A compelling article discusses the cultural appropration of black voices in Moby’s seminal album. Moby’s in the news again for being a douche (again). He’s written a new memoir and one of his claims – that Natalie Portman came onto him in his dressing room – was quickly refuted by the actress. But aside from Moby being a creep, he also made a lot of…

White people should never say the N-word. Ever. Or any of its variants. This also includes non-black people. And if you want an elaboration on this opinion, go read the multitude of articles, books, and academic papers on the word, its use, and racism suffered by black people from at least the last 200 years. Or watch this video by Jay Smooth.

Sampleface’s woman of culture Bee looks at graffiti and its use as a form of mass communication. Hip hop as an identity is articulated in several ways. It is of course expressed musically and lyrically through the production of beats and rap music and expressed physically by breakdancers. For the visual artists there is graffiti, which remains one of the central tenants of hip hop…

Before Roscoe Orman played Gordon on Sesame Street, he was a the titular pimp in blaxploitation movie, Willie Dynamite. Big Daddy Kane once said “pimpin’ ain’t easy” and it certainly wasn’t for Willie Dynamite. The 1974 film of the same name was about a New York pimp fighting his way to be the number one, whilst a social worker tries her hardest to help him…