President Donald Trump met with rapper Lil Wayne in Miami on Thursday. Lil Wayne praised the president in a tweet.

The growing influence that hip-hop has on politics may be apparent to consumers and participants of the culture alike, especially since a few hip-hop artists have chosen sides in this year’s presidential election. While some are using their platforms to promote their preferred candidate, concurrently, Kanye West became the first hip-hop artist to announce a presidential campaign. …

Artwork by Nikkolas Smith (@nikkolas_smith)

Just over a week ago, Los Angeles-based rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and murdered on Sunday, March 31st. As a recent fan and admirer of his music and community engagement, I and the global hip-hop community are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Hussle. Over the past few years, I’ve always considered Hussle as an underground artist from the west coast, and as an east coast Bronx native, he wasn’t on my radar. I knew he had an impact on the hip-hop community on the west coast, but he did not catch my attention until his Grammy-nominated album Victory…

Tekashi 6ix9ine on the set of his video shoot for his song titled “Stoopid”

I was not surprised when the news broke that Brooklyn rapper Tekashi69 was cooperating with federal prosecutors and reportedly pleading guilty to charges arising from his involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods gang. Since Tekashi received mainstream attention, I was always troubled by his portrayal of hip-hop culture. Tekashi’s career launched with the instant success of his first hit song “Gummo,” which glorifies gang culture, violence, and misogyny. …

Written by Edmund Adjapong (Seton Hall University) and Courtney Rose (Ivy Rose Consulting)

Photo credit: Lebron James Family Foundation

The Lebron James Family Foundation, led by arguably the best basketball player in the world, Lebron James, opened an elementary school in his hometown of Akron Ohio. If you have accessed your social media feeds or watched the local news this week you know that critics, celebrities, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, are praising Lebron James opening in his hometown. Starting with an initial enrollment of 240 third and fourth graders, the I Promise School, officially opened its doors on Monday, July 30th, and is already…

Edmund Adjapong

Dr. Edmund Adjapong is an assistant professor in the Education Studies Department at Seton Hall University.

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