aleqm5iapnwacfnmn8tg50sqpy1wj5ohoa.jpgAlicia Keys Says Comments to Magazine Were ‘Misrepresented’
Alicia Keys says she’s not a conspiracy theorist. In a statement issued Tuesday, Keys said she was clarifying “comments that were made during my recent Blender magazine interview since they have been misrepresented.” According to an interview in the magazine’s May issue, the 27-year-old singer says: “`Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. `Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.” She also is quoted as saying that she wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck “to symbolize strength, power and killing ’em dead.” (Continue Reading…)

Jay Z’s $150M Deal Shocks Label Execs
Remember a few months ago when there were rumors about Jay-Z looking for a $100-million contract to start a new label, and many in the music industry snickered at the possibility of anyone paying that? (Continue Reading…)

Black Americans given less access to credit than whites, report finds
Building a credit history often starts with a credit card, but there are major differences in the amount of credit offered to similarly qualified applicants living in areas predominately inhabited by black people compared with applicants in predominately white neighborhoods, according to a report by Ethan Cohen-Cole, a financial economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. (Continue Reading…)

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