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Krystal Brent Zook
Why are so few radio and television stations currently owned by African Americans?
The airwaves are public resources; they belong to the people. And yet minorities, who form 33 percent of the population, control only 3 percent of the broadcast media. African Americans own less than 1 percent of all television station in the country. How did we reach this point?
In I See Black People, journalist Kristal Brent Zook talks with the people who have struggled to retain an independent voice within the media despite the consolidations that have swept through the industry. Zook tells the story of Dorothy Brunson, one of the first African American women to own a radio station in America, and Catherine Liggins Hughes who faced overwhelming challenges establishing Radio One but ultimately became the first black woman in the country to own a publicly traded company. Set against these rare examples of success are people like Robert Short, who lost his Syracuse station in 2000 and describes the negative impact that this had on his local community. And Chauncey Bailey, who made it his life’s work to bring local African American programming to Oakland, California, but was tragically murdered earlier this year while working on a story.
I See Black People makes a powerful case that ownership does matter. When the media fails to reflect the diversity of its audience, it is inevitably the voices of the least powerful that vanish first from the airwaves.
Thorough book exploring the history of the mixtape. From a successful kickstarter campaign comes this wildly visionary book discussing, displaying, and dissecting the art of the mixtape. Compiled by DJ Mars, Bril Ndiaye, and Maurice Garland the book goes deep into the vaults up to modern day. Crispy scans of the covers along with the tape makes it feel personalized with copies from heads which gives the book a vintage touch. This is limited and will surely be another chapter in the Hip Hop bible... my only complaint about this book is that I don't have even 10% of these tapes. Recommended reading for art kids, street hustlers, and music historians. Hard cover, limited edition, 293 pages.
Here's what The Rap Year Book does: It takes readers from 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present, with Shea Serrano hilariously discussing, debating, and deconstructing the most important rap song year by year. Serrano also examines the most important moments that surround the history and culture of rap music--from artists' backgrounds to issues of race, the rise of hip-hop, and the struggles among its major players--both personal and professional. Covering East Coast and West Coast, famous rapper feuds, chart toppers, and show stoppers, The Rap Year Book is an in-depth look at the most influential genre of music to come out of the last generation.
Complete with infographics, lyric maps, uproarious and informative footnotes, portraits of the artists, and short essays by other prominent music writers, The Rap Year Book is both a narrative and illustrated guide to the most iconic and influential rap songs ever created. It's like the gold tank from Master P's "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" video, except it's a book. It's like Kanye's verse on "Put On," except it's a book. It's like the face Biggie made when he was on the boat with Puffy in "Hypnotize," except it's a book.
Mr. T Brookshire Harris
Personal Branding is the "art of standing out". Developing your personal brand is the process of discovering who you are, who you want to be, and who people perceive you to be. Learn 33 Branding Secrets from the life stories of Diddy, Jay Z, and Dr. Dre as you strategize on how to differentiate yourself, your product, or your service from your peers and competitors. This book is for Employees, Entrepreneurs, Executives, and Entertainers who are looking to reinvent themselves, overcome adversities, and achieve success and happiness.
A one-of-a kind survey of rap and hip hop history from 1973 to today by Chuck D, arguably the most influential rapper in the world.
In the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and "Rapper's Delight," hip hop and rap have become a billion-dollar worldwide phenomenon. Yet there is no definitive history of the genre-until now.
Based on Chuck's long-running show on Rapstation.com, this massive compendium details the most iconic moments and influential songs in the genre's recorded history, from Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'" to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar's ground-breaking verse on "Control." Also included are key events in hip hop history, from Grandmaster Flash's first scratch through Tupac's holographic appearance at Coachella.
Throughout, Chuck offers his insider's perspective on the chart toppers and show stoppers as he lived it. Illustrating the pages are more than 100 portraits from the talented artists specializing in hip hop.
Nipsey Hussle's Personal Life
Hussle has a daughter named Emani from a previous relationship. He dated actress Lauren London from 2013 till his death in 2019. They have a son named Kross together, who was born on the 31st of August, 2016.
What paved the way for their long-term love story was when London wanted to buy Hussle’s mixtapes for her co-stars. After getting the tapes, she began following him on Instagram and he also followed her in return. They began their relationship after some time.
Nipsey recently praised Lauren for the sacrifice she made for their family. John Singleton picked her for Snowfall. She got the role, shot the pilot and even performed stunts. This was a dream role for her. However, she had to make an extremely tough decision when she started expecting their son. She chose their family.
Lauren also has a 9-year-old son Cameron with Lil Wayne. Nipsey and Lauren tried their best to keep their children away from the spotlight. They usually did not post their children's pictures on social media, with only a few exceptions. When they appeared in GQ in white clothes on a horse, it sparked engagement rumors.