Words by Adisa Banjoko Clifford “T.I.” Harris has made a name as a rapper and family man with his new reality TV series. But at times his compassion has extended beyond the walls of his home. October 13th 2010 T.I. was listening to the radio and he heard that a man named Joshua Starks was […]

Words By Adisa Banjoko Best known for her breakthrough roles in the film Baby Boy, Hustle and Flow and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Taraji P. Henson is all about saving the animals. Henson joined the famed organization PETA campaign against the use of animal products in clothing and is featured in their “I’d […]

Last summer, Miami rapper Rick Ross opened up his very own Wingstop restaurant chain in Memphis Tenn. Of course he isn’t leaving the rap game to pursue a career as a wing fryer, but Ross wanted to give something back. “With Wingstop we are bringing in the food I like and adding jobs to the […]

Words by Adisa Banjoko Alicia Keys, born Alicia Aguello Cook, began playing the piano when she was seven and learned classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. Keys enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 12, where she majored in choir and began writing songs at the age of 14. She graduated […]

On his latest album W.A.R. Queens MC Pharoahe Monch recorded a stirring semi-autobiographical song called “Still Standing.” One of the details he shared on the track was a life long battle with asthma. In a strange twist of fate, while in Philadelphia recording the song with Jill Scott, Monch experienced an attack and had to […]

Aaron McGruder, the mind behind the controversial yet hilarious Boondocks comic strip and TV series, has added screen writer to his resume. McGruder worked with George Lucas, co-writer John Ridley, and director Anthony Hemingway on Red Tails, the action flick  based on the Tuskegee Airmen. WBW Honors: The Tuskegee Airmen [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] “About two years […]

We all know that before Amber Rose was dating Kanye West, she was a stripper at a very young age. But before she was brought to fame by her high profile relationships, Rose was a modest young girl living in Philadelphia. Rose grew up poor, and was raised by her single mother, but she didn’t […]

In 1988, Public Enemy’s “Night Of The Living Baseheads” was one of the most vocal indictments of crack cocaine use ever heard on record. The haunting video was the real life version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” with zombie-like “baseheads” dragging themselves about. Pop Culture Moment #1: Chappelle’s Show Premieres What many fans at the time […]

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan is 6′ 5″ and once tipped the scales at 315lbs and is now down to 280. Even at that height and weight, it’s hard to imagine that someone of his stature sustains himself without consuming any meat products. FACT OF THE DAY: Drake’s High School Ambition Was To Break Dance However, […]

Words by Adisa Banjoko Before becoming a multi-platinum artist, Aubrey “Drake” Graham, dropped out of Forest Hill Collegiate Institute High School. His parents divorced when he was young and he was raised by his mother, a retired teacher, in Toronto’s wealthy Forest Hill neighborhood. But Drake had some interesting aspirations while he was enrolled. In […]

Words By Adisa Banjoko Before landing her career changing slot on “American Idol”, R&B star Jennifer Hudson had a 5-year recording contract with Righteous Records. It is said that Righteous Records put Jennifer through a rigorous year of charm school, physical fitness and live performance training before releasing her from her contract so that she […]

When you think about MCs from Queens,NY one of the first names that comes to mind is Nasir Jones.  His style and lyrics were cultivated in the famous Queens Bridge Housing projects and for years he as served as a proud ambassador of the Q-Boro. Nas even returned to his old stomping grounds to record […]