In the third of his articles discussing anti-Blackness in South Asian communities, Dhruva Balram discusses how South Asian people often gravitate towards Black culture and music, and how use of the n-word became an issue. Moving to Canada from India at the cusp of adolescence, I instantly felt different, out of place – ‘othered’. Within… Read More
Cashmere Hip Hop Straight from the Swet Shop
by Lamisse Hamouda An American Hindu-Punjabi rapper from Queens drawls, “Insha’allah / masha’allah / No martial law / hai allah / yo yallah”. Never had I experienced such visceral sense of familiarity in listening to music until I was blasted with these lines from “T5”, the opening track off Swet Shop Boys’ debut album Cashmere.… Read More
Towards a structural view of cultural appropriation
Towards a structural view of cultural appropriation By Adam Elliott-Cooper / @adamec87 I’m the real ambassador! It is evident I was sent by government to take your place, All I do is play the blues and meet the people face to face; I’ll explain and make it plain I represent the human race, And don’t… Read More
The Life and Times of Suge Knight: A waste of entrepreneurial genius
by Nels Abbey Marion ‘Suge’ Knight is one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time. Not ‘black entrepreneur’ or ‘hip-hop entrepreneur’ or ‘street entrepreneur’. There is nothing required to qualify that statement or detract from it. In the story of risk and reward (at its most extreme) Marion ‘Suge’ Knight should be up there with… Read More
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