African-American culture http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31765/all en Break-out time for India's SlumGods http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/break-out-time-indias-slumgods <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The youngsters from India's best-known slum spin, twist and flip their bodies to the hip hop beat -- but don't call them breakdancers. And definitely not slumdogs.</p> <p>These are the SlumGods, who want to show there is more to life in a Mumbai shantytown than poverty, squalor and trying to escape -- even if the hit film "Slumdog Millionaire" suggested otherwise.</p> <p>"When we heard the name we didn't like it. Why slumdogs?" asked 20-year-old Akash Dhangar, known as B-boy Akku, who co-founded the crew of "breakers", graffiti artists, DJs and rappers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/break-out-time-indias-slumgods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Akku Dance Film Social Issues AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 04:45:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751517 at http://www.globalpost.com Oxford students protest Harlem Shake sacking http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/oxford-students-protest-harlem-shake-sacking <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Oxford University students have lodged a protest about the "hugely unjust" sacking of a librarian who failed to stop about 30 students performing the Harlem Shake in a college library.</p> <p>They claim that Calypso Nash, a graduate student of St Hilda's College, had nothing to do with the filming of the Internet dance craze last month but just happened to be there at the time.</p> <p>"We feel the librarian has been treated unfairly, thus we call for her reinstatement," student leader Ellen Gibson told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/oxford-students-protest-harlem-shake-sacking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Technology AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:46:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5788645 at http://www.globalpost.com Inmates of Bogota prison record 3 music CDs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130810/inmates-bogota-prison-record-3-music-cds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bogota, Aug 10 (EFE).- Inmates of Colombia's La Modelo Prison presented in Bogota three discs - two hip-hop and one of Christian Evangelical music - recorded behind bars as part of a social reintegration program.</p> <p>At a concert they performed in the chapel of the correction facility before cellmates and their families, the Abarco, Reincidentes and Pasos de Guerrero bands unveiled their CDs, recorded and produced in a sound studio they assembled piece by piece.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130810/inmates-bogota-prison-record-3-music-cds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Efé people Religion Agencia EFE Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:02:04 +0000 Agencia EFE 5906960 at http://www.globalpost.com Alabama announces museum to honor the Negro League baseball http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130823/alabama-announces-museum-honor-the-negro-league-baseball <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Verna Gates</p> <p>BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - In the city where baseball legends Satchel Paige and Willie Mays played on a segregated team, plans for a new Negro League Baseball Museum were unveiled Friday.</p> <p>Several former players for the famous "Birmingham Black Barons" turned out for the occasion anxious to honor their old teams and teammates.</p> <p>The interactive museum will feature holograms that allow visitors to stand in the line of fire as Paige pitches one of his legendary fastballs.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130823/alabama-announces-museum-honor-the-negro-league-baseball" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Baseball Negro league baseball Thomson Reuters Sat, 24 Aug 2013 00:45:48 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5916605 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek hip hop bands unite against neo-Nazism http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130924/greek-hip-hop-bands-unite-against-neo-nazism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rival hip hop bands came together in Greece on Tuesday to condemn extremism following the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas by an alleged member of a neo-Nazi group.</p> <p>Fyssas, who wrote music under the nickname Killah P, was stabbed to death last week by a suspected member of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, in an act that shocked the country.</p> <p>The Athens hip hop scene has been split by local rivalries in the past, but on Tuesday 10 bands put their differences to one side to call for unity against Golden Dawn.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130924/greek-hip-hop-bands-unite-against-neo-nazism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Antisemitism B. 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Foxmoor AFP Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:55:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5943371 at http://www.globalpost.com California coaches, teacher suspended for donning blackface at costume party http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131102/california-coaches-teacher-suspended-donning-blackface-at-costu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Laila Kearney</p> <p>(Reuters) - Two California high school football coaches and a teacher were suspended this week for wearing Halloween costumes that featured blackface, prompting criticism from parents and a leading civil rights organization after pictures of the event were posted on Facebook.</p> <p>The three San Diego educators, all white, wore dark-face makeup and stretch jumpsuits to portray Jamaican bobsledders at a weekend costume party at the home of one of the men.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131102/california-coaches-teacher-suspended-donning-blackface-at-costu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Blackface minstrelsy Business Cultural appropriation Education Labor Law Thomson Reuters Sat, 02 Nov 2013 05:45:45 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5978040 at http://www.globalpost.com Christmas musical 'Black Nativity' hits a new note on big screen http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131126/christmas-musical-black-nativity-hits-new-note-big-screen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Eric Kelsey</p> <p>BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - While growing up in Massachusetts in the 1960s and 1970s, Kasi Lemmons' mother took her every year to see the Christmas musical "Black Nativity" in Boston.</p> <p>Now, the 52-year-old director of 2007 drama "Talk to Me" is bringing poet Langston Hughes' musical about family redemption to the big screen on Wednesday in a present-day adaptation starring Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131126/christmas-musical-black-nativity-hits-new-note-big-screen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture American literature Business Harlem, New York Human Interest Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:20:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6000269 at http://www.globalpost.com '12 Years a Slave' wins best picture Oscar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140303/12-years-slave-wins-best-picture-oscar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, becoming the first film from a black director to win the film industry's top honor in the 86 years of the Academy Awards.</p> <p>The film from British director Steve McQueen is based on the memoirs of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who is tricked and sold into bondage in Louisiana in an unflinching account of pre-Civil War slavery in America.</p> <p>(Reporting By Mary Milliken; Editing by Sandra Maler)</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> African-American culture Cultural history of the United States Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:49:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6085338 at http://www.globalpost.com Breaking bad: Vietnam's female rap stars http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140326/breaking-bad-vietnams-female-rap-stars <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>In a land of simpering karaoke stars, Vietnam's first female rappers are foul-mouthed queens of the lyrical underground -- battling government censorship and rampant piracy to spit flow and make dough.</p> <p>Hip-hop is a new import to the communist country of some 90 million, where society is still dominated by conservative values. Young women producing profanity-laced rap about partying and getting high raises eyebrows.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140326/breaking-bad-vietnams-female-rap-stars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Asia Human Interest Religion Socialism Vietnam AFP Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:28:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6105034 at http://www.globalpost.com Dr Dre: from LA gangsta rapper to Forbes top dog? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140509/dr-dre-la-gangsta-rapper-forbes-top-dog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It is a long way from the rough streets of south Los Angeles to becoming the world's richest hip hop star. </p> <p>But that is the path likely set to be taken by Andre Young -- better known as Dr Dre -- helped by some very cool headphones. </p> <p>The 49-year-old rapper turned producer and entrepreneur would top Forbes' hip hop rich list after striking a $3.2 billion deal to sell Apple the company he co-founded eight years ago, Beats Electronics. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140509/dr-dre-la-gangsta-rapper-forbes-top-dog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Hip hop Human Interest Music Social Issues Technology AFP Sat, 10 May 2014 00:50:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6143189 at http://www.globalpost.com Hip-hop businessmen on the rise in US http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140514/hip-hop-businessmen-the-rise-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At Howard University's graduation ceremony, students got advice from a guest speaker unlike most given that honor: Sean Combs, or "P. Diddy", a leading symbol of hip-hop artists turned businessmen.</p> <p>Facing a sea of young people wearing blue gowns, the magnate of rap spoke Saturday of the secret of his success.</p> <p>"I decided to embrace the entrepreneur spirit of my dad but in a honest way, in a legal way," said Combs, whose father died in a drug deal gone wrong.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140514/hip-hop-businessmen-the-rise-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture American music Music Technology AFP Wed, 14 May 2014 15:17:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6146833 at http://www.globalpost.com Hip-hop businessmen on the rise in US http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140514/hip-hop-businessmen-the-rise-us-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At Howard University's graduation ceremony, students got advice from a guest speaker unlike most given that honor: Sean Combs, or "P. Diddy", a leading symbol of hip-hop artists turned businessmen.</p> <p>Facing a sea of young people wearing blue gowns, the magnate of rap spoke Saturday of the secret of his success.</p> <p>"I decided to embrace the entrepreneur spirit of my dad but in a honest way, in a legal way," said Combs, whose father died in a drug deal gone wrong.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140514/hip-hop-businessmen-the-rise-us-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture American music Music Technology AFP Wed, 14 May 2014 16:34:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6146915 at http://www.globalpost.com Dr Dre: from gangsta rapper to mega-millionaire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140528/dr-dre-gangsta-rapper-mega-millionaire <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It is a long way from the mean streets of south Los Angeles to becoming the world's richest hip-hop star. </p> <p>But that is the path set by Andre Young -- better known as Dr Dre -- helped by some very cool headphones. </p> <p>The 49-year-old rapper turned producer and entrepreneur is likely to find himself atop Forbes's hip-hop rich list after a $3 billion deal to sell Beats Electronics to Apple was confirmed Wednesday. </p> <p>Forbes said Wednesday the deal would boost his net worth from about $550 million to between $700 million and $800 million, making him hip-hop's richest man.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140528/dr-dre-gangsta-rapper-mega-millionaire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Hip hop Music Social Issues AFP Thu, 29 May 2014 00:34:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6160643 at http://www.globalpost.com Dr Dre: from gangsta rapper to mega-millionaire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140528/dr-dre-gangsta-rapper-mega-millionaire-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It is a long way from the mean streets of south Los Angeles to becoming the world's richest hip-hop star. </p> <p>But that is the path set by Andre Young -- better known as Dr Dre -- helped by some very cool headphones. </p> <p>The 49-year-old rapper turned producer and entrepreneur is likely to find himself atop Forbes's hip-hop rich list after a $3 billion deal to sell Beats Electronics to Apple was confirmed Wednesday. </p> <p>Forbes said Wednesday the deal would boost his net worth from about $550 million to between $700 million and $800 million, making him hip-hop's richest man.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140528/dr-dre-gangsta-rapper-mega-millionaire-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Hip hop Music Social Issues AFP Thu, 29 May 2014 00:34:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6160644 at http://www.globalpost.com Interview: World's oldest hip-hoppers to pay homage to Asian values http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140630/interview-worlds-oldest-hip-hoppers-pay-homage-asian-values <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Interview: World's oldest hip-hoppers to pay homage to Asian values</p> <p>WELLINGTON, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The world's oldest dance group has a rule when they go overseas: if you die on tour, then you get cremated because it's cheaper to take your ashes home than it is your body.</p> <p>The humor might be black, but it reflects a joy of life that this troupe of aging hip-hoppers will take to China's Taiwan in November when they make their first foray into Asia.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140630/interview-worlds-oldest-hip-hoppers-pay-homage-asian-values" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African-American culture Hip hop Human Interest Music Social Issues Xinhua News Agency Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:15:22 +0000 Xinhua News Agency 6191567 at http://www.globalpost.com