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How the Deaths of Biggie and 2Pac Changed Rap Media Forever

Twenty-five years ago Wednesday, the Notorious B.I.G. was killed, marking the end of the most violent chapter in hip-hop’s history. For the writers and editors who covered his and Tupac’s lives and music, the tragedies stick with them to this day.

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The New Prince of ‘Bel-Air’

Morgan Cooper went from striking gold on YouTube to reimagining ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ for Peacock. But he’s only just beginning.

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The Black Neo-noirs of the ’90s

One of noir’s primary characteristics is its skewering of society’s ills. But not until films like ‘Deep Cover’ and ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’ did the genre turn its eye toward race and racism.

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Family Untied: Kendrick Lamar and TDE Ruled the 2010s. What Comes After Their Split?

The Compton MC and his label were among the most popular and influential entities in music of the past decade. But their relationship is coming to an end. So what now?

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The Evolution of Will Smith

After ruling Hollywood for an extended period, the 2010s saw Smith lose his Midas touch. Now, ‘King Richard’ has him more in control of the Hollywood landscape—and in the middle of Oscars season.

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The Many Flaws of ‘Many Saints’ Begin With Its Handling of Race

The ‘Sopranos’ prequel film gives Leslie Odom Jr. a meaty role as Harold, but the movie doesn’t seem to know quite what do with the character

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Daisies, Aged: A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and the End of the Native Tongues Era

In 1996, the two most prominent groups from hip-hop’s most prominent conscious collective released tense works that reacted to the evolving genre around them—and signaled the end of the crew as fans knew it

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‘Snowfall’ Is Becoming Can’t-Miss TV

FX’s tale of the rise of crack on the streets of South Central L.A. in the 1980s got off to a slow start, but now in its fourth season, it’s one of the most underrated shows on television

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Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield Come Full Circle in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

After sharing scenes in 2017’s ‘Get Out,’ both actors have risen to the top of their craft, albeit through very different methods

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How Cam’ron Turned ‘Paid in Full’ Into a Cult Legend

The 2002 film wasn’t a box office hit, but it’s lived on thanks in large part to an indelible performance from one of Harlem’s finest