Why Eminem’s ‘Trump Stomp’ Deserves Critical Examination

by Colin Jenkins Trump or Eminem? The rapper challenged his fans to choose at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards. (BETNetworks / YouTube) On Tuesday night, BET aired a 4½-minute Eminem video during its hip-hop awards. The song—which many dubbed a “freestyle,” despite being prerecorded—features the rapper delivering a rhyme that figuratively “stomps” Donald Trump. Filmed in a parking […]

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Black Is’ by The Last Poets

(Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets (Photo by Mário Pires) The NFL commissioner and owners of NFL teams are moving at this hour to restrict and clamp down on football players, who are predominantly black, so they do not protest during the national anthem. This is happening as former coaches like Mike Ditka babble […]

W. Kamau Bell Doesn’t Want to Fit In

https://www.theatlantic.com/video/iframe/536331/ ANIMATION Video by The Atlantic Authors: Jackie Lay, Nicolas Pollock Comedian W. Kamau Bell struggled with his identity growing up. As a self-described “nerd,” he favored martial arts over basketball and rock over hip-hop. This struggle carried over into adulthood and his early efforts at standup comedy. At one point, he even considered giving up comedy entirely. […]

Maskot #1: “They sure do love them some black pain.”

by PHILLIP B. WILLIAMS Tell us duh one bout dem chirren and duh bullets dey eat Tell us duh one bout dem roaches makin love to yo feet Tell us duh one bout yo grandmammy’s hands: callused and cookin, cansuh everywhere but her hands Tell us bout her mouf too: “Oh Lawdy Jesus” “Wrench around…” “Bout […]

‘The Gentrification Song’ Is The Inner-City Blues Amerika Deserves From Rap

When Biggie Smalls is nearly banished from Bed-Stuy, the writing is on the wall. An outside mural dedicated in 2015 to the deceased hip-hop icon and Brooklyn native Notorious B.I.G. barely avoided permanent removal last month after the building’s landlord threatened to do away with it for major renovations. Consider it another anecdote in America’s urban makeover. […]