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‘Holding On’ Through Harvard

When times were hard, when I was drowning in a sea of work and responsibility, when I didn’t think I

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My Beef With Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons, the so-called CEO of hip hop, made headlines last week when he politely urged the recording and broadcasting

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Why, Remix

Why did Nas say hip hop’s dead when it’s still alive Why do rappers ride around with illegal drugs and

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The Story You Didn’t See

The hottest ticket in town last Friday was for “A Conversation with Stephen Colbert” at the John F. Kennedy, Jr.

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The Last Taboo

Michael Richards is a comedian, but there was nothing funny about his racist rant at a comedy club in West

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New Music: The Game

The Game “Doctor’s Advocate” (Geffen) 3 STARS When gangsta rapper The Game released his debut album, “The Documentary,” in early

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Pelosi’s Value

If most Americans didn’t know who Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was before this election, they will come to know her very

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Obama’s Race

Should Barack Obama run for president in 2008? The first-term Democratic senator from Illinois caused major political waves Sunday when

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Middle East Meltdown

Ismail Haniya, the Palestinian prime minister, sounded like a broken record when he spoke at a Hamas rally last week.

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What, Me Apologize?

During a speech in an academic setting two weeks ago, Benedict XVI said something that offended many people and made

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Tupac’s Dying Legacy

Ten years ago today, hip hop lost its most eloquent and incisive voice with the murder of Tupac Shakur. During

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From the War Zone

JERUSALEM—The campus of Hebrew University is on the tallest hill of this ancient city. The view from Mount Scopus reveals

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21 Questions for 50 Cent

50 Cent is everywhere. He’s on billboards, magazine covers, CDs, radio programs, television talk shows, and now he can be

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50 Cent Sells Tough-Boy Image In Book Form

The world knows 50 Cent as the hustler-turned-rapper who was shot nine times and survived, then left the drug game

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New Music: 50 Cent

It's hard to name a prominent rapper who has not had beef with 50 Cent. The Queens, N.Y. native may

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