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A Tribute to Prince

By contributing writer David Tigabu

Like many, I was devastated upon hearing the news of Prince’s passing. In fact, it took hours to process the mere idea that the Purple One had transitioned. “Nope,” I thought, “not believing this…not today.” Once I had moved past denial, I scanned through social media in a last ditch effort to find some kind of retraction. But there was no retraction.

Prince’s music had an incredible impact on my life. I’m 28, so I wasn’t around for Purple Rain, 1999, Dirty Mind, Parade, or Sign o’ The Times, the pinnacle of Prince’s work. And like many people, the first pop icon I was exposed to was Michael Jackson. I was 7 years old the first time I had seen Prince on television, and I was instantly mesmerized. “Who was this purple-adorned tiny man in heels with so much personality and charm,” I thought. Michael Jackson might have been a smooth criminal, but Prince was really, really fascinating. (more…)

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@KendrickLamar Gets Love From #Compton Mayor @AjaLBrown

Congrats to Kendrick Lamar on taking home five awards at last night’s GRAMMY awards. And while I’m sure all that hardware feels pretty good, getting love and acknowledgement from your hometown has to feel even better. If you haven’t already, check out Lamar’s impressive award-show performance and Compton Mayor Aja Brown’s press release below.

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Making sense of @Macklemore and his #WhitePrivilege

Macklemore is back in the spotlight with a new song titled White privilege II. True to its name, the song is a nine minute effort to make sense of being a white person — a white hip-hop artist, no less — at a time of significant racial unrest.

The response has been varied, with some seeing the effort as an honest and open struggle to understand and learn, while others see it as a pure indulgence in privilege. (more…)