Rihanna – American Oxygen

http://www.rollingout.com ? RiRi gives us a poignant song about our nation. It addresses immigration, civil rights, the Eric Garner murder, corporate greed, the hope of change in the “New America”, and much more. She hit this one out of the park! Rihanna’s new effort R8 hits the streets later this year. ?

To Pimp A Butterfly: A Conversation Overheard

Originally posted on This Christian Life:
[Editor’s Note: This article is a collaboration between Colten Barnaby and Robert Redmond.] The current climate of hip-hop often leaves me feeling disappointed. Don’t get me wrong– I can get down to the latest Travis Scott and Bobby Shmurda bangers, but it seems that most popular rap artists often…

March 2015: A historical month in Hip-Hop

The month of March has welcomed two socially and morally conscious hip-hop discs that hopefully maybe the vanguard of more to come from other artists. The first is the much-anticipated, long-awaited “To Pimp a Butterfly” from Kendrick Lamar. The other many of you may not be aware of, “Eat Pray Thug” from HEEMS. Both of…

Being “Dark Enough”

Originally posted on don't judge a girl by her color:
In junior high, when my sister was in high school, we used to share clothes. Our favorite stores, like most people our age at the time, were Abercrombie and Hollister. Abercrombie Kids sold this shirt that says “Life Is Always Better Tan”, and my…

Has your Gran ever said your skin is too dark ?

Sundays are reserved for family strictly. If I even had the slightest thought of spending a cherished Sunday with anyone else but family, I’d probably end up decapitated from the family unit and excluded from the inheritance. However, in the Samsodien household, which is my mother’s maiden surname, the eating commenced where aunties and uncles…