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With Father’s Day right around the corner this weekend, some fathers out there like Meek Mill are taking the time to reflect of what it’s been like after having children. Meek is not really known to open up about his life, unless it’s about the street dealings he’s seen in Philadelphia, but he took the time to write a letter for everyone who is a father and give his first-hand experience of what it’s been like.

Before I leave, I always explain to him that everything I do, I do for him. All the shows, all the nights in the studio, I do with my son in mind.

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After performing at HOT 97 Summer Jam in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday night, Kendrick Lamar stayed in the Garden State for a special visit on Monday. The TDE rapper stopped by High Tech High School in North Bergen, NJ, to visit an English class taught by Brian Mooney.

In the class, Mooney uses Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly LP to teach his freshman class. Along with a spoken word session, Lamar signed student’s artwork and took selfies before closing out by performing the song “Alright.” “When I talk to kids, I’m really listening,” Lamar said to the students. “When I do that, we have a little bit of a bigger connection than me being Kendrick Lamar and you being a student. It’s almost like we’re friends. Because a friend listens.”

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Without realizing, music can lift your spirits when you’re having a bad day and change your mood completely with one song or the listen to one album. At the same time, it can trigger emotions you may be repressing and make you even more emotional. Whatever the case is, one Kendrick Lamar fan was rehabilitated from depression thanks to his music and she always wanted the opportunity to thank him.

And she got that this past weekend at the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland.

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Monday (May 11) was a a big day for the Kendrick Lamar. While Kanye was in the Chi receiving his honorary doctorate from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, California State Senator Isadore Hall of the 35th District awarded Kendrick Lamar with the 35th Generational Icon Award. K. Dot was recognized for his countless efforts and donations to the Compton Unified School District and other non-profit organizations in his community.

“It’s definitely an honor to be right here in front of you guys,” said Kendrick. “Being from the city of Compton and knowing the parks that I played at and neighborhoods, I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community.”

While most rappers would have made this a big media spectacle, Kendrick quietly and humbly accepted his award — and called it a day.

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Can’t find the perfect card for Mother’s Day? Don’t worry — Killa Cam and Mom Dukes have you covered for the low.

Purchase at HugginTheBlock

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Wednesday marked the 23-year anniversary of the Los Angeles riots in 1992. As the world’s attention is on America, specifically Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, Game pens a guest column for Billboard. As many in Baltimore began to riot on Monday, April 27 following protests, the L.A. rapper gathers his thoughts, foregoing getting his point across via social media.

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The situation in Baltimore, Maryland this week has been a powder keg, or a raisin in the sun. The tweet that floored me was from @Shugah, who quoted a very prophetic James Baldwin Esquire interview from 1968. (Read that for some head crack.) But back to Baltimore, 2015…the complex issues from Freddie Gray’s unexplained spinal injury, his death, the release of his unrelated police record, the days of peaceful protest, and then this week’s explosion of violence, looting, and vandalism…can not be summed up neatly or patched up with a meme. It has to be added to the growing list of issues and incidents that are festering around the country.
But…I just wanted to share an interview that CBS did with Toya Graham, the Baltimore mom who angrily pulled her 16-year-old son off the street when she spotted him throwing rocks at riot police.

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While Jay Z is busy trying to take over the music streaming industry, Snoop Dogg is plowing his rap dollars into something a little closer to heart. According to Quartz, Uncle Snoop’s Casa Verde Capital firm is one of several investors in a new weed delivery service named Eaze.

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President Obama is visiting Kingston, Jamaica this week (the first U.S. President to do so since Ronald Reagan) to participate in a summit of 15 Caribbean leaders. And as an enthusiastic Bob Marley fan, the Prez made an unannounced visit to his idol’s old home, which now houses the Bob Marley Museum.

All the good Kingston vibes got POTUS feeling irie enough to give his best opening statement ever…

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One day after giving fans one of the most memorable moments of the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Beyoncé digs deeper into the significance of her performance by giving her fans an inside look at the inspiration. Bey debuted an eight-minute mini-documentary where she narrates the story behind her Grammy performance of the gospel classic “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” during the Selma tribute. “First time I heard ‘Precious Lord’ I was a kid and my mother sang it to me, and my mother played me Mahalia Jackson’s version,” the 20-time Grammy Award-winner opened the behind-the-scenes clip with.

She sang the song with her eyes closed, and she was a vessel, and it was like God speaking using her body to speak and to heal,” says B recounting her experience as a child when she first heard the record. The music icon also broke down the importance of finding real men who have been through issues of racism, who also give their own personal accounts and experiences dealing with police, and more.

Beyonce also touched on her family’s history, specifically her grandparents, who marched with the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch the piece below.

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