Op-Ed

‘The Devil is a Lie’

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist   What’s the greatest trick the devil ever pulled?  Convince the world he didn’t exist.  Rick Ross and Jay Z released a new single, “The Devil is a Lie.” On first glance, I thought it read, “The Devil is Alive.”  Read More

Op-Ed

Celebrating What Makes Hip Hop Unique

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Hip Hop has celebrated its heritage in recent weeks on many different platforms showcasing its rich love for the art form and its accomplishments. Events such as the Hip Hop Education Think Tank III, the Universal Zulu Nation’s 40th Anniversary, and Read More

Op-Ed

Hip Hop is No Path to American Dream

HIP HOP CONNECTION By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist The rags to riches stories that have defined the Hip Hop movement as a viable path to the American Dream may be the All-American distraction.  Early Hip Hop artists experienced true bliss when their hard work and Read More

Op-Ed

You Can ‘Sag’ Butt it will Cost You

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Do you ever wonder what message our young men are really sending when their pants are sagging to the point of showing their underwear? Has it crossed your mind that they might be mooning us? Before we can figure it Read More

Op-Ed

I am A Citizen of Hip Hop

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist I am a Citizen Of Hip Hop. That bold declaration, which has developed into an international movement, has created buzz and touched off badly needed introspection. Over the centuries, citizenship has been elusive for people of color and a constant source of Read More