While it’s refreshing to see brown faces on the big screen that are not slaves or a gun-toting cross-dresser, my support for this film transcends racial pride.
A Detroit woman’s shooting death appears to highlight continued racial biases and fears held about African Americans.
Pastor Marvin Winans’s strict policy prohibiting the blessing of babies of unwed mothers is an example of the ever-present problem of patriarchal theology.
Kanye West’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel revealed an artist who thoughtfully looks at the world through the lens of race.
This new phenomenon of church leaders as the focus of reality television shows is seen by some as a rare, needed look into the guarded lives of pastors
The DJ’s public discussion about his sexuality and the subsequent support from his New York radio station complicates hip-hop’s often one-sided understanding of manhood.
“The Butler” hit theaters at the exact moment in which American audiences would find its storyline most meaningful.
More than ever before, the digitized, global community we live in demands that the church constantly elevate how it will be relevant to emerging generations.
Spitting out some of the most braggadocious lines in recent rap history, Lamar is now said to have the best verse of 2013.
While the Dream Defenders have gained national media coverage and widespread support, how truly effective is their sit-in strategy?
Ryan Coogler's movie has the capacity to redeem much of the damage that keeps being done to public perceptions about black men.
If CNN anchor Don Lemon really wanted to help the black community, he could start by adopting a deeper understanding of the history, sociology and psychology of his own people.
While today’s commercial American rap music is often critiqued for its shallow lyricism and degrading imagery, international hip-hop maintains a redemptive quality within hip hop culture.
One half of the 90s rap sensation KrissKross, Kelly inspired many to be radically different.
The documentary portrays an age-old struggle facing African Americans: to believe that “black is beautiful.”
What are we, as a society, instilling in our boys that makes rape so commonplace? How can we untrain them in the ways of rape culture?
The problems hip-hop faces go beyond what artists say and what we are or aren't silent about. Record label executives are complicit as well.
OPINION| The singer’s latest anthem cannot go without criticism as it sabotages many of her past female empowerment efforts.
Rahiel Tesfamariam is an activist, writer, social commentator and public theologian. She is also a columnist for The Washington Post and founder/editor-in-chief of UrbanCusp.com, a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. Rahiel holds a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University and a Master of Divinity from Yale University. Prior to seminary, Rahiel served as the youngest editor-in-chief in the history of The Washington Informer, at age 23. Rahiel managed a citywide juvenile justice reform effort at a D.C. faith-based nonprofit before launching Urban Cusp in 2011. She has traveled the world on various delegations and humanitarian projects. She has been named a 2013 GIVE1 Project Global Leadership Fellow, the 2012 IMPACT Leader of the Year, a 2012 Beatitudes Society Fellow, a Practical Visionary by The Institute for the Future, and a “Top 40 Under 40” by the EnVest Foundation.