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The Harvard Divinity School and Harambee, an organization for students of African descent, presented "The Hip-Hop and Religion Forum" as its final event to celebrate Black History Month. Six panelists from Islamic and Christian backgrounds discussed the effect of hip-hop on youth culture and perspectives on hip-hop varied from critical to enthusiastically supportive.

Christian disc jockey DJ Lady Grace opened the panel with a rap rhyme from Christian rap artist Corey Red to demonstrate her theory that musicians today should not do both religious and secular songs, because the genres convey contradictory messages.

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Syntax Records hit the big screen recently with Universal Pictures' romantic comedy Definitely Maybe starring Ryan Reynolds (Just Friends) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). The film features two songs from Syntax's own Night Owls vol. 1: Nocturnal Doctrine and Fashion Expo: Round1: TruHipHop. Listen close to get an earful from these albums during selected scenes. Add a comment
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Last Thursday, five panelists discussed what hip-hop is and what it isn't at the fifth annual NAACP/IMPACT Forum in Constitution Hall. "We are just trying to analyze hip-hop," said McKenzie Bruner, sophomore vice-president of NAACP.

The four topics discussed were what hip-hop is, hip-hop and its influence on youth, misogyny in hip-hop and Christian rap vs. worldly rap.

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Always on a musical mission, Braille has become one of rap’s best-kept secrets. He has released three solo albums; performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan with artists like the late James Brown, De La Soul and others; been named one of the “Next 100” by URB magazine; and collaborated with rap heavyweights such as 9th Wonder and Pigeon John. All of these accomplishments set the stage for Braille’s fourth album The IV Edition, set for release April 15 on Syntax Records/KOCH Entertainment.
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After 10 years of rocking the underground urban world, L.A. Symphony gets its first Dove award nomination for Rap/Hip-Hop Album courtesy of the Gospel Music Association. Now with Syntax Records, the five-man band is being recognized for its critically acclaimed remixes and rarities collection, Unleashed.

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Gospel Music Channel, the nation’s first and only 24/7 all-gospel/Christian music television network, will become the exclusive television home for the GMA Dove Awards in a multi-year agreement announced today by John W. Styll, president/CEO of Gospel Music Association (GMA) and Charles Humbard, founder and president, Gospel Music Channel (GMC).

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Nureau Ink artist Applejaxx received a call from satellite Radio SHADE 45 (owned by Eminem) to be featured on the Independent Spotlight "Don't quit your day job" segment. The segment  features songs from indie rappers and listeners call in and give their opinions on the song.

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By now you must have heard that Eric Cross' Art of Composition will be released April 1st nationwide on Beatmart Recordings. "This 13 track banger is sure to please" says Beatmart on their website, but how would you know if it sounds good or not until April 1st right?

Wrong! You can now buy the digital download of the album at the Beatmart online store . We thought it was a mistake and contacted Beatmart, their response was: "This is legit."

Go ahead and purchase it now for only $8.00 at:  http://webstores.merchonestop.com/beatmart/category.php?CA=24
If you buy the album, please add a comment of what you think of the album here, you'll get to hear it before us!

Beatmart will still release the album in stores April 1st 2008. 

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Rhema Soul has a new promotional EP, "DOPE BEATS & GOOD NEWS" dropping March 31, 2008. With their recent release "Worn Soles," Rhema Soul has been busy working on new music to keep the juices flowing. "We wanted to give people some music to kind of introduce ourselves again to the listeners," says Juanlove. 

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