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MC Lyte Releases New Song “Dear John”

Female emcee, MC Lyte just released her new song in September 2014, “Dear John.” The track features rapper Common. This song is more than a comeback single, Lyte is empowering males to carry on through adversity. The song is written as a letter to highlight the struggles men face and how to overcome those challenges. “Dear John” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard chart.  MC Lyte’s upcoming album is due out some time this year.
Listen to “Dear John” here.

 

50 Cent Feeding America

Rapper, 50 Cent has supported domestic hunger-relief organization Feeding America since 2012. He is joined by other celebrities like that have joined the cause include Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Aniston. 50 Cent does his part by participating on the entertainment council that raises awareness about the serious issue of hunger in America through public support via media relations, cause-marketing programs, and public policy initiatives.

 

Check out pics of 50 Cent and other celebs supporting Feeding America here.

 

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Positive American Youth’s 7th Annual PAYDAY Event

The Positive American Youth’s 7th Annual PAYDAY event took place on September 20, 2014 at the Atlanta Metropolitan College Gymnasium with over 4,500 attendees. The event included a free soccer camp for kids, basketball camp with over 200 participants, and a celebrity basketball game. Some of the celebrities in attendance were former NBA player Steve “Francise” Francis, rapper K-Camp, hit-producer Zaytoven and many more.

Learn out more and check out pictures from the 7th PAYDAY event here.

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Hip-hop superstar Kardinal Offishall breaks stereotypes, inspires youth

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If you believe some of the music videos, a rapper’s life is all rocking cars, gold chains and glamorous parties with cash flying all over the place.

In real life, we’ve found that some of hip hop’s biggest personalities have big hearts to match — and Kardinal Offishall is a perfect example. Sure, the platinum-selling artist from Toronto has the bling and the swagger, but the parties he throws when the cameras turn off are most often fundraisers, where the money flies to charity.

He collaborates with hip-hop giants like Busta Rhymes and Timbaland, but he’s also known for dropping in to perform surprise concerts for youth groups.

And he may travel the world in style performing high-energy shows, but he’s also traded his mic for a hard hat and work gloves the past few summers to help build schools in East Africa. This year he sponsored nine youth, all from low-income neighbourhoods in his Toronto hometown, to join him.

Kardi (as everyone calls him) grew up with teachers and mentors — including his mom — who instilled in him the value of community and service. He was also raised on reggae, and by age eight was writing and performing the Jamaican-inspired rap that would become his hallmark. At 12, he performed live for Nelson Mandela at an event honouring the recently freed icon. That moment fused Kardi’s dual passions for art and justice, and he’s been trying to find the greater purpose in his career ever since.

His sense of purpose has led Kardi to become a role model for young Canadians — encouraging a global perspective and commitment to community service. With his wife Tashi he runs 30 Elephants, an organization that co-ordinates international travel experiences for teens. The couple fundraised relentlessly over the last year — including hosting Kardi’s annual celebrity-packed Christmas party in downtown Toronto — to bring those nine inner-city kids with them to Kenya this summer.

Giving back to your community might not make for a standard rap video. But it does make for a great role model.

Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger founded the educational partner and international charity Free The Children and the youth empowerment movement We Day.

 

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Hip-Hop Gives Back and Black Celebrity Giving Partner at ONE Musicfest!

Last weekend on Septemeber 13th, Hip-Hop Gives Back and Black Celebrity Giving teamed up at Aaron’s Lakewood Ampitheatre for ONE Musicfest to spread the word about the fight against hunger. We collected canned food and monetary donations for the Just Feed ONE campaign. We also had a free photo booth for supporters to take pictures. Check out the pics

Hip-Hop Gives Back and Black Celebrity Giving tent at the ONE Musicfest Hercules stage:

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Hip-Hop Gives Back Co-Founder DJ Knotts on the 1s and 2s:

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Hip-Hop Gives Back Co-Founder Mike is a change maker:

 

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Hip-Hop Gives Back and Black Celebrity Giving t-shirts:

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Soul Singer, Cody ChesnuTT and Hip-Hop Gives Back Intern Jasmine after Cody’s performance  during ONE Musicfest:

 

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Nas closing out ONE Musicfest:

 

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Check out more pictures here.

 

Tyga Joins Movement to Have Empire State Building #GoGold

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Rapper Tyga has joined up the movement and organizations to have the Empire State Building in New York to #GoGold in support of children who are battling cancer. The display of having the building “lit up” is being met with push back from the building controllers at Empire State Building Experience, stating that all requests made via petition or social media would not be considered. Instead they advise request be made through their website http://www.esbnyc.com/. Here’s Tyga speaking on his involvement in the push and his personal involvement with the cause.

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Tyga has a history of being giving of his time to children battling various forms of cancer. He speaks on visiting a children’s hospital this past holiday season to lift the spirits of the young kids and ends up getting inspired himself.

In a show of good will there have been several other public locations who have agreed to light up for the worthy cause, including Times Square in NYC, The Prudential building in Boston, Niagara Falls Peace Bridge, Ireland’s Trim Castle, and Australia’s Bell Tower.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic 2014 Official Trailer

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One of the most heralded albums in music history celebrated its creation 20 years ago on April 19th of this year.  

VH1 Rocks and DTP records present “ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game”

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VH1 Rocks and DTP records present “ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game”. The documentary features interviews with key and influential artists, entertainers, personalities, tastemakers and more, on ATLs movement up the rap ladder.

Killer Mike Shares Thoughts on Chaos in Ferguson

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On August 19, 2014, rapper Killer Mike addressed the events in Ferguson, surrounding 18-year old Michael Brown’s death, in a Billboard article. Killer Mike points out how police officers in Ferguson, MO. have used tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas against the citizens that pay them to protect and serve. He warns Americans, “Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.”

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Check out Killer Mike’s Billboard article on Ferguson here.

David Banner Appears on CNN Panel

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On August 12, 2014, David Banner appeared on a CNN panel led by Don Lemon, to discuss violence against black teens with Charles Blow, Sunny Hostin. The panelists spoke on the conversations that many African American and Latino parents have with their sons about racial profiling. David Banner discussed some of his tweets, regarding police and the value of black life.

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Check out the video here.

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