Killed by the NYPD, from Amadou Diallo to Eric Garner 

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Feb. 4, 1999 - Amadou Diallo, 23 - Bronx
May 25, 1999 - Rodney Mason, 38 - Queens
May 26, 1999 - Dante Johnson, 16 - Bronx
Jun. 28, 1999 - Renato Mercado, 63 - Manhattan
Jul. 24, 1999 - Delano Maloney, 32 - Brooklyn
Aug. 5, 1999 - Jatrek Hewitt, 17 - Staten Island
Aug. 9, 1999 - Robert Striker, 54 - Manhattan
Aug. 15, 1999 - Angel Reyes, 47 - Manhattan
Aug. 18, 1999 - Larry Cobb, 30 - Manhattan 
Aug. 30, 1999 - Gidone “Gary” Busch, 31 - Brooklyn
Aug. 27, 1999 - Unidentified Man, 35 - Bronx
Sep. 1, 1999 - Richard Watson, 32 - Manhattan
Oct. 20, 1999 - Afif Hazim - Queens
Jan. 17, 2000 - Alan Zelencic, 28 - Queens 
Mar. 1, 2000 - Malcolm Ferguson, 23 - Bronx 
Mar. 1, 2000 - Maliki Raymond, 24 - Manhattan
Mar. 16, 2000 - Patrick Dorismond, 26 - Manhattan 
Mar. 31, 2000 - Andre Fields, 17 and Tasheen Bourne, 19 - Brooklyn
Feb. 5, 2000 - Donald Moore, 37 - Queens
Apr. 12, 2000 - Malcolm Burno, 17 - Brooklyn
Apr. 22, 2000 - James Murphy, 43 - Queens
Jul. 7, 2000 - D’andre Darnell Cisco, 25 - Queens
Aug. 4, 2000 - James Edward Moore, 37 - Bronx
Aug. 12, 2000 - Arthur Alalouf, 47 - Brooklyn
Oct. 20, 2000 - Reynaldo Colon, 33 - Brooklyn 
Oct. 23, 2000 - Carmen Valentine, 22 - Brooklyn
Nov. 2000 - Andre “Woody” Harris - Brooklyn
Dec. 24, 2000 - Jonathan Lynch, 32 and James Culberson, 25 - Brooklyn
May 22, 2001 - Curtis Harmon, Jr., 35 - Bronx 
Jun. 8, 2001 - Curtis Merriweather, 45 - Brooklyn
Jul. 26, 2001 - Charmene Pickering, 27 - Brooklyn
Aug. 4, 2001 - Maria Pena Herrera, 24 and Dilcia Pena, 16 and Andy Pena Herrera, 4 and Ricardo Pena Herrera, newborn - Brooklyn 
Oct. 6, 2001 - Malik Mustafa, 36 - Bronx
Oct. 8, 2001 - Shannon Vinson, 28 - Brooklyn
Oct. 8, 2001 - Donna Towe, 45 - Bronx
Oct. 9, 2001 - Richard Hatcher, 18 - Queens
Oct. 15, 2001 - Unidentified Man - Queens
Nov. 11, 2001 - William Phifer, 56 - Manhattan
Nov. 23, 2001 - Steven Michalacos, 67 - Brooklyn
Dec. 22, 2001 - Unidentified Man - Brooklyn
Jan. 16, 2002 - Georgy Louisgene, 23 - Brooklyn
Jan. 23, 2002 - Juan Mendez, 38 - Manhattan
Mar. 30, 2002 - Cesar Mercado, 47 - Manhattan
Apr. 15, 2002 - Unidentified Man, 20s - Manhattan
Apr. 21, 2002 - Ricardo Carlon, 24 - Staten Island 
May 1, 2002 - Egbert Dewgard, 31 - Brooklyn 
Jun. 21, 2002 - Unidentified Man, 20s - Manhattan
Jun. 22, 2002 - Stefanos Kiladitis, 21 - Brooklyn
Jul. 7, 2002 - William Partlow, 42 - Bronx
Jul. 10, 2002 - Kevin McKissick, 13 - Manhattan
Jul. 28, 2002 - Kedrian Edwards, 19 - Bronx
Aug. 26, 2002 - Marcellus Graham, 28 - Brooklyn
Aug. 27, 2002 - Ernest Prather, 39 - Brooklyn
Aug. 31, 2002 - Paul Angel, 55 - Brooklyn
Sep. 1, 2002 - Jamil Moore, 22 - Brooklyn
Sep. 16, 2002 - Raymundo Guzman, 27 - Manhattan
Oct. 30, 2002 - Alfred Nelson, 36 - Staten Island
Jan. 1, 2003 - Jamel Nixon, 19 - Brooklyn
Jan. 1, 2003 - Anthony Reid, 21 - Brooklyn
Jan. 2, 2003 - Allen Newsome, 17 - Manhattan 
Jan. 2, 2003 - John Lagattuta, 35 - Brooklyn 
Jan. 4, 2003 - Lucia Rodriguez, 63 - Brooklyn
Mar. 4, 2003 - Anton Goldenburg, 55 and Rifka Goldenburg, 54 - Brooklyn
Apr. 16, 2003 - Etzel Faulkner, 42 - Queens
Apr. 30, 2003 - Floyd Quinones, 28 - Brooklyn
May 1, 2003 - Carlos Lopez, 19 - Brooklyn
Aug. 8, 2003 - Melvin Sylvester, 65 - Manhattan 
May 16, 2003 - Alberta Spruill, 57 - Manhattan 
May 22, 2003 - Ousmane Zongo, 35 - Manhattan 
Jun. 4, 2003 - Jose Mateo, 22 - Manhattan 
Jun. 16, 2003 - Juan Carlos Sanchez, 30 - Manhattan
Jun. 20, 2003 - Calvin Washington, 41 - Brooklyn
Jul. 22, 2003 - Othniel Askew, 31 - Manhattan
Sep. 19, 2003 - Stephen Seignious, 37 - Bronx
Oct. 29, 2003 - Renardo Powell, 26 - Brooklyn
Nov. 6, 2003 - Russell Wimbush, 43 - Staten Island
Nov. 9, 2003 - Yuekor Yuen, 76 - Brooklyn
Nov. 15, 2003 - Desean Cathcart, 26 - Brooklyn 
Jan. 24, 2004 - Timothy Stansbury, 19 - Brooklyn 
Feb. 8, 2004 - Wilson Alba, 31 - Brooklyn
Feb. 15, 2004 - Thomas Cipolla, 28 - Bronx
Mar. 10, 2004 - Leroy Smalls, 41 - Manhattan
Jun. 20, 2004 - Juan Aponte Huerta, 47 - Manhattan
Jul. 29, 2004 - Dante Pomar, 19 - Queens 
Aug. 30, 2004 - Rashawn Sharif Moody, 18 - Brooklyn
Sep. 24, 2004 - David Guzman, 33 - Queens 
Sep. 27, 2004 - Boangeres Mota, 37 - Manhattan
Oct. 9, 2004 - Gregory Chavis, 19 - Bronx
Oct. 18, 2004 - Manuel Chamelta, 18 - Queens
Nov. 22, 2004 - Jose Feliciano, 44 - Brooklyn
Nov. 24, 2004 - Dominic Middleton, 12 and Kristina Middleton, 1 - Manhattan
Nov. 26, 2004 - Craig Davis, 35 - Brooklyn
Dec. 10, 2004 - Carleton Lockhart, 32 - Bronx
Dec. 14, 2004 - Marie Fares, 60 - Queens
Dec. 15, 2004 - Gayle Duran, 19 - Bronx
Jan. 6 2005 - Brian Allen, 46 - Queens
Feb. 14, 2005 - Tolsie Nohar, 17 - Queens 
Feb. 21, 2005 - Montique Smalls, 38 - Brooklyn
May 8, 2005 - Byron Hearst, 28 - Brooklyn 
Jul. 27, 2005 - Terrence L. Thomas, 35 - Queens
Sep. 10, 2005 - Damien Greenslade, 26 - Manhattan
Sep. 22, 2005 - Paul Bookson, 71 - Brooklyn
Sep. 23, 2005 - Virginia Verdee, 12 - Bronx 
Oct. 22, 2005 - Darryl Green, 21 - Brooklyn
Oct. 30, 2005 - Leonel Disla, 19 - Bronx 
Nov. 4, 2005 - Stephonne Crawford, 21 - Brooklyn
Nov. 18, 2005 - Adam Perez, 31 - Manhattan
Jan. 4, 2006 - Peter Lee, 20 - Bronx
Jan. 26, 2006 - Unidentified Woman - Bronx
Jan. 27, 2006 - Kevin Leo, 28 - Bronx
Feb. 8, 2006 - Eric Hernandez, 24 - Bronx
Feb. 13, 2006 - Michael Harris, 24 - Bronx
Feb. 16, 2006 - Stephanie Lindboe, 65 - Staten Island
Mar. 28, 2006 - Julio Alberto “Zapatone” Ortega-Moncada, 31 - Queens
Mar. 25, 2006 - Rasheem Parrish, 21 - Queens 
Apr. 10, 2006 - Steven Vitale, 55 - Staten Island 
Jul. 5, 2006 - Colleen Marza, 49 - Queens 
Jul. 9, 2006 - Bobby Roman, 26 - Brooklyn
Aug. 9, 2006 - Marilyn Zeh, 32 - Queens
Aug. 22, 2006 - Ronald Clemons, 45 - Brooklyn
Sep. 16, 2006 - Mingo Kenneth Mason, 18 - Manhattan
Sep. 30, 2006 - Joseph Bernazard, 26 - Brooklyn
Oct. 26, 2006 - Eric Hines, 17 - Brooklyn
Nov. 1, 2006 - Jose Rivera, 32 - Bronx
Nov. 11, 2006 - Katrell Butler, 28 - Brooklyn
Dec. 16, 2006 - Anatoly Dmitriev, 62 - Bronx
Nov. 25, 2006 - Sean Bell, 23 - Queens 
Dec. 13, 2006 - Timur Person, 19 - Bronx
Jan. 8, 2007 - Blondel Lassegue, 38 - Queens
Mar. 10, 2007 - Kristen McKenzie, 21 - Brooklyn
Mar. 13, 2007 - Corey Mickins, 25 - Manhattan
Mar. 14, 2007 - David Garvin, 42 - Manhattan
Apr. 26, 2007 - Patrick Bryan, 41 - Queens
May 10, 2007 - Guyatree Harpati. 22 - Queens 
May 18, 2007 - Fermin Arzu, 41 - Bronx
Jun. 19, 2007 - James Harris, 42 - Bronx
Jul. 7, 2007 - Victor Gordon, 23 - Brooklyn 
Jul. 23, 2007 - Shirley Fontanez, 18 - Bronx 
Sep. 7, 2007 - Juan Calves, 51 - Bronx 
Sep. 28, 2007 - Ronald Battle, 25 - Manhattan
Sep. 29, 2007 - Sonia Garcia, 28 - Bay Shore, LI 
Oct. 20, 2007 - Jayson Tirado, 25 - Manhattan 
Nov. 12, 2007 - Khiel Coppin, 18 - Brooklyn
Nov. 18, 2007 - David Kostovski, 29 - Brooklyn
Nov. 20, 2007 - Santos Mulero, 57 - Bronx
Jan. 1, 2008 - Darin John Richardson, 29 - Brooklyn
Jan. 5, 2008 - Ronnie Smalls, 25 - Queens
May 28, 2008 - Eugene Morales, 22 - Manhattan 
Jun. 1, 2008 - Carlos Rios, 47 - Bronx
Jul. 13, 2008 - Unidentified Man - Bronx
Jul. 17, 2008 - Spencer Parris, 39 - Manhattan
Aug. 2, 2008 - Darryl Battle, 20 - Brooklyn 
Sep. 24, 2008 - Iman Morales, 35 - Brooklyn 
Oct. 26, 2008 - Dwayne David Forde, 22 - Brooklyn 
Oct. 26, 2008 - Kayshawn Forde, 21 - Brooklyn
Nov. 13, 2008 - Gilberto Blanco - Brooklyn 
Dec. 9, 2008 - Alex Figueroa, 40 - Bronx
Jan. 12, 2009 - Elena Cole, 46 - Centereach, LI
Mar. 31, 2009 - Eric van Reid, 50 - Queens
Apr. 8, 2009 - Ginette Denize, 48 - Brooklyn
Apr. 12, 2009 - Mauricio Jacques, 35 - Bronx
May 10, 2009 - Kenneth Williams, 21 - Brooklyn
May 28, 2009 - Omar J. Edwards, 25 - Manhattan 
Jul. 11, 2009 - Shem Walker, 49 - Brooklyn
Jul. 22, 2009 - Unidentified Man - Manhattan
Aug. 2, 2009 - Oswaldo Sevilla Moran, 31 - Bronx 
Sep. 12, 2009 - Unidentified Man - Brooklyn
Sep. 27, 2009 - Vionique Valnold, 32 - Bronx 
Oct. 7, 2009 - Carlton Lewis, 21 - Manhattan 
Nov. 20, 2009 - Kevin White, 43 - Brooklyn
Nov. 21, 2009 - Dawshawn Vasconcello, 18 - Queens 
Dec. 10, 2009 - Raymond Martinez, 25 - Manhattan
Feb. 22, 2010 - Satnam Singh, 32 - Bronx
Mar. 8, 2010 - George D’Amato, Jr., 22 - Brooklyn
Mar. 22, 2010 - Santiago Urina, 57 - Bronx
Apr. 1, 2010 - Michael Romero, 32 - Brooklyn
Apr. 26, 2010 - Unidentified Man - Brooklyn
Jun. 24, 2010 - Marvin Fulford, 48 - Bronx 
Aug. 8, 2010 - Luis Soto, 22 - Manhattan 
Aug. 27, 2010 - Briana Ojeda, 11 - Brooklyn
Oct. 3, 2010 - Emmanuel Paulino, 24 - Manhattan 
Dec. 22, 2010 - Zach Bingert, 21 - Queens 
Mar. 8, 2011 - Kemp Yarborough, 37 - Bronx 
Mar. 8, 2011 - Carmelo Calabro, 77 - Brooklyn
Mar. 18 2011 - Johnathan Smith, 26 - Brooklyn 
Mar. 20, 2011 - Paul Goldreyer, 48 - Bronx
Mar. 26, 2011 - Orlando Santos, 28 - Bronx
May 11, 2011 - Unidentified Man, 31 - Brooklyn
Sep. 5, 2011 - Denise Gay, 56 - Brooklyn 
Sep. 7, 2011 - John Collado, 43 - Manhattan 
Sep. 13, 2011 - Makever “Keba” Brown, 22 - Manhattan 
Sep. 14, 2011 - Tyre Chisholm, 22 - Bronx 
Oct. 2, 2011 - Yvonne McNeal, 57 - Manhattan
Nov. 4, 2011 - Theauther Love, 87 - Brooklyn 
Jan. 12, 2012 - Duane Brown, 26, Brooklyn (killed in own home)
Jan. 26, 2012 - Christopher Kissane, 22, Brooklyn
Jan. 29, 2012 - Antwoin White, 17, Brooklyn
Feb. 2, 2012 - Ramarley Graham, 18, Bronx (killed in own home)
Feb. 14, 2012 - Michael McBride, 52, Manhattan
Mar. 15, 2012 - Shereese Francis, 30, Queens
Apr. 12, 2012 - Tamon Robinson, 27, Brooklyn
Apr. 12, 2012 - Rudolph Wyatt, 23, Manhattan
May 10, 2012 - Samuel Rivers, 40, Queens
Jun. 14, 2012 - Shantel Davis, 23, Brooklyn
Jul. 4, 2012 - Edgar Owens, 46, Queens
Aug. 11, 2012 - Eddie Fernandez, 28, Bronx
Aug. 12, 2012 - Darius H. Kennedy, 51 Manhattan
Aug. 24, 2012 - Jeffrey Johnson, 58, Manhattan
Sep. 7, 2012 - Reynaldo Cuevas, 20, Bronx (shot escaping robbery)
Sep. 7, 2012 - Walwyn Jackson, 27, Queens
Sep. 20, 2012 - Tyjuan Hill, 22, Queens
Sep. 25, 2012 - Muhammad Bah, 28, Manhattan
Oct. 5, 2012 - Noel Polanco, 22, Queens
Oct. 25, 2012 - Prince James 18, Bronx
Nov. 4, 2012 - Ronald Herrera, 20, Bronx (friend of Reynaldo Cuevas)
Jan. 3, 2013 - Peter Jourdan, 37, Brooklyn
Feb. 21, 2013 - Ryo Oyamada, 24, Queens
Mar. 23, 2013 - Jackson Alexandre, 28, Brooklyn
Mar. 9, 2013 - Kimani Gray, 16, Brooklyn
Apr. 15, 2013 - Dason Peters, 33, Brooklyn 
Apr. 15, 2013 - Dylan Samuel Peters, 1, Brooklyn
Jun. 19, 2013 - Thomas Robinson, 50, Brooklyn
Jun. 20, 2013 - Jose Muniz, 52, Bronx
Jun. 5, 2013 - Lana Morris, 46, Queens
Jul. 12, 2013 - Deion Fludd, 17, Brooklyn
Jul. 21, 2013 - Kyam Livingston, 37, Brooklyn
Jul. 6, 2013 - Felix Coss, 61, Brooklyn
Aug. 14, 2013 - Eric Zaman, 25, Queens
Aug. 15, 2013 - Carlo Alcis, 43, Brooklyn
Aug. 4, 2013 - Shaaliver Douse, 14, Bronx
Sep. 17, 2013 - Barrington Williams, 25, Bronx
Oct. 31, 2013 - Unidentified man, 26, Bronx
Oct. 4, 2013 - William Bruce Hemphill„ 51 - Staten Island
Nov. 18, 2013 - Rexford Dasrath, 22, Brooklyn
Dec. 26, 2013 - James Torres, 44, Bronx
Apr. 12, 2014 - Jack Calvello, 85, Queens
May 16, 2014 - Scott Kato, 45, Manhattan 
May 18, 2014 - Osbourne Broadie, 39, Brooklyn
May 27, 2014 - Manuel Ocampo, 18 , Brooklyn, NY
Jul. 17, 2014 - Eric Garner, 43, Staten Island


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THIS IS JUST NEW YORK.

JUST FUCKING NEW YORK.

BY THE NYPD ALONE.

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Summer jam! Rukus feat. Kuebounce - “Can I Get With You”

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The Beginning Of The Invisible Black Holocaust 

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Whoa.

Most people are shaking their heads, rolling their eyes, rubbing the back of their necks nervously, or just flat out saying “Nuh uh” at the title of this. I completely understand - a few days ago I would have felt the same way too.

But then I saw Mike Brown’s body; face-first on the…

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Listen/purchase: Lucy’s Volume 1 by Rukus

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Hit me up ;)

Goodness….#yum

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Hit me up ;)

Goodness….#yum

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2014. The Year of the Failure. 

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"2014 is my year!!! The takeover begins!"Everyone 16yrs and up

We all know the drill by now.

After confetti falls and lovers (or drunken acquaintances) exchange kisses, the next few days will consist of New Years resolution’s floating around social media - “how to get your abs back” or “how…

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If this guy wasn’t money last night, I don’t know what money is…

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#johnny manziel #texas a&m #aggies #proud aggie 

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#2014 

Am I the only one tired?

Tired of having to justify why someone that looks like me shouldn’t be shot on sight. Tired of being labeled a thug by antiquated images perpetuated by biased media outlets. Tired of the term “post-racial” and the rose-tinted shades that come with it. Tired of having to modify my blackness to appease those who do not share my skin color and might be offended/frightened by the boldness of my culture. Tired of the term “race card” being considered overused when it was unused/ignored for almost 200 years and has led to the systematic subordination of generations. Tired of people not knowing that history leads us to where we are today. Tired of not being able to speak these thoughts too loud because somewhere in my heart I fear that if these words left my tongue and manifested themselves at the ears of my oppressors…I might die too.

I’m tired.

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I Wish the NBA didn't ban Donald Sterling 

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"Banned for life."
Hmmm…nah that’s too old school.

#bannedforlife
Better.

Its the headline of every newspaper, blog, and the hashtag circulating around the internet: NBA commissioner Adam Silver announcing that embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, is done - no more NBA…

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I hate Macklemore, I hate Kanye West, I hate Alica Keys and I hate you too.

I hate Macklemore, I hate Kanye West, I hate Alica Keys and I hate you too.

Let me explain.

I remember watching a boy burn to death in Nigeria*. A tire had been thrown over his head, followed by another, the last of which corralled him and sent him stumbling onto the dirt road. Quick thinking voyeurs, sprung to action and rushed to the place where the boy was screaming and began to douse him with liters of diesel. A match was struck and dropped and pretty soon the boy was writhing along the dirt as the flame erupted.

That should teach him to steal from the market!” one man screamed.

No one blinked as the body burned.

Of course, when you watch video of this kind of monstrocity, aptly dubbed as “jungle justice” you just feel disgusted. How could human beings burn a teenage boy…just for stealing? But Africans will quickly tell you that once you have lived in an African nation, breathed the air of corruption, greed, and consistent theft from the less fortunate…and once you have realized that there is a sense of lawlessness and a lack of protection for your fundamental human rights…well…when someone steals from you, its your chance to take it out on him and set an example. At some point its time to make up for the politicians, police, and greedy business men that steal but never get punished…right?

Welcome to hip-hop in 2014 - Jungle justice. We want to burn Macklemore – we think its because he “stole” hip-hop, a traditionally Black artform…he made it white-face; or that he stole the Grammy’s from Kendrick Lamar. But we are really mad at the people we can’t see. The corporations that have commoditized gritty Black music and repackaged it as pristine white bubble gum. Even if Macklemore did nothing more than steal a little bit of his idol’s (Talib Kweli) swagger, he MUST burn.

If you’re Black, you probably hate Macklemore. Some of you may not even be able to articulate why. Some say his music is wack (numbers indicate otherwise, as does a look in any club where “Thrift Shop” plays). Others have claimed he doesn’t even make rap or hip-hop music (yet, few protest the ever-singing Drake as a rapper); they say he’s pop. Others say Kendrick Lamar made a significantly better “rap” album (is Kendrick rapping and Macklemore isn’t?). Some are tired of him being forced down our throats (Ok, you win). Some just say he’s a fraud, phony, and fake (even though his stories of addiction, and regular-guy status has been verified). How could someone as good as Kendrick Lamar, as talented and naturally gifted, be denied his due credit? This whole Grammy system needs to be overhauled, uprooted and destroyed because the systemic racism and prejudice is so obvious, right?

If you agree, are you any different from Kanye West? I watched for a week or two as media outlets and social media rained abuses down on Kanye for voicing that he was talented and naturally gifted, but that he was being denied his due credit and opportunities because of the color of his skin, and that those same opportunities were being given to his counterparts who were white. People within the hiphop community told him to shutup and start his own “everything” (clothing line, production factories, fashion house, etc). “Why do you need their validation Kanye?” …and yet here we are, with the same principals at play bemoaning a Grammy system that was never architected to highlight marginalized artforms, then promptly tuning out of the BET hiphop awards when we see iced-out artists with jeans sagging and “Free Lil Boosie” t-shirts accepting awards for classic songs like “Versace Versace” (read: sarcasm). How are YOU different from Mr. West?

Whether Macklemore’s album was “good” is certainly subjective, but hip-hop purists will relate his flow, breadth of subject matter, and general style to Talib Kweli. Talib Kweli himself was a marginalized artist, until he was mentioned by Jay-Z on The Black Album’s “Moment of Clarity” with the line, “If skills sold truth be told, I’d probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli”. The influence of that co-sign by Jay-Z garnered Talib Kweli popularity and attention and helped propel him from an underground rap fixture, onto his next two albums receiving Billboard number 1 status. Many rejoiced that Kweli brought fresh subject matter to rap, lyrics that were positive, and avoided the misogyny, excessive foul language, homophobic slurs, and money-lust of most rappers. Yet here we are with Macklemore simply following in the footsteps of his mentor….but we hear comments like “he’s soft”, “he’s not real”, “the music isn’t good”, etc. When Eminem came out, yes he was talented, but the truth we deny is that he was accepted by hiphop because Dr. Dre (street credibility) co-signed him, and a major marketing machine (Interscope Records & co) pumped his alleged “blackness” into our TVs and radios. At the same time that market machine stifled the small outcry that arose when audio of Eminem calling a black woman a “ni**er* emerged. Oh how we forget. Half of you are wearing Beats by Dre headphones and there was nothing wrong with your old Sony, JVCs, or Skullcandies - you’ve been had!

The truth is, we hate when our hero doesn’t win. Black women hated that India Arie who had arguably as good or better an album than Alicia Keys in 2002 did not win a single one of her 7 Grammy nominations, while Alicia brought home 5. The argument then was that Alicia won because she was light skinned. No one looked at the broader picture to see that Alicia Keys was making “broader” songs about love (“Fallen”, “A Woman’s Worth”, “How Come You Don’t Call Me”) while the subject matter of India Arie’s music was unmistakably Black love and confidence in herself as a Black woman (think “Video”, ‘Brown Skin”) – songs that can sometimes narrow relatability down to a more niche crowd. Neither is necessarily better or more talented than the other. But when Black faces are not the majority of the judging panel’s faces, and invariably a certain level of popularity and notoriety influences some of these decisions, when in doubt the judges (who may not be resident genre experts) will choose what they know or have heard about. Its human nature.

So what can you do to stop me from hating you (and really change this whole messed up situation)?

1.) If you want to “own” a genre of music, buy it. Its not Black music, if Black people don’t buy it. Consuming it makes for great talk, but buying it starts to affect who’s faces get more time on TV, who gets endorsements, and can play a role in who becomes the “shoe in” or “only logical choice” for certain awards. There’s a reason Jay-Z has Grammy’s and Nas…well…not so much.
2.) If you still don’t feel step 1 changes anything, don’t watch the Grammy’s. Boycott it and get all the people that feel the way you do to as well. Get your favorite artists to refuse to perform at it (and they would refuse if you, their always-purchasing-customer, stopped buying their albums if they agreed to perform…ha). Don’t expect validation from an award show that intrinsically is designed to show more preference to “popular” artists.
3.) Support award shows that you feel have a better handle on what your music/music culture represents. They may take awhile to get off the ground, but in 40 or 50 years you could have a Grammy-like program going…look at the evolution of BET’s award show.
4.) Stop throwing the race card. It’s too easy sometimes. Race is a component in so much of our daily lives and interactions, but its not the end all and be all of everything. Don’t hate something because its from someone of a particular race – judge it on its own merits and hate the system that put it in front of you, but don’t be as bigoted as the people you criticize.

The truth is I like Macklemore, love Kanye’s spirit, and I’m really not a big Alicia Keys fan…and how could I hate anyone that finished reading this long as hell rant.

-Kingsley Okafor

* I didn’t witness someone get burned literally, but I started watching the video, got grossed out and had someone fill me in on the rest. Close enough.

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