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It’s the anniversary of Lemonade. Beyonce’s groundbreaking album is still being talked about, recently earning a prestigious Peabody award as,“a sublime piece of work in the scripted television field.”  On the anniversary of this epic album, Bey is focused on continuing to take the message of girl empowerment by awarding some very special young women around the country.

Through her website, Beyonce announced a group of scholarships called the, “Formation Scholars“.  This scholarship program was created to, “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”  Naturally, these scholarships are geared toward young girls studying creative arts, music, literature, or African American Studies.  There will be one award given out at each of the following institutions: Boston’s Berklee College of Music; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; Parsons School of Design in New York City; and Atlanta’s Spelman College.  Two of these schools are Historically black institutions and the other two are colleges geared toward the arts.

Although there are no details as to the amount of money awarded; anything helps in the world of academics and college expenses.  Thank you to artists like Chance the Rapper, Beyonce and a plethora of other artists who continue to support the arts, give back to their communities, and try to make the world a better place by being an influence and making it happen for the betterment of the culture.  BRAVO.

Source: Beyonce.com

 

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Instead of going against the grain as usual these rappers have chosen to go for the gut of the industry to speak on the reality of the music that is being played today. Real Hip Hop Heads have had the conversations about how some music shouldn’t be played on the radio or being in the ears of young people. I mean don’t get me wrong just about every generation has its share of “ratchet” music whether it was just called something , hey if you go peel about some tracks from the 60s -70s you will hear some interesting things…just saying.

But music today has gone way past “too far” with so much being allowed on the radio that eventually somebody was going to say more than enough…..

Now, our first artist was J. Cole with the release of freestyles as “4 your Eyez Only” dropped, remember

“Clap at the fake deep rappers

The OG gatekeep rappers..

The would-you-take-a break-please rappers

Bunch of words and ain’t saying sh***, I hate these rappers

Especially the amateur eight week rappers

Lil’ whatever—just another short bus trappers

Napoleon complex, you this tall rappers

The streets don’t f*** with you , you Pitchfork rappers

Chosen by the white man, you hipster rappers”-J.Cole

 A verse as powerful as he is coming for the industries NECK with this one, simply because of the so called “talent” on the air waves and social media.  He was coming for all the “ratchet –ness” that is plaguing the industry today because talent is barely present anymore .well that is if you talk to a 15 year old or somebody in the neighborhood that only listens to the radio period. I mean you can tell a lot about a person based off their playlist.

But then a force to be reckoned with came THROUGH!!!!!!

KING KENDRICK!!!!!

With the drop of “The Heart Part 4” where he clearly is addressing not only politics and someone who shall remain nameless that is tiptoeing around his name.

But then there was HUMBLE….

Were the words are so cut throat …….there is no need to sit here and type them here….

Kendrick Lamar not only comes for the industry with the words, but in the visuals of the video as well. He even gets into the photo shop craze of the world using millions of filters. King Kendrick basically comes for the world in 6 minutes.  Addressing various issues conceding the music industry and how it has turned into a Jim Crow show of “talent” instead of realness.

The hunger for real hip hop is at an all-time high because of the lack their of even though talent still exist.

Lamar even warned everyone to get it right by the album release date … If you haven’t had a chance to check out this piece of hiphop art, check out a sneak peak below.

-A.C.T.

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Aqueilla C. Terry, commonly known to many of her followers as “A.C.T” ; is a talented artists of this generation. Born and raised in Richmond, VA is truly a gem of her time. She has been writing for over 10 years as a young child to know a young woman in a world were “words” are her weapon of choice to achieve success. Often considered to be Erykah Badu’s daughter for her way with words, style, presence, music selections and overall persona. A.C.T. is definitely going to take over the world with wide range of creativity. Her ambition is driven by her will to succeed in reaching her goals, but by doing so by remaining herself along the journey. A.C.T. redefines the young black woman by sticking to her beliefs and who she is inside.

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Meet Georgia middle school social studies teacher, Mr. Yancy.  Yancy has gone viral again, for all the right reasons.  Mr. Yancy is one of those teachers; you know, the kind we use to have back in the day.  Mr. Yancy is the type of teacher that can effectively communicate with students, he’s relatable , he makes learning fun, AND he uses effective teaching techniques to make students remember what they’ve learned.

Mr. Yancy used the details from the Civil War, and put a pop-culture spin on it.  He took the Migos most recent hit, “Bad & Boujee” and remixed it into a history lesson called , “Mad & Losing”.  Instead of “my bitch is bad and boujee” this remix states, “my troops are mad and losing,” in reference to General Grant and the Emancipation Proclamation!  Now THIS is a great way of taking history and pop culture, and intertwining it to make learning fun.
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Last year Mr. Yancy remixed Adele’s “Hello” to teach his students about the Cherokee and that “dumb treaty”. Peep how the kids go from trying to contain their laughter, to singing along. Mr. Yancy – you’re truly dope!

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https://youtu.be/i0XUONt9iJI

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Hip-Hop can be a complicated culture; it has a reputation of being a source of influence or destruction.  Hip-hop has been the source of building both love and hate simultaneously. Hip-hop gets a bad wrap and at the same time has been applauded as being one of the most significant musical genres the world has ever seen.  This month, we are focusing on the love that can be found in hip-hop; not just any love, but the love and honor that men of hip-hop have shown to women.

It’s Women’s History Month, and what a perfect time to use this month to honor women from across the globe. This month we are sharing hip-hop tributes (from men) to women everywhere. Some claim that hip-hop is a genre that doesn’t respect women, and that our culture and our music doesn’t honor women. However, this month, we are focused on all the men in hip-hop who have used their creativity, hearts, and souls to dedicate their music to women everywhere!

 

Fly Medium – Benny Star

Fly Medium, isn’t just hip-hop, it isn’t just rap – its prose, its art, and it is a testament to the beauty of black women and all the “fly mediums” everywhere.  It’s dope…check it out below:

“They call her radical , I call her magical

Perceptive

Seated at her feet and she lectures

She told me poetry is more than text is textures

So even when equating her to art

Overstand  that her black back’s arch is as hers as

As her heart and a part of her stark architecture…”

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We don’t know what happened since Remy Ma’s Breakfast Club interview last week, when she explained she and Nicki Minaj do not have beef, up until yesterday to make her unleash a 7-minute diss track dedicated to Nicki. But, it may have something to do with some subliminals Nicki started spitting in her new song with Gucci Mane.

In reality, we don’t even care. We need real hiphop and music that replaces beef with bars; and that is exactly what Remy and Nicki are doing. let’s just say Remy’s level of petty are All The Way Up. Peep the posts below…it’g going to be a hot summer.

 

FIRST THIS HAPPENED

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THEN THIS HAPPENED

#MakeLove #Queens 😛

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THEN REMY TWEETED THIS

7 MINUTE DISS TRACK DEDICATED TO NICKI MINAJ

THAN NIKKI RESPONDED WITH THIS

🤦🏽‍♀️ yikes.

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Remy:

“I told you I wasn’t talking about your dumb ass, It look stupid, you literally got a dumb ass…Let’s be honest, you stole that line about bitches being your sons / How you take my ’09 jail tweet and run / Talking about, bringing knives to a fight with guns / When the only shot you ever took was in your buns….

I saw Meek at All-Star,” she raps. “He told me your ass dropped / He couldn’t fuck you for three months because your ass dropped / Now, I don’t think you understand how bad her ass got / The implants that she had put in her ass popped.

Left your Day 1 ’cause you heard he was on some cheat shit / Then got with the dude that told you, on some freak shit / But what happened to Omeeka? Nah, on some G shit / Left him and took a pic with that dude he had beef with / And we all know it was a beef that you started / Pillow talking out of your ass, this bitch retarded….

Been through mad crews, you disloyal hoochie, Now all a sudden you back with Drake and Tunechi / After he said you sucked his dick, you back with Gucci.”

Clapping back at Nicki’s bars about needing plaques to be considered the queen of rap, Remy has her own take on the matter. “To be the queen of rap you gotta actually rap / The whole industry know that for you, it’s a wrap / No, to be queen of rap, you can’t have a ghostwriter / That’s why, this is my house, Flo Rida / Ni**as done seen Drake pennin’, Wayne pennin’ / And since your first boyfriend left, bitch ain’t winnin’ / You an internet troll, I’m sorry / You can’t get her online without Safaree.”

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