Memorial Day Playlist

Memorial Day Playlist

Memorial Day History Fact: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. Read their story here.…







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HBCUs and the Hip Hop Philanthropist

HBCUs and the Hip Hop Philanthropist

This morning I learned that hip hop icon Dr. Dre and co-founder of Interscope Records Jimmy Iovine, both co-founders of Beats by Dre, donated $70 million to the University of Southern California (USC) to create the Jimmy Iovine and Andre…







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Throwback Saturday: Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness”

Throwback Saturday: Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness”

I’m sure you’re familiar with  Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis,” the single from their joint album, Watch the Throne, which samples Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.” But there is nothing like hearing Otis, himself, sing the original. The purity…







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Seven Things Kanye Hates…

Seven Things Kanye Hates…

So…Yeezy was taking a drive Saturday afternoon when he happened upon seven things he hates. Thankfully, he shared via Twitter, and as always, Twitter went nuts. [<a href=”http://storify.com/kiaspeaks/things-kanye-hates” target=”_blank”>View the story “Seven Things Kanye Hates…” on Storify</a>]</p> <h1>Seven Things Kanye…







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Valentine’s Throwback: Hip-Hop Love Songs

This post was all the rave Valentine’s 2011 on 66Raw.com. I hope you guys enjoy it as well.   On the surface, rap music and love songs seem to be polar opposites. Seriously, I think T-Pain was the ONLY one…







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Odysseus, Julius Caesar, and Da Kang (a.k.a T.I.)

I love teaching. It’s something about connecting writing and literary concepts to everyday life that makes me ecstatic. When I was still in the classroom, one of my favorite concepts to teach was that of a tragic hero. (Prepare for…







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