Visionary author talks about his NAACP Image Award-nomination
The Jeff Chang "Who We Be" Interview with Kam Williams
Jeff Chang is a new sage thinker with his finger on the pulse of American culture. His first book, the critically-acclaimed "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation," collected a cornucopia of honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian-American Literary Award.
"Farewell, Herr Schwarz: Descendant of Holocaust Survivor" unearths family skeletons in roots documentary
Film Review by Kam Williams
Although Yael Reuveny was born in Israel 35 years after the end of World War II, her formative years were nevertheless substantially shaped by events that had transpired half a world away during the Holocaust. For, she and her mother had both been raised around an embittered concentration camp survivor who had never been able to forgive the Nazis.
TV Premiere Review: Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson co-star in nighttime soap opera of Shakespearean proportions
Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is the ailing CEO of Empire Entertainment, a company he built into a music industry titan while his wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) was doing 17 years behind bars for a crime that he committed. Like a modern-day King Lear, he's ready to surrender the throne to one of his heirs. Lear had three daughters, Luscious has three sons, and that similarity is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of unabashed allusions to the works of William Shakespeare made in the opening episode of "Empire."
BOOK REVIEW: "The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice"
"The social challenges of our time are enormous. About one in seven U.S. residents live in poverty, and the disparity between the haves and have-nots is wider than at any point since the Great Depression...
Freez: Minneapolis MC talks new album and the fight for fair wages
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In December Freez went from being another working MC (rapper) to a trending topic on Twitter and thrust into the national spotlight.
While canvassing to get a bill passed to give sick days to all Minnesotans with a job he reported that an off duty police officer told him he wasn't welcome "in her neighborhood," followed him and threatened that he would be shot. In the middle of a national conversation on police accountability this story struck a nerve locally. Little did anyone know that the man in the middle of this fiasco was one of Twin Cities hip-hop's most respected artists and was directly connected to thousands of people listening through social media.