Study: Black People Are Not Calling 911 Over Fears Of Police Brutality


A recent study has found a correlation between police misconduct and a decreasing rate in black people calling 911.

Titled “Police Violence and Citizen Crime Reporting in the Black Community” and conducted by the American Sociological Association, the report came after studying the effects of the 2004 killing of Frank Jude Jr....

Alfred Olango Becomes 217th Black Person Killed By Police In 2016


San Diego police shot and killed a mentally ill, unarmed black man at a shopping center in the city, after his sister called the department for assistance.

NBC 7 San Diego reported that police from the El Cajon suburb were called out late Tuesday night and found 30-year-old Alfred Olango, who they described as an “erratic man,” who was...

ShaqIsDope Returns with New Banger “Wake Up”


It was a long time in the making, but Toronto emcee, ShaqIsDope, finally released his long awaited tape, Black Frames, earlier this year and cemented himself as a new emcee to keep on your radar. Now that he’s let that marinate for some time, Shaq is right back to making new music for us. He hooks up with producer The Jenius to get things...

Kashif, ’80s R&B Hit Machine, Dead At 56


Hearts are heavy this morning as we confirm that Kashif was found dead this morning in his Los Angeles home. He was 56. A Brooklyn-born orphan who mastered synthesizers just at the onset of r&b’s transition from organics to electronics, Kashif, born Michael Jones, struck early success with B.T. Express and Evelyn Champagne King,&nbsp...

Trump Proposes Reinstating Stop And Frisks To Combat Black on Black Crime


Yet another head shaking moment from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. You would think all these jaw dropping Trump headlines were sensationalized until you read his direct quotes and see they’re even worse than the headlines would suggest. In a Fox news town hall billed as a ‘Meeting on African-American Concerns,”...

Michelle Obama Does A Fantastic Barack Impression


“If you don’t know what swag is, Steve, you definitely don’t have it.”

Just a few months from now, we’ll be waving goodbye to the Obama family’s White House years, and that’s certainly gonna hurt. The last eight years have been full of hills and valleys, but the personalities of this particular presidential...

Shawty Lo Killed In Fatal Car Crash


The Atlanta hip-hop community is served a mighty blow as we learn that D4L rapper Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker died in a fatal car crash in the early hours of the morning. According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, police have reported that Lo’s white Audi burst into flames after jumping a...

Everytown Partners With Okayplayer To Help End Gun Violence


Everytown for Gun Safety photos taken by Shayan Asgharnia for Okayplayer.

Dear America,

There is an issue that needs to be addressed in this country. An issue that cuts across race, class and region. At the root of it all is the easy access to guns that affects small towns and big cities, that touches us here in New York as much as Aurora,...

Minnesota Vikings Honor Prince With A Very Purple Halftime Show


The Minnesota Vikings won their first game in their new stadium against the Green Bay Packers, making them just one of eight teams in the NFL that still holds the title of being undefeated. But the game was also important for another reason: its incredible Prince tribute.

In honor of the iconic artist, who was born in Minneapolis and was a fan of...

Mac Miller’s New Album ‘The Divine Feminine’ Is Here


Mac Miller has promised and Mac Miller has delivered. The 24 year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native just dropped his latest project The Divine Feminine. The album is Miller’s fourth solo studio effort, his last being 2015’s GO:OD AM. The Divine Feminine, at only ten tracks, packs a punch with features from Bilal, Kendrick...

Kid Cudi Has Words for Kanye via Twitter, Ye’ Fires Back at Saint Pablo Tour Stop

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I really do love the music of Kanye West and Kid Cudi, honestly, truly. But with how vulnerable they make themselves in their music, it’s inevitable that some thoughts are going to spill out in the form of emo twitter rants every now and then. As we wait for Kid Cudi to drop this next album, it seems some of those feelings...

Janelle Monáe FREE CONCERT at SummerStage for Capital One Customers

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Yup. Capital One© customers are in for a chance to catch an incredible special live show featuring performances by Janelle Monáe and Nate Ruess (of Fun.) along with surprise DJs–FREE. The free concert goes down at SummerStage in Central Park, New York City on September 29th....

Premiere: Masta Ace Takes A Look Around His Old Hood In ‘Story Of Me’


In the Okayplayer premiere of his new music video “Story of Me,” Masta Ace gives viewers a look into his formative years and revisits a locale that many longterm fans may be familiar with.

The video sees Ace (with featured artists Pearl Gates and Denez Prigent) going back to the Brownsville, Brooklyn neighborhood Ace grew up in....

Kid Cudi To Release A New LP This Month

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We’ve been hearing for some time now that Kid Cudi has plans of dropping two new albums in 2016. As it’s now September I had my doubts, but Cudi took to twitter (where else?) yesterday to let us know the first release will be coming very soon.

In a series of tweets Cudi makes it very clear that his new album will be...

Kendrick Lamar Lends Some Bars to Sia’s New Single “The Greatest”


Following up on her 2016 album, This Is Acting, Sia is back with yet another hit. This time around, the Australian pop star gets some bars from Kendrick Lamar for “The Greatest.” Kendrick’s appearance is brief, but impactful as always. You can listen to an mp3 stream of Sia’s island tinged new single, below. Sia went on to...

Futuristic Pens A Modern Day Love Song w/ “Nudes”


Arizona emcee, Futuristic, just recently released his latest indie LP, As Seen on the Internet. In support of the album, Futuristic set off on his Web Week Takeover last week, dropping an official video off the LP daily. To give you a sample of what went down, here’s one of the highlights of the week, the Devvon Terrell featured...