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Martinez: Rappers shouldn’t have to censor the N-word for non-black fans

Marissa Martinez, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 22, 2018

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Rapper Kendrick Lamar invited a teenage girl on stage Sunday to rap part of his popular song “m.A.A.d city” during his Hangout Festival set. The song contains the N-word (although it is not featured prominently), which the...

Closson: Beyond appearance of progress, Grammys remain stagnant in representation

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

January 30, 2018

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Back in November when the Grammy nominations were released, the selections were widely praised for unusually including a racially diverse group of artists — particularly within the Album of the Year nominees. Personally, I was...