Andrew C. Esensten

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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

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

Why, Remix

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

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.

The Last Taboo

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

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

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

Obama’s Race

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

Middle East Meltdown

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

What, Me Apologize?

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

Tupac’s Dying Legacy

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

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

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

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

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