Good For Humanity


nas millions march

As many as 60,000 people gathered in the streets of New York City on Saturday (December 13) in support of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two cases that have come to epitomize the racial injustice that has forever existed in the American judicial system. With cameras handy, REVOLT managed to pick out two of hip-hop’s most recognizable faces — Nas and Russell Simmons — in the massive crowd.

“This is beautiful, man,” Nas said. “We need justice, that’s why we here.” Russell, meanwhile, was hopeful that a change will soon come: “It’s the culmination and beginning of — at the same time — a lot of hard work and the beginning of a shift, and I know for sure that there’ll be a change in the way the police police the police.”

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lebron i cant breathe

Monday night’s showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center drew extra attention thanks to a royal visit from Prince William and Kate Middleton, but the game also earned headlines due to players from both sides wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts before tip off, in honor of Eric Garner. Unbeknownst to many, however, the process of actually getting those T-shirts in the hands of the players was more complex than any of us could have imagined.

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killer-mike

Killer Mike appeared on CNN to discuss the Ferguson decision with Brooke Baldwin. The Atlanta rapper and activist opened up on his emotional speech following the decision, the moments after hearing officer Darren Wilson will not be tried in court, his thoughts of President Barack Obama’s comments on the situation, and what he would say to Darren Wilson if he stood in front of him.

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joey badass gives back to high school

‘Tis the season of giving, and Joey Bada$$ gave back to his old high school in a big way. After his collaboration with the J Dilla Foundation and Akomplice Clothing, which included unreleased music and a line of tees and crewnecks, raised over $10,000, the Pro Era rapper donated 100% of the profits to provide music production equipment to his alma mater, Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. Akomplice caught Joey’s charitable return on camera, where he spent time with students and enjoyed a performance from the school band. Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.

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j cole fans house

Beyoncé’s surprise album may have rewritten a few rules in the music industry, but J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive campaign is affecting the people who really matter: the fans. Not only has he sent out an open invitation to his childhood home in Fayetteville, NC for the exclusive listening session at the end of the month, but Cole decided to surprise one fan at her house in Dallas last night to play her his new album.

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uber spotify

As if Uber haven’t already beaten taxicabs at their own game, they’ll soon be bringing an end to the age-old backseat request, “can you please change the station?”

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rihanna-eminem

Over 80,000 spectators gathered at The National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night for The Concert For Valor. A celebration and tribute to Veterans Day, some of today’s biggest stars came together for a special three-hour concert present by HBO. Artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Jessie J, Carrie Underwood, and more rocked the event which was also streamed live on Ustream.

Closing the night was Rihanna and Eminem, who each delivered a 20-minute set of some of their biggest hits, including their latest No. 1-hit collaboration “The Monster.” Re-live the show below.

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common

Recently, Common appeared at the White House to perform “This War We Fight,” a poem written for this year’s Veteran’s Day celebration. With the U.S. holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces arriving today, the Chicago MC returns, bringing the spoken-word piece to life through a visual. Watch below as Common’s Nobody’s Smiliing LP is available now on iTunes.

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lil b boston lecture

Two years after he famously captivated NYU with his musings on Mitt Romney, ant colonies and “golden million dollar babies,” Lil B is ready to deliver another life-changing lecture. According to his latest tweet, the Based God will be speaking at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on November 21. As one Reddit user and MIT student points out, the lecture might even be classed as a public event and will therefore be free to get in. I mean, judging by his musical output, it’s not like you’d expect Lil B to charge for his services.

Related: Lil B NYU Lecture: Self-Love, Humans vs. Animals, Capitalism & More

Kanye West, Madonna, Riccardo Tisci

Cultural figures in music, art, fashion, philanthropy made their way to the 11th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in NYC on Thursday night. Held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Keep a Child Alive co-founder and event host Alicia Keys lead this year’s gala, sharing the stage with rock legend David Byrne. Keys, who is expecting her second child in December, was glowing during black carpet arrivals with husband Swizz Beatz, as they held their baby bump for the cameras.

Other big names who attended the event included Madonna, Kanye West, Diddy, Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis, Russell Simmons, Gayle King, Estelle, Marina Abramovic, and more. Nas was another artist who entertained the crowd with a performance, including the song “N.Y. State of Mind” with Keys, plus rapper Angel Haze. Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci was honored for his anti-discriminatory efforts by the non-profit organization that provides treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

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