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Why Hip-hop Hates Will Smith: The Darth Vader Theory

Will Smith (AKA The Fresh Prince) has definitely left his mark on hip-hop, but he seems to be constantly and unjustly overlooked whenever the greats are mentioned. Even after all he’s done for the culture, why does hip-hop hate Will Smith? West Coast Rapper Murs breaks it down! *Warning: one …

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Watch Van Jones Discuss Why We Need to Unify Regardless of Political Parties

Van Jones is Dope! And that’s not even because he gave me a shout-out a couple of years ago on USAToday.com for my work in the startup community and teaching kids how to code (non-humble brag). This was a great interview. I particularly love Van Jones’ solution-based approach to discussing …

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Adam Ruins Everything: How the Suburbs Got So White

Adam ruins everything, even where many people live. In this case, it’s the suburbs. Suburbia was created based on racist Jim Crow era laws and practices. Many people outside of the black community are confused as to why so many black neighborhoods and families are in the condition they are in. The …

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Is America Truly Land of the Free?

In the current climate of police shootings, protests that get out of hand, and growing racial tensions that sometimes are backed by political divides, you hear the term “civil rights” tossed around frequently. But does that term fit every situation that we see, especially when it is between the citizens …

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Barack Obama Charlottesville Tweet Most Liked In Twitter History

Former United States President Barack Obama has set a new record for the most-liked tweet in Twitter’s history. In the wake of Charlottesville violence and thuggery, former Commander-in-Chief posted a tweet quoting Nelson Mandela over the weekend. Obama’s Mandela tweet is also the fourth most-retweeted post ever with more than …

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Bizzle & Jered Sanders Respond to Racism on New Single “Equal Opportunity”

God Over Money’s Bizzle and Jered Sanders just teamed up for an important new single entitled “Equal Opportunity.” Here’s how Biz described the motivation for it, A little “Going Away” gift for all of my “un-followers” 😉 ….those who claim me as their brother in CHRIST one minute and tell …

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Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) Announces Dope New Docu-Series “Black Love”

I hardly watch any TV, but I’m excited about Oprah’s new series. With all the reality shows that have been showing the worst that black people in America have to offer, a series highlighting honest and emotional real love stories about black celebrities we know and love is refreshing. Love …

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Sho Baraka Speaks on ‘Colorblindness’ Being Lazy & Toxic in New Interview

In a new interview with Verge Network, Sho Baraka takes on the topic and concept of ‘colorblindness’ in regard to racial justice in America today. Labeling it both lazy and toxic, the Humble Beast artist exposes the shallow nature of the position and pushes for a deeper conversation. Let us …

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GrowTheHeckUp Nominated for 2017 Kingdom Choice Award

GrowTheHeckUp has been nominated for Kingdom Choice’s “Urban Christian Internet TV/Vlog Show” award along with other notable greats: The Wade-O Radio Show Trackstarz Beleaf in Fatherhood The Holy Hip Hop Hour We at GrowTheHeckUp would personally like to tip our hats to the other nominees and look forward to continuing to …

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