William E. Ketchum III

William E. Ketchum III

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William E. Ketchum III is a journalist who covers music, pop culture, race, culture and social justice.

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Oscars Not So White? Academy Gives Overdue Props To Black Artists

The work to get black Hollywood its props are far from over, but the list of nominees for the 2017 Oscars is a big step in the right direction.

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William E. Ketchum III's Best Albums of 2016 [Okayplayer]

Staff Picks: William E. Ketchum III's Best Albums of 2016

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Chance The Rapper + Hip-Hop Win Regardless – Now, The Grammys Can Win Too [Opinion]

Chance The Rapper is nominated for seven Grammys — and for the first time in recent memory, the Academy isn’t playing catch-up.

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Ava Duvernay Links Slavery With U.S. Prison System In Netflix Doc ’13th’ [Review]

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay breaks down one of the most complex systems of American history in a way that's easy to understand.

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Recap: Blackout for Human Rights Raises Spirits + $156K In Donations

This past Sunday, while everyone else was tuned into the Oscars, Flint, Michigan residents got something they haven’t seen in quite some time: the VIP treatment and a show with more than a dozen of the biggest names in entertainment.

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New World Water: How Hip-Hop Has Responded To The Flint Water Crisis

The bond that is inspiring Diddy. Snoop Dogg and other rap stars to help Flint residents.

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Lean Back With Soia And Mez’s Smooth, Melodic “Intangible/Tiger”

If you need to wind down this Sunday night before heading into your work week, check out Soia's new cut "Intangible/Tiger."...

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Styles P Remixes Solange’s “Cranes In The Sky”

Solange's Knowles' "Cranes In The Sky" has already received the remix treatment from Kaytranada and Common, and now Styles P has taken a stab at the beat....

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Black Thought Calls Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, More For Symphony 2016 At Roots Picnic NY

In the first Roots Picnic in New York City, Black Thought brought a slew of rap legends on stage to rhyme over DJ Marley Marl's classic cut "The Symphony."...

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‘The Get Down Has Not Been Canceled,’ Producer Nelson George Says

A rumor of Netflix canceling The Get Down is circulating the Net, but supervising producer Nelson George said the reports are false....

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Kanye West Threatens To Boycott Grammys If Frank Ocean Isn’t Nominated

Frank Ocean reportedly made the choice to not submit "Blonde" before the Grammys deadline, but Kanye West wants the Grammys to nominate the album anyway....

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Elzhi Turns Into A Vampire In The Horror Movie Visuals For “She Sucks”

Halloween has passed, but that didn't stop Elzhi from making a horror flick for one of his songs this week....

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Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate Change Documentary ‘Before The Flood’ Here

Buzz around Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change documentary Before The Flood has been making its rounds online, and it's available to be viewed in full online....

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Redman Drops Quick Bars And Lights Up In ‘Wus Really Hood’ Video

In the video for "Wus Really Hood," a song from his 2015 album Mudface, Redman shows the authority on the mic that has made him one of rap's greats....


Bruno Mars Debuts New Song “Chunky” On SNL

Saturday had a lot of different choices for viewers, but with an appearance on SNL, Bruno Mars continued to prove why he's one of pop's most dominant stars....