “The Blacker The Berry” with his band locked inside jail cells.

Lamar followed up the striking visuals by performing “Alright” in front of a giant bonfire, and transitioned into a never before heard song utilizing some fast action camera work, before ending the his performance with the word Compton over an image of Africa in one of the most striking performance to hit the Grammy stage in years. The songs, both off Lamar’s critically acclaimed sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly speak directly to the modern day black experience in America, and his performance delivered that message home better than anyone could’ve hoped for.

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To Pimp A Butterfly netted Lamar seven Grammy nominations this year (out of a total 11 nominations). Lamar took home four awards before the show began, and picked up another award for Best Rap Album at the beginning of the show. The project is up for Album of The Year, the last award of the night.


Ward vs. Kovalev: Was this the great white hope re-mix?

This fight, Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev, felt like the Jack Johnson vs. James J. Jeffries fight of July 4, 1910, between world heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson and undefeated, coming out of retirement heavyweight contender, James J. Jeffries. Both fights were billed as the “Fight of the Century.” Both occurred during a time of hostility and escalating racial tensions between Afrikan people and people of European descent – and in a U.S. known for its Jim Crow laws and the rise of the KKK.

Source: Ward vs. Kovalev: Was this the great white hope re-mix?


Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Prince Peers Wow the Crowd at 2016 BET Awards

Beyoncé electrified the audience with a spellbinding performance of “Freedom” featuring Kendrick Lamar.

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Prince, singer and superstar, dies at 57 at Paisley Park – BBC News

The hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57.

Source: Prince, singer and superstar, dies at 57 at Paisley Park – BBC News


Berkeley High students fight racist attacks: Navigating the shoals of increasing racial profiling

On Thursday, the majority of the 3,000 students at Berkeley High School marched from their school to rally on the UC Berkeley campus. In a statement, the BHS Black Student Union wrote: “Tonight the…

Source: Berkeley High students fight racist attacks: Navigating the shoals of increasing racial profiling


How Police And Prosecutors Are Treating ‘Rapping While Black’ Like A Crime

Since the birth of rap music artists have written songs about pretty much everything: progress, struggle, success, failure, societal ills and the responsibility of hip-hop, even an “extraterres

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Source: How Police And Prosecutors Are Treating ‘Rapping While Black’ Like A Crime


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