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Banking on truth: Hip hop artist unrepentant on reparations and race

By Richard B. Muhammad (FinalCall.com) - Azealia Banks isn't the queen of Twitter beefs. She is a talented and a rare person: An unapologetically Black artist with a social conscience and a strong voice. The month of December found her speaking her mind and speaking truthfully via Twitter about the need for reparations. In an interview, she pushed back against the appropriation...

Exodus or Extermination? Escaping the Trap in 2020

Bad things do happen to good people.  This is perhaps one of the oldest clichés in the book, yet it's true. However, the question that always seems to be before us is, why do these terrible things keep disproportionately happening to Black folk? Over time, there have been many attempts to explain this phenomenon. Slaves owners used the “Curse of...

Broken Promises in a Troubled Land

President Barack Obama’s new book, “A Promised Land,” is a best seller and has drawn a variety of responses as the former leader of the free world shared his thoughts about time in office and America’s future. Fareed Zakaria, political commentator and host of a CNN Sunday morning talk show, made some interesting observations about the Obama book during a...

When women rise

by Abisayo Muhammad March is Women’s History Month and March 8 is recognized globally as International Women’s Day. But let’s be clear. Every day and every month is ours. Our beginning in creation bears witness to the beginning of the universe. She (the woman) is God’s first act of creation as taught by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Every day is...

Pimpin` ain’t easy, it’s devastating

By Richard B. Muhammad Since the 1960s and 1970s in what would today be called urban novels and movies, the persona of the pimp was presented as a model for Black males in the ghetto. From Max Julian in the 1973 movie “The Mack” to the Brent Owens 1998 HBO “documentary” “Pimps Up, Hoes Down” the mystique has continued. Pimps and...

Has hip hop lost its soul?

A lyrical revolution - Interview with Immortal Technique (FCN, 08-08-2006)'It’s bigger than hip hop' - Interview with Stic.Man of dead prez -Pt. 1 'It’s bigger than hip hop' - Interview with Stic.Man of dead prez -Pt. 2 I always find it kind of funny that when accepting an award for his hit “Kill em all; Till they Fall,” MC...

The FBI and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By George Curry-Guest Columnist- Few people in history have been as dedicated to civil rights as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In an interview with Playboy magazine, he noted that he worked 20 hours a day, traveled 325,000 miles a year, giving 450 speeches. That grueling schedule alone was enough to take a toll on Dr. King and his family...