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Wednesday | CNN

Female Jay Z

My daughter is 22 years old now, but from the time she was little she always stood out.


Related Topix: Rap, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop

Wednesday | Dallas Observer

Let's Do This: Portugal. The Man, Grouplove, Jason Mraz, Juicy J

Fun fact about critically acclaimed neo-soul singer Bilal : He was discovered in his teens by none other than the drummer of the Spin Doctors.


Related Topix: Jason Mraz, Pop/Rock, Grouplove, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop, Manufacturing, Automakers, R and B, Fort Worth, TX, Music, Entertainment

Wednesday | HipHopDx

[Interviews] Marsha Ambrosius Talks B-Girl Roots & Asking DJ Premier To Sample "Come Clean"

Exclusive: Marsha Ambrosius details how her love of Hip Hop and honest approach to songwriting led to collaborations with Dr. Dre, Common, Nas and others.


Related Topix: Marsha Ambrosius, Hip-Hop, Black Entertainment, Celebrities, Kanye West, Dance, Pop/Rock, Michael Jackson

Sat Aug 23, 2014


Ice Bucket Challenge is not a gimmick

Jimmy Fallon, host of "The Tonight Show," and members of his house band, The Roots, took the Ice Bucket Challenge.


Related Topix: Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop, P2P, Science / Technology, Non-Profit, Classical, Opinion

Cape Cod Times

A rejuvenated Fishbone

No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani says they were "the band that gave us the inspiration to be a band."


Related Topix: Fishbone, Pop/Rock, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Hot Chicks, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop, Primus

Thu Aug 21, 2014

WXPN-FM Philadelphia

Five mixtapes from the Philly hip hop scene you need to hear right now

A couple weeks ago, I was trading Twitter messages with King Shampz, a Philly rapper on the come-up, and he said something that really struck me.


Related Topix: Hip-Hop, Black Entertainment, Philadelphia, PA

Wed Aug 20, 2014


Creation of the Hip Hop/R&B Collaboration

The famous Hip hop/R&B collaboration. From Method Man and Mary J Blige's "I'll Be There for You", to Erykah Badu a nd the Roots' " You Got Me , there are so many memorable ones to choose from.


Related Topix: R&B, R-N-B, Black Entertainment, Method Man, Hip-Hop

Lake Cowichan Gazette

Roots and Blues: The sweet low-down

Bassist Ryan Gullen with Saskatoon rockers The Sheepdogs gets into the groove at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival Saturday.


Related Topix: Blues, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop, Canada,

Tue Aug 19, 2014


John McCain Did the Robot for Jamie Foxx at a Hamptons Party

GOP senator and former presidential candidate John McCain unveiled his rendition of The Robot during a performance by The Roots and Jamie Foxx in the most awkward meeting of Republicans and hip-hop since MC Karl Rove .


Related Topix: Hip-Hop, Black Entertainment, US Governors, Chris Christie

Mon Aug 18, 2014


Kimbra Releases New Album the Golden Echo Today

Grammy-Award winning singer Kimbra will release a new album, entitled The Golden Echo, today, August 19th via Warner Bros.


Related Topix: Album, Pop/Rock, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop


Power Ranking the Top 10 Celebrity Ice Bucket Challenges

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has caught on like wildfire in recent weeks, with everyone from Justin Bieber to Ethel Kennedy getting in on the fun.


Related Topix: Best of 2007, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop, Startups, Facebook, Entertainment

Sun Aug 17, 2014


RTE 23 Music Festival Debuts in Wise, VA Aug 30th

A crooked road runs through Route 23 from southwest Virginia and over the state line into Kentucky, a region steeped in the music tradition of the Appalachias.


Related Topix: Wise, VA, Social Software, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop, University of Virginia's College at Wise


Chill Out: ALS #IceBucketChallenge Sloshes Over Hollywood And Beyond

It is a viral campaign that has washed across the Web, and Hollywood, as celebrities dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and support for families and victims of the neurodegenerative disease.


Related Topix: Comedy, Entertainment, Television, Saturday Night Live, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop, Chris Christie, US Governors

Sat Aug 16, 2014


[Editorials] Instagram Flexin': Snoop Dogg Joins "Don't Shoot" Peaceful Protest

Beanie Sigel returns home and G-Unit hangs out backstage at the "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" tour in this week's edition of "Instagram Flexin'."


Related Topix: 50 Cent, Rap, Black Entertainment, Pop/Rock, Lil Wayne, Hip-Hop, G-Unit, Opinion

Fri Aug 15, 2014

The Stranger

Maybe Police Officers Should Listen to the Last Poets' 'The...

The Roots ' Phrenology CD was playing in Everyday Music this afternoon when I visited it on my lunch break.


Related Topix: Rap, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop

Thu Aug 14, 2014


Def Jam celebrating 30th anniversary at Barclays Center with Rick...

Def Jam Records , the label responsible for some of the most influential hip hop ever released , is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and in honor of that they'll throw a big show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on October 16 .


Related Topix: Hip-Hop, The Beastie Boys, Celebrities, Black Entertainment, Kanye West, Foxy Brown, Fabolous

Wed Aug 13, 2014

Nashville Scene

Watch Kings of Leon and Questlove Play 'Family Tree' on Fallon

Please allow me to segue from talking about Kings of Leon footstep-followers The Weeks to talking about the Kings themselves.


Related Topix: Pop/Rock, Kings of Leon, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop

WKTU-FM Jersey City

Watch Justin Timberlake take on the "Ice Bucket Challenge! "

Justin Timberlake is the latest celebrity to take on the "Ice Bucket Challenge" and dump freezing water over his head to raise awareness for ALS.


Related Topix: Now, Pop/Rock, Justin Timberlake, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop, Film Noir, Thriller, Crime Movies, Drama Movies, Key Largo, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Comedy Movies, Celebrities, Lauren Bacall

Squamish Chief

Hitting the big time

Organizers says the Squamish Valley Music Festival is only going to get better next year rum roll, please.


Related Topix: Canada, Celebrities, Eminem, Hip-Hop, Rap, Black Entertainment

Philadelphia Weekly

Hip-hop promoter Yuie Muhammad schooled the U.N. on culture & color

Yusuf "Yuie" Muhammad has developed a healthy handful of phrases that he likes to use - "isms," if you will, or truisms that inform his grind.


Related Topix: Mos Def, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop, Philadelphia, PA, Music, Entertainment