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August 30, 2012
Nas Debuts “Bye Baby” Video

A heartfelt ode to loving and losing, the Nas “Bye Baby” video reflects brilliantly the emotional quality of the song. Shout out to Nas for the Aaron Hall cameo.

July 17, 2012
Murs does a Gay Rights video for “Animal Style”

Murs does a Gay Rights video for “Animal Style” off his latest project Love and Rockets.

Rocking a Legalize Gay T-shirt throughout the entire video and even sharing and on-screen kiss with a man.

Check out this quote from and Murs about the video.

You wrote on the YouTube page for the video that you felt it was important to show that same-sex love wasn’t that different from “the love I have for my partner of the opposite sex,” which seems pretty profound for someone in the hip-hop community to put out there. What was the process that you went through when discussing, scripting, filming the video?

The reaction is kind of strange. I don’t really read the comments, and I would never look to some of these media outlets for approval. My main concern is with the LGBT community, that they have responded favorably. Being a straight male, and stepping into that role, I was nervous about the reaction from the gay community.

But the way straight people have reacted? I could really care less. Oh and how my wife would react. That matters.

Check out more from that interview on

July 11, 2012
WATCH EndGame: AIDS in Black America

Please watch the informative Doc on AIDS/HIV from Frontline.

Watch ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

July 5, 2012
In Support of Frank Ocean

Odd Future member Frank Ocean recently revealed intimacies about his romantic past that has the media all a buzz. As he did not actually use the word Gay or BiSexual, he did reveal an intimate relationship with another man that he was in love with. While we initially planned to write out a response in support of Frank Ocean and what it could possibly mean for the urban music landscape, we then realized that there were so many great responses already out there. So Below are quotes from our favorites.  We want to encourage you to check them out and tell us your thoughts in the comments.


"When responses to that beautiful, rhythmic affirmation are “I’m not listening to his album,” I know that the “world we live in now” is still cold, heartless and afraid. Even seemingly acceptable sentiments are telling. “I don’t care, I just don’t want to hear about it,” is more a push back toward the closet door than a walk along the “higher” road where only the music matters. We would rather sing along to lies than face the real stories. If you want to know the truth, the matter IS the music." ~ Aja K Riddick

You shared one of the most intimate things that ever happened to you – falling in love with someone who wasn’t brave enough to love you back. Your relieving yourself of your “secret” is as much about wanting to honestly connect as it is about exhibition. We are all made better by your decision to share publicly. ~Dream Hampton


The straightforward letter – which can be read in its entirety here – is undoubtedly the glass ceiling moment for music. Especially black music, which has long been in desperate need of a voice like Ocean’s to break the layers of homophobia. There are plenty of reasons this moment has so much weight. Too many for any single article to explore. ~Gerrick D. Kennedy


I hope that Frank Ocean doesn’t become “the gay singer,” for it would be criminally unfair for him to wear that label as so many of his musical peers and elders are sleeping with and loving same gendered persons, while selling images of hyper-heterosexuality. And I truly hope that people who were fans before don’t lose their appetite for his music. Regardless of one’s feelings on Frank Ocean the artist, I hope that this very raw look at Frank Ocean the man forces people to look beyond their fear over two penises in one bed. People must come to recognize that gay and bisexual people also have hearts, emotions, relationships that are just as significant as anyone else’s.~Jamilah Lemieux

One of the best showings of support (in our opinion) came from fellow Odd Future Member Tyler The Creator:

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