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Kevin L. Clark (@KevitoClark)

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Kendrick Lamar's Best Verses, Ranked

Kendrick Lamar has recorded a dizzying array of stop-you-in-your-tracks rap verses in his career, and he's proven he can attack from any angle. If he's up for it, he can insert himself into as many headlines as possible with an explosive guest verse like "Control," which broke the internet (and infuriated a long list of rappers in the process) back in 2013.

White Antagonists Are Getting in the Way of Black Lives Matter

Over the past two and a half months, as much of our country has lived in quarantine, we've witnessed the violent loss of black lives with disturbing frequency. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have died at the hands of racists and law enforcement.

Mahalia on Being Quarantined, 'Isolation Tapes,' and Rediscovering Herself

Millions across the globe have been affected by this pandemic known as the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. It has placed entire industries to a screeching halt, as men, women, and children are forced to stay indoors and quarantine in fear of catching the life-threatening disease.

EXCLUSIVE: Jidenna Realigns Chakras With New Single 'Feng Shui'

With HBO's back on the air for its fourth season, Issa Rae continues her reign as a choice advocate for great music. For the show's premiere episode, "Lowkey Feelin' Myself," her selections such as "A BOY IS A GUN" from Tyler, the Creator's 2019 album IGOR and new songs by Yung Baby Tate ("Never Lonely") and Pink Sweat$ ("Ride With Me") made the night an event for millions of viewers.

Meet Tayarisha Poe: A First-Time Filmmaker with a DIY Approach

Tayarisha Poe is a West Philadelphia-bred multimedia impresario who works in film, photography, and writes short stories. Her complex portraits of young people of color intensely showcases her creativity with deeply felt and vividly rendered works filling in those "absent" spots missing in mainstream media.

Skip Marley Adds Wale for "Slow Down" Remix with H.E.R.

Since Skip Marley first premiered "Slow Down" at the Hollywood Bowl with Lauryn Hill last October, the otherworldly track, which also features H.E.R., has been in constant rotation all over the world.

Meet Heather Chelan, Khadijah Lopez and Giveon: R&B's Rising, Unsung Talent

Thank God, it's Friday, y'all! After a week full of wild-and-crazy moments, ESSENCE is back with another installment of The Playlist to give you some music to vibe out to. But first, please let me introduce myself. My name is Kevin L. Clark (@KevitoClark) and I am your new vibes curator here at The Playlist.

Everything You Need to Know About Young T & Bugsey

The rise of UK rap has been an ongoing conversation for the past seven years, but the introduction of Afroswing and Afro-bashment has been a welcomed change to the scene. Young T & Bugsey, the voices behind the song "Don't Rush," have captured lightning in the bottle thanks to their crossover hit being turned into a viral video challenge.

Me Encanta "Gentefied": An Interview with Latinx Creators Linda Yvette Chávez & Marvin Lemus

Netflix Meet the minds behind the charming Netflix series that audiences have fallen in love with. Linda Yvette Chávez and Marvin Lemus are the brilliant creators behind the bilingual Netflix comedy-drama series Gentefied, currently streaming. Together, they have been working for five years to tell an authentic story about Mexican-American identity and East Los Angeles.

PROMO: 'DOOM Eternal' Delivers an Action-Packed Good Time

Fast, furious, and loud, DOOM Eternal is just the shot in the arm the first-person shooter genre needed. id Software's direct sequel to DOOM (2016), the winner of The Game Awards' "Best Action Game," puts you in the boots of the DOOM Slayer, a seemingly unstoppable force who hunts Hell's armies across dimensions and must stop them from destroying humanity.

A Written Testimony: A Timeline To Jay Electronica's New Album

All the stars and planets have been getting into alignment for this very moment. After over a decade of waiting, anticipating, delaying, and praying, Jay Electronica has finally shared his debut album. A Written Testimony, while not Act II: Patents of Mobility (The Turn), has been a welcomed surprise.

Everything We Learned From Donald Glover's Mysterious Album

Getty As quickly as his new music was shared, the surprise collection has vanished-but not before we gave it a few spins and learned something new about Childish Gambino. The artist formerly known as Childish Gambino has provided millions of fans with a much-needed distraction from the coronavirus frenzy.

Chuck D And Public Enemy Release Letter Regarding Flavor Flav

As opinions circulate the net over why Public Enemy kicked out co-founder Flavor Flav, the group sets the record straight. Chuck D's announcement that Public Enemy would permanently cut ties with Flavor Flav has split hip-hop fans in two.

Illustrator Markus Prime Talks 'Oh Nah.' And Sex Positivity

One of Markus Prime's latest works of art created controversy, conversation, and has quickly become one of the most talked about items on Instagram. What do Estelle, Cree Summers, Megan Thee Stallion's security guard, and the whole of Black Instagram have in common? They all love illustrator Markus Prime.

Love & Basketball: Kobe Bryant's Brilliant Game

Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, both passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California Sunday afternoon. I am still shocked coming to grips with this tragedy even while writing this.

Meet Koffee, Reggae's Next Big Ting

A wave of new talent is bringing a jolt of energy to reggae culture. Names such as Royal Blu, Lila Ike and Runkus have been making noise with major hits, but leading the pack is 19-year-old sensation Mikayla "Koffee" Simpson. Born and raised in Spanish Town, Jamaica, she counts icon Bob Marley as an important influence.

INTERVIEW: 'An African City' Gives Ghana Its Own 'Girlfriends'

A new Internet series has made a splash, and it's frequently described as Africa's answer to Sex and the City. An African City is set in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, and follows the lives and loves of five successful African females who return to the continent after spending much of their adult life abroad in the U.S.

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