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Tobe Nwigwe

Talk with Tobechukwu Dubem Nwigwe awhile about the music industry and the 34-year-old rapper will show nothing but diplomacy. “Everybody don’t have a vision for how they wanna brand themselves and present theyself to the world, and a label can help you do that,” he’ll say, his bronzed poker face half-buried beneath a thick, gruff beard. He never presents his success story in terms of Tobe Nwigwe versus the industry ; the writer responsible for  “Try Jesus”  doesn’t spin any David and Goliath comparisons.

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Juneteenth UnityFest

The Robert Randolph Foundation and EBONY Magazine present a multi-city event that will serve as a platform for charitable grassroots organizations and diverse voices in the community to commemorate the breadth and depth of Black culture and its historical significance on this important day. Click below to watch the live-streamed event on June 19th, from 5:00-9:00pm EST, featuring hosts Amanda Seales and JB Smoove, musical performances, inspiring speeches, and appearances by civic leaders and influencers.

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Nivea Explains Why She Joined A Girl Group After Spending Her Career As A Solo Artist

’90s and ’00s nostalgia captivated social media timelines last Tuesday when BET debuted their new “Making The Band”-style reality show, BET Presents The Encore. We witnessed several fragmented girl groups file into the cast house. Several of them had chips on their shoulders and a whole lot to prove. And then, there was Nivea—the lone

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Sunday Manifest: A Letter To Black Fathers

As I write this, my eldest daughter Lilah, a precocious, loving, curious and energetic five year old, sits beside me at our living room table playing on her tablet, while my 16 month old West, a strong-willed and even more curious toddler, sits on my lap. This would be a normal day for most parents

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Musician Aloe Blacc Talks Juneteenth Unityfest and Black Music Month

The Grammy-nominated musician, songwriter, and actor Aloe Blacc hypnotizes all who encounter his captivating songs and lyrics. Not confined to one genre, he injects rhythm and soul as well as powerful messaging into each track he touches. In this interview with EBONY, the profound lyricist breaks down the power of sharing the Black struggle through

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Black Fathers of TV: Sitcom Dads We Love

Just as in real life, TV fathers aren’t perfect. However, we are grateful for the greats. And, it’s through them that we’re provided proof that fathers, in general, run the gamut from hilarious to human. They give us hope and understanding, such as Sterling K. Brown’s character, Randall Pearson, in This Is Us or alternatively,

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What Hip-Hop Teaches Us About Fatherhood

One of the things that makes hip-hop so special is the knowledge that is dropped upon us in the rhymes and lyrics, with most of the focus of the musical genre’s teachings in the hands of the listener. In “Facts Not Fiction,” rapper E-40 informed us of Black achievements in science and business. On “Brenda’s

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Celeb Dads and Their Kids: A Visual Fest of Fatherly Love

When a man becomes a father, something shifts in his manner. The way in which they think, move, decide—elevates. They no longer consider themselves alone; they align with the miracle of life they have co-created. From Jay-Z learning to swim for Blue Ivy’s safety to Ta-Nehisi Coates intellectual love letter to his teenage son in

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Sunday Manifest: A Letter To Black Fathers

As I write this, my eldest daughter Lilah, a precocious, loving, curious and energetic five year old, sits beside me at our living room table playing on her tablet, while my 16 month old West, a strong-willed and even more curious toddler, sits on my lap. This would be a normal day for most parents

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