Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Bloggingheads :: Eli Lake and I Debating Hip-Hop & Politics

Here’s Eli Lake and I from today’s Bloggingheads TV: Eli and I talked about the Vibe cover story, Ice Cube’s aspirationality, and debated crime policy and the Clipse, Bill Ayers and Too Short, and a lot more. Not sure I was the most articulate dude in the face of Eli’s ridiculously broad and deep intelligence–which […]

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

It’s Obama Time :: The Vibe Cover Story

In August of 2007, Vibe became the first hip-hop gen magazine to put Obama on its cover, even beating the likes of Rolling Stone. It was also Vibe’s first cover featuring a political figure. Jeff got the assignment. Here’s the historic piece…

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009


Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. He edited the book, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. His new book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, […]

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Voices of The New Majority :: A Hip-Hop Activist In Search Of Answers

Carlo Javier GarciaPhoto Courtesy B-Fresh Photography In August, crowds gathered every day in the streets of Denver to protest at the Democratic National Convention. On the day before the Convention opened, one in the crowd was a 22 year-old Puerto-Rican, University of Colorado student named Carlo Javier Garcia. He wore Swiss Army sunglasses, red and […]

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Q+A :: Immortal Technique Breaks Down The American Empire

Immortal Technique is a steadfastly independent voice—from his music to his politics. The Lima-born, Harlem-raised rhymer broke through at the turn of the millennium after emerging from prison and the east coast battle-rap scene. He made his name with “Revolutionary, Volumes 1 and 2”, showcasing his fierce intellect and broad knowledge of history in hardcore […]

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

"The Tipping Point" :: An Excerpt From My Vibe Cover Story

Here it is: “Tonight Freedom Rings!” Reverend Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told the crowd on August 28, echoing her father’s epochal “I Have a Dream” speech given 45 years before. And now the flocks gathered at Denver’s Invesco Field at Mile High stadium would witness a giant […]

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Monday, October 13th, 2008

Q+A :: De La Soul On Whether Obama Can Deliver

Feted spectacularly on last week’s VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, De La Soul is still in motion—working on new projects for their AOI label and touring extensively around the world. They are also all family folks now, with grown man concerns, and lots of wisdom to drop. Vibe recently caught up with Plugs Two and Three—Dave the […]

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Q + A :: Bun B On Why He Registered To Vote

Bun B has been one of the strongest voices in hip-hop this election season. That comes as no surprise to headz who have been following his reality rhymes since the early 90s as a member of UGK. But although Bun has had his mind in politics and thangs for a while, he admits he’s still […]

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Q+A :: Tom Morello On Obama, Race & The War

As guitarist for Rage Against The Machine, Tom Morello brought turntable pyrotechnics to the guitar. This past August, he and his fellow bandmates supported anti-war demonstrators, especially Iraq Veterans Against the War, at concerts held during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. (Click here or here or here for coverage of the Denver protest.) But […]

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Lip Glossing :: The Silly Season Is In

The latest in the Lipstick “controversy”… For those not following, yesterday on the stump Barack Obama made a comment referring to McCain’s claims of being an agent of change. “That’s just calling something that’s the same thing something different. You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig,” he said, then paused for […]

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