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Black women who made the TIME 100 List For 2013! First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, creative geniuses Beyoncé, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde (of Nigeria), and Shonda Rhimes, and President of Malawi, Joyce Banda.

Maya Angelou wrote the essay for Michelle Obama, in which she included this: ” She has remained herself, with her grace, her gentleness and her sense of humor. That she would dare to wear clothes off the rack. Or go out and garden. Or have a grandmother in the White House. She knows how to be a public creature without being separate from her family.”

Nancy Pelosi wrote the essay for Kamala Harris, in which she included this: “As a child, Kamala accompanied her parents to civil rights marches in Oakland. She’s been making strides for justice — and breaking down barriers — ever since.”

Baz Lurhman wrote the essay for Beyoncé, in which he included this: “No one has that voice, no one moves the way she moves, no one can hold an audience the way she does. And she keeps growing and evolving in the ways that she expresses herself as a singer, as a performer and now as a mother.”

Richard Corliss wrote the essay for Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, in which he included this: “Nollywood enthralls millions more who come for the thrills, the uplift and the artful agitations of Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde — the Queen of Nollywood.”

Oprah Winfrey wrote the essay for Shonda Rhimes, in which she included this: “Gay, straight, single, divorced, lost, searching — everybody gets a seat at Shonda’s table. She creates an assemblage of worldly foibles and aspirations. She understands that every dream is valuable and every identity deserves inspection through the looking glass of television.”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (President of Liberia) wrote the essay for Joyce Banda, in which she included this: “President Banda is committed to using her position to improve the lives of women across the continent, not just in Malawi. She has great strength. I am delighted that I’m not alone in Africa anymore.”

The linked names in the first paragraph leads to each respective essay.

Jay-Z and President Obama made the Time 100 List as well; thus there are two Black couples on the list.

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JOEY BADA$$ FT. CHUCK STRANGERS - FROMDATOMB$

Get hip to Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew…these young dudes are next up.

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Kinda late on this vid but every lyric spoke to the militant in me. Pay attention people!

Gotta love TDE, whew. 

Ab-Soul “Terrorist Threats” ft. Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko (by TopDawgEntTDE)

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Cool event I checked out with the homies @3littledigs!! Physical copies of Mike Will’s new mixtape and Ciroc were in abundance! Great times! If you don’t have the Est. in 1989, Pt. 2 mixtape by super producer Mike Will Made It…I’m sorry but you are just losing in life. Ratchet shit at its finest. I’m pretty sure my bro blew one of his speakers riding to it. Yup, we had it up THAT loud. Go to livemixtapes and download it now!

Shoutout to my un-manicured hand in the screenshot and at the end of the video holding up his CD, lol!

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#tbt #throwbackthursday Here’s a shitty vid I took with my iPhone from the A$AP Rocky show back in February!! Clearly footage I forgot to upload LOL. Great show, I was just sad that I had to wait f o r e v e r for him to come on. But it was worth the wait!! Crowd was extremely hostile, though!! Quite an entertaining night at the Masquerade for sure. Here’s ”Pesos” off the LiveLoveA$AP mixtape.

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#NP #LifeIsGood by @nasnyc @Nas. Greatest rapper alive. My boo thang. GO BUY IT NOW!! #realhiphop ❤🎶🎵🎧🎤👍😍 (Taken with Instagram)

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Looks like Amber’s man is getting back to his Kush & Orange Juice sound with his upcoming mixtape ONIFC. Check his new video for “Bed Rest” where he’s pretty much smoking in front of the camera. (Big surprise, right?)

I’m liking his flow on this one, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the pre-Rolling Papers Wiz shall return. 

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Check Lana Del Rey’s new video for her track “National Anthem.”

This isn’t hip hop but it does show A$AP Rocky acting like JFK, so it counts (right?). I’m not sure if this video was shot through an Instagram filter or something, but it definitely looks that way. Anyway, its pretty nice and all dramatic like a movie. Enjoy!

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*Dommmmmm Kennedy.* The MUCH anticipated new mixtape from a pinkGRAFFITI fave is finally here! Click the photo above and download Yellow Album from Dom Kennedy. I’ve been hearing about this tape since the winter, but I guess Dom just had to hit us with another summertime hit. This sample-heavy, slow flowing tape had me literally bobbing my head for about 45 minutes in my cubicle. My neck kinda hurts, but it was worth it. I think my favorite track is the 7 minute long “PG Click.” And no, it’s not because I’m a pretty girl with long hair! I am always drawn to tracks with dope ass beat changes in the middle of the song. Shout out to the producer J.Lbs on that track. What’s your favorite song on Yellow Album?
P.S. Ant…I think it’s time we move to LA, lol.

*Dommmmmm Kennedy.* The MUCH anticipated new mixtape from a pinkGRAFFITI fave is finally here! Click the photo above and download Yellow Album from Dom Kennedy. I’ve been hearing about this tape since the winter, but I guess Dom just had to hit us with another summertime hit. This sample-heavy, slow flowing tape had me literally bobbing my head for about 45 minutes in my cubicle. My neck kinda hurts, but it was worth it. I think my favorite track is the 7 minute long “PG Click.” And no, it’s not because I’m a pretty girl with long hair! I am always drawn to tracks with dope ass beat changes in the middle of the song. Shout out to the producer J.Lbs on that track. What’s your favorite song on Yellow Album?

P.S. Ant…I think it’s time we move to LA, lol.